In today’s Harry Potter news: a man has proposed marriage using a Golden Snitch ringbox.
Wired recommends books for your summer reading.
Metro turns its investigative skills to the key differences between the Game of Thrones books and their screen adaptations.
Disobey your parents and you could end up in a pie: books teach children vital lessons, argues Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett, and we shouldn’t allow austerity to restrict their access to these.
The Evening Standard reviews As Kingfishers Catch Fire: Birds & Books by Alex Preston and Neil Gower, out today.
Also out today is a bumper crop of buzzy books: Hot Mess by Lucy Vine (chick lit), Together, by Julie Cohen (literary fiction), Indigo Donut, by Patrice Lawrence (YA), The Music Shop, by Rachel Joyce (literary fiction), The Party, by Elizabeth Day (literary fiction, coming to the US on 15th August), How to Resist: Turn Protest to Power, by Matthew Bolton (how-to/politics), Can I Speak to Someone in Charge?, by Emily Clarkson (essays, out both in the UK and the US). (For more information on each of these, visit the Brit Lit blog Patreon page.)
Naomi Klein talks to Refinery 29 about Jeremy Corbyn, clicktivisim, and her new book No Is Not Enough. She is also the guest on this week’s Spectator Books podcast.
Lisa Smith has won the BAME short story prize, with Auld Lang Synge, about an elderly man behind bars on New Year’s Eve. According to one judge, it is “the perfect example of what the short story can do”.
If you needed any more reasons to oppose Brexit, here’s one: funding from “Brussels” has made possible the translation of 25 British books into other languages, as well as countless literary projects in the UK – £2.5 million worth of them.
275 bookshops are at risk unless business rates are reformed.