People have mixed feelings about the upcoming all-female adaptation of Lord of the Flies… written by two men.

And on that topic, Laura Waddell speaks for many of us when she argues that much as we love Pride and Prejudice, there are plenty of adaptations of it already, and we’d like some other books brought to the screen, please.

To mark the end of Women in Translation Month, 10 female translators tell the Guardian about foreign works that inspire them. The Guardian also investigates why only a third of books translated into English are by female writers — and whether there’s any hope this might be changing.

Innovative publishers Unbound are launching a literary magazine. “The focus is on good writing and also diversity,” says its editor, Arifa Akbar. There will be coverage of backlist and of books by BAME authors, and it sounds very exciting.

And in more good news: has been saved!


Books out today that people are excited about on Twitter include the thrillers Hide and Seek by Richard Parker and Death Wish by Linda Huber, Football School Season 2, which explains the world through the sport, and Vivian Conroy’s mysetery novel, Rubies in the Roses.

A candlelit procession to protest the closure of the Carnegie Library in Herne Hill is taking place tonight.

On World Book Club’s 15th birthday, presenter Harriet Gilbert speaks to Sam Leith on the Spectator Books podcast.

Babelio, the French Goodreads site, is making a concerted effort to ensure that each of the almost-600 books published this autumn is reviewed on their site.

The Guardian reviews Things Can Only Get Worse? by stalwart Labour Support John O’Farrell and concludes it’s a worthy sequel to his humorous Things Can Only Get Better.