According to Red, the book everyone is talking about this month is Marian Keyes’ The Break, out this Thursday. It’s also excerpted on The Pool this week.

Salman Rushdie’s The Golden House is published today in both the UK and the US, and it’s excerpted at Lit Hub, where the author writes about five books that have defined his life.

Also out today in the US is Laura Marshall’s thriller Friend Request, which was shortlisted in both the Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize and the Bath Novel Award in 2016 and was a “One to Watch” pick in The Bookseller when it was published in the UK in July this year.

Amazon argues that ebook prices should be slashed. I’m not sure about their 99 p suggestion, but it seems there might be room for compromise between that and the kicker I found yesterday — David Fogel’s English at $24.99.

Book Aid International is hosting its annual literary quiz night with actor Neil Pearson as quiz master on 24th October, and it will be “bigger and better than ever” and at a new venue, The Warwick, in Soho.

Katie Munnik’s The Heart Beats in Secret, an “evocative story of motherhood”, has been picked as the winning entry for Borough Press’ open submission period, with the author scooping a publishing deal.

The Today Programme asks: are children’s books just for children?

On the Guardian Books podcast, Colm Tóibín talks to Charlotte Higgins about House of Names, his reimagining of the Greek tragedy of Clytemnestra and Agamemnon.

And on the Riff Raff podcast, Amy and Rosie speak to Felicia Yap, author of Yesterday, about the power of memory, fact versus fiction, and how where we are affects what we write.

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