Happy National Read a Book Day! To mark the occasion, the Belfast Telegraph rounds up brilliant page-turners from Northern Ireland’s finest writers.

If the Facebook pics of uniformed children has you in a back-to-school mood, the Guardian has you covered with a list of top 10 books about teachers. And if you’re wishing it was still summer, you can escape with one of these travel books instead.

Big news for fans of audio books. New to the market, Kobo is now offering customers one download a month for a £6.99 monthly subscription fee — that’s £1 less than the Amazon-owned Audible. And there’s a month’s free trial, too.

Maximum Pop has a list of all the YA books coming to the UK in September, including the much-anticipated The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James, which now also finally has a US publication date in the pipeline.

Currently open for crowdfunding on Unbound is Cut from the Same Cloth: Essays by British Hijabis, which will be edited by Sabeena Akhtar.

It’s probably not going to come as a shock to anyone, but British publishing is still 90% white, which is one of the reasons that projects like Sabeena Akhtar’s are particularly important.

Book doulas are the new trend in self-publishing.

Neil Gaiman is among the authors campaigning against changes to Haringey’s library service. The North London borough allegedly pans to remove all dedicated children’s librarians.

Podcasts

On Your Fave is Problematic, Kristen and Elizabeth unpack the film adaptation of Bridget Jones’s Diary, talking feminism, female gaze, and racist mothers.

Front Row discusses IT, the latest adaptation of a Stephen King novel. On the same programme, Roddy Doyle talks to John Wilson about his new novel, Smile.

Anthony Horowitz, bestselling author of the Alex Rider teen series, joins Konnie Huq in the Penguin Podcast studio to talk about his latest book, The Word Is Murder.

NPR’s Fresh Air talked to John Le Carré about his new book, A Legacy of Spies.

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