Book bloggers, rejoice! Netgalley is to open a UK-specific site.

The Good Immigrant is crossing the pond.

The Guardian investigates the rise of pet lit — endearing fiction for difficult times.

Over on Stylist, Helen Pye argues that the last thing the world needs right now is a retelling of Fifty Shades Darker from Christian’s perspective.

Viv Groskop, author of The Anna Karenina Fix, sums up some of what classic novels have taught her over on Red online.

Denisa Mina has become the first woman to win the Gordon Burn Prize for her “brave and daring journey” into a notorious crime in novel The Long Drop.

The Pool is teaming up with Pan MacMillan to publish books.

 

Among the books out today are Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow, by Jessica Townsend, Snowflakes, Iced Cakes and Second Chances by Sue Watson, Write to the Point by Sam Leith, the host of the Spectator Books podcast, and Dead Lands by Lloyd Otis.

Podcasts

Front Row interviews Man Booker winner John Banville about Mrs Osmond, his new sequel to Henry James’ The Portrait of a Lady.

Spectator Books is the latest podcast to interview Alan Hollinghurst about his ubiquitous The Sparsholt Affair.

On a special episode of Book Shambles With Robin and Josie, Robin catches up with four poets to talk about their work and influences.

On In Our Time, Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss seventeeth century playwright, poet, and writer of fiction Aphra Behn.

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