Happy New Philip Pullman Day! Hundreds of fans attended midnight events to celebrate the publication of La Belle Sauvage, which had been delayed by the author’s ill health. He spoke to Stylist and finally revealed the inspiration for Lyra Belacqua. The Bookseller had declared La Belle Sauvage to be “rich and fully realised“, while the Guardian called it “worth the wait“.
No prizes for guessing which author tops the list of highest paid European celebrities.
After the Famous Five and the Ladybird Books, it’s the Mr Men and Little Miss books’ turn to be given an adult update.
There is something incredibly soothing about contemplating a handful of words and a blank space left behind by Sappho, one of the earliest female poets, argues Ella Risbridger at The Pool. If Not, Winter is a 2003 translation of Sappho’s work by Anne Carson.
Britain’s creative industries are, unsurprisingly, facing a “potentially catastrophic” loss of talent and skills following Brexit.
The New Statesman’s The Back Half inteviews Philip Pullman.