This week’s novel excerpt on The Pool is from the lovely The Lido, by Libby Page. The author is also the guest on the next episode of the Brit Lit podcast, so look out for that!

Red rounds up ten of the best Jane Austen quotes.

The Sorting Hat meets Lord of the Rings in a post on Book Riot.

Sharlene Teo has hit back after her novel Ponti was criticised in an Observer review, which has become the focus of a debate on social media.

Over 25 radical and independent bookshops are taking part in a two-week long celebration of feminist books in a bid to add to the debate about diversity in publishing and showcase books by women writers.

A report slamming representation in the arts has highlighted a “class pay gap” in publishing of up to £23,000 a year and found that people of working class origins make up just 12.6% of the sector.

Prizes

The Guardian and 4th Estate BAME short story prize, tapping into the talents of black, Asian and minority ethnic writers, is now open for entries.

On this week’s Guardian Books Podcast, Claire and Sian discuss the London Book Fair and the  2018 Man Booker International prize for translated fiction.

Jennifer Egan, Benjamin Myers and Paul Lynch are among the authors shortlisted for the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction.

Philip Pullman is to judge a new 500-word short story competition which is being launched ahead of the 2018 Liverpool Literary Festival.

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