Sir Peter Blake, often referred to as the “Godfather of British Pop Art”, has designed the collectors’ edition tote for this year’s Books Are My Bag campaign.

The Guardian rounds up top ten books about council housing. It’s a little odd not to see In Our Mad and Furious City on this list, though — it’s a truly excellent novel.

The Guardian also has a list of five great books about the Windrush Generation.

On the Reading Women Podcast’s blog, I recommended some great recent British novels.

I also have some writing advice on Books From Dawn Till Dusk.

In today’s JK Rowling news, the new smartphone game Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, has just launched.

Kobo is teaming up with app company Serial Box on a six-part series to celebrate the royal wedding.

On the Random Things Through My Letterbox blog, I wrote about the books that have been important to me.

The first reviews of my novel Unscripted are in.

This week’s excerpted novel on The Pool is The Leavers by Lisa Ko.

Bestselling children’s author Cressida Cowell is spearheading a new schools writing campaign, encouraging teachers to let children write creatively and independently.

Prizes

The shortlist is out for this year’s  Oscar’s Book Prize, organised by the Evening Standard.

This is the last year that British authors are likely to be eligible to enter the European Book Prize (Prix du Livre Européen).

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