Red’s Sarra Manning rounds up the great new books to look forward to in May.

The Radio Times asks: how does the BBC series Strike compare to the original JK Rowling novels? 

Reni Eddo-Lodge’s Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race has topped a people’s poll of the books by women that have changed the world.

An overhaul in the way Foyles buys books from publishers is already bearing fruit for the company.

Fake books sold on Amazon could be being used for money laundering.

Publishers hoping to avoid offence are increasingly turning to sensitivity readers. But is this good practice, censorship, or just another way of maintaining privilege?

Elif Batuman spoke to The Guardian about speed-reading The Second Sex, the book that made her cry and how Marie Kondo changed her life.

Olivia Laing writes in the Guardian about her love for Derek Jarman’s Modern Nature.

I wrote about using the Enneagram and Myers Briggs to round out my characters in Unscripted.

Among what staff at The Pool are reading this week are Amy Chozick’s Hillary Clinton tell-all, the “gobsmacking and often heartbreaking” How to Survive a Plague and Ponti by Sharlene Teo. The Secret Teacher sounds pretty interesting too!

This week’s Bookseller pictures roundup features the launch of an inclusive children’s publisher and major announcements from the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2018.


American writer Courtney Zoffness has won the 2018 Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award for her short story “Peanuts aren’t nuts”.

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman is one of three books in the running for the 2018 Desmond Elliott Prize for first-time novelists, alongside Paula Cocozza’s How to Be Human and Preti Taneja’s We That Are Young. Sarah Perry, author of The Essex Serpent, writes about her struggle to be a writer and how winning the prize changed that for her.