Which current authors produce the most magical prose? The Guardian Books Clinic investigates.

I wrote about how publishing with Unbound works as part of my blog tour.

Jojo Moyes explains why she doesn’t like the “chick lit” label. I have no problem with it when correctly applied — her books, for example, are not chick lit, which is a very specific type of genre.

The mysterious Cambridge library tower, supposedly full of banned books, is opening to the public.

If you were wondering where your daily Harry Potter news was, here it is: the new Royal Baby could be named in honour of the Weasleys. Probably isn’t, though.

“I want my books to be hopeful, because that’s what life is like”: author and cancer survivor Ruth Hogan speaks to the Radio Times about the “up lit” book trend.

This week’s excerpted novel on The Pool is The Burning Chambers by Kate Mosse.

The Brit Lit Podcast has doubled its initial monthly download rate — in its first month, it got 900 downloads, and in April, it was 1800. Thanks for listening and spreading the word, everyone!

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The Cheltenham Literature Festival has recruited a new advisory group made up of editors, agents and journalists to “help ensure the festival remains at the forefront of the UK’s literary festival scene”.

School librarians are unable to buy the range of books they want due to budget cuts, meaning children are not getting access to non-fiction and diverse titles, library professionals have told The Bookseller.

Book lists

Book Riot rounds up 10 great Pride and Prejudice retellings for all ages.

The Evening Standard has a list of ten books that should be turned into plays.

The TES has a list of 40 children’s books for struggling and reluctant readers.

The Evening Standard rounds up 7 of the best books about kindness.

Prizes

Irish journalist Mark O’Connell’s “passionate, entertaining and cogent examination” into the use of technology to cheat death and push the human body beyond its current limitations, To Be a Machine: Adventures among cyborgs, utopians, hackers and the futurists solving the modest problem of death, has won the Wellcome Book Prize for 2018.

Margaret Atwood, Evelyn Schlag and Jackie Morris have been named the recipients of this year’s Hay Festival Medals.

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