Book Riot makes a bold statement today: it’s okay if you haven’t read Harry Potter.

Stylist looks at the Dutch trend for tiny books.

The Guardian Books Clinic answers: what books can help me deal with depression and anxiety?

On Book Riot, I round up five British books making their way across the Pond to the US this month. (Aside from those, there’s also The Adults, which was a great read, and whose author Caroline Hulse was a lot of fun to interview on my podcast.)

Speaking of podcasts, there’s a great new one out today by journalist, author, and former Brit Lit Podcast guest, Daisy Buchanan.

And, if that wasn’t enough, there’s also this:

Caroline has also been spending all day making her Twitter followers heroines of hypothetical chick lit novels.

Beanstalk is launching a campaign to encourage more men to sign up as reading volunteers in schools.

Well, this is better than the Brexit coin.

Penguin Random House UK has announced former US First Lady Michelle Obama will be appearing in conversation with novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall in December.

Waterstones is opening a second bookshop in Nottingham in time for Christmas trading.

A podcast symposium, involving some of the UK’s most established book podcasters, will take place at FutureBook Live, The Bookseller’s publishing conference, due to take place on 30th November in London.

This week’s novel excerpt on The Pool is Liz Nugent’s Skin Deep, a “dark psychological thriller about beauty, ugliness, and identity”.


CILIP has announced the nominations for the Carnegie and Kate Greenaway medals.

Tessa Hadley has won the Edge Hill Short Story Prize for Bad Dreams.

Debuts by Imogen Hermes Gowar, Laura Freeman, Fiona Mozley and Adam Weymouth have been shortlisted for the Sunday Times/ Peter Fraser + Dunlop Young Writer of the Year Award, in association with the University of Warwick.