Jacqueline Wilson’s most famous character is making a comeback. Tracy Beaker returns as an adult, a single mum with a daughter called Jess. It is from Jess’s perspective that the book is written.
To be honest, I’m not sure how I feel about this; I am in equal measures excited, appalled, and curious. Tracy Beaker and Jacqueline Wilson’s books were a huge part of my daughter’s reading life. Even in throughout her teens, publication of a new Jacqueline Wilson book meant had to bring one home for her. I think she read the last one just before she went of to university. When I told her of the project, her response was that she is unsure, it’s weird, but she’d probably read it if only to see what its like.
Read the article here.
Claire Armitstead doesn’t like the idea, nor the fact that Raymond Briggs’ Snowman is being turned into a chapter book , albeit written by the great Michael Morpurgo. (Click on her name to read the article)
According to their website, the Wellcome Book Prize
is an annual award, open to new works of fiction or non-fiction. To be eligible for entry, a book should have a central theme that engages with some aspect of medicine, health or illness. This can cover many genres of writing – including crime, romance, popular science, sci-fi and history.
At some point, medicine touches all our lives. Books that find stories in those brushes with medicine are ones that add new meaning to what it means to be human. The subjects these books grapple with might include birth and beginnings, illness and loss, pain, memory, and identity. In keeping with its vision and goals, the Wellcome Book Prize aims to excite public interest and encourage debate around these topics.
The short list will be announced on March 20th, with the winner announced on April 20th. This is their longlist, which was announced in February:
The books world is sexist and a one day promotion isn’t enough to fix it
I was blown away by the statistics in this article by Danuta Kean, and heartbroken by them as well. While women dominate book buying and book rating in the UK, men dominate both the books being reviewed as well as the reviewers. Kean asks if that matters, and gives the answer.
It’s sad that one genre that is dominated by female authors – Romance – is one that is mocked and sneered at in a way that men’s books aren’t. We have ‘chicklit‘ but not ‘blokelit‘, and ‘women’s fiction‘ but not ‘men’s fiction‘. Why is that?
Any way. Do read the article, it very enlightening and informing.
The assumption that male writers can have sexually transgressive imaginations while female novelists should be more demure is passé. If we’re going to secure gender equality, we must be allowed the same imaginative expression, on the page, as our male counterparts.
Romance novels abound with infidelity of one kind or another. This is an interesting list, though I suspect that, like me, everyone out there would suggest Jamie Quatro might have missed a couple.
Read the article here.
Please post your book choices, it’ll be interesting to see what others suggest.