For decades the Graphic Novel was felt to be the reserve of the nerdy and of those who couldn’t face a ‘proper book’. But Graphic Novels have an important place in our cultural canon both in this country, and as a genre that links cultures across the world. Will Eisner’s work in the late 1970s is often credited with being the first Graphic Novel form, but there is a huge body of work that is of great importance to both adults’ and children’s literature that pre-dates it by decades, even centuries. Herge’s ‘Tintin’ books, and Goscinny and Uderzo’s ‘Asterix’ Series’ both told complete tales...
In December 2017 we wrote a letter and, enclosing a book, sent it to Theresa May, British Prime Minister. The letter set out the impact of library closures, the loss of employed, qualified librarians and the loss of funding for the purchase of new books, on the children and adults who use them today, on the future of literacy in this country and also on the British book industry as a whole. This is what we wrote:Read More
There are a great many jobs dependent on the way that events turn now; and not just the jobs of booksellers, but of authors and illustrators, those working within publishing houses both big and small, and the great chain of designers, printers and distributors involved in our industry. We need to be careful not to talk about the tensions in this complex industry as if they were a mere scrap between the playground bullies and the geeky kids.Read More
Is World Book Day a celebration of writing for children, or has it become a celebrity marketing exercise? We are lucky enough to be living in a truly great age of children's book writing, to fill a day of book celebrations with celebrity is completely unnecessary; this year they had an entire casket of shining jewels to choose from, and they picked out the synthetic ones.Read More
In our latest blog, Tamsin Rosewell looks at the events that led to the creation of the Net Book Agreement, explores parallels with today's book market and considers what a new NBA agreement might look like for our times. It is very tempting to suggest that we simply put back into place the agreement dissolved 20 years ago, but I think it is worth examining more closely before we try to grasp back something written for our Victorian selves. Would an NBA for today's market have to look the same as one written for an 1899 market?Read More
When a new hardback book by a popular author, like the forthcoming The Book of Dust by Philip Pullman, is first published, it is often launched with very heavy discounts - often 50% or more. Why?! A heavy discount implies that something is of less value than its cover price. There is no other area of retail that does this. You wouldn't go to a high street clothes shop and expect all the new season colours and fashions to be half price.Read More