Journey in the literary world

By SUZY TURNER [email protected]

Suzy Turner has lived in Portugal for 22 years and works as a freelance writer. As well as putting pen to paper for the Algarve Resident’s fashion section, she contributes to the parenting, beauty and travel columns and is also the Features Editor.

JK Rowling has lost a battle to prevent a book about Harry Potter from being published. Although a New York federal judge ruled in Rowling’s favour over the copyright-infringement lawsuit which permanently blocked publication of the guide, the author has rewritten his guidebook and the new version has the full title of The Lexicon: An Unauthorized Guide to Harry Potter Fiction and Related Materials.

The book will go on sale today (January 16). “I started to rewrite the guidebook in May after the initial hearing, before the ruling”, said author Vander Ark, 50. “It’s an entirely new book which took six months to write, working for six or seven hours a day. It was never, ever my intention to break the law or write something that Rowling wouldn’t like.” During the trial, JK Rowling said, “I believe this book constitutes wholesale theft of 17 years of my hard work. It adds little if anything by way of commentary; the quality of that commentary is derisory; and it debases what I worked so hard to create.”

The popularity of the Richard & Judy seasonal book lists of recommended reading continues, despite their having moved TV channels!  Their current list is just out with 10 fiction and non-fiction titles, including The Bolter by Frances Osborne and When Will There Be Good News by Kate Atkinson (author of Behind the Scenes at the Museum).  Most are in paperback now with the rest coming out over the next month or so.

Joanna Trollope continues to please her many millions of fans and Friday Nights, her latest novel, comes into affordable paperback this month.  As does the crime fiction author, Harlan Coben with Hold Tight, his new mystery thriller. For more literary tastes, Salman Rushdie’s latest novel, Enchantress of Florence, is out in paperback this month.

A 91 year old woman has become the oldest person ever to win a Costa Book Award. Diana Athill penned the book, Somewhere Towards the End, a touching memoir about the end of her sex life, the intimacies of ageing and the prospect of death. The book won the biography category in the awards.

The Costa judges hailed it as “a perfect memoir of old age”, adding that it was “candid, detailed, charming, totally lacking in self pity or sentimentality and, above all, beautifully, beautifully written”.

Terry Prachet, author of the Discworld series of novels that have sold more than 55 million copies worldwide, is said to be ‘stunned’, following the announcement that he is to receive a knighthood in the New Year’s Honours List. The 60-year-old author, whose first book was published in 1971, told The Independent: “I’m having difficulty fitting it into my head. I’m very pleased indeed. It cheers me up no end. It will also impress some of my American friends, who started calling me ‘Sir’ after I received my MBE, which was a little embarrassing.”

A new Winnie-the-Pooh book is to be launched, more than 80 years after the release of the bear’s very first adventure. The book, entitled Return to the Hundred Acre Wood, is due to be published on October 5, later this year by Egmont Publishing. Generations of readers will now discover what became of Christopher Robin and Winnie-the-Pooh after AA Milne’s The House At Pooh Corner, the sequel to Winnie-the-Pooh. Author David Benedictus’ new manuscript was inspired by his familiarity with Winnie-the-Pooh’s adventures after having worked on audio CD adaptations of previous Winnie-the-Pooh stories starring Dame Judi Dench, Stephen Fry and Jane Horrocks.