How Julian Assange parties these days (and celebrates the publication of his book, When Google Met WikiLeaks).
Photo: OR Books/Courtney Dudley Photography

How Julian Assange parties these days (and celebrates the publication of his book, When Google Met WikiLeaks).

Photo: OR Books/Courtney Dudley Photography

myjetpack:

My book of cartoons ‘You’re All Just Jealous of my Jetpack’ is available now:
US: http://www.amazon.com/dp/1770461043
UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1770461043
Other stockists and info at www.tomgauld.com

Illustration by Tom Gauld (from Review, Saturday Guardian 6 September 2014)

The fear that 1.5 million British children will reach the age of 11 unable to “read well” by 2025 has prompted the launch of a new literacy campaign

JK Rowling and Michael Morpurgo and many others are backing the Read On. Get On campaign, aimed at radically improving reading standards. 

One report says England is one of the most unequal countries for children’s reading levels, second in the EU only to Romania. Research has found that poor reading could cost the UK £32bn in growth by 2025. Full story here »

This cat may have sought out a physical bookstore in order to escape the Amazon-Hachette feud sweeping the internet. Just a theory.

Amazon’s tantrum over books cost me $212 at a real bookstore" - Suzanne McGee

Photo: Alamy

theparisreview:

A previously unpublished chapter of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory—once “deemed too wild, subversive and insufficiently moral for the tender minds of British children”—is now available for your delectation. It features a jaunt into Wonka’s Vanilla Fudge Room, where many wonders and precariously situated heavy machinery await. (Not an OSHA-compliant workplace, that chocolate factory.)
For more of this morning’s roundup, click here.
Illustration: Quentin Blake.

theparisreview:

A previously unpublished chapter of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory—once “deemed too wild, subversive and insufficiently moral for the tender minds of British children”—is now available for your delectation. It features a jaunt into Wonka’s Vanilla Fudge Room, where many wonders and precariously situated heavy machinery await. (Not an OSHA-compliant workplace, that chocolate factory.)

For more of this morning’s roundup, click here.

Illustration: Quentin Blake.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, the best-seller that almost never happened

Dahl’s young nephew read a draft, told him it was rubbish and so – we must assume, as it has never been found among Dahl’s otherwise meticulously kept papers – the writer threw it away. Read more »

Illustration: Quentin Blake (obviously!) 


But if agents and publishers turn up their noses at your deathless prose, these days you can bypass them entirely and publish independently. Indeed, Amazon reports that self-published books represent as much as a quarter of the top-selling list of titles on their Kindle e-book platform.

But it won’t be cheap. Want to self-publish your immortal novel? That’ll be $6,000
Photo: REX

But if agents and publishers turn up their noses at your deathless prose, these days you can bypass them entirely and publish independently. Indeed, Amazon reports that self-published books represent as much as a quarter of the top-selling list of titles on their Kindle e-book platform.

But it won’t be cheap. Want to self-publish your immortal novel? That’ll be $6,000

Photo: REX