Bookish News

The bookish world is always a buzz with news, but here are a few stories that have really caught my attention. Read on to find out more!

Sophia McDougall Signing

Mars Evacuees by Sophia McDougallSophia McDougall will be launching Mars Evacuees, at the Forbidden Planet London Megastore on Thursday 27 March from 6 – 7pm! The book is a Middle Grade novel published by Egmont – read Sophia’s Mars Evacuees FAQ on her blog for more info about the book.


The fact that someone had decided I’d be safer on Mars, where you could still only SORT OF breathe the air and SORT OF not get sunburned to death, was a sign that the war with the aliens was not going fantastically well. I’d been worried that I was about to be told that my mother’s spacefighter had been shot down, so when I found out that I was being evacuated to Mars, I was pretty calm.

And, despite everything that happened afterwards, I’d do it all again. Because until you have been shot at, pursued by terrifying aliens, taught maths by a laser-shooting robot goldfish and tried to save the galaxy, I don’t think you can say that you’ve really lived. Sophia McDougall lives in London and is the bestselling adult author of the Romanitas trilogy. She was a panellist at the 2012 How The Light Gets In arts and philosophy festival at Hay. She also creates digital art and mentors aspiring writers.

New Editions of Harry Potter – with new content and covers!

Harry Potter Philosophers Stone - Jonny DuddleNow, don’t get me wrong. I love my original Harry Potter editions and will never be able to imagine any other covers as “the covers”. That said, the Harry Potter world has morphed significantly since I started reading the books. There’s the movies, the Magical World of HP, Pottermore… I guess, the world has moved on.

As well as new covers, these editions are going to be incorporating the Pottermore world into the novel. As a non-Pottermore person, is going to be super useful for me. I never know where to “start” in Pottermore, so a bit of guidance will be welcome!

Here’s the official blurb from Bloomsbury:

Bloomsbury Children’s Books are to reinvent the children’s hardback and paperback editions of the phenomenally successful Harry Potter series. Redesigned inside and out, all seven books will feature covers by award-winning artist Jonny Duddle.

Along with the brand new artwork and an updated author biography, the editions will also be reset to create a child-friendly reading experience for a new generation of readers. The titles will also contain highlights from Pottermore, the digital platform for Harry Potter. All seven titles will be published on 1st September 2014. I am going to have to put aside some space on my shelves for these new editions!

Patricia Briggs’ new Alpha & Omega book

In the world of Briggs fans, any news is good news. I hoard her Mercy-verse novels, as I never know when I will be getting another. So, the news that the fourth Alpha & Omega novel will be out in Spring 2015 was a treat. And that it will be called Dead Heat? Even better news! At last I feel free to read the third book in the series!


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