The Girl in the Spider’s Web, the 4th book in Stieg Larsson’s phenomenally successful Millennium Series (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest, The Girl Who Played with Fire) is coming out on the 27th of August, only this time the book is not written by Larsson who died in 2004. Larsson’s publisher, unable to resist another bonanza (The Millennium Series have sold 80 million copies!), has commissioned David Lagercrantz, a Swedish author and biographer, to write a sequel based on Larsson’s characters and universe. Smells fishy to me…
There’s an avalanche of new exciting books coming our way over the next few months, many by authors we haven’t heard from in a while and one from an author we haven’t heard from in half a decade!
It’s hard to recommend classics to your teenage children without running the risk of turning them off forever (just the fact that it’s coming from you might be enough…). The Guardian has a clever answer: a list based on the ‘If you liked…’ principle. Well worth a look.
The Guardian has made a very good list of children’s books that promote tolerance. Authors range from Malala and Amnesty International’s collection of short stories to Michael Morpurgo and Benjamin Zephaniah and there is something for every age range.
I’m a huge admirer of James Wood, the New Yorker’s book critic and one of the English speaking world’s most influential reviewers. His thoughtful and intelligent reviews never disappoint. Here are his top picks from 2014.