A writer has just won a legal battle with Marvel and DC, but how do publishers usually fare in the courts?A writer scored a significant victory over publishers this week, when comic book giants Marvel and DC – who had tried to block Graham Jules from using “superhero” in the title of his self-help manual Business Zero to Superhero – backed down after more than two years, just before a hearing in London. Their double shame (first coming across as bullies, then failing) raises the question: how well do publishers fare when they sue or are sued – are they legal superheroes or zeroes? Regina v Penguin, AKA the Chatterley trial (1960) The crown sought the banning of DH Lawrence’s Lady Chatterley’s Lover under the Obscene Publications Act, and equally ill-advisedly the prosecution was led by fuddy-duddy Mervyn Griffith-Jones, who notoriously urged jurors to reject the book as one they would not wish their “wife or servants to read”. They backed Penguin’s right to publish instead, in a case seen as heralding 60s permissiveness (or, as portrayed in Larkin’s “Annus Mirabilis”, the arrival of “sexual intercourse”). Publisher win Continue reading...
If you’re lucky, you’ll be spending this long weekend barbecuing or beaching or participating in some other kind of ecstatic relaxation to usher in summer. But since you can’t actually spend all of your time staring into the sun or drinking whiskey lemonades, you might need a little extra stimulation—and since this is the last weekend […]
Pamela Butchart and illustrator Thomas Flintham are crowned overall winners of this year’s Children’s Book Award Pamela Butchart’s My Head Teacher Is a Vampire Rat illustrated by Thomas Flintham has just been announced as The Children’s Book Award winner 2016. The book was crowned winner of the overall prize, shortly after winning the Books for Young Readers category! My Head Teacher Is a Vampire Rat is a zany story about a group of kids who decide that their new head teacher is a vampire. They’ve figured it out because he is quite scary, has the blinds down in his office all day and has banned garlic bread at lunch! The book is fast-paced, irreverent and full of explosive illustration. Continue reading...
Riding the wave of Alexander Hamilton mania drummed up by the Broadway hit about the Founding Father, Elizabeth Cobbs’s forthcoming novel, ‘The Hamilton Affair,’ has been given a presale boost from two major chains.
Italian economists find access to books can materially affect earnings compared with those who grew up with few or none “A room without books is like a body without a soul,” observed the Roman philosopher, Cicero. It can also be a sign of financial hardship to come. New research has uncovered a strong correlation between the earnings of adults and whether they grew up surrounded by books as children. Continue reading...
With springtime comes the launch of our our annual Women’s Poetry Competition! First prize is £2,000, plus a retreat at the beautiful Cove Park and a mentoring session with The Poetry Review editor. We also have a special prize for unpublished poets, to make this a brilliantRead More
Here’s what to read when you’re expecting. Mayo Clinic Guide to Your Baby's First Year: From Doctors Who Are Parents, Too! "Our pediatrician gave us a copy of an older version and it was the best reference. No parenting advice, just unbiased information. I give it to every new parent I know." —Lou LaChute, Facebook "They weren’t alarmist and let you know what to be watchful for without being scary. I also liked how everything was broken down month by month as well as by topic. I found them super helpful." —jilliang4ee629412 "It gave me a good heads up of what to expect with my first baby, and I've even cracked it open a couple of times with my second." —Justine Fitting, Facebook Da Capo Lifelong Books The Girlfriends' Guide to Pregnancy by Vicki Iovine "It's both hysterical and incredibly accurate about what exactly is going to go on with your body." —Maimah Phillips, Facebook Pocket Books Toddlers Are A**holes: It's Not Your Fault by Bunmi Laditan "If you ever look at your toddler and wonder what they are thinking, this book will answer that question. It's sarcastic and funny, but oh so relatable." —Sara Lee, Facebook "You HAVE to read Toddlers are A**holes. Go ahead and read it when yours is still an infant to get a good chuckle, and then read it again when that infant is a toddler and you need some reassurance that the craziness is normal." —eryncuz Workman Publishing Company View Entire List ›
J.M. Coetzee, the South African novelist, said at the Palestine Festival of Literature that it was rarely "productive" to use the word apartheid. But he implied that Israel was enforcing such a system in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.
“Neighborhood Tokyo” is a portrait of an average Tokyo neighborhood in Shinagawa Ward where Harvard Anthropologist Theodore Bestor did fieldwork from the late 1970s to early ’80s. Though the book is a rigorous study of social life, Bestor’s wit and candor open it up to general readers. Neighborhood Tokyo, by Theodore C. Bestor347 pagesStanford University […] The post ‘Neighborhood Tokyo’ dispels myths about the megacity appeared first on The Japan Times.
So you want to be a military science fiction author. You’ve read the classics from all the major authors, and you’ve got a great idea for a novel. Except you haven’t served in the military, and don’t know much beyond what you’ve seen on TV and in movies. Here are 11 books of military history you might want to read before diving in.
He writes about many things other than combat, but all take us into the trenches as he saw them. He writes about fear and panic. He writes about having to live outside, just like a wild animal. Jünger sees the beauty and perhaps you will see it too. This doesn't need to change how you judge war; coral snakes and tsunamis are beautiful too.
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