This Week In Books 25th September 2016


This week saw the unveiling of the programme for Cardiff’s very first book festival. you can read more about it here

Girl On The Train

After 6 weeks dominating the top of the book charts Harry Potter and the Cursed Child has been derailed by The Girl on the Train.


Transworld has acquired a Japanese literary novel by Natsu Miyashita about a young piano-tuner’s devotion to his craft to be translated by Haruki Murakami’s translator, Philip Gabriel.

A Forest of Wool and Steel is the coming-of-age story of a young man in a remote mountain village in Japan, who finds his calling in life after he hears his school piano being tuned,

A Forest of Wool and Steel is due published by Doubleday in late 2018.


The Baillie Gifford Prize has announced it’s Longlist for 2016. The books in the Longlist are:

Second-hand Time by Svetlana Alexievich, translated by Bela Shayevich
The Vanishing Man by Laura Cumming
Being a Beast by Charles Foster
Stalin and the Scientists by Simon Ings
Negroland: A Memoir by Margo Jefferson
This is London by Ben Judah
The Return: Fathers, Sons and the Land In Between by Hisham Matar
The Gene by Siddhartha Mukherjee
East West Street by Philippe Sands
Guilty Thing: A Life of Thomas De Quince by Frances Wilson.

The winner of the 2016 prize will be announced on Tuesday 15 November

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