Though there are a few references to Mrs. Bradford’s books (she’s published 27 books that have sold 85 million copies worldwide), the majority of the article focuses on her handbags–and her inability to get an elusive Birkin bag. I love her list of accomplishments (in addition to being a bestselling novelist she has four honorary doctorates and was appointed to the Order of the British Empire, which earned her a meeting with Queen Elizabeth and a family crest) and her husband’s devotion to her. Plus, I’m envying the bag collection. Read the full article here.
The review for Tana French’s new book Broken Harbor makes me want to stop typing, grab purse and baby, brave the subway so I can go buy a copy (bookstore of choice: Word on Franklin Street in Greenpoint, Brooklyn). Then I’d spend the entire day ignoring everything so that I can read it in as close to one helping as possible. I fell in love with Ms. French’s book Faithful Place and went back to get everything else she’d written. Then I came up against that annoying fact that the backlist is woefully short. Broken Harbor sounds like a good psychological thriller, but I love the commentary about Dublin and about people that Ms. French incorporates into all of her stories. Not convinced that you should go out and buy a copy? Read the article here and be persuaded.
Julie Bosman reports that e-books have become the preferred format for adult fiction in 2011, according to publishers in a newly released survey. People are switching to e-books at the expense of print books and people want to read more than ever. So everyone predicting the demise of the publishing industry can shut up about it now. It seems that people are actually reading on their electronic devices (iphones, android phones, tablets, e-reading devices, etc) rather than just surfing the net or playing words with friends. Read the article here.