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The Literary Fiction Communications Team

'No living writer exerts quite the same grip on the British imagination as John le Carre and his Smiley novels'

—Robert McCrum on John le Carré


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Today’s shelfie comes from publicist Lija, whose shelves demonstrate her passion for cats, old-looking books and insects trapped in resin. 


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Not only is today World Book Day, but also #MárquezDay, celebrating the peerless Gabriel García Márquez. 


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Happy World Book Day one and all. How many of the world’s top 10 most read books have you read?

Happy World Book Day one and all. How many of the world’s top 10 most read books have you read?


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We’re really enjoying Bored Panda’s ‘40 worst book covers and titles ever' today. Why Everything I Know About Women I Learned from my Tractor isn’t a million copy best-seller we’ll never know. 

We’re really enjoying Bored Panda’s ‘40 worst book covers and titles ever' today. Why Everything I Know About Women I Learned from my Tractor isn’t a million copy best-seller we’ll never know. 


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‘And the Land Lay Still,  a novel of ideas about the struggle for independence. If you want to understand, in a single volume, the emotional energy behind this year’s drama, go first to Robertson. He has the cadences of Scotland’s greatest 20th-century novelist, Lewis Grassic Gibbon, welded to a panoramic understanding of British politics and history. Among contemporary Scottish writers, his is the most ambitious intervention’ Andrew Marr in the current (‘Scotland’) issue of the New Statesman

And the Land Lay Still,  a novel of ideas about the struggle for independence. If you want to understand, in a single volume, the emotional energy behind this year’s drama, go first to Robertson. He has the cadences of Scotland’s greatest 20th-century novelist, Lewis Grassic Gibbon, welded to a panoramic understanding of British politics and history. Among contemporary Scottish writers, his is the most ambitious intervention’ Andrew Marr in the current (‘Scotland’) issue of the New Statesman


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We’re just sitting here admiring Katherine Hill’s pretty looking bookshelf. Her debut novel, The Violet Hour, was published by Penguin this month and she’s written a pretty chirpy piece about divorce in literature too: ‘if you love love, you have to love doomed love too”.

We’re just sitting here admiring Katherine Hill’s pretty looking bookshelf. Her debut novel, The Violet Hour, was published by Penguin this month and she’s written a pretty chirpy piece about divorce in literature too: ‘if you love love, you have to love doomed love too”.


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Ah, we wish we could travel into the Penguin Office every day in this van rather than the tube

Ah, we wish we could travel into the Penguin Office every day in this van rather than the tube


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We’re celebrating Valentines Day a little differently this year #modernromance

We’re celebrating Valentines Day a little differently this year #modernromance


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Tanis Rideout’s very lovely looking bookshelf – if you look closely in the corner you can see her collection of Everest-related books that were used for research purposes for her novel, Above All Things #authorshelfies

Tanis Rideout’s very lovely looking bookshelf – if you look closely in the corner you can see her collection of Everest-related books that were used for research purposes for her novel, Above All Things #authorshelfies


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