BOOK NEWS: The Wonky Donkey goes viral, Henry Cavill cast in The Witcher and a new award for The Dry!

by |September 12, 2018

If you’ve been wondering what’s been going on in the world of books lately, check out this quick news roundup!

The Wonky Donkey takes over the world …

The Wonky Donkey by New Zealander author, Craig Smith, is selling out in bookstores everywhere after this adorable video when viral over the weekend. The video shows a Scottish grandmother laughing uncontrollably while trying to read the book to her grandchild. This video is taking over the world and with good reason. Watch it and try not to laugh!

Henry Cavill is Geralt!

Henry Cavill (AKA Superman) has been cast to play the lead character, Geralt,  in an upcoming Netflix series called The Witcher, based on the bestselling series of books by Andrzej Sapkowski.

Netflix says, “The Witcher is described as “an epic tale of fate and family. Geralt of Rivia, a solitary monster hunter, struggles to find his place in a world where people often prove more wicked than beasts. But when destiny hurtles him toward a powerful sorceress, and a young princess with a dangerous secret, the three must learn to navigate the increasingly volatile Continent together.”

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Jane Harper wins Barry Award

Jane Harper’s bestselling debut novel, The Dry, has won The Barry Award for Best First Mystery Novel!

The Barry Award is a crime literary prize awarded annually since 1997 by the editors of Deadly Pleasures, an American quarterly publication for crime fiction readers.

Hot Tip: Weekly Book Rec

One of our biggest selling titles this past week was No Friend But the Mountains: Writing from Manus Prison by Behrouz Boochani. Published at the end of July, this book seems to be selling more and more copies, with popularity spreading by word of mouth.

The story of how Behrouz Boochani wrote the entire book in Manus Prison, painstakingly typing each sentence out in text messages, is just mind-blowing. Poetic and heartbreaking, click here to order your copy of the book everyone is talking about.

No Friend But the Mountainsby Behrouz Boochani, Omid Tofighian (Translator)

No Friend But the Mountains

Writing from Manus Prison

by Behrouz Boochani, Omid Tofighian (Translator)

Where have I come from? From the land of rivers, the land of waterfalls, the land of ancient chants, the land of mountains...

Since 2013, Kurdish journalist Behrouz Boochani has been held in the Manus Island offshore processing centre.

People would run to the mountains to escape the warplanes and found asylum within their chestnut forests...

This book is the result. Laboriously tapped out on a mobile phone and translated from the Farsi. It is a voice of witness, an act of survival. A lyric first-hand account. A cry of resistance. A vivid portrait through five years of incarceration and exile.

Do Kurds have any friends other than the mountains?

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Sarah McDuling is Booktopia's Senior Content Producer and Editor of The Booktopian Blog. She has been in the bookselling game for almost a decade and a dedicated booklover since birth (potentially longer). At her happiest when reading a book, Sarah also enjoys talking/writing/tweeting about books. In her spare time, she often likes to buy a lot of books and take photographs of books. You can follow her on Twitter and Instragram @sarahmcduling

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