BOOK NEWS: A lost story from Sylvia Plath, a new podcast from Michael Connelly and Costa Book Award Winners!

by |January 11, 2019

A lost story from Sylvia Plath

A recently discovered short story by Sylvia Plath is due to be published latest this month, more than 55 years after her death.  Faber will be publishing the short story as part of a Faber Stories series which will celebrate the company’s 90th anniversary. (Pssst! Quick sidebar: the Faber Stories series will also include a brand new Sally Rooney story called Mr Salary)

The title of Sylvia Plath’s short story is Mary Ventura and the Ninth Kingdom and it was written in 1952 when Sylvia Plath was just 20 years old and studying at Smith College. Plath reportedly described it as a “vague symbolic tale” and while she did submit the story for publication on Mademoiselle magazine. It was not accepted and several years later Plath revisited the short story, changing the title and revising it to be less sinister than the original.  This will be the first publication of the original version.

Mary Ventura and the Ninth Kingdom will be published on the 22nd of January and is available to order now from Booktopia.

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Michael Connelly’s Murder Book Podcast

Bestselling author, Michael Connelly will be launching a new True Crime Podcast on January 28th. Hosted by the author himself, the podcast will be called Murder Book and will explore real  homicide cases not covered by the main stream media. The title of Season One is “The Tell Tale Bullet” and will investigate a 30 year old case involving a Hollywood carjacking.

“The Murder Book podcast will tell it like it is from the front line of the justice system,” says Connelly. “Exploring the stories of law officers who are relentless in their pursuit of justice and the truth. These will be stories that inspire me and may inspire the listeners as well.”

Winners accounted for the Costa Book Awards

Winners have been announced for the 2018 Costa Book Awards.

The award for Best Novel was given to The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton.

Sally Rooney won the Best Novel award for Normal People and the award for Best Biography was given to The Cut Out Girl by Bart van Es.

The Poetry Award went to J.O. Morgan for Assurances and the award for Best Children’s Book was given to Hilary McKay for The Syklarks’ War.

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Sarah McDuling is Booktopia's Category Manager for Children's and Young Adult Books. 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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