Friday, 19 August 2016

Compass Points 180

August is Women in Translation month – as you probably all already know! If you are late to the party but want to join in – then there are lots of great recommendations under the #WIT over on Twitter. And Other Stories of course have lots of ideal titles for this promotion, and Carcanet too are celebrating by throwing the spotlight on some of their finest female translators and translated poets. Here are their excellent recommendations from six different countries. From Austria they’ve chosen Friederike Mayröcker’s Raving Language: Selected Poems 1946-2006 translated by Richard Dove. This is one of Europe's most exciting avant-garde writers who really pushes the boundaries of language. Powerful pared-down poems from post-war Germany can be found in Sarah Kirsch’s Ice Roses: Selected Poems which is translated by Anne Stokes. The War Works Hard by Dunya Mikhail translated by Elizabeth Winslow is a painful exploration of exile and one women's view of the war in Iraq. From Lebanon, Alphabets of Sand by Venus Khoury-Ghata, translated by Marilyn Hacker is a collection of haunting and luminous poems which negotiate the poet's dual Lebanese-French heritage and finally Selected Poems by Natalya Gorbanevskaya, translated by Daniel Weissbort and Valentina Polukhina is a momentous selection whose publication helped to free the poet from false imprisonment in a Soviet psychiatric hospital. You can find out more about all of these titles on the Carcanet website here.
What do you think is the UK’s most popular fairytale? Beauty and the Beast? Snow White? Find out here in today’s Bookseller!

The Not the Booker 2016 shortlist has been revealed – and many congratulations to Freight who have a title on it! This annual award is run by the Guardian as alternative to the official Booker prize and they have now narrowed their longlist of 147 contenders to six novels, all of them from indie publishers. These are: The Combinations by Louis Armand (Equus), The Less Than Perfect Legend of Donna Creosote by Dan Micklethwaite (Bluemoose Books), Walking the Lights by Deborah Andrews (Freight Books), The Summer That Melted Everything by Tiffany McDaniel (Scribe), Chains of Sand by Jemma Wayne (Legend Press) and What Will Remain by Dan Clements (Silvertail). If you’d like to get involved, read reviews of the books  and vote for your favourite, then go to the Not the Booker Guardian page here.

Walking the Lights by Deborah Andrews (pb, £9.99, 978 1910449882) was published in June and tells the tale of recently graduated young actor Maddie who lives the slacker life in mid-90s Glasgow with deadbeat boyfriend Mike. Estranged from her mother due to a violent step-dad, most of the young couple's meagre resources go on drink and drugs. Maddie and some friends harbour hopes of putting on their own production of The Tempest. As she moves from one low-paid jobbing acting role to another, and from the abusive relationship with Mike to talented artist Alex, can Maddie confront the past and find a way of living in the present? Walking the Lights perfectly evokes 90’s Britain and those living on the margins, while others prosper. This is a compelling study of one young woman learning the life of an actor, as she learns how to live life, negotiating the self-destructive temptations of young adulthood. It has already had some great five star reviews: “In Maddie, Andrews has created a damaged heroine so warm, likeable and credible the reader is powerless to resist falling for her” and “Grim but very readable and, ultimately, uplifting” are typical. You can see a great YouTube vlog review for Walking the Lights here and you can read an extract from it in The Skinny here.

One of the more unusual stories this week is that a new beer going to be made from yeast swabbed from Roald Dahl's writing chair. WTF? Read the whole story here in the Independent – but yes, it’s true, Mr. Twit's Odious Ale concocted by micro distillery 40FT Brewery and food designers Bompass & Parr has been brewed utilising yeast swabbed from the wood of Roald Dahl's famous writing chair; a specially-adapted armchair created to ease the pain of a back injury sustained during WWII, as the author avoided writing at a desk. With the permission of Dahl's estate, brewers took a swab from the chair itself, which will be used to culture all the yeast needed for the beer. Hmmm.

The Indomitable Frank Whitcombe: How a Genial Giant from Cardiff Became a Rugby League Legend in Yorkshire and Australia from Martin Whitcombe and Bill Bridge is getting some absolutely brilliant review coverage: it’s been described as “a real belter” and “a gem”. This title was published in May by St David’s Press and tells the incredible story of rugby league legend Frank Whitcombe (1913-1958); one of the greatest Welsh rugby league forwards of all time who played for Bradford Northern, Wales, and Great Britain. called it “one of the greatest rugby titles we’ve ever seen” and wrote “It’s quite obvious that the sport of rugby has changed since the early days, but it’s always great to take a trip down memory lane.   The Indomitable Frank Whitcombe is an extra special text because it is written by Frank’s grandson, who carried on the family tradition with Leicester Tigers and England B, and Bill Bridge, who was sports editor of the Yorkshire Post for almost 30 years. Frank was a one-of-a-kind athlete and person.  He was good at everything he tried and actually started with boxing but decided to go the rugby route and the rest is history.  Whitcombe didn’t have an easy time as an elite player, reaching his peak in a turbulent era.  It was a rough time for all involved and even world-class rugby players paid the ultimate price during WWII.  
Sports peaked after the war and rugby was no different.  Whitcombe headed off to Australia in one of sport’s most epic journeys, the Indomitables Tour of 1946. It’s hard to pick out the proudest moment of his career, considering the fact that he won the Rugby League Challenge Cup three times, the Rugby League Championship three times, and was capped by both Wales and Great Britain.   Simply put, Whitcombe had an illustrious career, one that literally spanned the world.  He was the ultimate teammate, a great person, and an even better role model for future stars.  Tragically he passed away in 1958 at the young age of 44. Frank Whitcombe’s brilliance came in multiple ways: stardom in the golden age of rugby, putting his mark on his family’s sport legacy, and perhaps most importantly, setting a standard for the game moving forward.
The book was a joy from cover to cover, full of great memories from his life and times.  The collections of photos and statistics make the book that much approachable.  We have to commend the authors for putting together one of the greatest rugby titles we have ever seen.  It is a great book for a great man.” This title looks like one that will sell right through the Autumn and be an ideal Christmas present for sports loving fathers and grandfathers. The Indomitable Frank Whitcombe (pb, £19.99, 978 1902719474) is available now.

Absolutely LOVE this story reported in the Independent here about the wand shop Mystical Moments in Huddersfield; who has banned Harry Potter fans because they’re not genuine wizards. The Sun originally reported how the owner Mr Carter, 57, is refusing to sell the wands to them because they are not to be used for yelling “Expecto Patronum”, but instead are intended for use in drawing protective circles, warding off evil forces, or to bring good fortune. "You wouldn’t believe how many real witches and wizards there are knocking about" Mr Carter stated. "They know they can come here and reveal themselves without people thinking they’re mental. I don’t have customers who have been Harry Potterfied. If I had someone come in wanting a wand just because they liked Harry Potter I would not sell them one, no matter how much they were offering." However, much as I love this story – I love JK Rowling’s retort even more. In response to the headline Harry Potter Fans Banned for not being Real Wizards she tweeted “Oh yeah? Well I don’t think they’re real wands.” Genius.

And while we’re on the subject of Harry Potter; BuzzFeed recently visited Leviosa — a Harry Potter convention in Las Vegas — and asked the fans which they considered were the most underappreciated moments in the series. Here's the top 16 they came up with!

Claire Fox’s Provocations title I Find That Offensive (pb, £10.00, 978 1849549813) published by Biteback is still provoking plenty of reaction in the press. There is an interesting article in the Huffington Post here which argues forcibly against Claire’s declaration that today’s ‘generation snowflake’ women are a fragile, thin-skinned younger generation that can’t cope with conflicting views, let alone criticism. All good stuff and should keep the book selling nicely!

Another Biteback Provocations title, The Myth of Meritocracy by James Bloodworth (pb, £10.00, 978 1785900532) sparked a great piece in the Guardian. Entitled Is the New Meritocracy a sham? it begins “No sooner had Theresa May announced her first cabinet than the Daily Mail trumpeted the “March of the new meritocrats”. Goodbye old Etonians (give or take a Boris), hello state-school kids. While the Labour party was tearing itself apart, the Tories had taken the country out of Europe, probably destroyed the economy for generations to come, seen off its leader and yet somehow emerged rebuilt and glowing with egalitarian promise. Forget David Cameron’s Notting Hill set, this was the Grange Hill set. May herself was (partly) state-educated, her chief of staff, Nick Timothy, is a working-class lad made good by a grammar school education, Justine Greening is the first education secretary to go to a mainstream comprehensive secondary school, and the party’s new chairman, Patrick McLoughlin, is a former miner. Only 30% of the cabinet has been privately educated and 44% had Oxbridge degrees.” You can find that Guardian piece here : it is very readable and makes lots of very thought provoking points.
If you’re one of the many booksellers who have written a book – and are hoping to make the transition from bookseller to published author – then you could probably do a lot worse than read these words of wisdom from Urbane founder and MD Mathew Smith writing on on how to get that elusive deal!

Today marks the 80th anniversary of the great twentieth-century Spanish poet Federico García Lorca’s death. Lorca’s A Season in Granada (pb, £7.95, 978 0856462993) published by Carcanet has a fabulously summery cover and brings together poems and letters and an essay previously unpublished in English. The writings form a dazzling, elegiac celebration of the city of Granada, where Lorca grew up, where he studied, and to which he returned frequently in his life and in his imagination. And where he would die. In Christopher Maurer’s words, the twenty poems in the two Suites, Poem of the Fair and Summer Hours, draw on “the structural ideas and whimsical tone of one of Lorca’s favourite composers, Claude Debussy. The idea was to capture some phenomenon – the moon, the hours of evening, the ocean, wheat fields, flamenco – in a series of stylized ‘moments’. These poems, essays and letters are remarkable for their freshness and vitality, and go right to the heart of his extraordinary and passionate vision.”

What better way to finish today than with a piece of music by one of Lorca’s favourite composers? In celebration of the glorious weather we’ve been enjoying recently I think Prélude à l'Après-midi d'un faune composed in 1894 by Debussy is still one of the most evocative pieces for a hot languid summer afternoon ever written. Enjoy!
Rather than bringing you any tweets from this week, here are some of our favourite book displays so far this summer...

Loving the look of this Polygon breakfast launch at the Edinburgh Book Festival for the latest Alexander McCall Smith title The Bertie Project – just look at those delicious bites of yumminess from Valvona Crolla!
Sunlight catching the lovely selection of #WiTMonth titles in Pages of Hackney including lots from And Other Stories.
A nice display for Tom Pickard’s The Winter Migrants at Forum Books in Corbridge, Northumberland
Urbane thriller author Christopher Lowery in WH Smith with The Angolan Clan and The Rwandan Hostage
A great selection of #FreightAtTheFestival titles in Edinburgh
A packed theatre at the London School of Economics to see Sir Malcolm Rifkind talking about his new book Power and Pragmatism published by Biteback
Five Leaves Bookshop in in Nottingham, who has turned its 'Fiction in Translation' section into a 'Women in Translation' display and has made Lina Wolff’s Bret Easton Ellis and Other Dogs published by And Other Stories, its August Book of the Month.

That’s all for now folks! More next week!

This blog is taken from a newsletter which is sent weekly to over 700 booksellers as well as publishers and publicists. If you would like to order any of the titles mentioned, then please talk to your Compass Sales Manager, or call the office on 020 8326 5696.

Friday, 22 July 2016

Compass Points 179

We’re very pleased to see that The Un-Discovered Islands by Malachy Tallack (hb, £14.99, 978 1846973505) has just been featured in the Guardian's Top 10 of best new travel books for 2016 which you can read in full here. The Un-Discovered Islands: An Archipelago of Myths and Mysteries, Phantoms and Fakes is published by Polygon in October, and is a fascinating exploration of some of the world's strangest places, accompanied by  glorious full-colour illustrations by Katie Scott, who has previously worked with the New York Times, Kew Gardens and the BBC and is the illustrator of the stunning Animalium and the forthcoming Botanicum. Gathered in the book are two dozen islands once believed to be real but no longer on the map. These are the products of imagination, deception and simple human error. They are phantoms and fakes: an archipelago of ex-isles and forgotten lands.
From the well-known story of Atlantis to more obscure tales from around the globe; from ancient history right up to the present day. This is an atlas of legend and wonder; of places discovered and then un-discovered. The Un-Discovered Islands has a gorgeous cover and these beautiful posters for it are available for window displays –  if you’d like some then please email

We love a bookshop romance – and this week the news pages were full of lovely pics of the marriage of Victoria and ex-Waterstone’s bookseller Jonathan O’Brien, who met up via the Waterstone’s Oxford Street twitter feed!  Have a read here of how @WstonesOxfordSt led to love!

The Bookseller this week previewed books for the Autumn that focus on religion and spiritualty – and they feel that there is a definitely dearth of good books on these subject this year. However, I’m pleased to say that they highlighted one coming up from Jessica Kingsley Publishing as a title to look out for – it’s published in September. If You Sit Very Still (pb, £12.99, 9781785921407) by Marian Partington is a new paperback edition of a book which the Express originally said “should feature on everybody's bookshelf alongside such life guides as Shakespeare and the Bible.” When the news broke that her missing sister Lucy had been murdered, Marian Partington had one of two choices to make. She could let the grief and rage she felt overwhelm her, or she could try to turn her trauma into something good. Lucy Partington's remains were discovered in Fred and Rosemary West's basement at 25 Cromwell Street, Gloucester in 1994, 21 years after her disappearance and in this powerful and lyrical book, Marian, reclaims Lucy from the status of victim and finds an authentic and compassionate response to her traumatic loss. Her inspiring narrative of healing draws on Buddhist and Quaker practices and culminates in restorative justice work in prisons. Rowan Williams called it: “an extraordinary story of inner movement and growth. It is a book about the massive difficulty of anything like reconciliation in the wake of outrage. There is nothing easily consoling here, but rather a sense of stillness, acceptance and hope - both given and worked for.” It has a new foreword by Marina Cantacuzino who calls it “An outstanding and beautifully crafted redemptive memoir.” And you can order it now.

There is lots of publicity coming up for Malcolm Rifkind’s Power and Pragmatism: The Memoirs of Malcolm Rifkind which has just been published by Biteback. There have been reviews in the Mail on Sunday, the Sunday Times, The Big Issue, the Jewish Chronicle, and the New Statesman with more broadsheet reviews to come! Malcolm will be out and about promoting the book this summer and Autumn – there was a launch at Biteback HQ in London this week, and then he’ll be at literary festivals in Lewes, Edinburgh, Henley Cheltenham and Wigtown.

As a survey declares that 63 per cent of men think they don't read enough, here's a list in the Telegraph of the Top Ten recent titles – fiction and non-fiction – that they reckon will get men back to books!

The craze for adult colouring books shows absolutely no sign of stopping any time soon – and one title that is selling extremely well at present is the David Bowie Colouring Book! Even if this is not the sort of thing your shop might normally stock – you may want to have a look and grab some of those sales for yourself! Featuring 30 spreads, David Bowie: Starman: A Colouring Book (pb, £9.99, 978 0859655507 offers a uniquely creative way to remember this daring, chameleonic icon who changed popular music forever.
Every spread captures one of his Bowie’s personas: Ziggy Stardust, Aladdin Sane, Goblin King, Thin White Duke etc as an illustration to colour in; there’s a veritable kaleidoscope of his ever-changing styles. But this title is much more than just an ordinary colouring book, which is probably one reason why it’s doing so well.  On every page are also loads of quotes, facts and memories of Bowie from those who knew him best, making it essential reading for fans of every generation. The great thing is that once you’ve coloured in the pics you’ve created your very own personal Bowie memory book. David Bowie: Starman: A Colouring Book is published by Plexus. The pictures are by Coco Balderrama and the text is by Laura Coulman

Reviewers, readers and bookseller are all absolutely loving Yuri Herrera’s The Transmigration of Bodies (9781908276728, pb, £8.88) which has just been published by And Other Stories. The Guardian called it “bracingly unbookish . . . The after-effect is more like that of a video game or Marvel comic, with both the brightness and unabashed flatness those entail. Darkly satisfying . . . Swift, slick images and one-liners glitter at regular intervals.” You can read that review here. The Spectator said: “Herrera’s brilliantly surreal turns of phrase mirror the strangeness of the world: he knows that brutal everyday truths are best revealed through dreams. Blood-soaked, driven deep and expertly written.” which you can read here. (And incidentally, there’s a great review for Pascal Garnier’s Too Close to the Edge from Gallic in that Spectator piece too!)There is an extract from this novel in the current issue of Granta – read that  here. Booksellers are loving it too – Gary Perry at Foyle’s recently tweeted “Herrera and @andothertweets have done it again. A hit from the first line!” More rave reviews are excepted shortly from the Times, London Review of Books, Times Literary Supplement, New Statesman and more

LOVE this glorious weather! And here are ten songs from the NME that make the perfect heatwave playlist. Listen to these roasting tracks while you soak up the sun!  

The Radio Times Guide to Films is the UK’s biggest and bestselling film guide, and the new 2017 edition is published in September. Last year’s edition sold 10,000 copies – so this is something to look forward to! I love the new cover featuring ET –  one of my all-time favourites – and with the new Spielberg film The BFG opening this weekend, it’s an apt choice. This edition has a whopping total of 1,712 pages –  it’s the most comprehensive edition ever! It features in-depth reviews for more than 24,000 films and has more than 500 new entries. As always, there is a Radio Times star rating/review of each movie from the Radio Times team of experts as well as cast, character, writer and director credits; family viewing advice and DVD and Blu-ray availability for all titles. There’s an Awards section which covers the Oscar and Bafta nominees and winners in all the key categories as well as all the major winners for the Golden Globe awards, and Cannes and Berlin film festivals. It also includes previews of upcoming new movies running all the way through to 2019. Radio Times always do lots of press and PR for this title; gets 8 million hits a month, and the magazine has a readership of 2 million. The Radio Times Guide to Films 2017 (pb, £27.50, 978 0992936433) is published in September.

And since ET is on the front cover, let’s watch one of the most famous moments from that fantastic film!

You are already familiar with two poetry books for gardeners by Liz Cowley: Outside in my Dressing Gown, and Gardening in Slippers, both of which are bestsellers. Rather surprisingly perhaps, Liz’s next book is a gripping thriller in the best traditions of Barbara Vine, Patricia Highsmith and Val McDermid. Serial Damage is a classic killer thriller with a page-turning plot which opens with a series of apparently unconnected murders taking place in equally disconnected locations all over the world. We discover that they are in fact, the result of one man’s obsessive mind, arising from a series of slights and disappointments since childhood for which he seeks methodical and terrible revenge. Because of the geographical spread of his mysterious, ‘motiveless’ murders, they might normally be impossible to solve, but one police psychologist may hold the dramatic key to his capture…. Urbane are great at publicising their authors, so we can expect lots of articles and interviews with Liz about moving from genteel poet to blood-thirsty thriller writer! Serial Damage by Liz Cowley and Donough O’Brien (pb, £8.99, 978 1911129455) is published by Urbane in September.

Ken Hom is a household name in Britain, his wildly popular cookbooks and brand-named woks can be found in one out of every eight British kitchens. In September, Robson Press are published his story: Ken Hom: My Sir-fried Life (hb, £20, 978 1849549783). This is a fascinating tale of how food transformed the life of a boy brought up in poverty in Chicago's Chinatown but who went on to become one of the world's greatest authorities on Chinese and Asian food. His story begins with a tough childhood in Chicago. Aged just eight months when his father died, Hom was raised by his mother in an atmosphere of abject poverty. Food was his escape; it was a passion and solitary comfort, and it was a way of earning money, as an 11-year-old schoolboy, Ken worked in the kitchen of his uncle's Chinese restaurant, where he developed an interest in cooking. From obscure beginnings, Hom went on to become one of the most celebrated TV chefs of all time, not only transforming his own life, but also changing the British perception of Asian food. My Stir-fried Life is the epicurean's epic, a gastronomic narrative that lifts the spirits, tantalises the taste buds and feeds the soul of anyone and everyone who loves food, from the keen novice to the accomplished connoisseur. There has been lots of interest from the media in this charming and funny memoir – it has a brilliant cover, and should sell really well. Ken will be promoting the books on 1st October – Saturday Kitchen (1/10/16) and on This Morning on ITV, Midweek on Radio 4 and on the Simon Mayo show on BBC Radio 2. (5/10/16) He’ll also be on 5Live, BBC London and LBC. On the print side, there’s lots of interest for profile interviews from the Telegraph, Sunday News Review, Observer Food Monthly and the Express. Delicious Magazine also want to do a podcast interview, and Ken will also be featured in the Telegraph’s My Kind of Town, the Sunday Times Time & Place, and the Express’s My Favourite Photo. He will be at the Daunts Festival in October. My Stir-fried Life should be absolutely everywhere this Autumn – and you can order it now!

Click here to see a bit of Ken Hom in action!

We like to end with a music title – and this week we have a cracker! Amy: A Life Through the Lens (hb, £20.00, 978 1785582011) is a stunning, photographic memorial of the life of the late Amy Winehouse from renowned celebrity photographers Darren and Elliott Bloom. Some of these photographs appeared in the Oscar-winning documentary Amy; and you can watch the trailer for that here ; what a brilliant film. Amy: A Life Through the Lens draws from the Blooms’ remarkably close working relationship with Amy, which, through a family friendship, predated her fame. Covering the last five years of Amy’s life, the Blooms caption the photographs with stories of affectionate remembrance, revealing an enchanting side to Amy little known to those outside her inner circle. The five-time Grammy award-winner singer-songwriter burst onto the scene with her debut album Frank in 2003 and her legacy continues to pave the way for new artists years after her tragic death at age twenty-seven in 2011. Amy Winehouse: A Life Through the Lens, is a stunning book honouring and showcasing her life both on and off the stage. It contains over 120 superb full colour photos and it is published by Omnibus in November.

And here’s a reminder of just what an amazing artist she was.

Compass is on Twitter! Follow us @CompassIPS. This week we bring you a selection of amusing book related tweets as featured on Buzzfeed...

Shut up, Mike @shutupmikeginn: Authors: please stop putting songs in books. Just write, "and then a song happened." We'll understand.

Cool Eric @obieeee: *my wife catches me in bed looking at an optical illusions book* HONEY, NO IT'S NOT WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE.

Sage Boggs @sageboggs: Props to people who still read entire books. I just got bored halfway through a billboard

Sam Grittner @samgrittner: Thought the internet was running REALLY slow but I was just reading a book.

Sol Fish@solfish: everyone: don't judge a book by its cover. People who make book covers for a living: wait what

Dory @dory: dude remember the scholastic book fair? The best week in school

Chris@bassoonjokes: rottentomatoes for books. War and Peace 27% - rotten! "more like bore and peace!" – Dave

Jazmasta:jazmasta: Before books were invented by JK Rowling in 2001, people used to just read the ingredients on shampoo bottles on the train.

Why @urplepingo: Books are a magical gateway to boring universes that don't have streaming movies

Julius Shapre@juliussharpe: No reason to actually read. If you buy thousands of used books and display them on a shelf, everyone will assume you read them.

Ester@jamejefraser: reads book: *favourite character dies* me: maybe if i read this again he won't die this time

Compass Points is now off on holiday! The next edition will be on August 19th.

This blog is taken from an e-newsletter which is sent weekly to over 700 booksellers as well as publishers and publicists. If you would like to order any of the titles mentioned, then please talk to your Compass Sales Manager, or call the office on 020 8326 5696.

Thursday, 14 July 2016

Compass Points 178

Well, you’d expect Biteback to be completely on top of all the latest political shenanigans, and sure enough they have already snapped up what Iain Dale is calling “the definitive biography” of Theresa May. Theresa May: The Path to Power is by journalist Rosa Prince; author of Comrade Corbyn of course. The book promises to tell the story of "one of the most extraordinary people ever to enter No. 10. Twenty days after Britain’s dramatic vote to leave the European Union, a new Prime Minister has captured Downing Street", the synopsis of the book reads. "Few are more surprised than May herself. At the start of this extraordinary summer, the formidable May had been on the cusp of becoming the longest-serving Home Secretary in history. Then the unexpected happened." It continues: "David Cameron’s sudden resignation unleashed a leadership contest like no other – and saw the showier rivals for this crown fall one by one with dizzying speed. Britain’s second-ever female premier is a self-styled unflashy politician, a vicar’s daughter whose commitment to public service was instilled during her Oxfordshire childhood. With one of the strongest marriages in politics, the Vogue-reading, cookbook-devouring, kitten heel-wearing May has overcome personal sadness to forge a reputation as one of the most respected and diligent politicians of her era."
Rosa Prince said: "It is an honour to be writing the life of Britain's second female Prime Minister – particularly when she is as fascinating and impressive a character as Theresa May. The events leading up to her coronation were among the most dramatic in modern British politics and will make for a compelling story." Theresa May: The Path to Power will be published in January 2017 and will naturally be supported by a major publicity campaign – there have already been pieces in The Times Diary and Total Politics. Incidentally, Comrade Corbyn: A Very Unlikely Coup (pb, £9.99, 978 1785901188) also by Rosa Prince is out in paperback in September. The Mirror called it "a real political thriller with a revolutionary ending. This is British politics' most incredible political journey. Ever."

Over on Twitter, absolutely everyone is making the same joke about Theresa and her cabinet. Here’s the first version – but the whole of social media are saying it – possibly time to move on from this particular LOL now I think!

Clarkson@Jeremy Clarkson: Oh for fuck’s sake. May and Hammond. Really? We will end up thick and lost.

And if we’re talking political jokes, we just know you want to see these 23 great pictures of our most senior diplomat!

If you want to find out whether you are more or less diplomatic than the bumptious blond one – then do take this fun quiz on BuzzFeed now!

Interesting news that in the US, the massive craze for Pokémon Go is causing a big increase in footfall into bookshops and libraries; and not just footfall – those crazy Pokémon hunters are actually buying books too! According to Whitney Hu, the manager of the Strand Bookstore in New York, the game is luring in brand new customers: “people who aren’t avid readers or buy their books online. For people visiting the city, you might not have a bookstore listed on your go-to list but if it’s a Pokéstop nearby your hotel, you might go explore it.” Libraries are getting in on the act too, with the likes of Omaha library tweeting “Obsessed with Pokémon Go? All 12 of our library branches are Poke stops – come train with us!” Read the full story here. Could the same thing happen over here? Yep, I think it already has – with Blackwell’s tweeting this week: “I do believe that one of those delightful Pokémon thingumajigs has been snaffled in the Norrington Room #PokemonGo “ and Samuel French Ltd reminding us that actually, who cares about “#PokemonGO? Pfff, independent bookshops have offered chances to run into odd, unexpected creatures that avoid human contact for CENTURIES.” Very true!
As the world gets ready for Rio, cast your mind back to July 2005, when the world held a collective intake of breath as IOC president Jacques Rogge declared: 'The games of the 30th Olympiad in 2012 are awarded to the city of … London.' Despite the images of jubilant crowds in the streets of Britain's capital, there were some, like Lance Forman, for whom those words spelled only dread and uncertainty. His 100-year-old family business, H. Forman & Son, the country's finest purveyor of smoked salmon, was facing eviction to make way for the Olympic Stadium, and teetered on the brink of collapse. Lance Forman's fight to save the firm brought him into open conflict with many powerful figures, including Ken Livingstone, and Sebastian Coe. Forman's Games: The Dark Underside of the London Olympics lifts the lid on the fierce battle that pitched Forman's, against the combined might of the UK authorities and the IOC in the run-up to the 2012 London Olympics. It is a full, unexpurgated account of skulduggery and bullying mounted against 350 local businesses, employing over 12,000 people, who stood in the way not just of the world's most famous sporting event, but of an opportunity to develop the land on which they had successfully run businesses over decades. The Sunday Times called it "an exquisitely score-settling book" and the Financial Times found it “undeniably fascinating” while Nick Ferrari wrote: “Lance Forman's tale of the shady deals, covert negotiations and backroom operators of London 2012 makes the world of Machiavelli appear humdrum and straightforward – a truly gripping read." Foreman’s Games (hb, £20, 978 1785901157) was published this week by Biteback. There’s been lots of press coverage already, with more to come as well as an interview with the author on Radio 4 which you can listen to here.
And here’s a short film about Lance Forman and his extraordinary battle on CNN .

Frank O'Hara (June 27, 1926 – July 25, 1966) was an American writer, poet and art critic. Employed as a curator at the Museum of Modern Art; O’Hara became prominent in New York City's art world and is regarded as a leading figure in the New York School; an informal group of artists, writers and musicians who drew inspiration from jazz, surrealism, and contemporary avant-garde art movements. He was one of the most delightful and radical poets; celebrated for his apparently unpremeditated poems in which he brilliantly captured the pace and rhythms, quandaries and exhilarations, of mid-twentieth-century life.
The 50th anniversary of his death is next week, so this is a good opportunity to promote Frank O’Hara Selected Poems (pb, £9.95, 978 1857547719) and Why I Am Not A Painter and Other Poems (pb, £8.95, 978 1857546880) both available from Carcanet. Reviewing this selection in the Guardian, Charles Bainbridge wrote: “Frank O'Hara is a wonderful poet –  funny, moving, chatty, engaging, enthusiastic, risk-taking, elegiac, supremely urban –  and anything that encourages people to read him is a good thing. His poems have a disarming intimacy, a kind spontaneous enthusiasm and his work proves, with tremendous elan and energy, that you don't have to adopt a solemn tone in order to write poetry of seriousness and purpose.”
Here’s a one-minute clip of Frank O’Hara in 1966, reading  one of his most well-known poems; Having a Coke With You shortly before his accidental death.

I think the world divides into those who LOVE pictures of animals in clothes – and those who really, really don’t! If you and your customers are in the former camp, then two titles coming in September from Amber Books will be right up your street! Cats in Hats (£6.99, hb, 978 1782744306) is a fun book of more than 40 felines and their headwear, featuring a colour photomontage of a cat in a hat per spread.  Each entry has both a jokey caption followed by some informative text on the breed, history, intelligence or characteristic of the cat featured. From Balinese cats in bowler hats to American wirehairs in aviator caps, Cats in Hats is a joyful compendium of some exquisite combinations of felines and headwear. Moody cats in fedoras, fighting cats in Viking helmets, gourmand cats in chef’s hats, gangster cats in trilbies, Siamese cats in sombreros, Burmese cats in bonnets, Manx cats in conical hats: this is an ideal gift for anyone who feels that there just aren’t enough books about cats in hats available.
And Pugs on Rugs (hb, £6.99, 978 1782744313) – yes, you’ve guessed it, bullish pugs, pitiful pugs, porky pugs: this gift hardback is full of more than 40 images of the snuggest pugs on rugs that you’ve ever seen. The dogs might be walking, sitting, sleeping; the rug could be Persian, Aztec, oriental; but rest assured, the image will be cute and funny or funny and cute or probably both. Both titles have 96 pages, with over 40 colour spreads, and measure 153 x 153 mm. You can order them both now.
And if cat and dogs wearing clothes are your thing – then you’ll no doubt enjoy this very clever little film, and maybe this and this too!

Jason Vale, aka the ‘Juice Master’, is the best-selling author of eleven books on health, addiction and juicing. His books have now sold over 3 million copies and have been translated into many languages. His most well-known book; 7lbs In 7 days: The Juice Master Diet; went to number one of all books on Amazon. The Daily Mail said “There’s a huge amount of persuasive power in what Jason says, helped considerably by the fact his delivery is an entertaining mix of the comic styles of Lee Evans, Norman Wisdom and Eddie Izzard.” In October comes Jason’s first ever wholefood recipe book, Super Fast Food: Healthy Meals Made Easy which I think will be hugely popular. It’s packed with over 100 truly inspirational recipes, from incredibly healthy superfood breakfasts to brownies to die for! You’ll find healthy versions of all the classics from pizza to pasta to risotto and even a healthy veggie burger and fries and as you would expect, the book is also bursting with super salads, super soups and amazing fish recipes. This is also the perfect book for anyone who has just finished one of Jason’s Juice Challenges and is looking for some inspiration. Jason believes that the whole business of healthy eating has been overcomplicated so you won’t find any strange ingredients only found in specialised food shops for any of his recipes – anyone can make these simple, delicious, nutrient packed superfood meals. Jason’s fifteen years of experience in writing health books comes into its own in this refreshingly uncomplicated look at healthy meals – and with this author’s massive fan base, this new hardback looks set to be a big seller. Super Fast Food: Healthy Meals Made Easy (hb, £25.00, 978 0954766474) is published by Crown House Publishing.
Here's Jason talking about his new book on YouTube.

Compass is on Twitter! Follow us @CompassIPS. And this week we bring you our favourite political tweets from the couple of days...

Orb@rhysbart: The Queen has devoured 12 Prime Ministers during her reign and will devour the 13th today. This will trigger the awakening.
Richard K Herring@Herring 1967: Can't believe they are rebooting the government and replacing all the lead characters with women. Damaging my memories of Cameron franchise.
RickyGervais@RickyGervais: Phew! Just when Britain was starting to become a laughing stock around the world, Boris Johnson is appointed foreign secretary.
HalCruttenden@Halcruttenden: David Cameron said yesterday that he leaves Britain a ‘stronger country’. It’s these little jokes that I’m going to miss the most.
Christopher Hope ‏@christopherhope: Ex-Culture secretary John Whittingdale on his plans for the rest of the day. "We are going to get drunk," he tells me. #CabinetReshuffle
Mehdi Hassan@MehdiHasan: ‘Last time he did a deal with the Germans, he came back with 3 nearly new water cannons.’ May mocking her foreign sec Boris just days ago.
Rebekah Kendrick ‏@RebekahRRK: Heard #Crabb resigned because he was only offered a sideways move.
Oliver Schraylor@oliverschraylor: Can't believe Andrea Leadsom only got Defra considering she used to be President of the USA, a deep sea diver and a Duke
Technically Ron@TechnicallyRon: Looking forward to Boris Johnson's first visit to bongo bongo land.
Trumpton‏@Trumpton: Any idea what time @Number10gov is announcing @achrisevans replacement on @BBC_TopGear?
Aodh@AodhBC: Since a diplomat is a man sent abroad to lie for his country, Boris Johnson will make a fine Foreign Secretary.
Gullivers Bookshop‏@gulliversbks: It's been a week of funny comments. 'I want a novel where nothing really happens' & 'do they do adult colouring books for children'?
That’s all for now folks! More next week!
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