↑ & ↓ Poirot, re-invented
I’ve never been sure of contemporary authors writing sequels to novels whose creators have long since passed. My one exception, I am happy to concede, is PD James’ Death Comes to Pemberley. I am not sure what to make of the news that Sophie Hannah is to re-create Hercule Poirot.
↑ Way to go, Jeffrey, Barbara, Lindsey, Lynda, Harriet & Emily
Jeffrey Archer, Barbara Taylor-Bradford, Lindsey Davis, Lynda La Plante [her latest mainstream thriller, Wrongful Death, is out this week] Harriet Evans and Emily Barr are the six authors who have written short books especially designed for adults who don’t usually read.
↑ Boutique book festival at Kings X
London Lit Weekend is a new literary festival at Kings Place art hub at Kings Cross in London. From 5-6 October, LLW is a “small but perfectly formed boutique literary festival” incorporating music, biography, poetry, fiction, history, memoir, debut writers, foreign literature and horticulture in 14 events. Speakers include Wild Swans author Jung Chang, plus my favourite Booker Prize winner, Penelope Lively [below] who will read from her memoir Ammonites and Leaping Fish.