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Alison Flood

Harry Potter and the digital era

Author unveils collaborative website that will have extensive background material, sell e-books and create an opportunity for fans to submit content.

Woman ducks Man Booker

Author and publisher Carmen Callil has withdrawn from the judging panel of the Man Booker International prize over its decision to honour Philip Roth.

Bookmark these titles

International publishers are gearing up for releases from major authors in 2011. Alison Flood lists nine of them.

Enid Blyton gets a makeover

There are no more 'jolly japes' and 'lashings of pop' as dated language is revamped for a new generation of this popular author's young readers.

Essential bleeding for blood suckers

Worship of Sachin Tendulkar will cross a new boundary with a special edition of his autobiography made in part with the cricketer's blood.

Neglected masterpiece takes Lost Booker honours

Winning the Booker prize almost 40 years ago for <em>The Siege of Krishnapur</em>, JG Farrell used his acceptance speech to denounce capitalism.

Spoken from the walls

It's not quite at Harry Potter levels, but Laura Bush's memoir, <em>Spoken from the Heart</em>, has sold around 150&nbsp;000 copies in its first week.

One book for the whole world

A new project is hoping to take the "one book, one city" initiative a step further and get the whole world reading the same novel.

Skipping the revolution

Thousands of writers have opted out of Google's controversial plan to digitise million of books. Alison Flood reports

Of dildos and bad sex

The story of the seduction of a lesbian by an ageing actor has won novelist Philip Roth a place on the shortlist for the bad sex in fiction awards.

Master of the universe

Gabriel G&aacute;rcia M&aacute;rquez's seminal novel, <em>One Hundred Years of Solitude</em>, is the book that has most shaped world literature.

Bidding war begins for Mandela’s archive

Although the three calculations jotted on the back of a piece of paper do not look like much, the neat rows of black figures offer a brutal precis.

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