Elsewhere in Publishing #7

Nandini Sundar wins the Ester Boserup prize, Sherlock is now a manga, and Elena Farrante's children's fiction will be out soon.

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Let’s start with the good news: eminent Indian sociologist, and Juggernaut author, Nandini Sundar has won the Ester Boserup Prize 2016. The prize cites her ‘major and original contributions to the understanding of environmental struggles’ in South Asia. ‘Sundar has managed to combine scholarship of the finest order with an engagement in issues of social and political marginalization,’ the prize, awarded by Copenhagen Centre for Development Research, states. We couldn’t be more thrilled!

 

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We just cannot get enough of Elena Ferrante! The elusive Italian author now moves into children’s fiction territory with a scary story that will be narrated by a doll. The English translation will appear later this autumn, and is aimed at children between ages 6 to 10. ‘The story is told in the voice of Celina – a doll who first appeared in Ferrante’s novel The Lost Daughter… In this incarnation, Celina is left behind by a five-year-old girl called Mati and…finds herself at the mercy of a beach attendant and his friend, the Big Rake, who terrorise discarded objects, gathering them together to make a big fire,’ the Guardian wrote.

 

Thanks to the BBC series, Sherlock Holmes has been resurrected — and now, a retelling of the famous detective will appear as a Japanese manga. Based on the TV series, the first book adapts the first of the Sherlock series, ‘A Study in Pink’, and its English translation will be out in June.

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A spread from inside Sherlock, the manga comic. Titan Press

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Bestselling crime author James Patterson ‘wants to sell books to people who have abandoned reading for television, video games, movies and social media’ — by creating shorter, cheaper, more plot-driven and widely available books that will be under 150 pages at most. The series will be called BookShots, and Patterson will release two to four books a month. “You can race through these — they’re like reading movies. It gives people some alternative ways to read,” Patterson was quoted as saying.

 

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