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Book review

A Delicate Truth, by John Le Carre

The Independent on Sunday said: "John Le Carre continues to write novels which illuminate our age. There's an impressive confidence in the way he handles time and place, effortlessly, moving from Gibraltar to London to Cornwall, and from the past to the present. This is a writer at the top of his game: you just want to step back and admire the technique." See Details »

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Books review

Look Who's Back, by Timur Vermes

The Independent said: "Be warned. This book is funny. Very funny. It is a rollicking farce, a comedic look at our obsession with celebrity, that the worldwide stage of social media and the internet make available to all - even a time-travelling Hitler who awakes on a piece of Berlin wasteland in 2011. But this unlikely comedy of manners, quite brilliantly translated by Jamie Bulloch, with its mischievous cover, should be available to an English readership as good, edgy comedy that provides food for thought alongside the belly laughs." See Details »

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Books & Television

British Gardens in Time/BBC4

The British obsession with gardening provides TV schedulers and book publishers with a seemingly limitless supply of subjects. This new four part series on BBC4 has a specific tie-in book for the start of the gardening season. But as historian Andrea Wulf points out, "Gardens aren't just about pretty flowers..." See Details »

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Books & Movies

12 Years a Slave

An early Oscar contender. Born a free man in New York State in 1808, Solomon Northup was kidnapped in Washington, D.C., in 1841. He spent the next 12 years as a slave on a Louisiana cotton plantation, and during this time he was frequently abused and often afraid for his life. This is his detailed description of slave life and plantation society. See Details »

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Books & Radio

BBC Radio 4 / every weekday / Tweet of the Day

No, not the social network - proper twittering from our feathered friends! Spring is in the air and the birds are in full song - but after listening on the radio, how many can you spot? The success of the Radio 4 spot has led to the publication of a tie-in book. See Details »

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Books & Radio

History of the Rain, by Niall Williams - Book at Bedtime / BBC Radio 4 / from 14 April

This cross-generational family saga contains a veritable encyclopedia of literary references and an ocean of watery similes, nouns and adjectives. This is an important new book and the rewards increase tenfold the further into the story one gets. See Details »

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Books & Television

Digby Jones: The New Troubleshooter / BBC2

The business guru, who may remind you distractingly of a well-heeled Peter Griffin from Family Guy, tries to galvanise British industry. Typically, Digby encounters problems encouraging MDs to broaden their horizons. His book 'Fixing Britain' ties-in with the series See Details »

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Books and Movies

The Monuments Men

From 1943 to 1951, 350 or so men and women from 13 Allied nations served in the Monuments, Fine Arts and Archives section of the Allied armed forces. This was the most ambitious effort in history to preserve the worlds cultural heritage in times of war. They were known simply as 'Monuments Men'. This is their story. See Details »

Added This Week

  • PRESS: 247 new review listings from the press
  • PRESS: 447 listings detailing interviews, features, extracts etc
  • TELEVISION: 115 listings of programmes with tie-in books from drama, comedy, soaps, chat shows
  • RADIO: 59 new listings of radio programme details with tie-in books from drama, comedy, soaps, chat shows
  • MOVIES: 317 up-to-date tie-ins for movies

This Week's Specials in the Press

Features on books for children dominate this week, with listings in the Independent on Sunday, Daily Telegraph, Observer, Sunday Express and Sunday Times!
The Guardian carries the Bailey's Womens Fiction Prize shortlist and the Independent have their Foreign Fiction Prize nominees
Meanwhile, the top ten novels with the best last sentences are suggested by the Independent on Sunday
The Sunday Telegraph features five of the best novels about archaeologists chosen by Kamila Shamsie
In the Daily Express, Benjamin Zephaniah chooses his six favourite books
The Independent offers some books to send to prisoners (if we still could)

Books & Television

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Use our extensive TV tie-in list

The Books & Media television tie-in list is updated DAILY, to bring all the latest details of authors and books featured on the box, whether it be on mainstream channels like BBC1 & 2, ITV1, Channel 4 and Five or on the many satellite channels that we also scour to find tie-in books across a range of genres - soaps, drama, comedy, food & drink, home & garden and many more. Not only do we cover official tie-ins, but also give details of authors interviewed on chat shows. If it's on TV, you'll find it here.


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Find books & authors featured on radio

Books & Media brings a comprehensive listing of the books and authors featured on BBC Radio, and that list is updated daily. By using our daily listings service, you can access the authors that are being interviewed and the books they are talking about. We bring news on the Book of the Week, Book at Bedtime, Classic Serials, author interviews on chat shows and tie-ins to documentaries. Our archive will also show you what authors and books have been featured in past months and what is forthcoming.This is an indispensible reference tool.


Books & Press

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The widest newspaper reference tool on the Web

At Books & Media searces newspapers and magazines every day to find reviews, interviews, features, serialisations and much more. Our list is updated daily from a list of 32 sources from England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales, and we top that up with review listings from the influential London Review of Books and Times Literary Supplement, alongside key business titles such as the Spectator, Economist and New Statesman. Add to the our star ratings for reviews and coverage, and extracts from reviews, and you have a list that is not only second-to-none, but a one-stop reference for all that is happening in the Press.


Books & Movies

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Find the latest movie tie-ins

Many great books have been adapted into great movies... and some haven't. But good or bad, Books & Media will be bringing regularly updated movie tie-in listings, not only for current releases for also for future releases. We use a number of sources, including our sister company, West10 Entertainment, which provides movie data to a number of industry organisations. From the movie title, we link into the book detail and give full bibliographic information of that book, including a description. So if you want to find the book behind the movie (or vice versa), the Books & Media movie page is the place to find it!


Books & Internet

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Books & authors & social networking - it's happening

Social networking has become a brave new world for books and authors. Readers can voice opinions without fear and all of a sudden that voice has got some power. From readers' groups to individuals to authors themselves, points of view rage around the world... and that influence is growing all the time. At Books & Media, we will be trawling all the major social networking sites - from myspace to twitter to youtube, Google and many more to find out what is being talked in hyperspace.