Author Alain de Botton is writing a new book -- from the middle of London's Heathrow Airport. His book, masterminded by the airport's PR department, will document his experiences living in the airport for a week, chatting to travellers, baggage handlers, airline executives and others.
The idea that sci-fi and fantasy writers are a few bottles short of a six pack is one that has probably around for as long as the genres have existed, says Renai LeMay. But the grown adults who dream about dragons and space ships all day may just be some of the sanest people around.
The longlist for the prestigious Man Booker Prize has been announced, with old hands like JM Coetzee and William Trevor sitting alongside newcomers like James Lever, the much-hyped first-time author of Me Cheeta.
Books from independent publishers are rarely anointed by the big O's seal of approval, but in a recent list of recommended reading, Oprah gave the thumbs-up to titles like Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and The Peep Diaries: How We're Learning to Love Watching Ourselves and Our Neighbors.