Stockbridge branch to open under Waterstones name rather than appearing independent
Waterstones has backtracked on plans to open one of its new unbranded stores in a district of Edinburgh that is already home to an independent bookshop – following an outcry that included criticism from figures including the Scottish novelist Val McDermid.
A shop will be opened in the Stockbridge area of the city but it will be clearly branded as Waterstones, according to the company’s managing director, James Daunt, who admitted: “We messed up.” Continue reading...
Bookseller under fire for opening unbranded Edinburgh store in competition with existing shop
Waterstones has been accused of breaking a pledge not to open a new breed of unbranded stores in areas that are already home to independent bookshops after the company announced plans to expand in Edinburgh.
The bookseller is to open Stockbridge Books in the Scottish city’s Stockbridge suburb next spring, it emerged on Monday. Continue reading...
Renewed interest in philosopher fires celebrations of 200 years since his birth on 5 May 1818
A spectre is haunting Europe in 2018 – to borrow from one of his catchier one-liners – the spectre of Karl Marx himself.
Two hundred years after the philosopher’s birth, a small industry is gathering pace, from plans for major events in Trier, the city on the Moselle where he was born, to a new tour of the Manchester streets that he and Friedrich Engels walked as they discussed the condition of the city’s emerging working class. The bicentenary on 5 May will be marked with exhibitions, lectures, conferences, histories and novels. Continue reading...
The Wolf Hall author discusses the line between truth and fantasyHilary Mantel’s gripping account of life in the court of Henry VIII has transformed the art of historical fiction, combining exhaustive research with imagination to produce a vivid portrayal of the tyrannical king, his wives and courtiers that has won her two Man Booker prizes
and inspired an award-winning television adaptation.
Now she is turning the skills she has developed in her writing to examine a much more modern theme – how fact and fiction can become confused to produce “alternative facts”.
Graham Jules wins two-and-a-half-year fight against comic giants over use of word ‘superhero’ in his book title
It seemed like far from an even fight at first glance – with the multibillion dollar forces behind Batman, Superman and Captain America in one corner and a small scale British entrepreneur on the other.
But after a two-and-a-half-year wrangle with Graham Jules, it is the combined might of the comic book giants Marvel and DC who have raised a white flag after initially claiming that using the word superhero would infringe their jointly owned trademark.