Shobna Gulati: 'I've played the Queen, Thatcher and the Virgin Mary – on radio'

As she publishes a moving memoir, the Corrie, Dinnerladies and West End star talks about her three-decade battle with typecasting – and almost dying of Covid-19 Shobna Gulati is speaking about this past horrendous year in surprisingly serene tones. Her mother died last autumn, and a few months later she contracted Covid-19 along with a secondary infection that turned out to be pneumonia. It might have killed her had it not been for a swift diagnosis. “That doctor saved my life,” she says.Coronavirus left her holed up at home for several weeks, on her own and only opening the front door to gulp in the fresh air. Yet in the maelstrom of grief, illness and social isolation, she managed to write a book, published this month. Remember Me? is a memoir about her mother, Asha Gulati, an indomitable, Southport-born woman who was diagnosed with dementia in 2017. Gulati became her live-in carer at their Manchester family home, juggling life as an actor, dancer and TV presenter with the daily unpredictability of that care. Continue reading... Continue reading at 'The Guardian'

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'Queen of Suspense' Mary Higgins Clark dies aged 92

Each of the American author’s 56 novels was a bestseller and her fiction was extolled by writers from Scott Turow to David Foster WallaceMary Higgins Clark, the “Queen of Suspense” who topped charts with each of her 56 novels, has died at the age of 92.Simon & Schuster president Carolyn... Continue reading at The Guardian

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Sam Adams | 'I just wanted to write and I’ve done so whenever I’ve had the opportunity'

For more than half a century, Sam Adams’ eclectic output has made him a stalwart of Wales’ literary scene. He discusses his latest novel Continue reading at The Bookseller

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Marie Claire noticed Meghan Markle’s gray hair, and people noticed Marie Claire’s stupidity

Extra! Extra! Have you heard the news? Actress and soon-to-be-Royal Family in-law Meghan Markle has … a gray hair. Marie Claire noticed this and thought it worthy to write about. The fashion magazine tweeted “Meghan Markle Has A Single Gray Hair,” and included a zoomed-in close up with a... Continue reading at Fast Company

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Forget Playing With Toys: Kids Can Play With The Catalog

Get out your crayons and mobile phones. The Toys 'R Us holiday catalog drops this week. At 96 pages, "The Great Big Toys 'R Us Book of Awesome" is its biggest issue ever and includes interactive elements for the first time."The Big Book, as we call it internally, is done every year, but this is... Continue reading at Advertising Age

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Miles to play Cromwell in Mantel plays

Actor Ben Miles has been cast as Thomas Cromwell in the Royal Shakespeare Company's... Continue reading at The Bookseller

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Two Dollar Radio Wins 2020 Voice of the Heartland Award

Two Dollar Radio, a Columbus, Ohio–based indie press that operates a bookstore/cafe, will receive this year's Voice of the Heartland Award, co-sponsored by the Great Lakes Indie Booksellers and Midwest Indie Booksellers. Continue reading at Publishers Weekly

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Chatto & Windus to publish BBC Radio 4's Covid chronicles

This November Chatto & Windus will publish a collection of lockdown stories and experiences from BBC Radio 4’s "PM", with a foreword from the programme's presenter Evan Davis. Continue reading at The Bookseller

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In ‘Payback,’ by Mary Gordon, a reality-show host seeks revenge

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Jennifer Howard’s ‘Clutter: An Untidy History’ takes Marie Kondo’s message a step further

Howard argues that decluttering is not just a personally liberating ritual, but also a moral imperative. Continue reading at The Washington Post

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Ayad Akhtar’s play ‘Disgraced’ won a Pulitzer Prize. Now ‘Homeland Elegies’ shows what that success cost him.

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Wendy Holden’s ‘The Royal Governess’ is spirited entertainment that revisits Queen Elizabeth II’s childhood

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In ‘The Queen of Tuesday,’ Darin Strauss dreams up an affair between Lucille Ball and his grandfather

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'Queen of cosy crime' Rowlands dies, aged 96

Betty Rowlands, dubbed the “queen of cosy crime” by publisher Bookouture, has died at the age of 96. Continue reading at The Bookseller

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‘No brainer’: Marie Claire launches sampling business to boost revenue and data practice

With retail on lockdown "Working in skincare, samples are the number-one way to get people into a product." The post ‘No brainer’: Marie Claire launches sampling business to boost revenue and data practice appeared first on Digiday. Continue reading at Digiday

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Publishers Play the Pandemic Waiting Game

As Covid-19 continues to spread, many fall events have moved online, and publishers don’t see a meaningful return of employees anytime soon. Continue reading at Publishers Weekly

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Mary Trump Book Drove Sales Gains Last Week

Unit sales of print books rose 11.5% last week as Mary L. Trump's 'Too Much and Never Enough' sold over 337,000 print units at outlets that report to NPD BookScan. The juvenile nonfiction category had a 21.3% increase. Continue reading at Publishers Weekly

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No More Playing Defense: A Progressive Christian Steps Up

Author and activist Guthrie Graves-Fitzsimmons looks to set a new agenda in his first book, 'Just Faith: Reclaiming Progressive Christianity.' Continue reading at Publishers Weekly

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Mary Trump's memoir sells 950,000 on first day, setting a record for publisher

'Too Much and Never Enough,' Mary L. Trump's book on her uncle Donald Trump sets record for Simon & Schuster. But POTUS has nothing on Voldemort. Continue reading at Los Angeles Times

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Mary Morris is best known for her travels, but she has plenty of lessons for life in isolation

Morris’s book “All the Way to the Tigers” intertwines the story of her travels to India with the tale of being stuck at home with a broken ankle. Continue reading at The Washington Post

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