In terms of awards this months list is not long, but the 2015 winner of Britain’s oldest literary award will be awarded and we get to find out how the Hugo Awards controversy pans out after much drama in the past few months.

On the festival scene the Edinburgh Festival is the big literary happening in Europe but there are also several festivals to look forward to in North America and Australia.

For me, personally, the most important publishing moment this month is the re-publication of Haruki Murakami’s two early works, Hear the Wind Sing and Pinball, in a single volume Wind/Pinball. The books have been out of print for years and copies are very rare. I have never read them but loved the follow-up A Wild Sheep Chase. Meanwhile fans of historical fiction can rejoice at a new novel by Philippa Gregory, mystery fans at a new Sophie Hannah page-turner, and if you loved Wuthering Heights Alison Case’s debut Nelly Dean might be the book for you.

Happy reading and enjoy the summer while it lasts!

Literary Awards

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