Welcome to The Writers Initiative’s weekly round-up of interesting news and features from the world of literature that you may have missed these last seven days.

Happy reading!

‘I wanted something 100% pornographic and 100% high art’: the joy of writing about sex The Guardian 

Could lockdown herald an exciting new chapter for the book trade? The Guardian

What can lockdown Britain learn from the book clubs of WW2? The Independent  

Writers’ co-working space Clean Prose to close The Bookseller

This new database shows the reading habits of major 20th-century authors. Literary Hub

Summer Reading Challenge to launch with virtual event The Bookseller

The publisher who took a chance on an unknown author called F Scott Fitzgerald inews.co.uk

Colonel Tom Moore ‘strikes £1,500,000 book deal’ to tell his life story The Metro

BBC’s George Alagiah listed for debut novel award after Covid-19 recovery inews.co.uk

How Charlie Mackesy’s 2019 book preempted our Covid-19 emotions The Big Issue

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