Critical Linking for November 3rd, 2015

Harry Potter author JK Rowling has revealed she has begun writing another children’s book. The novelist – who hasn’t released material for a young audience since the final Potter instalment in 2007 – told Radio 2’s Simon Mayo, “I have an idea for a children’s book, actually I have written part of a children’s book that I really love, so I’m definitely going to finish that. There will be another children’s book.”

Well, well, well. What have we here?

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“Pleasant” was the worst a book could be in Harriet Klausner’s eyes. The former librarian and book reviewer, who more often judged books as “exciting,” “fabulous,” or “superb,” died on Oct. 15, leaving behind 31,014 effusive reviews on Amazon.

The world’s most prolific book reviewer died a few weeks ago.

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Pitted against nine other titles – from Zadie Smith’s On Beauty to Eimear McBride’s A Girl Is a Half-formed Thing – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s novel of the Biafran war, Half of a Yellow Sun, has been named the best winner of the women’s prize for fiction of the last decade – by both the public and a 10-strong judging panel.

Someday, Adichie is going to win the Nobel Prize.

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