A new Haruki Murakami bookis coming outin December. The 96-pageThe Strange Library tells the story of a boy who stops at his local library and encounters an old man who holds him captive and forces him to read books, planning to eat his brain in order to absorb his knowledge. With his fellow captives, a girl with some unusual talents and a sheep-man, the boy tries to escape. It will be translated from Japanese by Ted Goossen and published by Knopf.
We calculate the modern-day fortunes of Jane Austen’s fictional heroes
Really interesting article on how Austen characters’ incomes would translate into today’s money. Turns out Captain Wentworth and Anne Elliot would be like some kind of regency power-couple, with a combined fortune giving them £25m worth of prestige value!