Netflix buys Scottish comic book firm behind Kingsman

Netflix buys Scottish comic book firm behind Kingsman

A Scottish comic book company has been bought by streaming giant Netflix. Millarworld, founded by Mark Millar from Coatbridge, includes his portfolio of characters and stories such as Kick-Ass, Kingsman, and Old Man Logan. Mr Millar said he was still “blinking” over the news. He said it was only the third time a comic book purchase on this scale had ever happened, with Warner Bros buying DC Comics in 1968, and Disney buying Marvel in…

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Is Brooklyn Beckham's book any good?

Is Brooklyn Beckham's book any good?

Brooklyn Beckham’s debut photography book has been mocked on social media – but many critics have been kinder. What I See is his first book, and features photographs taken by the 18-year-old, who has more than 10 million Instagram followers. Some of them offer glimpses in to the home lifestyle of the Beckham clan – like this one of his sister Harper drawing. Others are taken from his own travels around the world. This one…

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Why celebrity book clubs may have a shelf life

Why celebrity book clubs may have a shelf life

Celebrity book clubs are becoming increasingly popular, but is this a great thing for reading or just another vanity exercise? Old hands at the book club game are husband and wife team Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan and Oprah. Their clubs began on TV but the new breed has, from the off, been virtual – online and on apps. And the main players are almost exclusively female, including Emma Watson, Reese Witherspoon, Florence Welch, Zoella…

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India book Champions Trophy final date with Pakistan – video & report

India book Champions Trophy final date with Pakistan – video & report

Media playback is not supported on this device Champions Trophy semi-final, Edgbaston Bangladesh 264-7 (50 overs): Tamim 70, Mushfiqur 61, Jadhav 2-22 India 261-1 (40.1 overs): Rohit 123 not out, Kohli 96 not out, Dhawan 46 India won by nine wickets Scorecard India cruised past Bangladesh to set up a mouthwatering Champions Trophy final against fierce rivals Pakistan. Bangladesh looked likely to post a big total at Edgbaston, but from 154-2 they lost both Tamim…

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Black Mirror: Charlie Brooker to edit original book series

Black Mirror: Charlie Brooker to edit original book series

Three books inspired by Netflix series Black Mirror are to be published from next year. Each volume will include three novellas written by a variety of authors. Black Mirror creator Charlie Brooker will edit them. The novellas will all be original stories, with the first volume due to come out in February 2018. Brooker announced the “all-new” works would appear in a “high-tech ‘paper’ format”. The satirical TV drama series began life on Channel 4…

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Bridget Jones's Baby could win a pig for being a funny book

Bridget Jones's Baby could win a pig for being a funny book

A pig named after Bridget Jones’s Baby? No, we’re not telling you porkies. That porcine prospect could well be on the cards if Helen Fielding’s latest Bridget Jones novel wins this year’s Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize. The winner of the award, given annually to the book considered to best capture the comic spirit of PG Wodehouse, gets to have a Gloucestershire Old Spot pig named after it. Previous winners have included Howard Jacobson and the…

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Children's Laureate Chris Riddell up for book prize

Children's Laureate Chris Riddell up for book prize

Children’s Laureate Chris Riddell has a chance to win the Kate Greenaway illustration medal for a fourth time. Riddell is shortlisted this year for his drawings in A Great Big Cuddle, a book of children’s poetry by Michael Rosen – a former laureate himself. The poems are all about what it’s like to be a small child in a world of toys and games and many changing emotions. Meanwhile, the nominees for the Carnegie children’s…

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JK Rowling fan guesses latest Cormoran Strike book title

JK Rowling fan guesses latest Cormoran Strike book title

A JK Rowling fan has guessed the name of the author’s fourth Cormoran Strike novel. After she was asked on Twitter to give a hint as to what the book would be called, Rowling said if someone correctly guessed she would confirm it. She then hinted the title was two words made up of _ _ _ H _ _ / _ H _ _ _. After many suggestions including Eighty Shoes, Mashed Chips, Mayhem…

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