Oct 29, 2012 @ 12:13:00 am
Cultural historian Jacques Barzun
Is Rupert Murdoch planning to buy Penguin? Last week it was reported that the publishing giant was in talks about merging with Random House (a deal which would “create a combined entity that would control nearly 25 percent of the United States book market”), but this weekend, news emerged that News Corporation will likely make a bid on Pearson, Penguin’s parent company, for around £1 billion. Murdoch already owns HarperCollins, one of the other “big six” publishers.
J.K. Rowling and Hilary Mantel have both taken the UK government to task for rolling back welfare benefits. In a recent interview, Mantel said that Britain was “going back to the Middle Ages,” in its treatment of the poor, while Rowling told the Daily Show that she wouldn’t have been able to start writing without government support.
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