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Julia AngwinDragnet Nation

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Recommended new releases

Can't and Won'tThe Collected Stories of Lydia Davis

Lydia Davis may be one of our favorite short story writers, but what to read once you’ve plunged into her Collected Stories and her latest collection? Answer: you can discover what Feedbooks selected in the Short Story category, with great collections by Molly Antopol, Bruce Wagner, Rebecca Lee and many others.

Love and Treasure
Kirkus Reviews said that the novel displayed “strong storytelling combined with thoughtful exploration of difficult issues.” If you want to know what newspapers and blogs said about the latest releases, discover our section Editorial reviews.
Selections

Pride and PrejudiceSense and SensibilityEmmaPersuasion

Did you miss April Fools’ Day? For this occasion, Feedbooks interviewed no other than Jane Austen… That’s right! But you can also read our latest interviews with authors who have not been dead for almost 200 years!

The Night GuestMoonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering EverythingA Tale for the Time BeingAncient Light

Proust may be too obvious on this topic, so we gathered a short list of titles dealing with memory and memories under all their forms. Discover more reading lists in our dedicated section.

Exclusive interview of Jane Austen

We’ve been trying to get a hold of her publicist for quite some time now–but it’s official: Jane Austen said yes to an exclusive interview for Feedbooks! We’re very excited and very pleased to offer you this one-of-a-kind interview, and we hope you’ll enjoy it as much as we did!

Jane Austen

Jane Austen, thank you for doing this interview for Feedbooks. We are an online digital book retailer, which means that the books we sell are not made of paper. Actually, they’re weightless.

Thanks for inviting me. You sell weightless books? I must admit this is wholly beyond my grasp. How does this work?

It’s a tiny file you put on a dedicated device. It’s actually more convenient since the device weighs less than the actual book, and you can still read the text as you would on a hardcover copy, see? [handing on e-reader]

Oh! [swiping the pages] Well, this surely is fascinating. Modern world seems to be such a thrill.

I imagine it’s quite different from your time. But your legacy lives on, and you are a reference in English-speaking literature.

So you’re saying women did actually make it in the literary canon? This is interesting. I guess I would not have to use an alias now?

Well, we’re unfortunately far from an equal treatment in arts, but I guess you can say “it gets better”.

It gets better if you wait two centuries? Now this is why I knew I should have kept on sleeping this morning.

What did you think of the various adaptations of your novels? Do you know there’s now a giant statue of Darcy appearing in every lake across England?

Is it true? This is peculiar to think that one of my purely fictional inventions could materialize in such a way, let alone in this kind of rock-solid clothing. I did not see any adaptations, although I do recall being told that Darcy was somehow… In a lake? Is this correct?

Yes. Hence the statue.

Well, he seems to have made quite an impression.

There is an ongoing literary project within which several authors re-imagine your novels in a modern, 21th-century setting. For example, on the cover of the re-imagined Sense & Sensibility by Joanna Trollope, the main characters are wearing earphones.

Earphones? What are those?

They’re tiny devices you put in your ears and it allows you to listen to music or any kind of spoken recording without bothering anyone around you.

It does sound promising. I wish it existed in my time, instead of having to bear the dullness of many a conversation with my peers.

You died almost 200 years ago, but your novels are still widely read. Is there any material we wouldn’t know about, a journal, an unfinished novel?

There most certainly is. I wish all these dedicated scholars would have found it by now, I am quite astounded. It is not hidden, it is very well out there, but you shall not find it under the letter “A” at the library.

So you used another alias? Wow, that’s quite a revelation!

Good luck…

Thank you Jane, and thank you for taking the time to do this interview with us.


In the meantime, you can download all of Jane Austen’s works for free in our public domain section.

Pride and PrejudiceSense and SensibilityEmmaPersuasion

From noir fiction to film noir: a timeline

Raymond Chandler, Dashiell Hammett, James M. Cain: these authors were some of the most well-known in noir fiction. Some of their novels were adapted to the screen, featuring iconic Hollywood actors such as Humphrey Bogart or Kim Novak. Decades later, the legacy lives on with what we call the neo-noir, with films adapted from novels by James Ellroy or Dennis Lehane.

We have gathered a list of noir novels which are available in ebook. From this list, we have built a timeline of their corresponding adaptations to the screen. Quite a few of the most emblematic films in the genre are present: The Maltese Falcon, This Gun For Hire, Double Indemnity

However, some authors are for the moment not available in ebook. This is the case for W. H. Burnett, whose novel The Asphalt Jungle was adapted to the screen in 1952 and is considered an example of the noir genre.

Most titles have restricted territorial rights. When there is more than one version available for one title (usually one for the US and one for Europe), both versions are listed.

Click on the following image to access the timeline.

Film noir and neo-noir: a timeline

Our selection of ebook releases

Interviews

Schroder: A NovelAmity Gaige

Schroder was shortlisted for the Folio Prize and was selected in many end-of-the-year lists, such as the prestigious New York Times Notable Books of The Year list.

Leaving the Atocha StationBen Lerner

Discover Granta’s catalog: a great variety of literary and quality titles in both fiction and non-fiction.

Awards

In Persuasion NationTenth of December: StoriesCivilWarLand in Bad Decline: Stories and a Novella

George Saunders has become something of an American short story master (rightly so!), but if you want to discover new voices, don’t hesitate to browse our selection of short story collections.

The National Book Critics Circle Award rewards not only works of fiction, but also excellence in Biography, Autobiography, Poetry and General Non-Fiction. Discover all the present and past winners on the dedicated page.

Recommended new releases

The Future of the Mind: The Scientific Quest to Understand, Enhance, and Empower the Mind

Discover the latest releases in the Neuroscience category with great works such as Consciousness and the BrainWe Are Our Brains, or The Autistic Brain: Thinking Across the Spectrum.

The Blazing World: A Novel

If you want to know what The New York Times or The Guardian said about the latest releases in Literary Fiction, look no further!

The Bootlegger

Clive Cussler, Rick Campbell, Wilbur Smith… And many more authors to discover or re-discover in our Action & Adventure category.

International Women’s Day: a literary celebration

Because we believe that there is no reason women should occupy fewer seats in the great dining room of literature, we have selected excerpts from interviews we lead this year and last year with talented writers whose books we loved. We hope you’ll find these excerpts interesting and eye-opening, and that you’ll be eager to read their works–beware, great reads ahead!

Samantha EllisHow To Be A Heroine

Samantha Ellis: “I think men should write heroines, just as women should write heroes, because if men don’t at least try to write heroines then they aren’t trying to understand women. And I think that radical act of empathy, of trying to put yourself in someone else’s shoes, is what writing (and reading) fiction is all about.”

Read our interview of Samantha Ellis about How To Be a Heroine

Kerry HudsonTony Hogan Bought Me an Ice-Cream Float Before He Stole My Ma: A Novel

Kerry Hudson: “I am a working-class woman and I grew up in very working-class environments. Part of the reason I started writing the book, when I was by myself in Vietnam and I never even imagined it would be published in the UK, let alone France, was because I wanted to explore my own experiences growing up – the good and the bad – to explore my own interaction with society. So while I didn’t set out to write a ‘class’ or political novel I think it was inevitable that aspects of that would find their way to the page.”

Read our interview of Kerry Hudson about Tony Hogan Bought Me an Ice-Cream Float Before He Stole My Ma

Maggie O'FarrellInstructions for a Heatwave

Maggie O’Farrell: “With Michael Francis and his wife, I was interested in writing about a sort of ripple effect of the feminist movement. Claire is not a hardcore feminist at all, or even on a political level, but I think that the movement was starting to be felt, especially in suburban houses. That’s what Claire is experiencing: she gets pregnant at university, she doesn’t finish her degree, she becomes a mother and a stay at home wife. In this way, some feminists were blazing a trail, enabling people like Claire to say: “actually, I do want to finish my degree, and I’m going to do it, and I’m going to study”.”

Read our interview of Maggie O’Farrell about Instructions for a Heatwave

Jennifer Clement Prayers for the Stolen

Jennifer Clement: I have spent over ten years listening to women affected by Mexico’s violence as I was interested in writing about women in Mexico’s drug culture. This was a logical step for me after having written the novel A True Story Based on Lies, which is about the mistreatment of servants in Mexico. I interviewed the girlfriends, wives and daughters of drug traffickers and quickly came to realize that Mexico is a warren of hidden women. They hide in places that look like supermarkets or grocery stores on the outside, but that are really hiding places with false façades; in the basements of convents, where women live with their children and have not seen daylight for years; and in privately-owned hotels that are rented by the government — a surreal, Third World concept of a Witness Protection Program.

Read our interview of Jennifer Clement about Prayers for the Stolen

Hillary JordanWhen She Woke: A Novel

Hillary Jordan: It’s not just Obama’s election that gives me hope. In the legislative races also, all the worst crazies—those opposed to contraception and abortion, those against exceptions even in the cases of rape, incest and grave risk to the mother’s life—went down. And it was often the votes of women who took them down. I don’t believe the kooks will vanish, but I think the American people sent them a clear message that their extremism is not shared by most of us and will be tolerated less and less.

Read our interview of Hillary Jordan about When She Woke

Gillian FlynnGone Girl: A Novel

Gillian Flynn: So basically: both men and women are buying into the idea that it’s good for women to like everything men like, but degrading for men to like everything women like. That’s incredibly unhealthy. There’s a bigger societal issue here, but perhaps the first step to correcting it is, yes: don’t fall into the cool girl trap.

Read our interview of Gillian Flynn about Gone Girl