You may have missed these

I've been away for a week. Thought I'd copy and paste a few stories that you may have missed.


1. Jane Austen tops teacher's favourite - see http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-22031238


2. Howard Jacobson and Michael Frayn in the running for Wodehouse Prize for Comic Fiction


The winner will have a pig named after their work - see http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/news/howard-jacobson-and-michael-frayn-in-the-running-for-wodehouse-prize-for-comic-fiction-8558902.html


3.Popular children's book series, Horrible Histories, is to end after 20 years according to author Terry Deary.

He said on his website that he is writing a new range of history books for adults for the next two years.


Horrible Histories has "naturally come to an end," he told the Times. "It has had a good run, it's had a better run than most children's series."


4. Online retailer Amazon has said it will buy Goodreads, a book discovery and recommendation website.


San Francisco-based Goodreads was founded in 2007, has 16 million members and is one of the most prominent online communities for readers. (I don't like the sounds of this - I think amazon has a finger in too many pies and will it just make Goodreads an advertising arm for Amazon?) - see http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-21972852


5. And finally,


Mums are better at developing their child's emotional skills because they tell more heartfelt stories, according to a new study. see - http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/9961252/Mothers-better-at-reading-bedtime-stories.html