Wednesday, 4 March 2015

'Two Fridays in April' by Roisin Meaney

Release date:5th March 2015
Published by: Hachette Books Ireland
ISBN No:978 1444799545

It's Friday, April 2. Daphne Darling knows that she should be celebrating her stepdaughter Una's 17th birthday, but it's hard, because the date also marks the one-year anniversary of her husband's death and she and Una just can't seem to connect anymore. Daphne can't turn to her own mother Isobel for advice as their relationship is distant, to say the least, and Mo, Finn's elderly mother, is still grief-stricken at the death of her only son, so she is of little help. But by the end of that day in April, marking the occasion with a slice of cake and a glass of wine will be the last thing on anyone's mind...
Before that Friday, Daphne, Mo and Isobel were all stuck in the past, with their grief and their loss. And then Una takes matters into her own hands, and even though she makes a terrible mistake, she teaches Daphne, Mo and Isobel something about life: that it is to be lived and that, in spite of everything they've been through, happiness can still be a part of it.

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'Midnight Crossroad' by Charlaine Harris

Release date:9th April 2015 
Published by: Gollancz
ISBN No:978 0575092860

Welcome to Midnight, Texas, a town with many boarded-up windows and few full-time inhabitants, located at the crossing of Witch Light Road and Davy Road. It's a pretty standard dried-up western town.
There's a pawnshop (someone lives in the basement and is seen only at night). There's a diner (people who are just passing through tend not to linger). And there's new resident Manfred Bernardo, who thinks he's found the perfect place to work in private (and who has secrets of his own).
Stop at the one traffic light in town, and everything looks normal. Stay awhile, and learn the truth...

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'Secrets of the Singer Girls' by Kate Thompson

Release date:26th March 2015
Published by:Pan
ISBN No:978 1447280866

1942. Sixteen-year-old Poppy Percival turns up at the gates of Trout's clothing factory in Bethnal Green with no idea what her new life might have in store. There to start work as a seamstress and struggling to get to grips with the noise, dirt and devastation of East London, Poppy can't help but miss the quiet countryside of home. But Poppy harbours a dark secret - one that wrenched her away from all she knew and from which she is still suffering . . .
And Poppy's not the only one with a secret. Each of her new friends at the factory is hiding something painful. Vera Shadwell, the forelady, has had a hard life with scars both visible and concealed; her sister Daisy has romantic notions that could get her in trouble; and Sal Fowler, a hardworking mother who worries about her two evacuated boys for good reason. Bound by ties of friendship, loyalty and family, the devastating events of the war will throw each of their lives into turmoil but also bring these women closer to each other than they could ever have imagined.

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'Curls: Versatile, Wearable Wraps to Knit at Any Gauge' by Hunter Hammersen

Release date:29th May 2015 
Published by:Pantsville Press
ISBN No:978 0984998258

Curls are marvelously flexible, wearable wraps that work with any weight of yarn, can be knit at any gauge, and look beautiful at any size. Knit them small and wear them as a cowl. Keep going to make a scarf. Do a bit more, and you've got a shawl. They form a wonderfully curved shape that drapes beautifully around your neck and shoulders and can be worn in lots of different ways. Use your favorite yarn, and knit at whatever gauge gives you the fabric you like best. You're in charge, you can't mess it up, and you're going to love the result!

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Tuesday, 3 March 2015

'Etherworld' by Claudia Gabel and Cheryl Klam

Release date:31st March 2015 
Published by: Katherine Tegen Books
ISBN No: 978 0062122445

The mind-blowing action from "Elusion," about the seductive nature of a perfect virtual world, continues as Regan goes deeper into the deceptive world. Full of mystery, romance, and intriguing technology, this "Inception"-inspired thriller is perfect for fans of dystopian and sci-fi novels such as "Uglies" by Scott Westerfeld, "Matched" by Ally Condie, and "Partials" by Dan Wells.Regan and her friend Josh now know the truth about Elusion but they, along with Regan s dad and other users of Elusion, are stuck beyond the firewall in bleak Etherworld. They must fight Elusion from within, but the longer they stay, the less likely they ll be able to return to the real world. And even if they do escape, the next battle to stop Elusion may be even more difficult. They ll face corporate cover-ups, personal betrayals, and the terrifying realization that the danger may have grown beyond anyone s control.

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'The Altogether Unexpected Disappearance of Atticus Craftsman' by Mamen Sanchez

Release date:26th March 2015 
Published by: Doubleday
ISBN No:978 0857523235

Atticus Craftsman never travels without a supply of Earl Grey and a favourite book. So when he is sent to shut down a failing literary magazine in Madrid, he packs both. A short Spanish jaunt later, he’ll be back in Kent, cup of tea and smoked-salmon sandwich in hand.
But the five ladies who run the magazine have other ideas. They’ll do anything to keep the jobs they love and their cosy office together. Even if it involves hoodwinking Atticus with flashing eyes, the ghosts of literature past and a winding journey into the heart of Andalucía.
With not the most efficient of detectives in hot pursuit, it’s only a matter of time before Atticus Craftsman either falls in love, disappears completely or – worst of all – runs out of Earl Grey.
Crime comedy, love story and literary adventure all at once, The Altogether Unexpected Disappearance of Atticus Craftsman is fiendishly fun and delightfully different.

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'Keep The Midnight Out' by Alex Gray

Release date:19th March 2015 
Published by: Sphere
ISBN No:978 0751554847

When the body of a red-haired young man is washed up on the shore of the beautiful Isle of Mull, Detective Superintendent Lorimer's tranquil holiday away from the gritty streets of Glasgow is rudely interrupted. The body has been bound with twine in a ghoulishly unnatural position and strongly reminds Lorimer of another murder: a twenty year old Glasgow case that he failed to solve as a newly fledged detective constable and which has haunted him ever since.
As local cop DI Stevie Crozier takes charge of the island murder investigation, Lorimer tries to avoid stepping on her toes. But as the similarities between the young man's death and his cold case grow more obvious, Lorimer realises that there could be a serial killer on the loose after all these years.
As the action switches dramatically between the Mull murder and the Glasgow cold case twenty years earlier, Lorimer tries desperately to catch a cold-hearted killer. Has someone got away with murder for decades?

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'The Wild Beyond' by Piers Torday

Release date:2nd April 2015 
Published by: Quercus
ISBN No:978 1848668485

This is the story of a boy named Kester. He has brought the animals of his world back from the brink of disaster, and he believes there is hope on the other side. And, he might just be right. The final heart-stopping instalment of the Dark Wild Trilogy.

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News Item: London Book and Screen Week 13-19th April 2015



London Book and Screen Week – the capital’s biggest ever celebration of books, and the films, TV programmes and virtual worlds they’ve inspired - has unveiled its inaugural programme of events with London and Partners as a strategic partner.

Running from 13-19th April 2015, this new seven day, citywide, landmark event brings storytelling and the written word to life, uniting the capital’s avid readers, writers, game, film and TV fans with a whole host of events taking place right across literary London.

There’s something for everyone with author Q and As, writing master classes, film screenings, cook book demonstrations, bookshop crawls, literary debates, live readings, poetry parties, fiction prizes, book launches and self-publishing workshops – there are even Mad Hatter tea parties and Harry Potter fan expos!

London Book and Screen Week coincides with The London Book Fair, one of the most important events in the publishing calendar, which is attended by 25,000 book industry professionals from around the world.  The books they are publishing today will be the box office hits and the TV ratings grabbers of the future. This is London’s first chance to join them in a citywide celebration of imagination, creativity and culture, all inspired by books.

Authors taking part include David Nicholls (One Day), Deborah Moggach (Best Exotic Marigold Hotel), John Banville (The Sea), former Children’s Laureate Anthony Browne (Gorilla), Patricia Duncker (Sophie and the Sibyl) and Sarah Hall (The Wolf Border).

Jacks Thomas, Director The London Book Fair and LBSW, says: “We are delighted to announce such an exciting and varied line-up for our first ever London Book and Screen Week. This special programme of events celebrates the written word in all its glory.  There really is something for everyone.”

Kate Mosse, international bestselling author of Labyrinth, says:  “London Book and Screen Week is a wonderful, inspired idea – it’s the perfect opportunity to galvanise the global creative community and bring all kinds of storytelling together.”

Luigi Bonomi, Managing Director of top literary agency LBA, says: “The creation of London Book and Screen Week is genius.  Building on the fabulous position that London has as a global leader in culture, creativity and knowledge, The London Book Fair is leveraging its market-leading position in books and creativity to reach out beyond the publishing industry to consumers and creators.  The cross-media zeitgeist is being captured in this one, great celebration of literary forms, across all media.”

London Book and Screen Week has teamed up with some of the capital’s highest-profile brands, including London and Partners, the Mayor’s official promotional company for London, which attracts businesses and visitors to the capital and operates, the official city guide for London. London and Partners works to attract leisure and business visitors to London, as well as new businesses and major events.

Zanine Adams, Head of Events and Business Development UK at London and Partners, said: “We are delighted to add London Book and Screen Week to our calendar of superb offerings. This great initiative will attract people from London, the UK and beyond to our city to experience wonderful moments of creative inspiration, further enhancing London’s reputation as the leading city in the world for culture.”

Highlights of the London Book and Screen Week programme include:-

Monday 13th April
New Writers Evening, Monday 13th April @ 7pm, Foyles Charing CrossLondon Book and Screen Week kicks off at Foyles Charing Cross with a special event focusing on future stars of the literary firmament.

Tuesday 14th April
Guardian Masterclass – How to Write Fantasy and Dystopian Fiction, 6.30pm
A two-hour course in how to master the genres, with Joe Abercrombie, Peter V Brett, and Francesca Haig – chaired by Harper Voyager Publisher Jane Johnson. Each author will discuss their path to publication, followed by a discussion about the genre more generally, covering writing a pitch, finding an agent, and getting the concept right.

Good Housekeeping presents Deborah Moggach and Louisa Young in Conversation, October Gallery, 7pm
Best-selling author of Tulip Fever and Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and Author of the Day for The London Book Fair, Deborah Moggach, will appear in conversation with author of My Dear, I Wanted To Tell You Louisa Young. This event is presented by Good Housekeeping in association with London Book and Screen Week.

Sarah Hall: The Wolf Border, Foyles Charing Cross, 6-7pmIn her only London event, one of Granta magazine’s Best of Young British Novelists, Sarah Hall, talks about her award-winning work including her outstanding new book The Wolf Border.

Pin Drop, sponsored by @ Soho House, 7pm
Pin Drop, the spoken word salon that presents world-leading authors and actors reading short stories live, will present a special event for London Book and Screen Week sponsored by Join Pin Drop in the exclusive environment of Soho House to celebrate the joy of hearing a short story well told.

Wednesday 15th April
Patricia Duncker: Sophie and The Sibyl, Bloomsbury Institute, on Wednesday 15th April @ 6pm
A chance to hear award-winning novelist Patricia Duncker talk about her compelling new Victorian novel, which is published in April Sophie and the Sibyl balances a tale of courtship and seduction with a fascinating, lively imagining of the writer George Eliot at the end of her boldly unconventional life, and the height of her fame. 

Literary Death Match London, Ep.47 - MOVIE SPECIAL, Foyles Charing Cross @ 7pm
Four writers read their own work for seven minutes or less, and are then judged by three all-star judges. Two finalists are chosen to compete in the Literary Death Match finale, a vaguely-literary game to decide the ultimate winner.

Pablo, The Graphic Novel, Institut Francais, Queensberry Place @ 7pm
Writer Julie Birmant and artist Clément Oubrerie visit The Institut Français to discuss their award-winning graphic novel biography of Picasso with journalist, historian and curator of the British Library Comics Unmasked exhibition ,Paul Gravett. Together they will explore the themes and obsessions – among them, sex, death and his great nemesis, Henri Matisse – that drove Picasso to express himself.

Thursday 16th April
Independent Foreign Fiction Prize 2015 @ Foyles, Charing Cross, 6pm-7pmThe shortlist of six titles will be announced for this prestigious prize, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, and honours the best work of fiction by a living author that has been translated into English from any other language and published in the UK in 2014. 

Friday 17th April
Indie Author Fringe Fest @ Foyles, Charing Cross, @ 12-7pm
The Fringe Fest offers exciting ways for readers to meet indie authors and discover great reads. It will also be live streamed, so authors and readers who can’t be in London can still take part online.

Saturday 18th April
Mad Hatter’s Tea Party on Saturday 18th April @12pmA delightful children’s party to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Lewis Caroll’s Alice in Wonderland, attended by the former Children’s Laureate Anthony Browne.

How to write and illustrate children’s story books with Rebecca Elliott
This one-day course, picture book author and illustrator Rebecca Elliott (Just Because, The Last Tiger, Naked Trevor) will help aspiring illustrators make the most of your ideas, understand exactly what commissioning editors are looking for, and how to achieve it in their work.

How to be a ghostwriter with Andrew Crofts
This course taught by one of the UK’s leading ghostwriters introduces all the skills writers need to
get started in this potentially lucrative field. Learn how to find and recognise great stories, and how to build a relationship with a subject that helps get straight to the heart of their life story.

Sunday 19th April
The Sea at Hackney Picturehouse with John Banville @ 1pmJoin author John Banville and director Stephen Brown in conversation, followed by a screening of the highly-acclaimed adaption of Banville’s book The Sea, which tells the story of a man who returns to the sea where he spent his childhood summers, in search of peace following the death of his wife.

For the full details on these and a list of all other events taking place, please visit the website: or follow London Book and Screen Week on Twitter at@LBandSW Please note that extra events are being added all the time.

With many thanks to our key partners, who include:-
 ALLi, Audible, BAFTA, Booksellers Association, British Council, Clays, Dulwich Bookshop, English PEN, European Booksellers Association, Faber, Foyles, Good Housekeeping, Hailo, IdeasTap, Institut Francais, London&Partners, London Calling, London Writers Club, Oldcastle Books, OurScreen, PictureHouse, Pin Drop, Poetry Society, Publishers Association, Boudica Films, SelfMadeHero, SFX, Sid’s Literary Tours, Soho House, T Pub, The French Institute, The Guardian, Total Film, Visit London and Waterstones.

Monday, 2 March 2015

'The Novice' by Taran Matharu

Release date:5th May 2015 
Published by: Hodder Children's Books
ISBN No:978 1444923971

Fletcher was nothing more than a humble blacksmith's apprentice, when a chance encounter leads to the discovery that he has the ability to summon demons from another world. Chased from his village for a crime he did not commit, he must travel with his demon to the Vocans Academy, where the gifted are trained in the art of summoning.
The academy will put Fletcher through a gauntlet of gruelling lessons, training him as a battlemage to fight in the Hominum Empire's war against the savage orcs. Rubbing shoulders with the children of the most powerful nobles in the land, Fletcher must tread carefully. The power hungry Forsyth twins lurk in the shadows, plotting to further their family's interests. Then there is Sylva, an elf who will do anything she can to forge an alliance between her people and Hominum, even if it means betraying her friends. Othello is the first ever dwarf at the academy, and his people have long been oppressed by Hominum's rulers, which provokes tension amongst those he studies alongside.
Fletcher will find himself caught in the middle of powerful forces, with nothing but his demon Ignatius to help him. As the pieces on the board manoeuvre for supremacy, Fletcher must decide where his loyalties lie. The fate of an empire is in his hands ...

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