RED SIDE STORY by Jasper Fforde is #2 on The Sunday Times Bestseller list!
Jasper Fforde's much-anticipated RED SIDE STORY — the second in his SHADES OF GREY series — has debuted at the number 2 spot on The Sunday Times bestseller list! It was featured by The Guardian in their roundup of the best recent science fiction and fantasy books and they said of the novel: "Cleverly constructed, with engaging characters and lots of good jokes, this sparkling Wizard of Oz-inspired fantasy is the second book in an intended trilogy, and one of the quirkiest dystopias ever imagined." Huge congrats to Jasper and Hodder!
Eva Rice's THIS COULD BE EVERYTHING is a Richard & Judy's Book Club Pick!
Eva Rice's THIS COULD BE EVERYTHING — published in paperback on 07/12 — has been chosen as a Richard & Judy's Book Club pick for December. The novel is about a young woman finding happiness again after her life is shattered by grief. It’s 1990 in glamorous Notting Hill, a London alive with pop music, models and film stars. At 19, February Kingdom is knocked sideways by tragedy, but her journey back to joy is tenderly chronicled in this enchanting feel-good novel. Judy Finnigan said: “This is such a wise, tender book about the bond between sisters, full of warmth, sadness and joy.”
Amongst those praising the book is much-loved author Jojo Moyes who said of the novel: "Every time I have read one of Eva Rice’s books it has felt like a modern classic. Tender, and acutely observed, the characters of THIS COULD BE EVERYTHING have stayed with me. Reading it every night felt like wrapping myself a comfort blanket".
You can read more about the Richard & Judy Book Club picks here: https://www.thebookseller.com/...
Rebecca Renner's GATOR COUNTRY is #4 at Hudson News
Rebecca Renner's GATOR COUNTRY, published by Flatiron on 14th November, has peaked at #4 on the Hudson News bestselling chart! This is an indicator of sales nationwide and follows a flurry of excellent reviews in a number of outlets, from the New York Times — 'Every species, and every person who fights for its continued existence, deserves a book like this' — and the Tampa Bay Times who called the book 'a loving natural history of the irreplaceable Everglades'. Orlando Weekly said of the author, 'Renner is a natural storyteller, and she does service to wild Florida, igniting an answering passion in the reader.'
GATOR COUNTRY is available now to order online and at all good bookshops.
Kehinde Fadipe's debut "The Sun Sets in Singapore" is November's Jenna Bush Book Club Pick
“The Sun Sets in Singapore” by Kehinde Fadipe is Jenna’s book club pick for November, set amid the hustle and bustle of Singapore, where three Nigerian expats are attempting to live their best lives. This debut publishes on Oct. 31 in the US and out now in the UK.
“I think you will fall in love with this trio of women because you will relate to them, you will fall in love with Singapore and you will leave with more compassion and more understanding,” Jenna Bush Hager says of what she calls the “dazzling debut novel.”
“It’s about three best friends who each are at a different stage in their lives, even though they’re the same age, which I find to be so relevant for women these days,” Jenna says. “I loved this story about friendship, who we lean on, female ambition and what defines us.”
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Aaron Robertson is an International Booker Prize 2024 judge
We're thrilled to announce that Aaron Robertson will be judging the International Booker Prize 2024.
Robertson is a writer, translator, and editor at Spiegel & Grau in New York. Robertson’s translation of Igiaba Scego’s novel, Beyond Babylon (Two Lines Press, 2019), was shortlisted for the 2019 PEN Translation Prize and the National Translation Award. In 2021 he received a National Endowment for the Arts grant to support his translation of Giulia Caminito’s The Big A. He has served on the board of the American Literary Translators Association and is currently an advisory editor for The Paris Review. His debut book, The Black Utopians, will be published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in 2024. Robertson has been a contributor to two books, The Heart of a Stranger: An Anthology of Exile Literature (Pushkin Press, 2019) and Violent Phenomena: 21 Essays on Translation (Tilted Axis Press, 2022). His work has also appeared in The New York Times, The Nation, Foreign Policy, n+1, The Point, Literary Hub and elsewhere. His writing has received support from the Robert B. Silvers Foundation, the McCoy Family Center for Ethics in Society at Stanford University and the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University.
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The Instant Sunday Times Bestseller "THE LIST" by Yomi Adegoke is #GMABookClub's pick for October!Adegoke's new novel is a story about internet culture and tackling complicated moral questions surrounding "call-out" practices in the age of online backlash. Click here to find out more: https://gma.abc/46z5NlL
Out now with Fourth Estate (UK) and William Morrow Books (US).
REALLY GOOD, ACTUALLY is Waterstones and Foyles Fiction Book of the Month
Really Good, Actually has been chosen as WATERSTONES and FOYLES Book of the Month for October. A huge congratulations to Monica - for both retailers to choose a book is such a rare occurrence!
The Schitt's Creek screenwriter delivers a side-splitting debut novel about a young divorcee stepping back into the world that fizzes with knockout one-liners and hilarious characters.
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AN IMMENSE WORLD by Ed Yong shortlisted for the Royal Society Book Prize
An Immense World by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ed Yong has been shortlisted for the £25,000 Royal Society Science Book Prize. Sponsored by the Trivedi Family Foundation, the prize celebrates popular science writing from across the globe.
This year’s list was selected from 255 submissions published between 1st July 2022 and 30th September 2023.
Professor Alain Goriely FRS, chair of the 2023 judges, said: “The submissions for this year’s Royal Society Science Book Prize have been exceptionally impressive, showcasing both the breadth and depth across the spheres of science, technology, and society... The quality and diversity of the books that have made it to our shortlist demonstrate that popular science has come to maturity as a literary genre and highlight its significance in contemporary discourse."
In An Immense World, Ed Yong coaxes us beyond the confines of our own senses, welcoming us into previously unfathomable dimensions - the world as it is truly perceived by other animals. Showing us that in order to understand our world we don't need to travel to other places; we need to see through other eyes.
The winner of the prize will be revealed at a ceremony on 22nd November 2023.
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Women's Lore by Sarah Clegg: HWA Non-Fiction Crown Longlist for 2023
Women's Lore: 4,000 Years of Sirens, Serpents and Succubi by Sarah Clegg is longlisted for the HWA Non-Fiction Crown, 2023.
The judges said: "Contemporary myths surrounding mermaids, sirens and demons are taken by the horns in this compelling book. Clegg reveals that these often terrifying figures are actually rooted in women-centred ritual activity from the ancient past and have accompanied us — and been transformed — over millennia to the present day."
Women's Lore was published by Head of Zeus on March 2, 2023.
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LISTEN: On Music, Sound and Us by Michel Faber received a Kirkus starred review. They call it "Great, smart fun, and full of theses to provoke arguments and pointers for new ways to, yes, listen...An entertaining excursus into the noisy world of music."
Canongate Books publishes the book on October 19, 2023.
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‘She was chatty, seemingly untroubled’: Jeffrey Eugenides on the babysitter who inspired The Virgin Suicides
For the 30th anniversary special edition of The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides, in The Guardian "the author reveals the astonishing story behind his explosive debut."
4th Estate will publish the novel on September 14, 2023.
Read the article here: theguardian.com/books/2023/sep/11/jeffrey-eugenides-virgin-suicides-kirsten-dunce-sofia-coppola
Gator Country by Rebecca Renner: Publishers Weekly and Kirkus starred review
Gator Country by Rebecca Renner has gained a Publishers Weekly and Kirkus starred review ahead of its publication.
The Kirkus review writes "In her debut, National Geographic contributor Renner takes us into the Everglades in an attempt to challenge preconceptions about the area... Combining her skills for investigative reporting, nature writing, and personal anecdotes, Renner explores local folklore and legends, shares her personal experiences and observations, and details Operation Alligator Thief, which fights poaching."
And the PW review calls it "Fascinating...Renner teases out the moral ambiguities with a grace and rigor reminiscent of Susan Orlean’s The Orchid Thief. Beautifully evoking the “sawgrass plains and wild strands of jungle” of its author’s home state, this tale of power, politics, and tradition is a triumph."
Flatiron Books publishes the book on November 14, 2023.
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Bhion Achimba wins Ruth Lilly Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation
Bhion Achimba is named The Poetry Foundation's 2023 Ruth Lilly & Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellows.
Bhion Achimba (they/he) grew up in rural southeastern Nigeria and came to the US as a Scholar-at-Risk fellow at Harvard University. Their manuscript Cantos from the Crossing won the 2023 Center for Book Arts chapbook prize and will be published in November 2023. They earned an MFA in literary arts from Brown University; edit Dgëku, a literary magazine that publishes writing by queer Africans; and serve on the editorial board of TransitionMagazine.
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Birdgirl by Mya-Rose Craig longlisted for the James Cropper Wainwright Prize 2023
Birdgirl by Mya-Rose Craig is longlisted for the 2023 James Cropper Wainwright Prize in the Writing on Conversation category.
The judges write: "Twenty-one-year-old British-Bangladeshi birder, environmentalist and activist Mya-Rose Craig is an international force. In her moving memoir, Birdgirl, she chronicles her mother’s struggle with mental illness and how her family used birds to cope, and shares her passion for social justice and fierce dedication to preserving our planet."
Birdgirl was published on June 30, 2022 by Jonathan Cape.
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Birdgirl by Mya-Rose Craig is 2023 Winner of the Somerset Maugham Award.
Mya-Rose Craig's Birdgirl was selected as a 2023 Winner of the Somerset Maugham Award.
Prize judge Fred D'Aguiar said, "Mya-Rose
Craig embraces the widest world available to nonfiction as global in cahoots
with the local. Her nature writing intersects with culture and politics so that
Birdgirl is badass for its many emblems of resistance to global capital's
eradication of species and planet. Her studies of her mother's mental illness
could not be more nuanced as love, care and focused outrage at a health system
in terminal decline. Birdgirl elevates our thinking about how a plural approach
to a planetary problem may well yield remedies for a more secure future."
Birdgirl was published on June 30, 2022 by Jonathan Cape.
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Grand by Noelle McCarthy wins the E.H. MCCORMICK AWARD FOR NON FICTION
Noelle McCarthy’s Grand won the Mātātuhi Foundation-sponsored E.H. MCCORMICK AWARD FOR NON FICTION for the best first book at the Ockham New Zealand Book Awards.
The judges said, “This exquisite debut masterfully weaves together the threads of Noelle McCarthy’s life, and her relationship with her mother, in a memoir that connects with truths that unite us all. Poignant and poetic language renders scenes with honesty and colour. Intimate, but highly accessible, the fragility and turbulence of the mother-daughter relationship is at times brutally detailed. Despite this, Grand is an uplifting memoir, delicate and self-aware, and a credit to McCarthy’s generosity and literary deftness.”
For further information about the awards including more pics of Noelle to come, you can see them here: https://www.nzbookawards.nz/new-zealand-book-awards/2023-awards/winners/
We are delighted to share that Mya-Rose Craig's BIRDGIRL has made the longlist of this year's Jhalak Prize. "First awarded in March 2017, the Jhalak Prize and its new sister award Jhalak Children’s & YA Prize founded in 2020, seek to celebrate books by British/British resident BAME writers."
Birdwatching has never felt like a hobby, or a pastime I can pick up and put down, but a thread running through the pattern of my life, so tightly woven in that there's no way of pulling it free and leaving the rest of my life intact.
Meet Mya-Rose - otherwise known as 'Birdgirl'. Birder, environmentalist, diversity activist. To date she has seen over five thousand different types of bird: half the world's species.
Every single bird a treasure. Each sighting a small step in her family journey - a collective moment of joy and stillness amidst her mother's deepening mental health crisis. And each helping her to find her voice.
Since she was young, she has visited every continent to pursue her passion, seeing first-hand the inequality and reckless destruction we are inflicting on our fragile planet. And the simple, mindful act of looking for birds has made her ever-more determined to campaign for all our survival.
This is her story; a journey defined by her love for these extraordinary creatures. Because large or small, brown, patterned or jewelled, there is something about birds that makes us, even for just moments at a time, lift our eyes away from our lives and up to the skies.
The shortlist will be announced 18th April. Congratulations Mya-Rose!
The Wilderness Cure wins at André Simon Food and Drink Book awards 2022
Mo Wilde's THE WILDERNESS CURE has won the John Avery Award at the André Simon Food and Drink Book awards. "This year's winners demonstrate the continued evolution of food and drink writing, highlighting the exciting new voices emerging in the industry."
Foraging is one of the last wild acts of defiance against the concrete world. Humans versus humanoids. It's a crack in the dam, a chink of light, wild food nourishes your very soul.
Mo Wilde made a quiet but radical pledge: to live only off foraged food for an entire year. In a world disconnected from its roots, eating wild food is both culinary and healing, social and political. This is the story of that year.
Set against the backdrop of climate change, Brexit and the impending recession, The Wilderness Cure is a diary of a wild experiment; a timely, important and inspiring memoir which is a love letter to the natural world.
Julia and the Shark shortlisted for the Barnes & Noble Children's and YA Book Awards
We are delighted to share that Kiran Millwood Hargrave's JULIA AND THE SHARK has been shortlisted for this year's Barnes & Noble Children's and YA Book Awards.
The title publishes this month in the US with Union Square & Co.
Shortlisted for the Waterstones Book of the Year 2021
Shortlisted for the James Cropper Wainwright Prize for Children's Writing on Nature & Conservation 2022
'Days before lockdown there was a fire in my studio that destroyed twelve years worth of work. From the burnt out husk I rescued burnt frames, bags of ash, fragments of destroyed artworks. Much of the artwork for Julia and the Shark was made using these materials, as an act of mourning, transformation and repair. It reflects the central message of the book, that even in the deepest darkness there is always the light of hope.' - Tom de Freston
A timeless story of family, hope and environmental crisis from the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize-winning author of The Girl of Ink and Stars that is also a stunning work of visual art, Julia and the Shark has been taken to our booksellers’ hearts like no other children’s novel.
When her father is required to repair an old lighthouse on a remote island, Julia finds herself on a strange and magical summer holiday. Her mother becomes increasingly determined to find the great Greenland shark – an awesome yet elusive creature that soon fills Julia’s thoughts as well. But when her mother’s determination tips over into obsession, Julia is forced to dive into an adventure with hidden depths and turbulent emotional currents which threatens to submerge them all.
With breathtaking black, white and yellow illustrations created using the ashes from the fire that destroyed de Freston's studio, Julia and the Shark is both a testament to artistic rebirth and an exquisite reflection on family, science and the fragile yet sublime beauty of the environment. Intoxicating and impossible to put down, it is a future classic whose beauty and heart will resound for generations.