Collusion by Luke Harding Published Today

Collusion: How Russia Helped Trump Win the White House, the newest work of non-fiction from award-winning journalist, Luke Harding, is published today by Guardian Faber, as well as by nine other publishers across the globe.

Collusion is 'the inside story of how a former British spy was hired to investigate Russia’s influence on Trump – and uncovered explosive evidence that Moscow had been cultivating Trump for years'. 

The book is set to be published simultaneously by Vintage (USA), Into Kustannus (Finland), Flammarion (France), Penguin Random House Germany, Nieuw Amsterdam (Holland), Mondadori (Italy),  Penguin Random House Spain, Bonniers (Sweden) and Forlaget Press (Norway). Foreign rights are handled by Susanna Lea Associates.

Collusion is the first book on the topic and an invaluable read for anyone seeking to understand the Trump-Russia scandal. From today there will be press coverage around the world including interviews and serial running in major newspapers such as The Guardian, El Pais, La Repubblica and Stern. It is a fast-paced, riveting, up-to-the-minute overview of the momentous events of the past year and reads like a le Carré novel. Get hold of a copy here.

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Christina Lamb's 'My Body, Your Battlefield' to be published globally

We're delighted to share that Christina Lamb's extraordinary new non-fiction book, My Body, Your Battlefield will be published by Arabella Pike of William Collins in the UK Commonwealth, Kathryn Belden at Scribner in North America as well as by the following publishers in translation: Mondadori in Italy, Penguin Random House in Germany, Companhia das Letras in Brazil, Ambo Anthos in Holland, HarperCollins in France and Natur & Kultur in Sweden.

My Body, Your Battlefield is an account of war through women’s eyes and an exploration of how rape became a weapon of mass destruction by Sunday Times writer Christina Lamb. The significant UK deal was negotiated by literary agent David Godwin. North American and translation rights are being handled by Susanna Lea Associates.

The book, as unflinching as it is passionate, tackles head on the growing number of stories of brutality against women from across the world, some of which have shocked Lamb more profoundly than anything she has seen in her 30-year career as a war correspondent. Whilst rape in war is nothing new, brutality towards women in conflict has increased exponentially in recent times. Ethnic and sectarian groups across the world now use rape as a strategy with women rounded up and incarcerated to produce offspring, a new generation of jihadis in a chilling real-life version of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale.

From Bangladesh in 1970/1 when as many as 400,000 women were strung up against banana trees and raped deliberately by Pakistani troops to breed Punjabis, to Bosnia between 1992-5 when 20,000 women were forced into sexual slavery in rape camps by Serbian soldiers; to Rwanda where, in 1994 an estimated 250,000 Tutsi women were raped, and the ‘rape capital of the world’ – Congo – where soldiers and rebels raped an estimated 200,000 women over the last ten years, often in front of their own children. Islamic State and Boko Haram have seized thousands of women as sex slaves, including Yazidi women and children, as well as the 219 Chibok teenagers abducted from their school dormitories, using these sexual slaves to lure recruits from the west. Fighters are told that raping them is their religious duty, not just spoils of war.

Though rape has been listed as a war crime since 1919, the developed world has shown little urgency to seeking justice for these crimes against women. Yet for the victims, these appalling crimes condemn them to a life sentence of mental and physical suffering and ostracism.

Motivated by the fact that if it is terrible to remember, it is far more terrible to forget, Lamb’s book will restore voices to the thousands of women brutalised by war rape and sexual slavery. Beginning with the Yazidi girls in asylum in Germany, the book will take the form of a journey across the world to attempt an understanding of why this is happening, what can be done about it and the incredible people who are trying to make a difference.

Arabella Pike said: ‘This going to be a hugely important book. Told with equal amounts of compassion and fury, the book will amplify the voices of the women and girls who have suffered brutality in war and be published to bring about change as the start of a campaign of recognition and justice.’

Christina Lamb said: ‘In all my years of covering war this is the hardest and most important subject I have ever reported on. We don’t seem to be able to end wars anymore, but, even when we do, for these women their suffering will never end. If we don’t face up to this we can’t change things. I have never felt more strongly that these stories need to be told.’

Publication is scheduled for 2019.

Christina Lamb is one of Britain’s leading foreign correspondents and a bestselling author. She has won 14 major awards including five times being named Foreign Correspondent of the Year and Europe’s top war reporting prize, the Prix Bayeux. She is the author of numerous books including Farewell Kabul, The Africa House, Waiting For Allah, The Sewing Circles of Herat and House of Stone. She co-wrote the international bestselling I am Malala with Malala Yousafzai and The Girl from Aleppo with Nujeen Mustafa. She is a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, an honorary fellow of University College, Oxford and was awarded an OBE by the Queen in 2013.

Anne Fine's 'Let It Snow', illustrated by Kerry Hyndman for Waitrose

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Inspired by this year's Waitrose Christmas advert, David Fickling Books have published Let It Snow, written by Anne Fine and illustrated by DGA's Kerry Hyndman.

When two families get caught in a snowstorm on Christmas eve, it’s a disaster! They are all quite sure that Christmas is ruined. Can they work together and turn things around? And will they become firm friends filled with Christmas cheer? Let it Snow! is once again inspired by the Waitrose Christmas TV advert. It tells a heart-warming tale of two animal families who become unlikely friends by sharing a special meal.

Get hold of a copy here today! 

Happy Publication Day to Daisy Hildyard

Wishing a very happy publication day to Daisy Hildyard, whose The Second Body is released today from Fitzcarraldo Editions.

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Every living thing has two bodies. To be an animal is to be in possession of a physical body, a body which can eat, drink and sleep; it is also to be embedded in a worldwide network of ecosystems. When every human body has an uncanny global presence, how do we live with ourselves? In this timely and elegant essay, Daisy Hildyard captures the second body by exploring how the human is a part of animal life. She meets Richard, a butcher in Yorkshire, and sees pigs turned into boiled ham; and Gina, an environmental criminologist, who tells her about leopards and silver foxes kept as pets in luxury apartments. She speaks to Luis, a biologist, about the origins of life; and talks to Nadezhda about fungi in an effort to understand how we define animal life. Eventually, her second body comes to visit her first body when the river flooded her home last year. The Second Body is a brilliantly lucid account of the dissolving boundaries between all life on earth.

Praise for The Second Body:

‘Part amateur detective, part visionary, Hildyard’s voice is so intelligent, beguiling and important. Like Sir Thomas Browne or even Annie Dillard, her sly variety of scientific inquiry is incandescent.’ 
— Rivka Galchen, author of Little Labors

‘In its insistence on the illusion of individuality and on the participation of human animals in the whole of earthly life, The Second Body might be an ancient text; in its scientific literacy and its mood of ecological disquiet, Daisy Hildyard’s book is as contemporary as the morning paper. If ecstasy means to go outside oneself, the word usually carries connotations of chaos and inarticulacy. Here, however, is a precise and eloquent ecstasy – and this slender book about who we are beyond our own skins is likewise much larger than itself.’ 
— Benjamin Kunkel, author of Utopia or Bust

‘Daisy Hildyard has turned her curious, sifting, brilliantly original mind onto the pressing ecological questions of our age. The result is a series of essays as captivating as they are delightful, their object no less than to quietly rewire our thinking.’ 
— Sarah Howe, author of Loop of Jade

‘Hildyard takes us on a white-knuckle philosophical ride through identity, agency, ecology and molecular biology, leaving us vitally disconcerted, but with a strange new sense of community and solidarity. A curious, oblique, important, and fascinating book.’
— Charles Foster, author of Being a Beast

‘In The Second Body, Daisy Hildyard gives a body to an idea in a series of curious encounters that take us from the floor of a butcher shop to the computer room of a biologist to the wreckage of a flooded home. Heady and visceral both, this essay revels in the mess and splendour of the world.’
— Eula Biss, author of On Immunity

Daisy Hildyard holds a PhD in the history of science, and has previously published essays on the language of science, and on seventeenth-century mathematics. Her first novel Hunters in the Snow received the Somerset Maugham Award and a ‘5 under 35’ honorarium at the USA National Book Awards. She lives with her family in North Yorkshire, where she was born.

The truth is coming: 10 to publish Luke Harding’s exposé on the Russia–Trump scandal around the globe

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We're finally able to share that ten publishers are set to publish Collusion: How Russia Helped Trump Win the White House by award-winning journalist Luke Harding simultaneously, on 16 November, including Guardian Faber and Vintage in the US.

In December 2016 Harding meets former MI6 officer Christopher Steele to discuss the president-elect’s connections with Russia. Harding decides to follow the money and the sex. In Washington, January 2017, Steele’s explosive dossier alleges that the Kremlin has been ‘cultivating, supporting and assisting’ Trump for years and that they have compromising information about him. Trump responds on Twitter, ‘FAKE NEWS’.

Collusion is a gripping, alarming exposé about the biggest political scandal of the modern era, in which Harding reveals the true nature of Trump’s decades-long relationship with Russia and presents the gripping inside story of Steele’s dossier.

Drawing on exclusive new material and key sources from the intelligence community, Harding tells an astonishing story of offshore money, sketchy real-estate deals, a Miss Universe Pageant, mobsters, money laundering, hacking and Kremlin espionage. He shines a light on powerful Russian players like Aras Agalarov, Natalia Veselnitskaya and Sergey Kislyak, whose motivations and instructions may have come from Vladimir Putin himself. Collusion is up-to-date to the minute, including last week’s indictment of campaign manager, Paul Manafort, which threatens to engulf Trump’s administration.

This book gets to the heart of the biggest political scandal of the modern era. Russia is reshaping the world order to its advantage; this is something that should trouble us all.

Laura Hassan, said: ‘Harding’s book is the first to unravel the truth of the Steele dossier and it is a zippy, riveting, up-to-the-minute overview of the momentous events of the past year. This this an invaluable read for anyone seeking to understand the Trump-Russia scandal.’

Collusion will be published simultaneously by Vintage (USA), Into Kustannus (Finland), Flammarion (France), Penguin Random House Germany, Nieuw Amsterdam (Holland), Mondadori (Italy),  Penguin Random House Spain, Bonniers (Sweden) and Forlaget Press (Norway). Foreign rights are handled by Susanna Lea Associates. 

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Luke Harding is an award-winning foreign correspondent with the Guardian. Between 2007 and 2011 he was the Guardian’s Moscow bureau chief; the Kremlin expelled him from the country in the first case of its kind since the cold war. He is the author of A Very Expensive Poison: The Definitive Story of the Murder of Litvinenko and Russia’s War with the West, The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World’s Most Wanted ManMafia State and co-author of WikiLeaks: Inside Julian Assange’s War on Secrecy, The Liar: The Fall of Jonathan Aitken (nominated for the Orwell Prize). Two of Harding’s books have been made into films; The Fifth Estate and Snowden.

Arundhati Roy & Meena Kandasamy on The Hindu Prize 2017 Shortlist

We're delighted to share news that two DGA authors have reached The Hindu Prize 2017 Shortlist. The prize, which recognises the best work of Indian literary fiction of the year, was announced at The Hindu Lit for Life Annual Lecture on Saturday 28th October.

From DGA, When I Hit You by Meena Kandasamy and The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy are on the list alongside Leila by Prayaag Akbar, The Small Town Sea by Anees Salim and Temporary People by Deepak Unnikrishnan.

The winner will be announced at the Lit for Life event to be held in January 2018.

The jury comprised Ananya Vajpeyi, Chandan Gowda, Gauri Viswanathan, Jonathan Gil Harris and Kamini Mahadevan.

Submissions were invited in April and close to a 100 entries came in from writers across the country.

The jury whittled this down to a long list of 45 books and then zeroed in on the five that made it to the shortlist.

The first award was given in 2010 to Manu Joseph for his novel Serious Men, and last year, the winner was Kiran Doshi’s Jinnah Often Came To Our House.

Good luck to all involved!

Happy Publication Day to Darryl Cunningham

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We're excited to share that Darryl Cunningham's graphic novel, Graphic Science: Seven Journeys of Discovery is available to buy now

Much is known about scientists such as Darwin, Newton, and Einstein, but what about lesser known scientists – people who have not achieved a high level of fame, but who have contributed greatly to human knowledge? What were their lives like? What were their struggles, aims, successes, and failures? How do their discoveries fit into the bigger picture of science as a whole?

Overlooked, sidelined, excluded, discredited: key figures in scientific discovery come and take their bow in an alternative Nobel prize gallery.

Antoine Lavoisier: the father of French chemistry who gave oxygen its name, Lavoisier was a wealthy man who found himself on the wrong side of a revolution and paid the price with his life.

Mary Anning: a poor, working-class woman who made her living fossil-hunting along the beach cliffs of southern England. Anning found herself excluded from the scientific community because of her gender and social class. Wealthy, male, experts took credit for her discoveries.

George Washington Carver: born a slave, Carver become one of the most prominent botanists of his time, as well as a teacher at the Tuskegee Institute. Carver devised over 100 products using one major ingredient – the peanut – including dyes, plastics and gasoline.

Alfred Wegener: a German meteorologist, balloonist, and arctic explorer, his theory of continental drift was derided by other scientists and was only accepted into mainstream thinking after his death. He died in Greenland on an expedition, his body lost in the ice and snow.

Nikola Tesla: a Serbian American inventor, electrical engineer, mechanical engineer, physicist, and futurist best known for his contributions to the design of the modern alternating current (AC) electricity supply system. A competitor of Edison, Tesla died in poverty despite his intellectual brilliance.

Jocelyn Bell Burnell: a Northern Irish astrophysicist. As a postgraduate student, she discovered the first radio pulsars (supernova remnants) while studying and advised by her thesis supervisor Antony Hewish, for which Hewish shared the Nobel Prize in physics while Bell Burnell was excluded.

Fred Hoyle: an English astronomer noted primarily for the theory of stellar nucleosynthesis – the process whereby most of the elements on the Periodic Table are created. He was also noted for the controversial positions he held on a wide range of scientific issues, often in direct opposition to prevailing theories. This eccentric approach contributed to him to being overlooked by the Nobel Prize committee for his stellar nucleosynthesis work.

Any one of these figures could have been awarded a Nobel prize. Not every scientific discoverer was lauded in their time, for reasons of gender, race, or lack of wealth, or (in the case of Lavoisier) being too wealthy: in the 21st century, there are many more reparations and reputations to be made.

Praise for Graphic Science

"A rich, rewarding, fascinating and warmly personable view into some of those who, often against the odds, have added fuel to the shining beacon of learning and knowledge which has helped defined our species, our place in the world, our understanding of that world and the vast cosmos around us. A wonderful read." - Joe Gordon, Forbidden Planet

"This is not just mind-blowing, complex scientific discovery made accessible, but made absolutely riveting. Daryl Cunningham brings to life the lives and often troubled and tortuous circumstances of those who have made some of the greatest scientific discoveries in history. His graphic narrative style is unparalleled – as with all his books, he breaths fire and soul into the big ideas that dominate human understanding." Jamie Kelsey-Fry

Caroline Bird on T. S. Eliot Prize Shortlist

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We're thrilled to share that Caroline Bird is on the shortlist for the T. S. Eliot Prize with her collection, In These Days of Prohibition

Chair Bill Herbert said:

“This was a very strong year, and it was a privilege to read so many books that possessed as well as intrigued us; our shortlist explores grief, pleasure, place and history in a formidable variety of ways.”

To mark the 25th anniversary of the T. S. Eliot Prize, the T. S. Eliot Foundation has increased the winner’s prize money to £25,000. Judges Bill Herbert (Chair), James Lasdun and Helen Mort have chosen the shortlist from a record 154 poetry collections submitted by publishers:

The T. S. Eliot Prize is run by The T. S. Eliot Foundation. This is the richest prize in British poetry, with the winning poet receiving a cheque for £25,000 and the shortlisted poets each receiving £1,500.

The T. S. Eliot Prize Shortlist Readings will take place on Sunday 14th January 2018 in Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall. The shortlist readings are the largest annual poetry event in the UK and will be hosted once again by Ian McMillan. 

The winner of the 2017 Prize will be announced at the Award Ceremony on Monday 15th January 2018, where the winner and the shortlisted poets will be presented with their cheques. This continues the tradition started by Mrs Valerie Eliot, who provided the prize money from the inception of the Prize.

From everyone here at DGA, congratulations Caroline!

Faber Children's to publish Clementine Beauvais

Faber Children's has bought a “seductive and spine-tinglingly brilliant” French YA novel after only reading a short translation sample.

Alice Swan, the division's editorial director, acquired world English rights for Songe à la Douceur by Clémentine Beauvais from Kirsty McLachlan here at DGA. The book was originally published by French publishing house Sarbacane last year.

It will be translated by Sam Taylor and published in the UK next July as In Paris with You, inspired by the James Fenton poem of the same name.

Swan said: "It's the first novel I've bought in translation. I would never normally acquire a novel without reading it. But I shared the manuscript with French-speaking colleagues and their response was so overwhelmingly positive that it felt worth the risk. I was nervous to read the translation, but it was an incredible reading experience - and thrilling to know that we'd already bought the book."

She added: “Clémentine's story is so unusual, so seductive and so spine-tinglingly brilliant, and Sam's translation is outstanding from start to finish." 

Beauvais, who is also the author of YA novel Piglettes (Puskin Press), said: “I was absolutely delighted and also honoured to hear that Faber, which has such legendary status in the publishing of poetry and of children's and young adult literature, wanted to acquire my novel.”

The French-born writer, who is now based in London, said the book is “such a difficult book to translate” and added: “I'm amazed by Sam's creation. It's full of inventiveness, wit and intelligence; it's intimately close to my own novel, and at the same time his own voice sings through.”

Taylor described it as “both the most difficult and most enjoyable translation” he has worked on. He said: “I’ve translated more than 20 novels, many of them prize-winners and best-sellers, but I’ve never been more passionate about a book than I am about In Paris With You.

"It’s a lyrical, intelligent, sexy, romantic and very funny novel about life and love in the 21st century, and it was both the most difficult and most enjoyable translation I’ve ever done.”

Beauvais is the co-host of the "Kid You Not" podcast on children's literature and her books have previously been published by Hachette Children's Group and Bloomsbury.

Memoir from firefighter, Sabrina Cohen-Hatton to be published by Transworld

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We're thrilled to share that Transworld has acquired an "empowering" memoir by one of the UK's most senior female firefighters, Dr Sabrina Cohen-Hatton, in a "substantial" pre-empt. 

Lizzy Goudsmit, editor at Transworld, pre-empted UK and Commonwealth rights, including audio, to Through the Fire from Kirsty McLachlan here at DGA, calling its author, Cohen-Hatton, "one of the most extraordinary people" she had ever met. 

Cohen-Hatton, who is deputy assistant commissioner for the London Fire Brigade, left home at 15 and school at 16, before joining the fire brigade of a small, South Wales mining community. She has gone on to attend a number of major incidents, including the Westminster terrorist attack in March this year and the Holborn fire in 2015. She also has a PhD in Behavioural Neuroscience, having undertaken a series of night classes, and has won awards for her research into incident command in the emergency services. 

In Through the Fire, she will draw on and unpack her experiences to reveal the realities of firefighting, including the skills and qualities that are essential to surviving in such a fast-paced, high-pressured and emotionally-charged working environment. Cohen-Hatton said: "I hope the book will reveal the human side of firefighting, the ordinary people who work tirelessly to achieve extraordinary things, rather than the superhuman face of firefighting that is often presented to us".

Goudsmit commented: "Sabrina is one of the most extraordinary people I have ever met. I am hugely inspired by her resilience, warmth, knowledge and humour. In Through the Fire she takes us right to the heart of firefighting, from moments of devastation and crisis to the quieter moments when these assumed heroes question themselves, their choices, the decisions they’ve made in the most unforgiving of circumstances. This promises to be an honest, eloquent, empowering book full of important lessons for real life."

Transworld will publish Through the Fire in hardback in spring 2019.

Happy Publication to Fergal Keane

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A very happy publication day to Fergal Keane, whose new work of non-fiction is available now from William Collins. 

Wounds is a family story of blood and memory and the haunting power of the past.

After nearly three decades reporting conflict from all over the world for the BBC, Fergal Keane has gone home to Ireland to tell a story that lies at the root of his fascination with war. It is a family story of war and love, and how the ghosts of the past return to shape the present.

Wounds is a powerful memoir about Irish people who found themselves caught up in the revolution that followed the 1916 Rising, and in the pitiless violence of civil war in north Kerry after the British left in 1922.

It is the story of Keane’s grandmother Hannah Purtill, her brother Mick and his friend Con Brosnan, and how they and their neighbours took up guns to fight the British Empire and create an independent Ireland. And it is the story of another Irishman, Tobias O’Sullivan, who fought against them as a policeman because he believed it was his duty to uphold the law of his country.

Many thousands of people took part in the War of Independence and the Civil War that followed. Whatever side they chose, all were changed in some way by the costs of violence. Keane uses the experiences of his ancestral homeland in north Kerry to examine why people will kill for a cause and how the act of killing reverberates through the generations.

Praise for Wounds:

‘His book is a memoir but it is so much more than that…a volume of the most exquisitely written and moving truth and honesty.’ TLS

'A profoundly tragic book by an eminent humanitarian…Fergal Keane is not a man for triumphalism…he is really writing a passionate elegy for all battles…it is a noble book that Keane has written…its grandeur lies in its essential vision – decent forgiving, pitying and always regretful’ Jan Morris, The Times

‘Fergal Keane operates masterfully…I found myself, on one or two pages towards the close, caught in a choking emotion…the evidence is meticulously gathered and the writing so powerful that it turns a book about a battle into a book about human beings, their existence, their end’ Guardian

‘In his sweeping account of the battle in Kohima in 1944, Fergal Keane does justice to the memory of the men who fell and who survived…a vivid account which brings to life the brutality of that war…an engrossing narrative of ghastly battle’ Independent

'Along with his war correspondent’s feel for action, Keane brings to the task an eye for detail and a gift for describing what it is like to be in a battle at the lowest level…Road of Bones” captures this superlatively’ Literary Review

Buy a copy today, here.

Happy Publication Day to Rachel Ward

A very happy publication day goes to Rachel Ward, whose first work of adult fiction, The Cost of Living is released today from Sandstone Press

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When a young woman is attacked walking home from her local supermarket, Bea Jordan, a smart but unfulfilled checkout girl, is determined to investigate. Colleagues and customers become suspects, secrets are uncovered. While fear stalks the town, Bea finds an unlikely ally in Ant, the seemingly gormless new trainee, but risks losing the people she loves most as death comes close to home. The Cost of Living is a warm, contemporary story with likeable leads, an engaging cast of supporting characters and a dark thread running throughout.

Rachel Ward is a best-selling writer for young adults. Her first book, Numbers, was published in 2009 and shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize. An avid reader of detective fiction, The Cost of Living is her first book for adults. Rachel lives in Bath with her husband, and has two grown-up children.

‘Unlikely friendships and quirky wit make this the most warm-hearted of crime debuts.’
-Lucy Diamond

‘Utterly fab, fresh and real.’
-Fleur Hitchcock

‘A breath of fresh air, Ant and Bea are fabulous creations.’
-Sophia Bennett

Claire Tomalin's 'A Life of My Own' receives rave reviews

Claire Tomalin's personal memoir, A Life of My Own, has brought in some fantastic reviews since its release last week.

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The Guardian's Anthony Quinn said ‘You will find it hard not to be amazed,' and that it's 'impossible not to be moved by the indomitable spirit which drives this memoir…She comes across like the heroine of a great novel…a hugely entertaining book’. Whilst the Times exclaims that Tomalin '...should be a heroine to modern snowflakes who melt at the first hurdle. Tomalin is like a glacier: unstoppable, inexorable, gathering resolve as she goes… The book is poised and beautifully paced.’

Kate Kellaway of the Observer said the memoir was ‘absorbing, moving and marvellously written.’ While the Sunday Times described the book as ‘... peppered with fascinating pen portraits and anecdotes… she has tried, as Pepys did in his life, to give the ‘texture’ of a life. This she has achieved quite brilliantly.’

The Evening Standard said that ‘It is not Tomalin’s professional life that impresses most in this memoir but her survival through personal tragedy, or rather, her remarkable ability to articulate its bleakness… She speaks from the heart but retains a sort of privacy, and is all the more powerful for it.’ 

Make sure you get a copy to call your own here.

 

M G Leonard's BEETLE BOY Featured in Tom Fletcher's W H Smith Book Club

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We're thrilled to share that M G Leonard's Beetle Boy has been selected for Tom Fletcher's newly launched children's book club. 

The McFly member turned children's author has launched a children's book club exclusively with WH Smith. The book club titles will get promotion in-store, online and on Fletcher's YouTube channel, which has over 625,000 subscribers.

The new club follows that WH Smith already runs with YouTuber Zoella.

The 10 selected titles, chosen for Fletcher's first book club, target 7-11 year olds of varying reading abilities - ranging, according to Fletcher, from the "brilliantly bonkers to heart-warmingly wonderful" - offering something for every child to read.

Each of the 10 titles will feature exclusive Tom Fletcher book club stickers when purchased from WH Smith and be displayed in unique promotional bays. 

The book club launches across WH Smith High Street stores today. A launch video published on Fletcher’s YouTube channel introducing the books and featuring a song written by Fletcher.

Fletcher, Penguin Random House children's author behind The Christmasaurus and The Creakers, commented it could be tricky for children to find the right book and he hoped the recommendations would inspire children, whatever their current engagement with reading.

“I am immensely excited to announce my book club with WH Smith," he said. "There are so many incredible children’s books out there but every child is different and finding the right book is tricky! Get the wrong one and it can turn someone off reading for life and they might end up joining a band or something horrendous like that! So here are ten books that I think are pretty awesome. They range from brilliantly bonkers to heart-warmingly wonderful and I hope there’s a book in this selection that will inspire children whether they are new to reading or fully-fledged bookworms. Happy reading!”

Fletcher will continue to upload weekly review videos for each title to his YouTube channel, while fresh unseen content from the books, short stories, exclusive blog posts and videos from the books' authors will populate the WHSmith Blog.

Frankie Adams, WH Smith books business unit director, added: “We are delighted to launch the new Tom Fletcher Book Club across our stores. By combining the brilliant Tom Fletcher with some of the most fantastic, leading children’s authors we’re confident we will get more kids reading and enjoying books.”

A Life of My Own, a memoir by Claire Tomalin, out today

Claire Tomalin's personal memoir, A Life of My Own is published today by Viking Books (Penguin Random House). A very happy publication day to Claire! 

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As one of the best biographers of her generation, Claire Tomalin has written about great novelists and poets to huge success: now, she turns to look at her own life.

This enthralling memoir follows her through triumph and tragedy in about equal measure, from the disastrous marriage of her parents and the often difficult wartime childhood that followed, to her own marriage to the brilliant young journalist Nicholas Tomalin. When he was killed on assignment as a war correspondent she was left to bring up their four children - and at the same time make her own career.

She writes of the intense joys of a fascinating progression as she became one of the most successful literary editors in London before discovering her true vocation as a biographer, alongside overwhelming grief at the loss of a child.

Writing with the élan and insight which characterize her biographies, Claire Tomalin sets her own life in a wider cultural and political context, vividly and frankly portraying the social pressures on a woman in the Fifties and Sixties, and showing 'how it was for a European girl growing up in mid-twentieth-century England ... carried along by conflicting desires to have children and a worthwhile working life.'

Buy a copy here.
 

Happy Publication Day Sarah Ward

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A very happy publication day to Sarah Ward whose third DC Childs crime novel, A Patient Fury, is out today from Faber & Faber.

When Detective Constable Connie Childs is dragged from her bed to the fire-wrecked property on Cross Farm Lane she knows as she steps from the car that this house contains death.

Three bodies discovered – a family obliterated – their deaths all seem to point to one conclusion: One mother, one murderer.

But D.C. Childs, determined as ever to discover the truth behind the tragedy, realises it is the fourth body – the one they cannot find – that holds the key to the mystery at Cross Farm Lane.

What Connie Childs fails to spot is that her determination to unmask the real murderer might cost her more than her health – this time she could lose the thing she cares about most: her career.

Sarah Ward is an online book reviewer whose blog, Crimepieces (www.crimepieces.com), reviews the best of current crime fiction published around the world. She has also reviewed for Eurocrime and Crimesquad and is a judge for the Petrona Award for Scandinavian translated crime novels. She lives in Derbyshire

Do not miss out - get hold of a copy here and keep up to date with all of Sarah's news by following her on Twitter - @sarahrward1

Don't miss Richard Holmes - Radio 4 Pick of the Week

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Don't miss BBC Radio 4's Pick of the Week, which sees biographer Richard Holmes exploring unconsummated love, passion, poetry and talented lives cut short as he discovers how John Keats' life and poetry continues to resonate in literature, music, film and science -nearly 200 years after his death at the age of 25.

Keats doubted his own immortality as a poet. He even suggested his own epitaph, "here lies one whose name was writ in water'"

"'If I should die, I have left no immortal work behind me - nothing to make my friends proud of my memory - but I have lov'd the principle of beauty in all things, and if I had had time I would have made myself remember'd."

But as Keats' actual life fades away from us through time, the "plaintive anthem" of his whole story - his youth, his love, his letters, his poetry - the echo of his famous nightingale, only deepens and spreads.

Richard talks to director Jane Campion about how she fell in love with Keats by reading his searingly painful and passionate letters to Fanny Brawne, which led to her making the film Bright Star. And he talks to geneticist Steve Jones, a lifelong fan of Keats, about the complexity of the scientific response to Keats' work.

He visits Keats House, the setting for Keats and Fanny's love affair, and a place of pilgrimage for fans today. He also goes to Guys Hospital, where Keats trained as an apothecary, to talk to medical students inspired by his legacy.

And Olivier Award-winning actor Luke Treadaway reads Keats' wonderful meditation on nature and immortality, Ode to a Nightingale.

Amitava Kumar is released in India to brilliant reviews

Aleph Books has published Amitava Kumar's novel, The Lovers, in India and some fantastic reviews have come in. The book will be released by Faber in the UK and Knopf in the US next year under a different title, Immigrant, Montana.

The book is "a story of modern love set in the murky terrain of desire and cultural mishaps, braiding together the pleasures of fiction and non-fiction" says Scroll.in, "His writing is a sharp blend of fiction, non-fiction, myth-making and history, telling a story that perhaps only Kumar can. [...] the different sections open up slowly, yet enticingly, like a curtain being drawn back to reveal a mirror gradually, but only for us to see that the mirror was stained all along." Read the full review, here

Get hold of a copy here, today.

 

 

Robert Winder's 'The Last Wolf' is making waves

"Well-crafted, reflective and quite personal, The Last Wolf is [...] original and deeply researched." says The Observer's Robert McCrum. Whereas Dominic Sandbrook of the Sunday Times describes the book as "spirited, provocative, wise, hugely entertaining."

Robert Winder's The Last Wolf: Hidden Springs of Englishness is attracting wonderful reviews. Prospect says of the author, "Winder, who in 2004 wrote a compelling book about immigration called Bloody Foreigners, expertly navigates his subject without mentioning Brexit. Yet it has a pertinent lesson for some of the more excitable Brexiteers-we have never been an island nation." 

What sort of a place is England? And who are the English? As the United Kingdom turns away from its European neighbours, and begins to look increasingly disunited at home, it is becoming necessary to ask what England has that is singular and its own.

It is often assumed that the national identity must be a matter of values and ideas. But in Robert Winder's brilliantly-written account it is a land built on a lucky set of natural ingredients: the island setting that made it maritime; the rain that fed the grass that nourished the sheep that provided the wool, and the wheat fields that provided its cakes and ale. Then came the seams of iron and coal that made it an industrial giant.

In Bloody Foreigners Robert Winder told the rich story of immigration to Britain. Now, in The Last Wolf, he spins an English tale. Travelling the country, he looks for its hidden springs not in royal pageantry or politics, but in landscape and history.

Medieval monks with their flocks of sheep . . . cathedrals built by wool . . . the first shipment of coal to leave Newcastle . . . marital contests on a village green . . . mock-Tudor supermarkets - the story is studded with these and other English things.

And it starts by looking at a very important thing England did not have: wolves.

The Last Wolf is soaring up the bestseller charts for good reason. Get hold of a copy here today.

Preti Taneja's 'We That Are Young' published this week to rave reviews

Congratulations go to Preti Taneja, whose debut novel, We That Are Young is out this Thursday 10th August from Galley Beggar Press. 

The book has already been bringing in fantastic reviews. Writing in The Sunday Times, Alexander Nurnberg said of the novel, "Taneja’s prose, whose free indirect style alights in turn on each character, ingeniously betrays their self-possession and shame, and her immersive present tense takes a story we know and makes it urgent and irresistible. This is a new voice, vivid, full of imagery and pace, and with a richness to match the vibrancy of its world."

JIVAN SINGH, the bastard scion of the Devraj family, returns to his childhood home after a long absence – only to witness the unexpected resignation of the ageing patriarch from the vast corporation he founded, the Devraj Company. On the same day, Sita, Devraj’s youngest daughter, absconds – refusing to submit to the marriage her father wants for her. Meanwhile, Radha and Gargi, Sita’s older sisters, are handed the Company… And so begins a brutal, deathly struggle for power, ranging over the luxury hotels and spas of New Delhi and Amritsar, the Palaces and slums of Napurthala, to Srinagar, Kashmir. 

Told in astonishing prose – a great torrent of words and imagery – We That Are Young is a modern-day King Lear that bursts with energy and fierce, beautifully measured rage. Set against the backdrop of the anti-corruption riots in 2011–2012, it provides startling insights into modern India, the clash of youth and age, the hectic pace of life in one of the world’s fastest growing economies – and the ever-present spectre of death. More than that, this is a novel about the human heart. And its breaking point.

Preti was born in the UK to Indian parents and spent most of her childhood holidays in New Delhi. She has worked as a human rights reporter and filmmaker on Iraq, in Jordan, Rwanda, and Kosovo, and her work has been published in the Guardian and Open Democracy. A fellow at Warwick University, in 2014 Preti’s novella Kumkum Malhotra won the Gatehouse Press New Fictions Prize. She is also the editor of Visual Verse and was selected as an AHRC/ BBC Radio 3 New Generation Thinker for 2014.