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Locus awards go to Ann Leckie, Naomi Novik and other stars

Prestigious science fiction and fantasy prizes also honour work by Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman and George RR MartinAnn Leckie and Naomi Novik won the top two prizes at this weekend’s Locus awards, with George RR Martin, Neil Gaiman and the late Te...
by Publishing Company Blog on Jun 27, 2016

Poets on tour: foreboding at the Welsh border

Cast down by unease after the referendum result, we are kept afloat by a warm audience at Oswestry, a great guest and the beauty of poetry and musicFriday: Imtiaz DharkerI wake in the same bed, expelled to another country overnight. The television is...
by Publishing Company Blog on Jun 27, 2016

Dystopian Ukraine novel, written on Facebook during protests, gets English translation

Kaharlyk by Oleh Shynkarenko, a novel that began as Facebook posts to evade censors, tells story of man whose brain is controlled by Russian armyA book that the Ukrainian writer Oleh Shynkarenko published in chunks on Facebook during the Maidan squar...
by Publishing Company Blog on Jun 27, 2016

Tristimania by Jay Griffiths; Mad Girl by Bryony Gordon – review

Two depression memoirs aimed at different readerships both offer optimism and enlightenmentWhen the novelist William Styron wrote a piece for Vanity Fair in 1989 describing his battle with depression, he could hardly have known that he was pioneering...
by Publishing Company Blog on Jun 27, 2016

Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging – review

Sebastian Junger’s lament on the failings of modern western communities suffers from a surfeit of nostalgia and disregard for historical fact Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging is a strange book. It is written by Sebastian Junger, a prize-winning a...
by Publishing Company Blog on Jun 26, 2016

Climbing Days by Dan Richards – review

Dorothy Pilley’s memoirs set her great-great-nephew on a beguiling quest to follow in her footsteps – up a mountain Quoting Dr Seuss, Dan Richards writes: “It is fun to have fun / But you have to know how”. Climbing Days is the most enor...
by Publishing Company Blog on Jun 26, 2016

Jessie Burton: ‘Success can be as fracturing to your self as failure’

After her debut novel, The Miniaturist, became a bestseller, the author experienced extreme anxiety – a struggle reflected in her new book, The Muse Here she is, Jessie Burton, at the door of what she describes as her “burrow” in Forest Hi...
by Publishing Company Blog on Jun 26, 2016

Meanwhile, Trees by Mark Waldron review – bizarre and invigorating

Mark Waldron is like a magpie picking super-sophisticated mixtures of gold and dross from an immense linguistic landfill All My Poems Are Advertisements for Me, declares one of Mark Waldron’s snappy titles, neatly connecting the writer’s day job,...
by Publishing Company Blog on Jun 26, 2016

The Penguin Lessons by Tom Michell review – heartwarmingly eccentric

How a young British teacher rescued a tar-soaked penguin and charmed a boys’ school in Isabel Perón’s Argentina Tom Michell is a self-described callow youth when he arrives in Argentina in the 1970s to teach in a boys’ boarding school, “a co...
by Publishing Company Blog on Jun 26, 2016

AskDavid- The Storyteller by Warren Brown

AskDavid.com now lists the Storyteller Series by Warren Brown http://askdavid.com/search/WARREN-BROWN-STORYTELLER...
by Humour, Ideas and Opinions on Jun 25, 2016

The Muse by Jessie Burton review – a solid follow-up to The Miniaturist

A double portrait of hidden creativity set in swinging 60s London and civil war Spain from a writer who cannot be faulted for ambitionThe imaginative boldness that distinguished Jessie Burton’s 2014 debut novel, The Miniaturist, earned her critical...
by Publishing Company Blog on Jun 25, 2016

Philip Pullman on the 1,000 causes of Brexit

The dog-whistle call of Nigel Farage’s racism and the lies of Boris Johnson are the final act of a tragedy that began 70 years agoThis catastrophe has had a thousand causes. Here are some.There is our country’s post-imperial reluctance to let go...
by Publishing Company Blog on Jun 25, 2016

Hisham Matar: 'I don't remember a time when words were not dangerous'

As a schoolboy in Tripoli, the author was captivated by Arabic. But when his family was forced to leave, it was in English that he came to speak, think and writeBefore everything, there was Libya. The boys and I would gather on our street in Tripoli...
by Publishing Company Blog on Jun 25, 2016

The best new children’s books – reviews roundup

Can a dog save the day? Can a cat teach a bird to fly? Plus a book-munching monster and a race across the hills – new picture books and novels There’s a books-within-books theme to the picture books this month, kicking off with The Detective Dog...
by Publishing Company Blog on Jun 25, 2016

‘I’ll be watching The Mighty Walzer with my head in my hands’

The author on staging his deeply personal Manchester novel in the city to which it belongsNext month the Royal Exchange theatre in Manchester stages a dramatisation of my novel The Mighty Walzer, by Simon Bent, so in an important sense it’s his not...
by Publishing Company Blog on Jun 25, 2016

Deborah Moggach: 'I try not to look at property porn, but the flesh is weak’

The author on being distracted by emails and phone calls, and why real people make the worst charactersEveryone has their rituals and I have to start the day with a roll-up and a cup of coffee. It gets my brain fizzing – it loosens the connections...
by Publishing Company Blog on Jun 25, 2016

In Parenthesis: in praise of the Somme's forgotten poet

David Jones’s first world war poem was hailed by TS Eliot as a work of genius. So why has its author been largely forgotten?On 10 July 1916, the 15th battalion of the Royal Welch Fusiliers attacked Mametz Wood in northern France. Their assault was...
by Publishing Company Blog on Jun 25, 2016

Abiola Oni announced as winner of the BAME Short Story prize

Nigerian-born author from London wins £1,000 award for warm and clinical vision of dystopiaReading the entries to the Guardian and 4th Estate BAME Short Story prize confirms what I knew all along: that there are some very talented writers of colour...
by Publishing Company Blog on Jun 25, 2016

Flash Friday: 3 Stories of God by Joy Williams

In our last instalment of Flash Friday, we offer Joy Williams’s excellent tryptich from her 99 Stories of God – where titles come at the end. It’s been a fun ride with the excellent Tin House. Until next time!The child wanted to name the rabbit...
by Publishing Company Blog on Jun 24, 2016

Michael Herr, author of Dispatches, dies aged 76

Author whose memoir of Vietnam was deemed by many to be one of the best accounts of life in wartime ever written, has died in New YorkMichael Herr, the American writer and war correspondent famous for writing Dispatches, described as “the best book...
by Publishing Company Blog on Jun 24, 2016


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