Night Runner by Tim Bowler: review

Telegraph - Sat, 16/08/2014 - 10:00
Night Runner, by award-winning YA author Tim Bowler, is a gripping crime thriller






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Review roundup: your top reads this month

Guardian Books - Sat, 16/08/2014 - 10:00
With the centenary of the first world war last month, it is fitting that the most-read book was Stay Where You Are and Then Leave by John Boyne, which chronicles the life of a boy whose father disappears during the conflict.

Read John Boyne's top 10 child narrators Continue reading...






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The Homing Instinct: The Story and Science of Migration by Bernd Heinrich, review: 'salutary and wonderful'

Telegraph - Sat, 16/08/2014 - 09:00
Philip Hoare asks what we can learn from the miracle of migration






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How do I make homemade lemonade

Guardian Books - Sat, 16/08/2014 - 09:00
What can be more refreshing on a summer day than a glass of real, homemade lemonade? Valorie Fisher, the author of I Can Do It Myself teaches you how to do it, with the help of some tiny friends! Continue reading...






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Murder Most Unladylike by Robin Stevens - review

Guardian Books - Sat, 16/08/2014 - 09:00
'This is a well written book full of excitement and mystery' Continue reading...






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Esther Freud: my house's ghosts inspired my new book

Guardian Books - Sat, 16/08/2014 - 08:30
Fifteen years ago, Esther Freud bought a strange cottage in a sleepy seaside Suffolk village. She acquired all its contents, too, but they weren't the only things she'd inherited Continue reading...






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My hero: Robin Williams by Anne Fine

Guardian Books - Sat, 16/08/2014 - 08:00
The author of Madame Doubtfire remembers 'a hypnotising whirlwind of manic energy' Continue reading...






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The Dog by Joseph O'Neill review high-life high comedy

Guardian Books - Sat, 16/08/2014 - 08:00
This story of servitude and solitude among Dubai's super-rich has dazzling moments Continue reading...






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George RR Martin: '"Selfies"! If I could burn out every camera phone, I'd do it'

Guardian Books - Sat, 16/08/2014 - 08:00
The Game of Thrones author talks about celebrity, Scotland and the unused material that he's tempted to publish Continue reading...






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Gordon Brown: independent Scotland would have 'neo-colonial' ties with UK

Guardian Books - Fri, 15/08/2014 - 20:30
Former prime minister, promoting his book My Scotland, Our Britain, calls independence 'worst possible outcome for Scotland' Continue reading...






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World Science Fiction Convention 2014 beams into London

Guardian Books - Fri, 15/08/2014 - 20:17
Nowt so queer as filk as Loncon at the ExCel centre allies sci-fi and fantasy to draw a horde of fans Continue reading...






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The Giller Effect gets an academic treatment

Quill & Quire Blog - Fri, 15/08/2014 - 19:24

Giller founder Jack Rabinovitch, 2013 winner Lynn Coady, and Scotiabank CEO Brian Porter (photo: Tom Sandler)

For the first time, the so-called Giller Effect will get an academic examination, thanks to a new course at Ottawa’s Carleton University. As English lit professor Rose Marie Hoey points out in her syllabus, the Scotiabank Giller Prize is coveted not simply for its prestige, or for the $50,000 purse for the winning book. The appeal also lies in the so-called Giller Effect – apparently responsible for a 900 per cent bump in sales of Will Ferguson’s novel 419, after the author’s 2012 win.

Hoey suggests the impact of the prize transcends the financial realm and enters social, historical, and political arenas.

Hoey writes:

Margaret Atwood has argued that, “the act of reading is just as singular – always – as the act of writing.” However, when such discourses extend to juried assessments, rankings, and prize winnings, the original topics may cross thresholds into new vistas of criticism … Does being nominated for a prestigious literary prize which is often determined by the nature, sponsorship, and high profile marketing of same, affect readership, the author, and the future of the literary and public scenes?

Students enrolled in the Honours undergraduate course will follow the 2014 award, from the shortlist announcement Sept. 16 to the gala on Nov. 10.

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George RR Martin at Edinburgh festival: 'I can't go out anymore'

Guardian Books - Fri, 15/08/2014 - 18:35
Author behind Game of Thrones recalls days before selfies and wishes he could 'burn out every cameraphone in the world' Continue reading...






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The Awakening: Learning to swim

Guardian Books - Fri, 15/08/2014 - 18:15
Kate Chopin's turn-of-the century novel about a woman's emotional and sexual awakening caused outrage and then fell out of print for decades, but it was The Feminine Mystique of its day, argues Barbara Kingsolver Continue reading...






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The perfect Proust translation but not for purists

Guardian Books - Fri, 15/08/2014 - 16:59
The first translation of A la Recherche du Temps Perdu, by CK Scott Moncrieff, may be a personal interpretation, but it's a masterpiece in itself Continue reading...






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Eimear McBride and the new modernism Edinburgh books podcast

Guardian Books - Fri, 15/08/2014 - 16:19
Does contemporary fiction need to be modern? We discuss the delights of difficulty with Baileys prize-winning novelist Eimear McBride and the critic Stuart Kelly Continue reading...






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How do I become an author? Boyface writer James Campbell shares his tips

Guardian Books - Fri, 15/08/2014 - 15:00
Is it your dream to write books? James Campbell is the author of the super funny Boyface series. Here he shares how he writes his books and invites you to copy him! First thing: read lots...

Love Boyface? Read the illustrator, Mark Weighton's tips for becoming a book illustrator! Continue reading...






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