Thu, 23/05/2013 - 14:50
Pollockmania might not yet have reached UK shores, but in France it is everywhere.
Across the Channel, young fans are eagerly awaiting the sixth and final book in the Oksa Pollock adventure series, desperate to find out what happens to their favourite magical heroine. Rights to the series, which is written by close friends Anne...
Mon, 20/05/2013 - 14:21
You might think you’re busy, but compared to Neil Gaiman, you don’t know busy.
Here is what the fantasy author/children’s writer/comics legend has in store for 2013.
Starting off is The Ocean at the End of the Lane, out in June, Gaiman’s first novel for adults since Anansi Boys in 2005...
Thu, 09/05/2013 - 12:37
In 2003, Khaled Hosseini released his début novel The Kite Runner (Bloomsbury)—10 years later, with just two books, he has gone on to sell more than 38 million copies worldwide and generated more than £23m through UK tills. A publishing sensation, his next book And the Mountains Echoed (Bloomsbury, May),...
Thu, 02/05/2013 - 13:30
Behind the writing of every memoir of a life gone off the rails is a motive in need of justification. Why bare your soul? Why tell the world just how bad things got? Why, in Suzanne Harrington’s case, would you want to confess that desperate moment—when at your lowest ebb, and already roaring drunk—you scoured the kitchen...
Thu, 25/04/2013 - 16:04
When the news came to The Bookseller last year that James Heneage had inked a three-book deal with Quercus my first thought, perhaps like many in the trade, was: oh, the former boss of Ottakar’s. I’m sure it was hard for him to get a book deal.
I tell Heneage this when we meet at the bar at the top of Waterstones...
Thu, 11/04/2013 - 14:46
On the surface it seems as if Mark Mills has made a clean break with his past, and writing about the past.
After four historical novels set during the 1930s and ’40s in various places around the
globe—Tuscany, Malta, the French Riviera and Long Island, New York—his newest, The Long Shadow, is his...
Thu, 28/03/2013 - 15:38
Nora Eldridge is angry. She is fuming, she is outraged, she is 38 years old, single, alone, reliable, quiet and on the verge of disappearing. She is the woman upstairs.
The Woman Upstairs (Virago, May) is Claire Messud’s fifth novel and one she wanted to write in part because, “as a reader I have always enjoyed...
Thu, 21/03/2013 - 15:36
Kidnap, betrayal, violence, affairs and heartbreak—in Donal Ryan’s début The Spinning Heart (Transworld, May) tensions are simmering very close to the surface in a small town in rural Ireland. Taking home Book of the Year at last year’s Irish Book Awards, The Spinning Heart was picked by Transworld...
Thu, 14/03/2013 - 14:43
Most writers love a bit of praise from fans, but Peter James admits to being ill at ease when he was told in Marbella last year: “I like your books, especially the last one—the torture was really good.”
Disconcerting words, but adding a bit of spice was the fact that James was talking to a British bar...
Fri, 08/03/2013 - 12:12
Roland Watson-Grant’s funny, heartfelt and beguiling début, Sketcher, is set in New Orleans. You know, “The Big Easy”, that sultry city on the banks of the mighty Mississippi, famous for its Mardi Gras, riotous French Quarter, steam-powered riverboats, jambalaya and jazz.
However, the Naw’lins...