A. WONG: THE COOKBOOK PUBLISHED TODAY

Andrew Wong’s new mouth-watering cookbook secures its place on cookery bookshelves today, published by Mitchell Beazley.

Reinventing modern British Chinese cookery, this is a book full of Andrew's extraordinary dim sum, exceptional street food and unexpected dishes from across China. From Lotus root crisps, Taiwanese popcorn chicken with basil and baked pork buns, to crispy aromatic duck, chilli barbecued dover sole and Singapore noodles, A. WONG: THE COOKBOOK offers a host of new and exciting authentic Chinese recipes. Andrew's philosophy is simple: maintain the fundamentals of the original Chinese recipes whilst adding an unmistakably 'Wong' spin to it. His cooking is all about inclusiveness; cooking and creating a meal is an act of love and friendship, which is perhaps why his unassuming restaurant in Victoria, London, is so incredibly popular. This unmissable new cookbook introduces a way of eating Chinese that is unlike any other.

With A Wong declared one of 2013’s best restaurants, by both Fay Maschler of the London Evening Standard and Nick Lander of the Financial Times, Andrew Wong is doing something extraordinary that is attracting attention and accolades from top critics, chefs and foodies from London and further afield. After studying social anthropology at LSE, Andrew enrolled at Westminster Kingsway College to study catering on a whim. Little did he know that this would become a turning point, with food taking over his entire life for the next 13 years through his passion and hard work.

After stints in kitchens across London, Andrew decided to travel around China, moving from kitchen to kitchen - from a noodle stand in Chengdu to the Millennium Hotel in Qingdoa. Upon returning to London, he opened A.WONG to rave reviews from the Evening Standard, Guardian, Independent and Times. Just nine months after opening, the restaurant's modern exploration of regional Chinese cuisine resulted in it being rated as one of the best Chinese restaurants in the UK by The Good Food Guide, as well as recently winning a coveted Bib Gourmand in the 2014 Michelin guide. 

 

Praise for Andrew Wong:

"This book will give you a distinctive flavour of his ground breaking cuisine with all its special twists and turns...  just like his restaurant, it will make Andrew Wong a pioneer in Chinese cooking, not only in London but in the global world of food." – Ken Hom

"Brilliant stuff, traditional skills, modern applications, very modern environment… you know what this is? This is Modern British Chinese, and I think the first of it I have ever seen." – Giles Coren in Sunday Times

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Luke Treadaway to star in film A STREET CAT NAMED BOB, scripted by Tim John and directed by Roger Spottiswoode

A film of James Bowen’s best-selling memoir A STREET CAT NAMED BOB scripted by Tim John (Dr Jekyll and Ms Hyde) and directed by Roger Spottiswoode (Tomorrow Never Dies, Turner and Hooch, Midnight Sun) will commence production in October. 

A STREET CAT NAMED BOB tells the story of drop-out and busker, James Bowen, who was rescued from drug addiction by his relationship with the stray cat, Bob. James found the lame cat outside his sheltered accommodation and nursed it back to health, then took Bob busking with him. The book spent 76 weeks at the top of the Sunday Times bestseller list.

Adam Rolston is producing the film for Shooting Script Films, with Tim Smith and Paul Brett of Prescience (The King’s Speech, The Guard) on board as executive producers and financiers.

Luke Treadaway and Ruta Gedmintas will star in the lead roles. Luke recently won an Olivier Award for his performance in the stage version of The Curious Incident of a Dog in the Night Time and has appeared in the films Clash of the Titans and Attack the Block. Ruta is known for FX series The Strain.

Tim John and Roger Spottiswoode are represented at Blake Friedmann by Conrad Williams.

For more information on the film, see these links:

The Guardian

Screen Daily

Variety

 

DEON MEYER’S ICARUS PUBLISHED BY HODDER TODAY

Today Hodder celebrates the release of international bestseller Deon Meyer’s latest crime novel ICARUS. Originally published in Afrikaans by Human & Rousseau, ICARUS immediately shot to Number 1 in South Africa, garnering widespread recognition by holding on to the top spot for several weeks and selling over 40,000 copies. Now translated by K. L. Seegers, the UK can also experience a thriller set in a landscape that has never appeared so dazzling… or dangerous. 

This novel witnesses the return of Benny Griessel, struggling to stay sober, and bruised by a policeman friend’s terrible suicide. Yet the discovery of a body buried beneath the sand dunes north of Cape Town will test his willpower even further. Why was notorious Ernst Richter, MD of a new tech startup, Alibi targeted? How exactly is a service that creates false appointments, documents and phone calls to enable people to cheat on their partners, linked to this high profile murder? With all eyes on Benny’s pursuit to uncover the truth, he will battle not just to track down the killer, but against the siren call of the whiskey bottle as well.

Grove Atlantic will publish in the US in October, and ICARUS has already received pre-publication praise:

‘Excellent … The richness of the characters, especially the multifaceted Benny, elevates this above most contemporary police procedurals.’ Publisher’s Weekly, Starred Review

Simon Lelic, author of RUPTURE and THE CHILD WHO, described ICARUS as ‘sharp and full of energy, Deon Meyer’s evocation of place and character second to none. The pace of the novel is breathless... Crime, wine and a thrilling finale: a rare and unexpected treat’.

Deon will embark on a European tour to celebrate the release of ICARUS later this year. Starting at Frankfurt Book Fair in October, he will spend a week in Germany with publishing house Aufbau, and will continue on to Prague, Cracow and Warsaw. He was also in Italy at the Salerno Crime Festival this summer, where he was warmly received.

Deon Meyer lives in Cape Town. His books are published in 27 countries, and have been awarded many prizes around the world: the Deutsche Krimi Prize in Germany, the ATKV Prize in South Africa, and Le Grand Prix de Littérature Policière and Le Prix Mystère de la Critique in France. His novel THIRTEEN HOURS was shortlisted for the 2010 CWA International Dagger, and HEART OF THE HUNTER, was longlisted for the 2005 IMPAC Prize and selected as one of Chicago Tribune's '10 best mysteries and thrillers of 2004'. Most recently, the spectacular COBRA was shortlisted for the 2015 CWA International Dagger.

 Praise for Deon Meyer:

“Deon Meyer's name on the cover is a guarantee of crime writing at its best” – Tess Gerritsen, New York Times bestselling author of PLAYING WITH FIRE.

“Deon Meyer is one of the best crime writers on the planet” – Mail on Sunday

“A master on vintage form… He is a defining novelist of modern South Africa” – Barry Forshaw, Books of the Year 2012, Independent

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SCOTS JEWS Shortlisted for British Book Design and Production Award

Judah Passow’s SCOTS JEWS: Identity, Belonging and the Future, published by Bloomsbury, has been shortlisted for 2015 Best Book of the Year at the British Book Design and Production Awards, in the category for Photography, Art and Architecture. The prize is awarded by the British Printing Industries Federation, in association with Oxford Brookes University and The Publishers Association, and is considered one of the most popular literary events of the year.

Recognised by Michael Mail for its ‘skill, sensitivity and artistry’, SCOTS JEWS has been noted as a skilful portrait of Jewish people who live north of England's border. A review from Jewish Quarterly also hails Passow for capturing the Jewish people with a ‘great sense of joy, vibrancy, humour and comfort’.

The awards, designed to promote and acknowledge excellence and craftsmanship of the British book design and production industry, are to be presented at the Jumeirah Carlton Hotel in London on 26 November 2015.

See more of Judah’s incredible photography, on his website.

 

 

Two-book deal for bestselling author Sheila O'Flanagan

Headline Publishing Group is delighted to announce a new two-book deal with No. 1 bestselling author Sheila O’Flanagan.

Sheila is one of the biggest brands in women’s fiction, having written over twenty bestselling novels and short story collections. The paperback of IF YOU WERE ME recently appeared on the Sunday Times bestsellers list and was an Irish Times Number One bestseller for five weeks and in the top ten for fifteen weeks, while Sheila’s novel MY MOTHER’S SECRET is currently in its fifth week on the Irish Times original fiction bestsellers list. Sheila is also a top-selling author in the international market in English and in translation, the latter in twenty-four countries.

The first novel in the new contact will be published in summer 2017. Before that, in 2016 Headline will publish Sheila’s 21st novel, while Hodder Children’s Books will publish Sheila’s first children’s novel, THE CRYSTAL RUN.

The new deal with HPG, which is for British Commonwealth rights inc Canada, was agreed by Marion Donaldson, Executive Editor at HPG, and agent Carole Blake of the Blake Friedmann Agency.

Sheila O’Flanagan says: ‘I am delighted to continue a happy professional and personal relationship with the great team at Headline book publishers.’

Carole Blake says: ‘We’ve recently celebrated, in Dublin, two decades of happy partnership between Sheila and Headline. I’m delighted that there are more book and more bestsellers to come.’

Marion Donaldson says: ‘I’m thrilled that Sheila has signed a new deal with Headline. No one writes about the dilemmas women encounter quite like Sheila O’Flanagan, and her writing grows stronger with every novel. It’s fantastically exciting for us all to have two more unputdownable and thought-provoking novels from Sheila to look forward to.’