THE THRILL OF IT ALL by Joseph O’Connor published in paperback this Thursday

Joseph O’Connor’s THE THRILL OF IT ALL is published in paperback on 2 July by Vintage, with a vibrant new look for the cover.

THE THRILL OF IT ALL narrates the exciting yet heartbreaking life-cycle of a band, The Ships, from a first friendship between two students at Luton College in the early 1980s, to their rise on the global stage and beyond. The tale of four people trapped in the dysfunctional family of a band by the whirlpool of their addiction to music.

The novel was shortlisted for Eason Novel of the Year in the Irish Book Awards, and was nominated for the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse prize. It was also a Radio 4 ‘Book at Bedtime’ staring Philip Glenister.

Joe’s novels have won many prizes including the American Library Association Award, the Irish Poet Award for Fiction, and the Prix Millepages. In 2012 Joe won the Irish PEN Award for outstanding achievement in literature.

THE THRILL OF IT ALL has been published in Holland by Ambo Anthos and Germany by Fischer, with rights also sold in France, Italy and Czech Republic.

Praise for THE THRILL OF IT ALL:

‘Paragraph after paragraph of brilliance.’ – Guardian

‘What makes this novel such a compulsive read is its extraordinary emotional intensity... an incredibly moving piece of work.' - Irish Sunday Independent

‘O'Connor brilliantly evokes the 1980s...and superbly evokes the struggles of a naive and yet determined band to survive on the road… Don't just buy the book: petition the publishers to release the soundtrack.' – Mail On Sunday Five Star Review

YOU ARE DEAD by Peter James shortlisted for the Dead Good Reader Awards 2015

Peter James’ YOU ARE DEAD has been shortlisted for the Dead Good Reader Awards 2015, in the category of the Dr. Lecter Award for Scariest Villain, the award for the fictional men and women who keep us awake at night. The winners will be announced at Harrogate on Friday 17 July.

The Dead Good Reader Awards are hosted by Dead Good, the home of killer crime books, drama and film. The winners are decided by public vote, so do click here to vote for Peter James!

The other shortlisted candidates are Chris Carter for AN EVIL MIND, Stieg Larsson for THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, Elizabeth Heynes for INTO THE DARKEST CORNER, Lauren Beukes for THE SHINING GIRLS and Stephen King for THE STAND.

Peter James’ 11th Roy Grace novel, YOU ARE DEAD was published on 21 May 2015, and went straight to number one in the Bestseller chart. The paperback of his short story volume A TWIST OF THE KNIFE was published on 4 June. The Roy Grace novels are translated into more than three dozen languages.

Praise for Peter James:

'Peter James is one of the best crime writers in the business.' -- Karin Slaughter

'Exceptional, knock-your-socks-off.' -- Washington Post

LYNDALL GORDON LONGLISTED FOR WARWICK PRIZE FOR WRITING 2015

Lyndall Gordon has been longlisted for the Warwick Prize for Writing 2015. Gordon’s memoir, DIVIDED LIVES: DREAMS OF A MOTHER AND DAUGHTER, is among five other non-fiction books longlisted. A shortlist will be announced in October, with the winner will be announced in November.

The Warwick Prize for Writing is awarded biannually, and for the first time this year, has been open for direct submissions from publishers. The longlist consists of seven fiction and five non-fiction books along with a collection of poetry. The winner will receive £25,000 and the chance to take up a short placement at the University of Warwick. Chaired by Warwick alumna and author A.L. Kennedy, the judging panel consists of author and academic Robert Macfarlane, actress and director Fiona Shaw, Warwick alumnus and Lonely Planet founder, Tony Wheeler and physician and writer Gavin Francis.

Lyndall's biography of Mary Wollstonecraft, VINDICATION, was also ranked #15 on the New York Times Culture Bestseller list this month.

Gordon was born in 1941 in Cape Town, to a mother whose mysterious illness confined her for years to life indoors. Lyndall was her carer, her ‘secret sharer,’ a child who grew to know life through books, story-telling and her mother's own writings. Written with this renowned biographer’s subtlety and acuity, DIVIDED LIVES is a wonderfully layered memoir about the expectations of love and duty between mother and daughter. Moving and beautiful, DIVIDED LIVES is a poetic memoir about the pain and joy of being a daughter, that is also an intriguing social history and feminist text, rich in literary reference.

Initially published in hardback by Virago in June 2014, the book has received many excellent reviews. Anne Sebbe of The Jewish Chronicle called it a ‘profoundly moving memoir’ and ‘a tender tribute to a mother who taught her to love and cherish books.’

 

Praise for Lyndall Gordon:

‘Lyndall Gordon is a rare phenomenon: a biographer whose preoccupations and authorial career reveal a flowering towards imaginative truth.’ – Candia McWilliam, Herald

‘We are in the presence of a committed biographer in whom the amalgamation of passion and sympathy finds memorable expression.’ – Adrian Wright, London Magazine

‘Lyndall Gordon must be one of the most accomplished literary biographers of this generation…outstanding and stimulating.’ – British Book News

JELLYFISH by Janice Galloway published next week

Janice Galloway’s new collection of short stories, JELLYFISH, will be published in the UK next week, on Monday 22 June, by Freight Books. This weekend, Janice will be starring on Open Book on BBC Radio 4, interviewed by Mariella Frostrup about JELLYFISH and her other work (Sunday at 4pm).

Janice will also be appearing at the Edinburgh International Book Festival on the 20th of August this summer, talking about Sex, Life and Parenthood in relation to JELLYFISH. The talk will be chaired by Jackie McGlone.

JELLYFISH is a collection of twelve short stories which shows Janice - a master of the form - at her absolute best, and there are many powerful new ideas here. Confident and true, the rich themes - of parenthood, relationships, sexuality and madness - circulate and cohere around Janice's clever, absorbing writing. The first half of the collection digs deep into women's lives; later on, ‘Looking at You' and 'Opera' both startle and endure. This first publication will be a limited edition run of HB copies, before it is published in paperback next year, and the collection has already been longlisted for the Frank O’Connor Short Story Prize 2015.

Janice Galloway was born in Ayrshire in 1955. She is the author of three novels, two collections of short stories and, most recently, two memoirs. She has won and been shortlisted for numerous literary prizes, including the Whitbread First Novel and Scottish Book of the Year. She has been writer in residence to four Scottish prisons, Research Fellow to the British Library, resident at Jura Distillery, and was recently the first Fellow in Residence at the University of Otago in New Zealand. Her radio work includes two series for BBC (LIFE AS A MAN and IMAGINED LIVES) and programmes on music and musicians. She also works extensively with musicians, visual artists and typographers.

 

Praise for Janice Galloway:

‘She provides sentences blazing with light, a gorgeous draft of terror.’ – The Observer

‘Galloway catches detail perfectly and can create vivid impressions in a word or two.’ – The Times

‘Unsentimental, caustic, brilliantly observed ... The trick of her writing is how easy she makes it seem, how artfully she restructures and transforms the ordinary.’ – Time Out

THE SILK TREE by Julian Stockwin published in paperback by Allison & Busby today

Julian Stockwin’s THE SILK TREE is published in paperback today by Allison & Busby. There will be a LoveReading competition during the publication with copies of the book as prizes.

THE SILK TREE is a standalone novel which depicts the dramatic story of a pivotal point in history where a secret was stolen that changed the world forever. Global stakes, high personal risk, and atmospheric story-telling combine to tell of the quest to bring the closely-guarded secret of silk production out of China to the west. ‘Conn Iggulden meets Robert Harris’.

At 14 Stockwin joined a tough sea-training school, followed by the Royal Navy, transferring to the Royal Australian Navy when his family emigrated.  He saw active service in the Far East, the Antarctic, the South Seas and Vietnam, and was on board the Melbourne at the time of its disastrous peace time collision with the Voyager.  He later worked for NATO on the strategic deployment of merchant shipping. 

Stockwin is currently writing another KYDD novel for Hodder and another standalone, THE CRAKYS OF WAR, for Allison & Busby.

Praise for THE SILK TREE:

‘Julian Stockwin takes this tale and turns it into a fascinating story, full of colour and incident.’ – Historical Novel Society

‘This is a page-turning historical fiction of the first order written with great brio and opening the reader’s eyes to a world that, as the author says, ‘we in the 21st century can only wonder at.’ – The Good Book Guide

‘A non-stop, action packed adventure from 549 AD spanning the fascinating Roman and Chinese empires … The simple descriptive detailing eloquently brings the background to life; Julian Stockwin has the gift of allowing the reader to see lands for the first time through the eyes of Nicander and Marius. THE SILK TREE is an entertaining, enjoyable read and one you can gallop through in an easy sitting.’ – Liz Robinson, LoveReading