Deon Meyer’s COBRA out today

Benny Griessel is back! Deon Meyer’s latest novel COBRA is published in the UK today by Hodder and is also being launched in English in South Africa by Jonathan Ball, with a very busy author tour. Audiobook fans can order the Audible edition now too.

Why would a mathematics professor from Cambridge University, renting a holiday home outside Cape Town, require a false identity and three bodyguards? And where is he, now that they are dead? The only clue to the bodyguards' murder is the snake engraved on the shell casings of the bullets that killed them. Investigating the massacre, Benny Griessel and his team find themselves being drawn into an international conspiracy with shocking implications…

Read the first chapter of COBRA here.

Glimpse the world of COBRA here, in stunning photographs.

Hear Deon Meyer introduce you to his hero Benny Griessel here.

You can read what his editor Nick Sayers has to say about the novels, and test your Afrikaans, here.

COBRA was chosen by Publisher’s Weekly as one of the Top Ten Mystery and Thriller for Fall and ‘Thriller of the Week’ on the very popular Dutch thriller & crime fiction community Crimezone.nl. In his home territory South Africa, COBRA (published in Afrikaans by Human & Rousseau as KOBRA) shot to Number 1 on Afrikaans publication last year, knocking Wilbur Smith off the top spot and beating off all international competition in English as well. 

10 international publishers have signed up to COBRA with new deals regularly signed for ‘The best crime writer on the planet’ across the globe. COBRA will be published in France and Germany this October, and Deon will tour in both countries.

Mike Ripley from Shotsmag has nothing but praise for COBRA:

‘A masterful new thriller.  This is terrific stuff:  fine plotting, superb characterisation, a constant thread of suspense, a multi-ethnic cast and an intriguing setting. It also comes with a glossary of South African terms and if COBRA doesn’t win at least one major prize this year, then someone needs a good snotskoot blikseming.’

Deon Meyer will be on BBC Radio 4’s Front Row today at 19:15 GMT to talk about the novel, so make sure you tune in.

Visit Deon's website here.

Follow Deon on Twitter.

Praise for Deon Meyer:

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

‘Deon Meyer is one of the best crime writers on the planet.’ – Mail on Sunday

 'With Deon Meyer you can't go wrong. He's a writer whose work I admire, wait for and then devour.' -- Michael Connelly

Kerry Hudson Shortlisted for the 2014 Young Stationers’ Prize

Kerry Hudson, author of THIRST and TONY HOGAN BOUGHT ME AN ICE CREAM FLOAT BEFORE HE STOLE MY MA, has been shortlisted for the 2014 Young Stationers’ Prize. The winner will be announced on the 22nd of July at the Stationers’ Hall. Lorraine Sutherland, Editor of Hansard, will be a guest speaker at the awards dinner. The winner will receive a trophy donated by the Pewterers’ Company.  Other nominees for the Prize include Andrew Barker, Nick Coveney, Katie Glass, and George Walkley.

Young Stationers are individuals who work in the press, printing, and/or publishing field. Hudson is the founder of the WoMentoring Project, which led to her Young Stationers nomination. WoMentoring offers women just starting out in the writing and publishing industries free, professional advice.

Kerry Hudson's second book, THIRST, was published by Chatto on 17 July and is featured as one of the Ten Best Summer Reads for August 2014 by Red.

Kerry Hudson’s THIRST published today!

Kerry Hudson’s THIRST is published today in the UK by Chatto.

Dave and Alena meet in the frayed heat of a London high summer where she's up to no good and it's his job to catch her. So begins an unlikely relationship between two people with secrets, they've no idea how to live with -- or leave behind. But despite everything they still find themselves fighting with all they've got for a future together.

Kerry’s first novel, TONY HOGAN BOUGHT ME AN ICE CREAM FLOAT BEFORE HE STOLE MY MA, has been shortlisted for eight literary prizes, including the Guardian First Book Award and the Green Carnation Prize, and won the Scottish First Book of the Year.

Kerry's second novel is already attracting fantastic reviews with Harper's Bazaar listing it as a Best British Read and calling it "Fresh and original... an unsentimental love story", Metro calling it “tremendously affecting... impressively unostentatious” and Woman and Home saying it's "both funny and touching". It has received an excellent review on list.co.uk:

'Kerry Hudson's fantastic debut shook readers and critics … and her second book, THIRST, delivers on the promise of that wonderful first novel, giving us another booze-soaked, sex-stained, bittersweet tale of love and tragic disappointment... it's a testament to Hudson's stellar writing that different plot strands sit so snugly and compellingly together... she's a master at creating strong, authentic voices, and this book fizzes with the thronging sounds of east London in the summer and the bustling streets of an unknown Siberian town... Hudson has created two warm but gut-wrenching characters... As the last few chapters crescendo into a breathless, sob-induced finale, Hudson marks herself out once again as a terrifically talented storyteller who, luckily for us, is here to stay.'

Kerry’s profile was featured by the Observer where she talked about her career path, her travels and the journey to writing THIRST.

Kerry was chosen as one of the Bookseller’s Rising Stars of 2014 for her work founding the Womentoring Project.

Visit Kerry's website here

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Praise for TONY HOGAN...:

'What a brilliant thing to turn the chaos and trauma of a hectic childhood into a debut novel as colourful, funny, joyful and compelling as this.' - The Guardian

'This is a remarkable debut novel of love and loyalty, of fierce passion and scabrous wit.' - Foyles

'From the (unrepeatable) hilarious first sentence, this debut sucks you in with its idiosyncratic style... Kerry Hudson's writing is very funny, and her deft touches give the book a reality that makes it all the more powerful. Hudson certainly has a bright future.' - We Love This Book

Monique Roffey’s HOUSE OF ASHES out tomorrow

Monique Roffey’s new novel, HOUSE OF ASHES, is published in the UK by Scribner on 17 July. Inspired by real events, this is the haunting story of Ashes and Breeze, two disaffected young men who follow the charismatic Leader into a disastrous coup.

Monique will be around the country talking about the novel over the summer. She will be signing at several bookshops, including Waterstones Covent Garden on 23 July (in an event chaired by Eithne Farry), Waterstones Petersfield on 22 July, Blackwells Oxford on 13 August and Topping Books, Ely on 21 August.

She will also be appearing at Edinburgh Book festival, talking with Neel Mukherjee about the different ways both their books address the issue of idealistic young men railing against their societies. 

HOUSE OF ASHES is already attracting praise from writers and reviewers, with blogger Naomi Frisby calling it ‘a powerful book… the best 2014 published novel I’ve read so far this year.’

Monique's second novel THE WHITE WOMAN ON THE GREEN BICYCLE was shortlisted for the Orange Prize and the Encore Prize, and ARCHIPELAGO was shortlisted for the Orion Book Award 2014 and awarded the OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature 2013.

Visit Monique's website here.

Praise for HOUSE OF ASHES:

‘This is the kind of Caribbean fiction Gabriel Garcia Marquez once wrote about – a vividness of imagination which is at once so terrible, so beautiful and so compelling that it shows you exactly how things are.’ – Kei Miller, author of WRITING DOWN THE VISION

‘With HOUSE OF ASHES, Monique Roffey breathes new and desperately needed life into the narrative of war and politics. Here is a novel that is deeply and intimately imagined, with all the great themes of love, faith, violence and death at stake on nearly every breathtaking page. ‘ – Dinaw Mengestu, author of THE BEAUTIFUL THINGS THAT HEAVEN BEARS

'Monique Roffey's brave and loving novel will stage an insurrection in your heart … Monique Roffey has an astonishing talent for self-reinvention with every book. This may be her best yet.' – Vahni Capildeo, author of UTTER

'A chilling, dark tale of an uprising gone wrong within an imagined Caribbean republic. Roffey tells this terrifying story in the simplest, clearest prose. She tackles her subject fearlessly and with enormous compassion: both breaking and melting the heart simultaneously. A beautiful, startling novel.' - Amanda Smyth, author of BLACK ROCK