IVAN VLADISLAVIC SHORTLISTED FOR THE INTERNATIONALER LITERATURPREIS

We are thrilled to announce that DOUBLE NEGATIVE by Ivan Vladislavić has been shortlisted for the 8th Internationaler Literaturpreis, an annual award organized by Berlin’s Haus der Kulturen der Welt and the Foundation Elementarteilchen. The Prize, founded in 2009, is awarded to new works of contemporary prose fiction and their first German translations. It focuses on the many facets of the literary practices of both writing and translating, while aiming to enhance the literary canon beyond national borders. Both the winning author and translator receive a prize, recognizing the value of both the author’s and translator’s work.

DOUBLE NEGATIVE is translated into German by Thomas Brűckner, and published by Munich-based A1 Verlag. The shortlist announcement was accompanied by this statement from the jury: “This year’s shortlist gathers narratives whose authors’ and characters’ lives all hover between languages, cultures and systems that were rendered in German by translators who energize their language in a fascinating way and sometimes reinvent it altogether...  In DOUBLE NEGATIVE Ivan Vladislavić manages the feat of linking great themes of the history of civilisation (racial segregation in his home) with moral and aesthetic issues (what is the truth of photography) to an important story about the time during and after apartheid. After the first free elections, the narrator returns to South Africa from London – now a photographer himself – to observe the changes. But what has really changed? Vladislavić stages the history without any kitsch or sentimentality, making the book, beautifully translated by Thomas Brückner, a literary masterpiece.”

DOUBLE NEGATIVE is a haunting novel about photography, memory and truth, brilliant meditation on our ways of seeing and recording, on how and what we remember, and the art of getting lost.

In addition to German, the novel has been translated into Croatian, French, Italian, Swedish and Turkish. See more about the novel on the And Other Stories site here.

Ivan is in good company on the 6-title shortlist, chosen from 151 submissions, alongside Johannes Anyuru, Alexander Ilitchevsky, Joanna Bator, Valeria Luiselli and Shumona Sinha. See the full shortlist details here.

The award-winning author and translator will be announced on 14 June and the Award Ceremony will take place on 25 June as part of a polyglot literature festival at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt. Under the thematic focus “Extending the reading zone” all shortlisted authors and translators are invited to present their works in individual readings given in the original language as well as in German translation. Two roundtables bring together nominees, award-winner and jury members to discuss experiences and current modes of transnational literary production. DOUBLE NEGATIVE, published by And Other Stories in 2013, was originally published in a collector’s edition along with David Goldblatt’s photographs of Johannesburg, jointly by Contrasto in Italy and Umuzi in South Africa in 2011. The joint edition was winner of the Kraszna-Krausz Award 2011. The novel has won the M-Net Prize and the University of Johannesburg Prize and was shortlisted for the Sunday Times Literary Award in South Africa.

About the author

Ivan Vladislavić is the award-winning, critically-acclaimed author of a prestigious body of literary work. Published in ten international markets, Ivan lives in Johannesburg, where he is a Distinguished Professor in Creative Writing at the University of the Witwatersrand. He has won and been shortlisted for South Africa’s most prestigious prizes and was awarded the Windham Campbell Prize 2015.

See more on Ivan’s website.

Praise for DOUBLE NEGATIVE

‘A substantial pleasure of the book is the way Vladislavić has made non-fiction in its many forms – critical theory, the essay, (the illusion of) memoir – rub against the domain of storytelling, resulting in an incandescently intelligent and profound work. It is also a masterclass in making one art form – photography – speak within and through the containing vessel of another, the novel, and creating contrapuntal music out of it.’ – Neel Mukherjee, The Independent

‘Vladislavić is sensitively attuned to the uncanny phenomena that explode from the social fault lines of his city, a flaneur aware of the dangers of looking, as well as the ethical perils of photographing strangers, and his protagonist seems to embody the changing gaze of white men in South Africa over the past 30 years... Perhaps inadvertently, the novel appears to be passing judgment on the limitations of photography itself, as if to suggest that writing alone is capable of plumbing the surfaces obscuring so many and such diverse lives.’ – Patrick Flanery, The Guardian

'Vladislavic's prose has a flinty humour to it… Well received in his homeland, this publication marks the long-overdue arrival of one of South Africa's most finely tuned observers, the lightbox of his work deftly exposing us to the shadowplay of our…"concatenated universe".' – Ted Hodgkinson, The Times Literary Supplement

LOVE YOU DEAD at No. 1 in the Bestseller Charts

Peter James’ 12th Roy Grace novel, LOVE YOU DEAD, will be in the number one spot in the Bestseller charts this weekend in its first week of publication.

This is Peter’s 10th No. 1 bestselling novel, and last year YOU ARE DEAD spent a total of 5 week at No. 1 and many more in the Top 5.

Peter’s standalone THE HOUSE ON COLD HILL was published in hardback in October and went straight to number 9 on the bestseller chart. His 30 year old novel, BILLIONAIRE, was republished in January 2016 and went straight into the chart at number 8.

Peter James has been twice Chair of the Crime Writers’ Association and has won many literary awards: as popular internationally as in the UK, he is published in more than 3 dozen languages. Last year he was voted by WH Smith readers as The Best Crime Author Of All Time.  He is currently writing three more Roy Grace novels and two standalones for Macmillan.

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

‘Sinister and riveting… Peter James is one of the best British crime writers, and therefore one of the best in the world.’ – Lee Child

Find out more about Peter James at Blake Friedmann's, Pan Macmillan's and Peter’s websites and follow him on TwitterFacebook and Instagram.

THIRST BY KERRY HUDSON SHORTLISTED FOR EUROPEAN STREGA PRIZE 2016

Kerry Hudson’s second novel, THIRST, published by minimum fax in Italy and translated by Federica Aceto, has been shortlisted for the European Strega Prize 2016. The prize, organized by Casa delle Letterature and Foundation Bellonci, the International Festival Letterature di Roma and the EU International Representation in Italy, was founded in 2014 as a twin project of the prestigious Premio Strega, the most important literary prize in Italy. The winner will be announced on the 5th of July in Rome.

This is not the first international recognition of Kerry’s talent: in November, THIRST won the Prix Femina Etranger 2015, a major French literary prize created in 1904, whose past winners are, among others, Edward Saint Aubyn, Joyce Carol Oates, Ian McEwan, Amos Oz and J. M. Coetzee.

Since its publication(s), THIRST has gained great European attention: in the UK Kerry was chosen by retailer WH Smith for their Fresh Talent promotion; in France LA COLOUR DE L’EAU was picked out across the media as a highlight of the 2015 ‘Rentree Litteraire’. The first chapter of the novel appeared in July 2015 on Le Bien Public, and the novel was reviewed and mentioned by all the main French cultural papers, from Le Parisienne to La Montagne.

‘A wonderful book, as brilliant as it is moving’ – Femme Actuelle

‘Together they (Alena and Dave) discover and learn how to tame the chaotic criss-cross of their feelings, fears, jealousies, frustrations and desires…The author’s tough and straightforward realism doesn’t impede her ability to describe the beauty of their love story in the most elegant way.’ – Le Figaro

In Italy, SETE has been a favourite with booksellers, and again received some fantastic reviews:

‘…if every story she [Kerry} writes is as good as this one [it] will be difficult to resist her…Tender and passionate, this is a truly powerful novel.’ - Amica

‘With THIRST, the young Scottish writer Kerry Hudson tells us with ability a unique love story in which the salvific engine is the hope of beginning again, come what may. A novel that digs into characters and atmosphere, alternating ferociousness and kindness, heat and dejection.’ – La Repubblica

THIRST is a contemporary love story from Scottish First Book Award winner Kerry Hudson. It was published in 2014 by Chatto, and translated into French (Editions Philippe Rey) and Italian (Minimum Fax).

Alena and Dave are both on the run from disaster, and meet during a London heatwave to begin a love affair as dark, joyful and frenetic as the city itself. Dave, who has built a carefully controlled world of self-denial and isolation, is drawn to Alena's passion for life, while Alena discovers that sex can be more than a transaction and that love and safety are priceless commodities. But a relationship founded on secrets is easily shattered, and when Alena's ex-lover arrives, threatening to expose her, Alena flees. By the time Dave overcomes his mistrust about Alena and her past, and follows her into the bitter Russian winter, he can only hope he's not too late to convince her that just as spring will come, second and even third chances can always be found. THIRST is a heart-breaking romance of almost unbearable fragility based in contemporary East London and rural Russia.

 Born in Aberdeen, Kerry Hudson grew up in a succession of council estates, B&Bs and caravan parks which provided her with a keen eye for idiosyncratic behaviour, material for life, and a love of travel. She was chosen as a Bookseller Rising Star 2014 for her work on the WoMentoring project. She currently divides her writing time and affections between Hackney and Hanoi, and is working on her third novel.

More praise for THIRST:

‘Explores the lives of people not generally considered fit for literature and does so with wit and a shrewdness that makes Hudson's subjects zing from the page.’ – Guardian

'Tremendously affecting… impressively unostentatious' – Metro

‘Heart-wrenching without being maudlin, THIRST is a novel about the scraps of hope that people find when they’re completely out of options… Hudson has an eye for detail and her meticulous research shows without bogging down the narrative. There are villains, but no obvious heroes. It’s a bleak outlook, but Hudson makes it beautiful.’ – The Independent  

LOVE YOU DEAD by Peter James published today by Macmillan

The 12th novel in Peter James’ Roy Grace series, LOVE YOU DEAD, is published in hardback today by Macmillan.

Detective Superintendent Roy Grace is feeling the pressure from his superiors, his previous case is still giving him sleepless nights, there have been major developments with his missing wife Sandy, and an old adversary is back. But worse than all of this, he now believes a Black Widow is operating in his city. One with a venomous mind... and venomous skills. Soon Grace comes to the frightening realisation that he may have underestimated just how dangerous this lady is.

Peter has had an exceptionally successful 2015 with his 11th novel in the best-selling Roy Grace series, YOU ARE DEAD, spending a total of 5 weeks at No. 1 in the bestseller chart, and many more weeks in the top 5. YOU ARE DEAD was awarded the Dr. Lector Award for Scariest Villain at Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Festival in Harrogate. Peter’s standalone THE HOUSE ON COLD HILL was published in hardback in October and went straight to number 9 on the bestseller chart. His 30 year old novel, BILLIONAIRE, was republished in January 2016 and went straight into the chart at number 8.

Peter James has been twice Chair of the Crime Writers’ Association and has won many literary awards: as popular internationally as in the UK, he is published in more than 3 dozen languages. Last year he was voted by WH Smith readers as The Best Crime Author Of All Time.  He is currently writing three more Roy Grace novels and two standalones for Macmillan.

A non fiction book, DEATH COMES KNOCKING: POLICING ROY GRACE’S BRIGHTON by Graham Bartlett and Peter James will be published in July. Graham Bartlett was a Police Commander in the city once described as Britain's 'crime capital'. Together with Peter James, he has written a gripping account of the city's most challenging cases, taking the reader from crime scenes and incident rooms to the morgue, and introducing some of the real-life cases that  inspired Peter James's Roy Grace novels.

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

‘Sinister and riveting… Peter James is one of the best British crime writers, and therefore one of the best in the world.’ – Lee Child

Find out more about Peter James at Blake Friedmann's, Pan Macmillan's and Peter’s websites and follow him on TwitterFacebook and Instagram.

THE CRYSTAL RUN by Sheila O’Flanagan published tomorrow by Hodder Children’s

The first Young Adult novel by bestselling women’s fiction novelist Sheila O’Flanagan will be published tomorrow by Hodder Children’s. THE CRYSTAL RUN will be published in a stunning hardback edition, the only hardback debut from Hodder Children’s in 2016.

Frantic to escape from danger, Joe is transported to another world where he is plunged into the training regime of the Runners. Their mission is to protect the shield which keeps the Carcassians safe from their enemy. When he is paired with Kaia on her run, he realises how much is at stake. A Runner’s destiny is death, but he can’t let Kaia die. As they fight to escape, Joe needs to find a way to save them both...

Sheila is an ex-bond dealer and financial journalist whose novels have all been immediate No. 1 Irish bestsellers. Her books have been described as ‘as necessary to women as chocolate, and just as addictive!’ Her last three novels have sold in excess of 1,000,000 copies in their British editions. She was the recipient of the prestigious Irish Tatler Literary Woman of the Year award in 2003. With each publication, she breaks her record of weeks at No. 1. Her 25th book for Headline, THE MISSING WIFE, is published in hardback in June. She is currently writing two more adult books for Headline and a follow up to THE CRYSTAL RUN for Hodder Children’s.