Joseph O’Connor’s THE THRILL OF IT ALL will be next week’s Book at Bedtime on BBC Radio 4

THE THRILL OF IT ALL is next weeks Book at Bedtime on BBC Radio 4. ‘The Ships’ will be hitting the airwaves at 22:45 on Monday 25th August. Book at Bedtime will then broadcast the rest of the novel at 22:45 every evening on Radio 4 for the following fortnight. For more information, see the BBC’s website here: 

THE THRILL OF IT ALL narrates the 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. In essence, it’s the tale of four people trapped in the dysfunctional family of a band by the whirlpool of their addiction to music. 

In Radio 4’s production, Robbie Goulding the prime mover of the group will be played by Philip Glenister. Ramon Tikaram takes the role of Fran, the band’s brilliantly verbal, sexually protean lead singer. Sister and brother, Trez and Sean, round out the quartet as cellist and drummer and will be voiced by Natasha Little and Shaun Dingwall respectively. Finally, Robbie’s daughter Molly will be played by Jennifer Armour.

Joe’s novels have won 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 was nominated for the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse prize. It is out now in paperback from Harvill Secker. 

KNIGHTLEY & SON: K-9 out today from Bloomsbury

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KNIGHTLEY & SON: K-9 by Rohan Gavin, the much anticipated sequel to KNIGHTLEY & SON, is out today in the UK from Bloomsbury.

Darkus Knightley, tweed-wearing, mega-brained, thoroughly logical 13-year-old investigator of the weird, was just getting used to having his dad back in his life. Then Alan Knightley went off-radar, again, leaving Darkus with a traumatised ex-bomb-disposal dog as his only partner in crime-solving. Now things are getting even stranger. Family pets are being savaged by a beast at a top London beauty spot. Policemen have been tracked and attacked by a particularly aggressive canine. And two curiously alert hounds seem to be watching Darkus’s house. No one is using the word werewolf – yet – but as the full moon approaches, it doesn’t take Sherlock Holmes to work out that someone or something sinister is messing with the minds of London’s dog population. A mysterious canine conspiracy is howling for the attention of Knightley & Son…

K-9 has already been chosen as one of Sunday Express Summer Picks for Older Children 2014, and KNIGHTLEY & SON was a Sunday Times Pick of the Week, a Guardian Best Kids’ Book, who called it “full of intrigue, suspense and humour ... a modern day classic detective mystery” and a Daily Mail Summer Book Choice, who wrote “the tweed-loving Doc is a young Holmes for our times”

There’s a great chance to get involved with some sleuthing yourself on who are hosting a KNIGHTLEY & SON treasure hunt from 13 August.

On 18 August, Rohan will be appearing at Edinburgh Book Festival, running a workshop on one of his favourite books, and inspiration for K-9, THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES.

Be sure to look out for copies of KNIGHTLEY & SON: K-9 on the London Underground as part of the Books on the Underground campaign from 11 August.

Rohan Gavin is a screenwriter and author based in London. He is the son of award-winning children's author Jamila Gavin, and recently became a father himself. KNIGHTLEY & SON: K-9 is published in the US in February 2015, and Rohan will be touring in the US next year. Rights have been sold to Gallimard in France.

See here for Knightley & Son profiles and case files…

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Some praise for KNIGHTLEY & SON:

'A rousing page-turner with one fault: It ends.' - Kirkus starred review

‘An engaging, characterful debut’ – Nicolette Jones, Sunday Times Pick of the Week

'This book surpasses all expectations... Any fan of Sherlock Holmes will find this book very appealing ... full of suspense, mystery and some very clever detective skills.' – Mr Ripley's Enchanted Books

'Just too good... a fun adventure story that the whole family should read... I hope there are more adventures to come' –

'In Darkus Knightley, author Rohan Gavin has created a protagonist that readers will grow to love... clever, action-packed and humorous adventures' – bookzone4boys

‘His first novel, owes much to the world of film – especially the non-stop, tongue-in-cheek movies that are aimed at a family audience – Indiana Jones and most recently, Sherlock. …  Action is high on the agenda … Aimed firmly at an audience who are steeped in Tintin and who have enjoyed The Diamond Brothers, this is a lively romp which will certainly please young readers.’ –Booksforkeeps

Edward Carey’s FOULSHAM out today from Hot Key

The wait is over. FOULSHAM, the second book in Edward Carey’s much-praised IREMONGER trilogy, is out from Hot Key today in the UK. It is published in a beautiful hardback complete with illustrations by Edward himself.

Foulsham, London's great filth repository, is bursting at the seams. In the Iremonger family offices, Grandfather Umbitt Iremonger broods: in his misery and fury at the people of London, he has found a way of making everyday objects assume human shape, and turning real people into objects. Abandoned in the depths of the Heaps, Lucy Pennant has been rescued by a terrifying creature, Binadit Iremonger – more animal than human. She is desperate and determined to find Clod. But unbeknownst to her, Clod has become a golden sovereign, being passed as currency from hand to hand all around Foulsham. Everywhere people are searching for him, desperate to get hold of this dangerous Iremonger, who, it is believed, has the power to bring the mighty Umbitt down. But all around the city, things, everyday things, are twitching into life...

The Iremongers are taking over the Hot Key tumblr this week in celebration – visit to see illustrations by Edward Carey and more!

Be sure to visit Waterstones’ flagship store in Piccadilly for an exclusive chance to see Edward Carey’s illustrations on the chalk board and their brand new illustrators’ gallery.

There will also be two chances for fans to catch Edward Carey at Edinburgh Book Festival this year. He will be talking about creating characters with Nathan Filer and Matthew Quick, and will also be doing a children’s event to tell young readers all about Clod.

Clod last appeared in HEAP HOUSE, published by Hot Key last summer. It was recommended on the Booktrust Christmas Gifts for Children List 2013 and listed by The Sunday Times as one of the Top Children’s Books of 2013. Booker Prize winner Eleanor Catton called it ‘delightful, eccentric, heartfelt, surprising, philosophical’ and her ‘favourite novel for children published this year’. The paperback is currently available.

Rights to HEAP HOUSE have been sold in 9 territories. It was published by Harper Collins in Canada in March and recently selected by the Toronto Star in their round-up of summer reads for kids:

'For Gothic unease, try Edward Carey's IREMONGER Book 1: HEAP HOUSE a story of mildew and mould that despite its rubbish heap setting, sparkles with ghoulish interest and Gorey-esque drawings.' - Deidre Baker, The Toronto Star.

Overlook publish HEAP HOUSE in the US in October.

Novelist, visual artist and playwright Edward Carey is the author of two acclaimed novels, published in many countries around the world. OBSERVATORY MANSIONS was shortlisted for the Borders Discover New Writers Award and ALVA AND IRVA was longlisted for the 2005 IMPAC Literary Award. Both were accompanied by artworks by the author.

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Praise for HEAP HOUSE:

‘Edward Carey's HEAP HOUSE-- delightful, eccentric, heartfelt, surprising, philosophical, everything that a novel for children should be.’ – Eleanor Catton, author of THE LUMINARIES

‘IREMONGER torques and tempers our memories of Dickensian London into a singularly jaunty and creepy tale of agreeable misfits. Read it by gas lamp, with a glass of absinthe at your wrist and a fireplace poker by your knee. ’    -- Gregory Maguire, author of WICKED

'I cannot recommend HEAP HOUSE by Edward Carey enough. The best book of its kind since GORMENGHAST (& more exciting)' – Gregory Norminton

‘Fabulously strange and in the tradition of Mervyn Peake... Astonishing and inventive, it calls out to be read.' – Sunday Times Best Children’s Books of 2013