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Pictures from the Crime Scene
by Jonny on Jul 31, 2008 at 5:33 pm
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Check out these behind the scenes photos from the Harrogate Crime Writing Festival!

 Johan and Tess

Authors Johan Theorin and Tess Gerritsen sample the local brew

 Simon and co at the launch of Deadline

Simon Kernick at the Deadline launch alongside his editor Selina Walker, Laura Wilson (novelist and next year’s Chair), Jane Gregory (literary agent and one of the festival’s founders) and Meg Ruley (Tess Gerritsen’s agent).

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Display at the drinks reception to launch Simon Kernick’s latest novel DEADLINE.

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Pratchett Factoid!
by Lynsey on Jul 31, 2008 at 4:09 pm
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Did you know that according to research done by trade mag The Bookseller, in the 15 years that Nielsen Bookscan has been up and running only 12 titles have appeared year on year in the top 5000!!

So to clarify, only 12 titles out of 2 million books have shone out like the north star amid the paper rustling of countless epics, novels and sagas. And yes you’ve guessed it, not one, nor two but THREE of those illustrious 12 are penned by our very own Terry Pratchett! A quarter of the 12 sliced pie if you will.

Curiosity must have snatched at your brain strings by now, which three was the question ripe on my lips. Well with a drum roll I can announce that it was The Colour of Magic, The Light Fantastic and Mort! Help contribute to their continued success and nose around the backlist at www.rbooks.co.uk or find out new factoids at www.terrypratchett.co.uk .

The Colour of Magic       The Light Fantastic      Mort

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Here at Transworld we are big fans of Richard and Judy award-winning author Simon Kernick.  Simon took time out of his busy schedule to record an exclusive reading for us from his new paperback, Deadline.  The clip has a very special cameo from a member of the publicity department.  We’ll leave it to you to find out who! 

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The Theakstons Old Peculier Harrogate Crime Writing Festival attracts crime fiction buffs, reviewers and top authors from across the globe.  This year there was a stellar line up of authors, headed up by the Master of the Crime Thriller, Simon Kernick.

Press officer extraordinaire Polly Andrews was on hand to investigate the “crime scene” and in doing so uncovered a real-life mystery!  Over to you, Professor Pandrews . . .

“For crime fans, the North Yorkshire spa town of Harrogate means just one person: Agatha Christie, and the real-life mystery that remains unsolved to this day…

On 3rd December 1926 Agatha Christie carefully staged an accident, leaving her car hanging precariously over the edge of a chalk pit near Sunningdale, and disappeared.

Aircraft, phone-tapping and over 1,000 police and civilians were employed in the nationwide manhunt that ensued. And when she dramatically reappeared a week later in the Old Swan hotel in Harrogate, there was no explanation of what happened in those intervening days.

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Inside Sophie Kinsella’s Shoeseum!
by Lynsey on Jul 29, 2008 at 2:30 pm
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Here in publicity all our shoes are particularly important to us. As has been mentioned on BtL before they perform a multitude of tasks and should be acknowledged in great works of fiction in their own right. Authors could stand on the podium accepting the booker prize and praising their left shoe, and then perhaps their right shoe, especially if they match (and are cute patent kitten heels, not that I’m biased). So we were absolutely charmed to find out that one of our favourite authors, Sophie Kinsella, has her own shoe museum or ‘shoeseum’ if you will. It’s a very special thing, watch and enjoy…  

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Sophies new book Remember Me? is out in paperback in December but if you can’t wait that long it’s out in hardback now priced £17.99.

Remember Me?

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Current deputy editor of Heat and now Transworld author Jo Carnegie is famed for interviewing the movers and shakers of the celebrity universe. We at Between-the-lines decided to give her a grilling about her fantastic debut novel, Country Pursuits.

Jo Carnegie (c) Neil Carnegie

 1. We understand that you have just moved to your own rural haven in Wales. In your book, the rural village of Churchminster is a hotbed of bed-swapping shenanigans, murder and gossip – have you found village life to be as eventful?
I lived in London for ten years and it has nothing on village life! I grew up in the country and far from being boring, there was a new scandal every week. I think it’s down to the fact everyone knows everyone, so illicit liaisons can happen easily. Country folk also seem more footloose and fancy free. Maybe it’s all that fresh air…

 2. With characters such as an ageing, yoga obsessed rock star and an attention seeking, society It girl (as well as cameos from Mick Jagger and Kate Moss), would it be fair to say that some of your characters bear a likeness to real-life celebrities you have interviewed in the past?
Definitely. I think stars are so obsessed with yoga because they need something to balance their frenetic lives. When I met Geri Halliwell, she even hitched her skirt up and got on the floor to show me a few moves! By their very nature, most celebrities are extroverts or exhibitionists who thrive being in the limelight. No matter how many times they protest how ‘normal’ they are!

3. Your old boss Mark Frith, former editor-in-chief at Heat, announced this year that he is writing a book. Is there any competition between you and Mark?
Ha ha, I don’t think so. They’re completely different; mine is fiction and Mark’s book is about his time editing heat. I don’t know whether to be a bit worried about what he writes about me though…

4. Did you read the classic bonkbusters first time round? If so, what author, book and cover were your favourite?
Absolutely. My all-time favourite is Rivals by Jilly Cooper, which I still have (although it’s very dog-eared by now) in my bookcase at home. I love the burgeoning relationship between Rupert Campbell-Black and Taggie O’Hara, although I think it would be nicer to end up with a Billy Lloyd-Fox type in real life!

5. The bonkbuster has truly returned with a bang this year with novels such as Platinum by Jo Rees and Vintage by Olivia Darling flying off the shelves. Why do you think the 80s style bonkbuster has come back into fashion?
Bonkbusters are the ultimate in good, old-fashioned escapism. Every day the newspapers are full of doom and gloom about the credit crunch and how we’re all going to die and people need a release. A bonkbuster takes you into a different world where the characters have fun, have sex and generally have a romp of a time. I think that is exactly what readers need at the moment.

 Country Pursuits is published by Bantam Press on the 14th August, priced a bargainous £10.00

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Rock superstar Bono added some a-list spice to the launch of Amanda Brunker’s debut novel in trendy Dublin nightspot Renards.

Amanda Brunker, Bono and Publishing Director Francesca Liversidge

Rumours were that Bono missed a rehearsal session with his bandmates in order to attend the launch of Amanda’s debut novel Champagne Kisses, a fun and raunchy romp detailing the fictional exploits of the Irish glitterati.   The former Miss Ireland / Sunday World columnist and the U2 front man have been friends for a long time, and attended the same Mount Temple Comprehensive school in Clontarf.

Bono and Francesca Liversidge

As well as a big turnout from Transworld Ireland, the launch was an aptly star-studded affair with guests including pop impresario and X Factor judge Louis Walsh, actor Liam Cunningham and singer Jason O’Callaghan who performed for the guests.

 Transworld Ireland had further cause for celebration when Amanda’s debut novel rocketed to the top of the Irish bestseller charts.

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The sun was shining on the Trafalgar Hotel’s roof garden last night (thankfully) as mojitos were poured, celebs were mingling and Rick Astley was booming out of the sound system. The occasion? You guessed it, another Babylon launch!

 To celebrate the publication of Imogen Edwards-Jones new book Pop Babylon published on the 30th June, friends, colleagues and the odd person recognisable (not from Crimewatch but for their sterling contributions to the entertainment industry) all came together to toast Imogen’s new book.

With spectacular views over Trafalgar Square, paparazzo’s papped and glasses were raised as Doug Young, Transworld editor extraordiniare thanked Imogen yet again for another cracking read and Imogen graciously thanked her friends and family, who had turned out in force to wish her well.

 A good time was had by all to the wondrous dulcet tones of Chesney Hawkes (unfortunately not in person). Recognisable faces included ravishing Claudia Winkleman, super-talented Tom Hollander, hilariously funny Xander Armstrong, our very own Kathy Lette and my personal favourite, the drop-dead gorgeous James Purefoy (from a purely altruistic point of view,… obviously)   

 And where was the elusive Anonymous I hear you cry, did they make an appearance under the watchful eyes of Nelson’s Column? I guess we’ll never know…

Kathy Lette & Imogen Edwards-Jones

 Mmmmm James Purefoy

 The Publicity Dream Team

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“Waste Not, Want Not”
by Jonny on Jul 9, 2008 at 10:17 am
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The headlines have been dominated this week with Gordon Brown’s plea to Britons to cut food waste in order to alleviate global shortages http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2008/jul/07/food.waste1.  With 4million tonnes of food rubbish dumped each year and food supplies decreasing, should we be cutting down on the food we buy? We asked Transworld author and expert Judith Wills, whose book The Green Food Bible was published earlier this month, to give her own view of the story.

 ”Where along the line between the war and post-war years of the 1940s and 50s and 2008 did we as a nation lose the ability to be frugal with our food? To think of it as a precious commodity to be cherished or eked out rather than bought, ignored and then thrown away?

Credit crunch or no credit crunch, I find it amazing that it has actually taken us so long to realise that wasting so much of what we buy is little short of criminal. There’s little to choose between the immorality of this and the waste that comes in the form of buying twice as much as our bodies really need and then actually eating it all – thus joining the 70% of Britons who are already overweight or obese.

If we respect the memories of our parents and grandparents who mostly did have to ‘scrimp and save’ and use incredibly ingenuity to get edible meals out of what today we would regard as inedible scraps – then let’s ignore the fact that the nation’s current scapegoat – Gordon Brown – has asked us to do it… and begin being a bit careful about what we buy and how we use it.

You know it makes sense.”

The Green Food Bible

The Green Food Bible is published by Eden Project Books, priced £15.00

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Tough Guy on Tour!
by Jonny on Jul 8, 2008 at 3:39 pm
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Transworld Tough Guy Louis Ferrante has just completed a packed out UK tour in association with The National Year of Reading. Louis signed copies and told his amazing life story at events in prison libraries and young offenders’ institutions, public libraries and at town halls, travelling to the North East, Midlands and the South East. Check out the photos below that chart his journey around the UK alongside the Transworld Dream team, publicist Sam Jones and chauffeur Bradley Rose.

Middlesborough

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