by Lynsey on Sep 26, 2008 at 12:01 pm
Wednesday night at the Haymarket Hotel had it all. Aussie life guards, Drag Queens, a tranquil blue swimming pool and the biggest oysters Jason Donovan had ever seen. The celebration for Kathy Lette’s new book To Love, Honour and Betray (Till Divorce Us Do Part) was the living version of Carmen Miranda’s famous head-dress. Fruity, fun and downright delicious.
The party, sponsored by the lovely people at Tourism New South Wales went with a splash. Kathy, dressed in iridescent blue to match the tranquil swimming pool at her Australian themed party, was joined by other famous Australians Dannii Minogue and Jason Donovan as well as our own home-grown and international talent Ian McEwan, Sir John Mortimer, Ronnie Ancona, Rory Bremner, Jon Snow and Ruby Wax. You couldn’t swing a boomerang for fear of hitting the celebrity elite.
With a seafood bar to die for, well-oiled muscular life-guards (not that I noticed), cocktails and the stunning and irrepressible Globe Girls a good time was had by all. A perfectly fitting tribute to a really hilarious read.
Special mention has to be made of The Globe Girls, a drag queen troupe so talented and entertaining, (and all with legs that any girl would kill for!), that Cabarat will never be the same again.
(See clip below for one of the three sets they performed over the course of the evening!)
by Lynsey on Sep 25, 2008 at 4:12 pm
by Jonny on Sep 18, 2008 at 4:56 pm
Teen thriller writer Oisin McGann is a busy man. Working as a freelance illustrator and mercenary artist by day and escapist writer by night, we at between-the-lines were delighted that he took time out of his busy schedule to review the film adaption of John Boyne’s spectacular, bestselling novel The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas. In cinemas now, the film has already been hailed as one of the most moving and remarkable films about childhood ever seen.
Oisin went to a special screening last week, and donned his Jonathan Ross hat to write an exclusive review for us. Special thanks to publicity extraordinaire Lauren Bennett for lending a hand!
“I have always felt that John Boyne’s ‘The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas’ fell into the category of ‘children’s books for adults’ and much the same could be said of this film. Mark Herman and his cast have done an excellent job of bringing this story to the screen. But the thread of horror that underlies an otherwise gentle story – any violence is only hinted at or implied – is dependent on a knowledge of the Holocaust.
And the horror is there, deftly handled and driven to an unnerving peak by the shocking climax of the film. Herman brings a new pace to the story by making the essential elements more immediate as is demanded by a good adaptation. The action takes place over a shorter period, the camp is smaller and closer to the house than described in the book. Herman applies a touch of artistic license while keeping true to the tale.
The two boys, Asa Butterfield and Jack Scanlon, are completely convincing and the cast’s collective performance is seamless. From a young boy’s selfishness in eating chocolate intended for a hungry friend, to the chilling image of a man in a gas mask looking down through a hole in the ceiling, our capacity for harming our fellow humans is laid bare in simple and unflinching clarity.”
Oisin McGann’s latest book Strangled Silence is out now, priced £6.99. The book is a gripping and taut conspiracy novel, think The Manchurian Candidate meets Black Hawk Down! If you haven’t already got a copy, what are you waiting for?!
by Lynsey on Sep 17, 2008 at 5:34 pm
Last week saw the publication of Nation, Terry Pratchett’s brand new non-Discworld children’s book and it has gone straight in to the children’s chart at number 1!
Thursday night at the Royal Society saw a host of Terry’s family and friends come together to celebrate the publication of Nation. In addition to 25 years of Terry’s fantasy creation the Discworld and the publication of The Folklore of the Discworld co-authored by Jacqueline Simpson. Fellow authors Jacqueline Wilson and Philip Pullman joined in to toast their fellow children’s novelist on the completion of Nation, a book that has been in the pipeline of Terry’s imagination for the last 20 years!!
Never one to rest on his laurels, Terry Pratchett was back amongst his fans on Saturday for the smallest and largest signings in a day. Arriving at Hayling Island Bookshop at 9am he was greeted by the growing crowd all anxious to get their hands on one of the special edition copies of Nation printed especially for the occasion. (It truly is a beautiful book, all glittery and silver!) Hayling Bookshop was spectacularly well prepared, providing Terry’s team with tea and cake; a most needed refreshment at nine in the morning.
Then they all popped into a helicopter and flew straight to London arriving in style for the Waterstones Piccadilly signing at 2pm. Waterstones were, as ever, marvellously efficient, providing more tea, more cakes and most importantly more people to make sure the signing got off to a flying start (excuse the pun). Everyone was in high spirits at the success of the day and I’ll keep you posted for more Pratchett events soon!!
by Jonny on Sep 16, 2008 at 10:37 am
Life as a data entry temp is great. Your job satisfaction is through the roof. What could be better than entering data for an hourly wage? If you time it right, you even get paid for going to the toilet. Result! The only cloud on your horizon is the blood gathering under your chair. You are shocked to discover that the company you work for is using your blood to power a portal to another world – they are literally bleeding you dry. There’s no other option, you must set out on your own adventure and ultimately face The Regional Accounts Director of Firetop Mountain!
We at between-the-lines are getting all nostalgic this autumn with The Regional Accounts Director of Firetop Mountain – a hilarious send up of the Choose Your Own Adventure novels. For those not acquainted with this fantasy adventure genre, the Choose Your Own Adventure books were a series of children’s gamebooks, first published by Transworld imprint Bantam Books in 1979. Each story was told from a second-person view point, with the reader placed in the role of the protagonist. The plot and final outcome was determined by a number of choices made by the reader, as well as the throw of a dice. They were books where the reader was the author of their own destiny, relying only on their wits, chance and cheating prowess to make it through to the end.
Alex Jenkins and Steven Morrison’s parody is on one hand a skilful comic account of the drudgery of modern life, and on the other a thrilling adventure populated by creatures of myth and legend. Check out their hilarious interview below, and make sure you pick up a copy of the book now!
1) It is clear from the book that you were both fans of the original Choose Your Own Adventure series. What was your favourite adventure?
AJ: I was about seven when Forest of Doom by Ian Livingstone came out and I remember it being awesome. The cover art alone was fantastic. We bought quite a few of the original books when we were researching The Regional Accounts Director and the nostalgia factor was huge. Nothing takes you back to your childhood like an ink drawing of a goblin leaning against a wall.
SM: I remember emulating a bad wizard from a book called ‘The Crypt of the Sorcerer’ I put on a cape and got me a ping pong eye. If memory serves, a lad off another estate joined in by pretending to be a ranger until he got hit in his own eye with a garden cane and had to go in. Read the rest of this entry »
by Lynsey on Sep 11, 2008 at 11:34 am
Independent bookshop CK Broadhurst of Southport won a competition to have bestselling author Terry Pratchett visit their store.
The competition initiated by Transworld publishers invited independent bookshops to create a window display to honour Mr Pratchett’s 25th Anniversary of his fantasy creation The Discworld.
Broadhurst books went all out and made their Discworld fans proud, as you can see in the photos below. The inestimable Mr Pratchett will visit their shop on the 2nd October from 4pm. So if you happen to be in the area or a concurrence of timely events leads you to your means of conveyance on the 2nd so be it! Come along and get Terry Pratchett’s brand new book Nation signed by the man himself.
For more information check out www.ckbroadhurst.co.uk and log their address 5 – 7 Market Street, Southport, PR8 1HD into your sat nav!
by Jonny on Sep 8, 2008 at 11:17 am
Much loved TV entertainer Paul O’Grady is returning to his roots to sign copies of his brilliant forthcoming autobiography At My Mother’s Knee and other low joints. Written in his own unique voice, the focus of the book is his early life in Irish Catholic Birkenhead, and Paul aptly decided to return to where he grew up for his first UK signings. He will be at Waterstone’s Birkenhead on Thursday 2nd October at 4.30pm and at WH Smiths Liverpool One the following afternoon at 4pm. Make sure you get there early to beat the queues!
London fans fear not! Paul will be signing copies of his autobiography at Foyles on the Southbank on Thursday 23rd October, just a stone’s throw from the Paul O’Grady television studios! Watch this space for further details.
At My Mother’s Knee and other low joints is published by Bantam Press on 25th September 2008, priced £18.99.
by Jonny on Sep 2, 2008 at 3:06 pm
So here they are, the much anticipated answers to the all important Brisingr Quiz. How well did you do. Here at Between The Lines we obviously scored a wopping 100% being such die-hard fans. Let us know how you did!
by Jonny on Sep 2, 2008 at 2:54 pm
Joanne Harris wrote her first book, The Evil Seed, in 1989 and has since gone on to write several number 1 bestsellers. Many of her adoring fans believed that this first book was a lost gem as it was no-where to be found having been out of print for some time. However, due to popular demand, a new and, slightly updated version of The Evil Seed will be reissued on the 11th September and available nationwide. On her website Joanne wrote
“Once more I see myself doing something that I said that I would never do…written when I was in my early twenties and re-released thanks to the persistence of many of my more curious readers who wanted to know how I began writing. …I’m still very fond of [The Evil Seed] for reasons of nostalgia and I’m happy to see it brought back to life.”
In fact this month is somewhat busy for Joanne, not only is it the reissue of The Evil Seed but September also sees the paperback release of Runemarks, her fantasy teen novel on the 4th.
So what better way to ease off the workload of one of the country’s best loved and busiest authors than for us to bombard her with questions. In true Joanne Harris fashion she was only too pleased to chat and found time in her hectic schedule to get back to Between The Lines.
Here’s what she had to say:
by Lynsey on Sep 2, 2008 at 12:40 pm
Last weekend (22-25 Aug) I had a truly eye-opening experience. I went to my first ever Discworld Convention. Having been a life long Discworld fan I had always been curious about the cons but this was my first chance to indulge! And what an experience. Never have I been in an environment with so many other like-minded Pratchett fans. And what a diverse bunch we all are!
Upon arrival each member received a Discworld goody bag with your Disc Con pass in, which you have to wear at all times. This pass has your name on (I think real names are optional as I’m sure I saw a Princess Tibbles!) and a section that declares which guild you belong to. I was sadly guild-less. The guild’s feature heavily in the Discworld novels and are based in the city of Ankh-Morpork. There are over 300 in the books but these were whittled down to include the most prominent including the seamstresses guild, alchemists guild and the thieves guild. Members of each guild undertake different activities at the convention – and the activities are endless!