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The Bestselling Bostonians come to London!
by Jonny on Jan 23, 2009 at 4:40 pm
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The bestselling Bostonians come to London!

Dennis Lehane

Tess gerritsen Come and meet bestselling authors Tess Gerritsen and Dennis Lehane at an exclusive, one-off UK event. The two Boston-based authors will be talking about their new books at Borders Charing Cross on Thursday 12th February at 6.30pm. Tess and Dennis will be interviewed on stage.

Dennis Lehane will be talking about his new novel The Given Day, a masterful, literary epic that earned him superb reviews on its publication in the States and the UK. Tess Gerristen will be talking about her new novel Keeping the Dead (published in the US as “The Keepsake”) out on the 12th February as part of her 8 date UK tour, including events at Scarborough, Bradford, Leeds, Birmingham, Cambridge and Norwich.

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Shortlists & Nominations for our Favourite Books!
by Lynsey on Jan 23, 2009 at 1:23 pm
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The buzz on the Oscar Nominations, Romantic Novel Awards and the Edgar Allen Poe Awards.

First things first, if you have been living with your eyes closed in an isolation tank for the last month you may not have heard of Danny Boyle’s new film Slumdog Millionaire. Every national paper has reviewed Slumdog, the adaptation of our very own Vikas Swarup’s debut novel Q&A. Not only did it pick up countless Golden Globe’s but it has been shortlisted for ten, yes ten Oscars in the following categories:Slumdog Millionaire based on the novel Q&A by Vikas Swarup

Best Picture
Best Director
Best Adapted Screenplay
Best Original Score
Two Nominations for Best Original Song
Film Editing
Sound Editing
Sound Mixing

Check out the contenders at the Oscars official website page. And don’t forget the winners are announced on the 22nd February!


The Last Concubine by Lesley Downer

The second stellar news is that Lesley Downer’s novel The Last Concubine is one of six books that has been shortlisted for this years Romantic Novel Award! The Last Concubine is an epic history and romance combined in a passionate, exotic novel featuring the mysterious concubine of the last shogun. It’s heady stuff!

As Lesley told the Guardian: ‘”I grew up with Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights and Pride and Prejudice and hugely enjoyed creating a romantic world of my own. I found it utterly gripping to write about a society which has no concept of romantic love. It made it all the clearer what a powerful and primeval force love is.” With these influences we feel Lesley stands a good chance at the RNA and we’ll be supporting her 110%!

The award is announced on the 10th February and an extract of Lesley’s book is going up on the Guardian website today! See what they’ve already said about it below…

The Guardian Website: Romantic Novel of the Year


And our third heart-thumping news that I am thrilled to report is that Charlie Newton and S. J. Bolton have both been nominated for the 2009 Edgar Allen Poe Awards in the US.

Charlie Newton’s Calumet City has been nominated for Best First Novel by an American Author.

And S. J. Bolton’s Sacrifice has been nominated for the Mary Higgins Clark Award.

The full list, which honours the best in mystery fiction, non-fiction, television and film, published or produced in 2008, can be found at:

Calumet City by Charlie Newton

Sacrifice by S.J. Bolton

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Vikas Swarup Answers Twenty Questions
by Kate on Jan 19, 2009 at 2:00 pm
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WVikas Swarupe took a few minutes to quiz Vikas Swarup, author of Q&A, on which the fantastic film Slumdog Millionaire is based. Here’s what he had to say…

Are you a cat or a dog person?

Both. I grew up with a Doberman Pinscher who was so spoilt he wouldn’t sleep on anything less than a dunlopillo mattress and pillow and a cat who was so independent minded she would disappear for days without a trace.

Do you have children?

I have two sons, Aditya and Varun.

Who is your best friend?

My wife Aparna.

Would you describe yourself as a romantic or a pragmatist?

A pragmatic romantic.

What is your best trait?

My sense of equanimity. I don’t hanker after things. I have always believed in the Hindi proverb: Without asking a pearl may fall into your lap; but if you beg, you may not even receive alms.

And your worst trait?

Not being able to say no.

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Transworld movie mania!
by Kate on Jan 16, 2009 at 6:03 pm
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2009 is a fantastic year for Transworld’s books, with lots of our top titles hitting the big screen. And it looks as though we’re set for even more excitement to come as the following projects have recently been announced.

IF I STAY by Gayle Forman

If I StaySummit Entertainment, the studio that brought us TWILIGHT, have bought the rights to this tragic and moving novel, due out in 2010.

Summit’s President of Production says, “Not since TWILIGHT have we seen as emotionally moving a book for a youth audience with this kind of crossover appeal. We are thrilled to be working on this property and hope to bring it very quickly to the screen.”


THE TRAVELLER by John Twelve HawksThe Traveller

20th Century Fox have optioned this trilogy and, with the producers that brought us the Jason Bourne movies onboard, they’re sure to be fantastic!


20 TIMES A LADY by Karyn Bosnak

20 Times a LadyThis brilliantly funny and touching novel has been bought by Columbia Pictures and is set to star Anna Faris, famous for her roles in the Scary Movie films. We think she’ll be a great leading lady!

Opposite of Love



Anne Hathaway of The Devil Wears Prada fame has been lined up to star in this wonderful novel which is being made by Columbia Pictures.

Watch this space for more information and get reading these books now as they are sure to be on everyone’s lips very soon!

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Nation at the National!
by Lynsey on Jan 14, 2009 at 2:43 pm
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Terry Pratchett’s Nation to be new family epic at the National Theatre!

Here at Between the Lines we are immensely excited to be able to bring you this breaking news story!

Following the highly successful productions of His Dark Materials, Coram Boy and most recently War Horse, Nation will be adapted by Mark Ravenhill. Directed by Melly Still, the production will open in the Olivier Theatre in November and is sponsored by Accenture, supporters of Innovation at the National Theatre.

Terry Pratchett’s Nation is a brilliantly wise and witty story about two children from cultures a world apart coming of age on a desert island, which challenges the way we think about identity, nationhood and the history of the Empire.


Nation was published by Doubleday in September 2008.

Terry Pratchett is one of today’s most popular and successful authors. Creator of the phenomenally successful Discworld® series which has enjoyed global sales of over 60 million copies, he received a Knighthood in the New Year Honours list. His first junior Discworld novel, The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents, was awarded the Carnegie Medal. Several of his works have been adapted for television, including The Colour of Magic and Hogfather.

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New Year’s Resolutions
by Jonny on Jan 12, 2009 at 1:28 pm
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New Year’s Resolutions. I wonder how many of these have been broken by the 9th January? Hopefully our authors have fared better in their own quests to eat less, smoke less, write more and make the world a better place. Check out their New Year’s Resolutions below.

Matt Beaumont

“My New Year Resolution is to laugh heartlessly at anyone foolish enough to have made a New Year resolution.”

Tess Gerritsen

“My New Year’s resolution? To learn to read Greek. It’s a big gap in my formal education, and I’d like to correct that.”

Judy Astley

“New Year Resolution: Financial efficiency. I will open all bills and deal with them IMMEDIATELY. I will no longer dither about nervously eyeing the unpaid pile till the utilities resort to phoning for immediate payment.”

SJ Bolton

“My new year’s resolution is… to stop arguing with my editor. She always wins in the end.”

Chris Fowler

“My New Year’s resolution is…to read more international authors. There’s a whole world of surprising books out there.”

Julia Widdows

“My New Year’s resolution is to give up procrastination. (Or, to be more realistic, perhaps that’s what I should give up for Lent. Then I can start procrastinating again at Easter.)”

Simon Kernick:

“My New Year’s resolution is… not to mess around and spend a load of time navel-gazing before starting my next one.”

Stephen Clarke:

“My New Year’s resolution is… to try and stick to the resolutions I made in September. I live in France, so my year begins after the summer break- a much more logical ‘new year’ than the random midwinter 1st January date. So happy new week-after-winter-solstice period!”

Kathy Lette…

“My New Year’s Resolution (apart from a vow not to make any more New Year’s Resolutions) is to go to fewer parties. ..Discretion being the better part of middle age, I’m not going to tell you about the Strip Karoke I was performing at the time but Larry, please destroy those photos!”

Jesse Armstrong, one of the authors of Peep Show:

“My New Year’s resolution is …. to get my VAT in on time and/or find a workable solution in the Middle East.”

Claudia Carroll

“My new year’s resolution is…don’t laugh…to run the Dublin city marathon next October. Well, when I say ‘run’ I really mean,’attempt to stagger.’ With lots of toilet breaks. In fact, if I manage to crawl across the finish line before noon the following day, I’ll be a happy woman. Sore, but happy.”

John O’Farrell

“My new year’s resolution is to write a thousand words a day on my new book. I’ve managed so far by putting down all the words like ‘the’ and ‘but’ and ‘and’ but I have a feeling that filling in all gaps may take a little longer…”

Andy McNab

“My new year’s resolution is to get some freefall parachuting in as I haven’t had time for the past two years to get jumping.”

Jack Sheffield

“My new year’s resolution is… to build a ‘writing shed’ in my garden and not to grumble any more about Yorkshire cricket.”

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Slumdog Millionaire sweeps up at the Golden Globes!
by Kate on Jan 12, 2009 at 11:57 am
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Slumdog Millionaire, the uplifting Danny Boyle film based on the book Q&A by Vikas Swarup, picked up Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay and Best Soundtrack honours at last night’s Golden Globes awards. It beat the likes of The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Frost/Nixon, The Reader and Revolutionary Road to win all four awards that it received nominations for.

Vikas Swarup is over in the UK at the moment and has been interviewed on Radio 5Live and BBC Radio 4, and will appear on BBC Breakfast tomorrow morning.

Last week, Slumdog picked up five gongs at the US Critics Choice Awards, including best picture and best director.

These awards are seen as one of the most reliable predictors of success at next month’s Academy Awards so watch this space for more Slumdog Millionaire news!

Slumdog Millionaire

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Arise, Sir Terry!
by Lynsey on Jan 8, 2009 at 11:23 am
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As you will probably have heard, Terry Pratchett was awarded a knighthood in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list. The perfect finale, if you like, to the celebrations for 25 Years of Discworld in 2008, this is a wonderful and fitting recognition of Terry’s extraordinary talents.

Here’s a link to him talking about his reaction to the news on the BBC

Sir Terry Pratchett


And a personal note on the PJSM Prints Website.

Roll on the year of the Pensive Hare!

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Tess on tour!
by Jonny on Jan 6, 2009 at 1:50 pm
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Queen of Crime Tess Gerritsen will be jetting over from the States this February to embark upon a nationwide tour of top bookstores and libraries to promote her thrilling new hardback Keeping the Dead.

The tour kicks off in the North East of England with a talk and signing at Scarborough Library as a lead in to the Scarborough Literature Festival in April 2009. Then on the 10th February Tess will be signing copies at Bradford Central Library at lunchtime before heading off to an evening event at Waterstone’s Leeds.

On the 11th February Tess will be practising her best Brummie accent as she heads off to Borders Solihull for a lunchtime signing followed by an evening event at Birmingham Library Theatre.

Finally on Friday 13th Tess will head east for a spooktastic event at Borders Cambridge and before her final evening event at Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library.

For further information on Tess and her works, check out her fantastic website Also, watch this space for one more exciting Tess Gerritsen announcement.

Keeping the Dead

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