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Sir Terry Pratchett’s latest children’s book Nation has deservedly been long listed for the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize for 2009!

In a diversion from his phenomenally successful Discworld series, Nation is set on a South Sea island and tackles the aftermath of a natural disaster. Washed up on the shores of a remote island, two kids from cultures half a world apart have to learn to get along and survive. Dealing with death and the trauma of loss, Nation has a dark edge that is compelling reading.

The winner will be announced on 8 October 2009, following the unveiling of the shortlist in September. The award is the only children’s prize in which authors are judged by their peers and previous winners have included Philip Pullman, Ted Hughes, Anne Fine and Jacqueline Wilson.

Authors Celia Rees, Andy Stanton and Patrick Ness (last year’s winner) are judging the prize along with Julia Eccleshare.

For more information please visit the Guardian Website.

Nation by Terry Pratchett

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We love Dan Brown and we really enjoyed the new film based on his bestselling book, Angels & Demons.

So what better way to celebrate than to give away lots of stuff from the movie?!

Head over to the all new Dan Brown official UK website http://www.danbrownofficial.co.uk/danbrown_competition.asp to be in with a chance of winning posters, soundtracks and behind the scenes movie companion books.

And while you’re there, take a look around the brilliant new site – the first place for the inside scoop on all things Dan Brown!!

Angels and Demons

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Jack Dee Swept Away By Jonathan Ross!
by Lynsey on May 20, 2009 at 7:52 pm
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Check out the hilarious new clip of Jack Dee indulging in fits of emotion while reading Jonathan Ross’s new book Why Do I Say These Things out now in paperback. Rarely have we seen Jack display more positive emotion. Be prepared to be awed…

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Christopher Fowler Has The Last Laugh!
by Lynsey on May 20, 2009 at 12:32 pm
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The Victoria Vanishes, the latest novel in Christopher Fowler’s hugely popular Bryant and May series, has been named winner of the Last Laugh Award. The Award is presented to the best humorous crime novel published in the previous year and the winner was announced at Bristol’s CrimeFest convention last weekend.

Christopher beat off stiff competition from other shortlisted authors, including Gilbert Adair, Christopher Brookmyre and Mike Ripley. The shortlist was compiled by a panel of leading British crime fiction reviewers and the winner was chosen by a vote amongst CrimeFest delegates. Christopher Fowler’s Bryant & May series is one of our favourites here at Between the Lines, so three cheers for The Victoria Vanishes…

 Hip Hip Hooray…!

Bryant & May investigate The Victoria Vanishes by Christopher Fowler

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Local fans of Andrea Busfield!
by Kate on May 6, 2009 at 5:28 pm
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We’re loving Andrea Busfield’s debut novel Born Under a Million Shadows. Set in Kabul, it’s a gripping story of forbidden love between an Englishwoman and a Kabul warlord, as seen through the eyes of a young Afghan boy. And so we were delighted when we saw these pictures of the local people in Kabul absolutely riveted by the book!

Kabul

Word of mouth is building, and copies are flying off the shelves, so make sure you grab yours today to find out what the fuss is about!

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Natasha Mostert Celebrates New Book, This Ones A Keeper!
by Lynsey on May 5, 2009 at 4:18 pm
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Alfred Dunhill’s saw a bevy of scary fighting types arrive to celebrate the launch of Natasha Mostert’s thrilling new book The Keeper. We braved the crowds to congratulate the author who has also been awarded Winner of the Book to Talk About: World Book Day Award 2009 for The Season of the Witch!

Natasha invited special fans from all over the world to come and celebrate with her. The guests were in high spirits and were treated to the fabulous custom made chocolates of Sir Hans Sloane. All proceeds from the launch are being donated to a boxing initiative for Afghan Women: CPAU Fighting for Peace.

Natasha Mostert with her editor, Selina Walker

Chocolates by Sir Hans Sloane (even the tray's were chocolate!

The Keeper and The Season of the Witch

Natasha's Guests

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