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For months now we’ve been excited about the National’s adaption of Terry Pratchett’s children’s novel Nation. The date the tickets go on sale has been firmly red rimmed on our calendar, more important than birthdays, anniversaries and summer weddings! Much to our surprise and immense pleasure the lovely chaps at the National are opening up the ticket lines a day early for hardcore Pratchett fans!! Follow the steps below to make sure you don’t miss out on what is going to be the hottest ticket in town!!

Nation by Terry Pratchett at the National

 NATION

Based on a novel by Terry Pratchett

Adapted by Mark Ravenhill

Oh I think you think I want to eat you but – no no no – I am offering you afternoon tea – over there – in one hour.

A parallel world, 1860. Two teenagers thrown together by a tsunami that has destroyed Mau’s village and left Daphne shipwrecked on his South Pacific island, thousands of miles from home. One wears next to nothing, the other a long white dress; neither speaks the other’s language; somehow they must learn to survive. As starving refugees gather, Daphne delivers a baby, milks a pig, brews beer and does battle with a mutineer. Mau fights cannibal Raiders, discovers the world is round and questions the reality of his tribe’s fiercely patriarchal gods. Together they come of age, overseen by a foul-mouthed parrot, as they discard old doctrine to forge a new Nation.

Following War Horse, His Dark Materials and Coram Boy, the National stages Mark Ravenhill’s exhilarating adaptation of Terry Pratchett’s latest witty and challenging adventure story.

There’s no demons, no gods. Just me. And the waves and the sun and birth and death. And there’s no reason for anything. I’m sorry: that’s just the way it seems to me.

From 11th November
Suitable for 10yrs+

Olivier Theatre
World Premiere

Cast includes: Gary Carr, Emily Taaffe
Director: Melly Still
Set Designers: Melly Still with Mark Friend
Costume Designer: Dinah Collin
Lighting Designer: Paul Anderson
Projection Designer: Jon Driscoll
Music: Adrian Sutton
Sound Designer: Paul Arditti

PRIORITY ONLINE BOOKING FOR TERRY PRATCHETT FANS, MONDAY 29 JUNE

Fans of Terry Pratchett can book their tickets online ahead of the general public on Monday 29 June. To access priority online booking please follow the instructions below:

1. Go to www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/buytickets and select Nation from the list of productions
2. In the box on the right hand side of the screen labelled ‘Promotion code’ enter the code 1987 and click enter.
3. You should then click on the date that you would like to book for.
4. Once you have selected your chosen date, you can select where in the theatre you would like to sit and how many tickets you would like to buy.
5. If you have not booked tickets at the National Theatre before, at this stage you will need to register your details before you can purchase your tickets. If you have purchased tickets before, at this stage you will need to log in before payment.
6. Once registered or logged in, proceed to check out.

Then hey presto! We’ll see you there!

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Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year, one of Europe’s most prestigious crime fiction awards, has previously fallen to such stellar names as Mark Billingham, Val McDermid and Allan Guthrie. So, when The Accident Man was shortlisted for this year’s award, author Tom Cain was understandably thrilled.

Meanwhile, across the pond, Tom’s second book, The Survivor has proved equally popular with readers, having recently been nominated for ‘Best Thriller’ in this year’s Barry Awards.

So what does Tom Cain make of all this sudden success?

“It’s very exciting to find out within the space of a few weeks that I’ve suddenly been given two award nominations for two books on two sides of the Atlantic. One of the strange things about being a writer is that you never see your audience, so any evidence that people have read and enjoyed ones work is incredibly gratifying, not to mention reassuring.”

To add to all the excitement Tom’s latest thriller, Assassin will be published on 2nd July, so we won’t have to wait long for more heart-stopping action from an author who is clearly destined for great things.

“Now that Assassin is coming out, maybe it can split the difference between the last two books, somewhere in the mid-Atlantic,” said Tom. “So if there are any thriller awards in Iceland or Bermuda, I’m definitely interested!”

Tom Cain’s Assassin is published on 2nd July 2009

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2009 just keeps getting better and better for Transworld’s crime authors. A whopping four of our books have just been nominated for the 2009 Barry Awards! And the nominations are…

     

  • Best Thriller – The Survivor by Tom Cain

Samuel Carver is very good at his job. But nobody’s perfect. And one of Carver’s targets has got away.

Now the world faces a new age of conflict driven by religious fanaticism. In Russia, the government have admitted they no longer know the whereabouts of one hundred small-scale ‘suitcase nukes’. In Afghanistan and Kosovo, ruthless terrorists plot the downfall of their hated enemies. In Texas, a dying billionaire plots his own personal Armageddon.

And Carver can do nothing to stop them. He was beaten and tortured and left to die, but Samuel Carver is a hard man to kill. When he awakes in a Swiss sanatorium from weeks of torment, he discovers that the woman he loves has vanished. Somehow he must find the strength to track her down.

Carver’s hunt will take him deep into the heart of a conspiracy in which the lives of millions are at stake. He must confront an agonizing choice between his duty and his heart, and face the ultimate sacrifice. As the clock ticks down to doomsday, who will survive the final, explosive conflagration?

     

  • Best First Novel – City of the Sun by David Levien

Twelve-year-old Jamie Gabriel gets on his bike before dawn to deliver newspapers in his suburban neighbourhood. Somewhere en route, he vanishes without a trace.

Fourteen months later, still with no sign of Jamie and having lost all faith in the police, his parents Paul and Carol are on the verge of abandoning hope. Then they meet private investigator Frank Behr, a tough, reclusive ex-cop.

Abandoned by his former colleagues, separated from his wife and haunted by his own terrible past, Behr doesn’t make it a practice to take on hopeless cases, but the desperate couple’s plea for help awakens a personal pain he can’t ignore…

 

  • Best British Novel – Ritual by Mo Hayder

Just after lunch on a Tuesday in April, nine feet under water, police diver Flea Marley closes her gloved fingers around a human hand. The fact that there’s no body attached is disturbing enough. Yet more disturbing is the discovery, a day later, of the matching hand. Both have been recently amputated, and the indications are that the victim was still alive when they were removed.

DI Jack Caffery has been newly seconded to the Major Crime Investigation Unit in Bristol. He and Flea soon establish that the hands belong to a boy who has recently disappeared.

Their search for him – and for his abductor – lead them into the darkest recesses of Bristol’s underworld, where drug addiction is rife, where street-kids sell themselves for a hit, and where an ancient evil lurks; an evil that feeds off the blood – and flesh – of others…

     

  • Best Paperback Original – Echoes from The Dead by Johan Theorin

Can you ever come to terms with a missing child? Julia Davidsson has not. Her five-year-old son disappeared twenty years previously on the Swedish island of Oland. No trace of him has ever been found.

Until his shoe arrives in the post. It has been sent to Julia’s father, a retired sea-captain still living on the island. Soon he and Julia are piecing together fragments of the past: fragments that point inexorably to a local man called Nils Kant, known to delight in the pain of others. But Nils Kant died during the 1960s. So who is the stranger seen wandering across the fields as darkness falls?

It soon becomes clear that someone wants to stop Julia’s search for the truth. And that he’s much, much closer than she thinks…

 

The winners will be announced at this year’s Bouchercon World Mystery Convention, held in Indianapolis between October 15 – 18. A huge congratulations to all our nominated authors!

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Vikas Swarup mingles with Hillary and Oprah!
by Kate on Jun 19, 2009 at 11:49 am
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We couldn’t help but be impressed when Vikas Swarup, author of Q&A (filmed as the Oscar-winning Slumdog Millionaire) and Six Suspects, sent us these photos of him mingling with two of the world’s most powerful women.

As Vikas himself said, “It is not often that you get to meet Hillary Clinton in the morning and Oprah Winfrey in the evening. But I got lucky!”


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The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

Adding to an already impressive list of accolades, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne has been voted the Penguin Orange Readers’ Group Book of the Year. Competition for the Prize was fierce, with The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas eventually beating Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight and JD Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye into second and third position.

The winner was decided by a public vote, via the Spinebreakers website and from people entering the 2009 Penguin Orange Readers’ Group Prize.

On hearing the news, John Boyne said: “I’m thrilled… From the day the novel was published, it has received extraordinary support from reading groups who debate the novel back and forth with all the passion and argument that good literature demands – I know, because I’ve been there for some of those debates! That the story of Bruno and Shmuel continues to move readers is a source of great encouragement to me as a writer. I’m very grateful to Penguin and Orange and all the readers who selected the novel for this prize.”

The Prize is in its eighth year and is the UK’s only annual award for reading groups. It has previously been won by Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite Runner, which claimed the top spot three years in a row.

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas previously won two Irish Book Awards, was shortlisted for the British Book Award and reached No. 1 on the New York Times Bestsellers list.  

 

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Win Slumdog Millionaire DVD goodies!
by Kate on Jun 16, 2009 at 12:42 pm
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To celebrate the DVD release of the Academy Award Winning film Slumdog Millionaire based on the book by Vikas Swarup, we are giving away ten prize packages including the DVD and the book tie-in.

Enter here: www.rbooks.co.uk/slumdog

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Win Signed Copies of Wedding Babylon!!
by Lynsey on Jun 16, 2009 at 12:31 pm
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Win a signed copy of Wedding Babylon!

From the creator of Hotel and Air Babylon, the queen of scandal, Imogen Edward-Jones turns her attention to the wonderful world of weddings and lifts the veil on the excesses of the wedding industry. To celebrate the release of ‘Wedding Babylon’, we have 30 signed copies to giveaway. All you have to do is email your worst wedding nightmare in less than 100 words to: weddingbabyloncomp@transworld-publishers.co.uk by 30th June.

The potential for things to go horribly, horribly wrong is never higher than at a wedding. Wedding Babylon reveals all… the scams which inflate the prices of everything, from flowers to cakes to marquee hire, stories of high jinxes at the altar and disastrous low comedy in the speeches!! Everyone loves a good wedding.

Join the fan page on Facebook!

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Shutter Island trailer
by Kate on Jun 16, 2009 at 10:27 am
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The trailer for Shutter Island, based on the fantastic book by Dennis Lehane, has been released online. It looks brilliant and utterly terrifying! Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Ben Kingsley and Michelle Williams and directed by Martin Scorsese, it’s sure to be a winner

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We can’t wait until the film comes out in October. If you haven’t read the book, grab a copy now!

 

 

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The CWA Dagger Awards 2009: Shortlists Announced!
by Lynsey on Jun 11, 2009 at 1:16 pm
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More exciting crime news – Transworld has three authors shortlisted for the CWA dagger awards 2009! Bantam  Press and Doubleday are doing an exceptional job with crime this year as previous Between the Lines posts can testify!

These prestigious awards celebrate the very best in crime and thriller writing in 2009. The CWA Dagger Awards are the longest established literary awards in the UK and are internationally recognised as a mark of excellence and achievement.

THE CWA INTERNATIONAL DAGGER AWARD
Echoes from the Dead by Johan Theorin
Johan Theorin, Echoes from the Dead, translated from the Swedish by Marlaine Delargy, published by Doubleday.

Synopsis: Can you ever come to terms with a missing child? Julia Davidsson has not. Her five-year-old son disappeared twenty years previously on the Swedish island of Öland. No trace of him has ever been found.

Until his shoe arrives in the post. It has been sent to Julia’s father, a retired sea-captain still living on the island. Soon he and Julia are piecing together fragments of the past: fragments that point inexorably to a local man called Nils Kant, known to delight in the pain of others. But Nils Kant died during the 1960s. So who is the stranger seen wandering across the fields as darkness falls?

It soon becomes clear that someone wants to stop Julia’s search for the truth. And that he’s much, much closer than she thinks …

Judges’ comments: ‘Working within the genre, Theorin evokes place and social history as well as character, while mastering the balance of clues and plot-twists.’

The other shortlisted authors are Jo Nesbø, (The Redeemer, Harvill Secker) Fred Vargas, (The Chalk Circle Man, Harvill Secker) Karin Alvtegen, (Shadow, Canongate) Arnaldur Indridason, (Arctic Chilland, Harvill Secker) and Stieg Larsson (The Girl Who Played With Fire, MacLehose Press),

Judging Panel: Ann Cleeves, non-voting chair, is an award-winning crime writer, MaiLin Li works for Kirklees Libraries and is a freelance literature specialist and promoter, Ruth Morse teaches English Literature at the University of Paris, John Murray-Browne is a bookseller.
The Chemistry of Death by Simon Beckett

THE CWA DAGGER IN THE LIBRARY

Unlike most other literary prizes, the Dagger in the Library is awarded not for an individual book but for the author’s body of work. Authors are nominated by UK libraries and Readers’ Groups and judged by a panel of librarians.

Simon Beckett Bibliography – David Hunter novels: Whispers of the Dead – Bantam Press (2009) Written in Bone – Bantam Press (2008) The Chemistry of Death – Bantam Press (2006)

Judges’ comments: ‘His books are gripping right from the opening line and notable for descriptions of dead and decaying bodies. Excellently hidden twists and turns. Very sympathetic lead character.’

www.simonbeckett.com

Ariana Franklin Bibliography – The Mistress of the Art of Death series: Mistress of the Art of Death – Bantam Press (2007) The Death Maze (2008) Relics of the Deads (2009)
 Relics of the Dead by Ariana Franklin
Judges’ comments: ‘Original, lively and colourful. Her novels allow the reader to learn effortlessly about little-known historical backgrounds’

www.arianafranklin.com

The other shortlisted authors are Colin Cotterill (Quercus), R J Ellory (Orion), Peter James (Macmillan) and Michael Robotham (Sphere).

CWA Chair Margaret Murphy said: “The strength of the Daggers shortlists, and even those writers who missed out, shows that crime writing remains in good shape.”

The winners will be announced at a drinks reception held in London on the evening of July 15. For more information visit the CWA website www.thecwa.co.uk

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I am more than happy to announce that Johan Theorin (author of Echoes from the Dead and The Darkest Room) has just been awarded yet another prize – The Glass Key for best Nordic / Scandinavian Crime Novel of the Year for The Darkest Room.

The award, named after the novel The Glass Key by crime writer Dashiell Hammett, is a real glass key given every year by the members of the Crime Writers of Scandinavia. Johan Theorin joins last year’s winner Stieg Larsson and other prestigious writers Henning Mankell, Arnaldur Indriðason and Matti Rönkä as a recipient of the illustrious award.

So far his laurels include:

Best debut novel 2007 by the Swedish Academy of crime writers & critics
Best crime novel 2008 by the Swedish Academy of crime writers & critics
Swedish author of the year 2008 in SKTF magazine (a magazine for librarians)
Best thriller of the year 2008 at www.bokcirklar.se (a website for book readers)
Best novel of 2008 voted by BMF (a Swedish association for book store workers)

If you haven’t read Echoes from the Dead yet pick up a copy now it’s thrilling reading!  and mark 30th July in your diary the publication date for The Darkest Room. Here at between the lines we can’t wait…

The Darkest Room by Johan Theorin

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