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Giles Kristian’s Raven Hits New Peaks!
by Lynsey on Jul 27, 2009 at 3:09 pm
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Never one to rest on his laurels, the super-efficient Giles Kristian has generously offered Bernard Cornwell fans the chance to win one of five signed first editions of his novel Raven: Bloodeye!

Bernard Cornwell had this to say about Raven: ‘A powerful, lightning-paced tale of the Norsemen in England; an astonishing and riveting debut.’

If you haven’t yet stumbled upon this thrilling read and want to join in the fun enter the competition on facebook below. The deadline is August 1st so time is running out!

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In other news Raven, fans are just not happy to leave their copies at home. Of course we knew that already but one reader has taken it to extremes! See below! To post your pics of unusual Raven reading locations join the Raven facebook group and keep up-to-date on the goings on in the world of the Norsemen!

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Raven reaches new peaks!

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Ever Fancied Yourself as a Movie Star?
by Lynsey on Jul 22, 2009 at 11:52 am
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Well what a place to start! The wonderful chaps at MOB films have very graciously decided to have two fan days on the set of Going Postal, the new Terry Pratchett adaptation for Sky in Budapest. Fans of the Discworld Universe have been invited to apply as extras for the film submitting their details and photograph to a member of the production department. Starring Charles Dance, Richard Coyle, Claire Foy and Andrew Sachs!

Further details can be found on Sandra Kidby’s website PJSM prints.

The deadline for applications is 8 p.m. on Wednesday 29th July 2009, so get cracking!

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Going Postal by Terry Pratchett

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Launch of Claudius by Douglas Jackson
by Jonny on Jul 20, 2009 at 2:42 pm
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Last Thursday was the launch of Claudius, the second novel by bestselling historical novelist Douglas Jackson. Over a hundred people flocked to Blackwells in Edinburgh to celebrate publication, and to meet the man himself. We asked Douglas to pen a few lines post launch, and check out the photos below kindly sent over by event organiser extraordinaire Claire Leach at Blackwells. For those that still haven’t got their hands on a copy of Claudius, click here. The book is a masterful telling of one of the greatest stories from Roman history, the conquest of Britain. It is an epic story of ambition, courage, conspiracy, battle and bloodshed, and confirms Douglas Jackson as one of the top historical novelists writing today.  And if you don’t believe us, check out this review from The Scotsman – “If I were Conn Iggulden or Simon Scarrow, I’d be rather worried by the new Scottish kid on the block.”

“Books will have had posher send-offs, but few will have had warmer ones than my second novel, Claudius, was given last night at Blackwell’s bookshop in Edinburgh.

Around 120 people packed the upstairs venue on South Bridge to launch the epic tale of the Roman invasion of Britain on a tidal wave of good will that was followed by an evening of good company and even better conversation. It was a fantastic turnout and what made it even better was that ninety per cent of them were my friends.

My roots are in the Scottish Borders and we had a big contingent from Jedburgh and Ancrum, made up mainly of family and old school pals. My neighbours from Bridge of Allan filled a train carriage to make the hour-long trip. And my former workmates at the Scotsman turned out in large numbers. There were familiar, but unexpected faces from my past, and unfamiliar ones who had turned up purely out of interest in writing and writers.

I gave a speech and a couple of readings that got a great reception then I signed books until my wrist ached.”

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Global release of jacket for Dan Brown’s imminent international bestseller, The Lost Symbol, reveals clues to location and themes in novel.

LONDON, UK (July 07 2009) Following worldwide speculation about content of the eagerly-awaited new novel from phenomenal bestselling author Dan Brown, Transworld Publishers today released the UK jacket of

The Lost Symbol

For the first time, fans worldwide will discover the setting for the action and key themes from the forthcoming thriller which will have a global English language first print run of 6.5million copies: the largest first print in the history of Random House worldwide.

Since announcement of publication in April 2009, anticipation for the release of the new novel featuring Brown’s unforgettable protagonist, Robert Langdon, has reached epic proportions amongst fans, especially in the online community. The book trade have been equally enthusiastic, predicting that The Lost Symbol will be the biggest ever hardback adult novel published since records began.

The Lost Symbol will be published on 15 September 2009. It is the follow-up to The Da Vinci Code, the international bestseller with 81 million copies in print worldwide and the UK’s biggest selling paperback novel of all time.* Published in March 2004, the book spent more than two years in the Sunday Times Top 10 Bestsellers list with 68 weeks spent at No.1.

Following the publication of The Da Vinci Code, Dan Brown’s earlier novels Angels and Demons, Deception Point and Digital Fortress have all gone on to become multi-million copy international bestsellers and rank as the UK’s 2nd, 3rd and 4th bestselling adult paperback novels of all time.* Transworld Publishers in the UK have published all of Dan Brown’s novels, which were acquired by Publisher Bill Scott-Kerr.

Today Doubleday US simultaneously released their jacket of The Lost Symbol, which will be wrapped around millions of hardbacks in the North America. To view both jackets, and for further information about Dan Brown, please visit http://www.danbrownofficial.co.uk/

*Officially recorded by Nielsen BookScan

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When author Rick Stroud met Buzz Aldrin…
by Jonny on Jul 7, 2009 at 11:32 am
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Rick Stroud on stage with Buzz Aldrin and Andrew Smith

As a film director, Rick Stroud – author of The Book of the Moon – has worked with celebrities all his life. He admits that it has been many years since he was last uncontrollably star-struck. But on July 4th 2009 Rick hosted the Buzz Aldrin event at the London Literature Festival and found it: “as exciting as if I had been a child.”

“When I met Buzz backstage I thought that he had the film star aura of another of my heroes, the American actor George C. Scott. Buzz looks and sounds a bit like Scott’s portrayal of General Patton, I had to suppress a desire to salute him, military style.”

The event, which took place at the Royal Festival Hall, saw 2,500 people show up to hear Buzz share his Apollo 11 memories. ”I went on to the enormous stage of the Royal Festival Hall basking in the reflected glory of being with Buzz Aldrin, a man who, in the writing of my book has become a hero,” Rick recalled. “I did my short talk about the moon and Buzz’s forty year journey back from the moon. Then Andrew Smith, author of Moondust: In Search of the Men who Fell to Earth, came on to introduce Buzz and it struck me for the first time how strange life’s coincidence’s are. It was a chat at a party about Andrew’s book that had taken me into two years of blissfully writing The Book of the Moon, and led to me sitting on this enormous stage.

“Two wonderful things happened on the night. During the interview Buzz looked at me and indicated my clothes. I had chosen my wardrobe with actress care. A black crumpled linen suit, light blue linen shirt, open at the collar and black suede slip on shoes. Buzz was wearing a punchier blue suit, shiny black shoes and a light blue tie. He looked organised, together, glamorous, the rocket man. He had a gold Apollo 11 mission badge as a tie pin and a gold moon ring with a discrete diamond star set in it. (Mrs Aldrin was in the audience wearing a gold necklace, made of tiny moon faces.) Buzz looked across at me and said, ‘I wish I was dressed as a writer.’ I blushed, Buzz Aldrin just called me a writer.

“Then the second marvellous thing happened. Buzz suddenly said ‘And there’s one person on earth who really understands the moon’s magnificent desolation.’ I said, ‘Who’s that, is it you Buzz?’ and he replied, ‘No, its you, Rick Stroud, in your book, The Book of the Moon.’ I wasn’t collapsing with delight any more, I was levitating. Thank you, Buzz, for a great and life enhancing evening.”

Rick Stroud with Buzz Aldrin

 To read more about the event visit: http://authorsplace.co.uk/rick-stroud/

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We love Sophie Kinsella and we can’t wait for her new novel, Twenties Girl, to come out on 16th July!

Here’s a first look at the animated trailer:

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