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Last week author Pip Granger appeared on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour to talk about her new book Up West: voices from the streets of post-war London.She has recorded her experience:

“As you all know, writing is a very solitary occupation. In an average year I spend 51 weeks of my time in a shed of around 6×12 at the end of my garden. Then, once a year, I’m dragged out and expected to shine during my publicity tour, it takes some getting used to I tell you! Weeks of preparation are spent gearing myself up for the delights my publicist has prepared in order to let people know about my new book…and hopefully encouraging them to buy it. Last Wednesday morning I was up at the crack of dawn trying not to have a nervous breakdown before 10am. Countless nerve-induced trips to the loo later and I was sat in the green room at the Radio 4 being briefed by the show’s producer on what to expect from the interview. We’d already had a pre-interview chat a few days before about what the Godmother of Woman’s Hour, Jenni Murray, would talk to me about but this was a little re-assurance that was much needed. And of course I would be in the hands of a consummate professional who literally does this day in day out so all would be fine. And of course it was. As the clock chimed 10 past 10 I was whisked off to the studio for my starring role, my 7 ½ minutes of fame. The interview went really well and Jenni immediately put me at ease with her calm approach and professional manner. And another interview bites the dust. Just the launch party speech to write now! And yet more nerves to overcome. As they say though, it’ll be alright on the night.”

Pip Granger

 Up West by Pip Granger is published by Corgi and is available now priced £6.99.

To hear Pip’s interview on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour please follow this link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00ly08b

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Congratulations to David Anthony Durham – author of Acacia and the forthcoming The Other Lands – who was awarded the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, presented by Dell Magazines at The Hugo Awards. The Hugo Awards are the world’s most prestigious Science Fiction and Fantasy Awards, handed out at the world’s oldest genre convention – Worldcon – which took place this weekend in Canada.

David Anthony Durham

Here is an excerpt from David’s acceptance speech:

“Some of you may know that I started my publishing career as a writer of literary and historical fiction. That went well. Had some successes over there. I probably could’ve stayed writing stuff like that and done all right. Thing is, if I did that I feel like I wouldn’t have been being completely honest to the fact that is was science fiction and fantasy that made me a writer in the first place. It’s this genre that taught me to read and love literature, that got me through some tough times, that fed my imagination and when it very much needed it. It’s fantasy and science fiction that I turned to first for my kids as well. All that got me thinking I needed, and wanted, to return to it in my own work.

That’s what I’ve been doing these last few years. That’s why I’m so, so pleased to be here before you now. I didn’t take it for granted that you’d accept me in, and I’m thrilled to it seems like you have. It means a great deal to me to be part of this community. Thank you to Worldcon and Dell magazines and mostly thank you all.”

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Vote for Carmen Reid
by Jonny on Aug 10, 2009 at 9:45 am
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Carmen Reid

Bestselling author Carmen Reid is giving her fictional character Annie Valentine a run for her money by landing herself a nomination in the prestigious Scottish Woman of the Year Awards!

Nominated in the ‘Wit’ category alongside a list of top Scottish talent including author Denise Mina, impressionist Ronni Ancona, and Green Wing’s Michelle Gomez, she was praised by judges as “a one woman industry producing witty, sharp, pacy best-sellers for adults (and, more recently, children too)”.

To vote for Carmen please click here http://www.scottishwomanmagazine.com/nominees/  it takes 2 minutes to vote!

And finally for those that have yet to experience the wit of Carmen, go and grab yourself a copy of her latest novel How Not to Shop which hits the shelves later this week!  Check out these early reviews below:

 http://chicklitreviews.wordpress.com/2009/08/06/book-review-how-not-to-shop-by-carmen-reid/

http://blogs.mirror.co.uk/the-ticket/2009/07/book-review-how-not-to-shop.html

http://cityofbooks.blogspot.com/2009/08/how-not-to-shop-by-carmen-reid.html

How Not to Shop

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Thorn Queen by Richelle Mead
by Jonny on Aug 7, 2009 at 10:54 am
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Check out this fantastic review for Richelle Mead’s Thorn Queen which is out next week on the 13th August.  It was sent in to us by first time reviewer Alison Maclean.  Thanks Alison!

Thorn Queen

“The Thorn Queen is the second in the Dark Swan novels. Although it is second in a series it can be read without having read the first one. It is easy to pick up the threads of the first story. Eugenie Markham is a shaman for hire in one world, she is also queen of Thorn Land in another world. The book deals with her coming to terms with having inherited a kingdom, battling with her love life and attempting to solve the mystery of young girls vanishing in her land. She has a complicated life, torn between two lovers, Kiyo the kitsune and Dorian the Oak King and two worlds.

The book grabs you from the minute you pick it up and find Eugenie attempting to banish a ghost. Reading on you get dragged into a world full of problems, an inherited kingdom attuned to her feelings that is not doing too well, vanishing girls and Eugenie’s desire to use magic. Attempting to be a good queen Eugenie begins to investigate the mystery of the missing girls, only to find all is not what it seems. It leads her into a world of danger where an enemy has been plotting to gain her for his own. Eugenie needs to trust in powers she has not fully mastered to try and resolve the situation.

A spellbinding story, you pick it up and do not want to put it down again. I would recommend this read to anyone.”

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Unveiled Portraits
by Jonny on Aug 5, 2009 at 3:44 pm
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Magician, mind-reader, illusionist, writer, mentalist and now Portrait Artist.    Last night saw the launch of ‘Portraits’ a book of a series of paintings of celebrities from all walks of life by Derren Brown. The launch for the book was held at the Rebecca Hossack gallery in Soho where the original paintings are also being exhibited.

The evening was  a great success and was enjoyed by all who attended.

Derren Brown signing a book for Lisa Gordon

Derren Brown signs a copy for Lisa Gordon

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Sam Eades with Peter Serefinowitz

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Derren Brown signs a copy for Lynsey Dalladay

Portraits by Derren Brown is published by Channel 4 books and is priced £25

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