by Kate on Dec 24, 2010 at 10:29 am
Ben from publicity’s favourite books of 2010:
Hanging Hill by Mo Hayder
What if you found yourself divorced and penniless? With no skills and a teenage daughter to support? What if the only way to survive was to do things you never thought possible, to go places you never knew existed …
These are questions Sally has never really thought about before. Married to a successful business man, she’s always been a bit of a dreamer. Until now.
Her sister Zoe is her polar opposite. A detective inspector working out of Bath Central, she loves her job, and oozes self-confidence. No one would guess that she hides a crippling secret that dates back twenty years, and which – if exposed – may destroy her.
Then Sally’s daughter gets into difficulties, and Sally finds she needs cash – lots of it – fast. With no one to help her, she is forced into a criminal world of extreme pornography and illegal drugs; a world in which teenage girls can go missing.
Two sisters intent on survival. Until one does something so terrifying that there’s no way back …
Hanging Hill will be published in hardback in April 2011.
For more information about Mo Hayder and her books visit her website www.mohayder.net
The End of Mr. Y by Scarlett Thomas
When Ariel Manto uncovers a copy of The End of Mr. Y in a second-hand bookshop, she can’t believe her eyes. She knows enough about its author, the outlandish Victorian scientist Thomas Lumas, to know that copies are exceedingly rare. And, some say, cursed.With Mr. Y under her arm, Ariel finds herself thrust into a thrilling adventure of love, sex, death and time-travel.
by Elizabeth on Dec 23, 2010 at 3:00 pm
Christmas is upon us! Transworld authors and staff are revealing their two favorite books of 2010 in the 12 days of Christmas countdown. Why don’t you let us know your top TWO recommendations from this year and we will send you two of the Transworld titles as a reward?
Go to The Page Turners group on facebook or click here to enter – good luck!
by Elizabeth on Dec 23, 2010 at 2:53 pm
Elizabeth from Publicity’s 2010 reads of the year!
Skippy Dies by Paul Murray
Ruprecht Van Doren is an overweight genius whose hobbies include very difficult maths and the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence. Daniel ‘Skippy’ Juster is his roommate. In the grand old Dublin institution that is Seabrook College for Boys, nobody pays either of them much attention. But when Skippy falls for Lori, the frisbee-playing Siren from the girls’ school next door, suddenly all kinds of people take an interest – including Carl, part-time drug-dealer and official school psychopath . . . A tragic comedy of epic sweep and dimension, Skippy Dies scours the corners of the human heart and wrings every drop of pathos, humour and hopelessness out of life, love, Robert Graves, mermaids, M-theory, and everything in between.
To read more about Paul Murray, click here
The Obscure Logic of the Heart by Priya Basil
Lina Mayur has always been the apple of her father’s strict eye. At university in London she meets Anil, a wealthy, cultured and decidedly liberal student of architecture from Kenya’s Asian community, the intensity of her feelings for someone so different takes her by surprise. She is political and he is not; she is of modest background and he is not; she is a Muslim and he is not.
While Lina’s parents dream of a suitable marriage for their eldest daughter, she engages in an intricate game of deceit to hide her blossoming relationship. When Lina’s mother comes upon a hidden suitcase of their love letters, a moral chasm as big as the African continent Lina is determined to save begins to carve open her heart.
What will Lina decide when she is forced to choose between her two greatest loves, Anil or her family. Provocative and full of though inducing issues including illegal arms trading, religion vs heart and family vs romance, The Obscure Logic of the Heart is the fantastic new novel from Priya Basil.
The Obscure Logic of the Heart was published in Trade Paperback by Doubleday on 10th June 2010. To read an extract, click here
by Kate on Dec 21, 2010 at 7:27 pm
… Kate’s (publicity assistant) 2010 reads of the year
Started Early, Took My Dog by Kate Atkinson
A day like any other for security chief Tracy Waterhouse, until she makes a shocking impulse purchase. That one moment of madness is all it takes for Tracy’s humdrum world to be turned upside down, the tedium of everyday life replaced by fear and danger at every turn.
Witnesses to Tracy’s outrageous exchange in the Merrion Centre in Leeds are Tilly, an elderly actress teetering on the brink of her own disaster, and Jackson Brodie who has returned to his home county in search of someone else’s roots. All three characters learn that the past is never history and that no good deed goes unpunished.
Kate Atkinson dovetails and counterpoints her plots with Dickensian brilliance in a tale peopled with unlikely heroes and villains . Started Early, Took My Dog is freighted with wit, wisdom and a fierce moral intelligence. It confirms Kate Atkinson’s position as one of the great writers of our time.
To find out more about Kate Atkinson her novels and the Jackson Brodie series visit http://www.kateatkinson.co.uk
Mr Chartwell by Rebecca Hunt
July, 1964. In bed at home in Kent, Winston Churchill is waking up. There’s a visitor in the room, someone he hasn’t seen for a while, a dark, mute bulk, watching him with tortured concentration. It’s Mr Chartwell. In her terraced house in Battersea, Esther Hammerhans, young, vulnerable and alone, goes to answer the door to her new lodger. Through the glass she sees a vast silhouette the size of a mattress. It’s Mr Chartwell. He is charismatic and dangerously seductive, and Esther and Winston Churchill are drawn together by his dark influence. But can they withstand Mr Chartwell’s strange, powerful charms and strong hold? Can they even explain to anyone who or what he is? Or why he has come to visit? For Mr Chartwell is a huge, black dog. In this utterly original, moving, funny and exuberant novel, Rebecca Hunt explores how two unlikely lives collide as Mr Chartwell’s motives are revealed to be far darker and deeper than they seem.
by Kate on Dec 21, 2010 at 3:14 pm
Irish Times marine correspondent Lorna Siggins has won Book of the Year at the TV3 Media Awards in Ireland for her book on the Corrib gas controversy, Once Upon a Time in the West, beating off stiff competition from Fintan O’Toole, Dearbhaill McDonald and Siobhan Creaton. The prizes were announced on the Tonight with Vincent Browne programme last week. The judges were TV3 presenter Sinéad Desmond, broadcaster Ivan Yates, DIT journalism lecturer Harry Browne and Marie Moran from UCD.
Other winners included Irish Daily Star editor Gerard Colleran, who accepted the award for newspaper of the year. David McWilliams took story of the year for his work on the global financial crisis. Irish Times columnist Fintan O’Toole was voted journalist of the year, while cartoonist Martyn Turner was recognised with an outstanding contribution award.
Once Upon a Time in the West by Lorna Siggins was published by Transworld Ireland in September.
by Kate on Dec 21, 2010 at 10:15 am
… 2010 recommendations from Polly (publicity)
Dirty Tricks by Jo Carnegie (coming next March)
SEX IN THE CITY OR SEX IN THE COUNTRY?
Saffron loves the London party and fashion scenes. So she’s extra nervous about abandoning it all for six months in the country to Write Her Novel. Of course, she’ll miss gorgeous boyfriend Tom but at least his supermodel twin brother will be there to keep her company.
So when does keeping her company cross the line?
Harriet has swapped her country life for a London career and a part time job at a community centre desperately in need of saving. Here she meets Zack . . . but what secrets lurk behind those sexy blue eyes of his?
New lives, new temptations. Have both girls bitten off more than they can chew?
Click here to find out more about Jo Carnegie
Tender by Nigel Slater
With over 400 recipe ideas and many wonderful stories from the cook’s garden, Tender: Volume I – A cook and his vegetable patch, is the definitive guide to cooking with vegetables from Britain’s finest food writer. In his imitable, unpretentious style Nigel Slater elevates vegetables to the starring role in his latest cook book, whether that means enjoying vegetables for their own sake or on the same plate as a piece of meat or fish. From crab cakes and crushed peas to broccoli and lamb stir-fry, luxury cauliflower cheese to a delicious broad bean salad, Tender has everything a cook could want from a recipe book.
by Elizabeth on Dec 20, 2010 at 12:41 pm
…. Mads from Publicity’s 2010 recommendations!
Kiss Heaven Goodbye by Tasmina Perry (Headline Review)
A hot summer. A private island. A dark secret… On the luxurious private island of Angel Cay, four privileged students toast the end of their exams, but one dark night will change their perfect lives forever. As the friends move into their glamorous careers – fashion, music, politics – each tries to put the past behind them. But no matter how high their stars climb, they cannot escape the dreadful truth. And when the consequences of that fateful night finally catch up with them, for one of the four, there is a terrible price to be paid… From the sugar-white sands of the Bahamas to Australia’s Coral Sea; from London’s glittering society scene to the lavish decadence of Hollywood, Tasmina Perry travels the world and turns up the heat…
Eight Lives Down by Chris Hunter
The most exciting and nerve-jangling work of military non-fiction since Bravo Two Zero
You have the most dangerous job in the world’s most dangerous place. You are responsible for bomb disposal in the British sector of Iraq.You are the last defence against oblivion. And it’s already a hundred degrees in the shade. ,
You are up against some of the most sophisticated bombmakers in the world. They don’t play by the rules of the Geneva Convention. Nothing but your own wits will save you. You’re on your own.
Now is the moment of truth. All you can hear is the sound of your own blood pounding through your veins. This could be your last moment on earth.
IT’S JUST YOU AND THE BOMB
To read an extract from Eight lives Down, click here
by Elizabeth on Dec 20, 2010 at 12:07 pm
Channel 4 have announced that Derren Brown Night will be on Saturday 8th Jan from 9pm onwards.
In these special shows, psychological illusionist Derren Brown demonstrates his unique and almost uncanny ability to misdirect, manipulate and mesmerise…
It will consist of:
9pm Derren Brown: Behind The Mischief – one hour retrospective documentary celebrating Derren Brown.
10pm Derren Brown Viewer’s Choice – result of online vote to find the viewer’s favourite Derren Brown special.
11.05 Derren Brown Enigma – repeat of Derren Brown Enigma theatre show which will have its first air on Thurs 6th January at 9.30pm.
Confessions of a Conjuror was published in hardback on 14th October 2010.
To read more about Derren and his works, click here
by Kate on Dec 19, 2010 at 8:47 am
… Alison from publicity’s books of 2010
Nigel Farndale – The Blasphemer
“This year I enjoyed lot of new books from my favourite authors, but also discovered this one, a new voice for me, both moving and thought-provoking.”
On its way to the Galápagos Islands, a light aircraft ditches into the sea. As the water floods through the cabin, zoologist Daniel Kennedy faces an impossible choice — should he save himself, or Nancy, the woman he loves?
In a parallel narrative, it is 1917 and Daniel’s great grandfather Andrew is preparing to go over the top at Passchendaele. He, too, will have his courage tested, and must live with the moral consequences of his actions.
Back in London, the atheistic Daniel is wrestling with something his ‘cold philosophy’ cannot explain — something unearthly he thought he saw while swimming for help in the Pacific. But before he can make sense of it, the past must collapse into the present, and both he and Andrew must prove themselves capable of altruism, and deserving of forgiveness.
The Blasphemer is a story about conditional love, cowardice and the possibility of redemption — and what happens to a man of science when forced to question his certainties. It is a novel of rare depth, empathy and ambition that sweeps from the trenches of the First World War to the terrorist-besieged streets of London today: a novel that will speak to the head as well as the heart of any reader.
To order your copy of this Costa shortlisted novel click here
Polly Samson – Perfect Lives (Virago)
“a blend of intertwining, beguiling and comforting stories”
In an English seaside town, lovers and children, young men and middle-aged women, weave in and out of each other’s lives and stories. A mother is tormented by her daughter’s tattoo; another only pretends to love her baby. A wife stalks her husband and his new lover; a broken egg through a letterbox tells a story that will not go away; the cat thinks he knows best. Threaded throughout are longings for love and poignant disappointments, surprising pleasures and temptations. Some will fall but some, like the small boy at the circus who sees his babysitter fly past on a trapeze wearing little more than a blue bra and spangles, will retain their feeling of awe. Perfect Lives, follows Polly Samson’s first collection, Lying in Bed.
by Kate on Dec 17, 2010 at 5:41 pm
… Laura from Publcity’s 2010 recommendations!
One Day – David Nicholls
‘I can imagine you at forty,’ she said, with malice in her voice. ‘I can picture it right now.’ He smiled without opening his eyes. ‘Go on then.’ 15th July 1988. Emma and Dexter meet for the first time on the night of their graduation. Tomorrow they must go their separate ways. So where will they be on this one day next year? And the year after that? And every year that follows? Twenty years, two people, One Day. From the author of Starter for Ten.
Mini Shopaholic – Sophie Kinsella
Becky Brandon (née Bloomwood) thought motherhood would be a breeze and that having a daughter was a dream come true – a shopping friend for life! But it’s trickier than she thought – two-year-old Minnie has a quite different approach to shopping.
She can create havoc everywhere from Harrods to Harvey Nicks to her own christening. She hires taxis at random, her favourite word is ‘Mine‘, and she’s even started bidding for designer bags on ebay.
On top of everything else, there’s a big financial crisis. People are having to Cut Back – including all of Becky’s personal shopping clients – and she and Luke are still living with Becky’s Mum and Dad. To cheer everyone up, Becky decides to throw a surprise birthday party – on a budget – but then things become really complicated.
Who will end up on the naughty step, who will get a gold star and will Becky’s secret wishes come true?
To order your copy of Mini Shopaholic ckick here