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Second Raven Adventure Whips up a Storm!
by Lynsey on Feb 25, 2010 at 5:45 pm
Categories: News

Sons of Thunder

Sons of Thunder, the stonking new novel from historical fiction author Giles Kristian was unleashed on the general public last week to thunderous applause. We caught up with Giles Kristian after the launch to ask him about how he was feeling now his second book has hit the shelves!

Giles Kristian:So, RAVEN rides the sea-road again, with Sons of Thunder hitting the shelves like Thor’s own hammer last Thursday. And being Thor’s Day, it could not have been a more auspicious beginning for my second novel.

It’s a strange feeling, really. After waiting for so long to get published I now have two books out there fighting for their place in the market. It’s beginning to feel real, as though this really is my job now; to sit down every morning at my desk, coffee drip primed, and delve into other worlds, stir the waters of older places and times. We launched Sons of Thunder at Goldsboro books, a wonderful shop which specializes in first edition hardbacks. It was quite a civilized affair (far too tame for real Vikings) and, unlike last year, there were no fur-trimmed serving wenches to be seen. But it was a great night none the less and the dearth of wanton distractions provided the perfect opportunity to talk to some of the publishing crew whose expertise and passion we authors rely so heavily on. I’m probably luckier than most in that my lot are a great bunch, the kind of folk with whom I’d happily get on the outside of a few drops of ale. As for the new book, it was a joy to write. Raven and the Fellowship are hungry for vengeance and that, for me, is as good a place to start as any. But they find themselves now in Frankia, an empire ruled by the mighty, shrewd, and dangerously pious King Karolus (Charlemagne) who commands enough muscle to grind Sigurd and his Wolfpack into the dirt.
So Raven and the jarl must show themselves to be as cunning as Loki himself if they are to gain great riches and weave a shining saga-tale.

If you happen to plunder yourself a copy, it’s great to have you onboard! Let me know what you think.

Want to ask Giles about Raven, writing or anything else that tickles your fancy then catch him at and


Giles Kristian giving his speech at the Sons of Thunder book launch


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Mo Hayder is on tour next week!
by Lynsey on Feb 4, 2010 at 5:04 pm
Categories: News

 Bestselling crime writer MO HAYDER will be touring next week to give talks and sign copies of her latest thriller GONE which is out today!

 You can catch Mo at:

  • Birmingham Central Library -Monday 8th February
  • Portsmouth Central Library – Tuesday 9th February
  • Ashcroft Arts Centre, Fareham – Tuesday 9th february
  • Ferndown Library – Wednesday 10th February
  • Waterstone’s Salisbury – Thursday 11th February

Mo Hayder will also be blogging while on the road which you can find at

Visit rbooks to get your copy now!

Gone - Mo Hayder

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As part of our ongoing celebrations for the launch of Twenties Girl, our lovely friends at Benefit will be hosting an Sophie Kinsella, Twenties Girl, Benefitexclusive VIP event with Sophie Kinsella on Tuesday 16th February in Spitalfields, London, and YOU could be there!

We have five pairs of tickets to the event to give away. The evening will kick off from 6pm and there will be complementary drinks & cupcakes, free makeovers & a demonstration on how to get the ‘Twenties Girl’ look, and a reading from the book by Sophie herself.

As if that’s not enough, each winner will also receive a copy of Twenties Girl signed by Sophie, and a luscious Benefit goody bag!

Now, because this is such an exclusive prize, you’ll have to do a little bit of work for your tickets. To be in with a chance of winning, you need to tell us in up to 140 characters why YOU are Sophie Kinsella’s biggest fan! The entries will be judged by Transworld Publishers, and the most original five chosen as the winners.

To enter, either:

facebook_logo3.jpg Reply to our facebook post with your answer
twitter-logo.jpg Tweet your answer. Make sure to tag your post with #sophiekinsella
email-logo.jpg Email us at with ‘I love Sophie Kinsella because…’ in the subject line

Terms and Conditions:
1. By entering this competition, you agree to accept and be bound by these terms and conditions.
2. This prize includes entry to the event, a signed copy of Twenties Girl in paperback and a Benefit goody bag. Travel to and from the event is not included.
3. This competition is open to anyone aged 16 or over who is a resident of the UK or the Republic of Ireland, except for employees of The Random House Group Limited (the promoter), their families and any other company connected with the prize draw.

4. The closing date for the competition is 5pm on Monday 8th February 2010. Entries that are illegible or received after the closing date will not be considered.
5. Events may occur that render the awarding of this prize impossible due to reasons beyond the control of the promoter and the promoter may, at its absolute discretion, vary, amend, suspend or withdraw the prize with or without notice.
6. The prize draw will be judged by the promoter within 1 day of the closing date and the winner will be no
tified by email and/or telephone.
7. The winner’s names will be available upon the promoter’s receipt of a stamped addressed envelope.
8. The promoter’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into in relation to the prize draw. No cash alternative will be offered.

9. The promoter’s contact details are: The Random House Group Limited, 20 Vauxhall Bridge Road, London SW1V 2SA


Keep up with the latest from Sophie…



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Shutter Island trailer
by Lynsey on Feb 2, 2010 at 7:33 pm
Categories: Film News , News

Shutter Island is the new motion picture from Paramount Pictures, directed by Martin Scorsese andShutter Island, Dennis Lehane, Martin Scorsese, Leonardo DiCaprio starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Sir Ben Kingsley and Michelle Williams. It’s based on the bestselling novel by Dennis Lehane.

We cannot wait to see this film when it is released on 12th March. The book is a psychological tour de force with a twist that will knock you sideways, and is definitely worth reading before you see the movie.

If that’s not enough to convince you then watch the fantastic trailer:


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Fantastical February Transworld Free Book Giveaway!
by Lynsey on Feb 1, 2010 at 4:10 pm
Categories: Competitions , Free Stuff , News

Bored of the cold weather blues? Need something to perk up those long winter nights?

Well look no further! We have decided to host a stupendously good giveaway, giving one lucky twitterer the chance to win our entire, that’s our ENTIRE February publishing list. A whopping 24 books! Not only is that enough books to read two a month for the whole year, but has an incredible retail value of !! Hardbacks, paperbacks, fiction, non-fiction, all the new and exciting releases from Transworld Publishers.

Bad Ideas? by Robert Winston

Martha Stewart’s Cupcakes

 The February list includes:

Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane
Gone by Mo Hayder
Life’s A Gamble by Roy Brindley
Blue River, Black Sea by Andrew Eames
Blood Money by Tom Bradby
Superstress Solution by Dr Roberta Lee
Peoplequake by Fred Pearce
The Given Day by Dennis Lehane
Eclipse by Nicholas Clee
Control by John Macken
I Sank the Bismark by John Moffat Men: A User’s Guide by Kathy Lette The Other Family by Joanna Trollope
Rich Girl, Poor Girl by Valerie Wood
The Trout Opera by Matthew Condon
Bad Ideas? by Robert Winston
The Poet’s Wife by Judith Allnatt
Men: A User’s Guide by Kathy Lette
Paperboy by Christopher Fowler
Brisingr by Christopher Paolini
The Other Family by Joanna Trollope
Barefoot Over Stones by Liz Lyons
Gone Tomorrow by Lee Child
Martha Stewart’s Cupcakes by Martha Stewart
Raven: Sons of Thunder by Giles Kristian
Hella Nation by Evan Wright


There is no longer any need to be confused as to what to read! And no hassle in going to shops and being beseiged by book covers. To enter just follow TransworldBooks and retweet the competition message Not a member of Twitter? Why not join, it takes less than 3 minutes to sign up! The competition will run until the 7th February, UK residents only, books may have to be sent out in two boxes!

 Good Luck!

Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane   Gone by Mo Hayder  Giles Kristian’s Sons of Thunder

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