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Win Beneath Hill 60 Books and DVDs
by Kate on Sep 29, 2010 at 8:15 pm
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Beneath Hill 60 by Will Davies, bestselling editor of Somme Mud, is out now in paperback. beneath-pbt.jpg

Based on exhaustive research and the diaries of survivors, and featuring original and personal photographs, it tells the extraordinary and little-known true story of the cat-and-mouse war waged beneath the trenches of the Western Front.

This incredible story of WWI’s unsung heroes has also been brought to life in the outstanding epic film Beneath Hill 60.

To celebrate these releases, we’ve got 20 Beneath Hill 60 DVD and book prize packs to giveaway.

Beneath Hill 60 DVDTo enter, simply email us your name and address with Beneath Hill 60 in the subject line. Closing date is Friday 15th October.

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SUSAN BOYLE BOOK SIGNING ANNOUNCED
by Kate on Sep 27, 2010 at 1:30 pm
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Following the news that Susan Boyle’s forthcoming album The Gift has shot to the top of the pre-order charts at Amazon.com in just 24 hours, Transworld Publishers and Waterstone’s are delighted to announce the following:

Susan Boyle will be signing copies of her book The Woman I Was Born to Be at Waterstone’s Piccadilly, London on Friday 15th October at 1pm

For the first time in print, this is the extraordinary personal story of the Scottish woman who became a global superstar overnight. In her own words, Susan tells the story of her life and the challenges she has struggled to overcome with faith, fortitude and an unfailing sense of humour.

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Jilly Cooper launch of JUMP! at The Household Cavalry Museum
by Elizabeth on Sep 23, 2010 at 2:00 pm
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As JUMP! stormed to the top of the bestseller list after only three days on sale, horse shoes and heels made their way across the cobbles of The Household Cavalry Museum to celebrate the publication of the fabulous new novel by Jilly Cooper. Guests of the party included Paul O’Grady and Nina Myskow as well as Radom House CEO Gail Rebuck and Amanda Ross, recently rated as the most influential person in British publishing. Jilly enjoyed some extra protection throughout the evening in the form of the Queen’s Life Guards, dressed to impress in their full regalia.

After thirty-nine books including nine novels, Jilly Cooper has become an integral part of the fabric of Transworld and Larry Finlay, Transworld MD, commented that “every year, at least one publisher proclaims they are publishing ‘the new Jilly Cooper’. But there is only one, and Transworld have her.”

JUMP! is published in hardback by Bantam Press. For more information, visit Jilly’s fabulous new website www.jillycooper.co.uk

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As bestselling author and historian James Holland hits or TV screens for the BBC2 documentary Battle of Britain: The Real Story, between-the-lines asked James to tell us 5 things we didn’t know about the Battle of Britain…

1. During the Battle of Britain, RAF Bomber Command hit targets inside Germany and Luftwaffe airfields in Northern France every single day

2. The main German fighter plane, the Messerschmitt 109E, had a faster rate of climb, greater acceleration, and faster dive than a Spitfire Mk I and had 55 seconds worth of ammunition compared with just 4.7 seconds in the Spitfire and Hurricane

3. The only day during the Battle of Britain in which RAF Fighter Command lost more aircraft than the Luftwaffe was 31st August 1940. Fighter Command lost 41 aircraft and the Luftwaffe 39

4. Although Britain’s radar chain was key to her defence, Goering called off any further attacks on them on 14th August 1940, just one day after Eagle Day, the launch of his all-out air offensive against Britain.

5. RAF Bomber Command deliberately bombed Berlin before the Luftwaffe bombed London. They struck on the night of 25/26 August, then again three nights later. The Luftwaffe retaliated on Saturday, 7 September, and continued bombing London and other British cities until May 1941.

James Holland was born in Salisbury, Wiltshire, and studied history at Durham University. A member of the British Commission for Military History and the Guild of Battlefield Guides, he also regularly contributes reviews and articles in national newspapers and magazines.

His many interviews with veterans of the Second World War are available at the Imperial War Museum and are also archived on www.secondworldwarforum.com

To read an extract from Battle of Britain, please click here – happy reading!

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SJ Bolton’s Blood Harvest is one of four crime and thriller novels taking part in this year’s Book Video Awards.

Blood Harvest by SJ Bolton

You can watch the trailer below, then visit the Foyles website to watch the rest of the video trailers, which were produced by aspiring young film makers from the National Film & Television School, and vote for your favourite. Voting closes on 15th October.

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JUMP! by Jilly Cooper
by Kate on Sep 16, 2010 at 5:25 pm
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Jilly Cooper’s long-awaited new novel, JUMP! hits the shelves today and to celebrate we’ve launched a fabulous, fully revamped Jilly Cooper website.So what are you waiting for? Visit www.jillycooper.co.uk to read what Jilly’s been up to lately, watch videos, look at pictures and more!

Jilly has also recorded some fabulous videos to give readers a taste of what they can expect from JUMP! Here’s the first one for your viewing pleasure – happy watching!

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Battle of Britain: The Real Story
by Kate on Sep 16, 2010 at 5:23 pm
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Battle of Britain: The Real Story – tune in tonight to watch the documentary by our bestselling WW2 author…

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HAPPY PUBLICATION DAY!
by Elizabeth on Sep 16, 2010 at 12:53 pm
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HAPPY PUBLICATION DAY TO CATHERINE RYAN HYDE!

The fabulous Second Hand Heart by Catherine Ryan Hyde is published in paperback today. To read more about Second Hand Heart, click here and to be in with a chance of winning one of ten signed copies, click here.

Catherine Ryan Hyde is the author of several highly acclaimed novels including the award winning Pay It Forward, and the Richard & Judy bestseller Love in the Present Tense. She lives in Cambria, California. Follow Catherine on Twitter @cryanhyde

FIVE THINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT CATHERINE RYAN HYDE:

1. Among her fans and readers, Catherine counts an ashram of Hindu monks in Rishikesh, India. She first received an email from the assistant of His Holiness Sri Swami Chidananda Saraswati Maharaj in early 2005, regarding a donation to the Pay It Forward Foundation. “Blessed immortal Atman!” it began. Though she feels guilty admitting it now, she half expected to be asked to give out the Foundation’s bank account number. In December of the same year, Catherine traveled to Rishikesh to meet His Holiness.

2. Though often loathe to admit it, Catherine has a fondness for old television shows. She owns the entire “I Love Lucy” series on DVD, as well as “Fawlty Towers,” and has taken to re-watching “Monty Python’s Flying Circus” on Netflix. Meanwhile modern broadcast television has lost its charm. When her (fairly new) TV set broke recently, she threw it away instead of repairing it, deciding that the few things worth watching can be seen on the computer.

3. In 2006, Catherine took up the craft of candlemaking, thinking she would then never be without gifts for friends. This backfired, though, as the friends almost invariably pronounced the candles “too nice to burn.” Within just a couple of years, all of Catherine’s friends had more homemade candles than they could use, so now Catherine is still at a loss for gifts.

4. Catherine worked for years as a professional baker and pastry chef. She has since developed an allergy to (among many other things) wheat, and can’t enjoy any food in that category.

5. Catherine is still actively searching for the son of the long-deceased high school English teacher, Lenny Horowitz, who inspired her to be a writer. She even enlisted the help of a private investigator friend, to no avail (so far). If she ever finds him (Lenny’s son, that is) she wants to give him a copy of a book she dedicated to his father, and a couple of essays she wrote on the subject. It’s a cold trail, but she never completely gives up.

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On Monday night Transworld launched General Sir Richard Dannatt’s newsmaking autobiography, Leading from the Front, in the very appropriate setting of The National Army Museum. General Dannatt was joined by former army colleagues, journalists, friends and family and signed books throughout the evening, selling almost 200 copies.

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I Shall Wear Midnight Book Launch
by Lynsey on Sep 11, 2010 at 7:41 am
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Upset you missed the midnight launch of Terry Pratchett’s new book I Shall Wear Midnight? Well fear not, the wonderful people at Yada Yada were there to capture it all on film! Check out the footage below.

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