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Niamh O’Connor and Tony Griffin have been shortlisted for this year’s Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards.

Niamh O’Connor has been shortlisted in the Best Newcomer of the Year category for her debut novel, If I Never See You Again.

As one of Ireland’s top crime journalists, Niamh has exclusive access to some of the country’s most terrifying criminals. A reporter for Ireland’s biggest selling Sunday newspaper, Niamh knows first-hand the world she’s writing about and which she’s drawn upon in her first novel, which Tess Gerritsen has described as ‘gripping, terrifying and memorable.’

Screaming at the Sky, the critically-acclaimed autobiography of Clare hurler and charity activist Tony Griffin, has been shortlisted for the Energise Sport Irish Sports Book of the Year Award.

Tony Griffin is a champion sportsman at the highest level, playing one of the world’s fastest, most challenging sports – hurling. At the peak of his career and to the dismay of many, Griffin took a year out of the game and set himself an almost impossible challenge – to cycle across the second largest landmass on earth, Canada, and raise €1 million for cancer charities in memory of his late father.

In this beautifully written autobiography, Tony Griffin reveals the origins of his remarkable drive and determination. It is, in the words of marathon world-record holder Paula Radcliffe, ‘An extremely inspirational, moving and motivational read. Tony passionately shows how sport can bring all of us such strength, power and belief in times of dire need.’

The Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards were established in 2006 with the aim of promoting and celebrating excellence in Irish writing. Winners will be announced at a gala awards ceremony at Dublin’s Mansion House on 25 November.

Cast your vote for each award at www.irishbookawards.ie/PublicVote.aspx

If I Never See You Again by Niamh O’Connor
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Screaming at the Sky by Tony Griffin
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Four titles published by Transworld have been shortlisted across three different categories for the inaugural Galaxy National Book Awards.

Started Early, Took My Dog by Kate Atkinson is shortlisted for UK Author of the Year, Worth Dying For by Lee Child and Jump! by Jilly Cooper for Popular Fiction Book of the Year and At Home by Bill Bryson Non-Fiction Book of the Year.

Category winners will be revealed at a star-studded awards ceremony, produced by Cactus TV, on November 10th. The public will subsequently be invited to vote online for the Galaxy Book of the Year and the final result will be announced on December 13th. The awards ceremony will be televised on More4 on November 13th

Started Early Took My Dog by Kate Atkinson
(Shortlisted for UK Author of the Year)

The fourth novel featuring Jackson Brodie from the No. 1 bestselling author of When Will There Be Good News?, winner of the Richard & Judy Best Read of the Year.

A day like any other for security chief Tracy Waterhouse, until she makes a purchase she hadn’t bargained for. 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.
To read more about Started Early Took My Dog click here.

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Worth Dying For by Lee Child
(Shortlisted for Popular Fiction Book of the Year)

To follow the cliffhanger ending of 61 Hours, the second new thriller for 2010 by No. 1 bestseller Lee Child.

61 Hours ended with maverick loner Jack Reacher trapped in a desperate situation from which escape seemed impossible. Even for him. But Reacher has done the impossible before. Now there’s deadly trouble in the wilds of Nebraska…and Reacher walks right into it. First he falls foul of the Duncans, a local clan that has terrified an entire county into submission. But it’s the unsolved case of a missing eight-year-old girl, already decades-old, that Reacher can’t let go.
To read more about Worth Dying For click here.

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Jump! by Jilly Cooper
(Shortlisted for Popular Fiction Book of the Year)

Jilly Cooper returns to horses in a fabulously entertaining romp through the world of jump racing.

Etta Bancroft – sweet, kind, still beautiful – adores racing and harbours a crush on one of its stars, the handsome, high-handed owner-trainer Rupert Campbell-Black. When her bullying husband dies, Etta’s selfish, ambitious children drag her from her lovely Dorset home to live in a hideous modern bungalow in the Cotswold village of Willowwood. Etta’s life changes when, in the snow in nearby woods, she finds a horribly mutilated filly, which she names Mrs Wilkinson and nurses back to health.
To read more about JUMP! click here.

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At Home by Bill Bryson
(Shortlisted for Non-Fiction Book of the Year)

In At Home, Bill Bryson applies the same irrepressible curiosity, irresistible wit, stylish prose and masterful storytelling that made A Short History of Nearly Everything one of the most lauded books of the last decade, and delivers one of the most entertaining and illuminating books ever written about the history of the way we live.
To read more about At Home click here.

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The Grand Design
On Wednesday 20th October, thousands of students, scientists and science fans flocked to the Royal Albert Hall to see bestselling author and eminent scientist Professor Stephen Hawking take the stage. After an introduction by physicist Jim Al-Khalli, Stephen Hawking gave us a glimpse into his childhood by speaking about his parents, the houses he’s lived in and his time at Oxford and Cambridge. He went on to explain how certain theories and specific colleagues have shaped his work motivating him to write his latest book The Grand Design. In this rare, public lecture and in partnership with the Times a select few Eureka supplement readers had their questions answered by Stephen on stage ranging from the shape of black holes to whether we’ll ever understand all there is to know about physics (to which he replied “I hope not, I’d be out of a job”).

Stephen Hawking on stage with physicist Jim Al-Khalili
Stephen Hawking on stage with Jim Al-Khalli
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Stephen Hawking backstage at the Royal Albert Hall with editor Sally Gaminara

To oder your copy of The Grand Design click here

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5 Things you didn’t know about Jilly Cooper
by Elizabeth on Oct 20, 2010 at 11:01 am
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JILLY COOPER’S latest novel JUMP! was published in hardback last month and shot straight to the top of The Sunday Times bestseller list.

JUMP! is about a grandmother, Etta, who, having moved to a Cotswold village, finds escape from her demanding family by rescuing an abandoned and abused filly. Having nursed her back to health, Etta discovers the filly is a seriously good race horse and forms a syndicate with other village characters to put her into training.

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We asked the glamorous Jilly Cooper to reveal five things to our dedicated between-the-lines readers and here is what we found out…

Five Things you didn’t know about Jilly Cooper:

1. Her great great grandfather founded The Leeds Mercury (which eventually merged with the Yorkshire Post)

2. Her writing career began in 1956 when she got a job as a reporter on the Middlesex Independent. She then moved to public relations and was sacked from 22 jobs before ending up in book publishing!

3. Together with Leo Cooper, Jilly has two children, four grandchildren, as well as a rescued cat, Feral, and a rescued greyhound, Feather. They live in an old house in the Cotswolds.

4. Jilly Cooper’s books have sold over 11 million copies in the UK alone.

5. Jilly’s books have been translated into Dutch, French, Italian, Spanish, German, Greek, Japanese, Norwegian, Swedish, Polish, Russian, Finnish, Hungarian and Lithuanian as well as being published in The United States.

Click here to explore Jilly’s amazing new webpage where you can watch videos from Jilly, read all about her bestsellers and scroll through her private collection of photographs.

To read an extract from JUMP! click here.

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Celebrity endorsements for Amanda Brunker
by Kate on Oct 19, 2010 at 6:00 pm
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Move over Katie Price – there’s a new glamorous celebrity author in town!9781848270503.jpg

Champagne Babes is the raunchy page-turner from the gorgeous Amanda Brunker, Ireland’s no.1 bestselling author. Champagne Babes has already had some brilliant endorsements from Amanda’s fabulous celebrity friends.

 

‘Sexy, sassy, raw’ -Bono, U2

 

‘Who better to write lust than Amanda Brunker?’ -Louis Walsh

 

‘Having a night in with my Amanda Brunker ‘s new novel tonight :)Una Healy, The Saturdays (on Twitter)

 

 ’A great read. Amanda has a lovely style of writing’ – Jilly Cooper

 

‘I’m not taking Wagner to bed – but I want to snuggle up to Champagne Babes as soon as I get home!’ X Factor favourite Mary Byrne

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Louis Walsh and Amanda Brunker with Champagne Babes

Una Healy loves Champagne Babes!

Jilly Cooper and Amanda Brunker with their books Jump! and Champagne Babes

 

Mary and Amanda

 

Champagne Babes is released in paperback on 14th October.

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Calling all book bloggers!
by Jonny on Oct 18, 2010 at 3:20 pm
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To celebrate the CWA Gold Dagger (Best Crime Novel of 2010) winning Blacklands by Belinda Bauer we are giving you the chance to review it. What’s more, if you review Blacklands before January 2011, you’ll get to claim your free proof copy of Belinda’s new novel, DARKSIDE, published in January and signed by the author! Just click here to find out how…

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Susan Boyle a crowd-pleaser at Waterstone’s Piccadilly
by Jonny on Oct 18, 2010 at 12:40 pm
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On Saturday16th October, red and purple scarf-donning fans of Susan Boyle queued excitedly outside Waterstone’s Piccadilly, braving the bitter morning cold – and in some cases enduring the entire night before – to have a chance of meeting their heroine and picking up a copy of her brand new autobiography, The Woman I Was Born to Be.

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Lucky Lucys!

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HAPPY PUBLICATION DAY LIZA MARKLUND!
by Elizabeth on Oct 14, 2010 at 12:13 pm
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Today is the UK launch of the new bestseller by the Thriller Queen who gets all other crime writers excited.

To celebrate the publication of the gripping Red Wolf, here are five things you didn’t know about Liza Marklund:

1. Liza once walked from Tel Aviv to London. It took all of one summer, but she made it.

2. Liza is allergic to Tigers (and found this out when working in an Italian circus)

3. Liza used to live in Hollywood (not because she wanted to be a film star, but because that was were her first husband was from)

4. Liza got married in Leningrad in 1986. She married a Russian computer programmer to help him get out of the Soviet Union. The sham marriage worked; he was able to escape, taking his brother and parents with him. Today the whole family is living and working in the USA.

5. Liza’s top five favourite holiday destinations are: North Korea, Masai Mara (Kenya), Rarotonga (the main island in Cook archipelago in the South Pacific), Los Angeles and Andalucía in southern Spain.

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Liza Marklund is an author, publishers, journalist, columnist, and goodwill ambassador for UNICEF. Her crime novels featuring the relentless reporter Annika Bengtzon instantly became an international hit, and Marklund’s books have sold 12 million copies in 30 languages to date.

But it isn’t just Transworld that love Liza, listen to what her fans have to say too:

‘Pick up a Liza Marklund book, read it until dawn, wait until the stores open, buy another one’
  – James Patterson
‘Dynamic plots with suspense throughout’
  – Kathy Reichs
‘Twists and turns you never see coming…I am but one of a steadily growing group of loyal fans’
  – Karin Slaughter
‘Edge-of-your-seat suspense’
  – Harlan Coben
‘One of the most popular crime writers of our time’
  – Patricia Cornwell
‘An astonishing talent’
  – Jeffrey Deaver
‘Intelligent and gripping’
  – James Patterson

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RED WOLF is published in paperback by Corgi today.

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HAPPY PUBLICATION DAY DERREN BROWN!
by Elizabeth on Oct 14, 2010 at 8:00 am
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The brilliant and hilarious Confessions of a Conjuror is published today!

To read more about Derren and his fabulous new book, click here.
Follow Derren on Twitter @DerrenBrown

http://derrenbrown.co.uk/

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The UK’s best loved illusionist hits our bookshops once more!

Confessions of a Conjuror takes us on a journey to the centre of Derren’s brain, a strange and mysterious place. Find out just how Derren’s mind works, see what motivates him and discover what made him the weird and wonderful person he is today.

Obsessed with magic and illusions since childhood, Derren’s life to date has been an extraordinary journey. Taking as his starting point the various stages of a conjuring trick he’s performing in a crowded restaurant, Derren’s endlessly engaging narrative wanders through subjects from all points of the compass, from the history of magic and the fundamentals of psychology to the joys of internet shopping and the proper use of Parmesan cheese.

Brilliant, hilarious and entirely unlike anything else you have ever read before, Confessions of a Conjuror is also a complete and utter joy.

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