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One Transworld author who rarely backs down is the candid and straight-talking Andy McNab.

In his controversial interview with The Telegraph, which has sparked much heated debate, McNab criticises Jimmy McGovern, the 61-year old writer of Accused, a new BBC drama following those accused of crimes awaiting the verdict of their trial.  McNab vehemently maintains that the drama is not a realistic portrayal of Army life and ‘simply does not reflect the truth of what the Army is about’.

Why not have your say?  Click here to read the article in full.

Andy McNab’s latest novel Zero Hour is out now in hardback – click here to read an extract and for more information about the author.


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Transworld author Nigel Farndale launches his new website
by Elizabeth on Nov 26, 2010 at 11:53 am
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Nigel Farndale, author of The Blasphemer and recently shortlisted for the prestigious 2010 Costa Book Awards, launches his brand new website today –

Click here to read interviews with the author and to find out about Nigel’s novels, his journalism and much more.

The Blasphemer is published in paperback by Black Sawn on the 6th January 2011 


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Congratulations to…
by Kate on Nov 25, 2010 at 5:26 pm
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Tommy Sweenie

for winning the exclusive set of signed Mo Hayder paperbacks. But as a thank you to everyone else who commented we’re sending you all a copy of Gone. We’ll be in touch shortly for your addresses.

Gone is available in all good bookshops today and if you haven’t already read any of Mo’s chilling crime novels visit her website for more information or become a fan on facebook!

Buy your copy here


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5 Things you didn’t know about Lee Carroll!
by Lynsey on Nov 25, 2010 at 12:35 pm
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Today we are celebrating the publication of a brilliant, new, urban fantasy novel – Black Swan Rising by the talented writing team of Lee Carroll.

Lee Carroll is a pseudonym for the writing partnership of award–winning novelist Carol Goodman and her poet husband, Lee Slonimsky. They live in Long Island, New York.

Lee Carroll took the time out this Thanksgiving to send over five unusual things you didnt know about Lee Slonimsky and Carol Goodman

1. November 25 is a Lee Carroll birthday. (Happy Birthday Lee Carroll!!)

2. Lee Carroll’s aunt was a burlesque dancer in New York City in the 1920s.

3. Lee Carroll met each other in a mystery writing class for adults at Hofstra University, Long Island, New York, one being the teacher and the other the student.

4. Lee Carroll has worked variously as a mailman, voter registration drive manager, NYC taxi cab driver, editorial assistant, junior high school Latin teacher, college lecturer in English, and hedge fund manager.

5. Lee Carroll has lived in NYC or its close suburbs a grand total of 98 years, accounting for the presence of less than well known NYC backgrounds in Black Swan Rising.

Black Swan Rising by Lee Carroll goes on sale today grab your copy HERE!

Black Swan Rising by Lee Carroll

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Sophie Kinsella Christmas Tour kicks off!
by Elizabeth on Nov 24, 2010 at 2:37 pm
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The long awaited Sophie Kinsella Christmas tour began yesterday with a visit to Ross-On-Wye in Herefordshire.




For more information on Sophie Kinsella and her novels, visit her facebook site here or click here to read about exciting news in women’s literature.  To read an extract from Mini Shopaholic click here.

Mini Shopaholic is published by Bantam Press and is currently available to buy in hardback.

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Exclusive Mo Hayder prizes
by Kate on Nov 18, 2010 at 6:02 pm
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The queen of crime is back! Gone, will be published in paperback next week and to celebrate that we’ve got a very exclusive prize to giveaway. To be in with a chance to win a signed copy of Pig Island, Skin and The Devil of Nanking (previously called Tokyo), let us know your favourite Mo Hayder book by commenting on this blog post and we’ll pick the one lucky winner when Gone is published on Thursday 25th November. We may also have some copies of Gone for a couple of runners up!

 For more infromation on Gone visit Mo’s
or click here for her facebook page

And for a frightening glimpse into the story watch this trailer:


For information on all our other great crime and thriller writers visit The Serial Thrillers facebook page

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Transworld title shortlisted for 2010 Costa Novel Award
by Elizabeth on Nov 17, 2010 at 11:29 am
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Transworld Publishers are delighted to share that Nigel Farndale has been shortlisted in the 2010 Costa Novel Award. The news that The Blasphemer was to be on the 2010 Costa Book Awards shortlists was announced on BBC Radio 4′s Front Row programme last night.

There are four authors shortlisted in each of the five categories: novel, first novel, biography, children’s and poetry. Category winners will be announced on the 5th January and the final winner will be revealed on the 25th January

For more information about the author and to read an extract from The Blasphemer, click here

The Blasphemer is due to be published in paperback by Black Swan on 20th January 2011.

Critical Acclaim for The Blasphemer:

‘A great achievement…To take on the First World War as so very many have done and make it fresh is remarkable’ – Melvyn Bragg

‘Does suspense exceptionally well, and it’s a book that won’t leave your fingernails intact…a terrifically exciting and thought-provoking must-read’ – Daily Mail

‘This perfectly constructed drama explores the moralities around unconditional love and self-preservation. And it also weaves an intricate story of redemption starting in the trenches at Passchendaele and continuing till Britain’s current terror threat…storytelling at its best’ – News of the World

‘A fine novel; strange and unforgettable’ – The Times

‘Ignites with an energy that should ensure short-listing in the next Man Booker Prize….Farndale’s evocation of trench warfare surpasses Sebastian Faulks’s Birdsong…Of the book’s many accomplishments perhaps the strongest is the writing itself. Exquisite and luminous…Farndale gives a master class in the power of literature to illuminate the physical world and the human soul.’ – The Australian

‘Love, cowardice and redemption are the themes that stalk Farndale’s beautifully intelligent tale’ – The Daily Mirror

‘Beautiful…Farndale’s elegant prose, his storytelling ability and the wise tolerance with which he views…his characters lend his exhilarating novel a tenderly redemptive afterimage’ – The Sunday Telegraph

‘Love, terrorism, plane crashes, Passchendaele, religious visions… The highest compliment one can pay Farndale… is that the material is so well marshalled that the narrative unfurls without strain….beautifully done’ – The Mail on Sunday

‘A constantly engaging and witty novel from a tremendously clever writer’ – The Telegraph

‘Plausibly drawn….strong central characters, interesting subplots and well-sketched minor characters’ – TLS

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Transworld Publishers are delighted to announce the exciting acquisition of the pioneering work of Dr Stanley Blum, as documented by Dr Steven Schlozman, to be published 14th April 2011.

It seems that renowned zombie expert Dr Stanley Blum kept a detailed record of the vital work that he and his crack medical team conducted in their desperate bid to find a cure for the epidemic that is devastating the world. Now released by the UN and WHO, this important book, called The Zombie Autopsies, reproduces Blum’s notes in full, complete with his detailed diagrams and illustrations of the anatomy of these horrifying creatures. While it doesn’t make comfortable reading, it is a vivid and compelling record of medicine’s race-against-time to find an answer, a cure, to the horror that is the zombie plague…

Acquired by Editorial Director Simon Taylor, he had this to say; ‘Dr Blum’s extraordinary, disturbing notebook could hold the secret as to how we, humankind, might survive the zombie apocalypse.
From what little we know, it seems Blum and his medical team made the ultimate, awful sacrifice. Now it’s up to us to ensure that this wasn’t in vain. His personal record of the work he carried out on the living dead is being made widely available for the first time. While reading it might require a strong stomach, it is vital we take note

Dr Steven Schlozman is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He is one of the world’s few scientific experts on zombies, and lectures on the subject for the National Academy of Sciences. He was last seen in Boston, Massachusetts.

Author of Fight Club, Chuck Palahniuk said ‘Dr Steve’s Zombie Autopsies will charm and excite a new generation into loving science.’

The Zombie Autopsies: Secret Notebooks from the Apocalypse by Dr Steven Schlozman will be published in hardback by Bantam Press on the 14th April 2011.

 Illustration of infected hand taken from The Zombie Autopsies by Steven C. Schlozman, MD

Illustration taken from The Zombie Autopsies by Steven C. Schlozman, MD

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On returning home to Scotland Susan Boyle was greeted with a warm welcome from her fans on Tuesday 9th November as she spent an hour signing copies of her book The Woman I Was Born To Be at Waterstone’s West End in Edinburgh. People can from as far as Switzerland, US and Japan to see Susan but before she could chat to her fans she was met by a gang of TV crews and paparazzi. Susan was delighted to see such a great crowd and made sure everyone’s book was signed.




See below for a video of Susan on the day

Order your copy here

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Case Histories by Kate Atkinson hyas been shortlisted for the Cambridge County Council and Libraries ‘Book of the Decade’ and you can help it win!

Case Histories is the first of Kate Atkinson’s Jackson Brodie novels and is set in Cambridge. Surrounded by death, intrigue and misfortune, his own life haunted by a family tragedy, Jackson attempts to unravel three disparate case histories and begins to realise that in spite of apparent diversity, everything is connected.

Case Histories is also to be adapted for our TV screens airing in 2011 on the BBC with Jason Isaacs playing the popular private detective Jackson Brodie.

“It’s the sort of novel you have to start rereading the minute you’ve finished it” – Guardian
“Brilliantly playful, witty and original “- The Scotsman
“This is storytelling that satisfies at every level” – Marie Claire

See below for details on how you can vote for any of the shortlisted titles or visit the website


If you haven’t read it yet, order your copy of Case Histories and the rest of the Jackson Brodie series by clicking here

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