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The Transworld Book Group Reading Challenge!
by Lynsey on Jul 27, 2011 at 5:27 pm
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Back by popular demand we have reinstated the Transworld Book Group Reading Challenge! With a new set of completely fabulous titles. Do you love to review books? Do you post reviews on Amazon? Are you an avid blogger? If you answered yes to any of these questions then the Transworld Book Group Reading Challenge is for you! Read the rest of this entry »

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Tess Gerritsen sells out Norwich!
by Kate on Jul 27, 2011 at 11:54 am
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Tess Gerritsen gave a talk about her new novel,The Silent Girl, to a sold-out Norwich & Norfolk Millennium Library last night. The excited 130-strong crowd listened intently as Tess discussed her most personal book to date – from experiences of her own ‘Tiger Parents’, to gravity-free experiments on pigs!

This leg of the trip also saw us stay at one of the most bizarre, yet beautiful, hotels so far. ‘By Appointment’ in Norwich’s ‘Tombland’ describes itself as a ‘Restaurant with rooms’ and is a maze of winding hallways, oil paintings and scattered antique trinkets adorning almost every surface. Certainly a unique and quirky place indeed!

Tess Gerritsen speaking to a packed crowd in Norwich
Tess Gerritsen speaking to a packed crowd in Norwich

Antique trinkets on display at ‘By Appointment’ in Norwich
Antique trinkets on display at ‘By Appointment’ in Norwich

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The sun was out this weekend at the 9th annual Theakstons Old Peculiar Crime Writing Festival in Harrogate. Transworld authors were out in force with Lee Child, Tess Gerritsen, SJ Watson, Belinda Bauer, SJ Bolton, Simon Kernick and Henry Sutton all in attendance. All shone during a jam packed weekend, not only in their incredibly entertaining panels and events, which saw packed audiences and hour long signings, but also in a host of exciting award wins and nominations. In a moving speech, Lee Child thanked his editor Marianne Velmans, whom the novel 61 Hours is dedicated to, for being his biggest champion.

The following awards were announced over the course of the weekend:

THEAKSTONS OLD PECULIER CRIME NOVEL OF THE YEAR

WINNER!
61 Hours – Lee Child

CWA DAGGER IN THE LIBRARY (awarded for a body of work)

WINNER!
Mo Hayder

CWA DAGGER LONGLISTS (SHORTLISTS ANNOUNCED 19TH AUGUST)

(Best Crime Novel of the Year) CWA Gold Dagger
Longlisted
Hanging Hill – Mo Hayder

(Best Thriller of the Year) CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger
Longlisted
Before I Go To Sleep – S J Watson
The Cobra – Frederick Forsyth

(Best New Author of the Year) CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger
Longlisted
Before I Go To Sleep – S J Watson

And not forgetting that S. J. Bolton had also been shortlisted for both the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year, and the CWA Dagger in the Library.

Many congratulations to all authors, and you can find further information on the CWA awards here: http://www.thecwa.co.uk/daggers/2011/index.html

And on Lee Child’s Theakstons win: http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2011/jul/22/lee-child-crime-novel-award-theakstons

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Most Wanted… at Harrogate!
by Lynsey on Jul 25, 2011 at 3:56 pm
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Tess Gerritsen travels on to Lincoln
by Kate on Jul 22, 2011 at 4:23 pm
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Today, Tess Gerritsen spoke to an excited group of fans at Waterstone’s Bookshop in the picturesque city of Lincoln.

Having arrived an hour early for Tess’ lunchtime event at Waterstone’s in Lincoln, we rather optimistically decided to tackle ‘Steep Hill’ (the road’s actual name) and catch a quick peak of the famous cathedral, and the castle that houses the Magna Carta.
Tess’ new novel, The Silent Girl, sees Rizzoli & Isles investigate the chilling murder of a young woman on a China Town rooftop, and is laced with Chinese folklore and seemingly supernatural occurrences that Tess herself grew up hearing about from her own mother and family. Tess says:

“I once asked my mom, ‘How come I never see any ghosts?’ to which she would reply: ‘Because you live in America, and it is too young a country. Give it another 2000 years and maybe then there’ll be lots of ghosts like in China.’”

Tess also talked about her TV show, Rizzoli & Isles, which airs on Alibi Channel in the UK this September.

Next stop for Tess Gerritsen: Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Festival, Harrogate!

Tess Gerritsen by Lincoln Cathedral

Tess Gerritsen signing copies of The Silent Girl at Waterstone’s Lincoln

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Lee Child wins Crime Novel of the Year
by Elizabeth on Jul 22, 2011 at 11:02 am
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Lee Child has been presented with the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year for his Jack Reacher thriller 61 Hours.  The award, now in its seventh year, was created to celebrate the very best in crime writing and is open to British and Irish authors.

Lee received his award yesterday evening on the opening night of the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival in Harrogate.

For more information, please click here

http://www.jackreacher.co.uk/ 

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The summer evening sun came out at last night for Tess Gerritsen‘s event at Waterstone’s Nottingham, again shared with bestselling debut writer SJ Watson.

Tess talked about her planning for a new book: “What scares me most? What premise could I conjure up which would really creep me out?”. Tantalising the assembled fans with chilling stories, some based on extraordinary real life situations, Tess said that the essence of true entertainment is the ability to terrify the audience.

This time, her new book The Silent Girl is based on Tess’s own Chinese roots and legends from Chinese history. Weaving traditional stories, a modern day serial killer based in Bostonian Chinatown and a flash of martial arts, the novel is already a New York Times bestseller.

Gerritsen’s characters Rizzoli and Isles are now appearing in a rating winning TV series in the US, which will pilot here on the UK in September via Alibi, the UKTV strand. The first episode is inspired by Tess’s book The Apprentice.

Discussing genre and categorisation, both Tess and Steve said they read widely, especially crime and thriller. However, while Tess is comfortable with her crime/thriller tagging, Steve really doesn’t think of himself as any particular genre writer… yet!

Something that these authors have in common is that they both recognised that they were writers aged about 7 or 8, a discovery shared by many of the most successful contemporary authors.

Tess Gerritsen and SJ Watson at Waterstone’s Nottingham

Both SJ Watson’s debut novel Before I Go To Sleep and Tess Gerritsen’s latest thriller The Silent Girl are now available in all good bookshops.

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Celebrating publication, their New York Times bestseller placings and being on UK book tour – thriller writers Tess Gerritsen and SJ Watson appeared together for the first time at Bolton library. Discussions about inspiration, plot, characterisation, that crucial agent/author relationship – and the vital role an editor plays in giving new perspectives and nurturing the novel captivated the gathered audience who packed out the library lecture theatre.

Both authors’ fathers once told them, “writing isn’t a way to earn a living” – fortunately, those predictions proved wrong. International success has long been enjoyed by Tess’s novels. SJ Watson’s debut, which has featured both on the Sunday Times and New York Times top ten and is selling massively in France, is well on his way already to experiencing worldwide literary success.

SJ Watson and Tess Gerritsen on stage at Bolton Library

Tess Gerritsen and S J Watson on stage at Bolton Library

To order your copy of Tess Gerritsen’s latest chiller thriller The Silent Girl click here

Or, to get your hands on a copy of Before I Go To Sleep by S J Watson visit rbooks

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Mistress of My Fate launched at The Phillip Mould Gallery
by Elizabeth on Jul 20, 2011 at 3:02 pm
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On Monday night Hallie Rubenhold celebrated the launch of her new novel Mistress of My Fate: The Confessions of Henrietta Lightfoot. The launch was held at the Phillip Mould’s Gallery in Mayfair, home to a collection of Old Master and British paintings providing the perfect backdrop for the celebration of Hallie’s historical fiction novel set in eighteenth-century England.

The event was well attended by authors, journalists, publishers as well as Hallie’s family and friends.

Mistress of My Fate: The Confessions of Henrietta Lightfoot is the first in a series of novels Hallie will be writing for Transworld Publishers.

http://hallierubenhold.com/

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This week Black Swan published the paperback edition of Priya Basil’s novel The Obscure Logic of the Heart.

Appearing the in the Finacial Times this weekend, reviewer James Urqhart describes the novel as:

‘A rich saga of tangled relationships and strained loyalties… Subtly played out; passionate and intelligent in scope’
Read the full interview from the FT by clicking here

In a bustling London café, Anil, now a famous architect, sits waiting for Lina. It is years since he last laid eyes on her, the love of his life. Lina is running for the train – punctuality has never been her strength. After all this time she cannot be late to meet Anil.

Together, they think back to tragedies both personal and political, betrayals large and small. A past played out across three continents that house their rival worlds: Sikh and Muslim, wealthy and modest, liberal and orthodox, corrupt and moral….

Lina has one more revelation that must be shared with Anil. Might it unite them once and for all, or has it come too late?
An epic Romeo and Juliet for the 21st century.

The Obscure Logic of the Heart by Priya Basil

The Obscure Logic of the Heart is a contemporary love story two people whose wish to be together is complicated by religious differences, family pressures and social issues. The private drama is played out against a backdrop of political turmoil that forces the characters to question what matters most.

To get your hands on a copy of The Obscure Logic of the Heart click here

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