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WIN TICKETS to have coffee with Jack Sheffield!
by Lynsey on Sep 29, 2011 at 2:25 pm
Categories: Competitions , Features

The wonderfully witty and heartwarming Yorkshireman Jack Sheffield, author of the Teacher Series will be appearing at The Guildford Book Festival on Monday 17th October.

Join Jack at 10:30am for coffee and his hilarious tales of headmastering a primary school in Yorkshire in the 1970′s at the Electric Theatre in Guildford.

Between the Lines has five sets of two tickets to give away with a copy of Jack’s first book Teacher, Teacher!  If you’re free on the 17th October and would like to meet the friendliest author in town, get your book signed, learn how Jack became a published author and have a thoroughly enjoyable morning simply comment on this post below with the answer to the following question:

Q. Jack Sheffield is the author of which series of books? 

Winners will be announced on the 7th October. Good Luck!

Teacher, Teacher! Mister Teacher Dear Teacher Village Teacher Please Sir!

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Book 2: Black Swan Rising
by Lynsey on Sep 29, 2011 at 1:02 pm
Categories: Features

Transworld Book GroupBook 2: BLACK SWAN RISING by Lee Carroll

Black Swan Rising was one of only two fantasy books in the fifteen challenge choices. Writing duo LEE CARROLL is a pseudonym for the writing partnership of award–winning novelist Carol Goodman and her poet husband, Lee Slonimsky. They live on the north shore of Long Island, New York.

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New York jeweller Garet James has her fair share of problems: money, an elderly father, a struggling business. One day she comes across an antiques shop she’d never noticed before. The owner possesses an old silver box that’s been sealed shut. Would she help an old man and open it, perhaps? She does…and that night strange things begin to happen. It’s as if her world – our world – has shifted slightly, revealing another, parallel place that co-exists without our knowledge: the world of the Fey…

Garet learns that one of her ancestors was ‘the Watchtower’: an immortal chosen to stand guard over the human and the fey worlds – a role that she has, it seems, inherited from her mother. But the equilibrium between these two existences is under threat. The 16th-century magician and necromancer Dr John Dee has returned, the box has been opened and the demons of Despair and Discord released. In a race against time and impending apocalypse, it is Garet who must find Dee…and close the box.

What did you think? ‘Engaging writing…wonderful descriptions…well-drawn characters…there’s going to be a sequel and we can’t wait!’ – was the review in SFX magazine, did you agree?

Theresa said: ‘The story captures the imagination from the first paragraphs with fabulous characters and quick paced action. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and am eager to read the second one.’

Mel wrote: ‘There is a a great mix of history as well as old world charm that makes the book feel quite timeless. I loved the references to famous historical characters which gave Black Swan Rising a real sense of history.’

Rebekah was in two minds: ‘I do wish that they’d used more of the swan mythology that was vaguely present throughout the novel, and I hope that the next novel will develop the mythological aspect of the story a bit more’

Julie gave it 4 out of 5 stars and said: ‘Overall, I found it an entertaining read, I love the fairy tale aspects and will definitely look for the next in the series to see where it all goes.’

What did you think? Join the discussion on What Shall I Read on Facebook!

Next, Book 3: THE SECRETS BETWEEN US by Louise Douglas

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Robert Goddard at Totnes Bookshop
by Elizabeth on Sep 23, 2011 at 9:08 am
Categories: Crime/Thrillers

Totnes Bookshop hosted a meet and greet with bestselling author Robert Goddard yesterday lunchtime. Fans came to chat to the author and had their copies signed in the beautiful town of Totnes in Devon.

Transworld are currently reissuing Robert’s backlist with fabulous new jackets so do pop along to your local bookshop to check them out! For more information on Robert and his novels, go do his website

To read more about Crime at Transworld, go to The Serial Thrillers facebook page






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You Ask… ANDY McNAB!!
by Lynsey on Sep 22, 2011 at 3:01 pm

Andy McNabTransworld Books called out to readers and fans of Andy McNab on twitter to send in some questions for the SAS hero to answer. Andy McNab is currently touring the UK to promote his new book Dead Centre, published 15th September in hardback. Andy took time out between events to answer your questions.

1. Where do you do most of your writing?
Wherever I can get it done. Planes and trains are best, peace and quiet!

2. When was the last time you were in a war zone?
March this year, in Mogadishu.

3. Can we hope for another War Torn book?
Yes definitely, hopefully next year!

4. Who is the man on the covers of your books?!
The original one was George Clooney’s body double!

5. Why did you choose “Andy McNab” as your pseudonym?
It was short and sharp and there was symmetry on the two words. And it looks good on the covers! It was only for one book originally!

6. Where, apart from Iraq, was the coldest, wettest and hungriest you have been?
Norway on the yearly NATO northern flank exercises.

7. Why did you choose not to call your 2nd non-fiction book simply “The Regiment” instead of “Immediate Action”?
I wish I had now, good idea!

8. Nick Stone isn’t a spring chicken, will there be a point that he’s just too old for his game or will he be a kick arse pensioner?
He will be just like Mick jagger, keep on going forever!

9. Do you still genuinely enjoy watching Bollywood films?
Yes! Can’t get enough of them!!

10. Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
Just start writing stuff and ask your mates or girlfriend to read it and honestly give feedback? Once you’ve done that you need an agent to get it to the right publishers as they do not want unsolicited manuscripts. If that doesn’t work there are many online sites where you can publish yourself.

Dead Centre by Andy McNab

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Robert Goddard’s Blood Count tour
by Elizabeth on Sep 21, 2011 at 11:42 am
Categories: Events , Photo Galleries

Yesterday lunchtime, Robert Goddard visited The Bailey Hill Bookshop in Castle Cary, Somerset to talk about and sign copies of his new novel Blood Count, which is out now in paperback. The shop was filled with avid readers of Robert’s novels as well as a local book group who quizzed Robert about his writing techniques and his new releases for 2012.

Robert will speaking at the Wadebridge Bookshop tonight at 6pm and will be doing a meet and greet at Totnes Bookshop from 11am – 12pm tomorrow. For more information about Robert and his events, please visit The Serial Thrillers facebook page:  



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Tonight Tess Gerritsen’s hugely popular crime fighting duo are coming to our screens on Sky channel Alibi at 10pm.

Based on her best-selling novels, the Rizzoli & Isles series has become a massive hit in the sates and now has make its way onto UK channel Alibi.

Starring Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander, Rizzoli & Isles follows Boston detective Jane Rizzoli and medical examiner Maura Isles; a chalk-and-cheese partnership on the hunt for some of Boston’s most notorious murderers and figures in the criminal underworld.

Supported wholeheartedly by Tess herself you can join in the discussion through her tweets @TessGerritsen or on her facebook page.

The first episode covers Tess’s first books in the series The Apprentice and The Surgeon which’ll keep you firmly hooked to see what happens next.

Watch the gripping trailer for the first episode here:


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Booze for Free
by Kate on Sep 7, 2011 at 4:35 pm
Categories: Free Stuff

Join local author and forager


to launch his latest book
Booze for Free

on Thursday 8th September
at Blackwell
89 Park Street, Bristol BS1 5PW

All are invited
Come along to see a brilliant homebrewing demonstration from Andy
and have the chance to sample a tipple or two.

To see Andy in action watch the video below on how you can make a perfect pint of beer


For more infromation on Andy visit his website:
To pre-order your copy of Booze for Free click here

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Pieminister comes to Transworld
by Elizabeth on Sep 5, 2011 at 4:19 pm
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Last week, Jon Simon and Tristan Hogg, authors of the brilliant Pieminister cookbook A Pie for All Seasons, came into the offices to cook pies for everyone. Transworld employees were treated to a choice of four delicious Pieminister pies: the brilliant new Pietanic, veggie favourite Heidi, classic Shamrock and Chicken of Aragon and they went down a treat and we even learnt about how to make the perfect pastry from the authors themselves.

The Pieminister cookbook is a collection of brilliant and original recipes from the good old fashioned pies to new and exciting creations like the lucky ducky pie and the very naughty hedonist pie. Every season has corresponding recipes including veggie, meat and fish, fruit and a few low-calorie options too. This is a cook book not just for cold stormy nights, but for summer parties, spring suppers and autumn lunches.

To join in with pie related fun on twitter keep your eyes peeled for the #piedayfriday hash tag every Friday to be in with a chance of winning a signed copy of the cookbook.  


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Richard Dawkins UK events announced
by Elizabeth on Sep 1, 2011 at 3:22 pm
Categories: Events , News

Sometimes the truth is even stranger than fiction….world-famous scientist Richard Dawkins will talk about The Magic of Reality at a series of events this autumn.

In his first book for a family audience, Richard Dawkins, with illustrator Dave McKean, has created a dazzling celebration of our planet. With its explanations of space, time, evolution and more, it will amaze and inspire readers of all ages.

Richard says ‘I want to show you that the real world, as understood scientifically, has a magic of its own – the kind I call poetic magic: an inspiring beauty which is all the more magical because it is real and because we can understand how it works… The magic of reality is – quite simply – wonderful. Wonderful, and real. Wonderful because real.’

Richard will be talking about The Magic of Reality at a series of speaking events throughout the UK (details below). Ticket prices range from free to £30 (which includes a complimentary copy of the book, priced £20).

Thursday 15th September

6.30pm FOYLE’S
113-119 Charing Cross Rd, London WC2H OEB
Event with Dave McKean only
Tickets: Free event, but must reserve online
Foyles will be running an exhibition of Dave’s artwork in the Gallery for two weeks from 11th – 25th September

Sunday 18th September

Venue: The Orangery, Blenheim Palace , Woodstock, Oxfordshire OX20 1PP
Tickets, £12, includes coffee and cake
Box Office: 01865 305305

Wednesday 21st September

7.30pm Talk
Venue: THE OCTAGON THEATRE, Hendford, Yeovil, Somerset BA20 1UX
Tickets: £6/£4 for Times+ subscribers, quoting “Times+”
Available from The Octagon Box Office 01935 422884’s-on.aspx

Wednesday 19th October

Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AP
Organiser: See Tickets
Tel: 020 7087 7749
Tickets: from £30, includes a free copy of The Magic of Reality, price £20

Thursday 20th October

Venue: The Gala Theatre, 1 Millennuim Place, Durham DH1 1WA
Tickets: £12/£10/£4; Family ticket: £20 from
The Gala Theatre Box Office: 0191 332 4041 or

Saturday 22nd October

Venue: Lady Mitchell Hall, Sidgwick Site, Sidgwick Avenue, Cambridge CB3 9DA
Tickets are free but need to be booked via their online booking service – awaiting details

Wednesday 26th October

Venue: Lecture Theatre One, University of East Anglia
Tickets: £6 individual tickets, season tickets £42/£36
01603 508050

Friday 28th October

Beaumont St, Oxford OX1 2LW
Tickets: £11; concessions £6
Box office: 01865 305305

Thursday 3rd November

8pm TOPPING & CO @ Bath Central Library
19-23 The Podium, Bath BA1 5AN
Tickets: £8 from the shop, by phone or in person on:
Tel: 01225 428111


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