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Sam Kean’s latest popular science book entitled ‘The Violinist’s Thumb’ is published today in paperback. In the words of the Daily Mail, ‘Explored in his Bryson-esque style, [The Violinist’s Thumb] provokes fascinating stuff, full of oddball stories and amazing facts. Kean’s book is full of wonderfully weird anecdotes, but it’s also an accessible history of the discovery and mapping of DNA… compellingly entertaining’. Read the rest of this entry »

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We are proud to announce that six titles published by Transworld Ireland have been shortlisted for six different categories for this year’s Irish Book Awards. Announced today, the Irish Book Award shortlists shines a light on the most talented in Irish writing in the past year. Here are the details of each author shortlisted:

IES Best Irish Published Book of the Year

  • Colm O’Regan’s Isn’t it Well For Ye: A Guide to Irish Mammies

Sunday Independent Newcomer of the Year

  • The Spinning Heart by Donal Ryan

Argosy Nonfiction Book of the Year

  • A Kick Against The Pricks: My Autobiography by David Norris

Ireland AM Crime Fiction Award

  • Niamh O’Connor’s Too Close For Comfort

Life Style Sports Book of the Year

  • Cliffs Of Insanity: A Winter On Ireland’s Big Waves by Keith Duggan

The John Murray Show Listener’s Choice Award

  • Lar Corbett’s All In My Head: Autobiography

The winner will be announced at the glittering awards ceremony in Dublin on 22nd November 2012.

For more details on the shortlists and the award visit: to vote for your favourite titles click here

Isn't it well for ye; the book of Irish Mammies by Colm O'Regan

The Spinning Heart by Donal Ryan

A Kick Against the Pricks: My Autobiography by David Norris

Too Close for Comfort by Niamh O'Connor

Cliffs of Insanity: A Winter On Ireland’s Big Waves by Keith Duggan

All in My Head: The Autobiography by Lar Corbett

To order any of these titles visit:

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The book of Irish Mammies is published today
by Elizabeth on Oct 25, 2012 at 1:00 pm
Categories: Gallery , Non-fiction

To celebrate the publication of ISN’T IT WELL FOR YE? THE BOOK OF IRISH MAMMIES by Colm O’Regan, we have included a few exclusive extracts from the book in the gallery below.

Follow Colm on twitter @irishmammies for everything you always wanted to know about the Irish Mammy . . . but were too timid to ask, weren’t you pet?




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This summer up to 300,000 people will be living
off-grid in the UK – i.e without mains power or water.
They use solar energy, rainwater harvesting, composting loos, wind power, ground source heat pumps or just a wood fire. They live in houses, shacks, boats, caravans, camper vans, huts, tents and yurts.

Nick’s book How to Live Off-Grid was published in 2007, the idea was not on the cultural radar. These days use of the phrase “off-grid” is a fast-growing phenomenon, especially in America. So much so that Nick is currently running a campaign to change the rules on planning permission via his web site

Part travelogue, part manual, Nick Rosen’s book is a tour of the country’s off-grid population – why they do it, how to avoid the pitfalls and where to find the best solutions – including the latest gadgets. Nick’s own experiences revealed information you can use – how to get Ocado to deliver to your Yurt, running a wireless modem off the car cigarette lighter to be online off-grid – how to do your bit for the environment and still live luxuriously.

Maverick ecologist Nick Rosen is a documentary-maker, journalist and broadcaster. He devoted the early years of his career to a study of the power of global corporations. In 1995 he founded one of the UK’s first internet companies. After a decade of living in squats and unlicensed warehouses, these days he has a proper house. He and his family are still in London — for now.


On Sunday 22nd July at 5pm, Nick Rosen will be speaking at the Port Eliot Festival.

For more details visit the Port Eliot website

Nick is available for interview – for any press inquiries please contact:

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Beautiful Brutality: Official Book Launch
by Jonny on Jun 14, 2012 at 12:52 pm

Left to right: Barry McGuigan, Spencer Oliver, Darren Barker, Joe Calzaghe, Tony Bellew, Jamie Moore, Glenn McCrory, Adam Smith, David Price, Carl Froch, Johnny Nelson, Jim Watt

Family and Friends came together last night to celebrate the launch of Adam Smith’s Beautiful Brutality. Among those in attendance were six World champions and four British, European and Commonwealth champions at ten different weights.

iFilm London were also at the launch, and have produced a fantastic video to celebrate Adam’s launch.


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Categories: Blogroll , News , Non-fiction

Congratulations to Richard Dawkins and illustrator Dave McKean who’s book The Magic of Reality has been shortlisted for the 2012 Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize announced today.

The Prize celebrates the best books that communicate science to young people aged up to 14 and Dr Andrea Brand FRS FMedSci, Chair of the judges said: “The books on this year’s shortlist are all very different, but each of them uses skilful writing and creative design to get across a huge range of scientific content. Some of the books cover well-trodden subjects in unusual ways, while some of them explore areas that we don’t often see in science books for young people, but all of them manage to get the science across in a way that is fun, fresh and engaging. We can’t wait to find out what the real experts – our judging panels from schools and youth groups across the UK – think of them!”

Each of the shortlisted books should prove inspiring to their young readers and the winning book will be selected entirely by groups of young people from over 100 schools and youth groups. These groups together form a judging panel that will look at all the shortlisted books and choose a winner.

The six books shortlisted by the judges are:

How the Weather Works, by Christiane Dorion, illustrated by Beverley Young
“We loved this beautiful and imaginative book, which uses pop-ups to explore an unusual subject – how the weather works. We particularly liked the way that the pop-ups aren’t just there for decoration, but are thoughtfully used to explain the science behind the weather.”

Out of this world: All the cool bits about space, by Clive Gifford
“This is so different to other astronomy books we’ve seen – it’s a fast-paced, funny and fact-packed guide to the very coolest bits of astronomical science. Older readers will love dazzling their friends with the out of this world facts that they read in this book.”

Plagues, pox and pestilence, by Richard Platt, illustrated by John Kelly
“Not for the fainthearted, this imaginative and informative book covers a huge range of science while telling the story of deadly diseases. It uses fabulous illustrations to get across some serious scientific content, and although it’s definitely gruesome in places, it’s never gratuitous.”

Science Experiments, by Robert Winston and Ian Graham
“This brilliant book contains clear instructions for loads of great experiments, from things that you can try yourself (without getting in trouble from your parents), to spectacular tricks to try with adults present. Lots of books on experiments cover the same old ground, but this book goes way beyond the usual content and contains plenty of experiments that we’d never seen before.”

See Inside Inventions: An Usborne Flap Book, by Alex Frith, illustrated by Colin King
“It’s wonderful to see a whole book devoted to the stories behind the world’s most important inventions and we hope that this one might inspire the next generation of young entrepreneurs. The book packs in a huge amount of science without being overwhelming, and it’s great to see the history of science covered too.”

The Magic of Reality, by Richard Dawkins, illustrated by Dave McKean (Bantam Press)
“This challenging and thought-provoking book explores how human beings have explored the natural world over time and tackles these ideas in a way that we’ve never seen before. Combining a comprehensive account of science, philosophy and culture with beautiful illustrations, this is an unusual book that adults might well enjoy too.”

The winner will be announced on 15th November 2012.

For more information on the Royal Society and the judges visit:

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Video Extract from Mike Skinner!
by Lynsey on Mar 27, 2012 at 10:37 am

This week Transworld is thrilled to be publishing The Story of the Streets by Mike Skinner, the book the Guardian is calling ‘one of pop’s greatest memoirs’ 

Mike traveled to some of the locations now made famous from the album covers of The Streets to record three video extracts from the book. Below you can see the location for the cover of Original Pirate Material, the tower block Kestrel House in Islington, where Mike went to read the book.

We hope you enjoy the video! More to come…



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Happy Publication Day Pauline!
by Lynsey on Mar 1, 2012 at 12:25 pm

Today is the publication day for Pauline Quirke’s new memoir Where Have I Gone?

To mark this special occasion Pauline appeared on QVC’s the Breakfast Show this morning. Catch up with her on their blog by clicking on the link below:

The QVC blog interview will Will Gowing


Happy Publication Day Pauline!

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Categories: Author News , Non-fiction

william-hill-logo.pngWe’re very excited to hear the news that 32 Programmes by Dave Roberts has been shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award 2011.

The winner of the biggest sports book prize of the year will be announced at a lunchtime reception at Waterstone’s Piccadilly on Monday 28th November.  As well as a £23,000 cash prize, the winning author will receive a £2,000 William Hill bet, a hand-bound copy of their book, and a day at the races.

 The other five shortlisted titles are:

Among The Fans: From Ashes to the Arrows, a Year of Watching the Watchers by Patrick Collins (Wisden Sports Writing)
Into The Arena: The World of the Spanish Bullfight by Alexander Fiske-Harrison (Profile Books)
The Ghost Runner: The Tragedy of the Man They Couldn’t Stop by Bill Jones (Mainstream Publishing)
Engage: The Fall and Rise of Matt Hampson by Paul Kimmage (Simon & Schuster)
Racing Through The Dark: The Fall and Rise of David Millar by David Millar (Orion)�
A Life Too Short: The Tragedy of Robert Enke by Ronald Reng (Yellow Jersey Press)

This year’s judging panel consists of broadcaster and writer John Inverdale; award-winning journalist Hugh McIlvanney; broadcaster Danny Kelly; and columnist and author, Alyson Rudd. Chairman of the judging panel is John Gaustad, co-creator of the award and founder of the Sportspages bookshop.

32 Programmes by Dave Roberts
When Dave Roberts relocates to the USA, his wife informs him that they can only take what is ‘absolutely essential’. Dave is aghast to be informed that his collection of 1134 football programmes does not fall into that category. 32 Programmes tells the story of how Dave whittled down his treasured archive to just 32, and how the process brought back the sights, sounds and smells of those 1134 matches and with it, a flood of nostalgia for simpler times.
32 Programmes by Dave Roberts
32 Programmes is the story of youthful football obsession, crushes on disinterested girls, rubbish jobs and trying to impress skinheads. But most of all, it is the story of a man’s life and loves.

Dave Roberts has been a bike courier, security guard, Civil Servant, KFC chef and a train driver – all before reaching the age of twenty. After that, he settled for a career in advertising, which was eventually cut short by illness, but not before accidentally winning a Silver Lion at Cannes. He now writes books, which all seem to have a theme in common: obsession.

To order your copy click here

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Red carpet roll out for Michael Bublé
by Elizabeth on Oct 19, 2011 at 4:53 pm

Michael Bublé kicked off the publicity campaign for his illustrated memoir, On Stage, Off Stage, last week. A red carpet was rolled out at Waterstone’s Piccadilly for the crooner, where 400 people had camped out to get their book signed and a two-storey high projection of the cover was to be seen on the front of the store.

Michael also made an appearance at Tesco head office, charming staff and even giving an impromptu performance.

Jonathan Ross had Michael on his sofa on Saturday and interviews are still to come on This Morning, BBC Breakfast, Magic, Heart and plenty of print interviews too.

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