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WINNERS ANNOUNCED: Homework Sucks! Book Giveaway Competition!
by September on Nov 29, 2012 at 4:28 pm
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Congratulations to the following entrants on winning signed copies of Homework Sucks: A Drivetime Book of Really Useful Information by Simon Mayo.

Michael OSullivan

Lucinda Fountain

Lin Young

Paula Isaacs 

Joe Beard

The winners were selected at random. Each winner will be emailed and notified. The competition is now closed. Thank you so much to all who entered.



Homework sucks! For me, there was nothing worse than spending a day essay writing at school before skulking home in my scuffed shoes and scruffy uniform. I knew that my evening would be made up mostly of biro tapping, head scratching and the occasional ‘must keep concentrating’ murmur. Ultimately, I always missed Neighbours and I’ll never forgive homework or my teachers for that. Read the rest of this entry »

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What Are You Thankful For?
by September on Nov 22, 2012 at 12:55 pm
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In case you didn’t know, today is Thanksgiving Day; a traditional American holiday celebrated by our friends in the US. It’s a day in which people can gather together, enjoy each other’s company and devour delicious food as they count their blessings; taking a minute or two to reflect on what it is they’re really thankful for. Read the rest of this entry »

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I’m So Hungry I Could Eat a Book
by September on Nov 20, 2012 at 3:59 pm
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I don’t know about you but I’m starving. Even though I’ve already eaten my lunch (a congealed dollop of leftover rice), I’m just not satisfied. It’s definitely too early to start thinking about dinner but my mind has momentarily wandered all the way home, unlocked my front door, opened my fridge and reminded me that a slice of bread and a suspicious looking tomato really isn’t going to cut it tonight. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Secret Race: Inside the Hidden World of the Tour de France: Doping, Cover-ups, and Winning at All Costs by Tyler Hamilton and Daniel Coyle (Bantam Press) has been shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year.

Described as the ‘the most varied shortlist’ the prize has ever had, the other titles on the shortlist are:

  • That Near-Death Thing – Inside the TT: The World’s Most Dangerous Race by Rick Broadbent (Orion)
  •  Running with the Kenyans – Discovering The Secrets of the Fastest People on Earth by Adharanand Finn (Faber)
  • Be Careful What You Wish For by Simon Jordan (Yellow Jersey)
  • Fibber in the Heat by Miles Jupp (Ebury Press)
  • A Life Without Limits – A World Champion’s Journey by Chrissie Wellington, with Michael Aylwin (Constable & Robinson)
  • Shot and a Ghost: A Year in the Brutal World of Professional Squash by James Willstrop with Rod Gilmour (James Willstrop / Rod Gilmour)

The winner will be announced at Waterstones Piccadilly Monday 26th November.

Tyler Hamilton is a former professional road cyclist and was a team-mate of Lance Armstrong on the US Postal cycling team during the 1999, 2000 and 2001 Tour de France competitions. Hamilton appeared at the 2000 and 2004 Olympic Games, winning a gold medal at the latter which he returned in 2011 after admitting that he had used performance enhancing drugs in competition.

Daniel Coyle is the bestselling author of Lance Armstrong: Tour de Force and The Talent Code.



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Forge of Darkness by Steven Erikson OUT NOW
by Jonny on Jul 27, 2012 at 5:02 pm

Steven Erikson’s latest novel Forge of Darkness is already getting some great reviews, including a rave thumbs up from none other than music legend Gary Numan!

Gary praised Forge of Darkness, as well as Steven Erikson’s previous series, The Malazan Book of the Fallen, going so far as to say that Steven’s writing had even inspired him in his own career.

Forge of Darkness is the first novel in an awesome new fantasy trilogy from Steven Erikson. The trilogy is a stand-alone series but also a prequel to the author’s epic Malazan Book of the Fallen.

To order a copy of the book visit rbooks.

For more information about Steven Erikson visit



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Beautiful Brutality author Adam Smith book signing
by Jonny on Jul 13, 2012 at 1:17 pm
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Adam Smith, Head of Boxing at Sky Sports, was today signing copies of his book, Beautiful Brutality, at Waterstone’s Leadenhall Market. Adam was joined by his Ringside co-presenter, former World Champion Johnny Nelson.


If you weren’t able to make it, here are some photos from the signing.



Adam has been one of Sky’s main boxing commentators for over 20 years and Beautiful Brutality examines a unique, but little-discussed aspect of boxing – the role that families play in the success, or failure, of many professional boxers. A fighter may enter the ring alone, but boxing is a family business, both financially and emotionally. As a lifelong fan and great advocate of the sport of boxing, no-one is better placed than Adam to reveal the extraordinary stories and extraordinary families caught up in it.


‘Adam has known my family for over twenty years, and has developed utterly unique relationships with

a host of other boxing families. He’s been closer to the fight game than virtually any other journalist or

reporter.’ JOE CALZAGHE

You can Follow Adam on Twitter @SkyAdamSmith

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New Kate Atkinson novel coming in Spring 2013!
by Jonny on Jul 13, 2012 at 12:58 pm

Kate Atkinson’s new novel Life After Life is to be published by Doubleday in March 2013


Life After Life poses compelling and thought-provoking questions.

What if you had the chance to live your life again and again, until you finally got it right?

What if there were second chances? And third chances? In fact an infinite number of chances to live your life? Would you eventually  be able to save the world from its own inevitable destiny? And would you even want to?

 During a snowstorm in England in 1910, a baby is born and dies before she can take her first breath.   During a snowstorm in England in 1910, the same baby is born and lives to tell the tale.

Life After Life  traces the story of Ursula Todd as she lives through the turbulent events of the last century again and again. Here is Kate Atkinson at her most profound and inventive. With wit and compassion, she finds warmth even in life’s bleakest moments, and shows an extraordinary ability to evoke the past. This is a novel that celebrates the best and worst of ourselves.


Kate Atkinson won the Whitbread (now Costa) Book of the Year prize with her first novel, Behind the Scenes at the Museum, and has been a critically acclaimed, Number 1 bestselling international author ever since. Her four most recent bestsellers featured the former private detective Jackson Brodie: Case Histories, One Good Turn, When Will There Be Good News? and Started Early, Took My Dog. She was appointed MBE in the 2011 Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

Life After Life by Kate Atkinson (Doubleday, £18.99) ISBN: 9780385618670

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Shadow Dancer: Official UK Trailer!
by Jonny on Jun 6, 2012 at 3:46 pm

Here’s the trailer for the film adaptation of Tom Bradbury’s Shadow Dancer. Released on the 25th August 2012, the film will star Clive Owen and Andrea Riseborough.

For more information about Tom Bradbury, you can visit The Random House Group website here.

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Announced today, Rachel Joyce’s novel The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry has joined the shortlist of 3 for the 2012 Desmond Elliott Prize. The Prize celebrates the very best of debut fiction by the rising stars of the literary world.

The shortlist for The Desmond Elliott Prize 2012 is as follows:

• The Land Of Decoration by Grace McCleen (Chatto & Windus)
• The Last Hundred Days by Patrick McGuinness (Seren)
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce (Doubleday)

This year’s shortlist has been selected from a longlist of ten, announced in April. The three shortlisted authors are: poet and academic Patrick McGuinness, whose novel The Last Hundred Days was inspired by his years in Bucharest in the lead up to the Romanian revolution; Transworld’s award-winning radio playwright Rachel Joyce, whose book The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry was originally drafted as a radio play for her dying father, and Grace McCleen with The Land Of Decoration, a story based on the author’s own upbringing in a Christian fundamentalist sect in Wales.

Sam Llewellyn, 2012 Chair of Judges and one of Desmond Elliott’s own protégés, commented:
‘It has been extraordinarily hard to choose a shortlist of three from such a powerful and diverse longlist. Desmond Elliott once told me that his ideal novel was a cross between a treasure hunt and a race. The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry is both these things, and a lot more besides. The Last Hundred Days, written with wit and irony, is a really fine and original addition to the literature of disintegrating empires, and The Land of Decoration is unlike anything you’ve ever read. It’s a rollercoaster of a book that makes the reader laugh and cry at entirely unpredictable intervals.’

Sam Llewellyn is joined on the judging panel by Tom Gatti, Editor of The Times Review section, and Caroline Mileham, Head of Books at

William Hill spokesman, Graham Sharpe, commented that ‘despite having dramatically varying themes, it is very difficult to differentiate between three brilliant debut novels’, but gave Rachel Joyce a narrow lead with the following odds:

• The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce – 5/4
• The Last Hundred Days by Patrick McGuinness – 7/4
• The Land Of Decoration by Grace McCleen – 2/1

This year marks the fifth anniversary of the £10,000 award for a first novel published in the UK, set up in memory of the celebrated publisher and literary agent Desmond Elliott to ‘enrich the careers of new writers’.

The winner will be announced on Thursday 28 June

For more information visit the Desmond Elliott website
To order your copy of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold fry click here

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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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