Friday 15 June 2012

Compass Points 4

Compass Points
Your weekly round up of publishing news, publicity information and trivia!

Do you like Scandinavian crime fiction? Are your shelves groaning with the weight of your Stieg Larssons, Jo Nesbos and box sets of The Killing and The Bridge? But have you heard of Carin Gerhardsen? No? Well you soon will. She is currently Sweden’s number one fiction author – and has sold over half a million books in Europe. Her novel The Gingerbread House is published on 25 October in the UK.  It comes from the same Swedish publisher – and even the same editorial team – as The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – so it’s definitely one to watch. If you would like a free proof copy of the opening chapters, then email

And while we are on the subject of superb translated fiction; The Whispering Muse by the maverick Icelandic author Sjón had a terrific review in last Saturday’s Independent: "This writer inspires a devoted followingthe effect of The Whispering Muse is prismatic: the reader feels that just beneath the surface there are strange and luminous things moving, leaving a series of small hidden detonations." It’s due to get another great review in this Saturday’s Guardian (23 June).

Which title coming in July is starting to get a real publicity BUZZ about it?! Of course it’s A to Bee  (see what I did there) by James Dearsley with forthcoming coverage confirmed in The Daily Mail, The Lady, Grow Your Own Magazine and many more. The “how to be self sufficient” book market is a very fast growing one  and this account of a total beginner’s first year as a beekeeper is a most entertaining read – have a look at a short film he’s made all about his experiences.

Craig Summers had one of the most dangerous jobs in television. His task? Keeping adventurous celebrities alive! His job as the BBC’s security adviser took him to war zones, scenes of natural disaster and big international sporting events, as well as on undercover operations involving child trafficking, football hooliganism and narcotics. Using his extensive military experience – he served with the British forces – he has been the right hand man, confidant and enforcer to many adventurous celebrities including Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Gary Lineker, John Simpson and Matthew Pinsent. Bodyguard is just published – and is a really thrilling tale. There is a big feature this month in Nuts magazine – and you can find out more in this film.

The world’s fascination with the world’s most enigmatic movie star has never abated. A new biography: Greta Garbo – Divine Star by David Bret reveals for the first time what really happened during the so-called missing periods of her life. It has just been serialised in the Daily Express.

The school holidays are fast approaching – and with it comes the demand from parents for wholesome activities to do with their kids! The Homemade Home for Children by Sania Pell is a child-friendly collection of 50 projects for parents to make for and with their offspring. Sania’s previous book, The Homemade Home sold over 27,000 copies – and this new title has had widespread national publicity since its publication date in April - from Elle Decoration, YOU Magazine, Junior and Country Living. The English Home and Good Homes magazines are both running extracts in their August issues.

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That’s all for now folks, more next week!

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