Friday 8 June 2012

Compass Points 3

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

What have we got in store for you this week? Well, at Compass we are all getting very excited about a book coming up in October called A Day in the World. On 15 May 15 people all over the world picked up their cameras and photographed their daily lives. Participants ranged from professionals to amateurs; school children to farmers, office workers to astronauts! They sent their many thousands and thousands of photos to the website – whose mission is to use the power of photography to create, share and inspire perspectives on daily life – today and tomorrow. And the most thought proving photos of all will be chosen for the book, which is sure to contain some truly amazing pictures. We can’t wait! You can already preview some of the images on the website – have a look!

Do you like spy related fiction – John Le Carre? James Bond? Spooks? Or would you prefer to read about the real thing? Many people thought that the organisation SMERSH was just a figment of Ian Fleming’s imagination – but now a new book - SMERSH: Stalin’s Secret Weapon by Vadim Birstein proves otherwise. It has just won the inaugural St Ermin’s Hotel Intelligence Book of the Year Award 2012.The judges found it “a very absorbing, thoroughly readable, extraordinarily detailed account of an organisation which had a terrible, bloody history about which the author tells us every compelling detail.”

It’s Father’s Day! Are you a dad yourself? Or do you want a gift for your own dad – or husband? Have you read Commando Dad – a guide to all the basic skills you will need on your parenting mission! Lorraine Kelly called it “one of the best parenting books I’ve ever read”.  Check it out!

“When most people hear the words ‘Enoch Powell’ they think of the phrase ‘rivers of blood’. It was Powell’s misfortune — partly self-inflicted — that his monumental contribution to political ideas should still be eclipsed by a phrase that he never uttered, misquoted from the speech that still defines him. Powell was born 100 years ago this Saturday. In time, he would become the most brilliant classical scholar of his generation at Cambridge, the youngest professor in the British Empire, the youngest Brigadier in the Army, an MP, a Cabinet Minister and one of the most loved and hated men in Britain.” These are the words of Simon Heffer in a full page review this week in The Daily Mail of Enoch at 100:  A Re-evaluation of the Life, Politics and Philosophy of Enoch Powell which is getting an enormous amount of press coverage.

When will this wet and windy weather ever stop? Who hasn’t dreamed of abandoning grey old Britain, and the bookselling world completely, and flying off to France to run your own vineyard? Well Grape Expectations describes doing exactly that, and The Daily Mail are running an extract this Saturday – which will no doubt leave their two million readers keen for more –make sure you have it on display!

Mind you, if the weather ever does improve, Punk Publishing have got the ideal books to help you make the most of the British summer! Beautiful Buggy Walks is getting lots of coverage in Prima Baby, Practical Parenting, Sainsbury’s Magazine and on Mumsnet, while Cool Camping Kids is getting a big feature in the Sunday Times Travel section at the end of the month.

In Case You Missed:
Margaret Rhodes, the Queen’s cousin and author of The Final Curtsey was on Desert Island Discs this week:
Another chance to enjoy the Julian Smith rap on YouTube

All of the titles mentioned here are available to order from the  Compass New Titles website.

That's all for now folks - more next week!

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