Friday 13 July 2012

Compass Points 7

Compass Points 7
Your weekly round up of publishing news, publicity information and trivia!

Enthusiasm is building for the Swedish crime novel The Gingerbread House by Carin Gerhardsen which is published on 25 October in the UK (it comes from the same Swedish publisher as The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo).  Bloggers and reviewers online are already falling over themselves to praise this gripping read – which has just published in the US. Read an online review of the book here. The US media have been queuing up to talk to Carin – last week for example she was on a US radio station together with Stieg Larsson’s partner – the link between the two authors is definitely going to be terrific for publicity! Read an interview with Carin Gerhardsen here.

The serialisation of Mick - the sensational biography of Jagger by Christopher Andersen has now begun in The Mail and oooh er missus; it’s pretty spicy stuff! Read some extracts below - and then make sure you have plenty of stock – this publicity is a gift!

And while we’re on the subject of British musical national treasures – Elkie Brooks is currently touring the UK to promote her autobiography Finding My Voice. Her professional debut at age 15 began a career that has spanned most musical genres and collaborations with some of the finest musicians of their generation; making her a household name. In the next few weeks she is doing interviews on most of the local BBC radio stations, and is live on BBC Breakfast TV on 18 July.

Now – would you describe Nick Clegg as a national treasure? Or is he more of a national irritation? The paperback edition of the acclaimed biography by Chris Bowers is out in August – and media interest in the tensions of the coalition has never been more fervent. How things have changed since early April 2010 when Nick Clegg was fighting for recognition, the young, fresh and personable leader of Britain’s third political party. Two weeks later he was the focus of ‘Cleggmania’ and his popularity was compared with Churchill’s.  Four weeks after that he became the second most important figure in the government – but within a year he was ridiculed and reviled as popular hopes turned to disappointment.  But who is Nick Clegg? And by what route did he enjoy one of the most spectacular rises – and falls – in British politics? Order the book here

But if you’d prefer to read about one of the truly great British leaders – then you’ll have to wait for the paperback edition of a very well reviewed biography of Churchill himself – which is coming from Birlinn in September.

And finally – both booksellers and customers are loving The Hundred Year Old Man who Climbed out of the Window and Disappeared. Read this big spread from last week's Saturday Telegraph.

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

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