Your weekly round up of publishing news, publicity information and trivia!
What would you say is the biggest serious new story this week? Well, of course it must be David Cameron’s announcement that if the Conservatives win the next election, then there will be a referendum on
Britain’s place in Europe. This subject has never been a hotter topic than it
is now – and Biteback have the perfect book for anyone who wants to be
better informed about the whole subject. Au Revoir
Europe? by David Charter is a major polemic on ’s complicated relationship
with the EU as the 40th anniversary of our membership approaches. This book
provides clear and reliable information on both sides of the debate. It shows
how much the EU really costs, charts Britain’s declining influence and reveals
the plans for ‘more Europe’ being discussed in Brussels. It cuts through the
hysteria on both sides of the argument to analyse the alternatives available for
business, consumers and diplomats. The central issue of trade, cited by David
Cameron as a key reason for continued EU membership, is tackled head-on. The
book also explores what leaving the European club would mean for jobs, travel,
security and the British way of life “I wanted to believe in Britain Europe,” David
Charter said. “But when you are constantly told there is no
alternative, the questions start. This book provides the answers.” David Charter has spent five years living and
working in for The Times and this work is
the result of his own journey to the heart of the European project. Au Revoir Brussels Europe?
was published in November in trade paperback at £14.99 and you can order it here.
Happy Burns Night! In a general spirit of celebration of all things Scottish, today is the perfect time to remind you about the three Bob Servant titles: Delete This At Your Peril; Bob Servant: Hero of Dundee and Why Me? The Very Important Emails of Bob Servant by Neil Forsyth. These books have a very strong track record anyway – the first one has sold over 30,000 copies – but the important thing to know is that they form the basis of a brand new BBC comedy series, which started broadcasting this week on BBC4 and BBC2
. It’s a comedy of
embarrassment and ego, similar to The Office; and the BBC is trailing the
show on all channels now – you can watch a little clip from it here. Publicity for the show is looking very
significant; Brian Cox (the actor playing Bob Servant, not the astronomer!) is
being interviewed by Lorraine Kelly, The One Show, Radio 4
and others. The author, Neil
Forsyth, is writing a couple of tie
in pieces for The Times and the Guardian where he mentions the
books – and all the books are stickered to draw attention to the TV series.
Exciting news – the Guardian are to run a big feature and an interview with Karen Gravano, the author of Mob Daughter next week. This is a revealing memoir by the daughter of the Mafia’s most notorious turncoat. She stars in the hit reality TV show Mob Wives, and has been featured in several Daily Mail articles already. Karen Gravano was born in
and is the daughter of Sammy ‘the Bull’ Gravano,
one of the Mafia’s most feared hit men. With nineteen confessed murders, the
former Gambino Family underboss was John Gotti’s right-hand man, and the
highest-ranking gangster ever to testify against members of his high profile
crime family. To Karen, though, Sammy Gravano was a sometimes elusive but always
loving father figure. But by the age of twelve, Karen knew he was a gangster,
and as she grew up, while her peers worried about clothes and schoolwork, she
was coming face-to-face with crime and murder. She was nineteen when her father
turned his back on the Mafia and cooperated with the Feds, which left her family
broken and living in fear of retaliation – this is the compelling true account
of her life as a Mob daughter. Pretty sensational stuff – and perfect for the
media – you will not be surprised to hear that as well as the big piece in the
Guardian, there is going to be plenty of publicity in women’s magazines
including Bella and Readers Digest next week. Mob Daughter is published on 4 February and this
is certain to be a book that your customers will be looking for! True crime
stories always sell well – and this is one of the biggest! You can order copies of Mob Daughter
here and watch an interview with Karen talking about the book on YouTube below. Brooklyn, New
What’s that old bookselling adage about how you can’t go wrong with books about crime, Marilyn or cats? Well, this week we can certainly give you two out of three – Oscar the Bionic Cat by Kate Allan is published in March, and we’ve just heard that the Mail on Sunday are going to run extracts from it, starting in February. When Kate’s beloved black cat, Oscar, was found lying severely injured in a field near their
Jersey home, she was sure the accident-prone boy had met
his end. With both hind legs severed by a combine-harvester, Oscar’s life hung
in the balance. But luckily for him, his vet knew Noel Fitzpatrick, star of
BBC One’s The Bionic Vet. Noel agreed to try pioneering surgery on Oscar,
replacing his legs with specially created prosthetics. Against all odds, Oscar
came back from the brink to become the world’s very first bionic cat, and a
feline celebrity. This amazing true story of feline survival and human ingenuity
will appeal to many readers – not least all of those who watch The Bionic
Vet, and the many other “aaahhh bless” animal programmes on the box! Order Oscar the Bionic Cat here If this
is your sort of thing and you want to have a look at Oscar, you can see him on YouTube below.
As I say, I really love the evocative cover of The Art of Hearing Heartbeats – but what makes a truly great cover is a very personal and much debated topic! Is it all about which jacket will sell the most books – or can a book be great artistically, but not very appealing to the general book buyer? Have a look here to see what a selection of authors and critics felt were the best book cover designs of 2012.
And finally – yes we know it’s cold, yes we know it’s great to have fun in the ice and snow – but please don’t try anything as daft as this German hard man. OK – well then perhaps you should if it’s going to give the rest of us something this hilarious to watch!
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That’s all for now folks, more next week!