Your weekly round up of publishing news, publicity information and trivia!
Firstly – Harry Styles. What a great place to start. Not a fan? You do surprise me – but as I’m sure you realise, there are many many, many out there; and this book is the perfect gift for all of them! Harry Styles by Mick O’Shea is a paperback original, with 70 pages full of lovely colour photographs. One Direction’s sell-out tour is running now (23 February – 20 April) and takes in 39 dates across the
while the feverishly anticipated 1D3D (think about it) opens in cinemas on 30th
August. Harry Styles is without doubt the
youngest, hottest member of the boy band of the moment: this book comes out in
May from Plexus – make sure you have tons of copies – it is going to be
mega! This lavish visual biography tells you everything you need to know about
One Direction’s Prince Charming: from his
cheeky childhood secrets to what he looks for in a girl, and what it means to be
a multi-million-selling pop star. Discover what Harry really thinks about Niall,
Louis, Liam and Zayn; how he copes with living – and loving – in the public eye.
Harry Styles is the band’s most popular
member and boasts an astonishing 9 million followers on Twitter. Surpassing even
the Beatles, One Direction are the first
British band to see their first and second albums debut at Number One on
UK ’s Billboard Top 200 chart.
With their new album, Take Me Home, topping charts around the globe and a
world tour set to run throughout summer 2013 One
Direction will be dominating the charts for some time to come – let's
make sure they dominate the bookshop charts too! America
And if you’re still saying, “who is Harry Styles, and while we’re on the subject, who are One Direction?” then click below for one of their music vids – Harry’s the one with the biggest hair and cheekiest grin.
OK – who is a parent? Who’s been on Mumsnet? Who likes Mumsnet? Who finds it a rather unattractive combination of smug and mean? Who’re ready for something a little edgier and realistic? Well you may be one of the half a million people who have already discovered www.crappypictures.com – a parenting blog that certainly isn’t coming from the Gina Ford school of how to bring up your children. Published in May is the accompanying book – Parenting: Illustrated with Crappy Pictures by Amber Dusick. This is the sort of thing you’re going to either absolutely love or absolutely hate – but there’s no denying that “say it like it is, and make it grim with lots of swear words” blogging is massively on the up. In fact it often seems that if you’re a parent who actually likes to play in the garden with your offspring rather than sit in a darkened room tapping onto your computer while they drown themselves in the fishpond; then must you must be strangely retro and weird. Or is that just me? Parenting: Illustrated with Crappy Pictures celebrates the wonder…and crappiness…of parenting, with crude illustrations and true stories that supposedly will have even the most exhausted parents laughing out loud. Dusick’s blog was named Funniest Mom Blog 2011 by Parents magazine and the Best Parenting Weblog in the 2012 Bloggie Awards. A featured columnist on The Huffington Post, Amber Dusick is well connected in the momosphere and this book is bang on trend with today’s bestselling humour parenting books, like Go the F*** to Sleep and Goodnight iPad. You can order Parenting here it’s published by Harlequin Non Fiction in June.
Now, the weather is warm, the flabby winter bodies are finally emerging from their layers of clothes – yes it’s time to put on those tennis whites and bounce down to the local courts to get yourself match fit. But perhaps watching tennis is more for you than playing it? In fact like many of us, perhaps what you really enjoy is just talking about tennis – arguing over whether Andy Murray is a grumpy sod or born again hero, and whether the Williams sisters are amazingly fit or amazingly dull. Then Court Confidential: Inside the World of Tennis by Neil Harman is definitely the book for you. There has never been a period in history where tennis has been so rich in iconic personalities, and recent times have seen more astonishing, history-making stories than ever before. Small wonder, then, that Neil Harman, who this season celebrates a decade at the helm of The Times’ tennis coverage, should want to share the tales he has lived through in a book that drips personality, excitement, drama and intrigue from first page to last. Court Confidential gets right to the heart of what makes the game tick with frank, in-depth interviews with all the leading players, their coaching staff, their agents and managers, with fresh insights and the strong personal views for which Harman is known. Court Confidential will appeal to tennis aficionados everywhere, from the casual observer to the ultra-knowledgeable. Fast-paced, high entertainment, controversial, informative, this is all that a really good sporting book should be. It’s a 20 hardback with 16 colour plates, published to coincide with Wimbledon 2013 in June from Robson Press.
And if you (like me) are inclined to mutter “well none of these so called “tennis personalities are anything like as watchable as the stars used to be way back when,” then you might like to look at this compilation to remind yourselves of past glories – those were the days eh?!
survey found that one in four
women would choose depression, alcoholism and herpes over being overweight. A
UK study found that one in six women
would rather be blind than obese. The Ministry of
Thin: How Our Obsession with Weight Loss Got Out of Control by
Emma Woolf takes a controversial,
unflinching look at how our desire to lose weight is out of control; at the
widespread depression that results, the tyranny of celebrity culture and the
dangerous extremes – including drip-diets and cosmetic surgery – to which we
will go to be skinny. From those who would like to be a few pounds lighter to
those who starve or binge in secret, we are all affected. How did we get to the point where we hate our own
bodies, and is it futile to hope that we might one day be able to like ourselves
again, just as we are? Emma Woolf will be an investigative presenter on
the new series of Supersize vs Superskinny in 2013 and her growing media
profile makes her the ideal spokesperson for this highly topical subject. She
has received thousands of messages from “normal” readers who say, “I feel this
way too.” The Ministry of Thin is
published by Summersdale in June and you can order it here. US
Yesterday was World Penguin Day! You’ve gotta love that. To celebrate here are two of my favourite penguin films – firstly the BBC‘s April Fool Day spoof of a few years back – yep if fooled me too.
and secondly… well it really needs no introduction.
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That’s all for now folks, more next week!