Ah the warm sun, the long lunches and the boozy evenings – truly when we’re not slogging away at a hot computer or in a steamy bookshop, summer 2015 is definitely shaping up to be La Vie en Rose or possibly La Vie en Rosé. Which brings me neatly to the subject of our first book – and here's an aural clue...
Edith Piaf was one of 20th-century
brightest stars, an international sensation, and since her death in 1963 has
become a legendary figure. Her life story is so compelling that it has become
difficult to separate the truth from the hearsay, thanks to a wealth of stories,
plays, films and biographies about her life: that she was born on the pavement
of Rue de Belleville 72 on a pile of coats; raised in a brothel; a hero of the
French resistance; losing the love of her life in a plane crash, and her
untimely death from liver cancer. Shrouded by fantastical stories, the ‘real’
Edith Piaf is often indistinguishable
from the legend. December 2015 will see Edith
Piaf’s centenary, and in November, Oberon Books are publishing
a shocking new Piaf title Find Me France A New Way To Die:
Edith Piaf The Untold Story by David
Bret who is a prolific and bestselling author of revelatory – and
often controversial – celebrity biographies. This new book centres around
exclusive interviews with Piaf’s friends, lovers, colleagues and songwriters, as
well as Bret’s close friend Marlene Dietrich and for the first time, David Bret is in a position to reveal some
sensational material that was much too controversial to publish whilst the
interviewees were alive. This new book will mean a significant revision to the
Piaf myth and Find Me A New Way to Die will be compelling
reading for all of Edith Piaf’s legions
of fans plus all those who love celebrity biographies. Find Me A New
Way To Die: Edith Piaf The Untold Story
(pb, 978 1783199297, £8.99) will be serialised in a national newspaper. It is
published in November, and you can find out lots more about it and order it here.
Let’s hear a bit more from the little sparrow shall we?
And here is the mighty Keith as Captain Teague in Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End – a brilliant cameo in an otherwise shockingly awful film!
Who’s enjoying the Tour de France? Much better than all that dreadful grunting tennis in my opinion – and if you agree with me, then you might also like this list from the Guardian of the top ten books about cycling!
You did extremely well with the Popmaster Quiz Book last year, so I’m sure you’ll be very pleased to hear that the Popmaster Quiz Book 2 is coming in September! Popmaster Quiz Book 2: Hundreds of Official Questions and Answers by Phil Swern and Neil Myners). More than 20,000 of the first Popmaster book were sold pre-Christmas last year- and once again this title will get on air promotion on BBC Radio 2. More than 8 million people listen to the to Popmaster quiz on BBC Radio 2’s Ken Bruce show every day; Ken has a massively loyal fan-base and 66,500 Twitter followers. The book can be used solo, to test your pop trivia knowledge, or as a fun game with friends and this is the ideal Christmas book for any age – for anyone who loves music, quizzes or both! Popmaster Quiz Book 2 (pb, 978 19059 59792, £9.99) is published by Red Planet and you can find out more and order it here
Well, talking about quiz books always puts me in the mood for a bit of BuzzFeed timewasting – so it’s time to find out which To Kill a Mockingbird Character you are!
And while we’re on the subject, what do you think of the dramatic revelations in the first chapter which has been published today of the eagerly anticipated Go Set A Watchman? Have a look here if you want to find out more – and don’t mind spoilers!
The ongoing question of what on earth is going to happen
rumbles on and on – and two people who
might know the answer are the outgoing Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis and the new incoming Greek
Finance Minister Euclid Tsakolotos. How
fortunate that they both have books out at the moment so the rest of us can find
out what their thoughts on the crisis are! Global
Minotaur and Crucible of
Resistance are zooming up the Amazon charts – and are currently at 2
and 3 in their International Economics section – so I strongly recommend
that get them on display, in order to improve the finances of your own bookshop
- never mind Greece! Greece's
Yanis Varoufakis was elected as Greek Finance Minister and Member of Parliament following Syriza’s electoral victory, and has been called “The emerging rock-star of Europe’s anti-austerity uprising” by the Telegraph. This new edition of The Global Minotaur:
America, Europe and the Future of the Global Economy
features a foreword from Channel 4’s Paul Mason and is a remarkable and
provocative book. Yanis Varoufakis
explodes the myth that financialisation and ineffectual regulation of banks were
the root causes of both the Eurozone crisis and the global economic crisis and
instead traces the current disastrous situation back to a much deeper malaise
which can be traced all the way back to the Great Crash of 1929, then on through
to the 1970s: the time when a 'Global Minotaur' was born. Varoufakis reveals how we might reintroduce a
modicum of reason into what has become a perniciously irrational economic order.
The Global Minotaur by Yanis Varoufakis (pb, £8.99, 978 783606108) is
published by Zed Books and you can find out more and order it here.
Crucible of Resistance:
Greece, the Eurozone and the
World Economic Crisis argues that
’s exceptionalism is largely a
myth. The blame game that has been played by the EU powers is an ideological
tool used to shift attention from the realities of both European and global
capitalist economic order. Euclid
Tsakalotos and economist Christos
Laskos suggest that there is very little that differentiates
Greece from other countries
struggling under austerity, and that parties such as Syriza could usher in a
new, democratic and socialist era across the continent. Crucible of Resistance: Greece ,
the Eurozone and the World Economic Crisis by Christos Laskos and Euclid Tsakolotos (pb, £12.99,
978 0745333809) is published by
Pluto Press. You can find out more and order it here. Greece
As we all know, food trends come and food trends go (kale and quinoa smoothie anyone?) but something that genuinely does look here to stay is the trend for eating more raw (and therefore less processed) food. The Uncook Book: The Essential Guide to a Raw Food Lifestyle by Tanya Maher (hb, 978 1781805640 £16.99) is the perfect book for anyone who wants to celebrate life through food. Offering easy-to-follow, accessible recipes with a modern edge, Tanya draws on her years of experience as a raw food nutritionist and guides you through brilliant basics, fun family favourites and elegant entertaining. Tanya Maher has been hailed as the
's top wellness coach in numerous
publications, including Vogue magazine and the Evening Standard.
She opened London's first 100% organic raw food restaurant, Tanya's Café, just
under 6 months ago, and has been in the media spotlight ever since - her blog
receives over 100,000 views per month. The Uncook
Book will be excerpted in the September issue of Women’s
Health and featured in a future issue of Health & Fitness and
BBCgoodfood.com (4.3 million unique monthly browsers). The book will also
be excerpted in the October and December issues of Red magazine; a future
issue of Fabulous magazine and the September/October issue of Kindred
Spirit. With beautiful photography plus easy-to-source, familiar
ingredients; these recipes are tasty and easy to achieve – there’s even a
section on delicious superfood cocktails; ah now that’s more like it! The Uncook Book: The Essential Guide to a Raw Food
Lifestyle by Tanya Maher (hb,
978 1781805640 £16.99 is published by Hay House in September and you can find out more and order it
If you’d like to find out more about Tanya’s recipes and ideas, then have a look at her inspirational blog: www.betterraw.com - today's post is The Ice Cream That Broke the Internet - yum!
That’s all for now folks, more next week!
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