Well, I don’t think we need to say anything else about the election this morning, in my opinion Sky News and Marvin Gaye have summed it all up nicely. Pure genius.
Many congratulations to Choc Lit whose novel Talk to Me by Jules Wake is on the shortlist for The Romantic Novelists' Association’s Award for new writers. The shortlist is made up of authors whose debut novels have been accepted for publication after passing through the annual RNA New Writers Scheme, which offers 250 romance writers critique from one of the RNA’s published authors on a complete manuscript. The award will be presented on Thursday 21st May and is sponsored by gardening expert Dr David Hessayon OBE, in honour of his late wife Joan, who was a longstanding member of the RNA and a supporter of its New Writers' Scheme. The full shortlist for 2015 is: No One Wants to be Miss Havisham by Brigid Coady (HarperImpulse), What If He's The One by Kathy Jay (HarperImpulse), Crazy Undercover Love by Nikki Moore (HarperImpulse), The Torn Up Marriage by Caroline Roberts (HarperImpulse), The Vineyard by Karen Aldous (Carina), The Bankrupt Viscount by Caitlyn Callery (MuseItUp), Maybe Baby by Ashlinn Craven (Crimson Romance), What the Future Holds by Joan Fleming (Tirgearr), Safe Harbour by Natalie Kleinman (White Glove, originally published by Safkhet), Meant for Each Other by Margaret Pardoe (DC Thomson novella), Mary & the Marquis by Janice Preston (HMB Historical), In the Line of Duty by Heather Rosser (New Generation Publishing, originally published by Attica Books), A Jersey Kiss by Georgina Troy (Accent Press), Talk to Me by Jules Wake (Choc Lit) and Echoes in the Sand by Gwyneth Williams (Endeavour Press).
Frederic Raphael is one of
’s most celebrated writers. He
is the author of over twenty novels, the most celebrated being The Glittering Prizes (and its sequels) which
followed the aspirations and changing lives of a group of Cambridge students
through to middle age and became a critically acclaimed six-part BBC television
series for which Raphael would win a Royal Television Society Writer of the
Year Award. He also wrote the screenplay for Eyes Wide Shut and won
an Oscar for the 1965 movie Darling. Next month Robson Press are
publishing his autobiography: Going Up.
This dazzling piece of virtuoso prose writing takes the reader on a journey from
Britain Chicago to Putney, to Charterhouse, on up to
Cambridge, and beyond to Hollywood and , recording experiences that
were absorbed in Raphael’s opulent novels
and screenplays. There will be a major press campaign, a serialisation in
discussion and it is certain to be one of the literary memoirs of the year.
Going Up (hb with photos, 978 1849548700,
£20.00) is published in June and you can order it and find out more here France
And if you’d like a 1-min reminder of just how very good The Glittering Prizes TV series was, then watch it here on YouTube!
And also in July, Frederic Raphael has written a title for the acclaimed Provocations series. Anti-Semitism is a powerful new book that will both demand and lead a public debate as in a time in which anti-Semitism is on the rise across the world, this extraordinary book sadly could not be more relevant. The Jews are at once privileged and peculiar, possibly blessed, regularly cursed. The rejection of Jesus turned ‘the
Chosen’ into ‘the Damned’,
and in this sense, the rise of Christianity and the damnation of the Jews went
hand in hand. Yet both Christianity and Islam cannot entirely deny that their
doctrines are based on Judaism. In this extraordinary, powerful polemic,
Frederic Raphael looks back through two
millennia of persecution, explaining not only exactly why it is people have been
killing Jews for so long, but how this religion continues to survive and
flourish in spite of this history of violence. With the publication of his
memoirs and novel at the same time, Raphael will be in much demand by print and
broadcast media, and in the public eye. Anti-Semitism (£10, hb, 978 1849548908) is out
from Biteback in July.
Who said “Whisky, gambling and Ferraris are better than housework.” I couldn’t agree more, and you may perhaps be surprised to find out that the author of this wise statement was in fact a woman: none other than Françoise Sagan. Sagan:
1954 is a fictionalised
account of a publishing phenomenon and feminist icon – by Anne Berest and translated by Heather
Lloyd, who translated the Penguin Modern Classic edition of Bonjour
Tristesse, so she knows her Sagan style! This intimate and compelling novel
is based on the months in 1954 leading up to the publication of that legendary
novel. We encounter Françoise, - an eighteen-year-old Parisian girl – and her
family and friends, in a post-war world that is changing radically. This is
Françoise Sagan, before she became
a literary icon - at a time of immense social change and this novel shows how
her fearless approach to life lived on her own terms remains an inspiration even
now. You are currently doing extremely well with translated French novels –
The Red Notebook and George’s Grand Tour are currently flying off
the shelves – and so did The Peculiar Life of a Lonely Postman (thanks in
particular to the The Little Apple Bookshop in York for all of
your support!) so I anticipate that this should be a strong seller for you too!
Sagan: Paris 1954 (£8.99, pb, 978
1908313898) is published by Gallic in June and you can find out more here. Paris
I will absolutely defend the rights of any woman to get involved with fast cars and gambling if that’s what floats your boat – but maybe some of us should lay of the whisky a bit – otherwise this may well be the result rather than the chic Françoise Sagan style we envisaged!
I Know I am Rude But It Is Fun: another statement that it is hard to disagree with. This hilarious book by Nigel Cawthorne is subtitled The Royals and the Rest of Us as Seen by Prince Philip – and is published to coincide with the 94th birthday of the Prince on 10 June. In this affectionate compendium Nigel Cawthorne brings together many known and less well-known stories about the Prince, giving an insight into the royal world where he 'traipses around' rather than is professionally qualified in 'something'. From the funeral at which he mistakenly wore the order of King Baudoin's of
bitter enemy President Mobutu of to the many stories that
involve the royal family; here is a truly rude celebration of daily life in
royal circles. I Know I am Rude But It Is Fun: The Royals and the Rest of Us
as Seen by Prince Philip by Nigel
Cawthorne (pb, £8.99, 978 1783340125) is coming from Gibson
Square in June and you can order it here Congo
Here’s a short recap of some of his most well-known gaffes – lots more in the book!
You can see David Michie reading a little excerpt from The Power of Meow here!
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