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  • That ‘Hallelujah!’ Moment

    July 30th, 2014

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    What happens when, weeks before publication date, you find three other publishers are bringing out books with the same title? Publisher Hannah Westland explains. The first time I came across Sarah Perry was when she sent me the best submission letter I’d ever received, back when I was an agent...

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  • ‘Promote illusion over reality’: Life values in Mood Indigo

    July 30th, 2014

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    Serpent’s Tail founder Pete Ayrton on the values he learned through reading (and re-reading) Boris Vian’s cult classic, Mood Indigo. There are certain cult books that enable you to recognise a kindred soul. Mood Indigo is one of them. Discussing the book you discover a person’s views on jazz (Duke...

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  • Tennis stars through the ages – photo gallery

    July 30th, 2014

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    Thought this year’s Wimbledon stars were the height of tennis celebrity? Think again. All images are (c) Michael Cole and extracts are from Elizabeth Wilson’s Love Game, a social history of tennis, out now in a beautiful hardback edition.  Suzanne Lenglen was the first ever international tennis celebrity: In the period of...

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  • D.I. Sean Duffy playlist

    July 30th, 2014

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    Sean Duffy: an intelligent, resourceful, potentially ‘rogue’ police officer, with influential friends and powerful enemies. A very dangerous asset. Plus he has great music taste. In the Morning I’ll Be Gone is the most recent book featuring Adrian McKinty’s rogue detective, working in 1980s Ireland at the height of the Troubles, and...

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    Events

  • Sarah Perry at Green Belt Festival

    22nd August 2014

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    Sarah Perry was born in Essex in 1979, and grew up in a deeply religious home. Kept apart from contemporary culture, she spent her childhood immersed in classic literature, Victorian hymns and the King James Bible. She has a PhD in creative writing from Royal Holloway which she completed under...

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  • Clemens J Setz in conversation with Ned Beauman at the Edinburgh International Book Festival

    22nd August 2014

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    Literature’s Brilliant Experimenters Quite possibly Britain’s best hope for the future of literature, Ned Beauman’s first two novels have already picked up multiple prizes. Now he presents Glow, set in a strange South London where nothing quite seems to make sense. With a similar talent and a similarly unusual novel,...

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  • The Moth storytelling event at Edinburgh Book Festival

    22nd August 2014

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    True Stories Told Live To celebrate the UK launch of their first book, which collects together 50 of their best stories, we invited The Moth, the legendary US storytelling organisation, to create a special one-off evening of stories inspired by our strand of events, Conversations with Ourselves. Join an eclectic...

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  • Simon Rich at Book Slam

    3rd September 2014

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     Simon Rich was one of the youngest ever writers on ‘Saturday Night Live’ where he worked for four seasons. We first met him armed with his short stories, The Last Girlfriend on Earth, which will shortly become a sitcom, but tonight he’ll read from his latest collection, Spoiled Brats. Mark...

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