“Dark & Stormy is a brand new UK crime festival, serving up a wicked selection of book, film, music & theatre events. We launch in May 2014, in partnership with Brighton Festival, Brighton Fringe, and Dukes at Komedia, to celebrate and promote this massively popular genre, bringing its fans, creators and stars together for one criminally good and unforgettable weekend.” The site is up and tickets are now on sale. The press release follows.
The Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction has announced its longlist and the judges will now work on reducing this list to six for the shortlist, before choosing an overall winner to be announced on 4 June 2014.
- Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – Americanah
- Margaret Atwood – MaddAddam
- Suzanne Berne - The Dogs of Littlefield
- Fatima Bhutto – The Shadow of the Crescent Moon
- Claire Cameron - The Bear
- Lea Carpenter – Eleven Days
- M.J. Carter – The Strangler Vine
- Eleanor Catton – The Luminaries
- Deborah Kay Davies – Reasons She Goes to the Woods
- Elizabeth Gilbert – The Signature of All Things
- Hannah Kent – Burial Rites
- Rachel Kushner – The Flamethrowers
- Jhumpa Lahiri – The Lowland
- Audrey Magee – The Undertaking
- Eimear McBride – A Girl Is A Half-Formed Thing
- Charlotte Mendelson – Almost English
- Anna Quindlen – Still Life with Bread Crumbs
- Elizabeth Strout – The Burgess Boys
- Donna Tartt – The Goldfinch
- Evie Wyld – All The Birds, Singing.
Today is a rather special day. And miles and miles away in London, TFL had a very kind notice up when the news was out. (Thanks to the dad of @peppercatgreen and @Johnnycool_cat.) The sign says it all and here she is getting used to her new home.
HARVILL SECKER AND TELEGRAPH UNVEIL A NEW CRIME WRITING STAR
HARVILL SECKER TO PUBLISH WINNING CRIME NOVELSET DURING BRITSH RAJ
Abir Mukherjee is the winner of the Telegraph Harvill Secker Crime Writing Prize, launched last July to find an unpublished crime writing star to join one of the country’s leading literary imprints, home to bestselling crime authors including Jo Nesbo, Henning Mankell, Fred Vargas, Stuart Neville and Eva Dolan. An extract from Abir Mukherjee’s winning entry – ‘A Rising Man’ – can be read at the Telegraph.
Set in India in 1919, ‘A Rising Man’ opens with the brutal murder of a British burra sahib in the backstreets of Calcutta. Was the killing politically motivated by the Quit India movement? Captain Sam Wyndham of the Imperial Police Force, a former Scotland Yard detective and a man scarred by the Great War, is asked to investigate. Described as “a good man upholding a corrupt system”, Wyndham is assisted by the equally conflicted Sergeant Bannerjee, who is torn between his belief in British justice and the Empire’s repression of his own people.
Are you all alone this Valentine’s Day? Still single after that “Dear John” missive you received yesterday? (We live in a fast world these days.) There is absolutely no need to feel teary and alone. Connect with readers and put pen to paper or fingers on a keyboard and enter the Flashbang Contest for flash crime fiction. Check out this year’s prizes here.
You could, of course, spend your Valentine’s evening writing really bad poetry. But with a competition like Flashbang you could be inspired instead.
Every week from 20 January 2014 the two books with the least votes in each poll will be eliminated, until we have the winners.
After round four we have seen Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl and Camilla Lackberg’s The Hidden Child eliminated.
The remaining four Murder and Mayhem novels are from John Le Carré, William McIlvanney, Lesley Thomson and Anne Zouroudi.
Get voting by clicking right HERE.
Now only two weeks left to keep voting until the final winner is determined.
That’s a very fine shortlist to read. And good luck to those still in the running.
The shortlist of eight books for the inaugural Folio Prize has been announced today.
The prize is open to English language writers from all over the world and includes poetry, novels and short stories. The winner of the £40,000 prize will be announced on 10 March.
- Red Doc by Anne Carson (Canada)
- Schroder by Amity Gaige (USA)
- Last Friends by Jane Gardam (England)
- Benediction by Kent Haruf (USA)
- The Flame Throwers by Rachel Kushner (USA)
- A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing by Eimear McBride (Ireland)
- A Naked Singularity by Sergio De La Pava (USA)
- Tenth of December by George Saunders (USA).
Graduation time will soon come around so our wonderful students have been auditioning for roles at the BBC. Here we see Buffy doing a splendid job auditioning for the role of First Corpse in Silent Witness.
And here, Sheila and Keeley are about to have a scrap in the bar for Eastenders. Amazing eye work ladies!
… Simon Brett.