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Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction 2014 Longlist Announcement

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.

StranglerVine[Crime lovers may like to note the inclusion of India-set historical crime novel The Strangler Vine from M J Carter and the Iceland-set Burial Rites by Hannah Kent.]

ReasonsDKDBaileys Women’s Prize for Fiction Longlist:

  • 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
  • BurialRitesEleanor 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
  • GoldfinchAudrey 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.

Winner of Harvill Secker and Daily Telegraph Competition Announced

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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Abir Mukherjee is the winner of the Telegraph Harvill Secker Crime Writing Prize, launched last July to find an unpublished crime writing star to join one of the country’s leading literary imprints, home to bestselling crime authors including Jo Nesbo, Henning Mankell, Fred Vargas,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.

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Coventry Inspiration Book Awards 2014 Murder and Mayhem – four books left to vote for

CovBookAwardsM&M100214Within the Coventry Inspiration Book Awards we have one called Murder and Mayhem.

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 Inaugural 2014 Folio Prize Shortlist Announced

FolioPrizeThe 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).

Coventry Inspiration Book Awards 2014 – Murder and Mayhem

Click on the pic to vote.

Click on the pic to vote.

Within the Coventry Inspiration Book Awards we have one called Murder and Mayhem.

Every week from 20 January 2014 the two books with the least votes in each poll will be eliminated, until we have the winners.

Get voting by clicking on the pic or right HERE.

And don’t forget to keep voting weekly until the final winner is determined.

That’s quite a list there.

One of the best shortlists I’ve seen.

This competition is a tough one.

Vote!

Costa Book Awards 2013 Winners Announced 28 January 2014

2013 Costa Novel Award

Kate Atkinson for Life After Life (Doubleday)

2013 Costa First Novel Award

Nathan Filer for The Shock of the Fall (HarperCollins)

2013 Costa Biography Award

Lucy Hughes-Hallett for The Pike: Gabriele D’Annunzio, Poet, Seducer and Preacher of War (Fourth Estate)

2013 Costa Poetry Award shortlist

Michael Symmons Roberts for Drysalter (Jonathan Cape)

2013 Costa Children’s Book Award

Chris Riddell for Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse (Macmillan Children’s Books)

2013 Costa Short Story Award

Angela Readman for The Keeper of the Jackalopes

2013 Costa Book of the Year

Nathan Filer for The Shock of the Fall

Source: @CostaBookAwards

James Naughtie talks about writing his political thriller The Madness of July …

… in this nifty video from his publisher Head of Zeus.  The novel is published on 27 February.

Click on pic to find book on Amazon.

Click on pic to find book on Amazon.

“It is a sweltering July in the mid-1970s, and for Will Flemyng, foreign office minister, the temperature is rising with each passing hour. A mysterious death has exposed secret passions in government, bringing on a political crisis that will draw him back into a familiar world of danger and deceit.

“For Flemyng has a past. He was trained as a spy for a life behind enemy lines and now he’s compelled to go back. In the course of one long weekend he must question all his loyalties: to his friends, his enemies, and to his own two brothers.

“Only then can he expose the truth in London and Washington. When he has walked through the fire.”

Lisa Cutts’s Novel Never Forget Optioned For TV

From her publisher, Myriad’s site:

LisaCutts1“Bentley Productions, best known for the UK’s top rated and No. 1 TV drama export Midsomer Murders, has optioned the rights to the debut crime novel Never Forget by Lisa Cutts.  Myriad Publisher and Managing Director Candida Lacey commented: ‘Lisa’s work combines authenticity of plot with brilliant characterisation: her heroine, Nina, is a straight-talking, ambitious young woman starting out on a police career.  We are thrilled that a company with the prestigious track record of Bentley Productions can see the potential in this character.  This has the makings of a wonderful series.’

“Lisa Cutts is a serving police officer whose debut novel Never Forget was published by Myriad in the summer of 2013.  Her second novel in the series, Remember Remember, will be published by Myriad in August.”

Book Competition Time! Catch up with Tom Bale.

TheCatchIf you haven’t read a Tom Bale thriller yet, now is your chance.  The Catch will be published in paperback on 13 February but you can win a spanking new and fresh copy to read before the end of January if you’re quick off the mark, courtesy of those lovely people at Arrow.

You have until midnight, Thursday 23 January (British time) to leave a comment:

  1. with the correct name of the novel that Tom published under his real name, and
  2. outlining why you think you deserve to be the one to receive a copy of The Catch to get acquainted with Tom Bale’s thrillers.

Open to UK addresses only.  Comments will not be published here until Friday, 24 January when the winner will be selected.  Please ensure that you choose a method of commenting that allows speedy contact by email.  The book will be posted as soon as the winner’s address has been obtained by email.

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The Catch

How far do you go for a friendship?  That’s the question Daniel Wade is forced to ask when a simple favour has fatal consequences.  For the sake of his old schoolmate, Robbie – and more importantly for Robbie’s sister, Cate – Dan agrees to go along with a lie. But soon he’s sucked into a conspiracy that threatens to consume them all.

How hard do you fight for a fortune?  For Gordon and Patricia Blake, the dead man held the key to a glorious future.  Now that future has been ripped from their grasp, and the Blakes want to know why.  Then they want revenge.

How can you hope to survive?  With a ruthless predator on their trail, Dan realises that evading justice is the least of their worries.  All that matters now is staying alive …

Read the opening scenes of The Catch here.