On Monday 7 November, Gold Rush by Jim Richards hits the shelves. The story of how he – literally – found then lost and then made a fortune, Jim’s obsession with gold mining began as a young boy in Wales, and it led him to Guyana, Laos and Australia among many other places. His poster campaign on London’s tubes and train station has started today!
Jim’s first appearance is on BBC Breakfast tomorrow morning (Saturday 5th), an interview is also appearing in tomorrow’s Telegraph, and in the afternoon he is appearing at UCL’s Festival of Geology.
Coming up, Jim will be on Midweek on Wednesday 9th. You can also catch Jim in person at his talks in Manchester, Ribblesdale, Conwy, Swansea and Sidcup.
Emily Stott’s press continues as thoughts turn to autumn wardrobes. In the Metro, she talks about about the secrets of mystery shopping, and in the Sun about how best to manage those varying fitting room mirrors.
An exhibition of Simon Phipp’s photography – Béton Brut – is being held at London’s The Foundry Gallery, from 9 September to 27 October. Simon is the author of our wonderful forthcoming November title Brutal London.
Sharon Blackie, author of If Women Rose Rooted, will be appearing at the Nature Matters 2016: In Touch with the Wild event in Cambridge, on Friday 23rd, talking about Myth and Story as an Act of Place-Making.
Huge congratulations to September author Mark Thomas, whose new show The Red Shed has won two awards at the Edinburgh fringe. The Scotsman’s Fringe First Award and The Stage Special Award. The Scotsman said, ‘A beautifully structured story about a quest to understand a valued part of his past, it has left many audience members wiping away tears.’
Sharon Blackie appeared at the Edinburgh International Book Festival on 16 August, talking about A Journey to Authenticity and Belonging.
This blog post on Mumble Words describes the event, and we love the image of Sharon as ‘like an unassuming priestess’.
In September, Sharon will also be appearing at the Nature Matters 2016: In Touch with the Wild event in Cambridge, on Friday 23rd, talking about Myth and Story as an Act of Place-Making.
Looking ahead, Jim Richards, author of this autumn’s Gold Rush, will be appearing at in November at the Festival of Geology. His book has just received this great editor’s choice review in The Bookseller:
Shopped: A True Story of Secret Shopping and Style by Emily Stott is published this month. On Sunday Emily filmed in LK Bennett on Northcote Road. Press coverage (including the Sun on Sunday and Frontlist) to come shortly. Read an extract here.
On 14 July, Anthony is appearing at the Festival of Words and Ideas in Dartington, talking about The Adrenaline of Conflict.
Sharon Blackie is appearing at the Nature Matters 2016: In Touch with the Wild event in Cambridge, on Friday 23 September, talking about Myth and Story as an Act of Place-Making. Before then she is appearing at the Edinburgh International Book Festival on 16 August, talking about A Journey to Authenticity and Belonging.
This month sees the paperback publication of P. J. Kavanagh’s The Perfect Stranger, a new edition 50 years after the first. P. J. sadly died in August last year, but we were privileged to have worked with him on the republication of this memoir about youth, travel, love and loss. Here is just some of the praise for the book:
‘The writing remains vivid and detailed, full of concise pen portraits … it’s hard to think of a memoir by a male author that describes the experience [of love] with as much honesty, passion and precision.’ David Nicholls
‘A ﬁne memorial to love and youth.’ Michael Frayn
‘One of the best memoirs I have read … humorous and poetic.’ Richard Ingrams
‘I’ve re-read The Perfect Stranger many times and still think it, though unique, a model “of its kind”.’ Derek Mahon
‘To hear the truth so devastatingly and yet so joyfully encountered is rare in an age where autobiography has been ﬂattened by the massed weight of political and public reminiscence. This autobiography, from its beginning to its bitter end, is a celebration of joy: joy in youth, in woman, in male camaraderie, in the struggle of art, in married love.’ Times Literary Supplement
‘[A] remarkable work of prose … It won the Richard Hillary Memorial Prize, for in reality it was a testimony to the absence of the one person who could help him work out the puzzle of life, his wife, Sally’ Independent
‘A joyous yet unsentimental account of Kavanagh’s early life and his few years with Sally. A story of love and tragic loss’ Guardian
‘Not sentimental nor self-pitying but vivid, humorous and bent upon describing a world in which the one person who had seemed to make sense of it had been lost.’ Telegraph
‘A terriﬁc book, vivid, funny and moving … The account of his narrow escape from the great battle in Korea is brilliant, as is in a quite different way the elegiac conclusion to the book.’ David Lodge
‘Patrick Kavanagh’s memoir is a small masterpiece of its kind, reﬂecting all the wit, unabashed frankness and literary elegance of its author.’ Max Hastings
Also this month, Sharon Blackie and Angela Kiss appeared at the Swindon Literary Festival, talking about their books If Women Rose Rooted and How to be an Alien in England. Both events were well received, with Angela getting a lovely write up in the Swindon Advertiser.
April has brought us a groundswell of support for Sharon Blackie’s If Women Rose Rooted. She has had fantastic online reviews on Dancing in the Mist and This Hatchett Green, as well as on Amazon and Goodreads. A few quotes:
‘If Women Rose Rooted isn’t an easy read in places, and profoundly beautiful in others. There were moments when I gasped in recognition and found myself moved to tears by the beauty of her words’ Liaithlus, Dancing in the Mist
‘It is in the closing section of her book that I find the clearest expression of what for a lifetime I have been personally looking for’ Eóin Macaoidh, The Hatchett Green
‘You cannot read this book and be unchanged by it.’ Amazon review
‘I am inspired to be greater. What could be better than that.’ Amazon review
‘I couldn’t put this book down – truly stirring and powerful.’ Amazon review
‘I truly recommend this book to all who search for sense and strength in history and myth of female heroines (that we all are).’ Goodreads review
Sharon has written a blog for Caught by the River about her love of bogs, and she will be speaking about Celtic women at Swindon’s Literary Festival on 8 May.
And looking forward to July, forthcoming title Shopped by Emily Stott has had a wonderful Editor’s Choice write up in the Bookseller:
‘And as Hannah joined in . . . the idea for If Women Rose Rooted took firm hold in my mind. I would write a completely different book: a book which brought together both of my passions: place, and story.’
This month sees the publication of If Women Rose Rooted: The Power of Celtic Women by Sharon Blackie, and the quote above comes from a wonderful piece she has written for writing.ie about how ideas emerge from place, time and conversation.
September collaborator Louise Norton visited Sharon in Donegal to with her video camera. Amongst the stunning scenery of the seven sisters, Sharon calls all the eco-feminists:
It has also been announced that in September this year we are publishing The English Heritage Guide to London’s Blue Plaques. Compact yet comprehensive, this treasure trove of a book will bring London’s streets and buildings alive.
February has kicked off with the publication of Alice Stevenson’s beautiful London Perspectives Colouring Postcards, which features black and white images from Ways to Walk in London for colouring in, and then to send or keep. Alice has been sharing coloured versions using #LondonPerspectives.
On February’s extra day, Alice is a featured artist with Laura Rae at Listen Softly London (7pm, 29 February at The Barley Mow, London EC2).
On Wednesday 10th, Angela Kiss appeared on Midweek to discuss How to be an Alien in England. Listen to her here at 33.45 minutes. Female First has featured her first impressions on arriving in UK, and she will be interviewed on World Service, Weekend on Saturday 20th February. More coverage is due soon.
And on Thursday 11th, Anthony Loyd had a great discussion about My War Gone By, I Miss It So at the Times Plus event.
Alice Stevenson appeared at The Piccadilly Waterstones Christmas Customer Evening on 3 December.
Anthony Loyd wrote a powerful article about returning to the Balkans 20 years after the end of hostilities which appeared in The Times Magazine on 28 November. For those who subscribe, there is also a very moving video. Anthony will be appearing at The Frontline Club’s BookNight with Anthony Loyd on 9 December, 7pm, and you can book now for his Times Plus events An Evening with Anthony Loyd, on 11 February 2016.
Mark Thomas will be reading from 100 Acts of Minor Dissent on 12 December, 1-2.15pm in St Austell, raising funds for Mid & East Cornwall Green Party. 100 Acts was included in Philosophy Football’s round up of new political books, singled out as one that makes politics fun and a pleasure to be a part of.
He is also appearing all over the country, from Cardigan and Falmouth to Whitstable and Doncaster, with Trespass – his latest show on dissent, cities and public spaces. He also has some rather fetching new merchandise.
Finally, September founder Hannah MacDonald spoke at the FutureBook conference on Friday 4 December about author-centric publishing.