Archive May 2014

The lovely Gillian, who has been with us at Two Roads for the past five weeks as part of her UCL MA in Publishing, is leaving us today. Boo-hoo! She has been an absolute star and we will miss her. A lot.

Here she is, saying a proper goodbye:

Today is the last day of my five week internship at Two Roads. I have had a really amazing time here and will be very sad to leave – Fede and Lisa have been incredibly generous with their time and knowledge and I am forever grateful for the experience.

At Two Roads I have gotten a great overview of working in a large publishing house, from within a small and dynamic imprint. Working closely with Fede and Lisa has taught me to trust my own opinions, read as much as possible, take advantage of every opportunity (and stop apologising!).

During my MA at UCL I have been exposed to lots of different aspects of the publishing industry – marketing, sales, publicity, editorial and rights. We have had some fantastic speakers at UCL talking about their experiences over the years in publishing, but no one has stood out quite like Lisa and Fede. Since having Fede speak to us during our second week of classes, and then joining Lisa later in the year, our class has felt a particular connection to Two Roads. I know how lucky I am to have had the chance to learn from them both and am already jealous of next year’s intern – the Two Roads world is a wonderful place to be.

Thank you again Lisa and Fede!

No, thank you Gillian, and best of luck with your new job!

There’s nothing better on a rainy, cold, gloomy day than running around a muddy field in Wales.

Seriously, there isn’t, especially if that field in Wales belongs to the charming little village of Hay-on-Wye. That’s where one of the two roads was, accompanying our author Kirsty Wark while she was on duty at the Hay Literary Festival. If you’ve never been, we definitely recommend it: ten days packed with author events, book signings and lots of other bookish activities (the festival is perfect for children too!)… seriously, what’s not to like?

Kirsty was in conversation with Sarah Compton of the Daily Telegraph, talking about her novel The Legacy of Elizabeth Pringle, her career at the BBC and her latest documentary about sexism, Blurred Lines. She then did a quick live interview for BBC Radio 6 with Radcliffe & Maconie (listen here) and finally chaired an author event with Philipp Meyer and Linda Spalding.

Take a look below…

Welcome to Hay!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kirsty with Sarah Compton 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Signing copies of THE LEGACY OF ELIZABETH PRINGLE

 

 

Kirsty with Radcliffe & Maconie of BBC 6

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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This week the Alzheimer’s Society celebrates Dementia Awareness Week which is all about getting people to open up and start talking about dementia. From 18 until 24 May, Dementia Awareness Week will be campaigning, fundraising and raising awareness about the disease.

Sally is also the founder of Playlist For Life which encourages families to create a playlist of meaningful music on an iPod for their loved one.

There is mounting evidence that if people with dementia are offered frequent access to the music in which their past experience and memories are embedded, it can improve their present mood, their awareness, their ability to understand and think and their sense of identity and independence. Music that is merely familiar in a general way, although pleasurable, is not likely to be so effective.

Get involved with the Alzheimer’s Society and Playlist for Life this week and get talking!

#DAW2014

Make sure you check out the Where Memories Go Facebook page for daily posts throughout the week (and more!)

Today REMEMBER ME LIKE THIS is published in America and we couldn’t be more thrilled for Two Roads author Bret Anthony Johnston.

To celebrate, and to whet your appetite before the UK pub date of June 19th, here’s a quick round-up of the latest, brilliant praise we have received so far…

Set in a small community on the Texan Gulf, REMEMBER ME LIKE THIS is a gripping literary novel with the pace of a thriller, the story of a family coming back together after a kidnapped son comes home and lays bare the effects of his trauma as the book builds to a spectacular denouement over one long, hot summer.

Enthralling… I know the novel you’re looking for. It’s the thriller that also has interesting sentences. It’s the one with a driving plot but fully realized characters as well, the one that flows like it was plotted by Dennis Lehane but feels like it was written by Jonathan Franzen. The high-end potboiler. The literate page-turner. It’s a surprisingly rare breed even though it’s so obviously the novel we all want. Fortunately, there’s Bret Anthony Johnston’s Remember Me Like This… It has all the features of a trashy psychological thriller, but with all the resources of literary fiction brought to bear on the psychologies in question… The plot in Remember Me Like This is interstitially tied in to the psychological details of the characters, and that’s what makes it interesting. Johnston has a gift for creating characters that are perfectly ordinary but also deeply peculiar… In the end, the high literary technique and the pulp elements of Remember Me Like This contribute so seamlessly to each other you wonder how they got separate in the first place. It doesn’t need a name. It’s just good to read. – Esquire

This portrayal of a family struggling through what should be its happiest moment is tremendously movingthere’s real humanity in Johnston’s writing, and it’s heartening to spend time with these folks as they relearn how to be a family. Rendered in these compassionate, candid chapters, theirs is a struggle that speaks to those of us who have endured far less. – Ron Charles, Washington Post

And just in case you are not following Bret’s adventures on Facebook, here’s a recent post that explains why you should…

Three cheers for ABOVE, the brilliant (and brilliantly scary) new novel by Come Sunday author Isla Morley. A chilling novel of survival and hope and heart-stopping plot twists, it tells the story of Blythe, a sixteen-year-old Kansas schoolgirl who is abducted and kept in an abandoned silo by a survivalist who is convinced that the world is about to end.

But don’t be fooled: Above is like nothing you’ve read before.

Twitter is completely abuzz with readers praising the book’s unexpected twists, and in-house excitement is through the roof:

Our lovely intern Gillian is a massive fan and she’s volunteered to write a quick review of the book:

‘Gripping’ is the first word that comes to mind when describing Above: however clichéd it may sound, this book really is impossible to put down. At first, this novel could seem comparable to Room and The Lovely Bones, however, this book is truly unique and totally unpredictable from beginning to end.

Isla Morley’s novel is set in contemporary America, specifically Kansas. We meet Blythe as she comes to terms with having been abducted by Dobbs, a survivalist who believes that the end of the world is imminent, and finding herself confined in a disused missile silo. You could be forgiven for thinking that you are sure what will happen next. However, what unfolds took me completely by surprise. Blythe narrates her isolation and does so with incredible emotion yet still maintains a necessary restraint. She dreams of escaping and one day going ‘above’ and so cannot fall apart or resign herself to her captivity.

One of Isla Morley’s great triumphs is creating a believable voice in Blythe. From the very first page, I was hooked: Blythe’s voice is honest, anguished and completely captivating. She also manages to span seventeen years of Blythe’s imprisonment with intensity and masterful pacing.

Above is like nothing I have ever read and made me an instant fan of Isla Morley. This book is thought-provoking, different and completely addictive.

Convinced yet? Find out more here, and visit our Facebook page to join today’s #AboveDay celebrations!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ayelet Waldman recently celebrated the publication of Love and Treasure at New York’s beloved Strand bookstore, along with her husband Michael Chabon. Love and Treasure was released here in the UK on April 10th and here are just a few of the fantastic reviews the novel has received so far:

‘An ambitious, perceptive novel.’ —Guardian

‘Waldman is a wonderfully imaginative writer…  a tense and romantic story that never seems polemical or overdetermined… a marvelous panorama of early 20th-century attitudes about women… Moving.’ Ron Charles, Washington Post

‘With Love and Treasure, [Waldman] has carefully crafted a work that measures memory against oblivion, value against wealth, and legacy against possession.‘—O Magazine

You can find out more about Ayelet on her Facebook page or by following her on Twitter. In the meantime, here’s a picture taken at the Strand Bookstore launch:

Ayelet Waldman and her husband Michael Chabon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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