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Hi Everyone!

We’ve almost got to the end of Monday here in sunny (!) London and it’s time to celebrate with one of our ‘Monday Blues Remedy’ blog posts. Lots of updates from our authors this week…

BESTSELLER NEWS

Until I Say Good-Bye OUT NOW!

Susan’s book is out now and it has been very warmly welcomed by readers all over the world. It became an instant NYT bestseller , entering the Hardcover Non-Fiction chart at #3:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Susan met with hundreds of readers at her local Barnes & Noble and signed over 400 copies with her thumbprint:


And publicity is going extremely well in the UK too. Susan’s story was featured on the cover of Guardian Family, complete with a beautiful shot of Susan and a touching interview with her husband John (you can read it in full here: http://goo.gl/Wlf3G)

 

 

As always her her Facebook page is the best place to keep up with all things Susan: click and like!

 

Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald OUT THIS THURSDAY!

Therese’s book was published in the US last week and it instantly became a bestseller hitting the NYT, USA Today, NPR lists among others:

 

 

 

 

 

The Sunday Telegraph run a wonderful piece by Therese on Zelda, ‘Rehabilitating Zelda‘ which went viral and was picked up by the New Yorker and the Daily Mail. Reviews are pouring in and readers are just loving this book:

‘Finely researched, entertaining and very plausible.’ Vogue UK

‘A thrilling read.’ Stylist.co.uk

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her new novel Z, Fowler draws a compellingly complete portrait of that other Paris (and New York and St. Paul and Long Island) wife: mother, painter, writer, flapper, feminist Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald.’ USA Today

A gorgeously rendered piece of literary entertainment, not a biography but rather a love story set in the Jazz Age.’ New York Daily News

Zips along addictively and exposes the dark side of artistic ambition.’ EW

Z is a fictional account of Zelda Fitzgerald’s life – giving voice to the determined, intelligent and vibrant woman who struggled to find her identity in the shadow of her husband, whose demons challenged them both with heartbreaking consequences. An unforgettable read’ Australian Woman’s Weekly

And look out for reviews and features in the Sunday Times Culture, Spectator, Stylist and Irish Tatler.

In the meantime our Australian and New Zealand friends are going literally crazy for the book:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Still Point of the Turning World OUT THIS THURSDAY!

Emily’s book is also officially a NYT bestseller and the reviews are simply outstanding. We’ll let them do the talking:

‘A brilliant study of the wages of mortal love’ The New York Times Book Review

‘A radiant book steeped in deep feelings’ Los Angeles Times

Rapp combines an essayist’s willingness to lay herself bare on the page, a theologian’s search to plumb the mysteries of life and a poet’s precision’ San Francisco Chronicle

‘Rapp has written a beautiful and passionate elegy for her son, a book that offers deep wisdom for any reader.’ Boston Globe

 

2014 PREVIEW

The Legacy of Elizabeth Pringle (March 2014)

We are publishing Kirsty’s literary debut next year, but in the meantime take a look at the glamorous spread in the Guardian Weekend magazine:. Sadly, she had to give the clothes back.

 

 

AND SINCE YOU’VE SURVIVED MONDAY…

…you now need a good, refreshing, tall glass of one of these fab ‘literary beers’: http://flavorwire.com/382387/10-delicious-literary-beers-to-drink-while-reading

Cheers and until next time!

Fede

I’m often (well, occasionally) asked which Australian authors I would recommend.

 

Nothing more annoying than a list of ten books, so here are twelve Australian books I love. I am hugely grateful that much of my formative reading was done in Australia, which bolted onto a narrative British base  pretty much perfectly.  Obviously I love more than twelve, but this is a start.  I could have done fifty but this is a blog…not a pulpit.

 

So, in no particular order … get your minds outside these…

1.  The Fortunes of Richard Mahony trilogy  Henry Handel Richardson

2. The Tree of Man Patrick White

3. Oscar and Lucinda Peter Carey

4. The Man Who Loved Children Christina Stead

5. Careful He Might Hear You Sumner Locke Elliot

6. Come in Spinner Dymphna Cusack – cannot find this in print – anyone know where I can get this?

7. The Monkey’s Mask Dorothy Porter

8. The Idea of Perfection Kate Grenville

9. Dancing on Coral Glenda Adams

10. The Sound of One Hand Clapping Richard Flanagan

11.  The Transit of Venus Shirley Hazzard

12.  Cloudstreet Tim Winton (what? you thought I’d leave it off?) + TV series

Australian literature (past and present)  is poorly available in the UK, so many of these will be unknown, even though they’re a bit ‘greatest hits’.  None the worse for that of course.  Embrace Australia’s storytelling culture…

And finally – a taster of  some contemporary writers I recommend hugely:  James Bradley, Charlotte Wood, Carrie Tiffany, Garth Nix, Joan London, Gillian Rubinstein … do try and see where they take you…one connection leads to another.

 

 

Oh, and by the way…

Text Publishing Australia is relaunching some Australian classics – more info here.

 

 

Christmas Tree in LondonA week of snow, the beginning of December and it’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas.  The delicious windows in Fortnum’s, snowing in Covent Garden this afternoon, the tawdry decorations in Oxford Street (oh please, save up for some real ones or don’t bother!) the Christmas TV ads dripping with fake snow (should have waited boys – nip out and shoot next year’s right now) all very cosy.  White Christmas is on TV in the background (was Danny Kaye always that camp?)  Oh god, how will I keep up the emotional commitment to Christmas…I’ve peaked too early.  More snow please, hold the mince pies.

Christmas decorations in LondonBy way of contrast I had to call Australia and New Zealand a few times this week  to talk to authors.  Both great books.   Time difference at this time of year is extreme so I was huddled in British darkness while they oh so clearly weren’t. I could tell because their voices weren’t muffled by being under the duvet.  continue reading »

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were trying to do. Of course there is no absolutely perfect fit and in no time at all the name will be subservient to the books themselves. As it should be.

Two Roads comes from the Robert Frost poem ‘The Road Not Taken’ which is all about doing things differently, which is what we’re trying to do with the new list. To publish the books which might otherwise be overlooked, not fit into expected categories, be unusual (or just plain quirky) and get them into the hands and affections of readers. So Two Roads can be about different ways of approaching books, or the books themselves. It could mean books about different places, individuals, choices made and regretted or not regretted.

Personally, I left the UK when I was young (fully expecting to be back very soon) yet I travelled for years and gained all sorts of wonderful publishing experience that perhaps staying in London would not have given me. It shaped my taste and my outlook, which will inevitably be reflected in Two Roads books.

One thing I know about Two Roads is that they will be exceptional books, published with passion – maybe that will make all the difference. Actually, I think Two Roads fits rather well.

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