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It's pub dayThe time has finally come: today Two Roads publishes Life, Love and The Archers, the first ever collection of prose by beloved poet Wendy Cope.

Wendy Cope has long been one of the nation’s best-loved poets, with her sharp eye for human foibles and wry sense of humour. For the first time, Life, Love and the Archers brings together the best of her prose – recollections, reviews and essays from the light-hearted to the serious, taken from a lifetime of published and unpublished work, and all with Cope’s lightness of touch.

A book for anyone who’s ever fallen in love, tried to give up smoking, or consoled themselves that they’ll never be quite as old as Mick Jagger.

Publicity for the book has kicked off with an interview on Radio 4 Front Row (which you can find here, from 12:35, http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04n338d) and a pick as Non-Fiction Book of the Month in Good Housekeeping, which called Wendy’s writing ‘always witty and insightful’.

Wendy has also recorded the audio edition of the book (we posted a picture from the recording session a little while ago: click here) and we have an exclusive extract here: http://bit.ly/wendycopeaudiobook

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Love and Treasure and coffeeThis week Love and Treasure, the terrific new novel by Ayelet Waldman, is the Waterstones Book Club choice. Which means you can head over to the Waterstones blog and read the first chapter (just click here) or find out where Ayelet found the inspiration for her book in this exclusive feature (click here).

 

Find out more below or visit the book page on our website here.

 

Love and treasure PB WATERSTONES‘AN AMBITIOUS, PERCEPTIVE NOVEL’ GUARDIAN
‘A WONDERFULLY IMAGINATIVE WRITER’ WASHINGTON POST

A fugitive train loaded with the plunder of a doomed people. A dazzling jewelled pendant in the form of a stylized peacock. And three men – an American infantry captain in World War II, an Israeli-born dealer in art stolen by the Nazis, and a pioneering psychiatrist in fin-de-siecle Budapest – who find their carefully-wrought lives turned upside-down by three fierce women, each locked in a struggle against her own history and the history of our times. And at the centre of Love and Treasure, nested like a photograph hidden in a locket, a mystery: where does the worth of a people and its treasures truly lie? What is the value of a gift, when giver and recipient have been lost – of a love offering when the beloved is no more?

In an intricately constructed narrative that is by turns funny and tragic, thrilling and harrowing, with all the expertise and narrative drive that readers have come to expect from her work, Waldman traces the unlikely journey, from 1914 Budapest to post-war Salzburg to present-day New York, of the peacock pendant whose significance changes – token of friendship, love-offering, unlucky talisman – with the changes of fortune undergone by her characters as they find themselves caught up in the BookClub_roundel_blueebb and flow of modern European history.

Spanning continents and a hundred years of turbulent history, encompassing war and revolution, the history of art, feminism and psychoanalysis, depicting the range of human feeling from the darkness of a shattered Europe to the ordinary heartbreaks of a contemporary New York woman, Love and Treasure marks the full maturity of a remarkable writer.

 

Another year, another Frankfurt Book Fair and Lisa, our indefatigable Publisher, was once again in Germany spending her days walking up and down the halls of the Fair, meeting agents and  foreign editors.

She did have time to snap a few pictures though, so here’s an insider’s view of the Fair, just for you guys!

The Hachette stand at the Frankfurt Book Fair: lots of busy book people around

 

 

Can you spot the cover of SOIL, a brand new novel coming from Two Roads in 2015?

 

 

A quick stop at a (very German) food truck: editors need their energy!

 

 

Another view of the busy Hachette stand

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

…are in the building!

They are so beautiful, we can’t wait for you all to see

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the finished product. Life, Love and The Archers is published on November 6th.

 

Wendy Cope LIFE LOVE AND THE ARCHERS proofs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Edinburgh International Book Festival Sally Magnusson Where Memories Go dementiaLisa is travelling around Scotland this week, and paid a visit to the Edinburgh International Book Festival to attend Sally Magnusson‘s event. Here’s her take:

Last night I attended Sally Magnusson‘s event at the Edinburgh Book Festival. Although I have read Sally’s book countless times and been to many many events, there was a particular magic to this one. Was it the rain drumming on the tent roof, the rapt attention of almost six hundred people, the expressive interpretation of the signer standing alongside or the magic of Sally’s words as she conducted us through her experience? All of the above of course.

As Sally spoke to each and every person in the quiet and patient signing queue for over an hour afterwards, the magic continued. Every person had something personal to share, something unique and yet universal. Where Memories Go has touched so many lives because dementia touches so many. As Sally says ‘ this is my story but it could be anybody’s’.

But last night, as Jim Naughtie and the Edinburgh Festival sound director said, ‘Wow, that was something …’

See a few pictures taken by Lisa below. Well done, Sally!

Find out more about Where Memories Go: why dementia changes everything here.

Edinburgh International Book Festival Sally Magnusson Where Memories Go dementia

Edinburgh International Book Festival Sally Magnusson Where Memories Go dementia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Booksellers Week project continues! Day 5 takes us to theatre bookshop and cultural landmark Samuel French, just a few steps away from our office (find the bookshop on the map here).
Read more about Fede’s visit:

Samuel French Theatre Bookshop is literally a few seconds away from our office on Euston road and it’s filled with all sorts of theatre-related books: from Shakespeare, to the American greats, to local up-and-coming playwrights. Interestingly Samuel French functions as a bookshop, as a publishers of stage scripts, and as a licencing agency. The staff is very passionate and recommended two plays: a classic (Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap, the longest-running play in the world) and a bright new thing (Penelope Skinner’s Eigengrau, which premiered at the Bush Theatre in 2010)

Keep up with our #IBW2014 project here on our blog, on Twitter and Facebook and visit your local bookshop today (the Booksellers Association has a very handy map here)!

The sun is shining and we’re visiting a bookshop!

Can you tell it’s a theatre bookshop?

Everything you need to become a theatre star

The two recommendations bought by Fede: Agatha Christie’s THE MOUSETRAP and Penelope Skinner’s EIGENGRAU

Day 4 of our Independent Booksellers Week project and we’ve decided to visit one of our ‘locals’, iconic LGBT bookshop Gay’s The Word, situated in the heart of Bloomsbury (find them on a map here).

Here’s what Fede had to say after his lunchtime stroll:

‘Another great indie to add to our list. It might be “the fountainhead of queer literature in Britain” (as Armistead Maupin famously said), but Gay’s The Word is full of wonderful titles that even a more mainstream audience can enjoy. Indeed, the true beauty of this shop is its range: from Booker Prize winning writers to unknown debuts, from big publishers to tiny presses, Gay’s The Word has a brilliant, brilliant selection of books. Plus they run a lively programme of events and they’re just about to start selling their books online…’

Keep up with our #IBW2014 project here on our blog, on Twitter and Facebook and visit your local bookshop today (the Booksellers Association has a very handy map here)!

Welcome to Gay’s The Word, in the heart of Bloomsbury

The bookshop stocks a wide range of LGBT titles

 

 

Staff recommendations

What Fede bought: THE SUMMER BOOK, one of Tove Jansson’s adult novels (she is best known as the creator of the Moomin series); and a novel by Will Eaves, THIS IS PARADISE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another busy morning for Two Roads! On Day 3 of our week-long tour of some of our favourite indies, Fede has ventured out of the office for a sunny walk in Primrose Hill, where he visited the charming Primrose Hill Books, run by Jessica and Marek, on one of London’s most beautiful streets, Regent’s Park Road (have a look at

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Here’s Fede’s take:

A truly special place: Primrose Hill Books might be tiny, but it’s packed with a fine selection of titles. Jessica and Marek are simply the loveliest booksellers I’ve ever met and they are truly part of the community: the locals trust their recommendations and so did I, buying two books they raved about… They run lots of well-attended events with both local authors and bestselling writers, and publish a catalogue of their favourite reads twice a year: a Christmas selection of beautiful gift hardbacks, and a summer reading list filled with the latest must-reads in paperback. Their customers trust their judgement so much that they often receive orders via email pre-Christmas just based on those lists…

Keep up with our #IBW2014 project here on our blog, on Twitter and Facebook and visit your local bookshop today (the Booksellers Association has a very handy map here)!

A pretty bookshop on one of London’s most charming streets

A tiny shop, packed with a great selection of books

 

 

Even more books!

 

 

Jessica and Marek’s recommendations for Fede’s summer reading

 

 

Primrose Hill books’ catalogues: packed with tips and recommendations

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A busy morning for Two Roads! On Day 2 of our week-long tour of some of our favourite indies, Lisa has paid a visit to Lutyens & Rubinstein, the beautiful shop on Kensington Park Road (find it on a map here). The brilliant staff had dozens of fantastic recommendations: take a look at our pictures below for more.

Here’s Lisa’s take on L&R…

I am lucky enough to have Lutyens & Rubinstein as my local bookshop. I’m always coming out of there with great recommendations (I may have the largest collection of L&R bags ever). Chatting to Claire Harris today, I came out with these fabulous books for my summer reading, complete discoveries for me – and oh, another bag…

Keep up with our #IBW2014 project here on our blog, on Twitter and Facebook and visit your local bookshop today (the Booksellers Association has a very handy map here)!

Claire, Lutyens & Rubinstein’s shop manager

Isn’t this shop pretty?

A selection of L&R tote bags

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Claire recommended. Lisa bought.

 

 

 

 

 

Hampstead Ponds. Summer. Costa shortlist.

 

 

 

Iconic. Creepy. Brilliant.

Starting with this one: there was a chorus of ‘Oh, you’ve never read? You will LOVE …’

 

 

Clever. Moving. Frightening. Discovery.

 

 

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To celebrate Independent Booksellers Week, the two roads of Two Roads have embarked on a week long tour of some of their favourite indies, in the hope of meeting passionate, inspired booksellers who would recommend new books to treasure and share.
Today Lisa visited the brand new Foyles shop and was greeted by a bright, welcoming space, a huge selection of books, an inviting cafe and an intriguing new read: Mark Forsyth’s THE UNKNOWN UNKNOWN. Check out the pictures below and come back tomorrow for more indie love…

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