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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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The End of Your Life Book Club book club read E. M. Forster's Howards End (Will Schwalbe)

After a few months spent on hiatus, the book club gathered once more to discuss the E. M. Forster classic novel Howards End. The meeting was timed with the release of the paperback edition of Will’s The End of Your Life Book Club and although he couldn’t be with us in the Two Roads headquarters, he managed to join in from New York, talking about the book with Lisa, who is in the Big Apple herself: a true transatlantic book club experience!

 

The End of Your Life Book Club book club read E. M. Forster's Howards End (Will Schwalbe)

Will reading HOWARDS END in New York

Surprisingly perhaps, not many people had read Howards End before or even seen the film. The book is about three families in England at the beginning of the 20th century: the Wilcoxes, rich capitalists with a fortune made in the Colonies; the half-German Schlegel siblings Margaret, Tibby, and Helen; and the Basts, a struggling couple in the lower-middle class. It explores the underlying class warfare involving these three distinct groups and the source of their conflict – Howards End, a house in the countryside which ultimately becomes a symbol of conflict within British society.

For such an apparently heavy subject, the novel is incredibly engaging (and obviously beautifully written). We found ourselves drawn to some of the most obvious themes (the now famous line ‘Only connect! That was the whole of her sermon. Only connect the prose and the passion, and both will be exalted, and human love will be seen at its height. was the focus of much discussion) and we were particularly intrigued by the relationship between the highly idealistic Margaret and Henry, the pragmatic defender of social conventions. How could such different characters end up becoming husband and wife?

But most of our conversation revolved around the timeliness of the novel. When it was first published in 1910, E. M. Forster’s book dealt with some of the most profound issues of British society: the relationship between ownership and power, and the huge gap between different social statuses. Most people in the club agreed that Howards End still feels incredibly ‘of the time’ today – class still being a subject worth writing about in these troubled times – but also wondered if Forster would pick a different subject matter (race perhaps?) were he alive today.

The End of Your Life Book Club book club read E. M. Forster's Howards End (Will Schwalbe)

Zadie’s Smith ON BEAUTY

The discussion turned towards more recent books when someone brought up Zadie Smith’s On Beauty, the Orange Prize-winning novel which is an homage to Forster’s classic. We started talking about the modern ‘reinterpretations’ of the classics, not only in literature but also in films (we spent quite a bit of time analysing how cult film Clueless relates to Emma, the Jane Austen book it is loosely based on): do they introduce the classics to new audiences and ensure their survival? Or is it just a way to exploit some of the greatest works of the past?

In the end we went back to Howards End and we agreed

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The End of Your Life Book Club book club read E. M. Forster's Howards End (Will Schwalbe)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hi Everyone!

A month has passed since our last Monday Blues Remedy and a lot has happened in the meantime: we celebrated our birthday (pictures attached!); we published some great books; and we received some very exciting updates on our forthcoming publications. So put your kettle on and forget about the biting cold outside (what happened to spring?!)…

BOOK NEWS!

Doodlemum – OUT NOW!

The lovely book from our favourite artist/writer/mum was published on February 28th. You might have seen the beautiful centre-spread Day in the Life of feature in Guardian Family, complete with Doodlemum’s pictures and an interview by Patrick Barkham; if not, don’t worry: you can still catch it online. Read the interview here and see the exclusive Guardian slideshow of original Doodlemum art here.

We ran a Doodlemum-centred Mother’s Day competition where we asked our readers to post their own doodles on our Facebook page and this is just one of the entries:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Quite something uh? Fede contributed his own drawing which received some mixed in-house reviews:

 

 

 

 

 

Also, the Daily Mail run a beautiful feature with the catchy headline ‘Doodles with oodles of love’. A little preview:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And a link to the online article on the Mail Online.

 

Until I Say Good-Bye (out on March 14th)

As publication date is getting near, Susan’s story is getting a lot of interest both here and on the other side of the Atlantic. Have a look at the Sunday Telegraph piece, complete with wonderful pictures:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Even more pics on the Mail online page here.

Plus, a very rare and quite intense interview with Susan herself is up on NPR. Since ALS affects the muscles in the body, Susan’s ability to talk has quickly deteriorated in the past few month, which is why hearing her voice feels so special.

Finally, here’s Good Housekeeping’s take on Susan’s memoir:

You might worry that a memoir about living with a terminal disease could be too upsetting. Instead, in Susan Spencer Wendel’s hands it is both life-enhancing and inspiring. In UNTIL I SAY GOOD-BYE she chronicles her last year of adventures as she wrings every ounce of joy out of her remaining months.

As always do keep up to date with all things Susan on her Facebook page (over 3000 Likes now), and remember to grab a copy of the Guardian next Saturday and have a close look at the cover of the Family section…

 

Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald (out April 11th)

Lots of updates on Therese’s Facebook page as publication gets near (only one month to go!). Gatsby mania is building fast: we have posted The Bookseller’s feature on all things Gatsby/Fitzgerald (complete with an interview to Lisa about Z) on our Facebook page; plus the April Vogue issue is just out, complete with an article on Zelda and an interview with Therese. Go grab your copy now!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Export copies are in and our beautiful hardbacks are due this week: exciting!

 

The Still Point of the Turning World (out April 11th)

Emily’s son Ronan, who was suffering from Tay-Sachs, died recently – just before his third birthday. Emily talked about him and about her experience as a grieving mum in her emotional interview on the Today show last Friday. Take a look here.

The book is receiving great pre-publication reviews and is, quite literally, the talk of the town in the US, with an interview and excerpt running in the Huffington Post; a magnificent review in the Boston Globe and two more interviews with Bodega magazine and Bookslut blog.

To learn more about Tay-Sachs and to raise awareness please visit the American National Tay-Sachs and Allied Diseases Association at http://www.ntsad.org/

 

Eleven Days (out June 20th)

There’s no stopping Lea Carpenter’s book from becoming the literary debut of the year. We now have a quote from one of the Greats of American literature, Toni Morrison:

A compelling story made memorable by the strength of its elegant prose

And our lovely cover is going live this week:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TWO ROADS TURNED 2! A few pics from our ‘Two Roads turns 2’ party: thanks to all the people who stopped by to wish us well and taste Fede’s delicious, home-baked, awkwardly-named ‘Morning Glory’ muffins:

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A big thank you to all our followers and friends for the heart-warming birthday wishes!

Good morning and happy Monday to you faithful followers of all things Two Roads!

Are you feeling down? Did you have a wet, miserable weekend? Did you look like this while crossing the road today?

Well then it’s definitely time for a healthy dose of Two Roads Monday Blues Remedy!

FORTHCOMING BOOKS FROM TWO ROADS

The Stockholm Octavo (out in paperback on February 14th)

Here’s the updated cover for the paperback edition of Karen’s novel.

New look.

Same fantastic feel.

We are also launching a tumblr. blog devoted to the art of creating the perfect Octavo. Do check it out and follow the slow unveiling of this mysterious art of cartomancy on Twitter and Facebook as well.

 

 

Doodlemum (out on February 28th)

Angie is hard at work on a secret Two Roads project (more juicy details to follow!). But in the meantime go ahead and enjoy her daily dose of Doodlemum on her website (and remember to like her Facebook page!) Stay tuned for a great update from our publicity department coming next week…

 

After Cleo Came Jonah (out in paperback on February 28th)

If you haven’t already go visit Helen’s Facebook page and read Jonah’s Blog. Last post: THE ENEMY.

Beware of that cat…

 

 

 

Until I Say Good-Bye (out on March 14th)

As you know a wonderful video has been uploaded on Susan’s page and on the Two Roads website. It’s a powerful message and although it’s Susan’s husband speaking, you can feel her energy coming through. It’s very moving. Watch & share and keep checking Susan’s Facebook page for touching (and quite funny) updates like this.

Island Wife (out March 28th)

Finally the advance praise is in and it includes quotes from fellow writers, poets and rock stars (yup: you got that right!). Here’s a quick selection:

  • ‘Brave, funny, poignant, beautifully written.’Elisabeth Luard, food-writer, journalist, and broadcaster
  •  ‘The day to day details of a family who have followed the man’s ambitions to the remote island of Mull are  hilarious and very touching. A beautifully told story’Mike Rutherford, founding member of Genesis
  • ‘Humour and honesty prevail throughout and always there is the poetic backdrop of the wild landscape of the island and the wild emotions that come and go with its tides.’Mairi Hedderwick, author of the Katie Morag series
  • ‘Warm but never sentimental… It balances wry humour and lyrical delight, practical toughness and vulnerability in equal measure… A joy to read.’Philip Gross, novelist and poet
  • ‘Island Wife is a breezy (in every sense), frequently funny and often dreadfully sad tale of a madcap adventure with an intrepid farmer husband and five children on a romantic Hebridean island, which often turns out to be not quite as romantic as the wide-eyed author had imagined.’ Christopher Matthew, author and journalist

Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald (out April 11th)

Great news coming from the US. Z is part of Publishers’ Marketplace BUZZ BOOKS 2013 (spring/summer edition).

You can download the digital booklet here or read the extract on USA Today’s website.

 

 

 

 

The Still Point of the Turning World (out April 11th)

Will Schwalbe, author of the New York Times bestseller The End of Your Life Book Club, loved Emily’s book. Here’s what he had to say:

  • ‘It’s hard to find words that do justice to Emily Rapp’s The Still Point of the Turning World. It’s one of those rare books that you want to press into people’s hands and simply say, “You must read this. You will thank me.” At every turn, Rapp avoids the maudlin and the expected to get at very deep truths, sometimes painful and sometimes liberating and sometimes both. She looks for wisdom and comfort to a wide range of sources ranging from C.S. Lewis to Marilynne Robinson to Buddhist teaching. And she looks to her son. This is one family’s story of living while facing death, but also an astonishingly generous work about recognizing the pain and grace that exist all around us.’

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

You can now find Fede on instagram as well: just look for Due_Strade_London. Lots of pics of London, Italy & Italian food (and wine), and of course books, books, and even more books.

ONE MORE THING…

Public service announcement!!!

In case you intend to visit Leicester in the future with a dead monarch in the boot of your car…

 

 

 

 

 

Until next week..

 

“Mmmh I wonder if they sell espresso here”

One month. Thirty days.

Sometimes that’s all it takes to change your life in unexpected, quite dramatic ways. Right before Christmas I was standing in front of my desk in an office tower in the outskirts of Milan, looking at the space where I had worked for the past 16 months and that I had just finished cleaning out. It was my last day at Rizzoli before the holidays. My last day before moving to London for my new job as Editorial Assistant at Two Roads.

And now I am in a different, taller office tower, in the centre of a different, larger city, at the heart of a different, foreign country. The first few days at Two Roads have been positively crazy, filled with gargantuan tasks: how do you work a touch screen elevator without constantly ending up on the wrong floor? How can you suppress your craving for espressos and learn to like filter coffee? (this one’s easy: you simply can’t. I drink tea now) How do you pretend you know the name of that colleague you’ve been introduced to on your first day and is now in the lift with you? (smile, say “Hello” with a thick Italian accent, smile some more).

But despite all of this – new job, new colleagues, new life – I feel right at home, proud to be part of the Two Roads family and happy to be back in London, a city I first fell in love with while studying here two years ago. And after all there is one thing that hasn’t changed: I still get to read books, lots of them! They might be new submissions, or backlist titles I have to get acquainted with, or new books coming out in the next few months. It doesn’t really matter: I am most happy when sitting on the couch in my new flat, sipping espresso and reading. Just reading.

Of course it helps when the book is incredibly good. Take Eleven Days, the debut novel by Lea Carpenter we are publishing in June. It’s a fantastic story of mother and son, separated by distance and time but connected by a bond that is impossible to break. It’s a glorious first novel, written with grace and compassion, a book that has made me laugh, cry, think and has reminded me why I love working in publishing. You can find out more about Lea and her work here on the Two Roads website.

 

I think that will do as an introduction, but from now on I’ll be contributing regularly to the blog so look out for updates regarding life in the Two Roads office and the adventures of an Italian expat in London.

For daily news and pics follow me on twitter @Due_Strade (google-translate it and you’ll get it!).

Alla prossima…

Fede

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