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Independent Booksellers Week might be over but doesn’t mean you can’t support your local indie when shopping for your summer reading books.

And of course, Two Roads is here to make finding that independent bookshop super easy. We’ve put together a map of all the bookshops we’ve visited as part of our IBW Indie Tour (2014 and 2015 editions), complete with London locations, pictures and links.

All you have to do is click on the map below.

For a more comprehensive list of independents try this.

IBW Two Roads Indies Map

Our website has a new page! Just click here to discover more about Carrie Snyder‘s brilliant debut novel Girl Runner, published by Two Roads in February 2015.

Part historical page-turner, part contemporary mystery, Girl Runner is an engaging and endearing story about family, ambition, athletics and the dedicated pursuit of one’s passions with a formidable protagonist at its core, 104-year-old former Olympic athlete Aganetha Smart.

Not convinced yet? Well then, listen to an audio excerpt below to hear the voices of the novel come to life: we can assure you, you’ll want to find out more after that!

Piles of books waiting to be signed

Nothing better than an author visit on a Friday morning! Armed with pens and Honey & Co. cake, the always delightful Kirsty Wark came in the office today to sign copies of the paperback edition of THE LEGACY OF ELIZABETH PRINGLE, her debut novel.

Look out for the book, published on 9th October, and stay tuned for more news: who knows, we might even give away a few signed copies very soon…

For more information on Kirsty and her writing, visit our book page here.

 

The Two Roads team and Kirsty, acting all shy (as if!)

We know it’s you, Kirsty!

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…yes, authors are just like us: they too look forward to the summer to finally read the books that have been sitting on their bedside table for weeks.

Now Two Roads has an exclusive (!) look at what some of our writers are reading this summer

Bret Anthony Johnston, author of Remember Me Like This (out now)

Bret Anthony Johnston’s summer reading pile

 

I tend to read in the morning before starting a day’s work and then again in the evening before bed, and I tend to read from a different book in each session. Fiction usually comes first, and I’m excited about the fiction I’m reading now or soon to read. Rene Steinke’s forthcoming novel Friendswood, Lea Carpenter’s novel Eleven Days (find out more here), some Chekhov stories, and a collection of strange and beautiful fiction called Nature Stories by Jules Renard. The Renard book might serve as something as bridge between my current fiction and nonfiction tastes, as I’m reading a lot about animals right now. One of the things I’m currently working on is a weird, nonlinear short story involving horses, and this book on horse psychology continues to prove invaluable to me in countless ways. Future projects may include the mythical (or is it?) chupacbra and the siege in Waco, Texas in 1993. This summer I’ve also been spending time with Emily Rapp’s heart-rending memoir The Still Point of the Turning World (find out more here). As for the book on iPhones, well, let’s just say I’ve recently gotten my first one and the transition hasn’t been easy or smooth. That book will probably be the most helpful, and it’s the one I’m looking forward to the least. Maybe there’s a lesson in there somewhere.

 

Jamie Kornegay, author of Soil (spring 2015)

Jamie Kornegay’s summer reading pile

As a full-time bookseller, my reading tends toward the new and upcoming – a merchant must test his wares, after all – and hence my summer stack is a blend of some of this season’s best, including startling debuts from Smith Henderson and a Mississippi friend, Lisa Howorth, as well as stories from the fiercely talented John Brandon, and what must surely be James Lee Burke’s masterpiece; and forthcoming fall titles, including one of my favorite writers, Richard Flanagan, whose new novel I’m currently loving, along with the reliably strange Michel Faber, history from Hampton Sides, and one of the U.S. South’s most popular writers, Rick Bragg, on one of the South’s most notorious rock-n-rollers. Sandwiched in the middle is something for the writer…

 

Sally Magnusson, author of Where Memories Go: why dementia changes everything (out now)

Sally Magnusson’s summer reading pile

 

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month I’ll be hosting the James Tait Black prize-giving ceremony at the Edinburgh Book Festival, so my holiday in Tuscany is a great time to devour the shortlist. The biographies were a bit large for my suitcase but the four novels are just right. Have just finished Jim Crace’s Harvest – a stunning read. The bottom two books are background reading for programmes I’m doing on the First World War.

 

 

Carrie Snyder, author of Girl Runner (spring 2015)

Carrie Snyder’s summer reading pile

 

Here’s the tour, from bottom to top, starting with the books I keep meaning to read, and do delve into on occasion, but have yet to finish: two library books, The Oxford History of Popular Print Culture, volume 1, and The Girl and the Game: A History of Women’s Sport in Canada (which I’ve already read, ages ago, but figure I should brush up on again in advance of my book coming out). Next is Karen Armstrong’s Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life. I did intend to become a better person this summer. I regret to say I’ve stalled on step two. But I did read all through Matilda, by Roald Dahl, with my two youngest (ages 6 and 8). We loved it, although did note that Dahl seems to have a strong animus for the imposing female athlete, who is the villain in the piece. I whipped through Americanah, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, kept staying up late to read, which is what summer really should be for. Yes, that’s my own Girl Runner, the American uncorrected proof, which I confess I started reading the evening it arrived and just kept on. It’s homework, though. I’ve got a lot of readings booked this fall and I need to find and rehearse sections that would make for good drama. Just above is Anita Lahey’s essay collection The Mystery Shopping Cart, only available in Canada, and a very Canadian book of literary critique. Finally, the book I’m currently marching through: A Man in Love by Karl Ove Knausgaard, the second in the series; I loved the first, but am finding this one a little less moving, with its focus so far on raising small children while trying to find time to write, which is basically my life and has been for the past 13 years. This is hardly an original observation, but I keep wondering if anyone would be interested had a woman written it instead.

 

Aylet Waldman, author of Love and Treasure (out now)

Ayelet Waldman’s summer reading pile

 

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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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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…the beautiful cover for Ayelet Waldman‘s LOVE AND TREASURE. Published in April 2014.

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We received proofs of the book today and we took a little video to show you all how beautiful they look: see it here.

Where Memories Go Sally Magnusson Magnus Magnusson dementia Alzheimer'sWhere Memories Go, the brilliant and moving account of how Scottish broadcaster and author Sally Magnusson and her family cared for her mother Mamie during her long struggle with dementia, comes out in February 2014.

With Sally’s help we have created a Facebook page for the book. Our aim is to make it the place to find out more about Sally, her mother and the book; but also a forum for people who are affected, directly or indirectly, by dementia. The page is already up and running and we would be very grateful if you could take a look, like it and share it with your friends: Facebook.com/WhereMemoriesGo

A little more info on the book…

Where Memories Go Sally Magnusson Magnus Magnusson dementia Alzheimer'sRegarded as one of the finest journalists of her generation, Mamie Baird Magnusson‘s whole life was a celebration of words – words that she fought to retain in the grip of a disease which

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one of Canada most beloved writers and a master of the short story form, has been awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. While we were researching Ms. Munro’s achievements, we came across this interesting piece of trivia:

> Alice Munro has won the Governor General’s Literary Award – one of Canada’s most prestigious prizes – three times.

> Two Roads author Carrie Snyder was a finalist at the prize with her short story collection THE JULIET STORIES last year

But the connections don’t end there. When DEAR LIFE, the latest collection by Ms. Munro, came out in 2012, Carrie was asked by the National Post to review it. Read her review here: http://bit.ly/17qUFBZ

And you can read Carrie’s blog post here with her thoughts on Alice Munro’s achievement here: http://carrieannesnyder.blogspot.co.uk/2013/10/giddy-making-news.html

Hurrah for Canada!

Carrie Snyder author of Girl RunnerIt’s official: we’re on a roll!

We’re thrilled to announce that we have acquired Girl Runner, the debut novel from Carrie Snyder.

Girl Runner is the story of Aganetha Smart, a pioneering

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Olympic athlete who was famous in the 1920s, but now, at age 104, lives in a nursing home, alone and forgotten by history. When her quiet life is disturbed by the unexpected arrival of two young strangers, Aganetha begins to reflect on her childhood in rural Ontario and her struggles to make an independent life for herself in the city. Without revealing who they are, and what they may want from her, the two visitors take Aganetha on an outing from the nursing home. Returning her to the home of her birth, their ulterior motives and their identity are gradually revealed, forcing Aganetha to confront her own secrets and difficult life choices.

Set in the early twentieth century, Girl Runner is an engaging and endearing story about family, ambition, rivalry, athletics, and the dedicated pursuit of one’s passions.

I’m very proud to have a writer of Carrie’s distinction on the Two Roads list – Girl Runner is a brilliantly evocative story of time and place with an unforgettable heroine.

Lisa Highton, Two Roads Publisher

CARRIE SNYDER was born in Hamilton and grew up in Ohio, Nicaragua, and Ayr, Ontario. She is the author of two books of short fiction. Her first, Hair Hat (Penguin, 2004), was shortlisted for the Danuta Gleed Award for Short Fiction, and her second, The Juliet Stories (House of Anansi, 2012), was a finalist for the 2012 Governor General’s Literary Award. She lives in Waterloo, Ontario. You can find out more about Carrie by reading her blog carrieannesnyder.blogspot.co.uk

We even get a mention (thanks Carrie!):

The rights to Girl Runner have been sold in the UK (and Australia) to another terrific editor: Lisa Highton, who is the publisher of Two Roads, an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton. Yup. I’m over the moon, and have been re-reading somewhat compulsively the press release Lisa prepared yesterday to announce the acquisition. Kevin and kids are already plotting to hitchhike along on any future tours to the UK.

The book is being published by House of Anansi Press in Canada and we’ll publish in early spring 2015 alongside HarperCollins in the States. This is one of the hot books of Frankfurt Book Fair (which starts today), and foreign rights have been sold in Germany, Italy, France and The Netherlands!

Congrats Carrie!

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