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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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last weekend our travelling editor Lisa went on a little trip to a beautiful part of the world: Iceland. She was there with Two Roads author Sally Magnusson to attend the annual Meeting of the Magnusson Fellows at the Hannesarholt Cultural Center in Reykjavik. The fellowship, run by the Glasgow Caledonian University, has been created in honour of the late Chancellor of the University, television presenter, journalist, writer, historian and professional Icelander Magnus Magnusson, Sally’s father.

But there was another reason for the trip: on Tuesday 30th September Sally was at the official launch of the Icelandic translation of her bestselling book, Where Memories Go (find out more here). And what a success it was: not only did many of Iceland’s most prominent public figures attend the event, but the book itself made it onto the bestsellers chart after just one day in the shops. Hurrah!

And now for a few pictures from the trip…

Dr Vigdís Finnbogadóttir the (first woman) President of Iceland from 1980 to 1996

Ragnheiður Jóna Jónsdóttir, who started the Hannesarholt Cultural Centre – Sally was their first international guest

Sally signing copies of her book

Inside Reykjavik’s iconic concert hall and conference centre, Harpa

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sally and her intrepid editor Lisa

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Edinburgh International Book Festival Sally Magnusson Where Memories Go dementia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next Tuesday I’m off to New York to work for six weeks.  There will be posts from there, of an over-excited nature. It may well be  raining there too, but dammit, it’ll be New York Rain.

Watch this space…

Tehran comes to the Lake District if you will…

The New Bookshop Cockermouth

The New Bookshop in Cockermouth (brewery round the corner!)

 

Cockermouth is in the North Lakes and is most famous for being the birthplace of the Wordsworths and, more recently, the terrible floods of 2009 which destroyed the High Street and with it The New Bookshop. Thankfully, all has been restored and replaced and very pretty it is too, although high water markers along the high street are a grim (if incredible) reminder.

Both Ashley & I have spoken at a lot of book groups in the last nine months, but it’s rare for us to do a double act as editor and author.

Farangi Girl bookgroup, The New Bookshop, Cockermouth, Travelling Editor

Watching her present her book is always fascinating, not least because she gives a detailed history of Iran and the West, the politics, double-dealings, the working of the ‘puppet’ Shah and the complexity of the region which forms the backdrop to her memoir. It is the stuff

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of spy novels and actually little enough known. She had also brought some wonderful photographs with her of the family which enrich her story still further.

Farangi Girl bookgroup, The New Bookshop, Cockermouth, Travelling Editor

Ashley, Gillian and Catherine at The New Bookshop

But, as often happens, of equally great interest was the process of writing and editing and how it works. Why, in fact, did Ashley decide to write the book in the first place? I’m attaching a link to an earlier blog of Ashley’s which answer some of those questions.

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Farangi Girl, Ashley DartnellJust outside Grantham (home of Mrs T and Isaac Newton) lies the small village of Orston (mentioned in the Domesday Book). It was dark when I went in and dark when I

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went out but for all that, it seemed very nice. The hospitality was lovely and the book group waiting for me at Elaine’s was terrific. All the book groups I go to are tremendously nice, I hear of fictional fisticuffs in other groups but I’m not at all disappointed to say I have yet to encounter it. And such enthusiastic readers, even those coming to it later in life, or using the discipline of a book club to make sure they read at last one book a month. I often think that publishers sitting in their offices could be immensely cheered up by spending more time meeting readers and spending less time fretting. continue reading »

Milngavie Books, Travelling Editor, Water for Elephants

The first thing to know about Milngavie is how to pronounce it* (Mill Guy or Mull Guy to my untutored Southern ear).  A cold and wet evening outside Glasgow but all snug and cosy in the Susan Frize’s Milngavie Bookshop.

I’d just clocked over 4000 miles of train travel since I started the Travelling Editor.  As I’ve said, a lot of terrible railways tea but so many warm welcomes around the country. It might have been cold outside but the good showing of keen intelligent readers was undaunted.

Although I’ve discussed Water For Elephants with many groups before, I’m always amazed how different groups always bring something new to a book.  In this case many news things:

Milngavie Books, Travelling Editor, Water for ElephantsWonderful elephant biscuits, specially baked.

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Landers bookshop Long Melford, Travelling Editor

The Landers Bookshop in Long Melford.

This travelling editor thingy has been excellent for the geography and the history. This time, the beautiful village of Long Melford in Suffolk. The settlement of Long Melford goes back to 100 BC, which is impressive.

Sarah Wilson’s Landers Bookshop was having its Christmas Lunch meeting. An extremely posh affair in the Bull Hotel which itself dates back to when William the Conqueror was organising his book group Christmas lunch.

Long Melford gravestone, the bookbinder and the teacher, Travelling Editor

The bookbinder's grave, Long Melford.

Apparently Long Melford has the longest high street in the UK – that would be the Long then and is justly famous. There was just time for a quick sprint up the village in

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dazzling winter sunshine before lunch. I could see why the village was so celebrated, it was absolutely beautiful.

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Main Street Trading Company Books, travelling editorEvery time I go to Scotland on the sleeper I’m a bit The Lady Vanishes and The Thirty Nine Steps about the train, always expecting something dramatic to happen (still living in hope…).

Driving down south from Edinburgh to St Boswells with Jack (our legendary Hodder man in Scotland) took us through the spectacular Scottish Borders to the very pretty village of St Boswells. It clearly does rain in Scotland but whenever I go it’s sunny and spectacular with added rainbows, the whole country looks like it’s prepped for a calendar shoot.

Main Street Trading Company Books, travelling editor

Roz multi-tasking, writing her newspaper report during the book group meeting

Main Street Trading Company Books, travelling editor

Mainstreet Book Group - class of October 2011

 

The Mainstreet Trading Company was our destination, a fabulous award-winning emporium which is clearly the go-to place on the village street. Beautifully renovated, it was packed with people and very very welcoming. Coffee, cake, books, gifts, events – everything one could want. Like all good bookshops it’s a place to linger and discover (and of course spend money, as I did). Ros DeLaHey and her husband Bill, who is responsible for the cafe, have created a buzzy book-centred community. Lovely to see and experience. continue reading »

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