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As it’s now officially December, our thoughts have turned to those feelgood books that can warm the cockles even if it’s freezing outside. Here at Two Roads, we* have a particular soft spot for all members of the animal kingdom, and we think a great animal book is the purrfect read at any time of year. So here are our top recommendations: two classics, and one future classic that we’re publishing in May next year.

 

 

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Marley and Me, by John Grogan

An international bestseller and a Hollywood film, this is the original and best bad-dog-done-good story, about a little wriggly cannonball of a Labrador puppy who changed his owners’ lives forever. Hilarious and heartbreaking; it would take a heart of stone to resist it.**

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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All Creatures Great and Small, James Herriot

If you grew up watching the charming, but somewhat twee TV series, you’ll be surprised by how funny, gritty and moving James Herriot’s books are. Herriot’s tales of life as a rural vet in the Yorkshire Dales in the 1930s speak of a different world to ours, but the relationships with animals are universal. Utterly charming; they have never been bettered.

 

 

 

 

 

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Arthur, Mikael Lindnord

Coming next year, this is the incredible story of Arthur, the stray dog who walked out of the Ecuadorean jungle when offered a meatball by Mikael Lindnord, captain of a Swedish extreme sports team. The team were on a 430-mile race through the Amazon when they met Arthur, but the dog wouldn’t leave them, despite injury and illness. He followed them all the way to the finish line, where Mikael realised he had to save Arthur, whatever it took. Gripping and touching in equal measure, their story is a testament to the bond between dogs and their humans, and to the power of unconditional love.

 

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*With the exception of one of us. Mentioning no names. But if I were, his name would be Fede.

** WOULDN’T IT, FEDE?

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!

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.

 

Over the past three days Wendy Cope has been hard at work in a lovely recording studio in Northern London reading her book Life, Love and the Archers for the audio book edition.

We have been working on this book, published on November 6th, for the past ten months and we thought we knew it inside-out. Turns out all we had to do was listen to Wendy for five minutes to fall in love with her book all over again…

Head to the Life, Love and the Archers page to find out more: just click here.

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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!

Happy author with beautiful book

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

…a summer of reading, Two-Roads-style.

Our ‘Summer Reading’ newsletter is coming out this week and you should make sure you’ve subscribed: it’s packed with reading tips, including what our authors are reading at the moment and a Literary Map of the World (yes, people, the world!)

Sign up here: bit.ly/tworoadsnewsletter

It’s official: Christmas time is upon us!

And what better way to celebrate the festive season than a bookish Christmas tree? Featuring books we’ve published in 2013 and authors we look forward to publishing next year, it’s our way to say thank you for an extraordinary year of reading!

Stay tuned for a month of Christmas goodies, including some of our authors’ favourite Christmas memories, our recommended festive reads and special holiday recipes…

Two Roads Christmas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy birthday Robert Louis Stevenson

On November 13th, 1850, Scottish novelist, poet, essayist, and travel writer Robert Louis Stevenson was born at 8 Howard Place, Edinburgh.

A literary celebrity during his lifetime, Stevenson now ranks among the 26 most translated authors in the world, thanks to classics like Treasure Island, Kidnapped, and The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.
His works have been admired by many other writers, including Jorge Luis Borges, Bertolt Brecht, Arthur Conan Doyle, Cesare Pavese, Ernest Hemingway, Rudyard Kipling, Jack London, Vladimir Nabokov, J. M. Barrie, and G. K. Chesterton.

Stevenson with his wife Fanny, second from right, and family, outside their property on the island of Samoa, where he spent the last few years of his life.

Stevenson with his wife Fanny, second from right, and family, outside their property on the island of Samoa, where he spent the last few years of his life.

Robert Louis Stevenson holds a special place in our Two Roads hearts: in January 2014 we are publishing Under the Wide and Starry Sky by Nancy Horan, the passionate and turbulent story of Stevenson and his tempestuous American wife, Fanny.To celebrate his birthday we have a range of activities going on on

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our social media channels, including Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. Do take a look! We also have an exclusive guest blog post by Nancy Horan herself, sharing how Stevenson gave away his birthday: it’s a touching story, and you can find out more by visiting Hodder’s History Lives blog.

And don’t forget to join in on the celebration: download your RLS moustache here and post a picture of yourself proudly saying ‘Happy birthday RLS!’. We did (and had lots of fun)…

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