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TWO ROADS’ 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS

Bringing you festive, bookish cheer from our authors and the Two Roads team!

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DAY 8 – Feat. Lyndsey Ng, one third of Two Roads’ formidable Publicity team.

Two Roads 12 Days of Christmas Day 8We don’t really do the whole turkey, crackers and carol singing at Christmas in the Ng household, so this year we’ve chosen to have a vegetarian Christmas with recipes from Prashad at Home: Everyday Indian Cooking from our Vegetarian Kitchen by Kaushy Patel.

They’re easy to make recipes with everyday ingredients, so there’ll be no slaving over a hot stove or basting a turkey at 6am in the morning, just delicious, spicy food that’ll warm the soul as well as our kitchen.

TWO ROADS’ 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS

Bringing you festive, bookish cheer from our authors and the Two Roads team!

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DAY 7 – Feat. Kirsty Wark, author of Two Roads’ classic The Legacy of Elizabeth Pringle (find out more at http://bit.ly/kirstywark)

Two Roads 12 Days of Christmas Day 7There’s nowhere quite like a bookshop in the run up to Christmas.

Enticing tables of best sellers, design books, and fabulous stationery – among my purchases: The Year of Living Danishly by Helen Russell for Caitlin, Cicero by Robert Harris for Alan, and for James the reissued play by Gregory Burke, Blackwatch.

But my local Waterstones is too damn tempting, so I had to buy for myself too! I chose The Witches, Salem 1692 by Stacy Schiff, and I shall also be dipping into Poems by Elizabeth Bishop.

I will light the fire, put on candles (from ANTA) and immerse myself for a stolen hour on Christmas Eve.

TWO ROADS’ 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS

Bringing you festive, bookish cheer from our authors and the Two Roads team!

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DAY 6 – Feat. Two Roads’ Senior Editor Kate Hewson

Two Roads 12 Days of Christmas Day 6For me, Christmas is usually a time for rereading old children’s classics – partly for the nostalgia factor, but also partly because, let’s face it, by Christmas my brain has usually packed up for the year, and anything more complicated is a bit beyond me.

This year, however, I’m pushing out the boat with two children’s classics I have never read before –Black Beauty and Ballet Shoes. Apparently having not read these basically disbars me from working in publishing, so Publisher Lisa got me these two beautiful Puffin Classics editions for Christmas, and I’m going to have to read them while I’m off if I’m to be allowed back in January.
I’m very much looking forward to it though, and who knows, they might even be added to the list for future Christmas rereads.

Happy Bookmas everybody!

TWO ROADS’ 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS

Bringing you festive, bookish cheer from our authors and the Two Roads team!

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DAY 5 – Feat. Janet Ellis, author of the forthcoming The Butcher’s Hook (find out more at http://bit.ly/thebutchershook)

Two Roads 12 Days of Christmas Day 5The Diary of a Nobody by George and Weedon Grossmith is the perfect Christmas book.

It’s like a selection box, full of delicious treats – and with no odd fudge-ey thing no one wants. Every diary entry is funny, every character recognisable and Mr Pooter’s pompous bossiness is a salient reminder to any control freaks (moi?) that sometimes it’s best just to let things happen.

The Pooter Christmas is a masterclass in all the expected friction and disarray and the unexpected moments of happiness and love during the Festive Season. It’s also written with great kindness.

Some sort of New Year Resolution in that, I think…

TWO ROADS’ 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS

Bringing you festive, bookish cheer from our authors and the Two Roads team!

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DAY 4 – Feat. Two Roads’ Assistant Editor Federico Andornino

Two Roads 12 Days of Christmas Day 4Christmas really is my favourite time of year: I put up the tree as soon as my flatmate will allow it, blast Christmas tunes on my way to work thanks to my fantastically diverse playlist (I’ve got everyone, from Darlene Love to Mariah Carey) and get happy with friends and mulled wine.

But the thing I love the most is spending a good amount of time looking for the perfect presents for friends and family. I am not a big fan of shopping for shopping’s sake: I believe buying a good gift for a loved one requires time and effort and a good dose of love.

It also requires a good bookshop: books are the absolute centre of my Christmas giving campaign. So here’s what I’ve been busy gift-wrapping over the past few weeks:

J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, in the new, brilliant edition illustrated by Jim Kay. It’s completely stunning and manages to re-imagine the magic world of Harry Potter without relying on the films;
Elena Ferrante’s My Brilliant Friend, the first of four novels by the mysterious Italian literary star. If you haven’t read it already go out and buy it now;
Coralie Bickford-Smith’s The Fox and the Star, because it wouldn’t be Christmas without a gorgeous children’s book.

Buon Natale everyone!

TWO ROADS’ 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS

Bringing you festive, bookish cheer from our authors and the Two Roads team!

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DAY 3 – Feat. Sally Magnusson, author of Two Roads bestseller Where Memories Go (find out more at http://bit.ly/sallymagnusson)

Two Roads 12 Days of Christmas Day 3I only want comfy books at Christmas, so I’ve just taken delivery of these two in the consoling certainty that I’ll be able to slip into their worlds and entirely disappear.

Robert Harris is the king of historical novelists and I’ve been waiting for Dictator, the third in his Cicero trilogy, for ages.

Christmas also requires at least one new crime book. Under the Robert Galbraith pseudonym J.K. Rowling has brought such a light touch, dark plotting and clever characterisation to her Cormoran Strike novels that I have high hopes for this third one, Career of Evil.

Off to put on the slippers and fill my glass. Cheers!

TWO ROADS’ 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS

Bringing you festive, bookish cheer from our authors and the Two Roads team!

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DAY 1 – Feat. Guinevere Glasfurd, author of the forthcoming The Words In My Hand (find out more at http://bit.ly/thewordsinmyhand)


Two Roads 12 Days of Christmas Day 1I was lucky to see Edna O’Brien in conversation twice this year – first, in early February, when she read from the final draft of her latest novel (still a sheaf of loose papers) and then again in November when those papers had become a book: her seventeenth novel, The Little Red Chairs.

The Little Red Chairs deals with the horror of the Bosnian war and brings that horror home – in this case to an unwitting, but in some ways complicit, village community in Ireland. Writing the novel, O’Brien said, was a way to confront the evil of the war, to face down the unrepentant swagger of the men who perpetrated it; to bear witness through language and literature.

Many of us remember the Bosnian war, the nightly reports on the news. It was awful, horrific, but we were largely safe from it. O’Brien’s novel breaks this down absolutely. There is no safe distance, she seems to be saying; the war is ours, it was then and is now. If we do not confront it, (or are simply complacent), then we are within reach and liable to its harm, to its consequences.

I saw The Little Red Chairs first as a bundle of papers and then as a book. As my first novel makes its way towards being published, I’m aware of the work needed to bring a book to print. I’m aware too of how hard it is, as a woman, to write, and how few women make a living as writers and sustain that over many years.

So, read The Little Red Chairs because it is a great work, and read it for it is: an astonishingly rare thing: a seventeenth novel – one woman’s writing life.

 

 

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?

For any debut author, the road to being published is an exciting one – even for those used to the limelight. When actress and former Blue Peter presenter Janet Ellis came into the office to sign her book proofs, she was completely delighted at this milestone. A joy to see and be part of, not only for Janet, but for all our authors when the publishing show starts to hit the road. There was much celebration which obviously necessitated cake (but then what doesn’t?)

We’re extremely mindful that for each author, debut, or not – all the stages need to be celebrated and cherished.

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Janet Ellis signing proofs in the Two Roads office

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Janet Ellis THE BUTCHER’S HOOK – proofs and cake

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

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