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Welcome to Day 6 of our #Road2Christmas campaign!

This book needs no introduction. A beautiful, inspiring, moving account of living with someone with dementia, Where Memories Go is a book we’re particularly proud of. It’s also the Waterstones Scottish Book of the Year.
Find out more here on our website.
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THE ROAD TO CHRISTMAS

#Road2Christmas

Every day we’ll share a piece of festive news to keep you going in these cold, dark, often madly-busy pre-Christmas days, may that be a list of our favourite books from 2014 or authors and ideas we’re excited to be publishing in the new year; or even our authors and colleagues’ favourite holiday reads.

Visit our Facebook page (facebook.com/TwoRoadsBooks) and follow us on Twitter (Lisa as @TwoRoadsBooks, Fede as @Due_Strade) to get involved!

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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We have come very close to a big Facebook milestone: our 500th Like. To celebrate this achievement and spread the word even further, we are giving away a proof of Nancy Horan’s new novel UNDER THE WIDE AND STARRY SKY (publishing next January). All you need to do is visit our Facebook page and follow

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…the cover for UNDER THE WIDE AND STARRY SKY, the new book by Nancy Horan (and our first 2014 title!)

Under the wide and starry sky Robert Louis Stevenson Nancy HoranThe novel, Nancy’s second after Loving Frank (New York Times bestseller and Richard & Judy Bookclub pick), tells the passionate and turbulent story of Robert Louis Stevenson and his tempestuous American wife, Fanny, a fierce love affair-marked by intense joy and harrowing darkness that spans decades as they travel the world for the sake of his health following their art and dreams.

 

Nancy was in London this weekend and we gave her the very first proof of the book. She looks quite pleased, don’t you think?

 

Nancy Horan author of Loving frank and Under the Wide and Starry Sky Robert Louis Stevenson and Fanny

We publish in January 2014 and you can find out more here on the website and on Facebook.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nancy Horan was featured in the Book Expo America Daily edition of Publishers Weekly and luckily we had an insider in New York ready to bring back evidence (thanks Lisa!). Read the interview below and head over to our Facebook page to see pics of Nancy signing advance readers copies of Under the Wide and Starry Sky.

NANCY HORAN

Follows Her Heart

by Genevieve Valentine

 

In 1879, Robert Louis Stevenson was on a train to California in pursuit of Fanny Van de Grift Osbourne, 10 years his senior and married, with whom he’d fallen in love. For Nancy Horan, the journey sparked her curiosity; her curiosity sparked a new novel.

Under the Wide and Starry Sky (Two Roads, January 2014) uses letters, diaries, and essays to chart a complicated love story.

He was from an upper-class Scottish family, she was almost like a Henry James character, a very independent woman – self-made, pre-feminist, she explains.

Horan began ‘an exploration of an amazing pair of people.’ The relationship spanned two decades and three continents, and left plenty of material. ‘ Stevenson alone, eight volumes of letters!’ she says, laughing. But Horan’s careful process (the book was five years in the making) relies on the historical context the documents provide.

That’s what really draws me to a story. I like it if there’s an engaging series of events and a change in the characters. I begin by doing research, but it continues all the way through, and it’s absolutely the case with this story. I know where it’s going, I have a general idea of what they’re doing in a given year and what their lives were like, but during that process there’s so much to read and so much to learn.

It doesn’t all find a place (‘Chapters will bite the dust,’ she explains pragmatically), but the background ‘enriches the whole process.’

Horan is no stranger to reconstructing historical figures: her 2007 blockbuster debut, Loving Frank, took Fran Lloyd Wright’s mistress, Mamah Borthwick Cheney, from historical footnote to heroine of a novel about identity and the

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public eye. That approac brought Osbourne’s voice to the fore in Under the Wide and Starry Sky. Though their stories differ, Horan sees both women in conversation within the genre of historical fiction.

You find they were up against challenges that we don’t necessarily face any more. In particular, the issue of divorce was alive for both of those women, and a very hard obstacle to overcome.

Despite being well-regarded among his contemporaries, Stevenson’s writing fell out of favor in the 20th century. However he’s enjoying a critical renaissance, and Horan hopes that readers might come back to Stevenson’s work with a new eye.

But historical and literary significance aside, she considers the novel a personal journey.

I hope that people are as engaged and captivated by these people as I was.

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Edinburgh…


Edinburgh festival

a bit of The Fringe

Edinburgh coffee

a perfect flat white

Festivals from Fringe to Edinburgh Book Fest

Decent coffee

The Playfair Steps

The view of Arthur’s Seat from Holyroodhouse

Canongate Kirk, especially the blue pews inside

Waiting in Edinburgh Bus Station

Edinburgh National Gallery

View of Edinburgh Castle from my window

Arthur's Seat from Holyrood

Arthur's Seat from Holyroodhouse

Wynds

Carson Clark Map Gallerythe Royal Mile – who remembered the details of a map from eleven years ago

Surprise views of the Firth of Forth

The view of Edinburgh Castle from my hotel window

 

Pratfall Edinburgh

scene of pratfall on the Mound - tried to laugh it off - failed

The People's Story, Edinburgh

The People's Story Museum, the Royal Mile

The Holyrood end of the Royal Mile

The Bow Bar, Grassmarket and the walkway and the (soon to be) One Day tribute tour.

 

See you again soon Scotland…

 

 

 

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