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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?

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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We are thrilled to reveal the beautiful cover for Wendy Cope’s first collection of prose, Live, Love and The Archers, featuring illustrations by Jon McNaught.

Loved for her poetry, Wendy Cope has also written prose all her life. This collection contains the best of her published and unpublished essays, reviews and recollections.

A must-have companion book for Wendy’s fans and 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.

Find out more about the book, published on November 6th, here.

Wendy Cope, LIFE LOVE AND THE ARCHERS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ayelet Waldman recently celebrated the publication of Love and Treasure at New York’s beloved Strand bookstore, along with her husband Michael Chabon. Love and Treasure was released here in the UK on April 10th and here are just a few of the fantastic reviews the novel has received so far:

‘An ambitious, perceptive novel.’ —Guardian

‘Waldman is a wonderfully imaginative writer…  a tense and romantic story that never seems polemical or overdetermined… a marvelous panorama of early 20th-century attitudes about women… Moving.’ Ron Charles, Washington Post

‘With Love and Treasure, [Waldman] has carefully crafted a work that measures memory against oblivion, value against wealth, and legacy against possession.‘—O Magazine

You can find out more about Ayelet on her Facebook page or by following her on Twitter. In the meantime, here’s a picture taken at the Strand Bookstore launch:

Ayelet Waldman and her husband Michael Chabon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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second entry in our favourite Christmas reads list comes from Fede, aka the ‘Italian road’:

Little Women… There is something cosy and warm about Louisa May Alcott’s tale of four sisters growing up in the March household. Around Christmas time I tend to skim-read bits of the novel, spending a few hours curled on the sofa in my Italian family home (festive tunes in the background and Christmas tree all lit up) reading about the simple pleasures of waking up on Christmas Day to small gifts and lots of love. A truly uplifting tale.

Federico Andornino is Editorial Assistant at Two Roads

@Due_Strade

Fede's pick Little Women

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Welcome to our festive celebrations!

As part of our 12 Days of Christmas, we have asked some of our colleagues to share the books they curl up with on the long winter nights that precede Christmas, fireplace lit and hot chocolate in hand. We begin with our publisher, Lisa:

Other people may talk about this book, A Christmas Carol, which is, of course, wonderful. But for me, it was the illustrations by Arthur Rackham in my grandfather’s edition that fascinated me. They were terrifying and beautiful in equal measure and still remain my vision of this Christmas ghost story. Even as a child I wondered who got to choose those pictures and wouldn’t that be fun? And, dear reader, it is.

See the whole book at http://www.gutenberg.org/files/24022/24022-h/24022-h.htm

Lisa is Two Roads Publisher

@TwoRoadsBooks

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

Love and Treasure by Ayelet Waldman

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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.

…but we promise you: it was worth the wait!

Kirsty Wark THE LEGACY OF ELIZABETH PRINGLEIt’s with great pleasure that we unveil the cover of Kirsty Wark‘s forthcoming novel The Legacy of Elizabeth Pringle, published by Two Roads in March 2014.

We couldn’t be more passionate about this book, a captivating and haunting story of the richness beneath seemingly ordinary lives and the threads that hold women together.

 

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We received the first proofs of the novel yesterday and, as you can see, both Kirsty and Team Two Roads are really excited!

Kirsty Wark Legacy of Elizabeth Pringle proof

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Team Two Roads Kirsty Wark Legacy of Elizabeth Pringle

 

 

 

 

 

 

Team Two Roads Kirsty Wark Legacy of Elizabeth Pringle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

…1st proofs for Kirsty Wark’s forthcoming debut novel The Legacy of Elizabeth Pringle, a beautiful story of love and loss set on the Island of Arran. Kirsty was here in the office last week delivering her corrections and we are now ready to send the book back to our Production department. Visit the book page on our website to find out more about the book, and check our Facebook page to see all the latest news…

The Legacy of Elizabeth Pringle will be published in March 2014.

Kirsty Wark THE LEGACY OF ELIZABETH PRINGLE

 

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