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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 2 – Feat. Two Roads publisher Lisa Highton

The Penguin Book of the British Short Story edited by Phillip Hensher

Volume 1 from Daniel Defoe to John Buchan

Volume 2 from P G Wodehouse to Zadie Smith  

 

Two Roads 12 Days of Christmas Day 2This is my Christmas present to me.  It comes with a gift tag which says:

I hereby give you permission to put your feet up and read other people’s books over the Christmas holidays, much love etc

I have a passion for short stories and have a huge collection. They’re so marvellously liberating, allowing you to dip in and out – they are the cocktail party of literature.

There’s a publishing myth that short stories don’t sell, which is probably utter nonsense (along with green books not selling – though that one may actually be true). Whatever, the truth is that they are one of the most enjoyable forms of reading.

This incredibly handsome and well curated collection is so tantalising it’s almost edible. It includes some favourites such as Muriel Spark’s Bang-Bang You’re Dead, the old masters such as Saki and Maugham, and some new discoveries for me such as Margaret Oliphant, who wrote prolifically all her life to support her family. I can’t wait.

Happy book break to everyone.

Lisa

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Wendy Cope audio recording

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Independent Booksellers Week project has come to an end! Day 6 sees Lisa visit Watermark Books, in London King’s Cross Station, very close to Platform Nine and Three Quarters (see a map here).
Here’s her take:

‘Right next to Platform 9 3/4 (and hordes of tourists lining up for photos is one of the treasure of the new Kings Cross Station!). A great indie shop with lovely staff: the perfect stop before boarding your train…’

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 few steps from King’s Cross Platform 9 3/4

 

 

Celebrating Independent Booksellers Week at Watermark books

 

 

Inside Watermark Books

 

 

Lisa bought two books recommended by the staff at Watermark Books: Chloe Hopper’s THE ENGAGEMENT and Gwendoline Riley’s OPPOSED POSITIONS (plus, she got another tote bag to add to her collection)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Booksellers Week project continues! Day 5 takes us to theatre bookshop and cultural landmark Samuel French, just a few steps away from our office (find the bookshop on the map here).
Read more about Fede’s visit:

Samuel French Theatre Bookshop is literally a few seconds away from our office on Euston road and it’s filled with all sorts of theatre-related books: from Shakespeare, to the American greats, to local up-and-coming playwrights. Interestingly Samuel French functions as a bookshop, as a publishers of stage scripts, and as a licencing agency. The staff is very passionate and recommended two plays: a classic (Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap, the longest-running play in the world) and a bright new thing (Penelope Skinner’s Eigengrau, which premiered at the Bush Theatre in 2010)

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)!

The sun is shining and we’re visiting a bookshop!

Can you tell it’s a theatre bookshop?

Everything you need to become a theatre star

The two recommendations bought by Fede: Agatha Christie’s THE MOUSETRAP and Penelope Skinner’s EIGENGRAU

Day 4 of our Independent Booksellers Week project and we’ve decided to visit one of our ‘locals’, iconic LGBT bookshop Gay’s The Word, situated in the heart of Bloomsbury (find them on a map here).

Here’s what Fede had to say after his lunchtime stroll:

‘Another great indie to add to our list. It might be “the fountainhead of queer literature in Britain” (as Armistead Maupin famously said), but Gay’s The Word is full of wonderful titles that even a more mainstream audience can enjoy. Indeed, the true beauty of this shop is its range: from Booker Prize winning writers to unknown debuts, from big publishers to tiny presses, Gay’s The Word has a brilliant, brilliant selection of books. Plus they run a lively programme of events and they’re just about to start selling their books online…’

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)!

Welcome to Gay’s The Word, in the heart of Bloomsbury

The bookshop stocks a wide range of LGBT titles

 

 

Staff recommendations

What Fede bought: THE SUMMER BOOK, one of Tove Jansson’s adult novels (she is best known as the creator of the Moomin series); and a novel by Will Eaves, THIS IS PARADISE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A busy morning for Two Roads! On Day 2 of our week-long tour of some of our favourite indies, Lisa has paid a visit to Lutyens & Rubinstein, the beautiful shop on Kensington Park Road (find it on a map here). The brilliant staff had dozens of fantastic recommendations: take a look at our pictures below for more.

Here’s Lisa’s take on L&R…

I am lucky enough to have Lutyens & Rubinstein as my local bookshop. I’m always coming out of there with great recommendations (I may have the largest collection of L&R bags ever). Chatting to Claire Harris today, I came out with these fabulous books for my summer reading, complete discoveries for me – and oh, another bag…

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)!

Claire, Lutyens & Rubinstein’s shop manager

Isn’t this shop pretty?

A selection of L&R tote bags

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Claire recommended. Lisa bought.

 

 

 

 

 

Hampstead Ponds. Summer. Costa shortlist.

 

 

 

Iconic. Creepy. Brilliant.

Starting with this one: there was a chorus of ‘Oh, you’ve never read? You will LOVE …’

 

 

Clever. Moving. Frightening. Discovery.

 

 

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