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Two Roads Books is literally made up of two roads: Lisa and Fede. Which is why, every once in a while, we are very happy to welcome work experience people to our lovely HQs: they get a better idea of what it is like working in publishing (the fun bits, the exciting bits and the incredibly boring bits) and we get much needed help. Last month we had a student – Jamie – from UCL’s MA in Publishing spending two weeks with us, and we thought it might be nice for him to share his experience and tell you how wonderful we are!

I spent the first two weeks of my UCL Publishing placement with Two Roads and couldn’t have asked for a more useful time. I was made to feel welcome upon arrival with a copy of Z: a Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald and a de rigour tote bag to carry my possessions around town in. Right from the get-go Lisa and Fede included me in the processes that went into making their books, whether that was allowing me to attend meetings or giving me tasks to do. With any luck there were one or two things I did that they found useful in return!

The majority of my time was spent working with Judy Fairbairn’s memoir Island Wife, which was published during my first week at Two Roads. This involved a mixture of marketing and editorial work. Firstly, I worked with the title on social media platforms, but beyond simply providing information about its release an important element of the work was to develop a community around the title, such

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as with the Vintage Island Wife photoset that added to the greater sense of the book. I was also able to fulfill a couple of editorial jobs and it was great to approach the title from the two angles and see how it all came together.

Published at the same time was Z: a Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Therese Anne Fowler, which we celebrated with a prohibition themed party, replete with lipstick-stained teacups, pearls and gossip. As the title went through its final stages before becoming an eBook I was tasked with checking translations and prelims. I was also able to sit with Fede as he filled out the eBook conversion form – a task I did not envy him for.

Overall, I’d like to thank Two Roads for making my time with the company both enjoyable and useful. Lisa and Fede were kind enough to regularly explain elements of the business to me, whether that was how the Australian book market differed from the UK’s or some of the finer nuances of the London Book Fair as a myriad of agents, editors, sales and rights workers rushed around us in the Hachette stand.

See? We are nice! Thank you Jamie for your hard work and for always tackling projects with a great deal of enthusiasm, even when they involved Excel spreadsheets!

 

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loved artists? Well, if you’re that lucky, you get a picture of Florence Welch (of Florence and the Machine fame) holding a copy of Z, the fictionalised account of Zelda Fitzgerald’s life by Therese Anne Fowler:

Florence Welch of Florence and the Machine holding a copy of Z

Florence has a new song on the soundtrack for The Great Gatsby, the new film adaptation directed by Baz Luhrmann and starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, Tobey Maguire and Isla Fisher. Have a listen to her song (and other tunes by the likes of Jay-Z, Beyoncé, will.i.am, Lana Del Rey, Emeli Sandé and Sia) here.

Hi Everyone!

We’ve almost got to the end of Monday here in sunny (!) London and it’s time to celebrate with one of our ‘Monday Blues Remedy’ blog posts. Lots of updates from our authors this week…

BESTSELLER NEWS

Until I Say Good-Bye OUT NOW!

Susan’s book is out now and it has been very warmly welcomed by readers all over the world. It became an instant NYT bestseller , entering the Hardcover Non-Fiction chart at #3:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Susan met with hundreds of readers at her local Barnes & Noble and signed over 400 copies with her thumbprint:


And publicity is going extremely well in the UK too. Susan’s story was featured on the cover of Guardian Family, complete with a beautiful shot of Susan and a touching interview with her husband John (you can read it in full here: http://goo.gl/Wlf3G)

 

 

As always her her Facebook page is the best place to keep up with all things Susan: click and like!

 

Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald OUT THIS THURSDAY!

Therese’s book was published in the US last week and it instantly became a bestseller hitting the NYT, USA Today, NPR lists among others:

 

 

 

 

 

The Sunday Telegraph run a wonderful piece by Therese on Zelda, ‘Rehabilitating Zelda‘ which went viral and was picked up by the New Yorker and the Daily Mail. Reviews are pouring in and readers are just loving this book:

‘Finely researched, entertaining and very plausible.’ Vogue UK

‘A thrilling read.’ Stylist.co.uk

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her new novel Z, Fowler draws a compellingly complete portrait of that other Paris (and New York and St. Paul and Long Island) wife: mother, painter, writer, flapper, feminist Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald.’ USA Today

A gorgeously rendered piece of literary entertainment, not a biography but rather a love story set in the Jazz Age.’ New York Daily News

Zips along addictively and exposes the dark side of artistic ambition.’ EW

Z is a fictional account of Zelda Fitzgerald’s life – giving voice to the determined, intelligent and vibrant woman who struggled to find her identity in the shadow of her husband, whose demons challenged them both with heartbreaking consequences. An unforgettable read’ Australian Woman’s Weekly

And look out for reviews and features in the Sunday Times Culture, Spectator, Stylist and Irish Tatler.

In the meantime our Australian and New Zealand friends are going literally crazy for the book:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Still Point of the Turning World OUT THIS THURSDAY!

Emily’s book is also officially a NYT bestseller and the reviews are simply outstanding. We’ll let them do the talking:

‘A brilliant study of the wages of mortal love’ The New York Times Book Review

‘A radiant book steeped in deep feelings’ Los Angeles Times

Rapp combines an essayist’s willingness to lay herself bare on the page, a theologian’s search to plumb the mysteries of life and a poet’s precision’ San Francisco Chronicle

‘Rapp has written a beautiful and passionate elegy for her son, a book that offers deep wisdom for any reader.’ Boston Globe

 

2014 PREVIEW

The Legacy of Elizabeth Pringle (March 2014)

We are publishing Kirsty’s literary debut next year, but in the meantime take a look at the glamorous spread in the Guardian Weekend magazine:. Sadly, she had to give the clothes back.

 

 

AND SINCE YOU’VE SURVIVED MONDAY…

…you now need a good, refreshing, tall glass of one of these fab ‘literary beers’: http://flavorwire.com/382387/10-delicious-literary-beers-to-drink-while-reading

Cheers and until next time!

Fede

Hey folks!

It’s Monday again and it’s our duty to help you kick-start the week in the best possible way. First piece of good news: you survived Valentine’s Day! Woo-hoo!

 

 

 

 

 

And now for some Two Roads-related news…

BOOK NEWS!

The Stockholm Octavo – OUT IN PAPERBACK!

Last week we published the paperback edition of Karen Engelmann’s brilliant novel. Our new Tumblr. blog is now live and filled with lots of interesting facts on the art of the Octavo.

Do visit and follow us on the @OctavoHandbook Twitter account. More pics, videos and extracts from the Octavo Handbook to come in the next few days: read carefully and who knows, you might even be able to create your own Octavo!

Doodlemum (out on February 28th)

Add a reminder to your iPhone calendar people: Doodlemum is coming to a newsstand near you! On March 2nd our favourite mum/artist/author will be the focus of the Day in the Life of feature in Guardian Family. The article feature Doodlemum’s pictures and an interview by Patrick Barkham.

Also: happy half term!

 

 

Until I Say Good-Bye (out on March 14th)

Finished copies are here and they look stunning. Take a look and keep up with Susan on her Facebook page

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald (out April 11th)

More pre-publication love for Z this week! First there was this Shelf Awareness email including a readers’ guide and an interview with Therese. Plus USA Today run a online and print story on novels about the women behind famous men, featuring Z alongside such cherished books as The Paris Wife and our own Loving Frank  (credited with starting the famous men/forgotten women genre). Read it here and see a picture of the print edition on Therese’s Facebook page.

 

Eleven Days (out June 20th)

Proofs for Lea’s book are happening (get ready for a giveaway) and excitement is building.. We now have quotes from Kevin PowersBen Fountain and a new one from Alexandra Styron, author of the bestselling memoir Reading My Father:

Every soldier was, once, someone’s child. With this ineluctable truth at her story’s core, Lea Carpenter has crafted a beautiful, and original, work of art. Eleven Days manages to be both a meditation on courage and a gripping read. Scholarly and stylish, displaying a capacious mind and even greater heart. A magnificent debut.

 

ONE MORE THING…

IT’S OUR BIRTHDAY THIS WEEK!

Stay tuned for a big giveaway coming very soon…

Barn exterior, Hillsdale

Three hours out of Manhattan is the sleepy, but rapidly gentrifying, town of Hillsdale. Every time I visit here, it’s part of the ritual to visit this second hand book store – a real cave of wonders – pretty much in the middle of nowhere, but a legend and a bit of a place of pilgrimage.

poppies in the garden, hammock at the ready

Beautifully curated by its owner Maureen Rodgers, the cottage has two floors of room after room of books, each one more tempting than the one before.

Last time I bought every book I could find on Edith Wharton having just visited her house at Lenox. This time I was obsessed with Zelda Fitzgerald and bought whatever I could find (at the same time telling my friend to be sure to buy a lovely edition of The Transit of Venus by Shirley Hazzard). Hours can go past (and they did)…you can definitely always find what you never knew you were looking for.

But the real treat this time was a three foot high pile of old LIFE magazines from the Thirties and Forties. Mad Men like, the advertising preoccupations seemed to be whisky, perspiration and cigarettes while one issue (which I had to buy) juxtaposed Hitler’s last days, with the lovely legs of divorcees, the foundation of the UN and whether a hope chest was the key to a woman’s marriage prospects (answer of course yes).

 

So, if you’re ever up Hillsdale way, take a detour (and a truck).

 

Life magazine advertorial 1945 – the hope chest advantage

 

The New Yorker also paid the Book Barn a visit…read here.

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