Artemis Fowl and the Time Paradox has reached Number 1 in Times of London & the Guardian!
Artemis Fowl: The Time Paradox is the sixth book in the teen series Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer. It was released in the US on July 5, 2008, and was released on August 7, 2008 in the UK. In Colfer’s video blogs, he mentions the book, saying it may not be the last, but the last one for at least 3 years.
Bloomsbury UK just reported the sales for THE SUSPICIONS OF MR WHICHER are now up to 80,000 copies!!!
Now up to 12 foreign language sales!
Please see review from the New York Times Book Review.
“[A] fastidious reconstruction and expansive analysis of the Road Hill murder case…Summerscale smartly uses an energetic narrative voice and a suspenseful pace, among other novelistic devices, to make her factual material read with the urgency of a work of fiction. What she has constructed, specifically, is a traditional country-house mystery, more brutal than cozy, but presenting the same kind of intellectual puzzle as her fictional models and adorned, as such books once were, with wonderfully old-fashioned maps, diagrams, engravings, courtroom sketches and other illustrations…More important, Summerscale accomplishes what modern genre authors hardly bother to do anymore, which is to use a murder investigation as a portal to a wider world. When put in../ historical context, every aspect of this case tells us something about mid-Victorian society…The author’s startling final twist both vindicates her fallen hero and advances an ‘aggressive’ attack on moral hypocrisy in his day and ours.” –Marilyn Stasio, New York Times Book Review
And here are two great recent interviews with the author:
THE SUSPICIONS OF MR WHICHER: UK: Bloomsbury (pub April 2008), US: Walker & Co.; Brazil: Companhia das Letras; France: Bourgois; Germany: Bloomsbury; Greece: Patakis; Holland: Nieuw Amsterdam; Israel: Modan; Italy: Einaudi; Norway: Gyldendal; Poland: WAB; Russia: AST; Spain: Lumen (Random House Mondadori); Thailand: Post Publishing.
The movie “Confessions of a Shopaholic” is in fact the title of the forthcoming film which combines The Secret Dreamworld of a Shopaholic and Shopaholic Abroad (US title: SHOPAHOLIC TAKES MANHATTAN) as its storyline.
Confessions of a Shopaholic Directed by P.J. Hogan will be released in the United States on February 13, 2009. (UK Release February 27, 2009) (according to IMDb website: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1093908/)
Dan Hurley’s DIABETES RISING, the story of the rise of Diabetes in modern history and the hunt for it’s cure, to Don Fehr at Kaplan, in a good deal, for publication in 2009, by Jane Dystel at Dystel & Goderich Literary Management (World English)
Photographer Shreve Stockton’s THE DAILY COYOTE: A YEAR WITH CHARLIE, derived from the author’s blog of the same name chronicling her first year raising an orphaned coyote cub as a beloved household pet, to Scott Smith at Tantor, by Lauren Abramo at Dystel & Goderich Literary Management.
David Gramb and Ellen Levine’s SO YOU THINK YOU CAN SPELL, a cornucopia of challenges for good, better, and exceptional spellers, to Meg Leder at Perigee, by Jim Trupin at JET Literary Associates (NA).
James Patterson’s YA series MAXIMUM RIDE, to Columbia Pictures, with Avi Arad, Ari Arad and Steven Paul at Seaside Entertainment (Iron Man) producing, along with Steve Bowen and Leopoldo Gout at James Patterson Entertainment, and Don Payne (Fantastic Four) adapting.
Longlist of Booker Prize 2008
THE NORTHERN CLEMENCY
by PHILIP HENSHER
THE NORTHERN CLEMENCY is a tremendous book. Against an unfashionable 1970s background Philip Hensher has composed not so much a condition-of-England as a condition-of-humanity novel, which is gripping and surprising and shocking in all kinds of unpredictable ways, and enormously wide in psychological and moral scope. What a writer he is!
The Bookseller (Booksellers’ choice: Ruth Atkins, Borders)
Hensher’s style is fluid and engrossing.
The Bookseller (Booksellers’ choice: Rodney Troubridge, Waterstone’s)
This is a big novel packed full of good things.
Hensher is a brilliant anatomist of familial tension and marshals his large cast of characters deftly. He has an impeccable eye for nuances of character and setting. An engrossing and hugely impressive novel.
What is particularly enjoyable as the reader relaxes into this book is the portrayal of the complexity of family life: the layers, secrets and misunderstandings, the drama of different lives lived under the same roof, by people who are both strangers and kin… Hensher has a forensic eye for detail, providing nightmarish glimpses of the everyday… engrossing, amusing and moving.
The Sunday Telegraph
Emotionally engaged… compulsively readable.. A cumulative effect of luminous richness, like a perfect piece of orchestration. He excels at dialogue…but while his technical virtuosity is remarkable and his ability to conjure anything from a front room to an entire era…is equally striking, something more than brilliant cleverness makes this novel extraordinary… At the heart of the elegant narrative architecture, the fine comic timing and exuberant details, there flickers a sense…that generosity, a sense of others, is the best we can do. And at the last, in a tragedy as shocking as tragedy, that modest hope is beautifully fulfilled.
The novel is beautifully organised at three levels – close up, at the level of the sentence, further back, at the level of narrative progression over ten or 20 pages, and then overall, as a fully realised whole – but it’s most impressive feature is that it manages to be a page-turner while escheqing the traditional devices we associate with such a book…In THE NORTHERN CLEMENCY, an early contender for novel of the year, Philip Hensher looks in detail at a small group of people over a generation, and in doing so presents the great drama and inexhaustible wonder of ordinary life.
The Sunday Times
Hensher is fascinatingly good on how social transformation manifests itself in the textures, colours and manners of a culture…He has witty fun with many of the signifiers of all this change. …THE NORTHERN CLEMENCY is not only extremely funny, but also deeply humane.
The reader is soon absorbed into the everyday but engrossing lives of his characters…It consists of many overlapping, intersecting and interdependent smaller plots, which are both individually and collectively enthralling, sometimes sad and often very funny.
THE NORTHERN CLEMENCY is as clever and as elegant as Hensher’s previous books…Combining his intelligence with a less expected humanity and storytelling drive, THE NORTHERN CLEMENCY powerfully slices and preserves 20 years of British life and deserves to be remembered for at least that length of time.
Expansive yet precise, it leads the reader from the minutiae of family life to broad public events with the surest of hands.
Man Booker 2008 Longlist
Girl in a Blue Dress
by Gaynor Arnold
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Gaynor Arnold was born and brought up in Cardiff. She read English at St. Hilda’s College, Oxford, where she acted in many plays, notably at the Edinburgh Festival and in the US. She has two grown up children and works for Birmingham’s Adoption and Fostering Service.
ABOUT THE BOOK
Alfred Gibson’s funeral has taken place at Westminster Abbey, and his wife of twenty years, Dorothea, has not been invited. The Great Man’s will favours his children and a clandestine mistress over his estranged wife. Dorothea is comforted by her feisty daughter Kitty, until an invitation for a private audience with Queen Victoria arrives, and she begins to examine her own life more closely.
Dorothea revisits their courtship, early days of nuptial pleasure and domestic family fun before the birth of too many children sapped her vitality. But she also uncovers the deviousness and frighteningly hypnotic power of this celebrity author. Now Dodo will need to face her grown-up children, and worse, her dual nemesis of ten years before, her redoubtable younger sister Sissy and the charming actress Miss Ricketts.