The Book Club
September 30, 2014 7:30 pm
The next 4th Estate Literary Salon has arrived! Come and hear columnists Tim Dowling and…
Click below to watch a video of Dan Lepard introducing us to his new book, the gorgeous ‘Short and Sweet‘. Be warned, this video contains explicit images of tasty baked goods and is likely to cause acute salivation.
You can follow Dan on twitter @dan_lepard
New week, new book, new price!
It’s been over a year now since we first published ‘Freedom’ by Jonathan Franzen to much fanfare. With over 130,000 copies sold in the UK it has proved not only a critics’ favourite but a readers’ favourite too.
So, to celebrate the success of ‘Freedom’ over the last year, we have decided to drop the e-book price! For a short time, you can by ‘Freedom’ for your Kindle, iPad, e-reader, or whatever else you read your ebooks on, for the knock-down price of £2.99.
Nigel Slater’s new series ‘Nigel Slater’s Simple Cooking’ (the follow-up to ‘Simple Suppers’) starts on the 23rd September on BBC1.
There is no official tie-in book for the TV series, but a lot of the recipes are taken from ‘Tender’ and from ‘The Kitchen Diaries’.
You can watch a clip of the Hilary Mantel Culture Show special here:
The episode was an hour very well spent, but then I would say that. Don’t believe me? Here’s what the Independent had to say:
‘An hour to savour: a beautifully shot, intelligent and memorable interview with the novelist Hilary Mantel’
The Emperor of All Maladies is longlisted for the Guardian First Book Award.
Congratulations to Siddhartha Mukherjee, as the Emperor of All Maladies has been longlisted for The Guardian First Book Award .
The awards recognise the finest new writing talent who have had work published in English in the last year.
The longlist will be reduced to a shortlist by the judging panel including One Day author David Nicholls. The judging panel will take advice from Guardian reading groups, run in association with Waterstones across the UK.
To read the extract of Jeffrey Eugenides’ ‘The Marriage Plot’ click the reader below. To download it to your e-reader, follow the link through to issuu and download the PDF.
Although it’s not published until October 11th, early reviews for Jeffrey Eugenides’ new novel ‘The Marriage Plot’ have started to come in from the US.
Here’s what Publisher’s Weekly had to say:
“Eugenides’s first novel since 2002’s Pulitzer Prize–winning Middlesex so impressively, ambitiously breaks the mold of its predecessor that it calls for the founding of a new prize to recognize its success both as a novel–and as a Jeffrey Eugenides novel. Importantly but unobtrusively set in the early 1980s, this is the tale of Madeleine Hanna, recent Brown University English grad, and her admirer Mitchell Grammaticus, who opts out of Divinity School to walk the earth as an ersatz pilgrim. Madeleine is equally caught up, both with the postmodern vogue (Derrida, Barthes)–conflicting with her love of James, Austen, and Salinger–and with the brilliant Leonard Bankhead, whom she met in semiotics class and whose fits of manic depression jeopardize his suitability as a marriage prospect. Read more…
Hilary Mantel is to be the subject of a BBC2 Culture Show Special, to be aired September 17th at 8pm
See below for the press release from the BBC
The Culture Show gains exclusive access to the life and work of Hilary Mantel as she writes The Mirror And The Light, the sequel to her Booker prize-winning novel Wolf Hall.
Mantel’s extraordinarily wide range of work stretches from childhood memoir to Irish giants; from the influence of the Roman Catholic Church to the growth of fundamentalism in Saudi Arabia and from the French Revolution to the Tudor court of Henry VIII.
Art Director Julian Humphries talks about the design approach to the Freedom paperback cover and shows us some versions that didn’t make the final cut
We always knew the design needed to be simple and iconic so decided to play around with the idea of the end scene of the book or the icon of a bird as the central design theme.
Jo Walker came up with the idea of the birds escaping the house to form the word Freedom in the title. The cerulean blue comes from the type of the bird in the novel that is under threat, the orange came from the colour of someone’s bag in the office (but is also a complementary colour to the blue) giving a nice contrast to the two covers.
Check out this video for simple cooking ideas for beans from Nigel Slater