Archive for September, 2011

  • Dan Lepard talks about Short and Sweet [video]

    4th Short and Sweet
    • Sep 29, 2011 • No Comments • Tags: ,

    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

    For recipes and news why not visit 






  • Freedom e-book – only £2.99

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    • Sep 27, 2011 • No Comments • Tags: ,

    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.

    If you haven’t read the most critically acclaimed book of the last year, snap it up now and get lost in Franzen’s writing as the cold draws-in and autumn takes hold.

    Apple Edition


    Kindle edition



  • Nigel Slater's Simple Cooking – Fridays, BBC1 7.30pm

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    • Sep 22, 2011 • No Comments • Tags: ,

    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’.

    This autumn we are publishing the two volumes of ‘Tender’ in paperback, slip-cased together. These are of a limited number, so get them while you can! ‘The Kitchen Diaries’ is available in both paperback and hardback editions.


  • Watch the Hilary Mantel Culture Show Special

    Wolf Hall iPlayer

    You can still watch the Hilary Mantel Culture Show special on iPlayer until Saturday 24th September.

    It’s 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’

    Until Saturday you can also buy Hilary Mantel’s ebooks for £2.99 in the UK from all ebook retailers.

  • The Emperor of All Maladies is longlisted for the Guardian First Book Award

    Siddhartha Mukherjee

    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.

    Commenting on the longlist Lisa Allardice, awards chair and editor of the Review, Guardian, said: “First novels are often accused of being overly autobiographical, but several of this year’s entries are audacious takes on topical subjects such as Amy Waldman’s The Submission, set in the aftermath of 9/11 in New York, or Stephen Kelman’s Pigeon English, about gang warfare in a South London estate.”

    “The non-fiction titles are equally strong and wide-ranging, including a memoir of a young writer’s love affair with Russian literature, to a magisterial ‘biography’ of cancer, to a polemical anatomy of British class hatred. And not forgetting Rachel Boast’s truly luminous collection of poetry, Sidereal.”

    “For the first time we opened up the judging process, inviting readers to nominate a title for the final place on the longlist: Down the Rabbit Hole by Juan Pablo Villalobos takes us deep into the world of Mexican drug lord and is a lively addition to an extremely exciting longlist.”

    The full longlist is:


    The Possessed by Elif Batuman, Granta

    Chavs by Owen Jones, Verso

    The Emperor of All Maladies by Siddhartha Mukherjee, Fourth Estate


    Pigeon English by Stephen Kelman, Bloomsbury

    The Submission by Amy Waldman, Heinemann

    The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, Harvill

    The Book of Lies by Mary Horlock, Canongate

    The Collaborator by Mirza Waheed, Penguin

    Down the Rabbit Hole by Juan Pablo Villalobos, And Other Stories 


    Sideral by Rachel Boast, Picador

    For further information on the awards visit:

    The shortlist will be announced at the end of October and the winner announced on 1 December.



  • Read or Download an Extract of 'The Marriage Plot' by Jeffrey Eugenides

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    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.

  • Early reviews for Jeffrey Eugenides' 'The Marriage Plot'

    Marriage Plot

    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. Meanwhile, Mitchell winds up in Calcutta working with Mother Theresa’s volunteers, still dreaming of Madeleine. In capturing the heady spirit of youthful intellect on the verge, Eugenides revives the coming-of-age novel for a new generation The book’s fidelity to its young heroes and to a superb supporting cast of enigmatic professors, feminist theorists, neo-Victorians, and concerned mothers, and all of their evolving investment in ideas and ideals is such that the central argument of the book is also its solution: the old stories may be best after all, but there are always new ways to complicate them”

    That’s some review! We hope all the UK fans will love the book as much as Publisher’s Weekly do!

    Barnes and Noble had this to say:

    “The Marriage Plot is Jeffrey Eugenides’ first novel since his 2003 Pulitzer Prize-winning Middlesex, and it possesses the literary resonance and erotic allure that made that fiction so successful. At the apex of its most unconventional love triangle is Madeleine Hanna, a graduating Brown English major who mixes her fervent readings of Austen and Henry James with naked romps with Leonard Bankhead, the brilliant, but unmarriageable young man she met in semiotics class. Observing all this and mostly pining in the distance is the ever-admiring Mitchell Grammaticus, whose penchant for Christian mysticism takes him in strange directions. Set in the eighties, The Marriage Plot juggles literary ideas of true love with the uncontrollable rush of real life. Expect prominent reviews and award buzz.”

    We hope you will all like it too – in the mean time, here is an extract to read!

  • Hilary Mantel – BBC2 Culture Show Special

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    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.

    Writer and film-maker James Runcie takes Hilary back to her childhood home and to visit the places that have inspired her.

    He talks to her about the illness that has plagued her life, the ghosts from her past, the process of writing historical fiction, sex, jokes, life, death and the emotional cost of making things up for a living.

    Intimate, exclusive and unpredictable, this Culture Show Special, which will be shown in the summer of 2011, is a revealing portrait of one of the bravest and most brilliant writers working in the world today.

    BBC Productions

  • Freedom to be Creative

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    • Sep 7, 2011 • No Comments • Tags: ,

    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.

    The whole design is cleverly pulled together by the adding of a large area of black in the shape of a gently curling feather silhouette – giving real stand-out both in the digital and physical arena.

    A considerable number of jackets were drawn up as part of the design process – below is just a very small selection of those that weren’t picked.

  • Nigel Slater Simple Cooking Ideas for Beans

    Check out this video for simple cooking ideas for beans from Nigel Slater