Archive for October, 2011

  • Our Favourite Gothic Novels and Scary Stories (and Kate Bush)

    • Oct 31, 2011 •

    I thought we’d get into the Halloween spirit today and talk about some of our favourite Gothic works and scary stories.

    If your looking for something suitably supernatural for this spooky time of year, then why not try some of these recommendations from the team at 4th Estate?


    Saki, The Complete Short Stories - Chosen by 4th Estate Editor Mark Richards

    I was first read Saki stories by a teacher during those exciting, maddening end-of-term days; and they were better than any video would have been. Short, sharp and magnificently nasty, they suited a schoolboy’s temperament perfectly, especially, of course, the story Sredni Vashtar, well worth five minutes of your time right now (

    Frankenstein by Mary Shelley – Chosen by 4th Estate Publishing Director Nicholas Pearson

    Of course it has to be Frankenstein. We’re all of us just cobbled together, all a bit lost in the world, aren’t we?

    The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe - Chosen by Editorial Assistant Olly Rowse

    In Poe’s claustrophobic, queasy little story an unnamed narrator murders an old man, dismembering and placing him under the floorboards. When the police arrive to enquire about certain screams, he maintains insouciance, offering them a seat on the very spot where the old man lies buried. But soon he thinks he hears the sound of the old man’s

    O Caledonia! By Elspeth Barker - Chosen by Editorial Director Clare Reihill

    The story of Janet a young Scottish child with the most fertile vivid imagination being brought up in a remote Scottish castle. She is burdened with a dreadful family including two younger siblings and lots of other characters who cause her extreme feelings of alienation – so she retreats to the dark…  So atmospheric and written in highly lyrical, poetic prose. Elspeth Barker was the widow of the poet George Barker and this book promised a long career as a novelist but she never wrote another.

    The Monk by Matthew Lewis- Chosen by Publicity Manager Rebecca McEwan

    If you want to get into the spirit for Halloween this book has every gothic cliché going, from pregnant nuns to murder in the grave-yard crypt.  Set in a creepy monastery, it tells the tale of the monk Ambrosio whose obsession with his sister leads him into all kinds evil. He is aided along the way by a demon disguised as an angelic-looking novice, and if that sounds melodramatic the sub-plots are even more bizarre. You can’t help but laugh out loud which may not have been Lewis’s intention but for a retro-gothic read it can’t be beaten!

    Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë – Chosen by Marketing Manager Sam Shone

    A classic of English literature, I first read ‘Wuthering Heights’ in my first year at university and absolutely hated it. I can just remember how annoying and detestable I found all of the characters. When asked what I had though of the book in a  seminar I launched into a tirade about how awful the characters are, how heatable and how cruel, and it suddenly dawned on me how much I enjoyed hating them. It really is an incredible novel to provoke such strong feelings in the reader. And besides, Kate Bush turned it into one of the most entertaining songs and music videos of all time.

  • Fiction4theFuture

    • Oct 28, 2011 • Tags:

    4th Estate have long been committed to discovering and nurturing new talent and introducing readers to new writers from Britain and around the world.

    It has always been a challenge for new writers to break into the market and to find readers and champions for their books, and this is true now more than ever. At 4th Estate, we want to make sure that booksellers, journalists and readers continue to discover the great fiction we are committed to publishing.

    Throughout spring 2012 we are publishing a number of debut authors, up and coming authors and well established 4th Estate writers who we have asked to introduce these new stars.

    To give you all a flavour of what’s coming up, we’re going to be publishing a free ebook full of extracts from these novels at the end of December, so you can give yourself a free Christmas treat and indulge in some superb new stories. We’ll let you know as soon as it’s live.

    In the meantime, please email if you would like an early reading copy of any of these titles. We’ll send you one if you promise to let us know what you think. The best customer reviews will be published in the paperback.

    The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach – January 2012

    After the Lockout by Darren McCann February 2012

    I Married You for Happiness by Lily Tuck February 2012

    Care of Wooden Floors by Will Wiles February 2012

    Q by Evan Mandery March 2012

    Someday Find Me by Nicci Cloke May 2012

    Once Upon a River by Bonnie Jo Campbell May 2012

    Another Country by Anjali Joseph June 2012

    Communion Town by Sam Thompson June 2012

    Check back here at for more updates, interviews, extracts and news about our new writers


  • Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie interviewed by the BBC

    • Oct 14, 2011 • No Comments • Tags:

    Listen to the BBC interview with Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

    Chimamanda was recently in London for a Book Slam event where the BBC’s Sharon Hemans caught up with her.

    You can listen to the interview on

  • The Marriage Plot is Amazon's Deal of the Week!

    Marriage Plot 4th Flies
    • Oct 11, 2011 • No Comments

    Get the new novel by Jeffrey Eugenides ‘The Marriage Plot’ for only £9.00

    We released ‘The Marriage Plot’ a little early due to popular demand, but today is the ‘official’ publication day.

    ‘The Marriage Plot’ is also’s deal of the week, so you can snap up this literary page turner for an amazing £9! That’s change from a tenner for one of the best books of the year – well, we think so anyway.

  • The Corrections to be made into HBO series

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

    Jonathan Franzen this week confirmed that he is working with HBO on an adaptation of his internationally best-selling novel, ‘The Corrections’.

    In an interview with New Yorker editor David Remnick, Franzen confirmed that he has ‘been working with Scott Rudin and Noah Baumbach‘.

    Scott Rudin produced the Cohen brothers’ film adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s ‘No Country for Old Men‘ and Upton Sinclair’s ‘Oil!’, which was turned into the hit film ‘There Will be Blood‘.

    Both films were nominated for an amazing 8 Academy Awards.

    More recently, Scott Rudin has been the man behind the cinematic sensation that is ‘The Social Network’, staring Justin Timberlake, Andrew Garfield and Jessie Eisenberg as Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg (who many people believe was robbed – robbed! – of an Oscar).

    Baumbach wrote and directed ‘The Squid and the Whale’, a semi-autobiographical film about his childhood in Brooklyn, which won two awards at the Sundance film festival in 2005 and was nominated for an Academy Award for best original screenplay.

    While Rudin and Baumbach’s roles in the production have not been confirmed, their involvement gives you an indication of the direction the production is taking.

    Already being linked to the role of Alfred are actors Anthony Hopkins, Gene Hackman and Donald Sutherland.

    No news as yet on when ‘The Corrections’ will reach our screens, but we’ll let you know as soon as we hear anything more.
















  • Made in Sicily Launch Party at Locanda Locatelli

    • Oct 7, 2011 • No Comments

    Giorgio Locatelli’s ‘Made in Sicily’ was launched in spectacular style last night at Giorgio’s restaurant Locanda Locatelli with Kate Winslet, Gwen Stefani, Nigella Lawson and Antonio Carluccio all out to celebrate with us.

    As you’d expect at the launch of Sicilian cookbook at a a Michelin starred restaurant, the food was incredible.

    We ate seafood arancini (rice balls), spaghetti with cuttlefish inkcalamari fritti; and for dessert cannoli with orange marmalade and pistachio ice cream and palline di bucce d’arancia (orange zest balls, but it just sounds better in Italian!).

    Here are a few pics of the night:

  • 4th Estate e-books from £2.99

    • Oct 7, 2011 • No Comments

    Check out the latest ebook price offers and deals from 4th Estate

    Have a look through the snazzy carousel below to check out some great prices on 4th Estate ebooks!

    These ebooks are available at the following prices from all e-book retailers. You can buy them for your kindle by clicking on the images below.

    We’ve got Freedom by Jonathan Franzen, Half of a Yellow Sun and The Thing Around Your Neck by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie all for £2.99; the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Emperor of all Maladies for £3.99; the Man Booker Prize-winning Wolf Hall for £4.99 and the brand new novel from Jeffrey Eugenides, The Marriage Plot, for £9.99


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  • Made in Sicily Launch Party


    Giorgio Locatelli’s ‘Made in Sicily’ was launched in spectacular style last night at Giorgio’s restaurant Locanda Locatelli with Kate Winslet, Gwen Stefani, Nigella Lawson and Antonio Carluccio all out to celebrate with us.

    As you’d expect at the launch of Sicilian cookbook at a a Michelin starred restaurant, the food was incredible.

    We ate seafood arancini (rice balls), spaghetti with cuttlefish inkcalamari fritti; and for dessert cannoli with orange marmalade and pistachio ice cream and palline di bucce d’arancia (orange zest balls, but it just sounds better in Italian!).

    Here are a few pics of the night: