Archive for the ‘From Our Authors’ Category

  • Eleanor Wasserberg introduces The Light at the End of the Day

    • Aug 4, 2020 •

    If I invite you over for dinner with my family, be warned, it tends to go like this: we have wine, and then we start talking about the Holocaust.

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  • Sarah Aspinall introduces Diamonds at the Lost and Found

    • Jul 30, 2020 •

    For readers of Hideous KinkyDadland and Bad Blood; the astonishing, beguiling story of Sarah Aspinall’s harum scarum childhood, and a love letter to a woman who defied convention to live a life less ordinary.

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  • Valentine by Elizabeth Wetmore

    • Jun 11, 2020 •

    An introduction

    I have been asked to write a few words about the origins of my debut novel, Valentine. This should be a simple enough task, and one that every writer who is fortunate enough to sell her book should be prepared to complete in a timely fashion. How did I get the idea for the book? How long did it take to write? Where do my characters come from? How much of the book is autobiographical? And yet, shortly after I sold my book, when this question was first posed to me in an “author’s profile,” I sat at my desk, on and off, for weeks, trying to figure out how to answer the simplest of questions about a book that I had privately been calling “this damn book” for nearly a decade.

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  • Kirstin Innes introduces Scabby Queen

    • Jun 8, 2020 •

    The 30th April would have been publication day for Kirstin Innes fantastic new novel Scabby Queen before the pandemic caused the release date to be delayed. To mark the occasion, Kirstin shared some of the inspiration behind the novel on Twitter, answered readers’ questions, and gave us a sneak peak with a couple of readings from the book.

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  • Mr Atkinson’s Rum Contract

    • Apr 16, 2020 •

    The story of a tangled inheritance

    I began writing Mr Atkinson’s Rum Contract almost ten years ago, after learning that I couldn’t have children. Instead of looking forward to the family I’d always imagined I’d have, I turned round to face the past; it was time I found out about those who’d come before me.

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  • Bee Wilson / Greenfeast

    • Oct 30, 2019 •

    In celebration of Nigel Slater’s Greenfeast: autumn, winter publishing this October, we asked some 4th Estate authors to write a few words about veg-minded living.

    Bee Wilson, author of First Bite and The Way We Eat Now:

    ‘Nigel Slater has strong feelings about bowls, and he is not afraid to share them. Take porridge. Nigel has two wooden bowls made from ash, which he saves for his morning oats. ‘I feel like Goldilocks’, he writes, ‘even when they are used for a strawberry Bircher muesli’.

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  • Lisa Appignanesi / Greenfeast

    • Oct 29, 2019 •

    In celebration of Nigel Slater’s Greenfeast: autumn, winter publishing this October, we asked some 4th Estate authors to write a few words about veg-minded living.

    Lisa Appignanesi, author of Everyday Madness:

    A Many Coloured Feast

    ‘Back in the mid-nineties, I lived around the corner from a street market in Paris. Most mornings, I’d head out early for a coffee. But well before the first pungent whiff had come my way, my eyes were startled wide open by the various stall holders’ displays of fruit and vegetables.

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  • Lucy Wood / Greenfeast

    • Oct 28, 2019 •

    In celebration of Nigel Slater’s Greenfeast: autumn, winter publishing this October, we asked some 4th Estate authors to write a few words about veg-minded living.

    Lucy Wood, author of The Sing of the Shore:

    Blackberries

    ‘Blackberries are my favourite autumn food. By the end of summer the hedges are starting to fill up and I watch them, waiting for when they’ll be ripe. It usually takes longer than I think.  Finally, I take out an old ice-cream tub and go picking. If it’s sunny the berries will be warm. If it’s raining they’ll gleam like sweets. The hedges and lanes are a mixture of abundance and things dying back – the coppers of changing leaves, strings of red berries, the brittle stalks of cow parsley. Everything is quietening down. There’s a shift in pace. It always feels like the start of a new year.

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