Author Archive

  • Write Here: Gabriel Tallent

    For much of the time I was writing My Absolute Darling, I lived on the fourth floor of a falling-down apartment building in downtown Salt Lake City. In the summer, with the heat rising from the apartments below us, it could get to be 106 degrees. We had no air-conditioning, and I’d work hunched on the floor, dripping sweat, slamming redbull, and loving the work. In the winter, if I left a glass on the windowsill, it would ice over. The radiators hissed and steamed and sometimes fountained water like you were in a submarine that had just been hit. I wrote whenever I could. I had no regular hours, no desk, no place save the living room floor, no meditative rituals, no artist’s lifestyle, no coffeehouses I frequented, nothing except the work itself. I wrote whenever I wasn’t in the backcountry and wasn’t at the restaurant. I tried to keep my hours at the restaurant down to thirty a week, and I tried to write for thirty or forty more, which meant getting up and getting straight to the keyboard and working hard throughout the day if I was to have any chance of getting out climbing that night.

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  • 4th Coming: Gabriel Tallent author of ‘My Absolute Darling’

    The 4thcoming series is all about introducing you to our authors.  If you’ve ever wondered what your favourite 4th Estate author is currently reading, listening to or what their writing ritual is, then we’ve got all those answers for you.

    Name: Gabriel Tallent

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  • Becoming a Writer: traits for success by Marti Leimbach

    I wanted to write many years before I became good at it. I practiced writing in the same way that a pianist practices scales or a tennis player practices serves. I worked on sentences, then paragraphs, then scenes, over and over, until I got them right.  If you want to become a writer, you may find the same is true for you. There is a long apprenticeship before you can write a full-length novel—and ages before you can write a good one. However, you can develop traits in yourself that will make it more likely you will succeed.

    I am not saying you can’t be an excellent writer without developing these characteristics—authors’ personalities are replete with bizarre idiosyncrasies, social deviance, not to mention serious drug and alcohol abuse that sometimes obscure the work, itself. Admittedly success for any writer is rare, but here are a few ideas that might those of you who are writing.

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  • ‘Reservoir 13’ by Jon McGregor is longlisted for The Man Booker Prize 2017

    Congratulations to Jon McGregor who is shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2017 with his book Reservoir 13.  The award-winning author of If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things
    and Even the Dogs. Reservoir 13 tells the story of many lives haunted by one family’s loss.Jon McGregor c. Dan Sinclair


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  • Summer reads from the 4th Estate Team

    We’re all geared up for summer here at 4th Estate so we’ve put together a list of book we’ll be reading during our time off as well as recommendations of some other great reads, that we think should definitely be included in your holiday book bag.

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  • Cover Reveal: Made at Home by Giorgio Locatelli


    From Tuscan tomato and bread soup to monkfish stew, simple spaghettis or lemon and pistachio polenta cake, Made at Home is a colourful collection of the food that Giorgio Locatelli loves to prepare for family and friends.

    With recipes that reflect the places he calls home, from Northern Italy to North London or the holiday house he and his wife Plaxy have found in Puglia, Made at Home is a celebration of favourite vegetables combined in vibrant salads or fresh seasonal stews, along with generous fish and meat dishes and cakes to share. Early every evening, Giorgio’s ‘other family’, the chefs and front of house staff at his restaurant, Locanda Locatelli, sit down together to eat, and Giorgio reveals the recipes for their best-loved meals, the Tuesday ‘Italian’ Burger and the Saturday Pizza.

    Giorgio Locatelli is also a judge on BBC Two’s brand new competitive food show The Big Family Cooking Showdown, alongside chef  Rosemary Shrager. They will judge and crown the nation’s best family of cooks. The show will be presented by Great British Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussain and TV presenter Zoe Ball.

    Made At Home is out on the 7th September and you can pre-order it now.

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    Follow Giorgio Locatelli on Twitter: @GLocaOfficial

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    • Food From 4th: Pimiento de piquillo con crema de queso y mojo verde

      Pimiento de piqulllo con crema de queso y mojo verde

      (Piquillo pepper stuffed with goat’s curd mixed herbs and mojo verde)

      These are really quick and colourful: great for summer parties and picnics. Josep, our executive chef, who came up with the combination, uses goat’s curd from La Bauma, but you could substitute cream cheese or cottage cheese.

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    • Cover Reveal: The Transition by Luke Kennard

      • Jul 20, 2017 • Tags: ,


      We are delighted to reveal the paperback cover for The Transition by Luke Kennard. It’s Black Mirror meets David Nicholls in this dark and funny novel about love in dystopian times.


      Longlisted for The Desmond Elliott Prize for fiction, The Transition tells the story of Karl has let his debts get wildly out of control and, in desperation, has sort of semi accidentally committed credit-card fraud. Now he could have to go to prison, so when he and his wife Genevieve are instead offered a place on a mysterious self-improvement scheme called The Transition, they agree. It’s only six months, after all, and at first all it requires is that they give up their credit cards and move into the spare room of their ‘mentors’, Janna and Stu, who seem perfectly lovely.

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      The Transition by Luke Kennard is out in paperback on the 7th September. Pre-order your copy

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