Archive for the ‘4thcoming’ Category

  • 4thcoming: Lucy Hughes-Hallett

    • Apr 21, 2017 • Tags: , ,

    Peculiar Ground

    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: Lucy Hughes-Hallett

    What’s it about? It is the 17th century and a wall is being built around a great house. Wychwood is an enclosed world, its ornamental lakes and majestic avenues planned by Mr Norris, landscape-maker. A world where everyone has something to hide after decades of civil war, where dissidents shelter in the forest, lovers linger in secret gardens, and migrants, fleeing the plague, are turned away from the gate.

    Three centuries later, another wall goes up overnight, dividing Berlin, while at Wychwood, over one hot, languorous weekend, erotic entanglements are shadowed by news of historic change. A little girl, Nell, observes all. Nell grows up and Wychwood is invaded. There is a pop festival by the lake, a TV crew in the dining room and a Great Storm brewing. As the Berlin wall comes down, a fatwa signals a different ideological faultline and a refugee seeks safety in Wychwood.

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  • 4thcoming: Elizabeth J. Church

    What you’re reading: 

    I’m reading a plethora of mysteries and thrillers as a way of escaping my own writing.  This approach lets me read for sheer pleasure, without endlessly comparing my work to that of another author.  I particularly enjoy Val McDermid – especially her wonderful character Tony Hill, and the fascinating relationship between Hill and Carol Jordan.

    What you’re listening to:

    Kaleo’s “A/B”, whenever I’m driving.

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  • 4thcoming: Stella Grey

    • Sep 13, 2016 • Tags: , ,

    Name: Stella Grey*

    *Stella Grey is a pseudonym

    What’s it about? When her husband fell in love with someone else, Stella Grey thought she’d be unhappy for the rest of her life. But then she realised that she needed to take her future in her own hands. She needed to meet someone wonderful, and find a heartfix for heartbreak.

    So, she joined online dating sites and embarked on a mission. What followed were 693 days of encounters, on screen and in person: dates in cafés and over glasses of astringent red wine, short term relationships and awkward sex, but mostly there were phone calls and emails (many, many emails). Her journey was never dull, featuring marriage proposals, invitations to Tangier, badly timed food poisoning and much younger men – but was it ultimately successful? Read more…

  • 4thcoming: Miranda Sawyer

    • Jun 24, 2016 •

    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: Miranda Sawyer Book: Out of Time

    What’s it about?

    Out of Time is not a self-help book. It’s an exploration of this sudden crisis, this jolt. It looks at how our tastes, and our bodies, change as we get older. It considers the unexpected new pleasures that the second half of life can offer, from learning to code to taking up running (slowly). Speaking to musicians and artists, friends and colleagues, Miranda asks how they too have confronted midlife, and the lessons, if any, that they’ve learned along the way.

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  • 4thcoming: Will Smith

    Name: Will Smith 10913504_10153022931593584_1209454771_n

    Twitter: @willsmithuk

    Occupation: Screenwriter

    Book: Mainlander

    What’s it about: ‘Jersey 1987, and the storm clouds are gathering over Colin Bygate. Sitting on a headland stewing over the discovery that his wife used to date Rob de la Haye, a brash hotelier who is everything that Colin is not, he spots a pupil near the edge of the cliff. Worried that the boy may have intended to jump, he drives him home, hoping that his gloomy imagination was playing tricks. But when the boy fails to turn up to school the next day, Colin feels duty bound to track him down, pitting him against the Island establishment who would rather there was a little less noise around this particular absence. A web of characters is spun around this mystery, each with their own secrets. For living in Jersey, where everyone knows everyone else’s business, you must become your own island.’ Read more…

  • 4thcoming: Claire Lowdon

    Name: Claire LowdonLOWDON

    Occupation: Assistant Editor of Arete

    Book: Left of the Bang

    What’s it about: For failing concert pianist Tamsin Jarvis, the pressure is mounting. She thought she was happy with her adoring schoolteacher boyfriend Callum, but when Chris comes into their lives, that starts to change. In a few months Chris will be gone, leaving for his first tour of Afghanistan. Nothing seems to be working out the way Tamsin wants it to – in fact, she’s not even sure what it is she wants. Read more…

  • 4thcoming: Scott Blackwood

    Name: Scott Blackwood

    Occupation: Blackwood teaches fiction writing in the MFA program at Southern Illinois University

    Book: See How Small

    What’s it about: One late autumn evening in a Texas town, two strangers walk into an ice cream shop shortly before closing time. They bind up the three teenage girls who are working the counter, set fire to the shop, and disappear. ‘See How Small’ tells the stories of the survivors – family, witnesses, and suspects – who must endure in the wake of atrocity. Justice remains elusive in their world, human connection tenuous.
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  • 4thcoming: Katherine Heiny

    Single Carefree Mellow
    • Jan 23, 2015 • Tags: , ,

    Katherine HeinyName: Katherine Heiny

    Book: Single, Carefree, Mellow.

    What’s it about? A collection of ten exquisite stories that form a guided tour of the human heart. 

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