We are thrilled to announce that Olivia Laing, author of The Trip To Echo Spring: Why Writers Drink, has been nominated for The 2013 Costa Biography Award.
The Costa Book Awards recognise the “most enjoyable books” in five categories – Novel, First Novel, Biography, Poetry and Children’s Book – published in the last year by writers based in the UK and Ireland. Olivia joins Thomas Harding, Lucy Hughes-Hallett and Gavin Francis on the short-list, and the winner will be announced at an awards ceremony in January.
Claudia Hammond, psychologist, presenter and author of Time Warped, will join Brian Cox and David Ince as a guest on the BBC’s The Infinite Monkey Cage. Listen in as they take us on a walk through the doors of perception; the nature of consciousness, the secret messages hidden in pop songs and the problem of objectivity.
Monday 25th at 4.30pm on Radio 4, repeated on Tuesday at 11pm.
The Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards 2013 shortlist, announced in Dublin today, features a diverse array of acclaimed writers including Roddy Doyle, Colum McCann, Michael Harding, Darina Allen, Donal Ryan, Frank McGuinness and, our very own, Gavin Corbett for his stunning novel about a modern-day Traveller born to a powerful, mythic inheritance, This is the Way.
Rebecca Stott’s Ghostwalk is one of the Independent’s top ten ghost stories:
“Intelligent and unnerving, this tale of the friend of an academic investigating her death focuses on the dead woman’s obsession with Sir Isaac Newton and his alchemic past. A feat of historical fiction.”
Chris Lintott has been awarded the 2013 Internet and Society Award by the Oxford Internet Institute, in recognition of his exemplary effort to use the Internet for the public good.His book on crowdsourcing will be published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson in 2015.
A ground-breaking global project combining literature and climate change.
Xiaolu Guo, one of Granta’s best of young British novelists and author of A Concise Chinese English Dictionary for Lovers, has been shortlisted alongside Inua Elams, the Nigerian born poet, playwright and performer and North-East based writer artist Stevie Ronnie, as the Free Word Weather Stations Writer in Residence.
Professor Tanya Byron, clinical psychologist, TV presenter and author of The Skeleton Cupboard (Macmillan 2014), was interviewed by Kirsty Young for Radio 4’s ‘Desert Island Discs’ this weekend.
Tanya has spent the last twenty years in clinical practice, helping children, young people and families deal with some of the most difficult parts of life - depression, anxiety, aggression, self harming and drug addiction.