Alan Rusbridger, editor of the Guardian and amateur pianist, set himself the seemingly impossible task of conquering Chopin’s Ballade in G Minor, described as ‘one of the hardest pieces in the repertoire’, in just one year. This video is a short introduction to his endeavour. PLAYITAGAIN: An Amateur Against the Impossible, his full account of this inspiring and unbelievable feat, will be published by Jonathan Cape tomorrow.
A great start to 2013; Pirates! Band of Misfits, the Aardman film based on the brilliant Pirates! series, by Gideon Defoe, has been nominated for Best Animated Feature Film at the Oscars 2013. Results will be announced at the official ceremony on the 24th February.
The launch party for The Tale of Raw Head and Bloody Bones, complete with anatomical heart cake and elusive white owl, was a huge success. What better setting for the introduction of Tristan Hart, madman and medical genius, to the world than The Old Operating Theatre, London Bridge.
Photos can be seen, here, on the book’s Facebook page.
The Sunday Times named A Foreign Country their thriller of the year yesterday!
“Charles Cumming deservedly won the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger award earlier this month for A Foreign Country (HarperCollins), in which a disgraced spook hunts for Amelia Levene, who has disappeared shortly before becoming MI6’s first female boss. Often compared to John le Carré, Cumming here emerges from his shadow in a thriller that has everything you could ask for — a twisty, sexy plot, topical themes, memorable characters and plentiful spy lore.” John Dugdale
To mark the release of Advent by James Treadwell, Hodder is offering readers the chance to win a range of great titles in an online treasure hunt.
All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning is find all five of these ‘e-flyers’ hidden on blogs across the web, each one featuring a quote from Advent. Once you’ve found them all, send a message containing the names of the blogs to facebook.com/hodderscape and claim your prize.
Click here to read the first in a series of regular blog posts from Jack Wolf, exploring the myths and legends behind his debut novel, The Tale of Raw Head and Bloody Bones which is published by Chatto & Windus on 3rd January.
Art historian and critic Jonathan Jones details the fierce 16th century competition in Florence, Italy, between Leonardo da Vinci and his much younger rival, Michelangelo on The Diane Rehm Show. Follow this link to listen again.
Charles Cumming has won this year’s CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger, awarded by the Crime Writers Association for the year’s best thriller in the vein of Ian Fleming. His A Foreign Country beat off competition from Megan Abbott, Robert Harris and Neal Stephenson. The judges said that this contemporary spy thriller had “… a gripping premise, expertly sustained, lots of believable spycraft and memorable supporting characters.”