Kavanagh awarded Giovanni Comisso Literary Prize 2015

6th November 2015

Julie Kavanagh has won this years Giovanni Comisso Literary Prize for Biography for her account of the life and legend of Marie Duplessis, The Girl Who Loved Camelias. The other finalists were Mementos: The life of Wisława Szymborska,Anna Bikont and Joanna Szczesna (Adelphi) and The Courage of the Gray Days. Life of Giorgio Agosti Paul Borgna (Yale University Press).

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Mrs Engels declared one of the best books of 2015 by Publishers Weekly

30th October 2015

Gavin McCrea’s début novel has been selected as one of Publishers Weekly’s top books of 2015!

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Rob Penn: How to turn an ash tree into a spoon

26th October 2015

Across much of the world the ash tree has been used for centuries to make everything from axe handles, to cartwheels and even the first motorcars.

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Kat Banyard releases early taster for Pimp State

20th October 2015

Kat Banyard, author of The Equality Illusion has offered up an early look at what’s to come in her next book, Pimp State, in her essay on ‘The Human Rights Scandal’ published last week on the Faber and Faber website.

The article, which has been generating a lot of attention, can be read, in full here: http://www.faber.co.uk/blog/a-human-rights-scandal-by-kat-banyard/

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Rob Penn tipped for success by The Bookseller on Super Thursday

12th October 2015

“Foyles and Hungerford Bookshop backed Robert Penn’s The Man Who Made Things Out of Trees (Particular Books) to fly off the shelves over the festive period”


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Gavin McCrea Longlisted for 2015 Green Carnation Prize

8th October 2015

Gavin McCrea’s début novel, Mrs Engels, joins the twelve strong longlist of titles celebrating LGBT writing announced after hours of debates between the judges over an exceptional list of submissions, the most the prize has seen in its history to date. Once again, with a list including fiction - from debut novelists to well established literary faces - non-fiction and poetry, the Green Carnation proves itself as one of the most diverse prizes.

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LIAR LIAR an instant bestseller

7th October 2015

The fourth DI Helen Grace thriller, LIAR LIAR, by bestselling author M.J. Arlidge has gone straight into the Sunday Times Bestseller List. All three previous books in the series were ST bestsellers and the novels have now sold over 450,000 copies.

In the dead of night, three raging fires light up the city skies. It’s more than a tragic coincidence. For DI Helen Grace the flames announce the arrival of an evil she has never encountered before.

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New Alex Bellos Book: Snowflake, Seashell Star

24th September 2015

Alex Bellos, author of bestselling popular maths books, today releases a maths colouring book, Snowflake, Seashell, Star: Colouring Adventures in Numberland.

Snowflake, Seashell, Star combines aesthetic and conceptual beauty to convey simple, but deep, mathematical ideas. It uses intricate patterns and illustrations to invite the reader into a calming and illuminating experience, and to communicate the visual and abstract wonder of mathematics through 80 wonderful images to colour.

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Sunjeev Sahota shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2015

15th September 2015

Many congratulations to Sunjeev Sahota, whose novel THE YEAR OF THE RUNAWAYS is one of six books shortlisted for this year’s Man Booker Prize. The novel tells the story of three Indian immigrants living in a house in Sheffield, and the devout, extraordinary woman on the other side of the city who will change at least one of their lives.

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Andrew Harding sums up his time as BBC’s Africa correspondent

10th September 2015

Andrew Harding signed off this week as the BBC’s Africa correspondent with this moving blog:


At J&N we’re delighted that he now has more time to write his wonderful book about Somalia.

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