Alex Bellos shortlisted for Royal Society Prize

27th September 2011

Alex’s Adventures in Numberland has been selected as one of only six remaining books in competition for the Royal Society Winton Prize for science books. The judging panel, which includes writer, actor and TV presenter, Robert Llewellyn, commented: “This book is a complete revelation. A rich and diverse story of mathematics, peppered with anecdote and personalities, whirling round the globe and through history from Euclid to the supercomputer, it brings maths bursting to life in a way we never expected.”

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Orange New Writers Book of the Month

23rd September 2011

Ours Are the Streets,the fantastic first novel from Sunjeev Sahota, has been selected as book of the month for the Orange New Writers programme. Described by John Burnside as “A moral work of real intelligence and power” this debut is one worth keeping a close eye on.

Click here to be directed to the Orange New Writers Page.

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Lost in Translation?

23rd August 2011

Is That A Fish In Your Ear? by David Bellos is a wonderful, all-encompassing book about translation and the meaning of everything. Published this month, here’s a tantalising little film to whet your appetite…

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Edinburgh Book Festival 2011

18th August 2011

A great turnout of J&N authors at this year’s Edinburgh Festival.

Speaking today are Jasper Fforde, author of THE LAST DRAGONSLAYER and the brilliant THURSDAY NEXT series, and journalist Gavin Knight, whose prescient HOOD RAT, described by The Independent as “Britain’s Gomorrah”, is an exploration of UK gang culture with the narrative drive of a thriller.

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The Secret Life Of Buildings on Channel 4

1st August 2011

In his new three part series architecture critic Tom Dyckhoff explores the impact the design of buildings can have on us - on our identity and self-esteem, our relationships, our chances at school, and even our weight and immune system.

The first episode premieres tonight on Channel 4 at 8pm. For more information, click here.

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BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week.

25th July 2011

HOOD RAT, Gavin Knight’s reports from the frontline of Glasgow's ganglands, has been chosen as this week’s BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week. Click here to listen to the first of 4 serialised readings that will be broadcast over the week to come.

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THE TRINITY SIX longlisted for Dagger Award

25th July 2011

Charlie Cumming’s latest spy-thriller,THE TRINITY SIX, has been longlisted for the 2011 CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger. Described by the panel as 'an intriguing concept, elegantly and deftly written’, THE TRINITY SIX is one of eight novels in contention for the prize, announced at the Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival in Harrogate last week.

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Atlantis: 135 Missions in 30 years

22nd July 2011

As Atlantis, touches down in Kennedy Space Centre, marking the end of NASA’s STS program, and the end of an era in manned space travel, Kevin Fong presents ‘Space Shuttle: The last Mission’, the accompanying BBC documentary that ventures behind the scenes of human space exploration. Click here to watch on BBC iplayer, or catch it again on BBC 2, Thursday night at 7pm.

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World exclusive Aardman Pirates! trailer

15th July 2011

Click here for a first look at the trailer for Aardman’s film adaptation of the brilliant Pirates! books, by Gideon Defoe. Released in March 2012, this will be Aardman’s first stop-motion film since Wallace and Gromit and is all set to be a swashbuckling smash-hit.

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Fran Abrams reports for File on 4: Elderly Care

5th July 2011

Fran Abrams’ latest report for Radio 4’s ‘File on 4’ programme, Elderly Care, is a shocking exploration of the state of Britain’s care system.

Visit the Radio 4 website where you can listen to the broadcast, download the podcast, or read the transcript.

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