Hannah Fry to co-present new Radio 1Xtra show MUSIC BY NUMBERS

18th May 2016

Dr Hannah Fry co-presents, with Clara Amfo, the first in a new series of 1 hour programmes on Radio 1 Xtra, called MUSIC BY NUMBERS. In the first episode they explore Coldplay’s career, calculating the maths behind the music in order to discover how their success adds up.

The series will continue on Tuesdays 9-10pm on Radio 1 Xtra.

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Elly Griffiths shortlisted for the Last Laugh Award

9th May 2016

Elly Griffiths’ crime novel Smoke and Mirrors has been nominated for the Last Laugh Award 2016.

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THE GIRL OF INK AND STARS is Waterstones Book of the Month

3rd May 2016

Kiran Millwood Hargrave’s “simply stunning debut” The Girl of Ink & Stars has been chosen as Waterstones’ Children’s Book of the Month for May 2016.

That rare thing – a genuinely timeless, heart-on-its-sleeve adventure – this fictional debut from Oxford-based Kiran Millwood Hargrave is as beautifully produced as it is written.”

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Elly Griffiths longlisted for 2016 Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year

19th April 2016

Elly Griffiths’ The Ghost Fields has been longlisted for the 2016 Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year, one of the most prestigious crime writing prizes in the country.

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BEETHOVEN FOR A LATER AGE is Radio 4 Book of the Week

1st April 2016

Edward Dusinberre’s Beethoven for a Later Age has been selected for Radio 4’s Book of the Week next week. 5 episodes of readings from the book will be broadcast throughout the week, the first on Monday 4th April at 9.45am.

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Robert Penn shortlisted for IBW Book Award

1st April 2016

Robert Penn’s The Man Who Made Things Out of Trees has been shortlisted in this year’s Independent Bookshop Week Book Awards. Adult category judges are Emma Healey, author of Elizabeth is Missing, Claire Armitstead (The Guardian), and Simon Heafield (Foyles).

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MRS ENGELS longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize

1st April 2016

Gavin McCrea’s debut novel, Mrs Engels, has been longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize, described by the Telegraph as the “most prestigious award for first-time novelists”.

The Prize is presented in the name of the late, acclaimed publisher and literary agent Desmond Elliott, who stipulated that his estate should be invested in a charitable trust that would fund a literary award “to enrich the careers of new writers”.

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Gavin McCrea shortlisted for the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction

24th March 2016

Gavin McCrea’s Mrs Engels has been shortlisted for the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction, the largest annual fiction prize to be judged outside London. It honours the legacy and achievements of Sir Walter Scott, founder of the historical novel genre.

The judges said of Mrs Engels: “Unusual in its focus, and broad in its reach, Mrs Engels does that thing that good historical novels should do: it allows you to see a piece of the past that you have never seen before, and open your eyes to a story that has not yet been told.”

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Sunjeev Sahota shortlisted for the International Dylan Thomas Prize 2016

22nd March 2016

Sunjeev Sahota’s Man Booker-shortlisted The Year of the Runaways has made it onto the shortlist for the International Dylan Thomas prize 2016.

The prize, named after the Welsh poet who died in 1953 aged 39, is awarded for the best work of English-language fiction by an author aged 39 or under. Author Sarah Hall said that the books on the shortlist “have perhaps only one thing in common - literary ambition and the breathtakingly successful execution of their visions”.

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