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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Kevin Fong to give the 2015 Royal Institution Christmas Lectures

2nd September 2015

Kevin Fong, a flying doctor and expert in space medicine, will use the Royal Institution Christmas lectures to explore how an immense controlled explosion propels astronauts into a beautiful and hostile environment where a single mistake can mean death in seconds.

The lecture series, How to Survive in Space, will hopefully include a live two-way video chat with Tim Peake, Britain’s first European Space Agency astronaut, who is set to arrive at the International Space Station for the start of his mission, Principia, days before the lectures begin.

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BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week:Francis Bacon In Your Blood

25th August 2015

Adrian Scarborough reads Michael Peppiatt’s intimate and indiscreet account of his thirty-year friendship with the defining artist of our time.

Michael Peppiatt met Francis Bacon in June 1963 in Soho’s French House to request an interview for a student magazine. Bacon invited him to lunch, and over oysters and Chablis they began a friendship and a no-holds-barred conversation that would continue until Bacon’s death in 1992.

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Hallie Rubenhold has historical novel adapted for the BBC, starring Natalie Dormer

18th August 2015

A TV adaptation of Hallie Rubenhold’s Lady Worsley’s Whim aired on BBC2 as a racy period drama titled The Scandalous Lady W on 17th August. Starring Natalie Dormer as the spirited young heiress, over 2.5 million people tuned in to watch her make history with a divorce that shocked the country. To keep this number on the rise, watch it here.

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Mrs Engels longlisted for Guardian First Book Award

17th August 2015

Gavin McCrea’s Mrs Engels has been long-listed for the 2015 Guardian First Book Award as one of ten débuts selected by judges for their flair and originality. His novel, set in both Manchester and London, imagines a world where Friedrich Engels marries a simple factory worker, Lizzie Burns, whilst joining Karl Marx in stirring up a revolution, and Lizzie’s own heart.

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Alex Bellos on The Royal Society Winton Prize Shortlist

5th August 2015

Judge Sarah Waters: “The best science writers can move and thrill us just as much as Austen or Dickens”

The Royal Society has announced the shortlist for The Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books 2015, the only major international prize that celebrates science writing for a non-specialist audience.

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