Janklow team up with Mumsnet and Gransnet in debut novel competition!

6th November 2014

Janklow & Nesbit UK are offering representation to the winner of a debut novel competition launched today in association with Mumsnet and Gransnet. Users of Mumsnet and Gransnet can submit the first 8,000 words of a novel, along with a 500-word outline of the remaining chapters, by January 30th 2015. A shortlist will be selected, with the winner announced in March 2015.

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Elly Griffiths shortlisted for the CWA Dagger in the Library

6th November 2014

The Crime Writers Association announced their 5-strong shortlist for the Dagger in the Library prize this week, and Elly Griffiths is shortlisted for her Ruth Galloway novels. The prize, awarded in December, is for a body of work to date, and this year for the first time readers nominated the longlist, with the judges whittling it down to a shortlist.

http://thecwa.co.uk/news/dagger-in-the-library-shortlist-announced/

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SJ Naudé launches debut short story collection this week in South Africa

5th November 2014

The Alphabet of Birds, SJ Naudé’s acclaimed debut short story collection, is published this week in South Africa in a collaboration between South African publisher Umuzi and UK-based And Other Stories, who will publish the English and American editions in January. This week’s Publishers Weekly hails Naudé as a ‘breathtaking, tender writer’.

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Tara Isabella Burton reports from Trieste on From Our Own Correspondent

4th November 2014

Novelist and travel writer Tara Isabella Burton has been in Trieste recently and met up with those who campaign for Trieste’s independence. You can read her piece in the BBC magazine here:

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Ed Yong in The New York Times

3rd November 2014

There Is No ‘Healthy’ Microbiome.

LONDON — In the late 17th century, the Dutch naturalist Anton van Leeuwenhoek looked at his own dental plaque through a microscope and saw a world of tiny cells “very prettily a-moving.”

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Jonathan Jones in the Guardian

16th October 2014

Follow this link for Jonathan Jones’ brilliant Guardian ‘Long Read’ piece on Picasso’s legacy, and the troubles at the Picasso museum: http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2014/oct/16/-sp-nightmare-picass…

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Gabriel Weston presents second series of BBC favorite

15th October 2014

The new series of ‘Trust Me I’m a Doctor’ starts on BBC Two tonight at 8 p.m.. Surgeon and writer Gabriel Weston is one of the presenters, talking this evening about new medical procedures that are helping those with spinal injuries regain movement.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04m0bt4

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Andrew Harding wins Emmy for his feature on Central African Republic

14th October 2014

BBC Africa Correspondent and author of the forthcoming Mayor of Mogadishu has won an Emmy for ‘outstanding feature story in a regular newscast’ for his coverage of the conflict in the Central African Republic, broadcast on 6 December 2013.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-29440572

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Alex Bellos’s latest maths blog celebrates sequences

14th October 2014

Alex Bellos writes a wonderful blog about maths for the Guardian. We particularly enjoyed his latest entry about Neil Sloane, the man who founded the Online Encyclopedia of Integer Sequences.

http://www.theguardian.com/science/alexs-adventures-in-numberland/2014/o…

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Alec Ash writes about the Hong Kong protests

2nd October 2014

Alec Ash is a writer and journalist in Beijing currently writing a book about young Chinese society. Here he discusses young people’s historic role in Chinese protest movements.

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