Newsletter No 113
There are still a few days to go in the great Mirabeau wine competition. If you haven’t already entered you have until the 15th May to do so! Enter here – now!
The Book of the Month is THE RED HOUSE, a brilliant evocation of two dysfunctional families, by Mark Haddon.
The other recommended titles are: THE PROMISE, the terrific second novel by Ann Weisgarber set in Galveston, Texas, THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO CANE a thought-provoking, contemporary novel set in west London by Courttia Newland and THE SUBMISSION by Amy Waldman, an interesting, subtle and nuanced fictional response to the events of 9/11.
A new publishing venture from the north of England launches this summer with the publication of four new crime novels. Moth Publishing will publish the four on Thursday 30 May 2013 as paperbacks and ebooks. Go to the offers page for a chance to win copies.
Read here about the huge success of the play adaptation of our author of the month Mark Haddon’s CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHTTIME – and read our review of the book to refresh your memory of just how good it is.
Let us know what you think of our reviews. Leave your comments at the bottom of any review - we’d love to hear them.
The 10 lucky winners of THE COLLECTOR OF LOST THINGS by Jeremy Page are: Fiona Bracher, Newcastle upon Tyne; Joanne McGawley, Knutsford; Rebecca Austerberry,Ossett; William Deakin, Colwyn Bay; Naomi Buchan, Edinburgh; George Hawthorn, Holywood; Billy Warren, Dagenham; Katherine Coldicott, Walsall; Haf Crichton, Perth and Natalee Gosiewski, Northampton. Many thanks to Little Brown the publishers.
Welcome to all the new groups who have recently registered with us. Now is the time to request your FREE BOOKS! Just go to the offers page. This is for ALL registered groups (sorry, UK and N. Ireland groups only) not just new ones. If your group is not registered then just fill in the form. It’s free and a very simple process. N.B. You only need to register once.
Read about our Bookgroup of the Month the spookily-named, highly-sociable, Phantom Bookgroup from Greenwich, who got started with a listing on Bookgroup Info.
Here are some new groups recently registered with us who are looking for members: Ladies Unlimited, Cardiff; Bucks Bookworms, Aylesbury; Read and Feed, Poole; Berne Peninsula Group, Yelverton; ESOL Readers, Hartlepool; The Chapel, Newmarket; Nottingham Readers, Nottingham; Haunted Bookgroup, Hastings; Booklovers, Rugby; Casual Readers, Newcastle; Country Ladies, Bath; The Winos, Cranleigh; The Mamas, Pinner and Pinfold Bookworms, Knutsford. So if you're looking for a group in any of those areas, get in touch with them through their page on the directory.
There's an exciting series of events at the London Zoo. ZSL conservation scientists and keepers are teaming up with leading writers to talk about animals in different venues at ZSL London Zoo. In the animal’s presence, the writer responds to it imaginatively and the ZSL expert talks about its ecology and conservation. The audience will be able to ask questions of author, scientist and keeper and have books signed over a glass of wine. Authors include Jo Shapcott, Helen Dunmore, Guy Maxwell, Ruth Padel, Andrew O’Hagan and this month’s interviewee Mark Haddon. Read more at the ZSL London Zoo website.
The 2013 Impac Dublin Literary Award shortlist has been announced. Ten novels have been selected from the 154 nominated. And a very erudite list it is too including Pure by Andrew Miller (see our review)
The Women’s Prize for Fiction shortlist is announced. The winner will be announced on 5th June.
Submissions for the 2013 Luke Bitmead Bursary from Legend Press will open on 1st May. The prize, now in its sixth year, is the UK’s biggest award for unpublished authors. See more at Legend Press website.
City Reads Brighton has announced that Terry Pratchett and his Discworld classic GUARDS! GUARDS! has been chosen for this year’s City Reads. What’s your city reading?
May’s Radio 4 Bookclub features ICE by Gillian Clarke on Sunday 5th at 4pm and Thursday 9th May at 3.30pm.
Please do remember to forward the newsletter to other members of your group so that they can take advantage of the offers and competitions.