News archive for August 2011

Rebecca Promitzer has won The Vienna Young Readers' Jury Prize (July 2011) for THE PICKLE KING. Previous winners include JK Rowling, Cornelia Funke and Philip Pullman.

Stef Penney's second novel, THE INVISIBLE ONES is published this week by Quercus. It has already been described by The Bookseller as "completely brilliant…a wonderfully told, intriguing mystery in a fascinating setting."

Small-time private investigator Ray Lovell veers between paralysis and delirium in a hospital bed. But before the accident that landed him there, he had promised to find Rose Janko. Rose was married to the charismatic son of a travelling gypsy family, Ivo Janko. When Ray starts to investigate her disappearance he's surprised that her family are so hostile towards him. The Jankos have not had an easy past. They are a clan touched by tragedy - either they are cursed, or they are hiding a terrible secret. Could it be that Rose's discovery of that secret led to her disappearance all those years ago? Soon Ray wishes that he'd never asked the question.

Dean Stalham’s twenty-five minute film GERONIMO, produced by Channel Four/Touchpaper Television Ltd for Channel Four‘s 'Coming Up' scheme, will be broadcast on Monday 29th August at 11.05pm.

Margaret Leroy's remarkable novel, THE COLLABORATOR, has been in the Heatseekers chart in The Bookseller for three weeks so far. It is published in the US by Hyperion on 28th June with the title THE SOLIDER'S WIFE, and has already had this fantastic review from The Washington Post:

"Set on the English Channel island of Guernsey during the German occupation in the early 1940s, The Soldier’s Wife, by Margaret Leroy, hits all the sweet spots: forbidden love, familial loyalties, agonizing moral dilemmas and the awesome responsibilities of motherhood. But this wartime novel hits the dark spots, too. Against the flowered backdrop of this sea-surrounded place, Leroy describes acts of willful ignorance and cruelty. The plot is reminiscent of one of the novellas in Irene Nemirovsky’s amazing “Suite Francaise” — unloving husband away at war, cultured German officer housed uncomfortably close — but Leroy makes the story her own."