News archive for January 2012

Following up from winning the Waterstone’s Children’s Prize 2011, Sita Brahmachari’s wonderful Artichoke Hearts has been nominated for four more awards.  The nominations range from those voted for by children, to nominations from librarians, children, schools, the public and booksellers – so the support for the book is pretty widespread!


Artichoke Hearts has been shortlisted for the Peters Book of the Year 2011, Fabulous Awards for Books  2012, The Berkshire Book Award 2012 and longlisted for the Carnegie Medal.  Berkshire and FAB award winners are announced in March and the Carnegie Medal in June.  Congratulations to Patrick Ness whose wonderful A Monster Calls won the Peters Book of the Year in January.

THE ROSE OF THE WORLD, part of acclaimed and longrunning Hawkenlye medieval mystery novel series by Alys Clare, was published at the end of December in paperback by Severn House. It comes garlanded with praise from Kirkus and Booklist in the States, with a five star Amazon ratings. Severn House has just commissioned four more novels from Clare, two in this series and two in her new Aelf Fen series. 

Award-winning novelist Stef Penney's second book THE INVISIBLE ONES has just been published in America by Penguin US. There is a Q&A with Stef in this month's Marie Claire and the book has received glowing write-ups. 

"Utterly absorbing, a convoluted and yet satisfying read that will keep readers guessing to the last page”  - New York Journal Of Books

"Fast-paced, with characters who will live in full color inside the reader’s head, Penney delivers an impressive follow-up to her debut bestseller" - Publishers Weekly (US)

"'This is a murder mystery unpicked at the seams, turned inside out, and stitched together with threads of myth, old griefs, twisted forms of love and complex family ties into something utterly new and utterly enthralling" - Tana French, author of THE LIKENESS and IN THE WOODS

David Wingrove's dystopian sci-fi novel SON OF HEAVEN, a prequel to the hughly successful Chung Kuo series, has won SF Books' Book Of The Year award 2011. The book is set in 2065, two decades after the great economic collapse that destroyed Western civilization.