News archive for February 2012

VM Whitworth’s fine debut novel THE BONE THIEF is launched this week. Set in the time of King Alfred’s multicultural Britain, with a stunning cover, it is appropriately being launched with a celebration at the Jorvik Viking Festival in York (2.00 York Mansion House Thursday 16th February).  It’s published here by Ebury and a deal is being negotiated right now for German rights.

Principal photography has begun on Channel 4 / Company Pictures’ four-part conspiracy thriller A VERY BRITISH COUP, inspired by the novel by former Labour MP Chris Mullin and written by Robert Jones. The series will star Gabriel Byrne in his first UK TV role in almost 20 years. Byrne will play politician Tom Dawkins, who takes on his superiors in an attempt to uncover the truth behind an industrial accident in Teeside. 

Principal photography has also begun on the first episode of crime drama MURDER, written by Robert Jones and produced by Kath Mattock at Touchpaper for BBC Scotland. The director of the original Danish version of TV series THE KILLING, Birger Larsen, is attached to direct.

Two MBA titles have been shortlisted for this year's Romantic Novelists' Association Awards! Sita Brahmachari's ARTICHOKE HEARTS for Young Adult Romantic Novel and Jean Fullerton's PERHAPS TOMORROW for Historical Romantic Novel. The winners will be announced on the 5th March - fingers crossed!

Clare Morrall’s latest novel is published this week by Sceptre.  THE ROUNDABOUT MAN, with one of the most stunning covers we have seen for ages, features a man who lives on a roundabout in the middle of a motorway junction. It’s just had a great review in the Sunday Times: ‘Morrall writes with poise and delicacy and her subjects are delightfully offbeat.’  Catch her on Woman’s Hour on Tuesday morning, Meet The Author on BBC 24 soon, and have a look at this review by Suzi Feay in Literary Review, the best yet!