News archive for August 2014

Margaret Leroy's breath-taking historical novel set in 1930s Vienna, THE ENGLISH GIRL, is published today in paperback by Sphere.

Diane Chamberlain says, "A wonderful, wonderful book! Margaret Leroy does an amazing job of showing us the Nazi takeover of Austria through the eyes of an engaging, bright and brave seventeen-year-old English girl. I lost three nights of sleep, unable to put this superbly written book aside and turn out the light."

Patrick Wilde and Greenwich Theatre are together producing Fringe First winning writer Philip Meeks’ stage play KEEPING UP WITH THE JOANS, a bittersweet comedy about failing memory, friendship and mimicking martyrs. Patrick is also directing the play, which will be performed at Greenwich Theatre from Tues 26th - Sat 30th August, fresh from a three-week run at The Pleasance Courtyard, where it was performed as part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Stage and screen stars Susan Penhaligon (BOUQUET OF BARBED WIRE) and Katy Manning (DOCTOR WHO) play eccentric rival amateur theatricals manipulated by sinister care worker Gary into facing the traumatic past that ruined their once precious friendship. As they recall days gone by and hysterically settle their differences they soon start unearthing the startling secret - just who did play the greatest Saint Joan of all?

**** "If you loved MURDER, MARPLE AND ME two Fringes ago, you’ll be delighted that playwright Philip Meeks – and his affinity for old dears with dark secrets – is back with a new play full of heart and hearty laughs" - Lee Randall, Edinburgh Evening News

"The characters are so real that you connect with them completely [...] An absolutely stunning play" - Vicki Newman, The Shields Gazette

We're delighted to announce that Sita Brahmachari's gorgeous novella BRACE MOUTH, FALSE TEETH has just been published by Barrington Stoke!

It's a heartwarming tale of wit, warmth, friendship and self-confidence. Abi's week goes from bad to worse when she is fitted for braces and then sent to Magnolia Gardens Care Home for her school Work Experience placement. She is shy to begin with, but now she doesn't even seem to be in control of her own mouth, and the placement will mean talking to all sorts of strangers. But then Abi meets Alice, an old lady with a story to tell, and through Alice, Abi too finds her voice.

Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 12+

Ever since she was adopted by her parents, Culver Manor, with its hidden rooms and overgrown garden has been the one place Alice feels safe, the one place she can call home. Everything's perfect. Until it isn't.

Zack has everything he could want. His dad's a film stuntman, he lives in the best house on the best street and is Mr Popular at school. Everything's perfect. Until it isn't.

Suzi Moore's TIGER MOTH is just publised by Simon & Schuster, and has been described as " a gorgeous book which perfectly captures both the sense of loss and alienation that all too often creeps into life, but also the thirst for adventure and friendship that drives childhood forward" by blog Moontrug.