News archive for November 2014

Some years ago, Bryony Hill (wife of football legend Jimmy Hill) was given a bundle of letters by her mother. It was correspondence from her grandfather Smithy Shaw to her grandmother Esme. Serving in the Royal Indian Army Service, Smithy was separated from his beloved family as Esme moved with her children to New Zealand to escape the volatile situation in India; the family was never to be reunited. Shortly afterwards, clearing out the family home, Bryony came across letters from her father's side of the family, sent from her uncle Paul (a pilot in the Second World War who was tragically shot down aged only twenty), her grandparents Wilbur and Jelly and her father Trevor, who served in the Navy. In How I Long To Be With You, the letters describe the pain and frustration of these enforced separations, but also display incredible humour and bravery. The 'stiff upper lip' is strongly in evidence, although the correspondents were living through the darkest of times and facing an uncertain future.

Published this week by The Book Guild. 

Ridley Scott’s EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS is currently showing in cinemas. MBA's Jeffrey Caine was one of the writers on the film, which stars Christian Bale, Sigourney Weaver and Ben Kingsley.

The defiant leader Moses rises up against the Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses, setting 600,000 slaves on a monumental journey of escape from Egypt and its terrifying cycle of deadly plagues...

BBC Scotland / Touchpaper series MURDER, produced by Kath Mattock and written by MBA's Robert Jones is now in post-production. The series follows the critically acclaimed one-off, MURDER: JOINT ENTERPRISE which aired in 2012 and was directed by Birger Larsen. It won a BAFTA, two Scottish BAFTAs and a Prix Europa Award and was nominated for a Broadcast Award and a Writers' Guild Award. Robert is also working on a film adaptation of Tove Jansson’s THE SUMMER BOOK.

MBA is very proud to announce that Sita Brahmachari is Booktrust's new writer in residence.

Sita will provide weekly blogs from 23 February, where she will examine "how is society addressing some of the pressing needs of young people facing poverty, homelessness and social inequality? How do parents, educators, librarians, authors and publishers offer this generation narratives that can lead to greater understanding and empathy? What opportunities can placing a book in a child’s hands bring them?"

Sita also recently wrote an article on what books children can read after the terrorist attacks in Paris and her latest title Red Leaves was endorsed by Amnesty International UK as a book to enhance understanding of human rights.