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News - November 2014


Nov 28 2014: New Kindle Single for Nicholas Best

Nicholas Best’s dark new short story The Souvenir is the top title on the Kindle Singles homepage.



Nov 26 2014: Chloe Banks interview

There’s a fascinating interview with Chloe Banks, author of The Art of Letting Go, here.



Nov 20 2014: National Geographic interviews Susan Ottaway

National Geographic News has published a terrific interview with Susan Ottaway about A Cool and Lonely Courage and its heroines Jacqueline and Eileen Nearne.


Sister Secret Agents in World War II Fought Alongside Men

British women practiced the black arts of sabotage and silent killing.



Nov 20 2014: Vikie Shanks at Best magazine Bravest Women Awards 2014

Meet the Best Bravest Women 2014 award winners

Get to know more about the women who inspired us all



Nov 18 2014: Vikie Shanks wins at Best magazine awards

Vikie Shanks, the author of the inspirational memoir Unravelled, was a winner at the star-studded Best Bravest Women Awards 2014. Below is the live-blog transcript of Vikie’s proud moment:


19:59: Ruth introduces our next winner… Vikie Shanks was left with seven children – six of whom are autistic – when her husband tragically committed suicide and left her with £1 million worth of debts…


20.03: Carrie and David Grant bring Vikie up to the stage to present her award…


20.04: Carrie mentions her own children who suffer from autism and Asperger’s and says this is a story close to her and David’s hearts: “You are awe-inspiring,’ she tells Vikie. ‘Truly amazing.’


20.07: Vikie says she applauds her children for not ‘going off the rails’ and dedicating their lives to the right track which has made her trauma easier to deal with


20.09: ‘If i can make one more person understand what autistic children are going through and to help them achieve the incredible potential they have, that’s what I want to do.’


20.10 Massive applause as Vikie announces to the room that her fashion-designer daughter made her dress! She looks absolutely stunning.


Full details



Nov 18 2014: Ian Graham nominated for Educational Writers Award

Ian Graham is one of four writers nominated for the Educational Writers Award 2014:


‘The Danger Zone: Avoid Being Sir Isaac Newton! (Book House) by Ian Graham and illustrated by David Antram puts the readers in the place of Newton. The judges said it was a “fascinating look at the man behind the theories of gravity, optics and calculus – tantrums, heresy, warts and all”.’


Full details



Nov 18 2014: Bannockburn is one of Kindle 100 'most-read'

David Cornell’s Bannockburn was one of the Kindle 100 ‘most-read’ titles during October.



Nov 17 2014: The Great Charity Scandal serialised in the Mail on Sunday

David Craig’s shocking new book The Great Charity Scandal: What really happens to the billions we give to good causes? was serialised in the Mail on Sunday this weekend.


The Great British rake-off… what really happens to the billions YOU donate to charity: Fat cat pay, appalling waste and hidden agendas



Nov 11 2014: Joff Sharpe busy with speaking engagements

Joff Sharpe has been giving a number of talks recently, promoting his business book Who Dares Wins in Business, at events including The Purvis Society, the Deloitte Leadership Academy, and a presentation to the faculty of Middlesex University.


‘The next hour passed in a flash as Mr Sharpe expanded on his suggestion, using anecdotes from his extraordinarily varied life and examples culled from a range of heroes.’ Dr Christopher Mann - The Purvis Society



Nov 10 2014: Vikie Shanks on the BBC

Vikie Shanks’ radio interview on the Lorna Bailey show is now available to listen again here. Vikie will also be on BBC One’s Inside Out programme this evening at 7.30pm.



Nov 07 2014: Jeremy Clay picked as Daily Mail 'Must Read'

The Burglar Caught by a Skeleton & Other Singular Tales from the Victorian Press by Jeremy Clay has been selected as a ‘Must Read’ by the Daily Mail.


‘There are more than 200 wacky real-life stories reproduced here, including a bearded lady who brawled with a snake charmer, a boy who hatched a crocodile in a hen’s nest and a man whose paralysis was cured by lightning. Makes today’s tabloids seem positively tame.’


Full review



Nov 04 2014: More good reviews for Louisa Treger

‘Through Treger’s sensitive, poetic writing, The Lodger offers a wonderful study in character growth.’

HIstorical Novel Society


‘A beautiful debut novel.’

Midlife at the Oasis



Nov 03 2014: Manuel Arriaga into 'Democracy' top 5

Manuel Arriaga’s Rebooting Democracy: A Citizen’s Guide to Reinventing Politics has climbed into the Amazon top 5 for books on ‘Democracy’.


Democracy bestsellers



Nov 03 2014: Wall St Journal reviews John Jobling

John Jobling’s new biography of rock band U2 has had a great review in the Wall St Journal by Tony Fletcher, author of the Smiths’ biography The Light That Never Goes Out.


‘Concise and compelling.’

Full review (£)



Nov 03 2014: Emma O'Reilly nominated for Sports Book of the Year

Emma O’Reilly’s sensational memoir The Race to Truth has been short-listed for Sports Book of the Year in the Irish Book Awards.


Irish Book Awards




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