Post-Holiday Catch Up

Hello all

I just got back last night from a week in Scotland with my boyfriend and so I am a little behind on all the events and news du jour in the book world thanks to intermittent WiFi and hours spent driving around the highlands (both of which were actually awesome). I’ve been glued to my phone since my late night return (healthy) and so have caught up a bit. I think.

Firstly, the Desmond Elliot Prize for Debut Fiction shortlist was announced.

I did a post here about the longlist and how exciting it was, and so now I’m back from the wilds I’m reading about the shortlist. It’s much shorter than I thought it would be but I actually like the succinctness of that. To be honest the three books that have been chosen were not necessarily ones I would have chosen but they are all brave, innovative debuts that deserve recognition, and I congratulate the authors and their publishers. Well done! I personally want Jenni Fagan to win for her novel The Panopticon not only because I think it’s a really cool idea but also because she went to my university. Not biased AT ALL.

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Lots has been going on at Tinder Press too.

Check out their Facebook events page for stuff going on with Bryan Kimberling’s novel Snapper, as well as lots of news on their website. AND there was a great review of The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls in Heat magazine, which was pretty cool. My review of it will be up soon.

I took this photo while waiting for a train in Glasgow. Thought you'd like to know.
I took this photo while waiting for a train in Glasgow. Thought you’d like to know.

A top ten books for June list was published in Stylist magazine, and written by Stacey Bartlett from We Love This Book.

And a bloody good list it is too! Yonahlossee is mentioned, as well as The Ocean At The End of the Lane, the new adult novel from Neil Gaiman, which everyone is going nuts about. Especially Headline’s Sam Eades.

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Anything else you think is super big news from this week or last week, please fill me in!

Cheers 🙂

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