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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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Impromptu visit to see Neil Gaiman at The Cambridge Theatre

While I finish off my review of Freshta I thought I’d share with you the pictures I managed to take on Monday night. Now, I’m currently an intern at Duckworth Publishers, and my boss Jamie had a ticket for Monday night, but was too ill to go, so very kindly gave it to me. This ticket just happened to be for an evening at The Cambridge Theatre in Covent Garden (where they do Matilda, hence the set) to see Neil Gaiman and Philip Pullman talking about Pullman’s new versions of the Grimms’ fairy tales. I thought, why not. The evening was hosted/moderated by Rosie Boycott, and authors Meg Rosoff and Audrey Niffenegger stood in for Philip Pullman, with Rosoff chatting with Gaiman and Niffenegger reading one of his new fairy tales at the start. This was called ‘The Three Snake Leaves’ and was excellent. Gaiman wrote about the event here.

Gaiman reading a new short story ‘The Click Clack The Rattle Bag’

The evening closed with Neil Gaiman reading a new short story of his called ‘The Click Clack The Rattle Bag’. It was terrifying and excellent, and is available to download from Audible. For every download, Audible will donate money to educational charities through Find out more and download the story here.


Grimm Tales for Young and Old by Philip Pullman was published on 27th September 2012 by Penguin. The tenth anniversary edition of Coraline by Neil Gaiman was published on 2nd August 2012 by Bloomsbury.