Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Jeffrey Archer's Latest Title

Tell Tale
Jeffrey Archer
Macmillan, RRP $39.99, Hardback

Master storyteller Jeffrey Archer returns with Tell Tale, a new collection of brilliant short stories. Poignant, engrossing and captivating; this is Archer at his spellbinding best.

"Stylish, witty and constantly entertaining ... Jeffrey Archer has a natural aptitude for short stories." The Times

Nearly a decade after his last volume of short stories was published, Archer returns with his eagerly-awaited, brand-new collection Tell Tale, giving us a fascinating, exciting and sometimes poignant insight into the people he has met, the stories he has come across and the countries he has visited during the past ten years.


Find out what happens to the hapless young detective from Naples who travels to an Italian hillside town to find out Who Killed the Mayor? and the pretentious schoolboy in A Road to Damascus, whose discovery of the origins of his father's wealth changes his life in the most profound way. Revel in the stories of the 1930s woman who dares to challenge the men at her Ivy League University in A Gentleman and A Scholar while another young woman who thumbs a lift gets more than she bargained for in A Wasted Hour.


These wonderfully engaging and always refreshingly original tales prove not only why Archer has been compared by the critics to Dahl and Maugham, but why he was described by The Times as probably the greatest storyteller of our age.

"Somerset Maugham never penned anything so swift or urbanely witty as this." Publishers Weekly

"Outstanding . . . white-knuckle suspense and witty denouements. An enjoyable, suspense-filled rival to Roald Dahl" Daily Express

Jeffrey Archer, whose novels and short stories include Kane and Abel, A Prisoner of Birth and Cat O' Nine Tales, has topped the bestseller lists around the world, with sales of over 275 million copies.

2017 Scotiabank Giller Prize

Scotiabank Giller Prize

And the 2017 Scotiabank Giller Prize goes to ... Michael Redhill!

November 20, 2017 (Toronto, ON) – Michael Redhill has been named the winner of the $100,000 Scotiabank Giller Prize for his novel Bellevue Square, published by Doubleday Canada. The announcement was made at a black-tie dinner and award ceremony hosted by Mary Walsh and attended by nearly 500 members of the publishing, media and arts communities. The gala was broadcast live on CBC, CBC Radio One and live-streamed on

This year the Prize celebrates its 24th anniversary.

The shortlist of five authors and their books, announced on October 2, 2017, included:

  • Rachel Cusk for her novel Transit, published by HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
  • Ed O'Loughlin for his novel Minds of Winter, published by House of Anansi Press
  • Michael Redhill for his novel Bellevue Square, published by Doubleday Canada
  • Eden Robinson for her novel Son of a Trickster, published by Alfred A. Knopf Canada
  • Michelle Winters for her novel I Am a Truck, published by Invisible Publishing

Of the winning book, the jury wrote:

"To borrow a line from Michael Redhill's beautiful Bellevue Square, "I do subtlety in other areas of my life." So let's look past the complex literary wonders of this book, the doppelgangers and bifurcated brains and alternate selves, the explorations of family, community, mental health, and literary life. Let's stay straightforward, and tell you that beyond the mysterious elements, this novel is warm, and funny, and smart. Let's celebrate that it is, simply, a pleasure to read."

MICHAEL REDHILL is a novelist, poet, playwright and former publisher of Brick. He is the author of the novels Consolation and Martin Sloane, which was a finalist for the 2001 Giller Prize; the short story collection Fidelity; and the poetry collection Light-Crossing; among other acclaimed works. He lives in Toronto.

During the award ceremony, Canadian soprano Measha Brueggergosman performed a tribute to Jack Rabinovitch, founder of the Giller Prize who died in August. A roster of distinguished authors - Lawrence Hill, John Irving, Rupi Kaur, Thomas King and Madeleine Thien - introduced the shortlisted authors and presented video profiles highlighting the nominated books.

The Roundup with PW

The 2018 Tournament of Books Long List: The annual 'Morning News' March Madness feature has begun, rounding up 72 top English-language titles from 2017.

Mooch Snubbed by Book World: Former White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci has scrapped plans for a political memoir because no one wanted it.

Glenn Thrush Suspended: The 'NYT' reporter, who has a deal with Random House for a book on the Trump White House, has been suspended due to claims of inappropriate behavior.

What Do We Do With Their Art?: Some of the greatest male artists and entertainers have turned out to be monsters to women. Can we still love their work?

A Literary Resting Place to Visit: The Hōnen-in Temple in Kyoto cemetery houses the remains of Jun’ichirō Tanizaki, one of Japan's most famous novelists.

Strange Weather - a stunning collection of novellas

Strange Weather
Joe Hill
Hachette New Zealand | 31 October 2017
TPBK $29.99 RRP

A stunning collection of novellas from bestseller Joe Hill, this new collection from an award-winning author makes compelling and powerful reading.

Four short novels from the author of The Fireman and Horns, ranging from creepy horror to powerful explorations of our society.

One autumnal day in Boulder, Colorado, the clouds open up in a downpour of nails, splinters of bright crystal that tear apart anyone who isn't safely under cover. 'Rain' explores this escalating apocalyptic event, as clouds of nails spread out across the country and the world. Amidst the chaos, a girl studying law enforcement takes it upon herself to resolve a series of almost trivial mysteries . . . apparently harmless puzzles that turn out to have lethal answers.

In 'Loaded' a mall security guard heroically stops a mass shooting and becomes a hero to the modern gun movement. Under the hot glare of the spotlights, though, his story begins to unravel, taking his sanity with it...

'Snapshot, 1988' tells the story of an kid in Silicon Valley who finds himself threatened by The Phoenician, a tattooed thug who possesses a Polaroid that can steal memories... And in 'Aloft' a young man takes to the skies to experience parachuting for the first time . . . and winds up a castaway on an impossibly solid cloud, a Prospero's island of roiling vapour that seems animated by a mind of its own.

Joe Hill is a recipient of the Ray Bradbury Fellowship and the winner of the A.E. Coppard Long Fiction Prize, William Crawford, World Fantasy, British Fantasy, Bram Stoker and International Horror Guild Awards. His short fiction has appeared in literary, mystery and horror collections and magazines in Britain and America.

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Off the Shelf

November 21, 2017
Tolani Osan


12 Audiobooks Perfect for Your Holiday Travels
With the coming holidays, you’re probably thinking about travel plans. Audiobooks are the perfect travel companion, whether you’re going via car, plane, or train. They can pull you into a downright amazing tale—and engage you through the inevitable delays. Because audiobooks are often read by the author or a trained actor, listening to them adds a new dimension to any narrative, even if you’ve already read the print version. As you plan your holiday travel, make sure your devices are fully stocked. Here are 12 great audiobook recommendations timed for short and long trips!

Latest from The Bookseller

La Belle Sauvage
Penguin Random House Children’s and David Fickling Books are releasing 5,000 La Belle Sauvage book plates, signed by author Philip Pullman, to independent bookshops as part of “special plans” promised last month.
The Book Trade Charity
The Book Trade Charity has unveiled a progressive plan to help new joiners to the industry find accommodation in the capital amid soaring rental costs.
Charlene Allcott
Transworld has bought world rights in a novel by carer Charlene Allcott - the first to be published hailing from Penguin Random House’s WriteNow mentoring scheme.
The Society of Authors
The Society of Authors is selling its offices in London with a price tag of £8.5m, saying the buildings are no longer “fit for purpose” because the organisation has grown.
Freight Books
Saraband and Hodder have acquired two debut titles from authors originally published by troubled Scottish press Freight Books.
Stuart Evers and Tessa McWatt
Stuart Evers and Tessa McWatt have been announced as the joint winners of the Eccles British Library Writer’s Award.

The British Library Board has recommended that the Public Lending Right (PLR) rate be increased to 8.2p per loan in 2018.
Roald Dahl Literary Estate
Roald Dahl Literary Estate is joining forces with a new crowd-funded audio player for children, Yoto.
More than 450,000 children will be given books by the Scottish Book Trust as part of Book Week Scotland.
Head of Zeus
Head of Zeus imprint Apollo is to publish An Inconvenient Death, an exploration into the death of Dr David Kelly by investigative journalist Miles Goslett.

Publishers Lunch

Today's Meal

In personnel news, Pippa White has joined Callisto Media as editor. Previously she was an associate editor at Chronicle Books.


Target announced its December, January, and February Book Club Picks. The picks for December are The Impossible Fortress by Jason Rekulak and The Party by Robyn Harding. The picks for January and February are The Lonely Hearts Hotel by Heather O'Neill and The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley by Hannah Tinti, respectively.


Michael Redhill
won the Giller Prize for his novel Bellevue Square (Doubleday Canada).

Poets & Writers announced the recipients of their 2018 Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Awards: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Steve Cannon, and Richard Russo. The editor's award will be presented to
Rebecca Saletan at Riverhead.

The Story of a Brief Marriage by Anuk Arudpragasam won the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Off the Shelf


We Were Girls Once: You Must Read This Beloved Coming of Age Novel

The phrase “coming-of-age” is frequently thrown about in the book world. I feel like every other book I read uses that descriptor. The plots of these coming-of-age tales often center on a major event that drastically alters a character’s current situation and expected future: a loss, a change of perspective, a victory. But the three individuals at the center of THE MOTHERS, Brit Bennett’s bestselling debut novel, have already experienced hinge moments before the end of chapter one.

The Roundup with PW including 'Watership Down' Author's Auction

Clemmons Ditches Lenny Letter: Novelist Zinzi Clemmons has left Lenny Letter following a harassment scandal surrounding 'Girls' writer and executive producer Murray Miller.

'Watership Down' Author's Auction: Richard Adams’s books, going to auction in December, include a first edition Austen and Shakespeare’s Second Folio.

LeGuin On 'Writing Nameless Things': Ursula K. LeGuin—whose second and third Library of America collections are now out—on what she shares with Philip Roth and more.

Kinetic Adaptations of Victorian Novels: Kate Hamill has turned 'Sense and Sensibility' and 'Vanity Fair' into fast-paced romps. Now she's tackling 'Pride and Prejudice.'

What's Your Favorite Book Adaptation?: When the movies are arguably better than the books—from 'Jurrasic Park' to 'Big Little Lies' and more.