Former leading New Zealand publisher and bookseller, and widely experienced judge of both the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Montana New Zealand Book Awards, talks about what he is currently reading, what impresses him and what doesn't, along with chat about the international English language book scene, and links to sites of interest to booklovers.
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.
PRAISE FOR JEFFREY ARCHER'S SHORT STORIES
"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
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.
And the 2017 Scotiabank Giller Prize goes to ... Michael
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 CBCBooks.ca. This year the Prize
celebrates its 24th anniversary. The shortlist of five authors
and their books, announced on October 2, 2017, included:
Cusk for her novel Transit,
published by HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
O'Loughlin for his novel Minds of Winter, published by House of Anansi Press
Redhill for his novel Bellevue Square, published by Doubleday Canada
Winters for her novel I Am a Truck, published by Invisible Publishing
Of the winning book, the jury
"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
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
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.
Joe Hill Hachette
New Zealand | 31 October 2017 TPBK $29.99
collection of novellas from bestseller Joe Hill, this new collection from an
award-winning author makes compelling and powerful reading.
novels from the author of The Fireman and Horns, ranging from creepy horror to
powerful explorations of our society.
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
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...
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.
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!
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.
Awards 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 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.