Sunday, April 30, 2017

UK Books Sold Record Numbers Of Books Last Year


Sales of children’s books rose 16% to £365m, with the increase due mainly to the purchase of printed works. Readers also flocked to fitness and self-help books, sending non-fiction sales up 9%. Revenues from fiction fell 7%, the PA’s annual report said.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

All Blacks story shortlisted for prestigious Cross Book Awards in the UK

A unique account of the All Blacks story has been shortlisted for the prestigious Cross Book Awards in the UK.

Behind the Silver Fern —The Players Speak is the work of prominent sports writer Lynn McConnell and SKY rugby commentator Tony Johnson, and tells the history of the iconic team through the recollections of over 150 notable players, dating back to the late 1800s.

The book is a finalist in the rugby section of the Cross Awards, where it is up against biographies of former Lions forwards Donal Lenihan and Paul O’Connell, and is a contender for the overall award which also features the life stories of Formula One star Damon Hill, footballers Joey Barton and Ian Wright, and cricketer Jonathan Trott.

“That’s pretty illustrious company”, says Tony Johnson, “we’re happy just to be featured amongst those names.”

“We got some good reviews in the British press when it was released last year, which can’t have hurt.”

The book was praised not only for the forthright contributions of the modern day All Blacks, but as noted in The Rugby Paper, owes much to the “prolific literary efforts of the pioneer All Blacks, who were dab hands at writing books, newspaper columns and letters”.

“The response of the players we approached was exceptional,” says Johnson, and we were also fortunate to be able to draw on some fantastic material in Taonga, the New Zealand Sound Archive, which included interviews and talks by players dating back to the great 1905 Originals. I think it was that very old material that gave us an extra dimension compared to similar publications in the UK and Ireland.”

The book also revealed new versions of some of the more controversial episodes from the 1972-73 tour, including the events leading up to the banishment of All Black prop Keith Murdoch, and a letter received by first-five Bob Burgess, while in troubled Belfast.

The letter was signed by prominent members of the IRA, and although there were denials from the IRA when the book was published, Burgess has always been convinced of its authenticity.

Behind the Silver Fern — The Players Speak was commissioned and published in the UK by Polaris Publishing, and published in New Zealand by Mower.

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Off the Shelf

By Kerry Fiallo    |   Friday, April 28, 2017
Like death and taxes, crime is unfortunately a global constant. Lucky for us, many brilliant authors have written engrossing, riveting, and often moving nonfiction books about criminal cases throughout history. From Europe to Asia and beyond, discover some of the most engrossing true-crime books from around the world. READ MORE

That's not the monster we ordered

That’s Not the Monster We Ordered
Richard Fairgray and Terry Jones

Acclaimed comic writers Richard Fairgray and Terry Jones have once
again created a picture book that’s bursting with wacky humour and
clever illustrations. That’s Not the Monster We Ordered will have kids
clamouring to get their own monsters, too!

The Turner family has just got a monster, and the whole neighbourhood is in awe of his
superhero stature, daredevil skill and all-round usefulness. It can roar louder than a lion,
carry the whole class on its back and eat grass so that no-one needs to mow.
Everyone wants their own monster.
But sometimes the monster you order isn’t necessarily the monster you get . . .

A playful picture book with a twist on family pets that children will love.

Richard Fairgray is a NZ writer and illustrator who works on comics, picture books and screenplays.
He has been publishing work since he was seven years old, and has more than 200 titles to his name.
A former teacher and stand-up comedian, and a self-confessed workaholic, Richard’s deep-seated fear that he may be a fictional character only serves to drive him harder. He insists that if he doesn’t get enough done he’ll have to come back as a ghost to finish off.

Welsh-born Terry Jones has written magazine articles, text books, two YA novels and numerous comics as well a slew of unfinished sci-fi and thriller manuscripts. Since retiring early from teaching to write full time, he has produced everything from children’s books to screenplays, plus at least one graphic novel a year.
Terry immerses himself in digital media and is never more alive than when critiquing Silver Age Superboy stories or linking Twilight Zone episodes to sure signs of a crumbling society.

Picture Puffin

An E-Book That Forces You To Edit It To Read It

Unsettling: An E-Book That Forces You To Edit It To Read It

One hundred separate versions have been published online by Editions at Play, a digital publisher that specialises in “books that cannot be printed”. You can read any of the 100 editions for free – but if you’re lucky enough to own one, prepare yourself for some creative destruction: each version can only be passed on to a new owner after it has been modified. Owners must add one word and remove two from each of the story’s 21 pages and are stopped from moving forward through the book until they’ve made the required interventions.

Publishers Lunch


Today's Meal

At Amazon Publishing, Katie Finch has been named director of strategic programs.

Tilo Eckardt will return to Random House Germany to take charge of Heyne's hardcover and paperback fiction list, reporting to Ulrich Genzler. He has spent the last four year as an agent with Mohrbooks, and was previously editor-in-chief of Heyne's hardcover imprints.

At Harper Collins, Jennifer Murphy has been promoted to marketing coordinator.

Sky Pony Press has promoted
Alison Weiss to editor-in-chief.

At Chronicle, Jaime Wong has been promoted to marketing manager, children's.

Author of
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The May
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The Edgar Awards were presented across multiple categories Thursday night, including: Before the Fall, by Noah Hawley (Novel); Under the Harrow by Flynn Berry (First Novel); Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life by Ruth Franklin (Critical/Biographical); and The Wicked Boy: The Mystery of a Victorian Child Murderer by Kate Summerscale (Fact Crime).

David Levithan is the recipient of the Chicago Tribune's 2017 Young Adult Literary Prize. He'll be honored at the 2017 Printers Row Lit Fest on June 10 in downtown Chicago.

In the UK, Bret Anthony Johnston won the £30,000 Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award for his story Half of What Atlee Rouse Knows About Horses.


Penguin Random House's #ProjectReadathon Million Minutes campaign surpassed its goal and the publisher will donate 300,000 books to Save the Children.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Auckland Writers Festival - Love New Zealand Writers

16 - 21 May 2017


Two events featuring local writers have proven so popular there will be additional sessions!  Big thanks to David Galler and Peter Simpson for stepping up to meet demand.

We are thrilled to present New Zealand’s premier book honours – The Ockham New Zealand Book Awards - winners’ ceremony as the first public event at the Festival.  Local writers - such as Clare Dunleavy, Jenny Pattrick and Nick Bollinger - feature aplenty in General Festival Events.  That this Festival is the largest showcase of local writers in the world is something we are immensely proud of.

New Zealand and international guests take part in a huge range of FREE events across the Festival. From the inaugural Walk on High, speakers’ podiums and readings to salon-style soirees in the glittering Heartland Festival Room, you can catch Apirana Taylor, Chris Parker, Tom Sainsbury, Courtney Sina Meredith, Paul CleaveAshleigh YoungPaul Beatty, Jay Rayner, Susan Faludi, and many others for nix.

Check out the full programme online
View the programme ebook

Twice Upon a Time

Twice Upon a Time: A Very Good Very Bad Story
James Norcliffe

What happens when you find yourself trapped inside a story?
What happens if the only way out is to solve the riddles of
the Very Bad Very Good Storyteller, Mr Aesop Sod?
And where, oh where, is Pop?

Ginny and her strange new friend, Digger Dagger, must navigate their way through
this upside-down, topsy-turvy world where Don’s Dairy has become Nod’s Diary,
the fish and chip shop is full of tropical fish tanks and wood chips, and the ghost
train at the fun fair really is a ghost train.
How will the story end?

Will Ginny and Digger Dagger find the answers they need?
Sometimes the answers are right there in front of you.

Twice Upon a Time is a delightful story full of wordplay, old-world charm and
imagination, reminiscent of Alice in Wonderland.

More about James Norcliffe

James Norcliffe has published a collection of short stories, nine collections of
poetry and several award-winning novels for young readers, including the bestselling
The Loblolly Boy and its successor, The Loblolly Boy and the Sorcerer. His most
recent books for young people are Felix and the Red Rats and The Pirates and the
James has edited anthologies of poetry and writing by young people, notably the
long-running ReDraft annual anthologies, which he co-edits with Tessa Duder.
James has been awarded writing fellowships both in New Zealand and overseas,
including the Burns Fellowship, the IWP/Iowa Residency, and residencies in Hobart
and at Massey University and Otago University College of Education.