The Night Visitor Paperback – new cover

11 Apr 2018

Night Visitor PB final image

Out in paperback, 3 May 2018

Now available to preorder from your local bookseller

or from Waterstones WH Smith  Amazon.co.uk and other major bookshops

 

 

Costa Book Awards 2017 Shortlist (Novel category)

22 Nov 2017

Judging the Costa Book Awards has been a demanding, exciting and at times slightly nerve-wracking experience. I’m delighted to have played a part in shortlisting these four wonderful novels (see dog-eared, coffee stained books in picture below) and finally to be able to press them into peoples’ hands.

Here’s a bit about each one, and why we chose them from 170 entries

 

Shortlist for the 2017 Costa Novel Award

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Judges

Lucy Atkins                   Author and Critic

Freya North                   Author

Wayne Winstone           Owner, Winstone’s Bookshops

 

Reservoir 13 by Jon McGregor (4th Estate)

Why we loved it: ‘An extraordinary novel – poetic, haunting and hypnotic’.

A teenage girl has gone missing in the English hills, police set up roadblocks and a crowd of reporters descends on the village. But life must go on   – cows are milked, fences repaired, stone cut, pints poured and these timeless rhythms become a force far greater than any isolated tragedy.

Under a Pole Star by Stef Penney (Quercus)

Why we loved it: ‘A novel of huge scope with a tremendous sense of period and place.’

Flora Mackie is twelve when she first crosses the Arctic Circle on her father’s whaling ship. Now she’s returning to the frozen seas as the head of her own expedition. In this remote frozen land she encounters Jakob de Beyn, raised in Manhattan, and part of a rival expedition. What follows is a powerful love story but also an exploration of science, geography, feminism and humanity.

Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie (Bloomsbury Circus)

Why we loved it:  ‘A brave and important book that explores themes that feel both urgent and timeless.’

Isma worries about Aneeka, her beautiful, headstrong sister, and their brother, Parvaiz, who’s disappeared to follow the dark legacy of the jihadist father he never knew.  When Aneeka becomes involved with Eamonn the charming son of a powerful British Muslim politician the two families’ fates are devastatingly entwined. A forceful retelling of the ancient story of Antigone. 

Tin Man by Sarah Winman (Tinder Press)

Why we loved it:  ‘A tender and deeply moving exploration of love and grief written with deceptive simplicity.’

Two Oxford city boys, Ellis and Michael, are inseparable in adolescence but when they become men life takes them in different directions. Ellis works at the Cowley car plant, smoothing out dents; Michael heads to London. Then Ellis falls in love with Annie, and for a while, the old friends are brought back together again.

Sarah Winman grew up in Essex and now lives in London.  She attended the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art and was an actor for 30 years in theatre, TV and film. She has written three novels including When God Was a Rabbit.

 

 

Judging the Costa Book Awards

8 Nov 2017

costa book awards logoSince May this year I have been reading novels for the Costa Book Awards. I’m judging the ‘Novel’ category so there are authors whose work I’ve read before, but also quite a few who are new to me – and some authors I’ve always meant to read and haven’t, until now. It has been an eye-opening experience. One thing that’s struck me is the large number of historical novels (and a few futuristic ones too, it has to be said). Is this always the case? It’s not something you tend to notice unless you have a stack of fifty books to read on your office floor. The better historical novels, I’ve noticed, are less about escaping into the past, and more about reframing the uncertainties and horrors of what’s happening in the world today. Let’s just say I’ve read more than one reworking of a Greek tragedy.

This week is the most exciting bit. I’m just finishing reading the other judges’ selections (my two fellow judges chose three books each). This Friday we’ll meet in London to discuss those, along with my own selections. It’s going to be a delight to finally meet the other judges and discuss these books – and to choose a final shortlist from them. I’ll report back soon.

Run up to publication of The Night Visitor

18 Apr 2017

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The Night Visitor with its smart new jacket heads out into the world for reviews and endorsements….just over a fortnight till publication.

The Night Visitor – coming 1 June 2017

3 Feb 2017

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The Night Visitor cover reveal

3 Feb 2017

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The Other Child Norwegian translation

28 Sep 2016

The Other Child came out in Norwegian translation this week, hooray.  Thank you Capellen Damm!  They’ve given it a fabulous dark Scandi Noir cover and a new ominous title. (I did wonder what ‘slutten’ means though…)

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BBC Radio Oxford book talk

6 Sep 2016

 

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Book Talk:
On BBC Oxford 6.30pm tonight I’ll be discussing The Wonder, the new psychological suspense novel by The Room author Emma Donoghue and the brilliant new Ann Patchett novel Commonwealth. I’ll also be going on about a few other books I’m excited about reading this month including new novels by Ian McEwan and Jonathan Safran Foer (his first in 11 years!).

Here’s a great review of the Ann Patchett 

& more about Emma Donoghue

 

Sainsbury’s ‘Secrets & Lies’ promo deal

5 May 2016

Sainsbury's Promo DealDelighted to be included in this Sainsbury’s promotion.  Some fantastic psychological thrillers at total bargain prices, for a limited time only:

‘If you loved Gone Girl and Girl on a Train, our Secrets and Lies is a hand-picked collection of the best new psychological thrillers where everything is most definitely not what it seems. Titles start at a very cunning 99p’

 

Have a look here: https://www.sainsburysentertainment.co.uk/ebooks/collection/secrets-and-lies-psychological-thrillers-from-99p/7654563

It’s Greenwich Book Festival!

28 Apr 2016

Greenwich Book Festival 2016I’m doing two events at this lovely, lively festival in beautiful Greenwich, London at the end of May.

How to Get Your Book Published, with Fanny Blake on Saturday 28 May 2016 from 10:30 to 11:30.

This is always a sell-out workshop. Fanny is an incredible authority, a senior publisher for many years, now Woman & Home books editor and a successful novelist. She’s a very good egg – I love running this workshop with her. Read more about the event here.  Buy tickets here for How to Get Your Book Published.

I’m also delighted to be chairing Inside Grip-Lit on Saturday 28 May 12-1pm.

Come and meet marvellous thriller writers Fiona Barton (The Widow), Sam Baker (The Girl Who Ran) & Gillian Slovo (Ten Days). We’ll be exploring what it takes to produce gripping psychological suspense, and how their careers in journalism, magazine editing and playwriting have influenced their novel writing.  Buy tickets here for Inside Grip-Lit 

 

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