The BBC Radio 2 Book Club, hosted by Jo Whiley, have chosen LEONARD AND HUNGRY PAUL by Ronan Hession as as their title for March 2019., which is absolutely brilliant news. You will be able to hear Ronan read form his novel and the interview live on Radio 2 Monday 18th March from 7pm to 9pm.
Marvellous and congratulations to Ronan.
Happy New Year readers.
2018 was an absolutely stellar year for everyone at Bluemoose. Harriet Paige was short listed for a first novel award for her debut MAN WITH A SEAGULL ON HIS HEAD, which has just recently been published in North America and THE GALLOWS POLE by Benjamin Myers won The WALTER SCOTT AWARD. Ben has moved on to Bloomsbury with his next book THE OFFING which I think is his best to date, so all the best Ben with your new publisher. Seeing an author leave is always tinged with sadness but as he lives in the next town, we'll meet up for a brew and some cake and have a natter. Bloomsbury have licensed Ben's back list from us so they will be publishing THE GALLOWS POLE in February 2019, and BEASTINGS AND PIG IRON in August 2019. We sold the rights for SO THE DOVES by Heidi James, which will be published this spring in the USA and Canada and A MODERN FAMILY by Socrates Adam has has just been published in France. We had loads of great reviews including our first mention in The New York Times of RAISING SPARKS by Ariel Kahn.
The first three books this year are .
1.LEONARD AND HUNGRY PAUL by Ronan Hession - Launching at HODGES FIGGIS in Dublin , March 20th at 6pm
2. CARAVAN OF THE LOST AND LEFT BEHIND by Deirdre Shanahan - May 31st - Launch in London tbc.
3. THE MOSS HOUSE by Clara Barley - July 30th - Launching at Shibden Hall , Halifax.
We have lots of events coming up and I will keep you all posted.
Many thanks, Kevin, Hetha, Leonora and Lin.
Bluemoose Books will be hosting a BookBlast event at Waterstones in Newcastle on Wednesday 12th September 2018. I will be chairing the talk and joining me will be Colette Snowden (author of THE SECRET TO NOT DROWNING) and Dan Mickletwaite (author of THE LESS THAN PERFECT LEGEND OF DONNA CREOSOTE).
The Gallows Pole by Benjamin Myers has been chosen by THE TIMES and THE IRISH TIMES as one of their Best of Summer Reads. The Irish fiction laureate, Sebastian Barry says that Ben's novel is 'Phenomenal.'
RAISING SPARKS by Ariel Kahn was also mentioned in The New York Times. Fantastic.
Benjamin Myers has won the £25k Walter Scott prize 2018 with his novel THE GALLOWS POLE. It is the world's leading literary prize for historical fiction. Previous winners include Hilary Mantel, Sebastian Barry and Robert Harris.
The judges who included BBC Newsnight presenter KIRSTY WARK and BBC TODAY presenter James Naughite, said THE GALLOWS POLE is 'A Roaring furnace of a novel. A big story about a small place. Benjamin Myers portrays a social upheavel which has a sharp contemporary echo.'
The Royal Mail will be franking 30 million letters with the winners name and prize logo, Winner of the Walter Scott 2018 Prize.
THE GALLOWS POLE by Benjamin Myers has been shortlisted for the world's leading literary prize for historical fiction, the £25K WALTER SCOTT Prize 2018. Congratulations to Ben. I would also like to thank Kate, Jake, Simon and Rowan at The Bookcase Hebden Bridge, Sarah at The Book Corner at The Piece Hall and Ian at Waterstones Leeds for brilliantly hand selling Ben's book to their customers. When Independent publishing and indy booksellers work together to get great stories out there, things start to happen, and it is and everyone at Bluemoose Towers is chuffed to bits. May I personally thank our brilliant editors who polished and shined Ben's great story. Leonora Rustamova, Lin Webb and Hetha Duffy. The winner will be announced at The Border Book Festival in Melrose on Saturday June 16th.