Deal News: ANATOMY OF A SPY by Michael Smith

Author of STATION X, KILLER ELITE and NO MAN DIES TWICE Michael Smith’s ANATOMY OF A SPY, about why people are prepared to put their lives at risk in order to collect intelligence, how the intelligence services ensure that the agents they recruit do what they want and will not betray them, using interviews with current and former British, American, Russian, European and Pakistani spies, to The History Press, for publication in autumn of 2019.

The re-issued book will provide an opportunity to tell a wealth of previously unknown spy stories from the very human angle of the agents themselves. Many will be new but more famous cases will appear in brief, focusing on the spies’ motivations and alongside the real agents, the book will refer to the motivations of fictional agents where they have been created by former intelligence officers turned spy writers such as Graham Greene, John le Carre, Alan Judd and Matthew Dunn.

Book Launch: THE BALTIC STORY by Caroline Boggis-Rolfe

Join us to celebrate the publication of The Baltic Story with writer and lecturer Caroline Boggis-Rolfe!

Book Launch is confirmed for Thursday 2nd May 2019 at 6.30-8.15pm

At Owl Bookshop in Kentish Town

Tickets £5.00, available over the phone on 020 7485 7793 or in-store: http://www.owlbookshop.co.uk/events/caroline-boggis-rolfe/

The Baltic Story recounts the shared history of the countries around the Baltic, from the events of a thousand years ago to today. It shows the ties of blood and commerce that have bound the different lands which now lie in Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Western Russia and eastern Germany. The narrative encompasses the foundation of some of Europe’s greatest cities, including St Petersburg, Stockholm, Copenhagen and Gdansk.

Deal News: ALONG THE AMBER ROUTE by C. J. Schüler

World rights ALONG THE AMBER ROUTE – From St Petersburg to Venice, have been sold to Sandstone Press for publication in 2020.

Rich in anecdote and incident, it charts the origins of amber, the myths and legends that have grown up around it, its enduring fascination, the dazzling artefacts that have been made from it, and the often deadly struggles for control of this lucrative trade.

‘‘C.J. Schüler’s gift for crisp, quirky dialogue and incisive scene-sketching radiates a Patrick Leigh Fermor-like scholarship and originality. Brocaded with flavoursome detail, ‘Along the Amber Route’ is full of incident and anecdote and the oddest facts imaginable. Pure pleasure.’’

– Ian Thomson

Learn more here.

The Author’s Club Best First Novel Award 2019 Longlist

Inaugurated in 1954, the Authors’ Club Best First Novel Award is now in its 65th year, making it the longest-running UK prize for debut fiction and – except for the James Tait Black and the Hawthornden – the oldest literary prize in Britain.

Today, the Authors’ Club announces the longlist for the annual Best First Novel Award.The longlisted books are as follows:

  • Claire Askew, All the Hidden Truths (Hodder & Stoughton)
  • Mary Lynn Bracht, White Chrysanthemum (Chatto & Windus)
  • Laura Carlin, The Wicked Cometh (Hodder & Stoughton)
  • Guy Gunaratne, In Our Mad and Furious City (Tinder Press)
  • Sarah Haywood, The Cactus (Two Roads)
  • Caoilinn Hughes, Orchid & the Wasp (Oneworld)
  • Emily Koch, If I Die Before I Wake (Harvill Secker)
  • Norma MacMaster, Silence Under a Stone (Doubleday)
  • Sally Magnusson, The Sealwoman’s Gift (Two Roads)
  • Donald S. Murray, As the Women Lay Dreaming (Saraband)
  • Kim Sherwood, Testament (Riverrun)
  • Stuart Turton, The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle (Raven)

Lucy Popescu (chair of the judging panel) commented:

“This year, we’ve had a bumper crop of entries. Women dominate the longlist – one writer, Norma McMaster, is in her 80s. It’s a real privilege to be able to support a diverse list of debut novelists tackling such wide-ranging subjects.”

Key dates

  • Shortlist announcement: Thursday 28 March 2019, Essex Book Festival
  • Shortlisted authors event at Waterstones Gower St: Thursday 2 May
  • The Winner will be announced by Louise Doughty, this year’s guest adjudicator at a dinner at the National Liberal Club: Wednesday 22 May

For more information, visit the Author’s Club website.