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LOVEREADING READERS’ CHOICE BOOKS OF THE YEAR 2014

THE MEMORY BOOK CROWNED LOVEREADING READERS’ CHOICE BOOK OF THE YEAR 2014

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A novel about the devastating effects of dementia has won the Lovereading Readers’ Choice for favourite book of 2014.

The Memory Book by Rowan Coleman, which follows the story of a young woman struck down by Alzheimer’s, received the most votes in an annual poll by the recommendation site, Lovereading.co.uk.

Reviewers agreed that the book, published in January by Ebury Press, was “a work of literary excellence”.

In a separate review for the Richard and Judy Book Club, TV chat show host Richard Madeley – whose own mother died of dementia in April – said Rowan Coleman’s book was a “tear-jerker” and a  “metaphor for how love can transform a family tragedy”.

The book, Coleman’s eleventh novel, has now been crowned the Lovereading Readers’ Choice Book of the Year 2014.

It beat The Amber Fury by Natalie Haynes, and A Man Called Ove by Frederick Backman to the top spot.

Lovereading Readers’ Choice book of 2014?

In November we asked our 600+ Reader Review panel members, a lot of whom are regular book bloggers, to let us have their top 3 books of 2014; the top 10 choices then went to the public vote. 

 

1st

The Memory Book

Rowan Coleman

 

2nd

The Amber Fury

Natalie Haynes

 

3rd

A Man Called Ove

Fredrik Backman

and the rest of the Top 10 were…

 

The Lovereading4kids Readers’ Choice book of 2014

Awful Auntie, a “screechingly funny” novel by comedian David Walliams, won the Lovereading4Kids Readers’ Choice Book of the Year 2014.

Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan and Sweet Honey by Cathy Cassidy took second and third place in the children’s category respectively.

1st

Awful Auntie

David Walliams
(9+) Best-selling David Walliams is back on top form with Awful Auntie. Stella Saxby is the unfortunate owner of the awful auntie!

2nd

The Blood of Olympus

Rick Riordan
(11+) Another awesome Greek mythology epic in the series from Rick Riordan.

3rd

Chocolate Box Girls: Sweet Honey

Cathy Cassidy
(9+) The girls are growing up and learning to deal with new problems.


and the rest of the Top 10 were…

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Lovereading Top 10 most popular books 7 – 14 December 2014

Lovereading.co.uk  Top 10

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If I Knew You Were Going to be This Beautiful, I Never Would Have Let You Go If I Knew You Were Going to be This Beautiful, I Never Would Have Let You Go
Judy Chicurel
One of our Books of the Year 2014.
1972 and the teenagers of Long Island spend their time drinking, smoking and taking drugs.  The girls all experiment with sex, get pregnant, have abortions or adoptions, such is life.  The boys are …
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The Memory Book The Memory Book
Rowan Coleman
One of our Books of the Year 2014.
This has all the ingredients required to curl up with and savour.  Compelling in its originality, heart-breaking in its sadness yet so uplifting it will also make your heart soar. The Memory Book …
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The Amber Fury The Amber Fury
Natalie Haynes
One of our Books of the Year 2014.
Despite borrowing both plot and inspiration from the Classics, The Amber Fury remains an easy, accessible read.  Escaping the sudden and cruel loss of her fiancé, Alex moves from London to start a …
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A Man Called Ove A Man Called Ove
Fredrik Backman
One of our Books of the Year 2014.
59-year old Ove is quite possibly one of the grumpiest people you’ll meet but, he has been an upstanding pillar of the community for decades. The last six months have taken their toll …
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Elizabeth is Missing Elizabeth is Missing
Emma Healey
One of our Books of the Year 2014.
Shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award 2014.
Eighty-something Maud is getting forgetful and so writes notes to herself.  ‘Elizabeth is missing’ is one such note which Maud then becomes obsessed with for Elizabeth …
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6
Funny Girl Funny Girl
Nick Hornby
One of our Books of the Year 2014.
November 2014 MEGA Book of the Month.
I would like to say ‘classic’ Hornby but the thing I most like about his writing is that the stories are all different, so one can hardly …
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The Peculiar Life of a Lonely Postman The Peculiar Life of a Lonely Postman
Denis Theriault
One of our Books of the Year 2014.
Deceptively clever and utterly compelling, this beautifully written little book will continue to haunt your thoughts long after you’ve finished it. Set in Montreal, the world of Bilodo the postman is a simple …
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8
Someone Else's Skin Someone Else’s Skin
Sarah Hilary
One of our Books of the Year 2014.
A powerful new detective series joins the ranks of great reads.  This stars sparky DI Marnie Rome and her sidekick, quieter DS Noah Jake, a splendid duo.  Their case is dreadful and the …
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The Bees The Bees
Laline Paull
One of our Books of the Year 2014.
May 2014 Debut of the Month.
An excellent book unlike any other.  The life of bees is examined and fictionalised as never before.  These bees are not anthropomorphised or overly sentimentalised into cute cartoon …
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The Aftermath The Aftermath
Rhidian Brook
One of our Books of the Year 2014.
September 2014 Book of the Month.
World War II is an all too written about period of history but Brook manages to find a fresh take in this exquisite novel. It’s 1946 and there’s …
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Lovereading Books of the Year 2014

The end of the year is often a time of reflection. Here at Lovereading the staff and the Reader Review panel members have been doing just that on the novels they’d like to unwrap at Christmas had they not already read them!!! It is such a cracker of a collection that we thought we’d share it with you. Take a look below and guarantee yourself (or friend or family) a riveting read.

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What is the Lovereading Readers’ Choice book of 2014?

A month ago we asked our 600+ Reader Review panel members, a lot of whom are regular book bloggers, to let us have their top 3 books of 2014; the top 10 choices then went to the public vote. All of them were fantastic reads and we can excitingly reveal the top 3 winners below. Congrats to all the winning authors and publishers.

 

1st

The Memory Book

Rowan Coleman

 

2nd

The Amber Fury

Natalie Haynes

 

3rd

A Man Called Ove

Fredrik Backman

and the rest of the Top 10 were…

 

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STOP PRESS… Love at first write winner announced

5 December 2014… 4pm… the winner of the Lovereading & Corvus writing competition has been chosen.

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The winner of the romantic novelist competition is Sophie Cousens, who has penned a story called How to Get Ahead in Television. We have an exclusive extract of her forthcoming novel and a bit more information about Sophie… who is overjoyed to have won. Sophie will now be working closely with the Corvus editorial team in finishing and editing her book. Corvus will publish the book as a digital-first late 2015. It will, of course, feature on Lovereading and we can’t wait. Click here to read more about the competition.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE EXTRACT

 

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Sophie Cousens is a thirty-three year old Television Producer who lives and works in London.

 

When she’s not making TV, Sophie can be found tending her allotment, baking elaborate animal-shaped cakes, or writing everything from Young Adult Sci-Fi to modern romantic comedy. Her greatest ambition is to become a full time novelist and own of a longhaired miniature dachshund called Horace.

 

How To Get Ahead In Television is based on her own experiences working in the TV industry. From diva celebrity strops to ruthless production tactics, it’s a backdrop ripe with comedic potential and the perfect setting for a classic love story.

 

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Christmas 4 email Update

We’re into December and there’s a whiff of mulled wine in the air! Offices are partying, Alka-Seltzer sales are rocketing, streets are lit up and your time is fully booked… did someone say “book“? Funny, because that’s exactly what we’re thinking about. We’re filling our Christmas Bookshelf so that you can fill your boots… and stockings. With our easy to search categories, you’ll have Christmas wrapped up in no time and with free P&P on all UK orders over £20 you may have a little left over for some extra “trimmings” on the day!

December Books of the Month

The last month of 2014 and we have a cracking shelf full of books to help you enjoy, or escape from, the oncoming Christmas festivities. Click on a cover of one you fancy to find out more.

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Stocking Fillers

If you are looking for a little extra treat for someone (or frankly yourself, don’t feel guilty) just visit our Stocking Fillers section in our Christmas category. A few of our office favourites are on the shelf below.

National Book Awards

nationalbookawardsThe Specsavers National Book Awards have just announced their category winners and you can find them in our Book Awards section. The awards are the only national literary prize that covers every genre of publishing each year, reflecting the books most loved by readers who also get to vote on their favourite of the category award winners to become the Specsavers Book of the Year.

The search for paradise – continues

Stephen Lawhead’s epic, multi-dimensional, time-bending fantasy series ‘Bright Empires‘ has just had its 5th instalment, The Fatal Tree, published. It is an engrossing and highly readable series which you can discover on the bookshelf below.

At home with the Hudsons

A truly fascinating series of books, sad, moving and at times repugnant, but so utterly compelling. You feel as though you have been spirited back into the 1970s to sit on the shoulder of the Hudson family from the notorious Canterbury Estate in Bradford. Unflinchingly raw, honest and bleak, Julie Shaw’s trio of tales of the notorious Hudson family are true but read like fiction. Our Reader Review panel loved the books and one review says it all – ‘Martina Cole, needs to watch out, there’s a new kid on the block.’

Historical Fiction fans take note

Transport yourself back to Roman England at the end of the Roman Empire in the reign of Emperor Constantine. Aurelius Castus, once an elite warrior, thinks his glory days are over but history is about to take a hand.

War at the Edge of the World by Ian Ross is the 1st in an epic new series, perfect for fans of Simon Scarrow. The book is published in January 2015 but you can read an exclusive extract of this book today.

 

Start planning your 2015 reading lists

Three books, already with rave reviews from our reader review panel come out in January 2015. See below for what they thought and download a free Opening Extract.

 

 

 

A Place for Us

Harriet Evans

‘From the suspense of the opening pages to the emotional climax of this book, I was thoroughly captivated’

 

 

 

 

 

The Life I Left Behind

Colette McBeth

‘A breathtaking and gripping psychological thriller that pulls you in and holds you in suspense.’

 

 

 

 

Alice and the Fly

James Rice

‘An intriguing page turner, that really pulls at your heart…The book is heartwarming, tragic and quite frankly brilliant.’

P.S. You only have a few days left to enter our amazing signed 1st Editions Prize Draw – with more than 60 books as prizes. Visit the special category today and get clicking.

So, with only a few weeks until the big day, make sure you do Christmas by the book and visit our special category on Lovereading to see them all.

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Lovereading Top 10 most popular books 23 – 30 November 2014

Lovereading Top 10

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Bookworms, Dog-Ears and Squashy Big Armchairs A Book Lover's Alphabet Bookworms, Dog-Ears and Squashy Big Armchairs A Book Lover’s Alphabet
Heather Reyes
Heather Reyes is an Ambassador for the cause of reading real books and buying them in real bookshops. Her informational book about books will remind you (if you need reminding) of the pleasures of reading, the delight in happenstance when …
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2
Leaving Time Leaving Time
Jodi Picoult
November 2014 Book of the Month.
To tell you much about this might give away the surprise and shocking ending, suffice to say it is written from the point of view of a daughter, Jenna, desperate to find the truth about …
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Closer Than You Think Closer Than You Think
Karen Rose
November 2014 Book of the Month.
This is the first in a new series by this terrific author. It mixes crime with romance and rattles along at a cracking pace. It is long and being a romance, there are some pretty …
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4
Amnesia Amnesia
Peter Carey
November 2014 Book of the Month.
A clever political thriller with a powerful message on a large scale.  Computer hacking genius Gaby, involved with an extreme anarchist gang, is the daughter of a high ranking Australian politician.  She manages to get …
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5
Funny Girl Funny Girl
Nick Hornby
November 2014 MEGA Book of the Month.
I would like to say ‘classic’ Hornby but the thing I most like about his writing is that the stories are all different, so one can hardly say ‘classic’. But it is all one …
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6
The Queen's Man The Queen’s Man
Rory Clements
It is 1582 and John Shakespeare, brother of William, spy for Walsingham, is sent with his loyal servant Boltfoot on a mission to his home town, Stratford-on-Avon, to investigate a conspiracy to free Mary Queen of Scots.  The conflict between …
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7
If I Knew You Were Going to be This Beautiful, I Never Would Have Let You Go If I Knew You Were Going to be This Beautiful, I Never Would Have Let You Go
Judy Chicurel
November 2014 Debut of the Month.
1972 and the teenagers of Long Island spend their time drinking, smoking and taking drugs.  The girls all experiment with sex, get pregnant, have abortions or adoptions, such is life.  The boys are all older …
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8
My Uncle Charlie My Uncle Charlie
Julie Shaw
Another riveting insight into a world of hardship and crime, where family doesn’t just matter, it means everything. The second book based on the true ‘Tales of the Notorious Hudson Family’, almost feels as though it should have been the …
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Our Vinnie The True Story of Yorkshire's Notorious Criminal Family Our Vinnie The True Story of Yorkshire’s Notorious Criminal Family
Julie Shaw
November 2014 Book of the Month.
A truly fascinating tale, sad, moving and at times repugnant, but so utterly compelling. You feel as though you have been spirited back into the 1970’s to sit on the shoulder of the Hudson family …
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10
It Started with Paris It Started with Paris
Cathy Kelly
A great read, you are never disappointed with a Cathy Kelly.  What happened in Paris was a marriage proposal.  What happens in the book is the preparation, the family entanglements, the background to the various people involved, the moving of …
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Cover revealed for Flood of Fire by Amitav Ghosh

The mesmerizing new masterpiece and final book in the bestselling Ibis trilogy from the author of Booker-shortlisted Sea of Poppies.

Flood of Fire by Amitav Ghosh

Published by John Murray 28 May 2015

It is 1839 and tension has been rapidly mounting between China and British India following the crackdown on opium smuggling by Beijing. With no resolution in sight, the colonial government declares war.

One of the vessels requisitioned for the attack, the Hind, travels eastwards from Bengal to China, sailing into the midst of the First Opium War. The turbulent voyage brings together a diverse group of travellers, each with their own agenda to pursue. Among them is Kesri Singh, a sepoy in the East India Company who leads a company of Indian sepoys; Zachary Reid, an impoverished young sailor searching for his lost love, and Shireen Modi, a determined widow en route to China to reclaim her opium-trader husband’s wealth and reputation. Flood of Fire follows a varied cast of characters from India to China, through the outbreak of the First Opium War and China’s devastating defeat, to Britain’s seizure of Hong Kong.

Flood of Fire is a thrillingly realised and richly populated novel, imbued with a wealth of historical detail, suffused with the magic of place and plotted with verve. It is a beautiful novel in its own right, and a compelling conclusion to an epic and sweeping story – it is nothing short of a masterpiece.

About the author

Amitav Ghosh was born in Calcutta in 1956. He grew up in Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and India. He studied at the universities of Delhi and Oxford and published the first of eight novels, The Circle of Reason in 1986. He currently divides his time between Calcutta, Goa and Brooklyn. The first novel in the Ibis trilogy, Sea of Poppies, was shortlisted for the Man Booker prize.  @GhoshAmitav http://www.amitavghosh.com/

‘A tremendous novel, and if Amitav Ghosh can sustain its brilliance in the two remaining parts, his Ibis trilogy will surely come to be regarded as one of the masterpieces of twenty-first-century fiction’ 

Literary Review on Sea of Poppies

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Ask the Author: Karen Maitland author of Company of Liars

By Vikki Patis

I spoke to best-selling medieval thriller author Karen Maitland about her writing process.

With many books published by several publishers, Karen Maitland deserves the title of best-selling author. Company of Liars, published by Penguin in 2008, was shortlisted for a Sue Feder Memorial Award for the best historical mystery of the year, and with very good reason. I picked up Company of Liars after a recommendation from a friend, and was blown away by Maitland’s captivating and compelling style.

Photo---Karen-Maitland_smAs well as writing her own books, Maitland is one of six historical crime writers known as the Medieval Murderers. Together with Philip Gooden, Susannah Gregory, Michael Jecks, Bernard Knight and Ian Morson, she writes an annual joint murder-mystery novel, which is published by Simon & Schuster. She also contributes a regular blog on The History Girls website on the 8th of each month.

Company of Liars came to be written after Maitland was commissioned by the National Rural Touring Company to travel from Cumbria to Cornwall with a multicultural show, and write a book about the tour. Maitland is known for her historical accuracy, with a novelist’s flair, and her extensive research is evident in her wonderful stories.

Her latest novel, The Vanishing Witch, was published by Headline in August this year, and was listed as the Best Historical Fiction for summer reading in Woman’s Own.

After enjoying The Gallow’s Curse, another fascinating historical thriller, I contacted Maitland, and she was kind enough to answer my questions about her writing process.

When Maitland understood that a novel could be about what people really felt and feared, she began to write. But she kept her writing a secret for years.

‘The first adult novel I ever read which was Graham Greene’s ‘The Power and the Glory.’ It was the first time I understood that novels could be about real people – people who weren’t beautiful, who had flaws and bad habits, normal people who when faced with torture and death would naturally want to run away. Up to then all the children’s books I’d read had been about impossible, handsome heroes who charged into danger, but you knew would always escape.’

Maitland needs three things to come together for an idea to work: location, central character, an event.

The location is very important, as, to Maitland, it is a character in a story, as it has as much personality as any character.

‘A remote village, a haunted street, a church with a strange carving or a lonely marsh. Every time I go anywhere, I am looking for a place that might inspire a future novel.’

For the central character, Maitland tends to use someone who is outside society, such as a girl with a hidden birthmark, as in The Owl Killers, a man who was castrated as a child, as in The Gallow’s Curse, or a badly scarred peddler with a strange past, as in Company of Liars.

Bizarrely, the events that inspire her historical thrillers come from things that are happening in the news now. Maitland then tries to find a parallel in the medieval period.

I know if it is happening again now, the reader will be able to relate to it. So for The Vanishing Witch it was watching the London riots of 2011 on TV were so similar to the Peasants Revolt in 1381.’

Her advice to aspiring writers is to attend as many book festivals as you can.

Editors and agents often attend them to support their authors and to network, so you frequently find yourself standing in the coffee queue next to an agent or publisher who will be far more interested in reading your manuscript if they’ve met the friendly face behind it.’

Before she was published, Maitland went to a book festival to learn more about writing from publishing authors.

‘I got chatting to someone sitting beside me in the audience, who told me about a Historical Novel festival that was coming up. I took her advice, went to the festival and there met a manuscript appraiser and talent scout who read the first few chapters of my novel, liked it, and asked if they could send it to an agent. That agent took me on and got me a brilliant publishing deal. You never know where conversations will lead, but you have to get out there and meet people.’

Once she was published, she realised that, when you are under contract for a book, you no longer have the luxury of writing when you feel like it, or leaving your book for a week because there’s a family crisis.

‘Once the publication day is set, the clock starts ticking. The publishers have to book an army of free-lancers and in-house people months in advance to work on your book – cover designers, copy-editors, type-setters, proof-readers, printers, marketing, book-sellers.’

If you miss a deadline at any stage of the writing process, from sending in the finished manuscript to answering the copy-editor’s queries, you can cost the publishers thousands, and risk your book being dropped.

So you have to be prepared to stay home while the rest of the family go on holiday, miss weddings, work through flu and ignore your best friend’s meltdown over her boyfriend to meet those deadlines. If you are not the kind of person who can do this then it’s best to self-publish, so you can decide when you want to write.’

When researching for a novel, you have to make sure you keep a note of exactly where you found each piece of information, however trivial, because a copy-editor or proof-reader will query that small detail, and ask you to check it. Keeping thorough notes is a good way of making sure you don’t waste time digging up a small piece of information.

Her next novel, The Raven’s Head, will be out in March 2015.

‘The novel is about medieval alchemy. As the central character of the book discovers to his horror, the raven’s head is the alchemist symbol of death and putrefaction. The hero of the novel also learns it isn’t a good idea to blackmail an alchemist, not if you want to live long enough to enjoy the money.’

Maitland has also just started a brand new historical thriller:

‘It’s always an exciting moment when the ideas are bubbling up and I am getting to know the characters. It’s like joining new club or moving into a new neighborhood in which everyone else knows each other, but where the author is the newbie in the group. I’m excited but nervous – what will this new group of people be like? Who will be leaders? Who will be the ones not to trust? What goes on behind those closed doors?’

She has already attended several festivals this year, including Harrogate History Festival, Guildford Festival, the Celtic Crime Festival in Northern Ireland, and the Lire en Poche Festival in Bordeaux, France.

‘One of the fantastic rewards of being a writer is that after months of being locked in solitary confinement, scribbling away, you get let out on parole to go to lovely places and talk to readers who often share amazing stories and knowledge with you. So, I am excited to see where 2015 will take me.’

She is looking forward to being one of the guest authors who will be running Fiction Writing Workshops at the AsparaWriting Festival from the 6th-13th June 2015, at Evesham, Devon.

‘I hope that festival will help aspiring novelists to realize their dreams and that I will be buying the novels of some of those new writers in a couple of years.’

Maitland always has several books on the go, in many different formats. Her current audio-book is Jerusalem by Simon Sebag Montefiore, which she describes as brilliant and the perfect audio-book.

‘The books I’m reading are: Blood and Beauty, a novel about the Borgias by Sarah Dunant. It’s changing everything I thought I knew about them. Also the The Winter Witch a beautifully written novel by Paula Brackston, and A history of Loneliness, an incredible powerful novel by the Irish writer, John Boyne.’

To find out more about her books, visit her author page on Lovereading or her website: http://www.karenmaitland.com/books

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Ask the Author : Daisy Waugh

By Vikki Patis

Daisy Waugh, author of the fantastic new novel Honeyville, spoke to me about her writing process.

Set in Trinidad, Colorado, in 1913, Honeyville tells the tale of Inez, through the eyes of prostitute Dora Whitworth, and the impact she had on so many lives.

A hooker. A mistress. A murder. This town was built on sin.

The only novel I can compare Honeyville to is The Great Gatsby. The way in which Dora narrates the story – not the story of her, but rather the story of Inez, and the way she changed the lives of the people around her – gives the reader a fascinating view of the events, and is reminiscent of the way in which Nick Carraway is obsessed with the life and impact of Jay Gatsby.

Such a narrative, alongside the beautiful yet brutal imagery and deep, incredible characters, also helps to transport the reader back in time. Such a narrative, alongside the beautiful yet brutal imagery and deep, incredible characters, also helps to transport the reader back in time. Based on the true Ludlow Massacre, Honeyville manages to give all sides of the story, from the unhappy, underpaid miners, to the ruthless National Guard, and the riot-inducing Union. Waugh shows us everything – the sadness, the desperation, the short-lived joy – in an extraordinary way. Waugh is most certainly an author with an amazing talent.

Waugh is a novelist, columnist and journalist. She has published seven novels and a travel book about her time working as a teacher in Northern Kenya. She has worked as an Agony Aunt, a restaurant critic, a property reviewer, and a general lifestyle columnist for many years. She writes a monthly column for the magazine Standpoint, and has worked for radio and TV.

I wanted to know what inspired Waugh to become an author.

‘I have written stories ever since I can remember.  It’s all I ever wanted to do. Over the years I have been given a lot of encouragement by a lot of kind and clever and helpful people …  I think I would gone ahead and done it anyway though.’

Daisy_Waugh-by-Paul-Stuart_smHer ideas come from everywhere and everything.

‘Experiences get mixed up and mashed around but in the end - everything  is copy. Perhaps it shouldn’t be, but it is.’

Waugh’s advice for aspiring writers is to, well, don’t.

‘A million pieces of advice and none at all. I think, in a nutshell, my advice would probably be ‘stick to the day job’.  It’s a lonely business, and you need a very thick skin – which no decent writer ever has. You have to be ludicrously driven to be willing to spend so many hours alone, and slightly unbalanced to persevere. I actively discourage my children from becoming writers. Trouble is, for most writers, writing is a compulsion. A disorder. A source of misery. And there’s not much money in it either. My advice? Unless you absolutely can’t help yourself, don’t. In which case, I could write a book full of advice. In fact, now I think of it…’ 

Which isn’t as depressing as it sounds. Every writer has known what it’s like to struggle, but they struggle on because writing is, as Waugh says, a compulsion, something that can’t be helped. And there’s a kind of beauty in that.

Although Waugh says that, as a writer, you are always and forever on your own, she is currently working on a screenplay as part of a team.

‘It’s a new discipline, utterly absorbing, AND I get to go to meetings!  Also I’m working on a new novel – contemporary this time, and a bit more light-hearted than the last few. Also various other projects are bubbling away. But mostly I’m working on the screenplay due to the fact the deadline is looming!’

Waugh has no plans for a book tour just yet, but would love to do one. At the time of the interview, she was reading Straw Dogs by John Gray.

‘It’s a very dense book and it is blowing my mind… It’s a book of philosophy which looks at what it is to be human … and it’s partly rather liberating, but mostly, intensely depressing. I have to read it in bursts and then spend a few days recovering. I’m also reading various screenplays. I’ve just read the screenplay for Suffragettes, which is coming out around Christmas. And I just reread the script for Withnail and I. Still brilliant after all these years!’

To find out more about Waugh and her brilliant books, visit her website, http://www.daisywaugh.co.uk/. Honeyville was released on the 20th of November. Find it on Lovereading.co.uk, the UK’s No.1 book recommendation site.

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Lovereading Christmas update

Just over five weeks to go until Christmas and, while we’re not going to whip you up into an early frenzy by mentioning exactly how many shopping days you’ve got left to get everything organised, we would like to give you a gentle festive nudge. And with free P&P on all orders over £20 and a free Lovereading Canvas Bag (worth £9.99) when you spend over £25… come Christmas you’ll be laughing into your mince pies, with more than one dollop of brandy butter….

Signed, Sealed and Lovingly Delivered – Signed First Editions

We know that a book is a thoughtful, long lasting and treasured gift. Now, you can go even further to make this Christmas a truly memorable one. How? By bagging one of our special Signed First Editions.

That’s how. What could be better than a limited edition of a first class title, signed by the author and given with love at Christmas? … You may find you get stuck under the mistletoe for a while, though.

Ho! … Ho! … How about this? Easy to find Gift Ideas

So, you want to get everyone a book this year? Or get yourself into the Christmas Spirit? Good plan. You know what sorts of things they’re into, but you’re not sure where to look? Look here. Well, Not HERE exactly. Just below here for our shelf of books full of Christmas spirit.

2015 Pre-Publication Delectation!

As ever we’re giving you the chance to have a sneak peek between the covers of some wonderful books before they hit the shelves in early 2015. Don’t miss:

A Place for Us by Harriet Evans – This novel has been a huge hit as a 4-part eBook series this autumn. Now for the paperback for all those who prefer the physical book to read. We love it because it is a gorgeously glorious read with characters that you’ll come to see as friends. And for eBook fans who can’t wait the 4th instalment is out now.

The Life I Left Behind by Colette McBeth – A gripping, twisting thriller that’s dangerous for anyone who has any work to do – you’ll want to read it in one sitting. And Hide Her Name by Nadine Dorries – As her debut The Four Streets (read our Reader Reviews) is released in paperback, a chance to get a sneak peak at her latest cinematic, powerful and engaging community drama.

‘Maxim’-um benefit … Maxim Jakubowski’s Top Tips

Regulars will be no stranger to the eminent crime, SF and erotica specialist Maxim Jakubowski. Every month he gives us the benefit of his great knowledge and discerning taste by picking a couple of stars of the genres for us. They’re almost always off the beaten track and for that reason will make perfect non ‘obvious’ gifts for Fiction fans. You know, just in case there was an event coming up where gift-giving might be a ‘thing’ … Anyway, this month Maxim’s top tips are the gem of a book World of Trouble by Ben H Winters – Poetic, moving, ethereal blend of Sci-Fi and Crime fiction. And Everything is Moving, Everything is Joined by Stella Duffy – A compassionate collection of award-winning stories exploring the darkness and quirks of human beings and the cities we live in.

From Page to Popcorn – Film Tie-ins

Eager film-makers queue to option great books all the time and a few of those hopeful light-bulb moments burst into our lives in the romance of the silver screen … with varying levels of success. This month look out for:

Wild: A Journey from Lost to Found by Cheryl Strayed – An intimate memoir of a 1,000 mile hike into the self. Watch the trailer here … then read the book!

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand – From the author of Seabiscuit, a painfully difficult, ultimately uplifting, mind-blowing true story. And it’s the story of Louis Zamperini whose inspirational story is also told in his own words, Don’t Give Up, Don’t Give In – Olympian, War veteran, air-crash survivor, Japanese P.O.W. This is a lesson in life from a real hero – completed just two days before he died aged 97.

In Short, ‘Short’ is In … Lovereading Short Stories Category

We love a good short story. Who doesn’t? They’re just right for the commute to work. Why not get two, and read one on the way home as well? A pair of shorts. Bliss. Take your pick from our lovingly compiled collection, or go with our favourite this month:

Infidelities by Kirsty Gunn – Lust, deceit, resentment, regret. Human infidelities in bite-size chunks.

Clever, page-turning intimate tales

Australian Liane Moriarty has been writing since 2005 but she has taken a while to work her way to us. Thankfully now she has and we love her novels so much we have made her last two, Little Lies and The Last Anniversary, Books of the Month. Sarah Broadhurst describes her books as ‘great reads, especially astute, and indeed amusing’ and our Reader Reviewers use words like ‘Absolutely brilliant’ ‘funny and entertaining’ ‘dark and frightening’. Visit her author page to find out more.

Not just for the teenagers

Twilight, The Hunger Games… books written for teenagers but frankly wasted on them… In the trade we call them ‘crossovers’. Well get ahead of your kids by picking up a copy of one of the books in the The Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan. Greek myth meets reality in these mind-blowing adventures with many of the characters from the Percy Jackson books. Just published are the 4th and 5th in the series The House of Hades and The Blood of Olympus.

And that is November at Lovereading … start mulling your wine and jingling your bells because Christmas is coming, people!

P.S. If you are someone who follows book awards then one of the biggies ‘The Costa Book Awards’ have just announced there five shortlists. Find out more in our Book Awards category.

P.P.S. What was your favourite book of 2014?? Well we have asked our 600 strong Reader Review panel to let us know theirs and now you all have the chance to vote. Look out for the poll on the right-hand side pages on the website – the HOME PAGE is the easiest place to find it.

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