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Ask The Author: Katherine Webb

By Vikki Patis

This week, the lovely Katherine Webb was kind enough to give me an interview, ahead of her new novel The Night Falling being released in November.

katherine-webb-author-picLast year, while browsing the book section in the supermarket, I came across The Misbegotten by Katherine Webb. Intrigued by the blurb, I had to pick it up. Set in Bath in 1821, The Misbegotten tells the mysterious tale of Rachel, a governess who marries an elusive self-made businessman, and Starling, the young, feisty servant who’s bent on exposing the sinister truth of what happened to Alice, the woman she loved as a sister.

I loved the way the two stories became entwined, bringing the two women together, and casting a harsh light on the men in their lives. I raced through it, needing to devour every word, and unravel all the secrets hidden within the pages. The Misbegotten is dark, full of deceit and mystery, but also absolutely enthralling.

Gripping, beautiful, and extremely compelling, The Misbegotten is, in my humble opinion, Webb’s best novel yet. I look forward to reading The Night Falling, which is due to be released this November.

I reached out to Katherine on Facebook, to ask her about her writing process, and she was kind enough to reply.

“My mother fostered a love of books and reading in me from a very early age, but I think the urge to write my own stories was born with me”, she said, when I asked her what inspired her to start writing. “I always loved to write stories, from when I was very little.” Despite winning poetry and short story competitions while still at school, Webb didn’t write her first novel until she’d graduated from university.

And I knew at once that that was the only thing I wanted to do, career-wise. I wrote seven novels during the following ten years, whilst working and living in a variety of places and at a variety of fairly menial jobs.

Her seventh novel, The Legacy, was published by Orion in 2010.

Webb suggests that aspiring writers explore alternative avenues, such as The Arts Council, which picked up her first novel, as well as traditional ways of being published.

“Crack on. Get something finished, and if nobody is interested, start something else. You improve by practising, by actually writing. Just do it. Get something down on the page, and then rework and improve it. Get it read – by friends, family, strangers online, a writing group. Listen to their feedback – even if you get a mauling, feel misunderstood and don’t want to act on any of what they say. There is always a difference between what you think you’ve put down on the page and what people will actually find there, and you need to know how wide that gap is.”

She’s also an advocate of building a good relationship with those in the publishing industry. “Being published was a very steep learning curve for me – I had very little idea of how the industry actually works, and what would be expected of me. But I was ready to learn and help in any way I could, and I have learnt so much from working with skilled editors. I think with that attitude you can’t go far wrong.”

But, Webb says, being a commercial author and writing a book every year is hard work. “You need focus and you need to be willing to knuckle down and write, even when you don’t feel like it.”

Webb’s ideas usually begin “with a character or characters, rather than with a plot point, but that character will obviously be in a time and a place, and often a season, so the setting of the book is also revealed.” Her stories then grow and develop, seemingly of their own accord, but also in response to the extensive research Webb does.

“A novelist is not someone who writes books, a novelist is someone who generates stories they need to write down.”

Webb is currently in the research and planning stage of her next book, which has no title yet, but will be set in Oman during the Jebel War in 1958. Her fifth book for Orion, The Night Falling, which comes out in November, is set in Southern Italy in 1921. It features the unforeseen fallout of an ill-advised love affair, at a highly turbulent time in Italy’s history.

I also wanted to know what Webb is currently reading. Webb is currently reading The Garden of Evening Mists by Tan Twan Eng, which she describes as a gentle story, and beautifully written.

“I always have a book on the go, sometimes more than one, and I’m mystified when I hear about other authors who don’t read anything else while they are writing! I couldn’t do that.”

A woman after my own heart! It was an absolute pleasure speaking with Katherine, and I eagerly await the arrival of her new novel!

The Misbegotten, along with Webb’s other novels, many of which won Book of the Month, are available on Lovereading.co.uk, The UK’s Leading Book Recommendation website.

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July Summer Reading

Welcome to our mid-July email update full of hand-picked Summer Reading selections, exclusive Pre-Publication Opening Extracts, amazing free to enter prize draws (including a week’s rental of a cottage in Devon worth £1,800!) and all that’s new and exciting in the book world. Read on and enjoy…

Not Off the Press (yet) – Pre-Publication Recommendations

We like to keep you one step ahead of the game, so we’ve put together a list of books we think will head the hit parade when they’re published. Sneak a peek here and don’t miss:

Emma Hannigan’s The Summer Guest, a lovely, warm, Irish family saga of three generations of women coming together during one magical summer. Perfect for fans of Maeve Binchy. And out right now is a new eBook short story called The Wedding Weekend featuring characters from The Summer Guest and it is 99p (or less). Incredibly good value escapism while you wait for the new book.

Or the first in a hugely enjoyable fantasy adventure, Dreamwalker, from the crime writer J. D. Oswald that features Sir Benfro a dragon in a world where dragons walk upright but have also been hunted nearly to extinction by the men who fear them. A bit odd but well worth getting into.

Tell people what you think!

If you have strong views, you don’t mind sharing, and would like extra funds to help purchase your favourite books then a company we have come across, SurveyBods, is a great solution! Join their online research panel community and earn extra cash in your spare time. Fun surveys, awesome prizes and cool stuff to read about – An offer you can’t refuse!

or let us know where you like to read

Everyone has their own special place to read their favourite books. For your chance to WIN a £50 Lovereading voucher, simply ‘Like’ our facebook page and comment with your favourite place to read! 4 runners up will also WIN a Lovereading canvas book bag (which you can also buy if you can’t wait).

Ever kind to you hudlers and KOBO’ers (and lots of other eReaders for that matter) there’s a brand new bunch of our favourite eBooks for you to download and go. Click here for more. But don’t forget to look in the ‘Other Formats’ box as almost every book will be available physically and digitally.

Feeling Summer-E?  – eBooks of the Month

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Don’t miss our Literary Debut of the Summer

The Spring of Kasper Meier by Ben Fergusson is a compassionate mystery set in the desolate darkness of post-war Berlin.

Perfect for fans of Restless by William Boyd. Sarah Broadhurst called it ‘A highly impressive literary thriller’ and it was equally loved by our Reader Reviewers who described it as ‘A thrilling tale of danger, blackmail and secrets‘, ‘a heartbreaking novel‘ and ‘totally absorbing I couldn’t put it down‘.

If you try one new book this month, make it this one.


Short Story collections from Salt

If you want to read but are a bit pushed for time – or just fancy a different pace then we recommend you dip into our Short Story collections. New this month are two superlative collections from the small but perfectly formed publisher, Salt – The Best British Short Stories 2014 and The Best British Fantasy 2014 – enjoy.

Salt is also the publisher of one of our Pre-Publication titles this month, He Wants by Alison Moore. This is her second novel and you may remember her haunting and award-winning debut The Lighthouse which was shortlisted for the Man Booker.

Reading Group Recommendations for July

Looking for your next Reading Group read? We’ve a special section just for you. With featured Books of the Month, great ideas and free extracts to help you choose, your next group-read is just a click away. PLUS there are discounts when you order 5 or more books. Now that’s a talking point! Our top tip this month is:

The Art of Baking Blind by Sarah Vaughan – Changing society, relationships, motherhood, marriage … and marzipan. A deliciously inventive, compassionate and unique read.

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Maxim’s July Selections

He’s done it again. The peerless Maxim Jakubowski has trawled through books from all over the globe and chosen some great reads for us. With settings as diverse as the American underbelly, magical reality, Amsterdam’s canals, the narrow streets of Lisbon, the Pacific Islands, London, Belfast and Liverpool’s seedy side, there is something to whet the whistle of the driest of tastes. His Book of the Month is The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton. A superlative debut novel, sublime and soul-touching historical fiction – a transporting and delightful read.

…and his “Highly Recommended”, Young God by Katherine Faw Morris, is unapologetically bleak, brutal, mind-blowing and brilliant. This is one of those books that keeps you awake at night!

Top Talent Spotter – Galley Beggar Press

And just added into our Summer Reading category are two titles from an award-winning publisher with a real eye for talent, Galley Beggar Press, whose book A Girl is a Half-formed Thing by Eimear McBride recently won the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction (ex Orange). It has been joined by the sublime and captivating The White Goddess: An Encounter by Simon Gough which tells the story of the extraordinary events surrounding his relationship with his great-uncle, the famous poet, Robert Graves. It’s fiction but it’s also true!

P.S. Fans of Paranormal Romance (or just great storytelling) shouldn’t miss the amazing reviews for the All Souls Trilogy by Deborah E. Harkness or the video we have of the author reading from the final book in the trilogy, The Book of Life. To be in with a chance to win a signed first edition click here to visit our Facebook community.

P.P.S. We also have cinema tickets and some exclusive Mary Berry tea towels as prizes this month. Just visit our ‘Free Prize Draws’ category to find out more and enter.
HH-logoAnd do make sure you enter the Free Prize Draw to have a chance of winning a week’s ‘staycation’ in a luxury cottage in Devon, courtesy of Helpful Holidays.

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Ask The Author: Charlaine Harris

By Vikki Patis

It seems like the name of this particular game is “ask and you shall receive”. After sending emails out to what felt like hundreds of authors, I was absolutely stunned when I received a reply from one of my favourites – Charlaine Harris. Author of the Southern Vampire Mysteries – also known as The Sookie Stackhouse Novels – Harris is a New York Times bestselling author, who has been writing for over thirty years. She was born and raised in the Mississippi River Delta area, and her first novel, Sweet and Deadly, was published in 1981.

I’ve read all of her novels, which include the Lily Bard and Aurora Teagarden series, as well as The Harper Connelly Mysteries, the first of which was published in 2005. Harris has the ability to draw you deep into a story, creating wonderful characters, a beautiful setting, and an action-packed storyline. At times, I could really visualise Bon Temps, the fictional Louisiana town in which The Sookie Stackhouse Novels are set, and its exotic inhabitants. The series follows Sookie Stackhouse, a young waitress and telepath, who is becoming tired of being plagued by the thoughts of others. But when Bill the vampire and his silent mind walks in, everything changes. Narrated by Sookie across thirteen books, we are taken into a dark world full of vampires, shapeshifters, fairies, and all kinds of weird and wonderful creatures.

The Sookie Stackhouse Novels are fantastic, full of drama, darkness and debauchery. They’re also arguably the most popular of her novels, as they inspired the HBO drama True Blood, which is now in its final season.

Fascinated by her capacity to craft such beautiful novels, I wanted to know more about her writing process, so I bit the bullet and sent her an email. Orchestrated by her friend Paula, I received a reply from Charlaine within just a few days.

Harris always wanted to be a writer: “From the time I could read, and I understood real people wrote the books I read, I thought being a writer must be the most awesome thing on earth”. Just like many other things, writing is “all a learning curve”, and Harris gets her inspiration from everywhere. “From conversation, newspaper articles, and “what if” moments after reading some other writer. As in “the idea of women as combat soldiers is exciting, but what if they weren’t in Iraq but were on an alien planet? So they’d be tall, and green!” After a few “what if” questions, you have a whole different book, because one change has a cascade effect”.

Harris is always working on something. Her most recent novel, Midnight Crossroad, came out in May, and she’s already working on the sequel. “I’m also working on the third volume of the “Cemetery Girl” graphic novel”. Written with Christopher Golden, and illustrated by Don Kramer, the Cemetery Girl trilogy features Calexa Rose Dunhill, a girl left with no memory of her brutal past, who has made the cemetery her home. The first volume in the series was published in January.

Considering her impressive bibliography, I was particularly interested to hear any tips she might have for aspiring writers. “Put your butt in the chair and write the book”, she said. “Don’t stop until you finish. You’ll never sell a book you haven’t written. Read all the information available (and there’s a lot) about the publication process. Information about how publishing works is vital, and there’s no excuse to go in ignorant”.

Harris will be doing signing in the UK in late August and early September, before Fantasycon in York.

To book tickets for Fantasycon, visit the website. For more information on Harris’ books and appearances, check out http://charlaineharris.com/.

Fantasycon: http://www.fantasycon2014.org/

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Book Review: Billy Christ by Michael Cameron

For those who like dark, adult mystery thrillers with great twists and turns, Billy Christ is a must-read. It’s a unique, fast-paced coming-of-age page-turner, set in the turbulent 1970s and written as a fictional memoir, detailing the life of a smart boy named Billy, who believes he’s been chosen by God to be the next Christ.

BillyChrist_jktsmThe novel centers around Billy’s disturbing obsessions, mental rituals and desire to punish himself for his impure thoughts, namely by spending time in a secret clearing making sacrifices to God under the watchful gaze of his personal guardian angel. But his path from adolescence into adulthood is far from smooth. Although in some spheres of his life, he can function like a normal human being (obtaining a Cambridge degree, for instance), his route is mostly dark, twisted and—somewhat inevitably—sinful, comprising madness, sex and murder.

Bestselling author Michael Cameron has created some wonderful characters, as you would expect from someone who was a scriptwiter for hit TV shows such as The Bill and Boon. First, there’s the obnoxious gang of bullies at Billy’s Roman Catholic all-boys prep school, who form much of the backdrop. Then there’s the clergy, namely Father Rogers, who teaches Latin and Maths and has ‘perfected the art of making the boys feel terrified’.

The book also follows a girl called Diana, who causes Billy to question his own life and beliefs, and also her mother, Mrs Watson, who Billy falls in love with upon first sight and continues to fantasize about well into adulthood.

We learn about the sensible Diana through her diary entries – she is intrigued by Billy but betrays him with another boy. When she tries to make amends, however, it only makes things worse. Eventually, Diana’s mother also gets a voice through the audio tapes she makes for her psychiatrist.

Fundamentally, the book is incredibly well-written, which means that even as Billy spirals off out of control, becoming increasingly incapable of separating fantasy from reality, it is impossible for readers to not end up rooting for him or, at the very least, caring about what happens to him.

But it’s the plot that’s the real winner in this novel. Half way through, the pages turn faster and faster and by the end, you have a much clearer picture of why Billy is the way he is. Using Billy as the main, unreliable narrator helps keep you guessing until the end, and the last few pages reveal a brilliant twist that will enthral and entertain and keep you on the edge of your seat.

The pop culture references to the ’70s also add to the storyline, providing a nostalgic and familiar backdrop. In short, this is a novel filled with conflict and horrors. It’s another great read by a great writer.

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July email update

Welcome to a jam-packed, jessant, juggernaut July at Lovereading. There’s a lorry-load of life-affirming literature to share with you this month, as well as some great ideas for your Summer Reading. And the holiday theme continues with a chance to win a delectable, Devonian, luxury cottage staycation for you and up to 5 other people!

Take Your Pick – July’s Books of the Month

Whether winding down at the end of the day, grabbing some peace and quiet in a favourite park or making the commute a little more palatable, reading is a very personal pleasure. We’ve selected the pick of the bunch this month for readers of all tastes and in whatever format takes your fancy. Don’t miss our MEGA Book of the Month: We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler – And we are! This is impressive writing, gripping, heart-wrenching, with a gut-punching twist that will make you gasp aloud on the train.

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Food for Thought …. Or Thoughts on Food

We’ve got three mouth-wateringly succulent Book of the Month treats for food fans to savour:

Cook Now, Eat Later
Mary Berry
Practical advice for an easier life, from the head-girl of British cooking.

Scottish Baking
Sue Lawrence
So much more than shortbread. This is an absolute ‘stoater’ for home bakers.

The Art of Eating Well
Jasmine Hemsley, Melissa Hemsley
Two cooks on a mission to wean us off gluten, grain and sugar.

First Class – July Debuts of the Month

We’ve gathered some of the UK’s top debutants into one place for you to discover some great new authors. Did you know that nearly half of Lovereading’s top 50 titles last year were debuts so you, our members and browsers must love them?  Check out our July favourite:

The Spring of Kasper Meier by Ben Fergusson a compassionate mystery set in the desolate darkness of post-war Berlin. Perfect for fans of Restless by William Boyd. Our Reader Reviewers loved this stunning debut describing it as “gripping”, “surreal” and “vivid”.

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Oh You Like That, Huh? – Try This!

We’re pretty proud of our If You Like, You’ll Love section. You tell us what you’ve just read and loved and we (our Lovereading experts) match you with your next great read. It’s like your best friend sending you on a blind date – rather than a computer algorithm on an internet dating site. Some of this month’s new connections are…

If you like Sarah Dunant or Sarah Waters you’ll love
Ace, King, Knave
by Maria McCann
If you like The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce you’ll love
A Man Called Ove
by Fredrik Backman

If you like C .J. Sansom you’ll love
Friend & Foe: A Hew Cullan Mystery by Shirley McKay

More Lit Festival news

Curious-logo-liCurious for a Literary Festival this summer which will appeal to ALL the family? Look no further than the Curious Arts Festival (18-20 July), set in the splendid surroundings of Pylewell Park in the New Forest.

This debut festival promises a glittering celebration of talent from the worlds of literature, music, film and the visual arts – with camping, glamping and delicious food on offer it’s set to be a weekend to remember!  Lovereading members can book tickets with a special 25% discount, click here for more information and the booking page.

And London based booklovers can add some sparkle to September with literary gems Stephen Fry, Antonia Fraser and many more appearing at the Soho Literary Festival in London (24 – 28 Sept).

Book before 22 July and enjoy Lovereading’s special early bird discount of £7 per ticket – click here to find out more.

P.S. We’re championing this month and next (he’s agreed to be our Guest editor of the Month in August), none other than ‘master of the spy thriller’ Gerald Seymour.

Catch a sneak exclusive extract of his new book Vagabond which shows him writing at the top of his powers and returning to the territory of some of his greatest bestsellers, Harry’s Game, Field of Blood and The Journeyman Tailor.

Read on to see lots more hand-picked selections of books in the genres you have told us you are interested in.

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SOHO LITERARY FESTIVAL 2014 24 – 28 September 2014

Stellar line-up announced includes Stephen Fry, Michel Roux and Antonia Fraser along with a Lovereading Early Bird discount for tickets booked before 22 July – all tickets just £7. Click here to find out more and remember to use the promotional code EarlyBirdOldie’.

An end-of-summer long weekend of literary delights, hosted in the Soho Theatre on London’s Dean Street, in the capital’s liveliest district:

Stephen Fry will star in an exclusive event on PG Wodehouse on Friday 26th September.

•Interactive events such as the literary quiz with teams led by Rachel Johnson and Giles Coren, and a masterclass on matching wine with food led by Tom Parker Bowles and Rowley Leigh.

•The 2014 line-up also includes Antonia Fraser, Michel Roux, Ian Hislop and Russell Norman

•Presented by The Oldie magazine and supported by Waitrose Cellar and Arts Council England

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Soho Literary Festival marks its fourth anniversary on the London literary calendar in September 2014. With 36 unique events all taking place under one roof, the iconic Soho Theatre on Dean Street, the festival is set to take the capital by storm. Visitors are invited to spend the weekend getting up-close and personal with their literary heroes, in the theatre’s three auditoria or mingling in the bar where regular signings will take place. The events and speakers have been carefully curated to inform and excite festival-goers with a programme encompassing art, music, food, comedy and plenty of author shenanigans.

 

Highlights include Stephen Fry on the profound effects Wodehouse had on his life; BBC Panorama journalist Tom Bower delving behind the public facade of Richard Branson; Michel Roux and Russell Norman on the art of good service in restaurants; pre-eminent rock journalist Mark Ellen opening the festival to discuss forty years of life in the ludicrous music business; Britain’s most successful potter Emma Bridgewater in conversation with her illustrator husband Matthew Rice; and historian Peter Snow on the unknown tale of when Britain burned down the White House. Further headline acts and returning favourites include Private Eye editor Ian Hislop and cartoonist Nick Newman on some of the magazine’s funniest cartoons, an informative and humorous lesson on how to spot a psychopath led by Professor Simon Baron-Cohen, and the sell-out one-stop literary smorgasbord hosted by Craig Brown & Friends.

All tickets are just £7 until the 22 July. This offer can be redeemed by quoting Early Bird Oldie to the box office on 020 7478 0100 or inputing EarlyBirdOldie into the promotion code box when booking tickets online. Visit http://sohotheatre.com/whats-on/soho-literary-festival/ for more information and to book.

 

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Curious Arts Festival 18 – 20 July 2014 Pylewell Park, Lymington

Special offer for Lovereading members 25% discount on all tickets. To redeem your 25% discount off tickets visit: http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/curious-arts-festival-2014-tickets-3946682634 and enter the code: LoveReading.

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Taking place in the breath-taking grounds of Pylewell Park in the New Forest on 18th-20th July, Curious Arts Festival promises a glittering celebration of talent – mainstream and maverick, emerging and established – from the worlds of literature, music, film and the visual arts. It’s probably the only arts festival which opens with a cricket match, played in the grounds of the Park between the Authors XI and the Pylewell Park team; and at which a legendary octogenarian novelist (Fay Weldon) takes to the stage with her great nephew Roger Clarke to talk ghosts!

Against the sublime backdrop of the park, Booker prize winner DBC Pierre talks about his new novel Breakfast with the Borgias “hell is other people”, while also introducing ‘Horror of Dracula’, the first Horror Hammer film to be produced, in the film tent; celebrated authors Matt Haig, Deborah Levy, M J Hyland, Rachel Joyce, Nathan Filer (winner of this year’s Costa Prize), Neil Bartlett and Lottie Moggach each discuss their work while novelists Emma Unsworth (Animals) and John Niven (Kill Your Friends, Single White Male) get to grips with being bad.

Taking centre stage, historian Lady Antonia Fraser, is in conversation with Ben Wilson about her life and work and her most recent book, Perilous Question; while another historian, Dan Snow closes the literary event strand on Sunday night. Keeping on the history theme, Sisters of Treason author Elizabeth Freemantle discusses Tudor women, Frances Welch talks Romanovs and Rasputin, Claudia Renton delves into the lives of the Wyndham sisters with The Times chief art critic Rachel Campbell-Johnston and novelists Robert Wilton and Isabel Wolff discuss history v ‘herstory’ with Rowan Pelling.

Finally, and by no means least, Piers Torday, shortlisted for Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2014 for his first novel The Last Wild brings the magical story of Kester and the animals he loves to life in a thrilling and enchanting event for all the family. He is joined in the children’s tent by The History Keeper author Damian Dibben and Rob Lloyd Jones who has wowed children and critics alike with his wonderful new series Wild Boy.

With everything from the unusual to the original, the Curious Arts Festival will feature an early morning cartoon club for children, a breakfast club with journalists and a broadcaster discussing local and national news, as well as ‘bibliotherapy’, with books prescribed especially for each reader. Other delights will include magic, fabulous insect and bat walks with founder of insect arts festival ‘Pestival’ Bridget Nicholls, a song-writing workshop with leading broadcaster Sandy Burnett, a dedicated film-tent, live gigs every night, a pop-up bookshop, ghost stories told at midnight by MR James, a Saturday afternoon tea-party with festival partner Persephone Books, and DJ sets from HMS Sweet Charity - who only play music found in thrift stores and charity shops. And Hendrick’s are bringing their Caravan of Knowledge containing an array of delights from wondrous summer cocktails to erudite periods of learning.

To ensure guests are properly looked after, there will be delicious food served from dawn ‘til dusk, fabulous bars, and scrumptious afternoon teas. And with easy, free parking, and four events specifically for children on both Saturday and Sunday, families will be more than welcome. Why not BYOT (bring your own tent!) and camp in the extensive grounds for free, or book a luxurious outdoor glamping experience.

To redeem your 25% discount off tickets visit: http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/curious-arts-festival-2014-tickets-3946682634 and enter the code: LoveReading.

 

Festival Details:

Dates: 18-20 July 2014

Location: Pylewell Park, East End, Lymington SO41 5SJ

Accommodation: Camping and Glamping available on site

Ticket prices: Weekend Ticket £100 (includes camping); Day ticket (includes evening)

£45; Evening ticket £20 Website: www.curiousartsfestival.com

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Top Ten Books on Lovereading 15 – 22 June 2014

Lovereading.co.uk Top 10

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We are All Completely Beside Ourselves We are All Completely Beside Ourselves
Karen Joy Fowler
The effects on a family of a young sister who disappears.  It is a good third of the way through the book before you find out what it’s all about and I do hope you don’t know when you start …
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A Perfect Heritage A Perfect Heritage
Penny Vincenzi
June 2014 Book of the Month.
An author renowned for big books has surpassed herself and written a huge, 939 page, tome.  It is long, it is big, it is brilliant, perhaps her best yet.  It centres on a cosmetic company …
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Songs of Willow Frost Songs of Willow Frost
Jamie Ford
June 2014 Book of the Month.
A bittersweet tale that fluctuates back and forth between 1921 and 1934.  It follows an orphan Chinese boy, William, in Seattle who sees a beautiful Chinese woman, Willow Frost, in a film and is convinced …
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A Discovery of Witches A Discovery of Witches
Deborah E. Harkness
The first in the All Souls trilogy, it’s 640 pages of pure pleasure. Involving, intriguing and compelling, this book may look long but, trust me, it’s well worth it. The premise is that our world contains three types of supernatural …
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The Travelling Tea Shop The Travelling Tea Shop
Belinda Jones
A delightful, lighthearted romp taking you through notable places on the American East Coast over one week.  The trip is full of emotion, family drama, secrets and delicious cakes at each stop.  The transport is a red London double-decker bus …
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The Lemon Grove The Lemon Grove
Helen Walsh
A racy read, ideal for a holiday, which is where it’s set.  Almost claustrophobically focused on Jenn, her husband Greg, step-daughter Emma and Nathan, the 17 year old temptation with whom Jenn becomes obsessed. There are moments which are barely …
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Secrets of the Lighthouse Secrets of the Lighthouse
Santa Montefiore
May 2014 Book of the Month.
A richly dark and bawdy historical thriller, whether you love this book will be complicated ultimately by how you feel about Richard and his godfather James. Shadowy, unpleasant and as manipulated as they are manipulative, …
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One Step Too Far One Step Too Far
Tina Seskis
May 2014 MEGA Debut of the Month.
To say too much about this brilliant, clever, psychological thriller would be to risk giving some of its secrets away. Emily is leaving her husband and family to start a new life. As the …
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My Husband Next Door My Husband Next Door
Catherine Alliott
One of our Books of the Year 2013.
A fun and easy read, Alliot’s novel is a look at domesticity gone wrong and particularly at what happens to us when we brush things under the carpet rather than tackling them head …
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The Spring of Kasper Meier The Spring of Kasper Meier
Ben Fergusson
A highly descriptive literary thriller of post-war Berlin which brilliantly illustrates the terrible aftermath of war.  People live hand-to-mouth like rats scavenging for food and essentials in a constant state of fear.  You can feel the atmosphere dripping off the …
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How will you mark the centenary of World War One?

Perhaps with an evening with Michael Morpurgo and others to mark the centenary of the First World War on Monday 25 August 2014, 6.30pm  Kings Place, 90 York Way, London, N1 9AG?

Join bestselling author of War Horse and Private Peaceful, Michael Morpurgo for an unforgettable evening of poetry and music marking the centenary of the First World War. The evening is a cooperation between The Representation of the Government of Flanders in the UK and the ‘In Flanders Fields Museum’ in Ieper (Ypres) in Belgium.  Michael will read a selection of war poems, including some by his own grandfather, the eminent Belgian scholar, poet and playwright Emile Cammaerts, accompanied by a selection of English and Flemish songs from Coope Boyes and Simpson a cappella trio and the Paul Rans Ensemble from Flanders, Belgium capturing the spirit of the Great War.

To book tickets, call 020 7520 1490 or for more information go to kingsplace.co.uk/whats-on-book-tickets.

To find out even more detail you can download a comprehensive press release of the event by clicking here

Lovereading.co.uk also have a special category of fiction and non fiction books dedicated to World War One .

A selection of titles are shown below.

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June Summer Reading email update

In the shade of a parasol or the glare of the sun, with the splashing of the pool or some quiet time on a ‘staycation’, nothing beats a good holiday read. But how do you choose what to take with you? Fear not.

Our Summer Reading section is here to help! Scroll down to see some books organised by the reading mode you think you will be in on your holiday from fun & feel good to mysterious and thrilling.

PLUS! Win a week’s stay in an exquisite luxury cottage (sleeps 6) in beautiful Devon countryside on the edge of Dartmoor, thanks to our friends at Helpful Holidays, that would cost you £1,800 to rent for a week…. (yes really).

Hot Stuff: July Pre-Pubs

As always, we’re giving you the chance to have a sneak peek at great new titles before they hit the shelves. Our absolute Don’t Miss recommendation this month is The Spring of Kasper Meier by Ben Fergusson. A gripping, surreal and vivid debut novel set in the desolate darkness of post-war Berlin.

Spying on Crime … Maxim’s June selections

Our friend, editorial expert and world-renowned crime writing guru Maxim Jakubowski puts together a selection of great, thrilling reads for us every month. It’s heaven for Crime fans … And thrilling for Thriller readers. This month we asked him to define the difference between a Mystery and a Thriller. Turns out it’s not an easy question to answer. So, this month you’ll find thrills AND mysteries galore. Particular highlights are his ‘Book of the Month’ The Cairo Affair by Olen Steinhauer and his ‘Highly Recommended’ Murder by Sarah Pinborough.

WW1 – a focus on Fiction

No one can have missed that 2014 is the 100th anniversary of the start of the Great War and at the start of 2014 we launched a special category dedicated to our selection of some of the best non-fiction titles. Following feedback we have now included a selection of gripping fiction that this harrowing time has inspired over the years. There are too many to mention, but our particular favourites are on the shelf below.

‘Tis the Season – Literary Festivals Galore!

There’s more than one reason to love this time of year… but high on our list are the great British literature festivals springing up all summer, all over the country. Here’s three to whet your appetite:

Harrogate is the book lover’s heaven this summer, starting with Raworths Literature Festival 10 – 13 July which has an eclectic selection of top authors to inspire and entertain.  For more information see harrogateinternationalfestivals.com.

Indulge your criminal tendencies and book your tickets for the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival in Harrogate 17 – 20 July, so you won’t miss a minute of the action! And, we have two tickets to give away to hear Sophie Hannah in conversation with S.J. Watson on Saturday 19 July 2014 at 10.30am.

Writers, readers, storytellers and poets will be heading to Penzance 16 – 20  July for ‘the best Lit Fest in the West’; mingling with residents, holiday-makers and visitors to share in the joy of words – spoken, written and sung. Find out more at penzance-literary-festival.org.uk.

… And for the more far out – Loncon 3. 2014 World Sci-Fi Convention

If you like to ‘boldly go’ into the ‘brave new world’ of Sci-Fi, then don’t miss Loncon 3. The 72nd(!) World Science Fiction Convention descends on London’s Excel Centre in Docklands 14 – 18 August. With events, exhibitions and star guests it’s a truly unmissable event for Sci-Fi enthusiasts. We travelled into the future and have already been. We liked it so much, we’re going again. Why not book your ticket today?

Reading Group Recommendations for June

If you are part of – or thinking of starting – a Reading Group, we’ve a special section JUST for you. With featured Books of the Month, great ideas and free extracts to help you choose, your next group-read is just a click away. PLUS there are additional discounts over our usual discount when you order 5 or more books.

Now that’s a talking point! Our top tip this month is Songs of Willow Frost by Jamie Ford – a mesmerising and powerful tale of childhood hope, love and sadness.

Don’t miss this seriously good fantasy romance series

Author and professor of history at the University of Southern California Deborah E. Harkness may be new to you but to a growing band of aficionados she has already been clocked. Yes there are witches, vampires and daemons in this trilogy but don’t let that put you off. Literary critics have raved about it, ‘Intelligent and off-the-wall…irresistible’ and Sarah Broadhurst is a huge fan ’640 pages of pure pleasure, a rare ability to blend reality, history and fantasy’. And with the final part in the series The Book of Life out next month this series could be your summer reading sorted. Find out what all the fuss is about today.

P.S. Creamy, luxurious, intoxicating and devilishly moreish. And the drink’s quite nice too! A Girl Is a Half-formed Thing by Eimear McBride was the winner of the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction which was announced this month and you can see it and all the shortlisted titles in our Book Awards category.

So that is June at Lovereading but don’t forget to scroll down to see a selection of our Summer Reading essentials or go to our Summer Reading category to view a wider range all read and enjoyed by our Lovereading editorial experts.

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