International bestselling novel, The Garden of Evening Mists, moves to the big screen

The Garden of Evening MistsWhen a Malaysian columnist suggested in her article (back in 2012) that The Garden of Evening Mists would make a great film, little did she know that her piece would be read, and her advice taken.

‘Thanks to Aunty, a local film studio has set itself the ambitious task of turning an international bestselling novel into a movie.’ The Star

‘Suffused with a satisfying richness of colour and character, it still abounds in hidden passageways and occult corners. Mysteries and secrets persist. Tan dwells often on the borderline states, the in between areas, of Japanese art: the archer’s hiatus before the arrow speeds from the bow; the patch of skin that a master of the horimono tattoo will leave bare; or the “beautiful and sorrowful” moment “just as the last leaf is about to drop”. ’  The Independent

‘This is a novel that overflows with historical and specialist information, and like The Gift of Rain, it showcases Tan Twan Eng as a master of cultural complexities.’ The Guardian

It’s not hard to see why Henry Tan (chief operating officer for strategy, content and marketing for film company Astro), fell in love with this novel.

For the full details please see the original news article below.


The wait is over – Toby Frost Tour Dates are here!

TobyEnd of Empires, the fifth exciting instalment of the cult Space Captain Smith series, is out now.

After a very successful launch at the Forbidden Planet store in London, Toby Frost will now be touring the Waterstones stores during September and October.

We kick off the tour with an evening talk and signing at Waterstones Ipswich on Saturday 20th September from 6:30pm. Nibbles and refreshments will also be provided.

Throughout October Toby will be signing on:

Saturday 4th October – Milton Keynes (Midsummer Place) 11am till 1pm

Saturday 11th October – St. Albans 11am till 1pm

Saturday 18th October – Hemel Hempstead 11am till 1pm

Saturday 25th October – Amersham 11am till 1pm

And to top it all off the ebook has now arrived – hurrah! To purchase your ebook copy please click the link here.


P.S. Duffy makes the final in the international Dayton Literary Peace Prize

CarHuge congratulations so P.S. Duffy for reaching the final with her first novel, The Cartographer of No Man’s Land.

Celebrating the power of literature to promote peace, the Dayton Literary Peace Prize Foundation have announced the finalists for the 2014 Dayton Literary Peace Prize in fiction and nonfiction.

DaytonThe Dayton Literary Peace Prize honors writers whose work uses the power of literature to foster peace, social justice, and global understanding. Launched in 2006, it has already established itself as one of the world’s most prestigious literary honors, and is the only literary peace prize awarded in the United States. As an offshoot of the Dayton Peace Prize, the Dayton Literary Peace Prize awards a $10,000 cash prize each year to one fiction and one nonfiction author whose work advances peace as a solution to conflict, and leads readers to a better understanding of other cultures, peoples, religions, and political points of view. Additionally, the Richard C. Holbrooke Distinguished Achievement Award is bestowed upon a writer whose body of work reflects the Prize’s mission; previous honorees include Wendell Berry, Taylor Branch, Geraldine Brooks, Barbara Kingsolver, Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, Tim O’Brien, Studs Terkel, and Elie Wiesel.

For more information, and to see the list of finalists for both fiction and non-fiction, please click here.

Queen of Bedlam shortlist success for Laura Purcell

LauraLaura Purcell’s debut novel, Queen of Bedlam, has been shortlisted for the Best Historical Read at the Festival of Romantic Fiction

Shortlists were released today for the Romance Reader Awards, New Talent Award, and Romance Industry Awards. The winners will be announced at a gala awards ceremony at the Festival of Romantic Fiction on Saturday 13th September.

Awards organiser Sarah Taylor said: “With the highest number of entries the awards have had in their four year history, the standard this year was exceptionally high with many highly rated novels not making the shortlists. The breadth and depth of quality writing in romantic fiction should be celebrated and that’s what these awards are all about.”

For the full shortlist please visit the Chick Lit Uncovered website here.

Breaking Bad Wins Five Primetime Emmy Awards

Wanna CookBreaking Bad was honoured with five wins at the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards, taking home the top prize for Outstanding Drama Series, as well as awards for Outstanding Lead Actor, Outstanding Supporting Actor, Outstanding Supporting Actress and Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series.

To read the full details please click here to take you to the official Breaking Bad website.

Why not relive your experience with Breaking Bad by reading Wanna Cook?: The Complete, Unofficial Companion to Breaking Bad.

‘There are a lot of books out there that say they are the unofficial companion guides to whatever television series, but let me say up front, Ensley F. Guffey and K. Dale Koontz have found the perfect formula. Wanna Cook? is the primer for how those books should be written. — Glenn Walker, BIFF BAM POP

To purchase your copy please follow the following link below:


The New York Times calls Railroad of Death a “harrowing account”

RailroadMichiko Kakutani writing in The New York Times (18 August 2014) cites John Coast’s memoir of forced labour on the Burma Railway as a “harrowing account” that is likely source material for Richard Flanagan’s Booker longlisted novel The Narrow Road to the Deep North.

Kakutani writes that Railroad of Death makes “the fictionalised David Lean movie ‘The Bridge on the River Kwai’ – which used the building of the Burma Railway as a backdrop – seem gauzily romanticized.”

For the full report please click the following link here:  Railroad of Death – The New York Times – 8-18-14

Tan Twan Eng: 2013 book prize winner’s ‘amazing’ year

TwanEarly in 2013, author Tan Twan Eng agreed to travel from his Cape Town home to the Borders Book Festival before knowing where Melrose was.

He came for the announcement of last year’s Walter Scott Prize for historical fiction – and as it turned out, was not disappointed, either by his win or the warmth of the welcome he found in the Borders.

This week Twan sent comments specially penned for The Southern on what the win and its £25,000 cash prize meant. To see Twan’s comments please visit their website here.