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.

The Garden of Evening Mists is included in the Irish Cert examination paper

The Garden of Evening MistsTan Twan Eng was in good company for the first exam of this year’s Junior Cert. Sherlock Holmes, Benedict Cumberbatch, Shakespeare and Caitlin Moran were just a few who featured in this year’s exams in both the ordinary and higher level papers.

Many students reported a preference for the modern drama question, which was considered easier to understand even though it contained two production questions, one more than usual.

The Unseen Poem questions were based on A Boy’s Head by Miroslav Holub, a poem about the boundlessness of the imagination. It proved difficult for weaker higher level students, according to teachers.

The Unseen Fiction section featured an extract from The Garden of Evening Mists by Tan Twan Eng, with the question: “What do you learn about human nature from your reading of the above extract?”

To see the full report from the Irish Times please click here.

The Cartographer of No Man’s Land is Lovereading’s Debut Novel of the Month

CartographerWe are delighted to announce that The Cartographer of No Man’s Land by P.S. Duffy is Lovereading’s Debut Novel of the Month for June 2014.

The Cartographer of No Man’s Land release date has been beautifully timed in the UK to coincide with the WWI centenary.

‘Moving, convincing and superbly written, The Cartographer of No Man’s Land is a novel you feel privileged to have read. From the stormy turbulent ocean off of Nova Scotia, to the tormented seas of mud that make up No Man’s Land in 1917; the story sucks you in and swallows you whole as you sink into its rich fertile depths.’  Lovereading

To read more about the promotion, to download an extract or to view the author’s Q&A session, please visit the Lovereading website here.

Taming Poison Dragons in BBC History Magazine

Taming Poison DragonsNick Rennison at BBC History Magazine has picked Taming Poison Dragons by Tim Murgatroyd in a feature about novels set in China. “Paints a colourful picture of 12th-century China,” writes Rennison.

“Yun Cai is a poet and former courtier, living in exile on his family estates and drowning sorrows in the wine jar. But when a warlord rebels against the emperor and takes one of Yun’s oldest friends hostage, the poet is forced into action.

Interweaving this story with the parallel tale of Yun’s adventures and a love affair as a young man, Tim Murgatroyd’s novel – the first in a trilogy – paints a colourful picture of 12th-century China.”

To order your copy of Taming Poison Dragons please click here.

TV Baftas 2014: Breaking Bad wins Best International series

BBBreaking Bad has won its first Bafta, beating off competition from BorgenHouse of Cards and The Returned in the Best International category.

For more details and pictures of the event please see The Independent’s article here.

If you fancy revisiting the series then why not get your hands on Wanna Cook? the unofficial companion to this award winning series. Please click here to place your order.

Reading Group Guide – The Cartographer of No Man’s Land

CartographerTo accompany the release of The Cartographer of No Man’s Land Myrmidon have created a special Reading Group Guide* to help book groups with their meetings and questions.

P.S. Duffy’s first novel is a perfect book group read with its literary style and thought provoking events this book would be an excellent choice for any reading group.

With the World War I Centenary fast approaching this wonderful novel is released on May 18th, which is quite fortuitous, for the author never envisaged her novel would be ready in time for the World War I Centenary.

To download our Reading Group Guide please click here.

*Please note that some of the questions include spoilers so it would be advisable to read the book before approaching the guide.

Fancy winning one of our new titles?

Wanna CookMyrmidon are giving away copies of three of our newest titles through Goodreads.

We have something for everyone so for all you Breaking Bad fans out there, why don’t you enter our giveaway for Wanna Cook? the unofficial companion to the award winning TV series.

To enter this giveaway click here.

 

 

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If you fancy something a little more on the non-fiction side then why not try Railroad of Death by John Coast. A bestseller in 1946, it is the first and best account of forced labour on the Burma Railway.

To enter this giveaway click here.

 

 

 

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And for all you World War I enthusiasts, why not give The Cartographer of No Man’s Land a whirl. This novel offers a soulful portrayal of World War I and the lives that were forever changed by it, both on the battlefield and at home.

To enter this giveaway click here.

The giveaways don’t finish until May 31st so you have plenty of time to enter.  Remember: you have to be in it to win it!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ten Questions with Denis Kilcommons (aka Jon Grahame)

ANGEL picToday is the release date of Jon Grahame’s second book, Angel.

Angel is the second in a post-apocolyptic trilogy and will soon be followed by the final instalment, Redemption, later in the year.

To mark the launch of Jon’s book he will be touring the Huddersfield area signing books at various Waterstones stores. Please click here for his tour dates.

Jon will also be giving various interviews throughout the month of March and if you’d like to see Jon’s first interview by Ethan Jones then please visit Ethan’s blog here.