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In the centenary year of the Great War, Myrmidon’s lead literary fiction title for 2014 will be The Cartographer of No Man’s Land by American novelist, P.S. Duffy, and newly acquired through literary agents Abner Stein and the author’s US agent, Julie Barer.
The centerpiece of the work is the historic assault by Canadian troops on the infamous Vimy Ridge in 1917, but the narrative alternates between the horrors of the Western Front and the effects of war on a small maritime community in Nova Scotia. It tells of an artist and navigator who, despite his pacifist upbringing, joins up in the hope of finding his missing brother-in-law.
Recently published by Norton in the US and by Penguin/Random House in Canada, The Cartographer of No Man’s Land has already been received well by North American critics and a review by Frances Itani in last week’s Washington Post described it as ‘compelling’ and as ‘an addition to the literary canon of World War I of the very best kind’.
Myrmidon’s publishing director, Ed Handyside, states that the centenary year is ‘convenient but coincidental’:
‘We’d have published it anyway. It’s quite simply the best piece of debut fiction I’ve come across for some considerable time. The stark horrors of trench warfare are painted as vividly and authentically as in the novels of Sasoon and Remarque, but amidst and despite all the trauma that afflicts both the combatants and their dependents at home, there is a controlled but strong sense of nobility that I found most affecting.’
The author, P.S. Duffy, grew up in Baltimore but spent summers sailing in Nova Scotia, which she regards as her second home. She is a science writer for the Mayo Clinic in Rochester Minnesota, where she lives with her husband. The Cartographer of No Man’s Land is her first novel.
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Tim’s latest novel, The Mandate of Heaven, is the final instalment in his Medieval China trilogy. Tim had a successful afternoon meeting and greeting customers and completely sold out of the first two books in the trilogy.
Tim will be continuing his Waterstones tour in the new year.
The Fish Short Story Prize is an established event on the literary calendar. Previous judges, Roddy Doyle, Dermot Healy and Colum McCann are honorary patrons.
Publication in the Fish Anthology (Fish Books) has been, for many authors, a stepping-stone to successful writing careers.
Myrmidon Moves Into Non-fiction To Publish Companion To Cult TV Drama Breaking Bad
Wanna Cook? will be published in May 2014, coinciding with the TV BAFTA awards at which Breaking Bad is expected to feature strongly among the nominations, and will be a 500 page paperback priced at £13.99.
For more information please see the press release here.
To see the full list of works selected please click here.
The shortlist will be announced at the end of April.
SHORTLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2012
WINNER OF THE MAN ASIAN LITERARY PRIZE 2012
WINNER OF THE WALTER SCOTT PRIZE FOR BEST HISTORICAL NOVEL 2013
Due to its success we have produced just 1,200 copies of this Limited Edition Slipcase Hardback. Each book has been signed and numbered by the author. You will receive a beautiful hardback book accompanied by a matching slipcase.
We still have a few left so if you’re looking for that unusual Christmas gift this year then why not treat yourself to this wonderful special edition.
To purchase your copy please visit Amazon here: www.amazon.co.uk
Friday 1st November saw the official book launch for Tim Murgatroyd’s latest book, The Mandate of Heaven. Over 70 people attended York Waterstones and all copies of The Mandate of Heaven were signed and sold.
The evening included a reading from actress Beth Pelleymounter and also translator, Dr Lily Chen, used the occasion to announce that The Mandate of Heaven was to be translated into Chinese. Both of Tim’s previous books set in medieval China, Taming Poison Dragons and Breaking Bamboo, have already been published in China – a fitting testament to the authenticity of Tim’s novels.
In conjunction with George Town Literary Festival 2013, this tourist trail, commissioned by Penang Global Tourism, has been designed by Su Aziz as a way for you to experience The Gift of Rain by Tan Twan Eng.
On this trail, you’ll get to know parts of Penang island mentioned in the book. From the moment you step onto the boat to absorb the sights, sounds and scents of Penang’s northern coast line – fringed by Weld Quay, Tanjung Tokong, Tanjung Bungah and Batu Ferringhi – the book’s venues and plot will begin to come alive.
For more information on this wonderful and unique opportunity please visit the Timeout website here.
Come and join us for what promises to be a great evening with a talk, Q&A and book signing.