Angel is the second book in Jon’s post-apocalyptic trilogy. His first book, Reaper, will also be getting a revamp with a new matching cover and the final book, Redemption, is due out later this year.
For your chance of winning a copy please visit the Goodreads website here.
Tim Murgatroyd will be visiting various branches of Waterstones in the next few weeks. He will be promoting his third book in his Chinese trilogy called The Mandate of Heaven, but Tim will also have his first two books available to purchase as well.
After his successful signing in Middlesbrough, Tim will be continuing his tour up north with the following signings:
Waterstones Harrogate – Saturday 1st March 10-12
Waterstones Northallerton – Saturday 8th March 10:30-1:30
Waterstones Durham – Saturday 15th March 12-3
For more information please visit the Waterstones website here.
“It was in early December last year when we met the award-winning writer of The Gift of Rain and The Garden of Evening Mists, Tan Twan Eng, who was in Penang for the George Town Literary Festival. Casually dressed and equipped with Hilary Mantel’s massive tome, A Place of Greater Safety, he sat down at the cafe in Penaga Hotel for a chat…”
To read his interview with Ooi Kee Beng please visit Penang Monthly’s website here.
Myrmidon has acquired the rights to Queen of Bedlam, a self-published debut novel by Laura Purcell based on the life of Queen Charlotte, wife of “mad” King George III of England. It will be the first in a series of novels about the lives of royal women from the Georgian period.
For the full review in The Bookseller please visit their website here.
The Cartographer of No Man’s Land was their book choice for January and they have a unique and interesting way of showing their understanding and enjoyment of the novels they read.
To see their Q and A with P.S.Duffy, and to see their charts and opinions, please click here to take you to their blog post.
Breaking Bad, which reached its climax in 2013 to a record audience of 10.3 million American viewers, had been a sleeper hit in America and the UK until its dramatic fifth series. However the show, which follows Walter White’s transformation from high school chemistry teacher to meth amphetamine kingpin, has always been critically acclaimed and has won Emmy awards and nominations since its debut in 2008.
Wanna Cook? is the Complete, Unofficial Breaking Bad Companion and is a comprehensive 500 page guide to all five seasons of the Emmy award and Golden Globe award winning TV drama.
The companion includes guides to every episode aired and includes details such as camerawork, settings and music, as well as in depth analysis of the wider themes of the series including the roles of violence, place, self-change, legal ethics and fan reactions.
Due for release in May 2014.
From Lionel Shriver’s Big Brother to Jim Crace’s Harvest, and from Ruth Rendell’s No Man’s Nightingale to Iain Banks’ The Quarry, Guardian readers pick their favourite reads of 2013.
Below is the review from Bob Horne based in West Yorkshire.
The Mandate of Heaven by Tim Murgatroyd (Myrmidon) completes an epic trilogy of conflict, culture and passion in medieval China as the brutal Mongol occupation of the Middle Kingdom threatens civilised ancient tradition. Its imagery is gently poetic and complements the robustness of the narrative. Far away in time and space; contemporary in issues, character and relationships. Outstanding.
For the full list of reviews please click here.
Myrmidon has acquired the rights to two original accounts by British Second World War prisoners of the Japanese who worked on the famous ‘River Kwai’ Railway, the subject of the film The Railway Man due to be released in cinemas next year.
Railroad of Death is the original classic account of the construction of the Burma Railway by John Coast, then a young officer in the Norfolk Regiment who wrote his original manuscript on the voyage home. Railroad of Death was a 1946 bestseller and provided inspiration for the film Bridge over the River Kwai and a groundbreaking 1969 BBC documentary Return to the River Kwai. Incorporating Coast’s 1969 interviews for the BBC with his Japanese captors as well as an introduction putting Coast’s experiences into context, Railroad of Death will be published in paperback and ebook in May 2014.
In November 2014 Myrmidon will republish And The Dawn Came Up Like Thunder by Leo Rawlings in hardback and ebook. An artist before the war, Rawlings drew what he witnessed around him as a prisoner of the Japanese, leading him to be unofficially commissioned after his capture to keep a visual record of the prisoners lives. The new edition will include pictures never before published as well as new commentary on Rawlings’ experiences by Dr Nigel Stanley an expert on Rawlings and the medical problems faced on the Burma Railway.
Associate Editor Justin Nash who acquired the rights directly from the families for Myrmidon said, “Both are classics steeped in humanity and crying out to be brought back to the wide audience the books previously had and deserve. Railroad of Death by John Coast was the first and the best account of the camps on the Burma Railway. It also documents the fight of a group of young officers for survival against the Japanese and frustration with the old guard of senior officers who ran the British end of the camps. And The Dawn Came Up Like Thunder by Leo Rawlings is both fascinating and unique. His eyewitness drawings and paintings vividly and uncompromisingly bring to life the diseases, hardships and other sufferings of the prisoners of war.”
The books are to be the first in a range of publications of witness testimony from ordinary soldiers from all sides in the great conflicts of the 20th century and Myrmidon are actively seeking both unpublished war diaries and classic accounts that may now be out of print.
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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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