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.

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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.

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.”

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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.

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