Monthly Archives: June 2014

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.