For those of you eagerly anticipating the latest instalment of Toby Frost’s Space Captain Smith series – out in October – here’s the fantastic cover illustration, another masterpiece from Angelo Rinaldi.
So what’s in store for Smith and the crew of the John Pym? Some hints follow:
The empire of the ant-people is beginning to crumble. As the British Space Navy prepares to invade the Ghast home world, the Secret Service comes up with a daring plan – the assassination of Number One, the small and furious dictator of the Ghasts. Only one man has the qualities needed to take on a job this dangerous – Captain Isambard Smith.
But Smith has problems of his own. Captured by the ruthless – and gormless – Criminarch of Radishia, Smith and his crew must survive the deadly sport of Hyperbowl, where it’s not whether you win or lose that counts, but how you slay the game.
Now Isambard Smith faces his toughest challenge yet. In order to civilise the galaxy, he will have to win a ball game, topple a dictator and organise a party for a four-year-old. All in a day’s work for a hero of the British Space Empire – although it’s going to be a very busy day indeed.
The Peak Malaysia is an exclusive publication that reflects the aspirations of today’s achievers and corporate leaders. It inspires with stories of privilege and excellence, challenges with insightful articles and presents different perspectives on current issues.
Our very own Tan Twan Eng was interviewed in April by K.S. Mon, who had this to say:
“Man Asian Literary Prize winner, Walter Scott Prize recipient, Booker Prize and IMPAC Dublin Prize shortlister – these coveted writing accolades have been bestowed on one of our very own, Tan Twan Eng. The fruits of his labour, however, have not been gained easily. The novelist tells The Peak about his journey and what lies ahead.”
For the full interview, please click here.
What is Britain’s favourite second novel? The Royal Society of Literature is eager to find out.
The Garden of Evening Mists, by our very own Tan Twan Eng, features in this new competition that has been created to raise literacy awareness and discussion.
The winner for the Nation’s Favourite Second Novel will be announced on Wednesday 5th April so please do get your vote in before then if you haven’t already.
To read more about this post, and to cast your vote, please follow the link here.
We Talk Women interview our very own, Gavin Weston.
Gavin Weston is the author of Harmattan – set in Niger, West Africa – which chronicles the early years of Haoua, a child bride growing up in the fictional village of Wadata. Weston was a volunteer with the American NGO Africare in the eighties and, since 2011, has been an ambassador for FORWARD, a London-based NGO campaigning to end child marriage and FGM. He is a practising visual artist, a lecturer and a former Writer-in-Residence at one of Northern Ireland’s top security prisons.
For the full Q&A interview, please click here.
The Straits Times had the enormous pleasure of interviewing our very own author, Tan Twan Eng.
Finding the human in the monster, published September 18th by Lee Jian Xuan, The Straits Times.
Whether he is writing at his desk or teaching in class, the award- winning Malaysian author Tan Twan Eng is always in a neatly pressed suit, with a matching tie to boot.
Of his attire, the 44-year-old tells The Sunday Times: “I’m more comfortable in this. To me, being a writer is a job and you treat it with respect.
“To get into the mindset of writing, I have to dress the part.”
Tan, who was born in Penang and worked as an intellectual property lawyer before becoming a novelist, says his professional background gave him a leg-up in the literary world.
He says: “The years I worked at a law firm taught me how to deal with clients professionally, reply to e-mail on time and gave me discipline. One reason that my agent signed me is because of how professional my submission letter and CV looked.”
He wrote part of his first novel Gift Of Rain while studying for a master’s in shipping law (“It was just a bull**** reason to take two years off work”) in Cape Town, South Africa. He now splits his time mainly between South Africa and Malaysia.
To read the full article please click here.
A special one-off interview with Tan Twan Eng is now live on the BBC website.
‘This month we’re in The Book Lounge Bookshop in Cape Town, South Africa and talking to the Malaysian novelist Tan Twan Eng about his Man Asian Literary Prize-winning novel, The Garden of Evening Mists.
This haunting tale, set in the jungles of Malaya during and after World War II, centres on Yun Ling, the sole survivor of a Japanese prisoner-of-war camp in which her sister perished.
Driven by the desire to honour her sister’s memory through the creation of a lush and sensuous garden Yun Ling falls into a relationship with the enigmatic Japanese gardener Aritomo and begins a journey into her past, inextricably linked with the secrets of her troubled country’s history.’
(Picture: Tan Twan Eng. Credit: Lloyd Smith.)
Please Click Here for the full 50 minute interview.
The beautiful novel by Clio Gray was recently longlisted for the prestigious Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction. The wonderful blog, Chronic Bibliophilia, wrote a lovely review of The Anatomist’s Dream describing Clio’s superb use of both language and style, and her skill at creating the most intriguing and colourful characters:
‘Again and again, Gray’s characters unwittingly breach boundaries, but these breaches are a calculated and deliberate trope through which Gray manipulates her story and her audience with masterful ease.’
‘Philbert, along with the reader, is urged to consider the impact of small lives and small actions. I expect Clio Gray’s action, and the lives she has created in “The Anatomist’s Dream”, to cause ripples in the literary world for years to come.’
CentenaryNews.com has been launched to provide news and information about the 2014-2018 First World War Centenary.
It contains news items, videos, details of events, educational resources, and links to articles and blogs. The site also includes a summary of organisations who are involved with the study of the First World War, or who are planning Centenary events.
Recently Eleanor Baggley, Centenary News Books Editor, gave a glowing review of our incredibly popular novel, The Cartographer of No Man’s Land. Here’s a little taster of what Eleanor wrote about this thought-provoking novel:
‘As we approached the Centenary there was a flurry of new historical fiction based on World War One. It’s something we all expected – the subject, after all, is so rich and lends itself so easily to fiction. I’ve read some novels which have successfully captured the mood of the period and others which never quite grasped it. The Cartographer of No Man’s Land sits comfortably in that first group. P.S. Duffy has an extraordinary sense of the time and of the myriad ways men, women and children dealt with war. This, combined with a compelling story, make The Cartographer of No Man’s Land a novel worth reading.
‘For something slightly different or an alternative way of thinking about the soldier/civilian experience, I would highly recommend this novel. Not only is it a revealing examination of the transformative effect of war, it is also a beautifully written novel.’
To read the full article please visit the Centenary News website here.
Bloom is a literary site devoted to highlighting, profiling, reviewing, and interviewing authors whose first major work was published when they were age 40 or older. Bloom is also a community of artists and readers who believe that “late” is a relative term, not an absolute one, and who are interested in bringing to attention a wide variety of artistic paths — challenging any narrow, prevailing ideas about the pacing and timing of creative fruition. If someone is labeled a “late bloomer”, the question Bloom poses is, “Late” according to whom?
Freshly back from the Jersey Shore, debut novelist P.S. Duffy talks about writing her first book at age 10 although she didn’t publish her first novel until she was 65, her inability to ever return to her birth country of China, and how a stranger’s insistence that a group of men in khaki uniforms were waiting for her to tell their Great War story became her illuminating, haunting The Cartographer of No Man’s Land.
To read the full interview and Q&A please click on the link here.
Spend an evening with author Lynda Waterhouse for a discussion of art and literature inspired by Tan Twan Eng’s atmospheric novel The Garden of Evening Mists. The novel tells a story of one woman’s struggle to create a Japanese garden in the beautiful highlands of Malaya.
This book club will include a special exhibition tour of Painting Paradise: The Art of the Garden by curator Sally Goodsir and a complimentary glass of wine.
For more details of the event, and to book your ticket, please click on the link here.