Orange Prize-winner Helen Dunmore is moving from Penguin to Hutchinson, with Cornerstone publisher Selina Walker acquiring her next two books.
Walker bought UK and Commonwealth rights, excluding Canada, in two novels by Dunmore from Caradoc King of A P Watt at United Agents. The first, The Lie, is set during and just after the First World War. It tells the story of the relationship between two young men from very different backgrounds, one of whom is killed in France.
Walker said: “The Lie is a heart-wrenching story about love, memory and loss, about growing up in Cornwall in the early 20th century, about the horrors of war on the Western Front as well as its traumatic aftermath.”
Dunmore has published nine novels with Penguin, including the Orange Prize-winning A Spell of Winter, and her 2010 novel The Betrayal which was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize.
The Guardian Hot Key Books Young Writers Prize:
Two unpublished young authors have landed themselves £10,000 book deals after winning the first Guardian Hot Key Books Young Writers prize.
Vivian Versus the Apocalypse by Katie Coyle, 25, from New Jersey, and The Rig by Joe Ducie, 24, from Perth, Australia, will both be published by Hot Key Books on 5 September this year. The books were named joint winners of the award, for new writers between 18 and 25 writing for readers between 13 and 19 years old. They were picked by a panel of judges including the Guardian’s Julia Eccleshare, authors Will Hill and Elen Caldecott, bookseller John Newman and Hot Key Books publisher Emily Thomas.
Thomas said their win marked the arrival of "two fantastic new voices" in young adult fiction.
Granta has released its 2013 list of the 20 most promising young British novelists under 40, and for the first time there is a majority of women. It is also an extremely international list: the writers’ backgrounds include China, Nigeria, Ghana, the US, Bangladesh and Pakistan.
Naomi Alderman (born 1974), author of books including The Liars’ Gospel and designer of computer games.
Tahmima Anam (1975), whose Bengal Trilogy charts Bangladeshi history from the war of independence onwards.
Ned Beauman (1985), who was longlisted for the Man Booker prize for The Teleportation Accident.
Jenni Fagan (1977), whose debut, The Panopticon, was published 2012. She is also a poet.
Adam Foulds (1974) won the Costa poetry prize for his poem about the Mau Mau uprising in Kenya. His novels include The Quickening Maze, which was shortlisted for the Man Booker.
Xiaolu Guo (1973) was shortlisted for the Orange prize for A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers.
Sarah Hall (1974) has won and been shortlisted for many awards for her novels, which include How To Paint a Dead Man.
Steven Hall (1975) has published one novel, The Raw Shark Texts, which won the Somerset Maugham award.
Joanna Kavenna (1973), whose books include Come to the Edge, won the Orange prize for new writing.
Benjamin Markovits (1973) turned from professional basketball playing to writing, including a trilogy on the life of Lord Byron.
Nadifa Mohamed (1981) was born in Somalia and won the Betty Trask award for her debut, Black Mamba Boy.
Helen Oyeyemi (1984) is the author of three novels including White is for Witching.
Ross Raisin (1979) is the author of God’s Own Country, shortlisted for the Guardian first book award, and Waterline.
Sunjeev Sahota (1981) is working on his second novel, The Year of the Runaways.
Taiye Selasi (1979) has just published her debut, Ghana Must Go.
Kamila Shamsie (1973) has written five novels; the most recent, Burnt Shadows, was shortlisted for the Orange prize.
Zadie Smith (1975) is the author of four novels. The latest is NW. She was on the Granta list in 2003.
David Szalay (1974) is the author of three novels: London and the South-east, The Innocent and Spring.
Adam Thirlwell (1974) has written two novels and was on the Granta list in 2003.
Evie Wyld (1980) publishes her second novel, All the Birds, Singing, in June.
It is time for a new start, blog-wise.
The ACHUKA blog was set up in the spring of 2003 and has been added to continually since then, with the result that the database is now huge.
ACHOCKAblog was built on the Movable Type blogging platform. Over the years that platform has become less popular, and WordPress has become the blogging platform of choice.
WordPress certainly has a lot more flexibility in terms of themes and social network interactivity.
I have decided to use WordPress for the new incarnation of ACHUKA’s blog.
The old blog is therefore now ‘mothballed’. I feel rather bad saying that, but it conveys accurately the status it now has.
No new posts will be added to it, but none will be taken away.
It will remain online and searchable and prominently linked to from this new blog, but all blog links on the main site’s navigation will henceforth link to this new blog.
Give us a Thumbs Up (or a Thumbs Down) to let us know what you think of the new blog?
If it’s a Thumbs Down it would be great to have an explanatory comment posted as well.
I’ll respond to all feedback.
In his keynote at the fifth Digital Minds Conference, bestselling author and Twitter superstar Neil Gaiman kicked off the London Book Fair by likening the digital transition to being on an unruly, but exciting new frontier. "People ask me what my predictions are for publishing and how digital is changing things and I tell them my only real prediction is that is it’s all changing," Gaiman said. "Amazon, Google and all of those things probably aren’t the enemy. The enemy right now is simply refusing to understand that the world is changing."
Over his 30 minute talk Gaiman entertained and challenged his audience to think creatively about the future, conceding that he himself was “perfectly willing to acknowledge the possibility that the novelist may have been a blip” in our cultural history. “The model for tomorrow, and this is the model I’ve been using with enormous enthusiasm since I started blogging back in 2001,” Gaiman said, “is to try everything. Make mistakes. Surprise ourselves. Try anything else. Fail. Fail better. And succeed in ways we never would have imagined a year or a week ago.”
A substantial Guardian profile of Melvin Burgess includes mention of his new novel:
His latest novel, The Hit, is a dystopian thriller set in the future, which imagines a new pill known as Death. The chemistry is hazy but the concept is clear: this drug will give you the time of your life, an unbelievable high lasting a week, and then you will die. Burgess’s teenage hero Adam takes the drug. The novel is about what happens next.
Unusually, the idea for the book was offered to Burgess by someone else. Brandon Robshaw and Joe Chislett are philosophy teachers who came up with the idea of a week‑to-live drug with a group of students. They wrote a manuscript and sent it to Barry Cunningham, founder of Chicken House publishing, who bought the first Harry Potter novel for Bloomsbury before quitting to set up on his own.
Cunningham liked the idea but not the draft, so he offered Robshaw and Chislett a fee and set up a meeting with Burgess. The men got on well; Burgess made the story work on his second attempt, using many of the original elements and introducing new ones – including a beefed-up role for Adam’s girlfriend Lizzie. The book is dedicated to his two "co-conspirators".
The AAP has been tracking ebooks since 2002. That year, ebooks represented 0.05% of all trade publishing revenues. To get to the current 23% number, the biggest gains were made in 2009, 2010 and 2011, the years immediately following the 2007 launch of the Kindle. In 2008, ebooks were 1% of publisher revenue. In 2011, they were 17%. Those were the years of triple-digit growth numbers, a trend publishers thought would continue until ebooks were at 50% of revenue or more. But in 2012, according to these new numbers, growth in ebooks has hit an inflection point in the U.S.
Channel 4 Education and Chunk have today launched a new app, which lets teenagers record their sleep patterns, which is then used to build a ‘track’ for a game.
Called Zeds, the tracks created by the apps reflect the pattern of the sleep, changing features as you move from light to deep, and aims to show teenagers the effects of poor quality of sleep.
I taught myself HTML in the summer of 1997, using Laura Lemay’s Teach Yourself Web Publishing with HTML 3.2, and immediately launched the first iteration of ACHUKA, using a brash, notice-me pink and green theme, that some of you may remember.
I carried on learning from other books, becoming comfortable using PHP and MySQL within Dreamweaver.
For a while ACHUKA was a database-driven site, but I have returned to coding pages manually.
I no longer use Dreamweaver, just a code editor.
ACHUKAbooks was redesigned in the summer of 2012, using Twitter bootstrap and an intentionally plain design.
In Spring 2013 I decided the time was right to move the ACHUKA blog to the WordPress platform. The blog had been established in 2003, using Movable Type. The database is too large to migrate across to WordPress, so the old blog has been ‘mothballed’ and a new blog established.
Recently I have found video tutorials on sites such as Lynda.com the best way of learning. Currently I am working on a child theme for the WordPress theme I have adopted for the new ACHUKA blog.