The Orwell Book Prize
A.T.Williams, A Very British Killing: The Death of Baha Mousa (Jonathan Cape) won the Orwell Book Prize. This chilling, gripping book unearths damning evidence of what happened to Baha Mousa. With a controlled ferocity A.T. Williams details the shameful treatment of Mousa and other Iraqis in Basra in 2003.
There were seven books on the Orwell Prize Book shortlist this year from 210 entries:
Carmen Bugan Burying the Typewriter (Picador)
Marie Colvin On the Front Line (HarperPress)
Richard Holloway Leaving Alexandria (Canongate Books)
Pankaj Mishra From the Ruins of the Empire (Allen Lane)
Raja Shehadeh Occupation Diaries (Profile Books)
Clive Stafford Smith Injustice (Harvill Secker)
A. T. Williams A Very British Killing (Jonathan Cape)
The Orwell Prize for Journalism
This year’s Orwell Prize for Journalism was awarded jointly to Tom Bergin, for pieces published by Reuters and Andrew Norfolk, for pieces published by The Times.
There were six journalists on the Orwell Prize for Journalism shortlist this year, from a record number of 155 journalism entries:
Jamil Anderlini Financial Times
Tom Bergin Reuters
Ian Cobain Guardian
Andrew Norfolk The Times
Christina Patterson The Independent
Kim Sengupta The Independent
Gill Lewis, interviewed by Lottie Longshanks:
Gill Lewis, vet and author of Sky Hawk, White Dolphin and Moon Bear, talks to site member Lottie Longshanks about writing books about life-and-death topics, protecting wildlife, and having a tree house as an office
3 minute video about the way in which HarperCollins goes about generating book jacket designs…
BBC News visited HarperCollins publishers in London to find out how the book cover for Nathan Filer’s debut novel was created.
Orion Children’s Books has acquired a debut novel described as "a fresh and exciting new voice for middle grade readers" by Irish author Nigel Quinlan.
Editorial director Amber Caraveo bought world rights excluding US in the fantasy adventure title, Nothing to Do With Leaves, from Jenny Savill at Andrew Nurnberg Associates. The book will be published in hardback and e-book in spring 2015, and by Roaring Brook Press in the US.
Highly recommended blog post about reviewing by Tony Bradman, prompted by the announcement of Philip French’s retirement as film reviewer for the Observer:
A good critic should engage objectively and fairly with a book, and that also means not giving in to any special pleading. I’ve often heard the argument that as children’s books get so little coverage, it’s somehow ‘wrong’ to give ‘bad’ reviews. I don’t buy that, and I’m sure Philip French wouldn’t either. People sometimes forget that a professional reviewer is being paid by a newspaper or broadcaster to provide a service to readers or listeners – and to be anything other than objective and honest is taking money under false pretences.
Zoobean launched [yesterday] to make it easier for parents to find books that are the most relevant for their children.
Zoobean is a curated catalog of children’s books. Every book on the site is recommended by parents and categorized using “common sense” tags. Parents can search for books that explore specific themes, like bullying, the death of a pet, or magic as well as browse by age group, character background, or genre.
Zoobean was founded by a husband-and-wife duo who both built a carer in education. Felix Brandon Lloyd was named a Washington, D.C., Teacher of the Year for 2000-2001. He went on to build and sell a platform called Skill-Life that taught children about financial literary through online games. Jordan Lloyd Bookey is a former teacher who also directed a DC-based nonprofit supporting literacy efforts in low-income neighborhoods and is the outgoing head of Google’s K-12 Education Outreach.
Ken Robinson: How to escape education’s death valley
Want to see what London looked like back in the year 1927? Check out this beautiful color footage shot in various London locations by Claude Frisse-Greene, an early British pioneer of film. Frisse-Greene created a series of travelogues nearly 90 years ago using a color process developed by his father William Frisse-Greene.William Frisse-Greene was a British portrait photographer and a well known inventor. His experiments in the field of motion pictures led him to be known as one of the fathers of cinematography some credit him as the main inventor.
After Tomorrow by Gillian Cross, reviewed by Linda Buckley-Archer
Cross, who has won both the Carnegie and the Whitbread, is an expert storyteller: her plotting is seamless; her prose is supple and economical; she creates characters you care for, and depicts a world so plausible you can smell it. If I have a gripe with this engrossing tale, it is that the ending came too soon; small things are resolved but bigger things aren’t. I’d have loved an epilogue or the promise of a sequel. The issues Cross raises will stay with you.
New Book By Roddy Doyle – BRILLIANT – To Be Published BY Macmillan
Macmillan Children’s Books has acquired a new children’s title by Man Booker Prize-winner Roddy Doyle.
The title, Brilliant, is set in Doyle’s native Dublin, and the publisher described it as “a short, allegorical ‘quest’ novel”, with elements of magic realism.
Editor-at-large Polly Nolan bought English language rights in the UK and Commonwealth, and translation rights worldwide, in the book from John Sutton of John Sutton Management in Dublin. MCB will publish a hardback and e-book in the UK and a trade paperback in the Irish market in May 2014, with a paperback to follow in both markets five months later.
Doyle’s most recent children’s book, A Greyhound of a Girl (Marion Lloyd Books), is currently on the shortlist for the CILIP Carnegie Medal.