As Frances Hardinge’s YA novel The Lie Tree takes everyone by surprise by becoming only the second children’s book to win the Costa book of the year accolade, we ask children’s books experts Julia Eccleshare and Imogen Russell-Williams to explain why it deserves the prize, and what is so great about the new generation of writer for young readers.
Audible has released an exclusive story about characters from the world of Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials series (Scholastic) on Audible.
The Collectors is set in the senior common room of an Oxford college. Two new characters, Horley and Grinstead, discuss two new works of art that Horley has added to his collection, but neither men know that the two pieces in question are about to be caught in the crossfire of a story that has travelled through time and between worlds.
The story is free to download for Audible members and is narrated by Bill Nighy.
Next year is the 20th anniversary of the first book in His Dark Materials, Northern Lights, and Scholastic is releasing a new set of special edition paperbacks.
Andy Griffiths talking to Margaret Throsby on Australian ABC Classic FM.
As with many writers of comic books, Griffiths comes across in this interview as a highly serious and thoughtful author:
John Hegley talks about his poem ‘Love Cuts’, bus conducting, busking and other matters in this recommended podcast interview recorded at the Imagine festival:
Who are you, and what is your job title?
Hello! I’m Katie and I work in UK Sales at Headline Publishing. My job title is Digital Sales Executive and I’m responsible for the day to day running of some of our key digital and audio customer accounts, as well as assisting with online and high street customer accounts too.
Describe an average day
An average day for me would include running reports to see how many books we’ve sold, preparing presentations and sales materials for forthcoming customer meetings, corresponding with customers about new titles and possible promotions, processing orders and checking that our books are displaying correctly on retailer websites.
It’s really exciting working in digital sales as it’s a growing and changing area, and it’s brilliant to see how many different ways people can now read books – from print, to ebooks and audio downloads too.
One of my favourite parts about my job is presenting new titles to our customers and being able to talk about all the fantastic books we will be publishing! We generally present titles about 3-4 months in advance, so right now we are talking about summer books but are also just starting our Christmas highlights too.
We make sure our customers have as much information as possible about our books in advance of publication – in meetings we’ll describe the books to our customers and tell them about any significant information such as publicity and marketing, as well as details about the author too, and will give proof copies of the books we present to our customers to read.
Between the whole sales team we sell our books to all of the major UK high street bookshops, supermarkets, online and digital retailers, as well as independent bookshops, wholesalers and international customers too.
Pick your favourite YA book
My favourite YA read is actually a Headline book that hasn’t been published yet – Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock (which is out in August, and available for pre order). It opens on Leonard’s 18th birthday and he has five presents to give away – four are for people who have been influential in Leonard’s life and the fifth is a present for himself – his grandfather’s WWII gun. He plans on giving all of the presents away before shooting his former best friend, and then himself. I won’t give the rest of the story away but this is a really special book with an amazing character in Leonard Peacock – it’s a brilliant read that stays with you long after you’ve finished reading. I also loved Heart Shaped Bruise by Tanya Byrne as it was a really compelling read that left me guessing right to end, and I’ve just started reading Wonder by RJ Palacio and am totally absorbed by August’s story already.