1. Win a copy of Herring Girl with Mslexia! They have 5 copies to give away of the ‘paranormal historical’ novel which follows the intertwining paths of a troubled boy, a psychotherapist specialising in past life regression and an unsolved murder from a past century.
     


  2. "Bennett Sims is a writer of obvious talent and literary skill." That he is Curious Animal, that he is. Want to win a copy of the talented Bennett’s fascinating new novel A QUESTIONABLE SHAPE? Enter our giveaway on Goodreads! https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/94767-a-questionable-shape
     


  3. "

    Some of us faint at the sight of it, but blood is literally the life force that courses through all our bodies.

    It may be a bizarre subject, but award-winning novelist Hill has mined a rich vein to compile this compelling account of both the scientific and social history of the substance.

    Included in this is William Harvey’s discovery of how circulation works, the doping practices in elite sport, the role of leeches in medicine ancient and modern, and the cultural significance of pure bloodlines.

    Hill has researched a fascinating and provocative study, illustrated with examples from art, literature and religious texts.

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    — Great review of Blood: A Biography of the Stuff of Life from the Daily Mail.
     


  4. Gulp Longlisted for the Winton Prize

    Gulp Longlisted for the Winton Prize

    Mary Roach’s hilarious journey into the delights and disgusts of our food, Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal has been longlisted for the Royal Society Winton Prize 2014, following hot on the heels of Sean Carroll’s win last year with Particle at the End of the Universe. The book was applauded by the judges as “an entertaining and disarming read which delves into a usually unspeakable topic with great humour and great insight.” This prestigious prize, which celebrates outstanding popular science books from around the world, is open to authors of science books written for a non-specialist audience. The shortlist will be announced on 19 September, and the final award - recently increased to £25,000 - will be awarded later in the year.

    About the book:

    The bestselling author of Stiff takes on the curious, comical intersection of delight and disgust that is eating(and what comes after).

    Eating is the most pleasurable, gross, necessary, unspeakable biological process we humans undertake. But very few of us realise what strange wet miracles of science operate inside us after every meal - let alone have pondered the results (of the research). How have physicists made crisps crispier? What do laundry detergent and saliva have in common? Was self-styled ‘nutritional economist’ Horace Fletcher right to persuade millions of people that chewing a bite of shallot 700 times would yield double the vitamins? And did Elvis actually die from constipation?

    In her trademark, laugh-out-loud style, Mary Roach breaks bread with spit connoisseurs and enema exorcists, stomach slugs, rectum-examining prison guards, and competitive hot dog eaters as she investigates the beginning - and the end - of our food.

    What people are saying about the book:

    'Witty, illuminating and at times astonishing.'
    Mail on Sunday

    'Fascinating and funny.'
    The Times

    'Far away her funniest and most sparkling book.'
    New York Times

    'The best kind of lavatory reading.'
    Sunday Telegraph

    'Insightful, sharp science writing that will have you snorting with laughter is Mary Roach's speciality.'
    New Scientist

    'Roach writes clearly, with gallows humour… compelling.'
    Evening Standard

    'A wonderful read.'
    BBC Focus

    'Joyously funny and intrepidly smart.'
    Saga

    'The funniest book by far… almost every page made me laugh out loud.'
    Sunday Times, book of the year

    'Well worth swallowing… a fascinating and funny account of the process that gives us life.'
    New Statesman

     


  5. Nice to see A BRIEF HISTORY OF SEVEN KILLINGS already starting to generate some buzz!

     


  6. Win a copy of Blood!

    Win copies of Blood

    Win a copy of Blood: A Biography of the Stuff of Life!

    It’s everywhere: from the laws of citizenship to the detection of doping in sport, from the books of the Old Testament and the acts of Macbeth to the mudbloods of Harry Potter and the vampires of Twilight. Blood fills our imagination, just as fully as it fills our veins. We have 10 proof copies of Lawrence Hill’s beautiful and thought provoking book on blood to give away. For your chance to win, just email your name and address to marketing@oneworld-publications.com by 30th June. We’ll pick 10 winners at random from all the entries received by the closing date.

    About the book:

    In this provocative exploration of the medical and social history of blood, from ancient times to today, award-winning novelist Lawrence Hill considers blood’s scientific, cultural, psychological and political aspects. He charts how our understanding of blood has developed over the centuries, sharing a close-up view of William Harvey’s bloody dissection table at which the seventeenth-century physician shocked his peers, using a live dog to prove that blood circulates. But blood isn’t just about the body, and Hill also reveals how ideas about blood purity have spawned rules on who gets to belong to a family, who enjoys the rights of citizenship and what defines a person’s identity. As Hill powerfully and lyrically conveys, blood counts in virtually every aspect of our being that matters.

    Fore more details, click here: https://www.oneworld-publications.com/blood

     


  7. Vanessa Manko has a great new website for her forthcoming novel THE INVENTION OF EXILE. Do take a look!
     


  8. "'The book, No Place to Call Home: Inside the Real Lives of Gypsies and Travellers, for once was written in the way that Gypsy and Traveller people have told it. Too many times in the past authors have written a book but been tempted to alter it and twist it, and take it out of context it, and add their own versions in, thinking that it was their readers would like to hear, just for the sake of selling the book, and for book sales, but this book hasn’t. This book tells it like it is. I’ve never seen anything like it. For me and my people it is like a breath of fresh air and we are over the moon with it. I mean that from the heart.'"
    — 
    Wonderful feedback on No Place to Call Home from Billy Welch, organiser of Appleby Fair, English Gypsy and elder and much respected sherar rom.
     


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  10. Congratulations to Joseph Boyden, author of The Orenda who was a double winner last night at the Retail Council of Canada’s 2014 Libris Awards gala in Toronto. Boyden took home best author and best fiction prizes for his novel The Orenda. The awards, which celebrate excellence across the Canadian book industry, are voted on by members of the bookselling community. The two Libris Awards join Boyden’s other acccolades for his stunning novel, including Scotiabank Giller Prize, the Governor General’s Literary Award, the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Award, and Canada Reads.