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Attend – my debut novel 0

So the news is out – my debut novel, Attend, will be published by Orenda Books in autumn 2018.

As you’ll see from my other posts on this site, I work as an editor at Orenda Books, so it took a little bit of sneakiness on my part to get my novel into the submissions pile (under a different name). But I’m glad I did, because Karen Sullivan – the best publisher any author could wish for – decided she wanted to publish it.

Here’s the blurb from Orenda’s website:

When Sam falls in love with Deptford thug Derek, and Anne’s best friend Kathleen takes her own life, they discover they are linked not just by a world of drugs and revenge; they also share the friendship of the uncanny and enigmatic Deborah.

Seamstress, sailor, story-teller and self-proclaimed centenarian immortal, Deborah slowly reveals to Anne and Sam her improbable, fantastical life, a history of hidden Deptford and ultimately the solution to their crises.

With echoes of Armistead Maupin, Attend is a beautifully written, darkly funny, mesmerisingly emotive and deliciously told debut novel, rich in finely wrought characters that you will never forget.

The cover is by Orenda’s regular jacket designer, Kid Ethic (Mark Swan). Having read the book myself (ahem), I’m still stunned at how he’s managed to capture its themes and structure in one strikingly simple image.

The ebook will be released in October 2018, followed by the paperback in December 2018.

You can preorder from Amazon, Foyles, Waterstones etc etc etc…

Suffice to say, I’m ecstatic!

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A Bicycle in Amsterdam 0

I was a key contributor to literary content agency, Tibor Jones‘s team novel project, A Bicycle in Amsterdam.

The novel was conceived by Tibor Jones Creative Director, Kevin Conroy Scott. A contemporary coming-of-age story A Bicycle in Amsterdam follows 18-year-old Edith to Amsterdam where she attempts to unravel the mysterious past of her father, enigmatic artist, Edward Frank.

In collaboration with Kevin, a team of writers, of which I was one, workshopped, brainstormed and finally wrote the first draft of the novel.

Tibor Jones then contracted me to ‘ghost-write’ a final version, which was then published by Tibor Jones Studio under the author name Annuska Jones. The novel is available as an ebook.

My article about the experience of writing A Bicycle in Amsterdam is here.

 

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Best European Fiction 2015 0

In 2014 I was editor of the 2015 issue of Best European Fiction, Dalkey Archive Press’s noteworthy annual anthology.

It was a great pleasure to be set free on a huge pile of submissions from across Europe, and to select and compile what I thought were the best, most original and most interesting 33 stories.

Starting out with no clear themes in mind, I found that contemporary European writers share many of the same concerns, so it became easy for me to group together works examining an idea from different angles, and to run various threads through the selection, from Enrique Vila-Matas’s brilliant preface, through Joanna Walsh’s opening story, to Edy Poppy’s winsome Dungeness, which closes the anthology.

BEF 2015 has been well received: Daniel Hahn wrote an incisive review for The Guardian, picking up on some of the darkness I seem, through my choices, to have brought to this year’s collection!

David Hebblethwaite is reviewing the collection story by story, and so far enjoying what he finds, while the UK’s Booktrust was also very complimentary.

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