Writer, editor, reviewer

Posts for : July 2018

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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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The Baltics Riveter 0

To celebrate London Book Fair’s Baltics Market Focus, the European Literature Network published another edition of its print magazine, The Riveter, edited by me and Riveter-in-Chief Rosie Goldsmith.

With commissioned artwork and extracts and features by London Book Fair’s three Authors of the Day – Kristina Sabaliauskaitė, Nora Ikstena and Mihkel Mutt, this may well have been our most successful magazine yet – it certainly flew out of hands.

Click here to download a free pdf of the magazine.

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Orenda Books – Spring 2018 0

 

My work for Orenda Books continues. The beginning of 2018 saw the appearance of the second ‘episode’ in Matt Wesolowski’s unusual, unsettling and unclassifiable Six Stories ‘podcast’ novels: Hydra – as disconcerting to edit as it is to read.

Alongside new titles from Orenda’s now established crime and thriller writers (Steph Broadribb, Matt Johnson, Thomas Enger, Johana Gustawsson and Gunnar Staalesen) we published our first German Krimi – Blue Night by Simone Buchholz, a book that takes the tropes of the genre and twists them into a delightful literary tour de force.

We also published our first Quebecois novel, the lyrical, poetic We Were the Salt of the Sea by Roxanne Bouchard.

Late spring saw domestic noir from Louise Voss and  L V Hay and a surprising piece of … speculative crime from Doug Johnstone – which imagines a volcano in the Firth of Forth.

The spring and summer have seen us working hard to get our autumn titles ready, and to migrate our sales and distribution to Simon & Schuster, an important move for this young publishing house.

And the autumn also brings a very pleasant surprise …

 

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The Nordic Riveter 0

In autumn 2017 I once again edited (with Riveter-in-Chief Rosie Goldsmith) The Riveter, the European Literature Network’s print magazine.

This edition was our longest so far, and was devoted to literature from the Nordic countries. Esteemed Norwegian crime writer Gunnar Staalesen was our guest editor, and we were honoured to include content from luminaries from across the region, including an exclusive extract from celebrated Icelandic author, Sjón’s Codex 1962.

Free copies of the magazine were distributed at events across the UK – and in Europe too.

Click here to download a pdf of the magazine.