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Orenda update

It’s been an extremely busy few months at Orenda Books.

The early summer saw the publication of two debut psychological thrillers that I worked on with publisher Karen Sullivan:  Exquisite by Sarah Stovell and The Other Twin by L V Hay. Both have received a lot of positive press attention – all of which is well deserved.

In May, the great Norwegian crime writer Gunnar Staalesen won the Petrona Award for Don Bartlett’s translation of his Varg Veum novel Where Roses Never Die (edited by yours truly), just after I’d put the finishing touches to the next Gunnar/Don collaboration, Wolves in the Dark, which was published in June.

I have spent the summer months editing Louise Beech’s hilarious and heart-wrenching Maria in the Moon, and Michael J. Malone’s chilling experiment with the gothic novel, House of Spines, both out in September.

Finn, Antti Tuomainen has also branched out – this time into literary black comedy, with his hilariously dark novel, The Man Who Died, which I had the great pleasure to edit. Exclusive advance copies sold out at the Edinburgh Festival, so I hear, but other readers will have to wait for autumn to get hold of what deserves to be a major hit.

As summer comes to an end it seems I’m surrounded by snow – editing two chilly crime novels by Icelandic writers: Lilja Sigurðardóttir’s English debut Snare, and the final part in Ragnar Jónasson’s Dark Iceland series, Whiteout.

Like many lucky enough to work in publishing, I have also been able to get first looks at what will be coming up for readers in the next year: it’s going to be a good one for fans of Orenda.

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