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Welcome to Pollinger Limited
Pollinger Limited is a long-established authors' agency headed up by Lesley Pollinger, Managing Director.
Pollinger Limited's clients include writers of adult and children's fiction and non-fiction, many illustrious literary estates, as well as screenwriters and illustrators. The majority of our clients are based in the UK and our major sales base is to the UK publishing industry, and to film/TV, radio and audio and other intellectual property markets. We have associate literary agents in all parts of the world for sales of international and translation rights.
Alan Moorehead's THE DESERT WAR
To be discussed on the Today Programme, BBC Radio 4
Professor Richard Overy will be discussing Alan Moorehead’s Desert War: The classic trilogy on the North African campaign 1940-1943 on the Today Programme, BBC Radio 4 on the morning of Friday 23rd of June. Further to, he will be discussing it with top BBC Middle East correspondent Jeremy Bowen.
Brand new play: LADY CHATTERLEY'S LOVER
A new production from the English Touring Theatre, directed by Philip Breen, is an “elegant and thought-provoking production … about love and sex as rooted in a need for renewal after the hell and destruction of World War I.”
The play is touring the UK until December 2016, accompanied by a series of discussions on censorship, sex and the stage, in each venue’s local Waterstones. Find out more, and buy tickets here.
DH LAWRENCE'S THE ROCKING HORSE WINNER NOW AN OPERA
DH Lawrence’s short story, THE ROCKING HORSE WINNER has been re-interpreted for a modern audience, as an opera by Canadian librettist Anna Chatterton and Scottish composer Gareth Williams. We are very excited that the opera is now being staged by Tapestry Opera in Toronto, and is already receiving glowing reviews:
“one cannot imagine how the story could have been better told”Stage Door - Read full review
If you’re in Toronto, you can read more, and buy tickets on the Tapestry Opera website.
THE KRAKEN WAKES BY JOHN WYNDHAM ON BBC RADIO 4
Be sure to catch the brand new adaptation of THE KRAKEN WAKES by John Wyndham on BBC Radio 4; the first instalment is at 2.30pm on Saturday 28th May and the second is on Saturday 4th June. The BBC Philharmonic orchestra have joined forces with fantastic actors, Tamsin Greig and Paul Higgins as Mrs and Mr Watson, to present a modern retelling of John Wyndham's classic science fiction tale.
BRUCE MONTAGUE's LATEST BRILLIANT TITLE IS OUT!
THE BOOK OF SHAKESPEARIAN USELESS INFORMATION was published this week and has already received fantastic reviews...
'Fascinating trivia for lovers of Shakespeare' - The Argus.
Make sure you grab yourself a copy to have all the weird and wonderful facts about Shakespeare, loosely based on the lost journals that William Shakespeare never wrote! A man of many talents, Bruce is also currently starring in the West End production of Funny Girl.
SEASONS GREETINGS FROM LESLEY POLLINGER
In celebration of Pollinger's 80th year, Lesley lets us into a few of the company's oldest secrets in this charming article about the history of Pollinger. Do give it a read between mince pies and mulling! From all at Pollinger, we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
FAY SAMPSON'S 50TH BOOK PARTY
Don't miss Fay Sampson's 50th Book Party on Friday 4th December at Exeter Central Library. Fay will be there to give readings and answer questions about her incredible books. Just pop in from 2.30pm!
ADA LOVELACE, ENCHANTRESS OF NUMBERS
200 years ago, Ada Lovelace, the daughter of Lord Byron, was writing to Charles Babbage about his ‘Difference Engine’. Her letters, with their mathematical formulae, show that she understood more than most, the potential of the new computers to change society. Find out more in BBC4’s documentary: CALCULATING ADA: THE COUNTESS OF COMPUTING, 9.00pm Thursday 17 September. Brush up your knowledge beforehand, with Radio 4’s IN OUR TIME from 2008.
HAY FESTIVAL 2015
Stephen Fry has got the right idea, he is encouraging everyone to nominate Ada Lovelace to be on the next £20 note!. Nominate here "A heroic pioneer in the face of justice"
MAN BOOKER INTERNATIONAL PRIZE WINNER
A truly wonderful achievement for our New Directions author, László Krasznahorkai, who has just been announced as the winner of 2015 Man Booker International Prize. The judges said of Krasznahorkai's work: "What strikes the reader above all are the extraordinary sentences, sentences of incredible length that go to incredible lengths, their tone switching from solemn to madcap to quizzical to desolate as they go their wayward way."
HAY FESTIVAL 2015
Catherine Fisher will be at Hay Festival on Tuesday 26th May talking to Angie Sage exploring fantastical worlds on the Starlight Stage…
HOW TO LIE WITH STATISTICS BY DARRELL HUFF
Our classic book, HOW TO LIE WITH STATISTICS by Darrell Huff has been recommended by Bill Gates, as essential reading for everyone going to the TED conference
KIMBERLEY CHAMBERS' THE WRONGED
We are thrilled to announce that Kimberley Chambers’ THE WRONGED (published 12th March) is the highest new entry on the Sunday Times bestsellers list at Number 7, selling over 4000 copies in its first 3 days on sale.
HUNTER KILLERS AUTHOR AT THE EXETER PHOENIX
We are delighted to announce that HUNTER KILLERS author Iain Ballantyne will be appearing at the Exeter Phoenix on 11th March.
Ballantyne will join retired submarine captain Rob Forsyth to lift the lid on the Royal Navy's most secretive weapon and will reveal the incredible inside story of the Cold War beneath the waves. More details can be found at the Exeter Phoenix Auditorium website.
FAY SAMPSON - THE WOUNDED THORN
We are thrilled to announce the publication of Fay Sampson's THE WOUNDED THORN. The first in a new crime series... Retired history teacher Hilary and her friend Veronica find the vandalised Holy Thorn tree at Glastonbury. Then Hilary makes a more dangerous discovery in the Chalice Well Gardens. Something sinister is at work in this ancient sacred place which threatens many lives. Is the killer an eccentric pagan, a convinced Christian, or the folklore researcher in the Islamic burka? Are the two women themselves at risk unless they leave Glastonbury?
CATHERINE FISHER - THE DOOR IN THE MOON
We are celebrating the launch of Catherine Fisher's THE DOOR IN THE MOON published by Hodder Silver. It is the third book of the Chronoptika series - a dazzling new quartet blending myth, science and time travel.
HUNTER KILLERS INSPIRES ART
We are very pleased to announce that HUNTER KILLERS by our author Iain Ballantyne has inspired a major new piece of art that has just been unveiled at the Royal Navy Submarine Museum (RNSM).
A specially commissioned painting by well-known maritime artist Paul Wright has been bequeathed to the RNSM by the family of the late Lieutenant Commander Alfie Roake. The painting depicts the veteran Cold War submarine HMS Turpin, which also featured in the narrative of HUNTER KILLERS on dangerous patrols in Soviet waters while under the command of Lt Cdr Roake. Formally being presented to the RNSM by Alfie Roake's son and daughter, John and Catherine Roake, they were inspired to commission the painting and present it to the museum after reading about their father's Cold war exploits in HUNTER KILLELRS.
THE KING’S DAMOSEL AUDIOBOOK
THE KING’S DAMOSEL by Vera Chapman is out in audiobook. It’s a romantic and swashbuckling tale of chivalry set among the legendary Knights of the Round Table in the court of King Arthur, but what about the women behind the legends? Two sisters must endure hardship and adventure, in their quest for the right to true love …
The audiobook is narrated by Lucy Ter-Berg, and you can get it from Audible and iTunes. It’s published by our very own Pollinger in Print, alongside the paperback, which you can find here
We’re very pleased to say that Pollinger Limited currently has two books in the official bestseller charts. Torvill and Dean’s wonderful autobiography Our Life on Ice (Simon and Schuster) is currently at No. 31 in the Hardback Non-Fiction Chart, and Takashi Hiraide’s beguiling and elegant short novel The Guest Cat (Picador) is at No. 46 in the Paperback Fiction Chart. Brilliant news for both books, especially at this very busy time of the year.
ZEN AND THE ART OF MOTOCYCLE MAINTENANCE
Riding a motorbike across America epitomises freedom and independence, today as much as in the 1970’s. This month is the 40th anniversary of Robert Pirsig’s iconic ride chronicled in ZEN AND THE ART OF MOTORCYCLE MAINTENANCE, which was first published in September 1974. It looks below the surface of things everyday and things extraordinary, experienced on the ride, and gives us a glimpse of a better way of perceiving life. Robert Pirsig has written an introduction and afterword rooting the book in the present, which proves that it’s still as relevant today as it was in 1974.
I WAS THERE ... ALONE IN THE TRENCHES
is the incredible true story of a young girl lost in the trenches of the first world war, and how the soldiers she met there helped her find her family. This heart-warming and inspirational book is a vivid first-hand account of a child's experience of the First World War and a perfect introduction for younger readers into one of the most important stories from history. Coinciding with the First World War centenary commemorations throughout the UK, this amazing book by Pollinger’s prolific author Vince Cross, is published by Scholastic on 4 September.
POLLINGER CLIENT RACHEL CARSON HONOURED BY GOOGLE
Pollinger client Rachel Carson was honoured in a Google Doodle on 27 May, celebrating the 107th anniversary of her birth in 1907. The sea animals and birds represent her pioneering work against pollution and pesticides. SILENT SPRING is her prophetic account of the destruction of wildlife through the use of DDT. Chemical industries tried to have the book banned, but the book became a classic and now it’s the pesticides that are banned.
RACHEL CARSDON'S - THE SEA AROUND US RE-ISSUED
Rachel Carson's The Sea Around Us, the first in her classic Sea Trilogy, has just been reissued in a beautiful new edition by Unicorn Press; it is available on Amazon. Read poet John Burnside's fascinating piece on Carson's sea books in the latest New Statesman.
PLEASE NOTE OUR NEW ADDRESS
From the 14th January 2014 our new address will be...
34 - 43 Russell Street
The phone number is unchanged but our new fax number is
020 7836 9523.
100th ANNIVERSARY EDITION: SONS AND LOVERS
To mark the centenary of its publication, the Folio Society have released a stunning new edition of D. H. Lawrence’s Sons and Lovers based on the authoritative Cambridge University Press text. Illustrated by Anne-Marie Jones and introduced by award-winning author Colm Tóibín.
JUST PUBLISHED: RAINBOW BEAUTY, BLUEBERRY WISHES
We’re pleased to announce that the final title in Kelly McKain’s Rainbow Beauty trilogy has now been published. Blueberry Wishes follows Abbie and her family as their natural beauty business, Rainbow Beauty, faces its toughest competition yet. A fun new series about friends, family, first crushes and following your dreams. From Usborne Publishing, October 2013
JUST PUBLISHED: HUNTER KILLERS
Orion have just published Iain Ballantyne’s fascinating and gripping account of the dramatic untold story of the Royal Navy’s submarine service, HUNTER KILLERS. With the help of four ex-submarine captains, Iain is able to tell the epic story of the Cold War beneath the waves for the very first time, and to reveal the truth of what really happened during some of the most dramatic years of Britain’s recent history. The book has already been featured in the Sun and the Express and is sure to attract loads more feature and review coverage.
JUST PUBLISHED: HELLO, DARLINGS!
James Hogg and Robert Sellers’ fully authorized biography of Kenny Everett has just been published by Transworld. Spontaneous, hilarious, irrepressible and, of course, trail-blazing – Kenny Everett’s work in radio and TV comedy was revolutionary. Now, for the first time, his family have given the authors complete access to Kenny’s archive and papers, friends and family, to produce the definitive account of his life.
JUST PUBLISHED: DICING WITH DEATH
We’re delighted to announce that Beth Chambers’s most recent novel, Dicing with Death, has just been published by A&C Black. Max has made a deal with Death and now he’s the Grim Reaper’s Assistant! But someone is trying to bring the dead back to life, and it’s up to Max to save the day. A darkly comic fantasy adventure story for 8-12 year olds.
AN EVENING WITH SIR ROGER MOORE
We are very pleased to announce that Sir Roger Moore will again embark on a series of speaking events at theatres around the UK after the incredible success of last year’s tour. This autumn, the legendary film star will chat with biographer Gareth Owen about his astonishing life and career. From his beginnings in London as the son of a policeman to 007 and much more in between. His most recent book, Bond on Bond marks the fiftieth anniversary of James Bond.
For more information and to make bookings, please click here
JUST PUBLISHED: WILDFLOWER WOOD
AND FANCY DRESS PARTY
Liss Norton has written two new additions to the popular Secret Kingdom series. Wicked Queen Malice has cast a spell on Summer's storybook and unleashed all the fairy-tale baddies into the Secret Kingdom... Join Ellie, Summer and Jasmine as they rush to save the kingdom.
JUST PUBLISHED: FOOD DIY
Tim Hayward's Food DIY - the first comprehensive
manual for the DIY cook.
Over recent years, across much of the world, people have started rejecting shop bought food and are getting into making it themselves. The DIY food movement is spreading. But why DIY? Because it's fun, an adventure, thrifty, a great way to get your hands gloriously dirty, and because at a time when skills like baking, preserving and curing are in danger of being lost forever, it's more important than ever to learn how things work. Most importantly though, when you do it yourself you can make sure that all the food you eat is absolutely delicious. The book has been the subject of wide-ranging media attention with articles appearing in the Sunday Times, the Telegraph and the Financial Times.
JUST PUBLISHED: DOWNSIDE UP
Hayley Long’s fantastic new novel tells a story about what happens when your life gets turned uwop әp!sdn. Ronnie is totally bored. She lives in a crap, boring town with her crap, boring family, and all she wants is to escape and have the kind of life she reads about in magazines. Sometimes Ronnie makes stuff up, just to keep things interesting. Not lies, exactly, more like massive, outrageous, whopping great fibs. The thing is, people have stopped believing anything she says - she's turning into The Girl Who Cried 'Beyonce is Totally My Cousin's Best Friend'. Then one day Ronnie gets knocked out in a head to head dodgem collision. When she wakes up, her life has been turned up әp!sdn and nothing will ever be the same again..
JULY’S CLASSIC BOOK OF THE MONTH
Having just been named one of the 50 Books Every Child Should Read by the Sunday Times, we are happy to name The Snow Walker’s Son as July’s Classic Book of the Month. The first in Catherine Fisher’s The Snow Walker Trilogy, this is a timeless tale of bravery, friendship and survival. The Snow Walker’s Son lives at the end of the earth, surrounded by vast expanses of ice and thick blackness. People say he’s a monster. So when Jessa and Thorkil, the last survivors of their race, are banished to his icy castle by the terrifying ice-witch, Godrun, they fear the worst. Their journey across freezing rapids and treacherous icy wastes takes them into an unknown territory … where their arrival is awaited by an unknown terror.
JUST PUBLISHED: WHAT FRESH LUNACY IS THIS?
By Robert Sellers
Robert Sellers’ fully authorised biography of the great Oliver Reed, with full support and input from Reed’s family and friends, has just been published by Constable and has already had excellent reviews in the Sunday Times, Mail on Sunday – who called it a “brilliant and beguiling account” – and Empire magazine, with many more reviews in the national press to come.
JUST PUBLISHED: THE ETHICUREAN COOKBOOK
The Ethicurean is quietly changing the face of modern British cooking – all from a walled garden in the heart of the Mendip Hills. Their cookbook, just published by Ebury, follows a year in their magnificent kitchen and garden – and celebrates the greatest food, drink and traditions of this fair land. Ebury have lined up loads and loads of press and media coverage, including Book of the Week in the Daily Telegraph. "A splendid picture of a walled garden, tinctures, cider, bowler hats and cooking in seasons, all make up the Ethicurean" – Fergus Henderson.
JUST PUBLISHED: CORONATION WIVES by Lizzie Lane
After the stunning success of her first book WARTIME BRIDES – which has sold over 30,000 copies – Lizzie Lane returns with CORONATION WIVES, which follows the same women, Polly, Edna and Charlotte, as they come to terms with their changed lives in the aftermath of the War. It’s already at number three in the Heatseekers chart.
JUST PUBLISHED: THE 2ND DEVONS WAR DIARY: the Second Battalion Devonshire Regiment and its Lost Men 1914-1919
PiP is proud to publish this moving and authoritative work, which is historically significant and “a veritable feast”(Stand To magazine). It gives a complete account of the Battalion’s activities, written at the time by the men who were there. The author was inspired by the memory of his great uncle who was one of those killed in action, in 1916 at the age of 22.
HAYLEY LONG NOMINATED FOR COSTA BOOK OF THE YEAR
Huge and enormous congratulations to Pollinger Limited author Hayley Long who has been short-listed for the Costa Book of the Year Award 2012 in the children's book category for her brilliant and original novel WHAT'S UP WITH JODY BARTON. The category winners are announced on 3 January 2103, and the overall winner on 29 January. More information here
BOOK OF THE MONTH - NOVEMBER
CHRISTINA STEAD - FOR LOVE ALONE
A story of love and sexual obsession, Christina Stead's novel follows the journey of the free-thinking and inquisitive Theresa Hawkins on her pursuit to find her 'ideal love'. Her quest takes her from her Australian homeland to bustling 1930s London, and on a personal journey of sexual and emotional discovery. From one of the most talented Australian authors of her time, For Love Alone explores ideas about female sexuality and the ideals of young love in a troubled and war-ridden world.
THE BEST OF PUNCH CARTOONS IN COLOUR
THE BEST OF PUNCH CARTOONS IN COLOUR presents the first collection of Punch's colour cartoons and illustrations ever published, gathering the magazine's finest and funniest work in stunning colour. It brings together a feast of pictorial treats, featuring stunning colour works spanning from the 1920s to the 1990s. The book includes over 400 beautiful illustrations, vibrant cartoons and scores of stunning covers from PUNCH's Almanacks, Summer Numbers and other special issues from the 1920s and beyond. The book features a foreword by Quentin Blake, and is the perfect companion to: THE BEST OF PUNCH CARTOONS. The book is published by Carlton and is priced at £25.
HAYLEY LONG'S 'WHAT'S UP WITH JODY BARTON?'
SHORTLISTED FOR ESSEX BOOK AWARD
Congratulations to Hayley Long, whose novel WHAT'S UP WITH JODY BARTON? published by Macmillan Children's Books, has been shortlisted for the Essex Book Award. This award is aimed at Key Stage 3 students throughout Essex, and aims to inspire wider reading and foster a passion for fiction, whilst sparking debate among young readers.. For more informations on the book awards please click here.
THE OBSIDIAN MIRROR by Catherine Fisher
The novel is the first book in Catherine Fisher's new CHRONOPTIKA series. When Jake's father vanishes while working on mysterious experiments with the fanatical and reclusive Oberon Venn, he is convinced Venn has murdered him. But the truth he finds at the snow-bound Wintercombe Abbey is far stranger ... the experiments concern a black mirror, which is a gateway to the past and the future! The novel is a terrific read for lovers of YA Sci-fi and Fantasy, and is crammed full of tension and mystery.
BOND ON BOND BY SIR ROGER MOORE
The book is a celebration of the film franchise's wonderful heritage, featuring all the movies, along with a delightfully humorous account of Sir Roger's own involvement in them. This is a must-have book for all those Bond fans wanting the inside scoop on the villains, gadgets and girls. The book is published by Michael O'Mara and is priced at £25.
BOOK OF THE MONTH - SEPTEMBER
ALAN MOOREHEAD - A LATE EDUCATION
September's book of the month is A Late Education, the celebrated memoir by Alan Moorhead. The book is a tribute to Moorhead's friendship with rival journalist, Alex Clifford, and an exploration of their journey together through the Second World War. It weaves together recollections of Moorhead's childhood in Australia with the events that led him to London in 1936, and to the battles in the Western Desert and beyond. The book is published by Slightly Foxed, and is priced at £16.
JUST PUBLISHED BY A & C BLACK :
ATTACK OF THE KILLER FROGS BY PETER CLOVER
A gripping suspense story for children.
POLLINGER SUPPORTS READING FOR ALL BY TEAMING UP WITH THE LARGE PRINT BOOKSHOP
Reading is one of our greatest pleasures, but failing eyesight is becoming increasingly common. Children as well as adults are affected by a rise in impaired vision. To combat this Pollinger has teamed up with The Large Print Bookshop to bring children's books and adult classics directly into the hands of readers, with its PiP list: Pollinger in Print.
The bookshop on Pollinger's website is full of large print books as well as other paperbacks, and readers can sample the first chapter on the website. To buy the book, customers then click straight through to the Large Print Bookshop, to make the purchase. This ensures that any proceeds from the sale of PiP large print titles go straight back into the hands of people working for access to books for partially sighted readers.
MD Lesley Pollinger says "We started our PiP large print list in response to the RNIB's Right to Read campaign, and we are proud to continue supporting access to reading by our new affiliation with the Large Print Bookshop" Pollinger in Print is an imprint of authors' agents Pollinger Limited which helps clients put their backlist titles into print and ebook.
The PiP list consists of around 50 titles. The Large Print Bookshop is an online bookshop specialising in the sale of large print hardbacks and paperbacks for adults and children.
BOOK OF THE MONTH - JULY:
MICHAEL COLEMAN - FLAMING OLYMPICS
Get in the mood for London 2012 with Michael Coleman's FLAMING OLYMPICS. With riveting stories of history's more obscure Olympic events and 300 questions on each sport featuring in the upcoming London games, this book is guaranteed to keep you occupied right up until the closing ceremony!
JUST PUBLISHED BY STRIPES: THE MYSTERY OF THE CLIFF-TOP DOG and THE HAUNTED HOUSE KITTENS by KELLY MCKAIN
The first two titles in Kelly McKain's ANIMAL S.O.S. series are now available! Follow Amy and Leah as they team up to solve mysteries and rescue animals around the Cornish fishing village where they live. The two girls are very different and do not always get along but they make a formidable animal-rescuing duo.
The Mystery of the Cliff Top Dog
The Haunted House Kittens
AN EVENING WITH SIR ROGER MOORE
celebrates the release of the legendary actor's new book BOND ON BOND by offering fans the chance to listen to him discuss his extraordinary life and career. Seven tour dates are set for October at locations across Britain.
BOOK OF THE MONTH - MAY:
H.E. BATES - THE DARLING BUDS OF MAY
Set in Britain in the 1950s, this comic novel portrays a family that defies all convention. Join the Larkins as they enjoy life to the full. But be warned - do not read if you have no food in the house!
HAYLEY LONG SHORTLISTED FOR QUEEN OF TEEN AWARD
Hayley Long, author of the brilliant Lottie Biggs novels, and soon to be published What’s Up With Jody Barton? (May 2012) has been shortlisted for the prestigious Queen of Teen Award.
BOOK OF THE MONTH - APRIL:
MARY O'HARA - MY FRIEND FLICKA
This month let yourself be carried away across the plains of Wyoming to follow Ken's struggles taming Flicka and making her his very own horse. Mary O'Hara's novel has enchanted readers for over 70 years and is an excellent read for the whole family as the days get longer and sunnier.
BOOK OF THE MONTH - MARCH:
DOROTHY HUGHES - THE EXPENDABLE MAN
In the hot Arizonian landscape become engrossed in 'the Expendable Man'. A mistress of her craft Dorothy Hughes atmospheric thriller will have you captivated by the trickery and paranoia of this dark and gritty novel. Focusing on the 'wrongly accused man' will the truth ever be revealed?
BOOK OF THE MONTH - FEBRUARY:
T.F. POWYS - FABLES
Continue the resolutions of a new year by reflecting with the forgotten fables of T.F. Powys. First published in 1929 these mythical fables address the theme of good and evil, love and death and the mystery of God. Free from the constraints of realism Powys creates classic and thought provoking tales of morality, which are both original and surprising, as all good fables should be.
BOOK OF THE MONTH - JANUARY:
MEERKAT SELLING BY NICK DRAKE-KNIGHT
It’s the New Year: let your New Year’s resolution be to learn something new. Meerkat Selling by Nick Drake-Knight is a guide to the art of salesmanship from an expert in the field. Nick has advised some of the biggest retailers and car manufacturers in the UK, and even the British government. Twenty years’ experience as a consultant and his psychological insight as a trained hypnotherapist are brought to bear to create a concise step-by-step guide to retail success.
A must-buy for experienced and aspiring retailers.
BLUEBELL WOODS: NATALIE'S WINTER WONDERLAND BY LISS NORTON
Curl up with this lovely wintery tale about Natalie, a hedgehog that is determined not to sleep though all fun the other animals are going to have this winter. Will Natalie be able to stay awake until the snow begins to fall? The next story in the successful Bluebell Woods series by Liss Norton.
JUST PUBLISHED BY SELF MADE HERO: HELLRAISERS BY ROBERT SELLER’S AND JAKE
Robert Sellers has teamed up with artist JAKe to adapt his 2008 book Hellraisers into a graphic novel, which tells the stories of the four carousing legends of film: Richard Burton, Peter O’Toole, Richard Harris and Oliver Reed. One by one, the four hellraisers lay out their iniquitous histories to an embittered drunkard by the name of Martin. Caper-by-caper, illustrations are provided by JAKe, whose stylish drawings adorn many of the Star Wars franchise’s officially licenced products.
CATHERINE FISHER NAMED AS YOUNG PEOPLE'S LAUREATE
We are delighted to announce that Catherine Fisher, author of the bestselling Incarceron, has been named the first ever Young People’s Laureate for Wales. The Young People’s Laureate is a new post that looks to inspire the young people of Wales to get involved with reading and creative writing. On news of her appointment Catherine said ‘I am delighted and honoured to be chosen as the first Young People's Laureate for Wales, and I hope the project will introduce young readers to a lot of great new books!’ Catherine Fisher will make her first official appearance at the Young People’s Literature Festival at Theatr Soar Merthyr, this Thursday 20 October, alongside Huw Lewis AM, Eurig Salisbury, Mike Jenkins and many more.
JUST PUBLISHED: LITTLE ERN! - THE AUTHORIZED BIOGRAPHY OF ERNIE WISE
He's the one with the short fat hairy legs, who kept us laughing for decades, his inimitable comic timing sparking effortlessly with his madcap partner Eric. And now, at last, James Hogg and Robert Sellers have written an entertaining, funny and poignant account of Ernie's life - the first ever biography of this much-loved comedy superstar.
JUST PUBLISHED: BEYOND A JOKE: INSIDE THE DARK WORLD OF STAND-UP COMEDY
Bruce Dessau’s new book Beyond a Joke is a celebration of the stand-up comedy industry. Working as a stand-up comedy critic on both sides of the Atlantic since the 1980s, few are better stationed that Dessau to uncloak the grubby and obscure antics of the industry’s finest. From George Formby and Tommy Cooper to Bob Monkhouse and Russell Brand, Dessau has seemingly infinite quantities of dirt to dish on the merchants of mirth. The book also grapples admirably with the question of whether comedians are an inherently dysfunctional ilk, or if turning barmy is simply an occupational hazard?
SIMON CLARK WINS NOVELLA AWARD
Congratulations to Simon Clark, who has just won Best Novella at the British Fantasy Awards for his work, Humpty’s Bones. In 2002 Simon won the British Fantasy awards for Best Novel (The Night of the Triffids) and Best Short Story (Goblin City Lights) but this was his first victory in the novella category. Humpty’s Bones is the sinister tale of the excavation of a mysterious corpse by amateur archaeologist, Eden Page, whilst staying at the home of her insufferable Aunt. Simon’s thrill at winning the award was tempered only by having to leave the awards early to catch a train and, consequently, missing the presentation!
THE LOON ON THE MOON NOMINATED FOR THE SCOTTISH CHILDREN’S BOOK AWARDS
Huge congratulations to Emily Golden and Chae Strathie whose debut collaboration, The Loon on the Moon, has been nominated for The Scottish Children’s Book Awards. The awards were originally set up by the Scottish Arts Council in 1999 and are now run by Scottish Book Trust. The winners of the awards are decided entirely by children and young people in schools and libraries across Scotland, reading, discussing, reviewing and voting for their favourite books.
SIMON CLARK SHORTLISTED FOR TWO BRITISH FANTASY SOCIETY AWARDS
We are pleased to announce that author Simon Clark has had two of his books nominated for British Fantasy Society Awards. The title The Gravedigger’s Tale: Fables of Fear has been nominated in the category of Best Collection, whilst Humpty’s Bones will compete in the category of Best Novella. Simon is no stranger to British Fantasy Society Awards, scooping two awards in 2002: Best Novel (The Night of the Triffids) and Best Short Story (Goblin City Lights). The awards are now in their 39th year and are voted for by the members of the British Fantasy Society.
The winners will be announced at the Fantasycon event in Brighton during September.
PHILIP GROSS WINS CLPE POETRY AWARD 2011
Pollinger Limited would like to offer huge congratulations to Philip Gross who has just been announced as the 2011 winner of the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education’s Poetry Award for his collection ‘Off Road to Everywhere’. The collection is comprised of thirty poems intended to appeal to children and adults alike. The poems are not only brilliantly written and entertaining but they also include techniques that challenge readers to start thinking about themselves as writers and creators.
PINEAPPLE: A PLAY WRITTEN BY ROB MESSIK AND PUBLISHED BY SAMUEL FRENCH
M1 F1. A living-room It's an unremarkable Tuesday night in October. Jill and Peter Wilson live together in an immaculate Ikea-furnished flat in north-west London. Jill is pregnant. Peter has bought wine and ordered a takeaway pizza. Jill has packed her suitcases and written Peter a letter. As Peter tries to outwit the pizza delivery man to guarantee them a free order, Jill tries to get him to attend to the more pressing matter of her imminent departure.
BBC GARDENER'S WORLD LIVE SHOW: PETER WALKER INSPIRED GARDEN
The Constable series by Nicholas Rhea aka Peter Walker has been the inspiration for Ralph and Linda Nichols to create a themed garden at BBC Gardener's World Live Show, 11-19th June at the NEC Birmingham, entitled A Station Master's Garden.
CATHERINE FISHER'S INCARCERON ON BBC RADIO 4 EXTRA
The New York Times bestseller Incarceron by Catherine Fisher has been dramatised for radio and will be broadcast on BBC Radio 4 Extra (formerly Radio 7). The adaption runs for three episodes and the transmission dates are Sunday 5th June, Sunday 12th June and Sunday 19th June at 9am, with repeats at 4pm and then 5am the following morning.
JUST PUBLISHED: FLORENCE'S BIRTHDAY WISH by LISS NORTON
The first title in a new series by Liss Norton. Welcome to Bluebell Woods, where an enchanting cast of woodland creatures secretly live ... Spring is here and Florence the rabbit has a birthday coming up. She's so excited! But it seems that everyone is very busy, and she is worried no one will be around on her special day. She confides in her best friends, Honey the dormouse and Evie the hedgehog, that she would love a picnic by the Babbling Brook, but even they seem unsure whether they'll be able to make it. As the big day arrives, will Florence's celebration be everything she hopes for?
JUST PUBLISHED: CATHERINE FISHER'S THE DARK CITY
Welcome to Anara, a world mysteriously crumbling to devastation, where nothing is what it seems: Ancient relics emit technologically advanced powers, members of the old Order are hunted by the governing Watch yet revered by the people, and the great energy that connects all seems to also be destroying all. The only hope for the world lies in Galen, a man of the old Order and a Keeper of relics, and his sixteen-year-old apprentice, Raffi. They know of a secret relic with great power that has been hidden for centuries. As they search for it, they will be tested beyond their limits. For there are monsters-some human, some not-that also want the relic's power and will stop at nothing to get it.
JUST PUBLISHED: DON'T LET THE BASTARDS GRIND YOU DOWN BY ROBERT SELLERS
Robert Sellers's new book, subtitled HOW ONE GENERATION OF BRITISH ACTORS CHANGED THE WORLD, tells the story of the time in the late 50s and early 60s when a group of young actors (including Michael Caine, Sean Connery, Peter O'Toole and Albert Finney) arrived in London as unknowns. Within a decade they'd become international stars. It has already been Book of the Week in the Daily Mail, serialized in the Daily Express and called a "rollicking good read" by Lynn Barber in the Sunday Times.
MAGPIES, SQUIRRELS AND THIEVES; HOW THE VICTORIANS COLLECTED THE WORLD
Jacqueline Yallop's debut and ground-breaking non-fiction tells the stories of five intrepid and diverse Victorian collectors who travelled the world in search of the things that they were passionate about. The Express calls it "Brilliant and original". Alexandra Harris says that "this book will have a lasting influence".
SURREY HEATH LITERARY FESTIVAL 2011
Pollinger Limited is one of the official partners for the inaugural Surrey Heath book festival, which runs at Camberley Theatre from 16 to 21 May 2011, and includes appearances from numerous Pollinger Limited authors, including Vince Cross, Hayley Long, Simon Clark, Robert Sellers and Jeremy Poolman.
JUST PUBLISHED: VIC ARMSTRONG'S AUTOBIOGRAPHY, THE TRUE ADVENTURES OF THE WORLD'S GREATEST STUNTMAN
Vic's book tells the incredible and unique stories behind his career as the best-known stuntman in the film business, working with cinema greats like Spielberg, Scorsese and Schwarzenegger and stunt-doubling on legendary films like Superman, Indiana Jones and James Bond.
"Vic Armstrong is a legend" - Martin Scorsese
JEREMY POOLMAN REFLECTS ON HIS BOOK THE ROAD OF BONES AT DURHAM BOOK FESTIVAL'S RUSSIA DAY
In The Road of Bones, Jeremy Poolman gives a riveting account of life and death on Russia's greatest road: the Vladimirka, which for 200 years has seared a line through the centre of the nation's history. Bearing witness to Tsars, wars, famine, wealth, and mostly infamously, the road to the Siberian gulags, millions have travelled this road but no one has ever told its story before.
Join Jeremy Poolman as he presents his book for this event exploring the literature and life of Russia on the 16th of April at Leech Hall, St John's College, Durham.
For further information and to purchase tickets please contact 0191 334 3500 or click here
HULL TRUCK THEATRE PRESENTS LADY CHATTERLEY'S LOVER BY D. H. LAWRENCE
Adapted and directed by Nick Lane and performed by Hull Truck Theatre, the tale of infatuation, adversity and fate is brought to life in a re-working of the D.H Lawrence classic novel Lady Chatterley's Lover. Running from the 30th May until 11th June 2011.
For further information and to purchase tickets please contact 01482 323 638 or click here for more information.
THE LOON ON THE MOON CHOSEN AS A CBEEBIES
Emily Golden and Chae Stathie's fabulous first collaboration, The Loon on the Moon, nominated for the Kate Greenaway award, was read by Toby Stephens as a CBeebies Bedtime Story. Listen/watch again here
DANGER SIGNS LONGLISTED FOR INCLUSIVE BOOK AWARD
DANGER SIGNS by Michael Coleman, published by Barrington Stoke, has been longlisted for the Inclusive Children's Book Award run by the Nasen Awards
JUST PUBLISHED: THE GRAVEDIGGERS'S TALE BY SIMON CLARK
Every gravedigger has a story to tell. Some are humorous, some poignant. But most gravediggers' tales have to be placed firmly in the category of Horror. Join award-winning writer Simon Clark as he presents an array of ghosts, eerie encounters and haunted landscapes to astonish the imagination - and invoke shivers aplenty...
'Grim, gruesome and great.' SFX Magazine
PUNCH GOES TO WAR
Has been chosen as one of the best illustrated books of the year by the Daily Mail in their Christmas round-up.
CATHERINE FISHER'S CROWN OF ACORNS NOMINATED FOR THE 2011 CARNEGIE MEDAL
Congratulations to Catherine Fisher whose latest title Crown of Acorns, published by Hodder, has been nominated for the prestigious Carnegie Medal. The medal is annually awarded to the writer of an outstanding book for children as nominated by members of CILIP:the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals.
EMILY GOLDEN'S THE LOON ON THE MOON NOMINATED FOR THE 2011 KATE GREENAWAY MEDAL.
Congratulations to Emily Golden whose debut picture book The Loon on the Moon, written by Chae Strathie, has been nominated for the Kate Greenaway Medal. Established in 1955, for distinguished illustration in a book for children, the medal is awarded annually.
JUST PUBLISHED BY PREFACE: KIMBERLEY CHAMBERS’ NEW NOVEL THE TRAITOR
In this sequel to The Feud, life doesn't get any easier for Frankie Mitchell. With her father in prison awaiting trial for murder, a pregnant Frankie is forced to live with her wideboy fiancé, Jed O'Hara, in a trailer on his parents' land. Jed’s mother is intent on taking over the baby, and Jed is not the man Frankie believes him to be. However, she eventually realises that the man she loves is not only heartless, but also violent and dangerous. Petrified for the safety of herself and her family, Frankie plots the ultimate revenge. But can she actually go through with it? This fantastic book in Kimberley’s exciting trilogy is out now from Preface.
JUST PUBLISHED: THOSE IN PERIL BY FAY SAMPSON
Third in Suzie Fewings Genealogical Mysteries series following IN THE BLOOD and A MALIGNANT HOUSE.
Excellent reviews in Booklist, Library Journal and Kirkus Reviews in the US.
‘Using the dramatic English coast as the prime mover of the story, Sampson weaves smuggling, drug running and family troubles into an engrossing mystery.’ Library Journal September 2010.
JUST PUBLISHED BY USBOURNE: HALF A SISTER BY KELLY MCKAIN
‘A warm and gripping read about truth, lies and learning to trust’ – Cathy Cassidy.
Hannah’s world is turned upside-down when she discovers she has a half sister, Ellie. At first, only-child Hannah loves having ultra-cool Ellie to stay. However, things soon take a turn for the worse and Hannah hatches a plan to send Ellie back to where she came from. But when Hannah meets Ellie’s troubled mum, she starts to really appreciate the family that she has…
This heart-warming new book from Kelly McKain is out now from Usborne.
JUST PUBLISHED BY AURUM PRESS: THE VELVET UNDERGROUND: UNPEELED BY ROB JOVANOVIC
In the first complete biography for over 25 years, Rob Jovanovic tells the story of one of the most important bands in rock history – The Velvet Underground. Featuring exclusive interviews with surviving band members and other key players, Rob Jovanovic peels back the mystery surrounding the group and gives the band a fitting tribute in this fantastic biography.
JUST PUBLISHED – THE LOON ON THE MOON BY CHAE STRATHIE AND EMILY GOLDEN
Emily’s fantastic illustrated children’s book The Loon on the Moon, written by Chae Strathie, has just been published by Scholastic. Every night the Loon on the Moon collects children’s dreams to make the moon glow. One night the light on the moon goes out, and the Loon must go in search of some new dream steam. Full of whimsy and wonder, this beautiful picture book is a celebration of the power of stories and the magic of dreams - perfect for sharing at bedtime.
PHILIP GROSS WALES BOOK OF THE YEAR
Philip Gross has won the Wales Book of the Year for I SPY PINHOLE EYE. He was awarded the £10,000 prize for the Cinnamon Press collection, written to accompany pinhole photography by Simon Denison. Philip won the T S Eliot prize earlier this year for his collection THE WATER TABLE, published by Bloodaxe.
YOUNGMINDS BOOK AWARD 2010
Hayley Long’s fantastic book, LOTTIE BIGGS IS NOT DESPERATE, has been longlisted for the YoungMinds Book Award. Established in 2003, and sponsored by Booktrust, the annual book award seeks to raise awareness and create understanding of mental health needs of children and young people.
For more information on the award and YoungMinds, please click here
MCKITTERICK PRIZE 2010
Congratulations to Jacqueline Yallop, whose first novel KISSING ALICE has been shortlisted for the 2010 McKitterick Prize, which recognises first novels by writers over forty. Jacqueline has also been given a special commendation by the Orange Prize jury, praising her novel's "compelling story and fine prose"
England, Forest, Spurs and Leeds United footballer Steve Hodge's autobiography, THE MAN WITH MARADONA'S SHIRT, has just been published by Orion.
An intimate, behind-the-scenes account of the last age of innocence in football, before the Premiership. Steve kept meticulous diaries of his days in football - with Brian Clough, with England in two World Cups and of course with Maradona - and draws on these to provide a series of colourful reflections on an age that now seems a lifetime ago.
Just published, the paperback edition of Stan Cattermole's incredible and intimate memoirs, based on his successful blog.
'Fave book of the year. Ace... I laughed lots and cried twice'
Hayley Long's Lottie Biggs is NOT Desperate
Join Lottie as she scribbles her life down in her ‘Emotion Diary’, attempting to surf on the Sea of Tranquillity, trying her best not to lose it on a daily basis and not act too much like a tragic desperado.
Catherine Fisher's Crown of Acorns
From the author of the bestselling Incarceron comes an absorbing mystery thriller, Crown of Acorns. With three separate strands, in three time zones, are three characters all drawn to the mysterious healing powers of the city of Bath.
Kimberley Chambers' new novel THE FEUD
Two East End families have been embroiled in a bitter war for more than a decade: the Mitchells are a notorious underworld mob from Canning Town; their rivals, the O’Haras, are a travelling family living in Stratford.