During the month of February I will be celebrating UK publishers and the books they publish. There will be posts from editors and publicists revealing some of their upcoming titles for 2011 as well as giving us a glimpse into their working lives. I will also be reviewing some of their titles and there will be lots of UK giveaways too. Enjoy!
Good morning BCC and thank you for asking me to write this guest post, my name is Lynsey Dalladay and I’m the Senior Press Officer at Transworld Publishers. We look after the publicity for the titles published under the imprints; Bantam Press, Bantam Books, Doubleday, Corgi, Black Swan, Eden, Expert, Channel 4 and Transworld Ireland.
What we do in publicity here at Transworld is a tricky question to answer, not because we sit around in armchairs eating jammy dodgers, but because no two days are ever the same! Publicity handles all manner of things from setting up press interviews to organising country-wide tours, and our authors always come first. A publicist’s work is never done, be it in silly costumes or at ungodly hours, we are always on hand for our authors when they need us (no calls on Sundays please!) and our main goal is raising awareness of the books we publish to the biggest audience possible.
January was really exciting, we had the new Belinda Bauer crime novel Blacklands and the prequel to R. D. Wingfield’s Frost series First Frost by James Henry, both cracking reads. We pride ourselves on our great crime fiction at Transworld and one to look out for this year is Now You See Me the new S. J. Bolton thriller out in May. It’s twistier than a slinky and features a Jack the Ripper copy cat killer! It doesn’t get more chilling than that. The Calling of the Grave by Simon Beckett, the fourth David Hunter novel is superbly plotted and I have to admit to having a soft spot for the forensic expert and in April we have the high concept thriller Before I go to Sleep by S. J. Watson.
One of the books I’m most excited about this year is The Mistress’s Revenge by Tamar Cohen which is published on the 23rd June. It is a truly phenomenal book; I read it just before Christmas and couldn’t put it down. It tells the story of the fall out of an affair and it doesn’t shy away from the scarier side of human emotions, it makes for uncomfortable reading. This also happens to have my favourite cover so far of 2011.
A book that will make you weep, (I now own shares in Kleenex) is John Boyne’s new novel The Absolutist, out in May. Boyne brings his excellent story-telling skills to the complexity of human relationships in a moving and tragic book. I missed many a tube stop due to being too engrossed in this book.
The sequel to Lee Carroll’s Black Swan Rising is out in August called The Watchtower. There were so many questions left unanswered when we last said good bye to Garet James and I can’t wait to see where the story takes us next, I’m sure our heroine will go from strength to strength.
The final chapter of Giles Kristian’s Raven series is published in April, Odin’s Wolves is a dramatic, blood soaked tale for Raven and his Viking warriors, a fitting end to the series… or is it? I have a feeling this isn’t the last we’ll see of Raven.
And my secret huge coveted title for 2011 is Terry Pratchett’s latest adult Discworld novel, currently entitled SNUFF. The manuscript will be delivered any day now and I can’t wait to read it. I’d battle dragons to get my hands on that book, which is just as well as I may have too.
These are my personal favourites but we have so many good books out this year, there’s a new Joanna Trollope, Robert Goddard, Monica Ali, Mo Hayder, and Tess Gerritsen and that only takes us up to July!
I’d love to give away a copy of all the books in red type and will leave it to BCC to find a fair way to give them away!
Lynsey and Transworld are kindly giving away a total of NINE (9) books!! To clarify which books you could win, here they are:
1. Blacklands by Belinda Bauer
2. First Frost by James Henry
3. Now You See Me by S. J. Bolton
4. The Calling of the Grave by Simon Beckett
5. Before I Go To Sleep by S. J. Watson
6. The Mistress’s Revenge by Tamar Cohen
7. The Absolutist by John Boyne
8. Black Swan Rising by Lee Carroll
9. Odin’s Wolves by Giles Kristian
All you have to do to enter is the following:
1. Leave a comment for Lynsey
4. One entry per person
This giveaway is for UK Residents Only and ends 28th Feb 2011!