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Writing tips from The Desmond Elliott Prize

17 July 2014 / Tips / 0 comments

The Desmond Elliott Prize, now in its seventh year, is awarded to a first novel written in English and published in the UK. It was created in memory of the charismatic publisher and literary agent Desmond Elliott, who died in August 2003. He stipulated that his estate should be invested in a charitable trust that would fund a literary award "to enrich the careers of new writers". This year's winner of the Prize was Eimear McBride for her novel A Girl is a Half-formed Thing, and she was part of a very strong shortlist with Robert Allison's The Letter Bearer and… more

Free copies of Mrs Sinclair's Suitcase

25 July 2014 / Books for reading groups / Offers / 0 comments

We have 5 reading group sets (10 copies per set) of Mrs Sinclair's Suitcase by Louise Walters for reading groups. . To apply for a set, complete this survey by 1 August. We'll ask for reviews by 1 November. Mrs Sinclair's Suitcase Roberta likes to collect the letters and postcards she finds in second-hand books. When her father… more

Belzhar Giveaway

14 July 2014 / Books for reading groups / Offers / 0 comments

We have 30 reading group sets (10 copies per set) of Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer for reading groups. Groups will also receive a downloadable reading guide, posters and review cards. To apply for a set, complete this survey by 1 August. We'll ask for reviews by 9 October. Belzhar A group of emotionally fragile, highly intelligent teenagers are… more