Shari Low launches Because I Said So in Glasgow

Shari Low launches Because I Said So in Glasgow

Last night saw the launch of Shari Low's new non-fiction offering, Because I Said So, at Waterstones in Glasgow. 

Only silence can keep you safe

Only silence can keep you safe

Bestselling author Graham Masterton is back this spring with a new title in his thrilling Katie Maguire series, Dead Men Whistling.

Sergeant Kieran O'Regan was responsible for hunting down killers. Now he's become one of the dead: his decapitated body has been found in a graveyard, a tin whistle stuffed into his throat.

O'Regan was due to give evidence at a trial for police corruption. His gruesome murder sends a clear message to whistleblowers: only silence is safe. DCI Katie Maguire is determined to uncover the truth. But corruption in the Garda stretches back decades. As more officers are horrifically silenced, Katie must decide who she can trust... 
 
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To Read Aloud salon at the Sunday Assembly

To Read Aloud salon at the Sunday Assembly

The Sunday Assembly hosted a wonderful day with Francesco Dimitri on Sunday 18th February, with a talk on the power of words and a To Read Aloud event in the afternoon. 
 

Jane Lythell’s debut The Lie of You in production with Great Point Media

Jane Lythell’s debut The Lie of You in production with Great Point Media

Head of Zeus and Jane Lythell gathered at the British Film Institute to celebrate Lythell's latest novel, Behind Her Back, on Thursday 15th February.

Written by the former Deputy Director of the BFI and Chief Executive of BAFTA, Behind Her Back unveils the hidden world of toxic masculinity, betrayal and predation that lurks beneath the glossy veneer of television.

At the launch at the home of British film and TV, Jane announced that her debut, The Lie of You, has been adapted and will be released as a feature film later this year. 

Toxic masculinity and a loyalty-free zone: what being a TV executive is really like

Toxic masculinity and a loyalty-free zone: what being a TV executive is really like

Jane Lythell worked as a television producer and commissioning editor before becoming Deputy Director of the BFI and Chief Executive of BAFTA. Her latest novel, Behind Her Back, lifts the lid on the glamorous world of television.

For six years I worked for TV-am, the company that broadcast Good Morning Britain. We launched in 1983 with our ‘Famous Five’ presenters which included Anna Ford, Angela Rippon and David Frost.

It was the birth of breakfast TV in the UK and absolute chaos at the start. We had tiny ratings and managers were in a blind panic and turned vicious. A blame culture prevailed with editors shrieking at journalists. During this phase loyalty counted for nothing. It was a case of each person fighting to survive and some people battled their way to the top while others couldn’t take it and left the station.
 

Dispatches from the frontline of parenting

Dispatches from the frontline of parenting

The era of the yummy mummy has finally gone and in order to celebrate this, Shari Low has taken a baby wipe to the glossy veneer of the school of perfect parenting and written Because I Said So to show us the truth about motherhood in all of its sleep-deprived, frazzled glory. This is a book that every experienced, new or soon-to-be parent will relate to – well, hallelujah and praise be those who worship at the temple of Febreze.
 
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North good, south bad? Time to shed the Korea stereotypes

North good, south bad? Time to shed the Korea stereotypes

Min Jin Lee is the author of Pachinko and Free Food for Millionaires. A first-generation Korean American, she writes about the experience of Korean immigrants in Japan and the United States in her novels. This article first appeared in The Guardian.

With the Winter Olympics in full swing, the big story is the Koreans, in particular the presence in Pyeongchang of Kim Jong-un’s younger sister. It is said that analysts have been scrutinising Kim Yo-jong’s hair, makeup, dress, cheekbones, everything in microcosm. But few know very much about any of us.

How the west has lost its history and risks losing everything else

How the west has lost its history and risks losing everything else

The former great powers of the historic ‘West’ – especially Britain, the USA and France – seem to be abandoning the wisdom of maturity for senile daydreams of recovered youth. Along the way they are stirring up old hatreds, giving disturbing voice to destructive rage, and risking the collapse of their capacity for decisive, effective and just governance. At the core of this dangerous turn is an abandonment of political attention to history, understood as a clear empirical grounding in how we reached our present condition. Historical stories are deployed in public debate as little more than dangerous fantasies.

 

Cultural Dementia is a blistering assessment by David Andress, one of Britain's leading historians of the age of revolutions, showing how the West has abandoned its history and lost its bearings and its memory.

Happy Publication Day to Kate Kerrigan!

Happy Publication Day to Kate Kerrigan!

That Girl by Kate Kerrigan is published today in hardback!

From award winning author of It was Only Ever You, That Girl pulls readers straight into swinging 60s London, and has been described as the author's best book yet. 

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A novel to remind us of the fragility of humanity

A novel to remind us of the fragility of humanity

Victor Lodato's Edgar and Lucy is a family epic and a gripping mystery that has already begun to capture the hearts and minds of its readers. Read on for an exclusive extract. 
 
Eight-year-old Edgar remembers nothing of the terrible accident people still whisper about. He only knows his father is dead, his mother has a limp, and his grandmother believes in ghosts. When Edgar meets a man with his own tragic story, the boy begins a journey into a secret wilderness where nothing is clear - even the line between the living and the dead. 
 

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