Sebastian Faulk's - best-selling Birdsong published 1993 - He wanted to be a taxi driver until he first read George Orwell in 1968 when he decided on becoming a novelist. Birdsong is based on experiences of his grandfather during WWI. Read Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks
Read the opening extract of the brand new Gary Sheffield book before its publication on 04/09/2014
Read the opening extract of the brand new Sue Monk Kidd book before its publication on 25/09/2014
Sarah BroadhurstWho is Sarah Broadhurst ?
Sarah Broadhurst spent her early working life in the book trade in both retail and wholesale until the arrival of children forced her to look for freelance work she could do from home.
Her position of paperback buyer in Hatchards and then director of a book wholesale company gave her a wide knowledge of all sectors of the trade. She felt the trade lacked unbiased opinion, every publisher had the “best thing since sliced bread” and she knew the trade would benefit from an independent overview of the book published each month. She sold her idea to the trade journal The Bookseller and has, for the last 25 years, been writing a monthly article (from home!) on the new paperbacks on offer.
Over the years her opinion has become highly valued in the trade and she has become an expert in her field, contributing to many radio and television shows and reviewing in a wide range of newspapers and magazines from the Daily Express to Good Housekeeping.
Her speciality is supporting new authors. Writers who have a tough time getting recognised. She has backed unknown first novels from the likes of Terry Pratchett, Joanna Trollope and Minette Walters and joins us now in introducing some of the unknown stars of the future to you.