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February 2010 Debut of the Month. To ‘take silk’, the term used for a barrister who wants to become a QC, and silk, the sumptuous material much loved by the fashion industry. This word links a high-powered mother and an ambitious daughter in a delicious tale of skulduggery, gangsters, sex and glamour. It is an absolute joy. Comparison: Penny Vincenzi, Tasmina Perry, Jackie Collins.
February 2010 'new gen' Debut of the Month title. A teen romance with a twist of danger and the supernatural told with a sure touch that makes it a headlong read from start to finish. Typical teenager Ethan is bored by his life growing up in a small town where everyone knows everyone else. When a new girl arrives in the class, everything begins to change!
February 2010 Debut of the Month. A terrific novel taking place in two separate times, 16 years apart, but with both disappearances affecting one character. It is very well structured, a most impressive first novel, a psychological thriller that builds to a gripping solution. Jane Casey's new novel, The Reckoning, is out now. Comparison: Nicci French, Sophie Hannah.
February 2010 Debut of the Month. Based on a true story this debut is riveting from the start. A historical novel but written in a very modern voice and as funny as it is sad. You find your loyalties torn between the characters, with sympathy for each of them and the situation fate has put them in. It’s one of the books you want to race through to see how it all turns out in the end. A great page turner quite unique in its style, pure entertainment.
Winner of the Branford Boase Award 2011. Winner of the Costa Children's Book Award 2010.Costa Book Awards 2010 Judges' comment: "A stunning debut novel without a false note. Accomplished and powerful, it changes the way you think." Shortlisted for the Teenage Book Prize 2010. Nominated for the Carnegie Medal 2011. A memorable, moving and disturbing coming-of-age story about how different individuals react to the political changes around them and, especially, to the changing power structure between blacks and whites under the new rule of Robert Mugabe in Zimbabwe in 1980s. Robert Jacklin, newly arrived from England, is encouraged by his father to see the new regime as the start of a hopeful future for racial tolerance, but his friendship with the seemingly all powerful Ivan casts doubts over that possibility. Ivan will stop at nothing to prevent the overthrow of white supremacy. Against a background of increasingly terrifying violence, a generation of schoolboys grow up in a country where the hope for change is quickly extinguished. This is definitely a novel for 14+ and not younger. A message from the author on hearing Out of Shadows had been shortlisted for the Costa Children's Book of the Year Award 2010:As both reader and writer I’m always striving for certain key ingredients in a book, and so I felt a tremendous tingle of excitement on the day I believed I’d found a strong storyline and memorable characters that could be set against a backdrop that means so much to me. That Out of Shadows should be enjoyed by others and recognised with such a prestigious shortlist nomination is a deeply moving and humbling reward, and has rendered this author (hopefully temporarily) wordless. From Charlie Sheppard, Editor at Andersen Press, which has two titles - Out of Shadows and Annexed - shortlisted for the Costa Children's Book of the Year Award 2010: ‘There’s so much serendipity and luck in publishing and I think this story just proves that. These books were the first two I bought for Andersen Press. I couldn’t quite believe they’d landed on my desk in my first few weeks in the new job. Both of them changed the way I think, and for me that’s one of the most important things a children’s book can do. But both of them had been rejected by other publishers before they reached me. Wrong desk, wrong time. To have been able to work on these two incredible books has been an honour and a highlight of my career, and to have both of them recognised like this feels like a fairytale ending. I just hope Klaus [Publisher Klaus Flugge is Charlie's boss at Andersen Press] realises that these wonderful novels are one-offs and I won’t have 2 books on the shortlist every year!!’
January 2010 Debut of the Month. The chapters rotate between London and Paris as two girls house-swap, giving us a good flavour of life in both capitals with, in my mind, the English bunch surprisingly being far the most colourful. It is frothy, romantic stuff written with zap and charm. Great fun. Comparison: Sophie Kinsella, Debby Holt, Plum Sykes.
January 2010 Debut of the Month. A startling story of betrayal and grief, of love and infidelity that has a quite unexpected ending. Told from two points of view, it traces a tale of a lost love, a lost friendship and a lost daughter through to a point where everyone is hiding something from everyone else. Written in a sharp, hypnotic style, its menace grows fast and keeps you compulsively turning the pages as a complicated story unfolds, a very accomplished debut. Comparison: Josephine Hart, Jane Fallon, Kim Edwards.
International showgirl and burlesque star with her first novel for Jordan fans, and set very much in her world. Glamour, flowing champagne, exotic outfits and lots of sex, the shadow in our fun-loving heroine’s life is her past … and now she is getting hate-mail. This is a very girly read where you can escape into glitter and sequins. Comparison: Jackie Collins, Tasmina Perry, Katie Price.
January 2010 Debut of the Month. A really good yarn with constant changes of pace, action and drama as the Vikings sweep on England. It begins a trilogy of bloody and lusty adventures with a terrific hero. Wonderful escapist stuff. Comparison: Bernard Cornwell, Conn Iggulden, Tim Severin.
Fast-paced thrillers about quests for ancient artefacts are popular at the moment. This one centres around an Egyptian device supposed to have the power to predict a person’s death and change destiny. I found it a little improbable towards the end, but if you can suspend your disbelief far enough it’s worth it. Set in the 1970s, a time of great upheaval for Egypt, when control of the past, the famous history of Pharaohs and Gods, can mean political triumph, no-one can be trusted. A human story of love, loss, fear and doubt is coupled with a race-against-time to fulfil, or disprove, an ancient prophecy. Exciting stuff. Comparison: Kate Mosse, Dan Brown, Sam Bourne.
January 2010 Book of the Month. Daniel, the son of a disgraced MI5 chief and himself an MI5 operative, is about to fall foul of the same fate that befell his father. On the run and not knowing who to trust, we are delivered one cracking good read. A cut-above the norm with unexpected twists and turns, emotional and family complications and a vulnerable and highly endearing hero, this is first-rate. Comparison: Lee Child, Tom Cain, Brett Battles.
CWA Gold Dagger Winner 2010. CWA Judges’ comments: 'A boy tries to lay to rest the ghost of a murdered uncle, leading to a chilling confrontation with a child killer in this disturbing coming-of-age novel.' February 2010 Debut of the Month. Featured on The TV Book Club on More4 on 24 January 2010. There is an echo of the Moors Murders of the 1960’s in this story line which adds an extra element of eeriness to this suspense filled thriller. Creepy and gripping this is an excellent debut that bodes well for future novels.
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