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Claire Law nominated for Women in Publishing Prize!

Congratulations to Atwood Tate’s Managing Director Claire Law, who has been nominated for Women in Publishing’s Pandora Prize for significant and sustained contribution to the publishing industry!

The other nominees are Ursula Mackenzie, current chair of Little, Brown Book Group, and Lynn Michell of Linen Press.

The nominees for the New Venture Award for pioneering work on behalf of under-represented groups in society are Teika Bellamy of Mothers Milk Books, and Bel Greenwood & Lynne Bryan of Words and Women.

The winners will be announced on Wednesday 9 Dec at a networking and buffet event at The Betsey Trotwood.

Order your tickets online. Members free, non-members £3. 7pm-9.30pm. Buffet food provided, pay bar. All women welcome.

Good luck to all the nominees!

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Our Summer Reads (part 3)

Alison

I am not planning on going abroad this summer so I have chosen a summer read that will transport me to sunnier climes. Bonjour Tristesse by Francoise Sagan is perfect for this, a family drama set in the French Rivera. Although the story is not action packed, it is beautifully written with brilliant characterisation. Sagan’s descriptive writing really does make you feel like you are lying on a sun soaked beach in the South of France.

Beatrice

For not-put-downable holiday reading, I can’t recommend highly enough the three volumes of the Neapolitan Novels by Elena Ferrante – the fourth and final volume is due out in September. They are: My Brilliant Friend, The Story of a New NameThose Who Leave and Those Who Stay. The fourth part will be called The Story of The Lost Child. It starts when the two friends, Lenú and Lila are in their 60s and then takes us back to their childhoods to chart their friendship through all the ups and downs of their lives. From the vivid descriptions of their ‘neighbourhood’, a poor part of Naples filled with poverty and violence where the girls grew up, to Italy’s postwar history, it takes in the black market war profiteers, fascist collaborators, the camorrah, workers’ movements and radical terrorism of the 1960s and ’70s as well as the arrival of wealth and consumer goods to Italy’s new middle class.

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Karine

When I read a book, I need to be surrounded by a matching atmosphere. Therefore my summer reads have to be light and funny. I couldn’t get caught in a drama and find myself weeping while reading on the beach! So for my holidays I picked up The Queen and I by Sue Townsend. We published the French version when I was working in France and I’ve always wanted to give it a go.

And it’s hilarious! Imagine (I know it’s hard but try) that after a chaotic election, the Royal Family has to leave Buckingham Palace and England becomes a Republic. The Queen, Prince Philip, Charles, Diana and the rest of THE family must move to a council estate and live like common people. The tone is irreverent but tinged with affection for the unfortunate members of the Crown of England. And while I’m laughing at their bad luck, I’m expanding my (poor) knowledge of the Royal Family!

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Our Summer Reads (part 2)

Claire

Stone Mattress: Nine Tales by Margaret Atwood

Having bought this in hardback last year, I only got round to reading all 9 tales this July on holiday in ebook format.

As ever, Margaret did not disappoint with an eclectic mix of stories covering both mundane life and death along with a few twists and shocks.  I liked the way some tales linked to characters in other tales in the book and indeed other books of hers.  A really enjoyable and darkly humorous summer read!

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Olivia

Forget the TV series, the Game of Thrones novels are epic and my top recommendation for engrossing yourself in this summer. Whether you are a fan of fantasy, drama, action, politics, death, sex, humour (the list goes on!) the series has something to delight every reader. Be warned though, the volumes are pretty hefty and once you start reading you won’t be able to stop.

I’m also going to revisit some Thomas Hardy classics this summer, like Far From the Madding Crowd and The Woodlanders. My family have spent the summer holidays in Dorset for years so Hardy’s scenic descriptions of the towns and countryside evoke good memories, especially when on the crowded tube!

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Kellie

Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahamsa Yogananda is a very interesting account of a yogi’s life and the training and personal development he went through in order to reach his status. He also explains the ancient Indian science of Yoga and the tradition of meditation. Paramahansa Yogananda was responsible for bringing yoga to the US and Europe and narrates the chronicle of his life: the experiences of his childhood, encounters with many saints and sages during his search throughout India for his guru, his intensive training in the hermitage of a revered yoga master, and his experiences of living and teaching Yoga in America.

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Catherine

This summer I finally got around to reading The Island by Victoria Hislop. It had been sitting in my bookshelf for a while, and I’m really glad I finally picked it up. Set on the island of Crete, this book tells the story of Spinalonga and the link it has with Alexis’ family and past.  Set in beautiful Greece, it is a good summer read and would be perfect for the beach, although be warned that there are some sad moments

I’m now reading Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger, the author of The Time Traveler’s Wife. I picked this up because I was curious and because of the quote, ‘An original, outrageous, and thoroughly enjoyable ghost story’ that is printed on the back cover. I’m enjoying it so far and am looking forward to seeing what happens next!

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Our Summer Reads

Now that summer’s in full swing we’re planning our holiday reading! Here are some suggestions from the team.

Claire Louise

This summer I am most excited by two of my bookclub’s reads as they are books I have been meaning to read for ages! The first is The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters and the other is Blue is the Warmest Colour by Julie Maroh.

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Helen

I’ve got a couple of books lined up to read over my holiday.  Firstly, Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey.  My mother gave me a signed copy, so it’s not going to be a “by the lake” read (we’re going to the mountains rather than the seaside) or disposable summer reading.  For serious reading, I have The Hare with Amber Eyes by Edmund de Waal on my list, which I’ve been meaning to get around to for a long time.  This weekend, I’m also going on a charity shop hunt for some Georgette Heyer to add to my existing collection and to keep me going in between more taxing reads or for those long airport waits.

Katie 

I’ve just finished reading The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje. It’s set in the summer time, but also has a very dreamy, lazy, waiting quality to it, as the characters try to work out what their next steps will be, now that the war in Europe has ended but things aren’t quite back to normal yet. The book ends with the bombing of Nagasaki, and strangely enough the next book I picked up in Oxfam was A Pale View of Hills, by Kazuo Ishiguro, which is about a woman’s reminiscences of a hot, bug-ridden summer in that recovering city. I’ve nearly finished that one, so perhaps I should read something a bit more cheery next! Any suggestions? Go Set a Watchman and Kate Atkinson’s A God in Ruins are waiting on my shelf. They’re both hardbacks so I need to find a chunk of time when I’m in one place – I don’t like carrying hardbacks on the train to and from work every day. Roll on the summer hols!

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We have a winner!

Congratulations to Caroline Currie, who has won our competition for an iPad Mini. Many thanks to everyone who entered our London Book Fair competition by following us on LinkedIn. If you like our LinkedIn profile, why not follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook too?

 

Olympia 2015

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