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Our Favourite Books in 2017

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This has been a great year for trade publishing and we’ve been enjoying reading both new releases and older books we hadn’t quite got round to. Here are our favourites that we’ve read this year!

Claire C-S

Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders (Bloomsbury)Lincoln in the Bardo cover

The Man Booker Prize winner has been writing short stories for 20 years, but it’s his prize winning debut novel about Abraham Lincoln grieving the death of this son Willie which is already considered a masterpiece. Told through the narrative of spirits and extracts of Civil war memoir, this emotional and poignant tale of loss will stay with you forever.

Ellie

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman (HarperCollins)Eleanor Oliphant cover

This debut was deservedly named WHSmith’s Fiction Book of the Year. Eleanor Oliphant is an utterly unique narrator, equal parts irritating and charming, and this story about her learning to engage with the outside world brought me to tears on more than one occasion. It also has the most realistic depiction of a cat I think I’ve ever read!

Claire L

The Mandibles: A Family, 2029–2047 by Lionel Shriver (The Borough Press)The Mandibles cover

I love a good dystopian fiction novel and this one didn’t disappoint! Lionel Shriver creates a believable very near future world which is going through major debt crisis (following an earlier crash of the internet). The US refuses to get on board with the new global currency and this leads to huge bankruptcy. We follow a family who were expecting a large inheritance, having to adjust in this new world and Shriver gives us some quirky and likeable characters as well as some awful ones – just like a normal family?!

Lucy

The Woman Who Went to Bed for a Year by Sue Townsend (Penguin)The Woman who went to Bed for a Year cover

The book I am currently reading is definitely up there with my favourites this year. Sue Townsend retains her place in my heart with The Woman Who Went to Bed for a Year. Poignant yet hilarious, this book shines a light on modern family life with the wit we expect from the woman who brought us Adrian Mole.

Tanaya

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Mass (Bloomsbury)A Court of Mist and Fury cover

This was actually published in 2016 but I only read it this year as I struggled to get into it during the first chapter. This was by far my favourite book of the year. The main character, Feyer, is rebuilding her life after the massive events of the last book and learns to come to terms with the person she is now. A Court of Mist and Fury is all for empowerment and putting the pieces of your life back together after an abusive relationship.  It combines the amazing fantasy world building and characters of Sarah J Mass with powerful messages about self-worth and independence.

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London Book Fair 2017 | Our Thoughts

London Book Fair | Our Thoughts

London Book Fair | Our Thoughts

Last week was the London Book Fair and it was an extremely successful and enjoyable week for all those that attended. A lot of deals were made, books were announced and on our stand we had a lot of conversations with job-seekers.

You can take a look at some of the stands at the fair and the events that took place in our YouTube video.

We thought we would share some of our favourite moments of the book fair this year as it was such a great week.

Our Favourite Moments

Alison thoroughly enjoyed meeting people at the Careers Clinic on Thursday.  She hopes that it was as helpful as it was fun.

Careers Clinic Book Fair

Karine was very pleased to see so many people taking part in our daily book-token competition, with many people coming up to the stand to say ‘Atwood Tate we’re hear you’re great!’ She also enjoyed the ALPSP event on Tuesday afternoon.

The stands at the fair this year were fantastic! Kellie was very impressed by the Usborne stand which was decorated like a tree-house – you can see it in our YouTube video. Ellie enjoyed wandering around the fair meeting all the different people, seeing the stands and the general going-ons of the event.

Helen enjoyed talking to people at the Faber stand. They were handing out milk bottle sweets to celebrate the announcement of a new book The Secret Life of Cows. They were ‘over the moo-oon’.

Not only were the stands well decorated but the general decoration of the fair was wonderful. There was a yellow brick road seating area to celebrate the news that Michael Morpurgo, the fair’s author of the day on Thursday, was writing a re-telling of the Wizard of Oz from Toto’s perspective. There was a also a seating area made of giant Stilettos and lips for seats, which was Christina’s favourite.

The seminars this year were fascinating. We attended numerous talks and learnt a great deal of things about the publishing industry. For more details on what we discovered at a seminar on the effects of Brexit on publishing see here.

Michael’s favourite part of the whole fair was the atmosphere. Everyone was very friendly, happy to talk and to take pictures.

Book Fair

Meeting people at the fair, both clients and job-seekers, was the definite highlight of ours at Atwood Tate.  We had fun and we hope you did too.

Let us know what your favourite part of the London Book Fair in the comments below. Or contact us on any of our social media: Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube or Instagram.

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New Year, New Goals 2017

New Year, New Goals

New Year, New Goals

January is a tough month. The Christmas buzz has worn off and the bills for the holiday period hang over everything. It’s a tough time to think about future prospects but concentrating on your next step can be a great way to shake this feeling off.

But now that it’s finished, it might be time to consider a new job. Our clients have returned from the holidays, looking to fill roles that were put on hold before the Christmas break. Check out our website to see the latest roles we’re working on and if you see something of interest, get in touch with the relevant consultant. If you don’t see anything you like, drop us a line anyway. Let us know you’re looking and what it is you want. The first step is the hardest but once you’ve started the search, everything else will fall into place.

For those considering a move into publishing, why not consider temping? 2016 saw an increase in temporary roles, following the post-Brexit scare. Temp roles are a great way to join a company that is looking for additional resources but who regularly discover along the way that they need someone on a permanent basis. The work isn’t going away so guess what? Neither are you!

For more information on our current temporary roles, contact Kellie Millar, our Temps/Freelancers Manager, or Alison Redfearn. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram where we post our latest roles or sign up for Job Alerts on our website and receive a notification as soon as they go live.

So, with January done and dusted, it’s time to really tackle the new year! Take a risk, find the job you really want to be working in, even if it’s only a contract role, and make 2017 a game-changer!

Make sure you share this post so we can help others too! And get in touch via our website, phone or any of our social media accounts:  on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube or Instagram.

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