Thursday, 6 December 2012

Big Issue in the North bonanza

We've been really lucky this month with coverage of our books and authors in The Big Issue in the North.  

In their Shelf Space section they asked some leading authors to recommend their favourite reads.  Amongst the authors are two of our very own, Benjamin Myers and Michael Stewart.  Both Pig Iron and NOD get a mention in this article.  It's also available to read online here:

In the magazine itself there is a Q&A with our Canadian author Adrian Barnes.  Why not make a vendor's day and buy a copy?

My latest rant

Even if you visit this blog irregularly, you will know that I am not one to mince my words when it comes to my thoughts on publishing.  I'm also not shy and don't confine my thoughts to these pages.  

Recently, Galley Beggar Press, a new and upcoming independent publisher from Norfolk asked me to write a few words about Bluemoose Books - it turned into a bit of a rant.  Read it here: 

Thursday, 22 November 2012

New author performs magic on film

In July next year we will be publishing a book called A MODERN FAMILY by writer Socrates Adams Florou.  We are excited about working with Socrates and started the editing process this week.  I'm sure you'll hear lots more from us about him and his book in the coming months.

Today Socrates had some amazing news about a film he has co-written with writers Joe Stretch and Chris Killen.  He also has a starring role.  The film called WIZARD'S WAY follows two friends who play a wizard simulator game.  The great news is that the film has just won the LOCO London Discovery Award, an annual prize for a British comedy feature film that does not yet have distribution.

You can see a trailer at or follow the action on twitter either @socratesadams or @savewizardsway

Well done to all involved!

Bookshop tour with Adrian Barnes

Sorry It's taken a while to get round to this...

A few weeks ago we packed our bags and embarked on a whirlwind tour of the bookshops of Yorkshire and Lancashire with our author Adrian Barnes to help get his debut novel NOD off to a flying start.  Here are some photos to whet your appetite for a more complete write up of the tour.

Adrian reading at The Book Case, Hebden Bridge
Adrian signing books at Waterstones, Blackpool 

Adrian & Kevin taking a break!

A fan so desperate for a signature
in his book, he ran down the high street
in Blackpool to catch up with Adrian

Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Adrian Barnes speaks to Stephen May

Adrian Barnes recently spoke to author Stephen May about his book NOD and writing in general.  You can read their conversation here

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Tour of Vancouver

To promote NOD by Adrian Barnes we've put together a little film of Adrian walking through the areas of Vancouver that feature in the book.

Check it out here:

NOD - Adrian Barnes Book Shop Events

We are getting very close to publication date for our new book NOD by Adrian Barnes.  Adrian is coming to the UK to promote the book shortly after it hits the shelves.  Here's where you can catch him:

  • Wednesday 7th November Waterstones Bradford 11am - 1pm
  • Wednesday 7th November The Bookcase Hebden Bridge 7.30pm - 9pm
  • Thursday 8th November Waterstones Blackpool 10.30am - 11.30am WORDPOOL literature Festival
  • Thursday 8th November Blackpool & Fylde College 1.30pm - 3.30pm
  • Friday 9th November University of Huddersfield Two lectures.
  • Saturday 10th November Waterstones Leeds 11am -1pm 
Contact stores for further details

Thursday, 11 October 2012

Independent's Day

Finally the metropolitan press have realised that the best literary fiction titles being published emanate from small, independent presses as seen by the inclusion on The Man Booker list of three independents. SALT based in Norfolk, MYRMIDON in Newcastle and AOS in High Wycombe, nearly in London but far enough away not to be labelled a London publishing house.  For years now, the significant weight of the big six corporate publishers seems to have been directed towards celebrity, generic and formulaic publishing.  You see, they need to fill the coffers to generate double digit growth for their shareholders and if this means all you have to do is replicate what is successful, then Scandawegian cookery books with a vampiric twist, is what you will get.  All of us readers who just want to read great stories, well written, can whistle.  That’s not to say that the big six don’t publish some great fiction, they do, but the literary publishing pie is getting smaller and smaller as the sleberiture advances get bigger and bigger.  This is great for independents.  Our concern is for the story, storytelling and getting the best possible book in to the hands of readers. 

Here at Bluemoose, we start local.  Get the local bookshops and libraries interested and soon enough the book will travel across the border into Todmorden, then Manchester and Leeds and before you know it New York and Hollywood are excited.  London is, and has been, somewhat blinkered to what is happening outside of its glitzy box.  Just because we don’t have seven Lucindas an Aphrodite and a Cassandra in the PR department, it doesn’t mean our books are not worthy.  They are, and the rest of the world is now reading Bluemoose books.  If you can read Russian and Bulgarian then in the next couple of weeks you’ll be able to read Gabriel’s Angel by Mark Radcliffe, King Crow by Michael Stewart and Falling through Clouds by Anna Chilvers.  I won’t do a Colin Welland and say "the Moose is coming", but watch out for NOD by Canadian author Adrian Barnes.  Hollywood really is coming.

Here's an article published by The Guardian on the rise of independents. Check out our Kevin's quotes near the end. 

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Not the Booker - time to vote!

It's got to that time when we need all our loyal followers and readers to pull out all the stops and vote for PIG IRON by Benjamin Myers to win the Guardian's Not the Booker Prize.  The man needs a new mug, so come on guys, fingertips at the ready...full instructions here
Winner announced on 15th October.

Thursday, 4 October 2012

Bluemoose goes international!

We thought we'd let you know the exciting news about some of our books travelling to foreign fields over the coming months.  

Our first book in translation will come out this month as Anna Chilver's FALLING TRHOUGH CLOUDS is published by Russian publisher Centrepolygraphic.  

Later this Autumn KING CROW by Michael Stewart will be published in Russia by Azbooka-Atticus and in Bulgaria by Artline.  

GABRIEL'S ANGEL by Mark A Radcliffe follows swiftly behind with a Spring 2013 publication date in Russia also by Azbooka-Atticus

We have ordered several phrase books and are applying for a passport for the Moose

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Read Regional Events

As we mentioned in a previous post, Michael Stewart will be showcasing his book KING CROW as part of New Writing North's Read Regional campaign.  There are a few event coming up between now and Spring next year where you can meet and hear him talk about KING CROW and his experiences of getting it published.  Here's where he will be:

  • 28th October 2pm at Durham Town Hall as part of Durham Book Festival 
  • 21st November (Time TBC) Gosforth Library
  • 12th December 6.30pm Central Library, Leeds
  • 7th February 1pm York Explore Library
  • 20th February 6pm Goole Library
  • 7th March 4.30pm Wakefield One Library and Museum
  • 21st March 7pm Wallsend Library
  • 4th May 2pm Hull Central Library

Contact local libraries for more information or check out the Read Regional blog.

When the World Spins Backwards

In the run up to publication date of our new book NOD by Adrian Barnes (31st October, did we mention that..?), Michael Stewart, author of KING CROW talked to Adrian about his influences and what drove him to write NOD.  Here it is in full, or you can pop over to Michael's blog to read it there: When the World Spins Backwards

We are all going to die. Quite soon. We all know this to be true and yet we fill our lives with trivia, petty trifles and stamp collections. Perhaps this is why we do: the truth is too, well, true. NOD is the latest Bluemoose novel. It is set in an alternative present, where a plague of insomnia sweeps the globe. Within days, society has collapsed. The isolated few who continue to sleep are vilified and hunted down. A madman becomes the leader of the ‘awakened’. It is not a story that shirks from the ugly truth of our mortality. In advance of the novel’s publication, I interviewed Canadian writer Adrian Barnes.
It has often been said that science fiction and speculative fiction, while describing another world, are always addressing the concerns of our own world. Do you agree with this and if so, in what way does NOD do this do you think?
In writing Nod, I was directly inspired by Harlan Ellison, an early hero of mine, who once said in an interview that 'speculative fiction' was the only real modern fiction because things change so quickly that novels attempting to capture the present end up as nostalgia by the time they're published. It's only by trying to peer a few seconds into the future that we can even hope to understand today. I think Nod addresses a feeling in the air that there is no rest to be had in the 21st century and that what we call order is both temporary and--at heart--insane. All of the indicating curves are exponential; something has to give and it's probably going to be us.
That’s a very interesting answer Adrian. I haven’t heard of Harlan Ellison. I’d like to read more now though, where’s a good place to start? On the subject of the 21st century, the movement away from order, towards chaos, are you talking about the Western financial institutions, or do you include global politics? JG Ballard said something about society collapsing in a week without basic services such as water, which is very similar to how events transpire in your book. Would you cite Ballard as an influence too?
I haven't read Ellison in two decades, to be honest, but his black passion and rage at the proverbial machine was a formative influence on me when I was a teenager and I'd get on the bus, head downtown, and troll the used bookstores of Vancouver for his (even then) out-of-print story collections. Check out Paingod and Other Delusions or The Glass Teat (a book of television criticism). He's still alive and visible on YouTube as a righteously cranky old guy!
As for our collective drive toward chaos, I don't blame the powerful. Thanatos is embedded in the heart of our entire culture--business people are merely those who are good at doing the sorts of things almost all of us would do if given the chance. We're collectively willing chaos. Even our religion, Christianity, is apocalyptic. Our most highly-held metaphor is probably that of the open road, but we live in a limited world. The terrible irony is that, as a society, we've never even seriously tried to reconcile metaphor and reality. That's madness--or idiocy.
Interesting that you cite Ballard. I read him during my sci-fi youth, but would have to place him in the same category as Ellison: formative, but in a very deeply-buried way. I can't really remember his stories or his style. Writing Nod, though, I was aware of all these influences, and of comic books and science fiction films, as ways to fumble past the unreality of 'reality' toward something larger and more true than the pervading fictions of malls and media.
I like the sound of The Glass Teat. We are talking about Thanatos, and the propensity towards disorder, another term we could use would be entropy. It’s a very attractive notion I think because it mirrors our own mortal existence, our own goal towards decay and then death. A journey from lightness to darkness. If we look at homo sapiens as a species though, the journey has been the opposite one: out of the caves, into modern cities: a journey from darkness to lightness. We are talking about two forces then, the generative one, and its obverse, destruction. There have always been the doom meisters,  the preachers of perdition, who shout ‘the end is nigh’, what stops your book from being part of that tradition?
Maybe nothing! Actually, quite a lot, I hope. I'm an optimist by nature, but I try to be an optimist with wide open eyes. You make a great point that the ant-like march toward darkness is nothing new, and I agree that it's a mirror of the body's journey through life toward death. But on a parallel track there's also the spiritual road or the road of knowledge which tends to go in the exact opposite direction--as you say, from ignorance to wisdom and from darkness to light. 
The sun is a huge metaphor in NOD and hope is represented by the mysterious children who live in the park. They've made some enormous leap away from the set path. The same goes for Paul, the narrator. He's been drawn away from the trek toward doom even though he doesn't know why or how. Who does?
Although I’m a fan of Ballard’s imagination, I find his characters merely sock-puppets for his message. This is perhaps true of lots of writers who are interested primarily in ideas. What strikes me about NOD is the complexity of your characterisation, particularly the protagonist Paul and his girlfriend Tanya, who feel flesh and blood. I like their inconsistencies and their idiosyncrasies, although Paul is a self-confessed misanthrope. He’s not, on the surface a ‘likeable’ character. There has been a lot of discussion recently amongst the literati about how important it is to have sympathetic characters driving a story. How do you feel about that?
I'd make a distinction between 'like' and 'find sympathetic'.  When we like people it's generally because we find them unproblematic--or because their particular shortcomings sync with our own in some way. In fact, I find 'like' a pretty milky word. On the other hand, we sometimes sympathize with difficult people when we can see the integrity they bring to their struggle. Who really 'likes' Hamlet or Raskolnikov or would want to go to dinner at their place (well, more than once)? But, equally, who can't relate? I see Paul as someone who's trying his best in a completely impossible, overwhelming situation--the end of the world! I don't expect the reader to cosy up to him, but I do hope they take him to task and even wrestle alongside him as he tries to cope. What's not to sympathize with?
If you ask me, there's far too much emphasis on niceness and happiness and fun in our brave new world. And it hasn't ended up being a particularly nice, happy or fun place despite our best Disney-fied, Facebook-ized efforts. I prefer to hash things out--or have my characters do it for me!
To what extent is Paul you?
Given my previous, somewhat Spock-like answer, I'm not surprised you're asking! I do share many of Paul's concerns about the species and--like him--I do tend to step back and analyze things fairly dispassionately, but I'm glad to report that I'm also an engaged, friendly, and befriended mammal! The more I realize what we're all up against, the more I'm amazed by how the vast majority of us maintain our humanity in the face of corporate and state onslaught.
I was reading in the paper yesterday about the mania surrounding the release of the new iPhone. One man in the queue said, and I quote, ‘Apple is my church. This is my Sunday worship.’ Is it these types of experiences that inspired you to conceive, ironically, of the ‘awakened’?
Let's hope your man in the queue was being at least a little ironic! But, yes--religion based around technology, religion based around money, religion based around sex, religion based around imaginary old men in the sky. What I find less than inspiring about the species is our propensity toward looking elsewhere for salvation. It draws us away from reality, which is really what Nod is about: the choice we all must make between what's actually here in front of us and various seductive forms of fantasy. 
I suppose the choice for me is between 'religion' and 'spirituality', as they say. Religion pretends to offer you answers while spirituality helps you explore questions. At least that's how I break it down. Some religions have spiritual aspects, of course--and some spiritual quests harden into religious dogma.
In the book, those ‘awakened’ – the vast majority of the population who are unable to sleep at all – go mad after six days and die after twenty-eight. To what extent is this based on scientific evidence?
I did research this subject and the longest a person has ever been kept awake--totally awake--in a controlled scientific environment, has been six days. By that time the test subject is indeed suffering from 'sleep deprivation psychosis' which reverses quickly once they are allowed a nap. The idea of death at twenty-eight days has been posited but is speculative. However it's well known that, without adequate restorative sleep, people's health declines very quickly. It's also worth noting that 'totally awake' means something very specific. All insomniacs actually doze a little every night, even if they don't remember afterwards.
It has been fascinating to chat with you Adrian. The book is brilliant on both the micro-level:  each carefully crafted sentence, the care you have taken in your choice of language; and the macro-level: the overall design of the book, the characters and structure. It’s also a book that isn’t afraid to explore lofty themes. I’m deeply impressed. I know you did an MA in Creative Writing at Manchester Metropolitan University (as I did). How do you feel about the teaching of Creative Writing?
Thanks so much for your interest and kind words, Michael. I've just begun teaching Creative Writing this fall, actually, so it's a little soon to say as I'm just getting into it now. I come from more of a composition/rhetoric/journalism background. Certainly my Creative Writing students are an inspiration. People who are willing to take time and spend money to learn to do something as 'useless' as learning to express themselves are individuals we should all treasure. And I do.
You are coming over to England in November to promote the novel. How do you think Canada differs from England? Is there anything you’d like to say as a final word?
In terms of Canada versus the UK, what I've found is that the British are a little more open to edgy ideas and dark humour than Canadians. There's more of an emphasis on politeness over here, certainly in the publishing world. It's not a bad or a good thing, just different. Working on Nod with Brits has felt natural and has been extremely rewarding. A sort of coming home, in a funny way.
I always enjoy my visits to the UK and am greatly looking forward  to launching Nod in the town where I was born...Blackpool!

Thursday, 20 September 2012

Read Regional 2012

We've had a brilliant week here at Bluemoose Towers, rounded off today with some more excellent news. We are really chuffed to tell you about our involvement with New Writing North's Read Regional 2012 campaign.

This annual campaign connects local authors to local readers and includes writers and poets across the North-East, Yorkshire and Humberside. Our very own Michael Stewart will be getting involved and showcasing his book King Crow.

As part of the campaign, Michael will be visiting various libraries in the region as well as taking park in the Durham Book Festival from 13th - 30th October.

The campaign to promote new books by northern writers runs from October 2012 until spring 2013 and will involve libraries, bookshops and festivals in the region, so come back here to find out what Michael will be up to over the coming months.

So as not to miss out on all the action you can follow us on twitter @ofmooseandmen or New Writing North @NewWritingNorth or check out #ReadRegional

Read Regional is run by New Writing North, in partnership with 23 library authorities across the north of England. It is funded by Arts Council England. For more information, please see and

Stephen May meets Benjamin Myers for a cuppa

Stephen May, writer of Life! Death! Prizes! popped up his road and had a cuppa with our author Benjamin Myers.  The result of their chat was a little interview about life and writing which Stephen has posted on his blog.  Here's a little excerpt:

He's good company. Serious and thoughtful about his work and committed. He writes, he walks, he thinks. Reads, listens to music, watches films. That's pretty much it. Doesn't drink or smoke, commits himself to refining his vision and expressing it. He's impressively dedicated and the work is muscular, powerful and original.

Read the whole thing here: The Second Best Time

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Not the Booker Prize Review

After a nervous wait of a few weeks, we're really pleased with the review for Pig Iron by Benjamin Myers for The Guardian's Not the Booker Prize. We've added it as it appears on The Guardian Website, written by Sam Jordison.  Read the original here: 

Not the Booker prize 2012: Pig Iron by Ben Myers

A compulsive tale of a big-hearted north country man contending with many blows, both literal and metaphoric

Since the Not The Booker prize is all about openness, I think you should know right away that I like Ben Myers. Is this a conflict of interest? Arguably. But if it is a conflict, it's one that is played out across the books pages every day. The only difference here is that I'm being honest about it.
  1. Pig Iron
  2. by Benjamin Myers
  3. Buy it from the Guardian bookshop
  1. Tell us what you think:Star-rate and review this book
As I'm sure you already realise, friends review friends all the time. And if they didn't, literary journalism would have a few problems. Reviewers often become chummy with the people they write about. It's human nature. I became a reviewer because I like books; it follows that I'll probably also like a few of the writers of those books. Should I then refuse to read their books because of that affection? Well, we can have it out in the comments, but first, a bit more explanation:
I first came into contact with Ben years ago, because I liked his sweary prose, as this article (containing the wonderful question "Has anyone ever seen an e-book?") witnesses. I read Ben before I knew him. But since then, we've regularly corresponded, met once, and frequently laughed at slowed down versions of Metallica songs on Facebook. Does this alter the way I'm going to review Pig Iron? Possibly. The thing that gives me pause is wondering whether I'd have been able to write a review for Pig Iron like the one I wrote for Paint This Town Red. I think it would have been difficult. Perhaps I'd have managed it. Perhaps …
Happily, I didn't have to explore that dilemma this time around. I liked the book. And I don't think knowing Ben has influenced my opinion. Not too much, anyway. Maybe I warmed to it more quickly than I might have otherwise. Possibly, also, I felt extra pangs of sympathy because John-John Wisdom, the unfortunate main narrator, is a weird short northerner who's fond of Jack Russell terriers and therefore reminded me of Ben himself. But it was the writing that mattered. The writing.
One more quick personal note before I finally stop talking about myself. I spent part of my early childhood in County Durham, not so far from John-John's home in Pig Iron, and Myers' prose, rich in "mebbes" and "marrers", "nees" and "nowts", "haways" and "shite", tickled my memory. Importantly, it seemed real. John-John and his co-narrator (whom I can't name, since to do so would give away one of the book's successful surprises) speak in a stylised and sometimes strange way: "And that was when I got the weakness on me and I did faint." But it never seems forced or inauthentic.
Better still, I barely registered the unusual voice, after a while. It became part of the texture of John-John's world. Every now and again I was conscious of an appealing bit of yakka: "I've shat bigger jobbies than that lad." Also, a few lovely rhythms: "He began to treat me differently. I was a mother now. A mother who had endured one miscarriage and two births. I was a body that fetched the water and gathered the wood and kept the fires going and cleaned the clothes and the van and scolded the kids and kissed them better and worried about her husband when he disappeared for nights and days." Most of the time, though, I was too immersed in the story to notice what was happening on the surface.
It's hard not to make this story sound like a cross between Snatch andFight Club. John-John is the son of the bare-knuckle King of the Gypsies, Mac Wisdom, whose life we hear about in retrospect from the second narrator, and whose influence weighs heavy on the protagonist as he attempts to rebuild his life after a long stretch in jail. But there's no Brad Pitt here. No Hollywood. John-John's world is ugly. The fighting isn't about pleasure. Or even escape. It's just savage men knocking bells out of each other: blood, guts and pain described in visceral detail:
Mackem's neck tasted warm and bitter and metallic… I loosened for a second then went at him again, nearly dislocating me bloody jaw. There was a crunching sound and me teeth nearly met in the middle and I must have hit some veins or summat because the blood started pouring out of his neck. Human flesh doesn't tear easily. It's noisy stuff.
Things aren't much prettier for John-John when he isn't scrapping. He's forced to live in a pokey, ugly flat on a dangerous estate, where he knows next to no one, and is hounded by a gang of "charvers" whose charm is well-demonstrated in their leader's announcement that "I'll put you in the fucking ovens where you and your lot belong."
Even so, there are moments of relief. John-John is consistently amusing, a master of the sardonic aside ("'I bet you like hearing the old tales, lad'. Like a punch in the cock, I'm muttering.") He's also big-hearted and warm. Some of the book's best passages come in the descriptions of the quiet fun John-John has tootling around the countryside ("the green cathedral") in an ice-cream van, falling in love with a very unsuitable local girl and fussing over his pet dog Coughdrop. John-John is a winning presence. And of course, that makes his catalogue of misfortunes and persecution all the more upsetting; his attempts to right those many wrongs all the more gripping.
Caught up as I was, I did wonder sometimes if Myers pushed things too far. Towards the end, especially, things went a bit nuts. Imagine Hunger Games with an uglier cast, genuine violence and less chance of redemption – but also fewer loud bangs to distract you from the essential daftness. Now and again, I had doubts, but was always carried through by John-John's force of personality and righteous anger at his and Coughdrop's oppressors. What's more, just when I thought things were about to go right over the top, Myers swerved away gracefully. The ending came in a sudden flash of gold and beauty. To say more would be to give it away; suffice to say, you'll like it when you get there and it's a journey worth making. This is another quality entrant on our shortlist.

Monday, 17 September 2012

NOD by Adrian Barnes

NOD by Adrian Barnes, our new book, arrives into the Bluemoose warehouse today and we're all very excited!

Ben Myers, author of PIG IRON says about NOD, 'Think WARRIORS, the film, scripted by JG Ballard with excerpts from Ray Bradbury.' KING CROW author Michael Stewart says the first chapter of NOD is one of the best openings of any book he's ever read. He went on to say he loved every single page of it. 

I know they are both Bluemoose authors, but we haven't paid them anything and they have their own minds; that's why they came to an Indy in the first place. Just think if Mr Amis hadn't pursued the dollar, he'd have won the Booker by now! Heaven forfend. 

We're flying Adrian Barnes over from Vancouver for the launch and a series of events and signings at Independent booksellers and Waterstones. Adrian will also be giving lectures at a couple of Universities too. More of that nearer the time. 

Now its time to send off review copies to the great and supposed good of what was FLEET STREET. The broadsheets in the Metropolis. Scott pack, ex chief fiction buyer at Waterstones and now publisher and blogger at meandmybigmouth, said of one of our previous titles, THE ART OF BEING DEAD, that it wouldn't get any reviews in the literary press because 'The lit editors don't look further than the ends of their noses.'  THE ART OF BEING DEAD is now a set text on the MA course in Contemporary literature at Leeds Metropolitan University.

Now that there are three books from small independents on The Man Booker shortlist, perhaps they won't bin all books from publishers whose colophon they don't recognise. Hopefully they've learned their lesson and realise that all the exciting literary fiction these days is coming from small Independents.

Tired of McEwan, Barnes, Faulks et al. and all those sixty-something males that get all the review coverage? Yep, me too. The Indies are coming "darn sarf" to rattle the cages of the literary establishment and in NOD by Adrian Barnes I really believe we have a title that will stir things up a tad.

Monday, 10 September 2012

Moose at Large

It's really important for us as a small independent publisher to get out and about as often as possible and spread the word.  We like to meet as many readers and budding writers as we can.  We do this for several reasons. Obviously, we want to make people aware of Bluemoose books and the brilliant titles we have to offer, we may also be lucky enough to find our next author, but equally we want to let people know about what we are trying to achieve with Bluemoose Books, our experience as an independent publisher and the state of the publishing industry as a whole.

We were recently invited by the Lincoln Pheonix Writers to talk about the Bluemoose "way" and had a great evening meeting enthusiastic readers and writers and sharing our experiences with them.  Thanks to everyone there for the warm welcome!

On 22nd September, Kevin is attending another event at Macclesfield Library.  This is Cheshire East Libraries' annual celebration of books and reading.  There is a full programme including talks by writers and other publishers.  Kevin will be talking about his experience as a publisher but also exploring the issues regarding new technologies versus traditional methods of publishing.  

For more information see here: Latest Library News  or follow @CEClibraries #MaccBooks

The event starts at 12.30pm on Saturday 22nd September.  Kevin will be talking from 3.30 - 4pm.  

For more information and tickets, contact Macclesfield Library on 01625 374000

Saturday, 8 September 2012

The Hardest Climb - Kindle Edition

We published The Hardest Climb by Alistair Sutcliffe in 2011 and it got a great response from a varied readership.  Hardcore climbers, adventure seekers, appreciators of extreme sports as well as those who love a true story about hope against adversity and persistence (or is it stubbornness?) in seemingly impossible situations and the human instinct for survival, all loved this book.

If this book were only about Alistair's climbing achievements it would be fascinating in itself; conquering the highest peaks on seven continents on the first attempts is certainly a feat of human endurance.  But Alistair is also a medical anomaly.  He suffered a life-threatening brain heamorrhage, but his high-altitude hobby had stimulated the blood vessel network in his brain in such a way as to save his life.

Part adventure story, part tale of returning from the brink, the hardest climb being the return to health, this is a story of remarkable human achievement and perseverance.  Forward by Sir Chris Bonnington.
We are delighted to be able to offer our readers this book now in digital format for Kindle.  You can buy it here.  The Hardest Climb - Alistair Sutcliffe

Thursday, 6 September 2012

Not the Booker Prize Nomination

Can we possibly do it two years in a row?

Pig Iron by Benjamin Myers has been shortlisted for the 2012 Not the Booker Prize run by The Guardian.  We had outstanding success with this prize last year when our book, King Crow by Michael Stewart, won the prestigious mug/trophy.  Here is the full list of shortlisted books:

The Notable Brain Of Maximilian Ponder by JW Ironmonger

Paint The Town Red by AJ Kirby
Life! Death! Prizes! by Stephen May
Tales From The Mall by Ewan Morrison
Pig Iron by Ben Myers
The Revelations by Alex Preston
The Casablanca Case by Simon Swift

One of the books is reviewed each week and at the end of the process voting is opened to Guardian readers who have previously left a review of the book they are voting for.  We're not yet sure when voting will start, but will keep you up to date.  The winner is announced on 15th October.

Pig Iron is due to be reviewed some time during the week commencing 17th September.  Watch this space for more information.

Read more here at The Guardian's Not the Booker Prize page

Big thanks must go to all our readers and supporters of Bluemoose Books who took the trouble and time to vote Pig Iron onto the shortlist.  It would be amazing to win this prize again, a great feat for a small publisher like us, but let's be honest, it is a fabulous book, even if we say so ourselves!!

Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Pig Iron by Benjamin Myers

Pig Iron by Benjamin Myers was published at the end of May and has had a great response from critics and readers alike.  For an outline of the story see our previous post below.  Here's a flavour of some of the write ups the book has received.  For a full list of press cuttings go to our page Publicity about our Books

"Myers's poetic vernacular brims with that quality most sadly lost in the Thatcher years – humanity." 

Cathi Unsworth in The Guardian

"This is yet another singular portrait of an outsider from Myers. And delivered through authentic characterisation, a monstrously compelling plot, and frequent humour – a rare combination of such successfully crafted elements – Pig Iron deserves to find itself on many a reading list, if not the National Curriculum."

Declan Tan for 3:am Magazine

"Benjamin Myers’s influences are clear — David Peace’s northern brutalism is evident and there are suggestions of Salinger and Golding but Pig Iron’s savage vision is his alone.  Pig Iron is an utterly compelling book because the twin desolations of blighted sink estate culture and the emotional alienation of the main character are evoked unrelentingly and the grim conclusion is almost inevitable." 

Steve Ely for Morning Star

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