British Bake Off Winner Nadiya Hussain Publishes First Novel

By January 11, 2017New Releases, News

No one had heard of Nadiya Hussain until she won the Great British Bake Off last year, and since then she’s been taken to the nation’s heart with her own television show, and now a debut novel!

The Secret Lives of the Amir Sisters was published today and is available now, and follows the story of three sisters of Bangladeshi heritage who live in a small village in England. Writing novels is a far cry from baking but the novel sounds like an interesting reflection of modern British life and is likely to be a best seller.

It’s been reported that Nadiya Hussain has a deal for three novels so if you like this one then you can expect more from the author who has taken to the limelight like a duck to water!

The baker turned author was on BBC Radio 2 today talking about the novel and the things she uses for inspiration. Nadiya says she carries a notebook around with her and blames her father for the most comical lines in the book. She certainly comes across as funny and gregarious but marks The Secret Lives of the Amir Sisters as drama rather than comedy.

The Secret Lives of the Amir Sisters is available from Wednesday 11th January and given the author’s success since her Bake Off win last year we’ll be very surprised if it’s not a resounding success!

Extract of Dan Brown’s Origin Released Before Publication

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It’s just a couple of weeks now until the publication of Origin, a new Robert Langdon story from Dan Brown and ahead of the event, publishers Transworld have released an extract from the novel, allowing readers a sneak peek!

The extract reveal was hosted on dead good books and we’ve borrowed it to publish below for you. The excerpt includes the prologue and a peek at chapter 1, picking up the story from the previous books. Read More

New Short Stories Collections Coming from P. G Wodehouse

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P. G Wodehouse is timelessly classic, funny, and incredibly entertaining so it’s hardly surprising that desire for his work has continued long after his death. This week with the news that Hutchinson/Arrow has renewed the publishing license for Wodehouse’s work for a further ten years is more news about some new short stories coming this year!

Fans were already treated to the publications of Highballs for Breakfast (USUK) late last year, a collection of passages dedicated to drinking taken from the best of Wodehouse. It was an instant bestseller last Christmas and did very well in the literary gift market. Read More

Die Hard is being adapted into a Christmas book

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Die Hard is one of the most beloved Christmas films of all time, right up there with A Muppet Christmas Carol and It’s a Wonderful Life. Despite being an R-rated action film about a tough cop saving the day from a group of terrorists, there’s still something about Die Hard that brings out the Christmas cheer in us.

Whilst it’s a treat for more mature audiences, Die Hard certainly isn’t suitable for kids, until now! This Christmas, you can tuck your little ones into bed and send them off to the land of nod with this children book that teaches young one the story of the no nonsense cop John McClane.

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Bram Stoker’s Great-Grandnephew to Write Official Prequel to Dracula

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Bram Stoker’s Dracula has become a modern classic since it was first published over 100 years ago in 1897. The book has since inspired countless stage, film, and television adaptations and Dracula has become one of the most iconic monsters of all time. Fans of the original novel will be pleased to learn that Bram Stoker’s great-grand nephew, Dacre Stoker, is working on an official sequel to the book called Dracul. Read More

7 Collections of Short Stories Selected For You

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Short stories are generally considered to be short enough to be read in one sitting. They are longer than 1,000 words, or else they are considered ‘flash fiction’, but shorter than 10,000 words. They encompass all that is involved in your regular novel- from exposition to resolution- carried through in one swift story and far less complex than a full fiction novel.

The short story dates back to the traditional form of oral storytelling which, for obvious reasons, could not take hours to resolve. Long tales (such as Homer’s Odyssey) would be recited in sections- often with rhyme and rhythm to aid remembering each verse. Often separate short tales would be told but would be linked in some way (such as Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales).

2017 has seen this traditional form flourish still, and remain ever more popular. Perhaps modern life calls for shorter, snappier tales to fit in with our busy lives?

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John Green Reads the First Chapter of Turtles All the Way Down

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In June we brought you the news that John Green is releasing a new novel and Turtles all the Way down releases on October 10th. Fans of the author, whose past releases include The Stars in Our Eyes and Looking for Alaska, have responded enthusiastically about the release. If you can hardly wait until October then this week John Green has read the first chapter on his You Tube channel.

John Green is an enthusiastic You Tuber, and a big reading advocate. His channel is a varied explosion of creativity, books, literature and life and fans of the author should probably subscribe. Read More



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