Posted on 25th September 2015

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We’re in the Entertainment Business

Devising ways to publicise my debut novel, Brixton Rock, the ever-inventive, Rosemarie Hudson, publisher of BlackAmber Books, came up with the idea of giving away a free stick of Brixton Rock with every purchase of the novel.  Local bookstores and their staff loved the notion (and tasted it during tea-break) and had enough enthusiasm to…

Posted on 18th September 2015

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RETURN OF THE N.B.A (Net Book Agreement)

It’s been twenty years since several of the major publishers withdrew from the Net Book Agreement and I believe it’s time to reintroduce it in a new form. Established in 1900 by the significant publishers of the day, where it was approved that any bookseller who sold a book less than the agreed price would…

Posted on 11th September 2015

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THE BARD-ON-HAY

In the Writing The Future Report, an analysis of Black and Asian writers and publishers in the UK market place commissioned by Spread The Word, it found that just 23 homegrown Black and Asian literary novelists (discounting celebrity, sports and cookery writers) were invited to the Big Three literary festivals (Cheltenham, Hay & Edinburgh) of 2014. For the first…

Posted on 9th September 2015

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Alex Wheatle announced as Guest Editor

We are thrilled to announce that Alex Wheatle will be joining us as Guest Editor on FictionUncovered.co.uk over the next month. Check the website, Twitter and Facebook feeds for his articles the first of which will be posted later this week. Our previous Guest Editors have been Simon Savidge, David Hebblethwaite, Kaite Welsh, Anita Sethi, Naomi Frisby and Adventures with Words duo, Kate Neilan and Rob Chilver. Born in London of…

Posted on 8th September 2015

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Carys Davies to speak at Word Factory salon, 19 September

Join this year’s Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize-winner, Carys Davieswho will be speaking at the forthcoming Word Factory Autumn Salon at Waterstones, Piccadilly on 19 September (6-8pm). Carys will read from her short story collection, The Redemption of Galen Pike, which not only won the Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize this year, but went on to win the Frank O’Connor International Short Story…

Posted on 5th September 2015

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Q&A with Carys Davies

How would you describe The Redemption of Galen Pike to a reading group? The Redemption of Galen Pike is a collection of short stories about love, death, survival, and the secrets we keep from other people. If I’d included an epigraph it would probably have been these lines from the late, great American novelist, James Salter: ‘There are…

Posted on 3rd September 2015

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Backlist: Carys Davies

SOME NEW AMBUSH  Some New Ambush is the first collection of short stories from award-winning writer Carys Davies. Love, loss, birth, death, betrayal, madness – they all lie in wait for Davies’s characters in their startlingly different worlds: a dry cleaner’s shop in contemporary Chicago, a mining town in South Wales in the sixties, a lunatic…

Posted on 2nd September 2015

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Reviews: The Redemption of Galen Pike

‘Carys Davies is a gifted writer. A true original. Her magical yet weirdly believable stories transport you in a breath into other lives and worlds, without a word wasted. Full of surprises.’ —Maggie Gee ‘On “Hwang”: A perfectly judged moment of comedy … I laughed out loud at the same point every time I read…

Posted on 1st September 2015

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Celebrating the Winners of the 2015 Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize 2015: Carys Davies

Every week for the last seven, we have celebrated one of this year’s Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize winning authors. This week we’re celebrating 2015 winner, Carys Davies who won with her short story collection, The Redemption of Galen Pike. “Every story in this stunning collection is a gem and completely unlike what follows or precedes it. Davies’…