Former leading New Zealand publisher and bookseller, and widely experienced judge of both the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Montana New Zealand Book Awards, talks about what he is currently reading, what impresses him and what doesn't, along with chat about the international English language book scene, and links to sites of interest to booklovers.
Friday, December 14, 2012
Unbound titles for 2013
Music / Non-fiction
F**K the Radio, We’ve Got Apple
Essays on a Rock ‘n’ Roll
Band by Miranda Ward
Published 5 March 2013
Paperback: £9.99, ebook: £6.99
A few years ago, Oxford-based
band Little Fish were living the rock ‘n’ roll dream; signed to a major label,
they recorded an album in LA, and supported Courtney Love and Blondie on tour. But it wasn’t making them happy. So
they left their label, set up a recording studio, and started doing the things that
did make them happy, instead of the things they thought they should do to get
played on Radio 1. This book is about making it work, making your own way, and
making stuff. It asks important questions: Why do we make music? What do people want from bands? How do you
make a living? What is a living? And what happens when you rewrite the myths
you live by?
is a writer and blogger who grew up on a
ranch in California, came to visit Oxford, and stayed. Although she is not a
musician, she quit her job to follow the band for the past three years as an
Humour / History
The Gin Lane Gazette by Adrian Teal
Published 2 April 2013
Hardback: £12.99, ebook: £8.99
by its author Adrian Teal as “a Georgian Heat
magazine”, The Gin Lane Gazette
is a lavishly illustrated compendium of scurrilous 'best bits' from a fictional
newspaper of the latter 1700s. The antics of 21st century footballers
and soap stars are as nothing when set alongside the hell-raising antics of the
18th century celebs. Filled with true stories of scandal and
intrigue on every page, it reveals some of the most sensational headlines from
a period which saw the flowering if the great age of newspapers and caricature.
a cartoonist and caricaturist for QI, and national press titles such as The Sunday Telegraph, The Sun, The Scotsman,
Scotland on Sunday, The Daily Mail, History Today, TimeOut and the Times Educational Supplement.
A Box of Birds by Charles Fernyhough
Published 7 May 2013
Paperback: £9.99, ebook: £7.99
If you believe that you are just a bundle of
nerve cells and chemical reactions, does that change how it feels to fall in
love? After fourteen years, Charles
return to the novel, A Box of Birds, is
an ambitious literary thriller that explores the philosophical, ethical and moral
questions raised by modern neuroscience.
Set in a near-future
world of experimental brain research, it tells the story of a young
neuroscientist’s relationship with two of her students: the brilliant but
unstable Gareth who is obsessed with the biochemical basis of memory, and
James, a secret animal rights activist.
Charles Fernyhough is a writer and
psychologist. His most recent book, Pieces
of Light was widely reviewed and highly acclaimed. His debut novel, The Auctioneer was widely praised. He writes
for the Guardian, Financial Times and
Biography / Non-fiction
in a Rubber Mask,
by Robert Llewellyn
in May 2013
Paperback: £8.99, ebook: £6.99
Robert Llewellyn first had his head encased in the one-piece latex foam-rubber
balaclava that is the head of Kryten in Red
Dwarf, it gave him a distinctly funny turn.
Since then, he has sweated, frozen, been set on fire, exploded, spent
thousands of hours in the make-up chair and thousands more being taunted by
Craig Charles for being a middle-class b*****d.
So it is a testament to the joyful camaraderie of
the motley crew of space bums that 23 years later, Robert is still willing to
don the rubber torture helmet for the recent triumphant series. Originally published in 1993, now completely
updated with 43.7% extra smeg. The Man in
the Rubber Mask reveals the full inside story of the making of Red Dwarf.
Even the really embarrassing bits.
Robert Llewellyn is
an actor, novelist, screenwriter, comedian and TV presenter. He is the author
of five novels including News from
Gardenia, published by Unbound. He
writes under a rack of solar panels in Gloucestershire.
Letters of Note is the eagerly
anticipated book from the website LettersOfNote.com., which receives over 1.5 million hits per
week. Shaun Usher is a writer who has
curated a collection of personal letters, telegrams and memos, ranging from a
9th century form letter from China used to apologise for having drunk too much
at a dinner party, to a recent letter from Elton John offering advice to his 16
year-old self. Bound in beautiful
white cloth on exquisite German paper, the book contains over 100
letters reproduced in facsimile, including many of the most popular letters
from the website alongside never-seen-before correspondence.
Saving Bletchley Park by Dr Sue Black
Bletchley Park was the
wartime home of more than 10,000 mathematicians, cryptographers, linguists and
others, who labored tirelessly to crack the Nazis’ ‘unbreakable’ codes. In Saving Bletchley Park, Dr Sue Black
explains the incredible and ultimately tragic story of Alan Turing – the father
of modern computing, the mysterious work that took place at Bletchley Park, and
the significance this had to the outcome of World War II, and how the birthplace
of the modern computer was saved by social media.
DrSue Black is a Senior Research
Associate in the Computer Science department at UCL. Her research interests are
software engineering and social media.
Life After The State by Dominic Frisby
In 2005-6, Dominic Frisby
became disillusioned with the advice his financial advisers were giving him, so
he sacked them and began looking after his own money. Fascinated by the world
of finance, and reading insatiably, he set up a podcast as an excuse to meet,
talk to and learn from financial and economic experts. He began writing a column for Moneyweek. It quickly became obvious to
Dominic that the global economy was a train crash waiting to happen, and was
amazed that leading politicians, economists and journalists all failed to see
it coming. He put everything he owned into gold, where it has since appreciated
several hundred per cent. He predicted the financial crash of 2008, and now
forecasts another one, even more calamitous. He believes that this crash with
have serious political ramifications. In Life
After The State, Dominic will explain his research about the nature of
money, and the direct link between money and liberty, honesty and efficiency.
Dominic Frisby is a writer, actor,
film maker, comedian, money guru and voiceover artist.