Extraordinary London Books in 2016!

Extraordinary London Books Jan-Jun 16 Just what is it about London? The number of people? A history so rich it becomes a mythos also? That it’s the capital? Well all of the above and more – including the fact they say ‘write what you know’ and there’s more than a few writing types in the Big Smoke.
Somewhere between highlights and exhaustive compilation, here’s our compilation of extraordinary London titles: fantastical and speculative, the cultural, subcultural and political, historical and mythological, steampunk and urban fantasy, the mercurial and the liminal… Title copy is the publishers; just click the hyperlink in the month field to see what we had to say on the title and other (non-London) titles published that month.
Here’s to the Big City – Enjoy!

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YA & Children’s Book Recommends Jul-Dec 2016 – for Independents

Car YA & Childrens with text As we all know, anyone who thinks they’re too old for Children’s Books has a lot of growing up to do. So for those of us who know better, here are our picks of the vibrant and fantastical Middle Grade and Young Adult (YA) titles publishing July to December 2016!
(NB. Our Jan-Jun 2016 Children’s / YA Round-up can be found here…)

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YA & Children’s Book Recommends Jul-Dec 2016 (Waterstones Links)

Car YA & Childrens with text As we all know, anyone who thinks they’re too old for Children’s Books has a lot of growing up to do. So for those of us who know better, here are our picks of the vibrant and fantastical Middle Grade and Young Adult (YA) titles publishing July to December 2016!
(NB. Our Jan-Jun 2016 Children’s / YA Round-up can be found here…)

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October 2016 Book Highlights

Carabas - New Book Recommends
CB - Ho - Oct 16 - A Closed and Common Orbit
CN - Oct - Bit Rot
CB - Ho - Oct - A City Dreaming
CC - Oct - Podkin One-Ear
CG - DH - Oct - Black Dog

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Here’s our round-up of fantastic and fantastical reading for October. We take in Adult Fiction, fantastical and general, creative and socially minded Non-Fiction, Children’s and YA and Graphic Novels. Whether you’re a general or genre reader or a bookshop looking to make sure your customers aren’t missing out we try to balance an inclusion of the biggest titles with slipstream / crossover hits and those hidden gems for all concerned.

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September 2016 Book Highlights

Carabas - New Book Recommends
CC - Sep - What Sunny Saw in the Flames
CN - Sep - The Mighty One
CB - Sep - Jerusalem
CG - DH - Sep - Angel Catbird
CN - Sep - Creating Freedom

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Here’s our round-up of fantastic and fantastical reading for September. We take in Adult Fiction, fantastical and general, creative and socially minded Non-Fiction, Children’s and YA and Graphic Novels. Whether you’re a general or genre reader or a bookshop looking to make sure your customers aren’t missing out we try to balance an inclusion of the biggest titles with slipstream / crossover hits and those hidden gems for all concerned.

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YA & Children’s Book Recommends Jan-Jun 2016 – for Independents

Car YA & Childrens with text As we all know, anyone who thinks they’re too old for Children’s Books has a lot of growing up to do. So for those of us who know better, here are our picks of the vibrant and fantastical Middle Grade and Young Adult (YA) titles publishing January to June 2016!
(Title description is from the publisher – you can check out any extra thoughts from us via the link to our more general Monthly Recommends page link below each section.)

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YA & Children’s Book Recommends Jan-Jun 2016 (Waterstones Links)

Car YA & Childrens with text As we all know, anyone who thinks they’re too old for Children’s Books has a lot of growing up to do. So for those of us who know better, here are our picks of the vibrant and fantastical Middle Grade and Young Adult (YA) titles publishing January to June 2016!

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The YA Book Prize 2016!

Logo - YA Book Prize 2016 Last year the book industry’s trade magazine The Bookseller created the YA Book Prize to credit excellence in writing for Young Adults and ‘books that engage with a youth audience’ (see the shortlist nominees and winner here). Now in it’s second year the prize will be awarded at the Hay Festival in their ‘Hay YA’ programme on the 2nd June. UPDATE: Now awarded
With thanks to the Bookseller and publicists FMcM Associates we met some of this year’s nominees at the Draper’s Arms at their YA Authors event on the 26th April and thought we’d share a little of that cracking event and some photos taken by The Bookseller’s Mr Patrick Clarke (see below). You can find full details of all this year’s shortlisted titles below, and / or scroll straight down and discover the winner!

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Author Profile: Taran Matharu

CPP - Taran Matharu On Wattpad
www.facebook.com/summonerbook
www.macteenbooks.com/thenovice (US)
@TaranMatharu1
Author of the popular book Summoner: The Novice, read 6 Million times and published in 11 languages.

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Award Winner: Louise O’Neill wins the inaugural YA Book Prize for Only Ever Yours

YA Book Prize Winner - Louise O'Neill Yesterday saw the inaugural YA Book Prize being awarded to Louise O’Neill, author of the debut ONLY EVER YOURS from Quercus Books, beating such established heavyweights as Marcus Sedgwick and David Almond. Congratulations Louise!

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The YA Book Prize 2015! Thursday 19th March…

CA - YA Book Prize Established by The Bookseller magazine in association with Movella’s, the inaugural YA Book Prize is due to be awarded to a talented author writing for young adults on Thursday 19th March. Read on for more!

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February 2015 Carabas New Book Recommends

Carabas - New Book Recommends CBP - Iron Ghost CBP - The Death House Feb - isbn9781444794526-detail CBP - Trigger Warning 9780575083462

(Condensed intro – read in full HERE)

It’s a real A-List zone in February – hard to get down to something approaching a concise shortlist of recommended titles, and selecting a Book of the Month is more or less impossible…

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January 2015 Carabas New Book Recommends

Carabas - New Book Recommends CBP Jan - Empire CBP - Rush Jobs CBP - GA Jan 15 CBP - EJS Jan 15 CA - Smilers Fair

The first month of 2015 brings readers a superb list from which to pick their next read, and anyone attempting to recommend an unenviable task in trying to pick the best – one we couldn’t quite achieve without allowing ourselves a joint award. Read the rest of this entry »

Empress of the Sun – Ian McDonald

CBY - Empress
Month
Title
Author
ISBN
Bind.
RRP
Pub
Series
Vol
Jan-14
Empress of the Sun
Ian McDonald
9781780876719
HB
£20.00
Jo Fletcher (Q)
Everness
3

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