A new novel by Sally Gardner is coming in early November: "Set in the Hundred Years War, Tinder is a re-telling of Hans Christian Andersen’s classic fairytale The Tinderbox, and is at once cruel yet deeply enchanting with overtones of Markus Zusak, Margo Lannagan, Angela Carter and Lewis Carroll. A young soldier, a captive princess, witches, wolves and Death all come together in this exquisitely written novel with stunning illustrations by David Roberts."
Next, a marvellous idea: a cologne for a character!
Louise Penny, author of the bestselling Inspector Gamache novels, has been working with a perfumer at Floris to create a cologne, Eau de Gamache, such as her well-loved character would wear. Click here and scroll down to find out more about it, but if it is really "earthy, warm, inviting, fresh ..." I'll be after some myself.
As part of Virago's 40th. birthday celebrations, ten famous female authors choose their favourite books from the catalogue (I'm glad to see Vita Sackville-West's All Passion Spent among them - it was the CBG's first book).
Also marking that birthday is the release of the free ebook Virago is 40: A Celebration containing specially written pieces inspired by the number 40.
This year's Manx Lit Fest is shaping up well already with some big names guaranteed to draw the crowds. "Andrew Taylor*, one of the most renowned crime and historical novelists in the British Isles and author of The American Boy and the Lydmouth series; Matt Haig, whose new novel The Humans is drawing widespread acclaim from peers and reviewers, and Isle of Man-based author Alan Bradley, whose Flavia De Luce** crime novels – about an 11-year-old girl who solves crimes in 1950s England – have been optioned for television by Sam Mendes."
**We are of course big fans of Flavia's at Cornflower Books.