The Orenda Roadshow!
We’ve got a host of FABULOUS Orenda authors coming together to get the Orenda Roadshow ON the road, at Waterstones Piccadilly, Thursday 12 May at 7pm! Do not miss! You’ll get a chance to talk to Orenda publisher Karen Sullivan, about how the company was started just over a year ago, and then listen to the authors talk about and read from their novels, and answer your questions. This will be an unforgettable opportunity to meet some brilliant international authors, too!
Here’s what we’ve got so far!
Michael Stanley, best-selling, award-winning authors of the Detective Kubu series: Deadly Harvest and A Death in the Family, set in Botswana and called ‘Sunshine noir’ by Yrsa Sigurdardóttir and Peter James says, ‘A wonderful, original voice – McCall Smith with a dark edge and even darker underbelly’. *Here from South Africa
Paul E. Hardisty, author of The Abrupt Physics of Dying, which was shortlisted for the CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger and a Telegraph Book of the Year in 2015, and its sequel, The Evolution of Fear. Maxim Jakubowski calls it ‘A forceful first novel by a writer not afraid of weighty issues and visibly in love with the beauty of the Yemen and desert landscapes his protagonists travel through’ and the Literary Review ‘A remarkably well-written, sophisticated novel’. *Here from Australia
Yusuf Toropov, debut author of Jihadi: A Love Story, which has been called ‘A book of our time’ by Edward Wilson. Mari Hannah says Toropov is a ‘born storyteller’ and William Ryan says, ‘Jihadi is a gripping tale of a clash of cultures and individuals told with panache, dazzling wit and remorseless intelligence’. *Here from Ireland
Matt Johnson, an ex-Met police officer and soldier whose debut thriller Wicked Game was written as part of his treatment for PTSD, following a series of terrorist attacks, and called ‘Terse, tense and vivid’ by Peter James, and ‘Authentic, magnetic and completely absorbing’ by Sir Ranulph Fiennes. *Here from Wales
Amanda Jennings, whose psychological thriller In Her Wake has been called ‘A beautifully observed portrait of one woman’s quest for identity, family and the truth about her past’ by Hannah Beckerman, ‘Gripping and emotional, with enough twists and turns to give you whiplash’ by Tammy Cohen, ‘Beautifully written and emotionally charged’ by Eva Dolan, and ‘Hauntingly beautiful’ by Clare Mackintosh.
Louise Beech, whose debut novel How To Be Brave was a Guardian Readers Choice of 2015 and a We Love This Book pick. Ruth Dugdall calls it ‘Beautifully written, intelligent and moving’ and Nick Quantrill says it is ‘An amazing story of hope and survival… a love letter to the power of books and stories’. Her next novel, a moving psychological thriller entitled The Mountain in My Shoe will be published in September 2016. *Here from Hull
David F. Ross, whose The Last Days of Disco has been compared to the work of Irvine Welsh and John Niven. Niven says, ‘‘If you lived through the early Eighties this book is essential. If you didn’t it’s simply a brilliant debut novel’, The Scotsman calls it ‘hilarious and hearbreaking’, while Press & Journal names Ross a ‘real new talent on the Scottish literary scene’. The Rise and Fall of the Miraculous Vespas is the next in the Disco Days trilogy, and out in March. *Here from Scotland
Michael Grothaus, a high-profile international journalist whose award-winning investigation into sex trafficking in Hollywood was the inspiration for his debut novel Epiphany Jones, a magnificent thriller cum dark comedy that will be published in May.
Kati Hiekkapelto, an award-winning, internationally bestselling Finnish crime writer, whose debut The Hummingbird was shortlisted for the Petrona Award, and the sequel, The Defenceless won Best Finnish Crime Novel of 2015 and is up for the Glass Key in 2016. The Exiled will be published in Autumn 2016. All of Kati’s books are translated by David Hackston. Barry Forshaw says, ‘Rarely do her books read like any of her illustrious predecessors, and her socially committed style acquires more polish with each successive book’ and Doug Johnstone says, ‘There is something of that restless energy here, a nod to anti-authoritarian and countercultural ideas that makes the novel stand out from the pack’. *Here from Finland
Su Bristow, whose beautiful retelling of the Selkie legend, Sealskin, will be published in 2017. *Here from Devon
Steph Broadribb, the latest addition to the team, whose action-adventure debut, featuring a single mother bounty hunter in the USA, Deep, Down, Dead will be published in early 2017.
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