Tuesday, October 27, 2009
These days, air travel is easily the fastest way to travel, and with the rise of low cost airlines, it can be the cheapest. Increasingly we are using short-haul flights as an alternative to rail travel. A rail journey however can be about so much more than just getting from A to B. As travel writer Paul Mansfield states in his account of a five day rail journey from London to Lisbon; “I could have made this journey by plane in about two hours – and missed everything”.
A train can still take us on a genuine journey, whether it weaves through vertiginous mountain passes, across expansive planes, or indeed whether the adventure itself is in being thrown together with a motley array of other travellers. Could it lead to a romantic encounter in the dining car? Or will you be sharing your sleeping car with a sinister stranger?
When Paul Theroux’s The Great Railway Bazaar was first published in 1975, its tenet was the travellers’ mantra ‘the journey is the goal’. Theroux defied traditions of travel literature as he sought not to report on unfamiliar cultures, but to submit himself to chance experiences along the way. The book became an instant classic of travel literature, and an inspiration to a generation of rail travellers.
Last Call for the Dining Car, too, tackles these themes. Michael Kerr, the Daily Telegraph’s deputy travel editor, has waded deep into the Telegraph archives to compile a riveting anthology of all the best railway travel to have appeared in the paper. Here are epic journeys across India, high over the Andean Altiplano, from Moscow to Peking, on the Sunset Express across America to California, and from Leicester Square to Charing Cross on the Piccadilly Line.
With contributions from Michael Palin, Nicholas Crane and John Simpson amongst others.
Friday, October 16, 2009
William McKeen became friends with Thompson after writing a monograph on his work. He has interviewed many of the writer’s associates who would not speak before, from childhood friends to assistants at his Colorado home, getting behind the drink and drugs to reveal a charismatic figure who was happy to be considered an outlaw but took the calling of journalism as his vocation. Outlaw Journalist is the definitive biography of this compelling American icon.
Monday, September 21, 2009
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Monday, August 24, 2009
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Monday, July 20, 2009
The Most Dangerous Enemy has been described as “the most exhaustive and detailed account of the Battle of Britain”, but the book is far from an alienating history textbook. Bungay manages to make an event over sixty-nine years old accessible to a modern reader by establishing the background to the battle without patronising the knowledgeable or veering into dull statistics. We learn how the Battle of Britain may not have happened, had Churchill not have been elected as Prime Minister, and how Churchill’s military confidence and sense of moral obligation stood alone against government and public calls for peace.
For the avid historian there is still much to learn about the Battle of Britain, and Bungay weaves his newfound knowledge into an exciting and compelling narrative. This is a thoroughly readable account of one of the most important battles in British history, finally providing a comprehensive and thoughtful insight into our country’s past.
The Most Dangerous Enemy: A History of the Battle of Britain by Stephen Bungay will be available from August in paperback at £8.79
Thursday, July 2, 2009
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Passion is a Fashion: The Real Story of The Clash is available now in paperback from £7.99
Monday, June 22, 2009
Thursday, June 18, 2009
AC/DC Maximum Rock & Roll is coming soon in paperback priced at £16.99
Journalist for the Sunday Telegraph and the Guardian, Byron Rogers lived happy in the assumption that he knew all that was worth knowing about Byron Rogers. Until, that is, he started receiving steamy, passionate love letters from female readers. What was really baffling was that, despite these women’s claims to the contrary, he’d never actually met any of them. Determined to get to the bottom of these mysterious goings-on, Rogers turns detective in this strange and witty memoir, Me: The Authorised Biography, only to find himself struggling to reclaim centre stage of his own life.
Me: The Authorised Biography is coming soon in hardback priced at £16.99
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Thursday, June 11, 2009
“very entertaining, clear and wise” says The Times
Please click here to read Rod Liddle’s full review of A Fortunate Life:
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Tickets cost £5 and are redeemable against the cost of any book in stock on the night.
The Holt Bookshop is situated at 10 Appleyard, Holt, Norfolk, NR25 6AR. For more information, please call 01263 715858 or visit: http://holtbookshoponline.tbpcontrol.co.uk/tbp.direct/customeraccesscontrol/home.aspx?d=holtbookshoponline&s=C&r=10000334&ui=0&bc=0
Tickets are priced at £9.50 and the talk is set to start at 10 a.m. at Kings Place, York Way, N1 9AG.
For more information, please call 0844 264 0321 or visit: http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/events/show-23611236-details/Janie+Hampton%3A+The+Austerity+Olympics%3A+1948/2012/%3A+Talk/showReview.do
Monday, June 8, 2009
A distinct original, Audrey Hepburn is perhaps best loved for her incomparable elegance, luminous beauty and inimitable sense of style. Out now in paperback, Pamela Clarke Keogh’s Audrey Style celebrates the life of this captivating star, whose trademark boyish figure, cropped hair and ballet slippers resonate still through the fashion world of today. Complete with first time interviews from those closest to her, this style biography features original sketches from leading fashion designers, such as Vera Wang, Manolo Blahnik and Alexander McQueen and over 90 colour and black-and-white photographs, many of which have never before been published. From the struggles of her early life to the complex relationship she shared with her mother, from her weight to her loves, Audrey Style reveals all that contributed towards Audrey’s transformation into one of the most memorable women of the 20th century.
Audrey Style is issued in paperback at £11.99 and is available at:
http://www.waterstones.com/waterstonesweb/displayProductDetails.do?sku=6690562 [Also available in hardback.]
Next, we have a tale of triumph from first-time author Christine Adams…
A Lifetime in the Building is the remarkable story of May Savidge, her compulsive hoarding and the home she single-handedly demolished and rebuilt at the age of 60. Inheriting the sadly dilapidated house upon Auntie May’s death 23 years later, Christine Adams and her family soon discover that, throughout her life, this extraordinary woman had carefully stored away every bus ticket, every sweet wrapper, every glamorous dress ever worn. Faced with the daunting task of having to rummage through this strange wealth of belongings piece by piece, Christine quickly finds herself plunged into a bygone world filled with heartbreak, heroism and hard-fought battles with bureaucracy. With an introduction by Paul Atterbury of the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow, this is the intriguing book of a woman’s quest to lay the ghost of her Auntie May and the house she built to rest.
A Lifetime in the Building is issued in hardback at £16.99 and is available at: http://www.waterstones.com/waterstonesweb/displayProductDetails.do?sku=6541510
And finally, our music titles for this month include…
Passionate, intelligent and hard-hitting, Pat Gilbert’s Passion is a Fashion: The Real Story of the Clash offers the first real behind-the-scenes glimpse into the complex history of a band that shaped a generation of disillusioned youth with their ferocious mix of politics and punk rock. Written by the former editor of the internationally acclaimed music magazine Mojo, this book examines the early lives of the Clash’s classic line up, the tensions arising from their particularly gruelling and chaotic touring, the tragic death of Joe Strummer and more. Drawing on over 70 original interviews with key contributors to the band’s success, such as Kosmo Vinyl, Don Letts and Caroline Coon, as well as the band members themselves, Passion is a Fashion: The Real Story of the Clash sheds new light on those areas of the story all too often overlooked.
Passion is a Fashion: The Real Story of the Clash is issued in paperback at £7.99 and is available at:
http://www.waterstones.com/waterstonesweb/displayProductDetails.do?sku=6541473 [Also available in hardback.]
Thursday, April 2, 2009
AURUM'S MAIN TITLE THIS SPRING
A FORTUNATE LIFE: The autobiography of PADDY ASHDOWN, an autobiography by a politician which is totally unlike the traditional political memoir. It is the story of a life lived to the full, as a Royal Marine Commando, a member of the Special Boat Service and an international peacemaker, as well as an MP and a party leader. At a time when politicians are viewed with derision and suspicion, Paddy Ashdown is widely respected and admired, even by his political opponents. This books shows why.
No other British political leader of the post-war generation could have written a book like this for the simple reason that no other modern politician has led a life as varied, adventurous and dramatic as its author. He is deadly serious when writing about the things that matter to him - his family, his country, his party, the Bosnian people whose cause he adopted when it was deeply unpopular to do so - but he also has a refreshing gift for seeing the funny side of most situations and illustrates it with self-deprecating wit and a wealth of anecdote.
A FORTUNATE LIFE: The autobiography of PADDY ASHDOWN is issued in hardback at £20.00 and is available at: http://www.waterstones.com/waterstonesweb/displayProductDetails.do?sku=6424003
To the Last Round: The Epic British Stand on the Imjin River, Korea, 1951 by Andrew Salmon.
Hercules & the Farmer’s Wife And Other Stories from a Cumbrian Art Gallery is issued in hardback at £14.99 and is available at:
Our musical titles this spring include:
Journey of A Thousand Miles: My Story by Lang Lang with David Ritz tells the remarkable story of a boy who sacrificed almost everything - family, financial security, childhood, his reputation in China's insular classical music world - to fulfil his promise as a classical pianist. Born in Shenyang, China, he started playing piano at age three and started studying at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing at ten. At 15 he won a scholarship to the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia; by 19 he was selling out Carnegie Hall.
Pete Sampras: The Autobiography - A Champion's Mind by Pete Sampras with Peter Bodo is published now in hardback by Aurum Press at £16.99. Copies can be ordered at: http://www.waterstones.com/waterstonesweb/displayProductDetails.do?sku=6490482
Another sports title is George Myerston's Fighting for Football. This book offers a unique take on the First World War, by looking at the story of Tim Coleman, a footballer who led the first players' strike, and played for Arsenal, Everton and Nottingham Forest. In 1914, Coleman joined up with the Footballers' Battalion and went to fight on the Western Front where he won the Military Medal. This is the first biography of this exceptional man who ended his life in obscurity as a window-cleaner.
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
The Wikipedia Revolution: How a Bunch of Nobodies Created the World’s Greatest Encyclopedia by Andrew Lih is one of the first 'biographies' of the first mass-market internet encyclopedia. Lih’s is ‘a story which challenges notions from neutrality, authority and ownership to civil liberties and the profit motive, to illustrate how people have created the world’s greatest encyclopedia'.
The Wikipedia Revolution by Andrew Lih is issued in paperback with flaps at £14.99 and is available at:
The World in Six Songs: How the musical Brain Created Human Nature by Daniel J. Levitin is the eagerly anticipated follow-up to the New-York Times bestseller This is Your Brain on Music. Levitin describes how music played a pivotal role in the creation of human culture and society and illustrates how music is at the core of what it means to be human.
The World in Six Songs: How the musical Brain Created Human Nature by Daniel J. Levitin is issued in paperback with flaps at £14.99 and is available at:
The Book of the Edwardian & Interwar House by Richard Russel Lawrence is issued in jacketed hardback at £30 and is available at:
Next to our paperback releases which include:
Crisis? What Crisis? Britain in the 1970s by Alwyn W. Turner tells the story the social history of Britain in the 1970s through soaps and sitcoms, music and movies, fiction, fashion and sport of the time seen through the eyes of the mass media.
Crisis? What Crisis? Britain in the 1970s by Alwyn W. Turner is issued in paperback at £8.99 and is available at:
The Head Gardeners by Tony Musgrave is issued in paperback at £8.99 and is available at:
Friday, February 20, 2009
Thursday, February 19, 2009
And it seems as though most of the publicity is only just starting. With a serial starting today in the Daily Mail, an interview yesterday at the BBC World Service and more to come before the end of this week, sales are set to climb sky-high.
One other thing: it is nice to find that it is not just the usual celebrity memoirs and ghostwritten chick-lit that is proving popular with readers nowadays. The success of Love in a Headscarf is proof for first-time authors everywhere, that if you have a story worth telling, tell it, and someone will listen.
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
The memoir is irreverent and feminine: perhaps not the most conventional tone for discussing this topic. "I love chick lit," she says. "I noticed when I started reading it that it was very much about 'How do you find the prince?' And what I wanted to do was tell that universal story, but from the perspective of being a Muslim woman."
Janmohamed was always aware that her marriage would be arranged, and is frustrated by the common misconception that such unions bypass the desires of the bride and groom. "The Islamic view on marriage is that the man or woman should make an active choice as to who they want to marry," she says. "And there's no long-term dating procedure, but it's essential that the two people have met, that they've had as much discussion as they like and that they feel comfortable with each other."
Introductions are usually organised by parents and a designated matchmaker, but there was, she recalls, "a lot of frank discussion about what I would want in a partner" beforehand. She credits this with helping her to make an informed choice and teaching her about herself. "You look at your list and you think, 'Gosh, I'm so shallow!'" she laughs, "because it's ·'good-looking, tall, handsome . . .'"
In her memoir, Janmohamed focuses on the intersection between the cultural representations of love and the reality. "The big question I ask is, 'What is love?'" she says. "Because we all watch lots of Hollywood films, and it's always Prince Charming and you live happily ever after. And I still watch them, and I swoon at the hero, and I wish life was like that. But when you come from an Asian background it's different - it's all practical and serious, and if you fall in love at the end then that's very good, dear."
In the book's opening chapter, Janmohamed is introduced to her first prospective husband, and her expectation is that he is destined to be "Mr Right" - that the arranged marriage can exist in tandem with the rom-com. But as her search continues, she begins to recognise the disparity between these two ideas of love. "I think as you grow up and things don't work out as you think they will you get pushed to ask the questions - is my paradigm of the world something that is true? Are we shortchanged today because all we think about is romance? Or is the Asian tradition perhaps too staid?"
Janmohamed is keenly aware of how non-Muslims tend to view arranged marriage and Muslim women in general. She recalls visits to bookshops where she would find "shelves and shelves of misery memoir and all these women in black veils with camels walking in the background and titles like I Was Sold Into Marriage." She smiles flatly. "And the only other stories that we saw were of Muslim women who had somehow broken through this oppression, had decided that Islam was the source of it and had rejected it, and had gone off to be - and the only way to put this is in quotation marks - 'liberated'. And you know, this is a really serious issue, the idea that women don't get to exercise their free choice and are pushed into areas of life that they shouldn't be forced into: that does need to be addressed. But I think it's really important that as part of that wider picture of what it is like to be a Muslim woman there are some positive stories told." She lifts her hands. "I like being a Muslim woman!"
Janmohamed's parents emigrated from Tanzania in 1964, arriving with two suitcases, one son and £75 to their name. Their daughter followed soon afterwards, and was brought up in a fairly liberal north London home, familiar with her parents' culture and faith, while attending a local girls' school and mixing with people from different backgrounds. For many years she kept the three strands of her life - school, home and the mosque - quite separate, but finally began to reconcile them in her search for a husband.
This search began when she was 19 and studying at Oxford. The issue of education was an uncomfortable one, she recalls. Her parents had always encouraged her studies, "but there were people around saying 'Well, just make sure that you're not too educated because the men will be scared of you.'" Still, she stresses, this is another example of the universality of her story. "I think women generally have this idea that they have to giggle at men's jokes," she says, "and can't be too smart and can't make men feel like they don't know enough."
It took Janmohamed a decade to find the man she would marry, but today she hesitates to talk about her husband; she smiles nervously and explains that she doesn't want to reveal too much about the end of the novel. "What I will say is that he went through the whole process like all the others." During the years of her search she was introduced to more suitors than she can even remember, and the book recounts those would-be husbands who most influenced her thinking. "One of the fascinating things is that because the timescale is so shortened, you have to reveal yourself immediately. So within two or three meetings you would be saying, 'What do you want to do with the rest of your life? How many children do you want to have?' And actually I think that's very liberating; you know somebody very quickly.
"So there were men I would meet who were running very late and not think anything of it, not even an apology; and so you would think, 'That person clearly doesn't have any respect for me.' Or people who didn't want to spend any money, and I thought, 'Well, if you're not even going to spend any money to impress me at this stage, you're clearly not going to be very generous when we get married.'" More startling were the suitors who asked if she would consider not wearing a headscarf. "I found that quite shocking," she says, "because I wasn't forced to wear it, I'd taken that choice as an independent woman, and I expected of all the people in the world who would respect that choice it would be my husband."
The discussion of faith in Britain is, she believes, only just beginning. "I think in Britain it has taken a long time to be able to talk about these subjects - in the 60s and 70s it was about race, and you had to be very careful how you framed discussions about race. And now as we come into the 21st century that discourse is about faith. As Muslim women we seem to get stuck in the middle of this - because we look different," she says. "And I get really fed up with reading stories in the papers about how all Muslim women are oppressed. Even when I tell people I have a job and I'm educated and I travel round on my own, people still say, 'Well, you're still oppressed, you just don't know it.'"
"When Islam was first brought here in the seventh century it was extremely radical - which is a naughty word, you're not allowed to say the word 'radical' if you're a Muslim, because it means you're going to blow something up - but Islam was radical because the Prophet Mohammed said women are equal to men, black people are equal to white people, rich people are equal to poor people," she says. "I think Muslims look back to that and say to women, 'Look, you had rights that no one had anywhere in the world!' And that's right, but most Muslim women's lives are not like that. So Muslim women are caught in a gap; they're either told they're oppressed or they're not oppressed. But no one asks Muslim women what they think. And in the grand scale of literature, the voices Muslim women have are very few."
It was this want of a voice that convinced her to begin her blog, while working for a mobile telecoms company. "I started writing because I couldn't find anyone that was expressing a view based on critical thinking," she explains. "There's this view that the Islamic world is violent, oppressed and anti-democracy and all the other stereotypes. And then there's a view within the Muslim community - and we have to be honest about this - that says, 'The west is bad.' But I'm a British Muslim; I'm a Muslim and I'm from the west."
The success of the blog prompted people to suggest she write a book about being a Muslim woman. "And I would think, yes, I must, and it's very worthy. And when I sat down to write it I realised I didn't want to write a story that was 'This is Islam and these are the pillars . . .' People can read that in a text book. I thought I wanted to tell a universal story and the best story to tell is the story of love".
Love in a Headscarf is published by Aurum Press and priced at £10.99
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
As mentioned in an earlier blog entry, Aurum is preparing for the publication of Paddy Ashdown's memoir, A Fortunate Life in April. We were all highly excited last Tuesday when not just one, but two (!!) lords visited our offices - Lord Tebbit, here to see Jeremy Robson at Aurum's sister company JR Books, and Lord Ashdown.
Watch a clip of Paddy Ashdown chatting about his upcoming title and click on the link below the video to preorder a copy from Waterstone's.
Thursday, February 12, 2009
The Orbital Comics Gallery will be hosting the INCREDIBLY STRANGE COMICS exhibition from March 3rd until April 9th which links in wonderfully with the book.
Gallery Address: 148 Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0LB
For further information and ticket prices, call 0207 240 7672 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Love in a Headscarf is a light-hearted and humorous book that weaves between multiple layers of culture, faith and raw human emotion. It asks the questions that so many of us ask: what is love, and how will I find it? My search may have started in a different way to many people, and with a different perspective, but it is the same universal human search. At its heart it is the intertwined story of how I found myself, my faith, and love.
Love in itself is also complicated, and I explore the interrelationship between romantic love, companionship and Divine Love. The subtitle of the book “Muslim woman seeks the One” alludes to the enigma of this search, and how often we try to resolve the seeming contradiction of finding and loving a person, with the search and love for something greater than ourselves. The insight and discovery of Divine Love was a major part of my personal journey and the (re)discovery of my faith, and I wanted to take the reader on that journey with me.
These are extremely challenging themes, and I hope readers will enjoy the journey that we go on together through these complexities, but in a way that steps back from the seriousness, and just enjoys the humour and comedy of day to day life. Some of the stories I find quite unbelievable myself, and in some cases they are quite absurd but always very funny. Our modern angst can create some situations and ideas that can only be unravelled by reading someone else’s experiences of it – and sharing one from a completely different perspective is sometimes the best way to do it.
I have been writing for several years about topics such as British Islam, Muslims and Muslim women. It is an area of high emotion, and often of confusion, that bubbles up constantly in our public discussions. I was constantly asked to write about my experiences in order to make a contribution to the debate, but I wanted to do it in an unexpected manner, which is why I chose humour – not something for which books about Muslims are known. So this breaks the mould – so go out and read it, because it is a book about being a modern woman, a modern Muslim woman, unlike anything else, I promise you!
Most people who grow up with multiple cultures and narratives will empathise with the fact that life seems to be full of contrasts and contradictions. The most natural way to convey these is through humour, because comedy itself is created out of those unexpected and contradictory experiences. I also felt that humour was the most accessible medium to unravel serious stereotypes and ideas because, as Peter Ustinov said, “Comedy is simply a funny way of being serious.”
I wrote the book in a style which was new to me, and so I feel both brave and nervous at the same time in revealing a new side of me as a writer. But I look back on the journey that I’ve been on in the book, and realise that the journey itself and the honesty with which it is described are courageous too. I hope that readers will pick up the book and laugh with me at my modern angst and neuroses, will empathise with it, but most of all will finish the book and say ‘that was a cracking good read.’
By Shelina Janmohamed, journalist, writer and first-time author of Love in a Headscarf (published on February 14 by Aurum Press, £10.99)
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
"An Islamic spin on the ‘Looking for The One' genre. Hijab-wearing Shelina is Oxford educated, more than moderately religious and has told her liberal-ish parents that she's up for an arranged marriage. Unfortunately, her Muslim ideals clash with theWestern ideas of romance she has picked up from films like Grease. Part of you wonders why she doesn't just rebel against the whole charade yet it's also fascinating that she doesn't.There's also great colour from the likes of the ‘buxom aunties' who are present at every meeting, frowning and serving perfectly bronzed samosas."
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
tune into Inspirit with Jumoke Fashola on BBC London 94.9
to listen to Shelina Janmohamed,
first-time author of Love in a Headscarf.
An interview with Shelina will also be appearing
in The Guardian's G2 section during w/c 16th of February - I will update on which day exactly in the coming week hopefully - with further features and interviews expected in the course of this month. So keep your eyes and ears out for this exciting new voice in British literature!
Love in a Headscarf by Shelina Janmohamed is issued in paperback at £10.99 from 14th February. You can order a copy at: http://www.waterstones.com/waterstonesweb/displayProductDetails.do?sku=6423987
Nina Simone: The Biography by David Brun-Lambert is issued in jacketed hardback at £20 and is available at: http://www.waterstones.com/waterstonesweb/displayProductDetails.do?sku=6423998
Our other musical biography is James Brown: The Godfather of Soul, republished by us after being out of print in the UK for 20 years. Originally co-written by Brown himself, this is a frank, revealing and passionate tale of the extraordinary life of a truly legendary performer.
James Brown: The Godfather of Soul by James Brown with Bruce Tucker is issued in paperback at £8.99 and is available at: http://www.waterstones.com/waterstonesweb/displayProductDetails.do?sku=6424001
Into sport now and we have The Red and the White: The Story of England v Wales Rugby. Wales has a history of playing the finest rugby of all the home nations, but England has a history of enviable strength, and these two sides are known for their epic encounters on the rugby field. Huw Richards, rugby correspondent for the Financial Times, has chronicled many of the memorable meetings between these two since the 1970s, and shows that it is not just a contest between two teams, but a clash of cultures and histories as well as a titanic sporting occasion.
The Red and the White: The Story of England v Wales Rugby by Huw Richards is issued in jacketed hardback at £16.99. It is available at: http://www.waterstones.com/waterstonesweb/displayProductDetails.do?sku=6506457
Finally we have The Sharp End: The Fighting Man in World War II, John Ellis’s hugely successful study of the experiences of the fighting soldier in World War Two, originally published in 1980.
Ellis uses testimony from British, American and Commonwealth soldiers from all theatres of the Second World War about their training, attitudes and aspirations, the different landscapes and climates, and their reactions to the experience of battle. This comprehensive and detailed study is an essential for the bookshelf of anybody interested in modern military history.
The Sharp End: The Fighting Man in World War II by John Ellis, with an introduction by Max Hastings is issued in paperback at £9.99.
Thursday 12 March 2009 at 5.30pm
at Watershed, 1 Canons Road, Bristol, BS1 5TX
Following the book signing Encounters Short Film Festival present a
screening of Jason and the Argonauts (U) Dir: Don Chaffey (104mins)
Tickets: £6 (£4.50 concessions). To book: phone 0117 927 5100
or buy online at http://www.watershed.co.uk/
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Now, after working mainly with fiction, I was keen on gaining insight into a non-fiction publishing house. I particularly dreamt of working in a place that publishes books I actually like and find interesting to read, because what fascinates me most about non-fiction publishing is the extraordinary possibility of bringing together a love of books and a love of what the book is about, may it be hiking or photography. Mainly attracted by the excellent biographies of Aurum Press – one of my favourites is ‘Conversations with Woody Allen’ – I soon discovered the broad range of books Aurum is publishing and what a challenge this diversity of books is for the editors here.
That is the reason why Aurum Press was, at least for me, the perfect place for an internship in publishing. During my time at Aurum I got to know the many processes involved in publishing and especially ways of promoting the final product. The highlight of every week is the editorial meeting. Discussions about new, creative and original ideas for books, marketing plans and publishing processes revealed how publishers work and which aspects play a role in their decisions. I loved the fact that the publishers really believe in the success of every book they publish. Their trust in a book or in an idea has been always the decisive factor whether books get published or not. This love and faith in their own books is visible in all of the publications at Aurum. If you learn as an intern how much work, effort and passion lies in each book, respect for the profession of publishing increases immensely. And the experience of being at Aurum has certainly increased my respect for publishing and my ultimate hopes for a publishing career.
Thursday, January 15, 2009
The Autobiography of Paddy Ashdown: A Fortunate Life will be published in April 2009 by Aurum Press and is priced at £20.
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
I am also very excited about getting some of our authors to write some articles for the blog, and am very pleased to say that Shelina Janmohamed will be the first to contribute to the Aurum blog. Shelina is the author of Love in a Headscarf, her memoir about finding love as a Muslim woman in Britain, which is out in February. She already runs a very successful blog called Spirit21 which was named Best Blog and Best Female Blog at the 2008 Brass Centre Awards (the link is on our blogroll). Keep checking this space for her article.
And finally, next to news, updates and author contributions, I am also planning some insights into publishing, particularly aimed at anyone with a keen interest in publishing who might be keen to know how things work at Aurum Press.
One last thing: both our January titles, Lucky Kunst and The Desert War, arrived fresh from the printers this week. Both look fantastic, and we are expecting big things from both titles. Keep an eye out for them in your local bookstore or order online (links below).
Thursday, January 8, 2009
The Desert War by Alan Moorehead is issued in paperback at £10.99. You can order copies at http://www.waterstones.com/waterstonesweb/simpleSearch.do?simpleSearchString=Desert+War+Trilogy&searchType=0.
'(Lucky Kunst)...explains really clearly and accurately what was happening at the time because Gregor was actually there.' Tracey Emin, The Independent (January 8th 2009) - Check out Tracey's full article on Lucky Kunst via this link: http://www.independent.co.uk/opinion/columnists/tracey-emin/tracey-emin-my-friend-gregor-and-i-fell-out-when-i-miaowed-during-his-inaugural-speech-1231753.html
Lucky Kunst by Gregor Muir is issued in paperback on 26th January at £14.99. You can order copies at http://www.waterstones.com/waterstonesweb/simpleSearch.do?simpleSearchString=Lucky+Kunst&searchType=0&Image1.x=19&Image1.y=5