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Archive for March, 2012

Don’t try this at home

- March 26th, 2012

Maximilian Ponder

J.W. Ironmonger ponders Back to the Future and the imminent publication of his first novel The Notable Brain of Maximilian Ponder.

‘There’s a scene right at the end of ‘Back to the Future’ when Marty McFly arrives home in Hill Valley 1985 (courtesy of the DeLorean, of course) and finds nothing is quite as it was. It seems the tinkering he and Doc Emmet Brown did in 1955 has subtly altered his world. His couch-potato parents (George and Lorraine) are bantering about their tennis game, Biff, the town bully, is waxing a new car that appears to belong to Marty, and, get this … George is opening a box of books …

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Kyung-Sook Shin is first ever woman to win Man Asian Literary Prize for Please Look After Mother

- March 20th, 2012

Kyung-sook Shin with Mr Peter Clarke of Man Group - Credit Johnny Gin

And here she is receiving the award with Peter Clarke of Man Group. Congratulations!

To celebrate we are giving away 5 copies of Please Look After Mother. To enter please email: competitions@orionbooks.co.uk with PLAM in the subject heading. Competition closes 30th March.
For full terms and conditions visit www.orionbooks.co.uk/terms-and-conditions. To watch the acceptance speech click here.

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All I Did Was Shoot My Man

- March 7th, 2012

walter mosley

W&N editor Sophie Buchan writes about her first encounter with Walter Mosley, one of the best kept secrets in modern crime fiction …

The first time I ever read Walter Mosley, I was on my way home to a part of Hackney that was far less gentrified than it is now. I’d got off the bus but I couldn’t bear to stop reading for the walk to my door. It was as though Raymond Chandler had turned up in Obama’s Americaand was writing cool, pacy thrillers – but real-world, street-smart cool, not vintage cool. So I tried to walk and read, sidestepping cars but otherwise in a world of my own or, more precisely, a world of razor-sharp wisecracks, hot pursuits down fire escapes, mysterious fraud at City Hall, gritty Lower East Side cool, enthralling shoot-outs in dingy alleyways… And I was so captivated by this Walter Mosley, whom I’d barely heard of before, that by the time I sensed something was wrong, I’d walked straight into the scene of a shooting …

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