LAW 2018 Christmas Round Up
We are delighted that Spitfire by John Nichol (Simon & Schuster UK) has been selected as WHSmith's Non-Fiction Book of the Year. Stephen McEntee, WHSmith non-fiction buyer, said Spitfire 'packs such an emotional punch' and 'will stay with you long after you have finished reading it.' It's been a brilliant year at LAW, and in the yearly round-ups Khurrum Rahman's Jay Qasim Series was also selected as one of the Guardian's best books of 2018. On the children's side, the Evening Standard designated Chris Riddell's Poems to Live Your Life By and Jason Reynolds' Long Way Down (illustrated by Chris Priestley) as two of the best children's books to buy this Christmas. We are immensely proud of all our authors' and illustrators' hard work this year, and look forward to many great things to come in 2019.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
The Thinking Woman's Writing Award
Here at LAW, we're delighted to be supporting The Thinking Woman's Writing Award. Set up by author Kate Jegede, applications opened last Friday, 14th September. The award aims to increase the visibility of women writers writing non-fiction works with a philosophical or critical thinking theme. For more information about the award, and instructions on how to apply, please click here.
FILM NEWS: Sophie Kinsella's Can You Keep a Secret?
We're incredibly excited that the movie adaptation of Sophie Kinsella's bestseller Can You Keep a Secret? begins filming next month.
Alexandra Daddario, star of San Andreas and True Detective, will star as main character Emma and will also be an executive producer, with Elise Duran directing. Tyler Hoechlin will play Emma's CEO Jack Harper. Peter Hutchings is adapting and Claude Dal Farra, Brice Dal Farra, and Brian Keady of BCDF Pictures are producers.
Dare to be Different . . .
Picture book creator Jane Porter has a demonstrable affinity for young children. Her first book for toddlers THIS RABBIT, THAT RABBIT (Walker Books) was chosen by BookTrust to include in their Bookstart baby packs and Book Start has now also chosen her most recent picture book PINK LION (Walker Books) for its library corner scheme. Readers - both adults and children - respond to the book's warm, engaging and unique pink hero as well as its message about being different - but finding your own individual way to fit in. The idea was inspired originally by one of the children in Jane's Under 5 art classes; then developed with input from other young readers; and launched in 2016 with bookstore windows and events at Heffers Cambridge, Forum Books Corbridge, Nomad Books, Tales on Moon Lane, Waterstones Clapham Junction and the Apple Store, Regent Street. You can see more of Jane's work and her multi-faceted approach to art and creativity at www.janeporter.co.uk
We are also delighted to be welcoming two other award-winning author illustrators to LAW for 2018: Emily Gravett, twice winner of the Greenaway Medal and Steve McCarthy, who was the winner for the National Book Tokens Children's Book of the Year (Junior) with Sarah Webb (author) at the Irish Book Awards for his picture book debut A Sailor Went to Sea, Sea, Sea (O'Brien Press). There are going to be some exciting new projects in this coming year . . .
Happy New Year 2018
We're gearing up for an exciting, jam-packed year. We look forward to bringing you lots of news in the coming months.
LAW made donations to the following charities in 2017: BookTrust, Give a Book, World Book Day, Action Aid UK, Age UK, Crisis, Dementia UK, Demelza Hospice Care for Children, Cool Earth, The Christie Charitable Fund, The Hospice of St Francis, Medecins Sans Frontiers, The James Wentworth-Stanley Memorial Fund and Breast Cancer Now.