Two of the three Scottish Scouse brothers were digging a shaft on Claim Number Fifteen on Eldorado Creek, when one bucket came up that was not like the others. This time, the gravel and sand sparkled with nuggets and fine gold dust.
Bill called to his brother down the shaft, “What in hell do you think you sent up, the Bank of England?”
Historical writer Philippa Gregory’s first YA novel is to be called Changeling, and will form the first of a four-book series titled Order of Darkness.
Simon & Schuster, who acquired world rights in the four titles in a joint acquisition with S&S US, will publish the first title in hardback on 24th May 2012. The books will receive a coordinated worldwide publication in the UK, the US, Canada, Australia and India, according to the publisher.
Changeling is set in 1453; 17-year-old Luca Vero has been expelled from his monastery and recruited by a stranger to record the end of times across Europe. On his journey, he meets 17-year-old Isolde, a lady abbess who has been trapped in a nunnery to prevent her claiming her rich inheritance.
Publishing director Ingrid Selberg said: “We are tremendously excited to welcome Philippa Gregory to the Simon & Schuster Children’s list. Her magical storytelling, combined with romance and strong characterisation, will have enormous appeal to the young adult audience. We look forward to working with our colleagues across all of Simon & Schuster to bring her stories to young readers worldwide.”
"Harry Potter" author J.K. Rowling reached all ages with her books about "the boy who lived," but her next work will be specifically for adults, publisher Little, Brown said Thursday.
This will be Rowling’s first adult novel, but other than that, little is known about her new effort. The publisher says more information about the title, story and release date are to come later this year.
Rowling, who started an international phenomenon with her seven-book “Harry Potter” series, said in a statement that her new work of fiction will definitely be a departure from Harry and his Hogwarts crew.
"Although I’ve enjoyed writing it every bit as much, my next book will be very different to the ‘Harry Potter’ series, which has been published so brilliantly by Bloomsbury and my other publishers around the world," Rowling said in a statement. "The freedom to explore new territory is a gift that Harry’s success has brought me, and with that new territory it seemed a logical progression to have a new publisher."
In its statement, Little, Brown says it will publish Rowling’s upcoming novel in print and e-book in English worldwide.
Viking has acquired a new biography of Jane Eyre author, Charlotte Bronte, to be published in 2016 to coincide with the bicentenary of Bronte’s birth.
Publishing director Venetia Butterfield bought UK and Commonwealth rights to the new work by Claire Harman through Hannah Westland of Rogers, Coleridge and White.
According to the publisher, the biography will draw on little-known material and examine in greater depth the relationship between Bronte and Monsieur Heger, her schoolmaster in Belgium. Her unrequited love for him sparked her early work as well as her determination to get her own and her sisters’ work published.
Bronte’s most well-known novel is Jane Eyre, with works also including Shirley, Villette and The Professor. She was born in April 1816, and died in March 1855, living the majority of her life with her family, including sisters Anne and Emily, in the parsonage at Haworth, Yorkshire. A year before her death, she married Arthur Bell Nicholls, her father’s curate. The first posthumous biography of her was written by Victorian novelist, Elizabeth Gaskell.
Harman is a winner of the John Llewellyn Rhys prize for her biography of Sylvia Townsend Warner.
If summer is the season for shoot-em-up action flicks, then winter is the time for romance. Now a new study backs that up, finding that movie lovers tend to gravitate to romantic movies in the cold weather in hopes it will make them feel warm.
“Miss Austen’s novels … seem to me vulgar in tone, sterile in artistic invention, imprisoned in the wretched conventions of English society, without genius, wit, or knowledge of the world. Never was life so pinched and narrow. The one problem in the mind of the writer … is marriageableness.”—Ralph Waldo Emerson on Jane Austen (via myimaginarybrooklyn)
“And Troy’s deformities lay deep down from a woman’s vision, whilst his embellishments were upon the very surface; thus contrasting with homely Oak, whose defects were patent to the blindest, and whose virtues were as metals in a mine.”—Thomas Hardy, Far from the Madding Crowd
“To love is to suffer. To avoid suffering one must not love. But then one suffers from not loving. Therefore to love is to suffer, not to love is to suffer. To suffer is to suffer. To be happy is to love. To be happy then is to suffer. But suffering makes one unhappy. Therefore, to be unhappy one must love, or love to suffer, or suffer from too much happiness. I hope you’re getting this down.”— Woody Allen, Love and Death