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'Brilliant and original, The Atlas of Health generates another route into understanding the nature of our supposedly globalised world.'
The USA is one of the world's most unequal nations, and California, despite (or because of) its vast wealth, scores even higher on the Gini index of inequality.
'A vibrant statistical snapshot of this myth-inspiring US state' Library Journal
California's 21% share of the USA's homeless is far greater than its 12% share of the total population. And 25% of California's homeless are classified as 'chronic homeless', compared with the national average of 16%.
See more awards and prize-listed books here.
We're thrilled with the new edition Sue Eckstein's heartwarming first novel, The Cloths of Heaven, which is now available. The Cloths of Heaven is a Myriad classic and this new edition is a fitting celebration of a much loved author's life and work.
Quick Fictions is an evolution in digital storytelling, full of bite-size tales to read on the bus, in the tube, while the kettle boils. Developed by Professor Nicholas Royle, author of Quilt, at the University of Sussex in partnership with Myriad and Aimer Media, Quick Fictions features the finest stories – each fewer than 300 words. The app will continue to grow as new stories are submitted: find out how to submit yours here on our website and don't forget to buy the app for regular updates!
We have a host of exciting books this year, including historical fiction, literary fiction, crime novels and graphic books.
You can browse the catalogue here, including the complete backlist and atlas series, or download a PDF below.
We are delighted to announce that Philippa Gregory, Jackie Kay and William Nicholson will be appearing at First Fictions 2014. Other guests during the packed weekend of events include Ros Barber, Sally O'Reilly, Lesley Thomson, Alison MacLeod, Woodrow Phoenix and Elizabeth Haynes.
This year's festival will take place at West Dean College, the stately home of the late poet, Edward James, a 6,000-acre estate nestled in the South Downs, near Chichester. The packed weekend of events will include round-table discussions on The Future of the Novel, Contemporary Historical Fiction, New Forms, Graphic Storytelling and New Ways of Reading, The Short Story and Crime Writing.
Places are limited so book early—you can find out more here.
HIGH PRAISE FOR LAYLA
In it's first week of publication, Nina de la Mer's bold new novel, Layla, has received glowing praise. Already a Herald Scotland book of the year and a Scottish Book Trust 2014 Pick of the Year, Layla has been chosen by Hello! magazine as their book of the week, where it's described as a 'blisteringly good read' and Layla as a 'brilliant, searingly honest and darkly funny character'. Layla is also a featured title on Bookkaholic who say 'Layla is a new Tess of the d’Urbervilles for our time'. Layla was also featured in Stylist magazine's Emerald Street, which praised the way the book 'grasps the darkness of the city at night'.
THE BAD DOCTOR
We are delighted to announce that Ian Williams' wonderfully entertaining and wryly comic debut graphic novel, The Bad Doctor, is now on press. The Bad Doctor is an eloquently drawn and touchingly authentic account of a doctor's life, introducing readers to Dr Iwan James, who is trying to do his best for the patients passing through his surgery door. The book has already drawn numerous endorsements from fellow authors: Bryan Talbot (Dotter of Her Father's Eyes) calls it 'gentle, thoughtful, humorous, and with a real light touch' and Philippa Perry (How To Stay Sane) says 'unputdownable… like all great literature [it] makes you feel slightly less alone'. David Small (Stitches) describes it as 'courageous work' and Ian Williams as 'my hero… I wish he were my doctor, too!' The Bad Doctor will be published on June 26th.
In a third foreign rights deal for Sally O'Reilly's highly anticipated historical fiction, Dark Aemilia, Myriad has sold Italian rights. Rights have already been sold in North America and Turkey. Dark Aemilia has received more glowing praise from Man Booker Prize longlisted-author Alison MacLeod, who says of the novel: 'Dark Aemila is a triumph of imaginative daring and meticulous research. Sixteenth-century London is conjured to life again on these pages: its mores and intrigues, its stink and wonder.' Dark Aemilia is published on 27th March.
MAURITIUS INTERNATIONAL BOOK FAIR
Natasha Soobramanien, author of the critically acclaimed debut, Genie and Paul, will be a guest this week at Confluences, the International Book Festival in Mauritius. Now in its second year, the festival brings together a diverse range of international writers to discover and celebrate the richness of global literature and creativity, this year around the theme of Confluences. Natasha will be discussing and signing copies of Genie and Paul, which is largely set on Mauritius and its sister island Rodrigues and was described by the and was described by The Guardian as 'bittersweet, rivetingly drawn, mysteriously languid: a feast for the senses'.
MOTHER'S DAY CRIME SELECTION
Lesley Thomson's recently re-released crime fiction, A Kind Of Vanishing, has been selected by ebooks for Sainsburys as a Mother's Day promotional title - for 'a mum who likes reading crime' - and will be available for just 99p until the end of March. First published in 2007 with a new edition just out this January, A Kind of Vanishing is a spellbinding mystery about what happens when a child vanishes without a trace. Lesley Thomson's new novel, The Detectives Daughter (Head of Zeus), was a bestseller in 2013 and a Sainsburys Ebook of the Year.
SICK! FESTIVAL BEGINS
As part of Brighton's SICK! festival – exploring physical, mental and social health – four Myriad graphics authors are exhibiting works of 'graphic medicine'. 'Stories for the Front Line' is an installation of art and stories that explore the doctor-patient relationship, on display in Brighton's Jubilee Square, and it features work by Ed Hillyer aka ILYA (The Clay Dreaming), Woodrow Phoenix (Rumble Strip), Nicola Streeten (Billy, Me & You) and Ian Williams (The Bad Doctor). The display will run throughout the festival, until March 29th (full details). This year's SICK! festival is dedicated to Sue Eckstein, author of the novels The Cloths of Heaven and Interpreters, who died last year.