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'Graham Greenish with a bit of Alexander McCall Smith thrown in, The Cloths of Heaven is very readable, very humorous – a charming first novel.'
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%.
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.
We have a new internship starting in mid-January 2014. This is a paid position as a Publicity and Marketing Assistant for three days a week for a three-to-six-month period. Download details below.
See more awards and prize-listed books here.
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!
Fri 13 December 9am – 4pmFind out more about this and other Myriad events
CALLING ALL ASPIRING WRITERS AND GRAPHIC NOVELISTS
We're running not one but two competitions so make 2014 the year you will start writing that novel or graphic novel!
The 2014 First Graphic Novel Competition is a biennial competition is for a graphic work-in-progress and is open to all previously unpublished cartoonists, writers and artists. The winner will be offered a chance to develop their work with Myriad's creative and editorial team plus a week-long retreat in a studio near Angouleme, France – home of the international comics festival.
The winner of the the 2013 FGNC was The Black Project by Gareth Brookes, published in September 2013. The 2014 FGNC judges include critic and blogger Andy Oliver (Broken Frontier), graphic artists Woodrow Phoenix (Rumble Strip, Nelson) and Nicola Streeten (Billy, Me and You), bestselling author Meg Rosoff (How I Live Now) and Myriad's Creative Director, Corinne Pearlman. The deadline for entries is 3 March 2014 so start drawing or please share entry form (below) with anyone you think should take part.
Aspiring novelists and short story writers have until 3 February 2014 to submit up to 5,000 words of a work-in-progress to the Writer's Retreat Competition. Open to all unpublished writers, the competition offers the chance to win editorial feedback and a week's writing retreat with full board in the luxurious surroundings of West Dean College, situated in an area of outstanding natural beauty six miles north of Chichester, West Sussex. This year's judges include award-winning author and Creative Writing tutor at West Dean, Lesley Thomson (The Detective's Daughter and A Kind of Vanishing) and fellow Myriad author and Creative Writing tutor at Birkbeck College, University of London, Jonathan Kemp (London Triptych and TwentySix).
BOOKS ETC CHRISTMAS PICKS
Books etc's Christmas promotion is running until the end of December and features six of Myriad's fiction titles, handily categorised to help you assign the right book to the right relative this Christmas! Graphic essay collection Science Tales by Darryl Cunningham can be found under 'Hard to buy for' books and 'Books for Dad', a category which also features Tyler Keevil's road-trip novel The Drive and crime fiction Into the Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes and Never Forget by Lisa Cutts. If it's 'Books for Mum' you're looking for then you can try The Deception Artist by Fayette Fox or The Cloths of Heaven by Sue Eckstein. All these titles are discounted for the festive period and prices include P&P!
The audiobook edition of Never Forget, by Kent police officer Lisa Cutts, is out now to download on Audible. The perfect gift for a friend of relative this Christmas, Never Forget is a fast-paced crime novel, with a gutsy heroine, DC Nina Foster. A new review for Never Forget, by Lizzie Hayes for her blog Promoting Crime Fiction, makes a real connection to Nina's character, calling her 'flawed' but 'she feels like a real person, with her bad relationships, her liking for a glass, or two, or more of wine and her interesting approach to the men in her life and in her job' (read full review).
Lisa is currently working on the sequel to Never Forget, which is called Remember, Remember and will also feature DC Nina Foster. Remember, Remember will be published in August 2014.
A LOVE OF LITERATURE
'Myriad has acted as a springboard for numerous fledgling novelists, supporting them all the way from first draft to publication. Its author list is a roll call of contemporary literary talent including New York Times bestseller Elizabeth Haynes and the critically acclaimed Isabel Ashdown' wrote Nione Meaken in A Love of Literature article for The Argus.
Nione interviewed Myriad Publisher and MD, Candida Lacey, for the local newspaper, to celebrate Myriad's 20th year in publishing. The full article can be read on The Argus' website here.
November saw the 2013 Thought Bubble festival in Leeds – the UK's largest annual celebration of sequential art in all its forms. Myriad had a strong presence at the festival with graphic artists Gareth Brookes (The Black Project), Darryl Cunningham (Science Tales) and Nye Wright (Things to do in a Retirement Home Trailer Park) all in attendance, selling and signing their work, along with Myriad's Creative Director and graphics editor Corinne Pearlman. The festival also plays host to the British Comic Awards ceremony, for which Science Tales was shortlisted as Best Book in 2012.
Hot on the heels of this national festival was a Leeds based instalment of legendary comics salon Laydeez do Comics. Founded by Myriad authors Nicola Streeten (Billy, Me and You) and Sarah Lightman (The Book of Sarah), Laydeez focuses on comic works based on the drama of the everyday. Featuring at the Leeds meeting were two more Myriad authors, both with graphic novels yet to be published: Ian Williams (The Bad Doctor) and Paula Knight (The Facts of Life).
TRAVEL WRITER OF THE YEAR
A big congratulations to Brighton-based Mike Unwin, author of The Atlas of Birds (produced by Myriad for Bloomsbury and Princeton UP), who was awarded Travel Writer of the Year at the British Guild of Travel Writers awards ceremony this month. The judges praised the range of his portfolio, which includes articles featured in the Independent on Sunday and the BBC Wildlife Magazine. Read Mike's article on Cuba for the Independent on Sunday, here.
We are thrilled with the new edition of Sue Eckstein's debut novel The Cloths of Heaven, which we re-issued this month in celebration of its consistent, long-standing success on Myriad's fiction list. Originally published in 2009, this captivating novel explores a disparate group of expatriates in West Africa and their complicated ties to the country, its people and to each other.
Coinciding with the release of the new edition a fantastic review has appeared in the Independent, saying of the novel, there is an 'undercurrent of the "love that dare not speak its name" flows through this tale, giving it a special urgency' (read full review).