'Rumble Strip is one utterly original work of genius. It should be made mandatory reading for everyone, everywhere.'
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%.
And yet more congratulations to Tyler Keevil who has been awarded the prestigious Writers’ Trust of Canada McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize for his short story, 'Sealskin'. Tyler was also the People's Choice winner at the 2014 Wales Book of the Year for his 'magical, hilarious, dark and crazy' novel, The Drive.
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!
Darryl Cunningham's investigative graphics title, Supercrash, continues to gather critical acclaim online and in print. Independent Leeds-based comics shop OK Comics ranked Supercrash at number one in their Top 20 Comic Books of 2014 as well as making it a recommended read, while Page 45 awarded it Comic Book of the Month status for December. Following reviews and features in the Independent, Herald and New Statesman, the Big Issue ran a new Q&A with Darryl about his work and an interview with him also appeared in Forbidden Planet.
Congratulations to Sally O'Reilly, author of historical novel Dark Aemilia, who has been awarded a writing residency at the prestigious Hedgebrook Retreat in Seattle, USA, in March and April 2015. Hedgebrook is visionary centre set up to support women writers across the globe and offers masterclasses, salons and writing residencies. This year, Dark Aemilia has gathered fantastic reviews including in the New York Times, Washington Post, Publishers Weekly and newbooks. The latest article by Sally appeared in The Conversation, in which she takes a humorous look at the controversial Bad Sex Awards.
We are eagerly awaiting the results of this year's Broken Frontier Awards, hosted by the renowned comics and graphic novel forum. The winners will be announced on Monday 22 December. Darryl Cunningham is nominated in the Best Writer category for Supercrash, while Sarah Lightman, whose debut The Book of Sarah will be published by Myriad in 2016, is nominated in the Best Book on Comics category for Graphic Details: Jewish Women's Confessional Comics in Essays and Interviews. The book accompanied a recent exhibition in London, and features work by Myriad's Creative Director, Corinne Pearlman.
The Bad Doctor, the debut novel by GP and comics artist Ian Williams, has been reviewed in the British Medical Journal by Dr Ian Fussell. He describes the book as 'impossible not to love' and ventures that 'Ian Williams has possibly written a future classic, which must surely be added to the curriculum of all GP training schemes'. The Bad Doctor has had a wonderful reception since publication in June, including reviews by Philippa Perry, Bryan Talbot, the Independent and Broken Frontier.
We're excited to be able to share the new book trailer for Hannah Vincent's debut novel, Alarm Girl. The beautiful, atmospheric video features excerpts from the novel read by a young actress and was filmed in various locations, including in South Africa and East Sussex. It perfectly captures the mood of Alarm Girl, which explores an eleven-year-old girl's attempt to come to terms with the death of her mother. Look out for Hannah's article on 'Skewed Christmases in literary fiction', which will be published on the Waterstones blog.
Scots Whay Hae's Alistair Braidwood has chosen Nina de la Mer's powerful second novel, Layla, among his Top Five Best Fiction from 2014. Earlier this year, Layla was chosen as a Scottish Book Trust Pick of 2014 (alongside fellow Myriad author Liam Murray Bell's newest novel, The Busker), a Hello! magazine Book of the Week, and is also a finalist for The People's Book Prize 2014/15.
Bristol based-artist collective Young Gandolfini have interviewed The Black Project author Gareth Brookes about his work as a graphic artist and writer. Meanwhile, Aneurin (Nye) Wright, author of Things To Do In A Retirement Home Trailer Park, was asked to contribute to an article in the Herald in which he explains why he loves the graphic form and how comics challenge readers in new ways.