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'Isabel Ashdown's storytelling skills are formidable; her human insights highly perceptive.'
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%.
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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!
LIVING WITH IT IN THE NEWS
Widespread coverage continues of Lizzie Enfield's 'compulsively readable' (Mail on Sunday) new novel, Living With It. Fresh from an appearance on BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour programme (listen again), where she took part in a debate about the perils of holidaying with friends, Lizzie was a special guest at the Bookish Supper Society this week, in conversation with saloniére Laura Lockington. New interviews with Lizzie about her writing have been published on Paragraph Planet, Chick Lit Club and in Viva Brighton magazine. In the broadsheets, The Times ran a feature by Lizzie recently in their Travel supplement and she also wrote an article for the Telegraph on immunisation 'refuseniks'.
BUMP CONTINUES TO IMPRESS
Kate Evans's groundbreaking new graphic book, Bump: How to Make, Grow and Birth a Baby continues to gather widespread critical acclaim. Like The Food of Love, Kate's bestseller on breastfeeding, Bump combines accessible text with detailed artwork, this time to provide a no-nonsense guide to pregnancy and birth. Already a favourite of midwives and a Prima Baby Magazine Book of the Month, Bump has received fresh praise from the Calm Yorkshire Birth blog ('brings the reality and unpredictability of labour to life with humour and love') and the Miscarriage Association, who list it as 'Recommended Reading' and praise Kate's 'gentleness and empathy'. To find out more about Kate Evans and Bump, you can watch this short film.
KINDLE SUMMER SELECTIONS
We are delighted that not one, not two, but six Myriad titles have been selected for Amazon's Kindle Sale this summer, which runs until 1 September. Sally O'Reilly's 'first-rate historical fiction' (Huffington Post), Dark Aemilia, is among the titles being promoted at a special price for this exclusive period, alongside Lizzie Enfield's family drama, Living With It. Both Isabel Ashdown's debut, Glasshopper, and her second novel, Hurry Up And Wait, have been selected, as well as Jonathan Kemp's London Triptych, winner of the Author's Club Best First Novel Award. From the graphics list, Kate Evans's pregnancy bible Bump is featured.
BACK TO THE SUMMER OF '76
In the midst of another scorching summer, Isabel Ashdown's third novel, Summer of '76, remains a popular holiday read. Published in July 2013, this story of family secrets and simmering tensions, set on the Isle of Wight, has been selected by Ebooks by Sainsburys as one of their Summer Essentials, while literary blog Trip Fiction recommends it as one of their Top Summer Reads. A former Mail on Sunday novel competition winner, Isabel Ashdown is currently working on her fourth novel, Flight, which Myriad will publish in May 2015.
Finished copies of Darryl Cunningham's hotly anticipated new graphics title, Supercrash, have arrived at the office. Due for publication in the UK this October, Supercrash is a searing investigation of the financial crisis and the rise of right-wing politics, created with the trademark concise explanation and accessible style Darryl used in his widely acclaimed Science Tales.
VOTE FOR LAYLA TO WIN THE PEOPLE'S BOOK PRIZE
Nina de la Mer's novel, Layla, previously selected as a Hello! Magazine Book of the Week, is on the shortlist for the latest round of The People's Book Prize. The prize is voted for entirely by readers and we would welcome your support for Layla, before the end of August. Two Myriad novels have been the deserved recipients of The People's Book Prize in previous years: A Kind Of Vanishing by Lesley Thomson won the inaugural prize in 2010 and Sue Eckstein's Interpreters holds the 2013 award.
This August our authors will be busy appearing at events and festivals across the country. Celebrating the publication of her debut novel, Alarm Girl, Hannah Vincent will be a guest at Drink, Shop, Do's summer speakeasy in London on 12 August. Graphic novelist Gareth Brookes will appear at London's Gosh Comics monthly reading group on 13 August, to discuss his award-winning debut, The Black Project, and later in the month he will be joined by Ian Williams (The Bad Doctor) and Darryl Cunningham (Supercrash) at The British Library's Comica Festival. Both Liam Murray Bell (The Busker) and Natasha Soobramanien (Genie and Paul) will be guests at Edinburgh International Book Festival, while Lizzie Enfield and Ian Williams will appear together at Voewood Festival in Norfolk. For full details of all our events, please visit the Myriad events page.