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Atlas of the month

Inequality

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

Homeless

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%.

Spending on higher education

While the proportion of the state budget spent on corrections has increased, the proportion spent on the University of California (UC) and California State University (CSU) has declined markedly.

Book of the month

Browse our latest rights guide and catalogue here, including the complete backlist and atlas series, or download the PDF below

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Awards and prizes

Congratulations to Tyler Keevil whose 'magical, hilarious, dark and crazy' novel, The Drive, has won the People's Choice prize at the 2014 Wales Book of the Year.

See more awards and prize-listed books here.

 

New edition of THE CLOTHS OF HEAVEN

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: Sunday Times Top 10 book app

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!

Latest news

THE DRIVE WINS WALES BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD

We're very proud to announce that Tyler Keevil has won the People's Choice category at the 2014 Wales Book of the Year Awards for his acclaimed second novel, The Drive. Journalist and author Jasper Rees, on the judging panel, said of Tyler: 'haven’t been as excited about reading a new writer since I read DBC Pierre’s Vernon God Little.' In a special feature for Wales Online, Tyler explains the emotional journey behind writing his winning novel.

 

DARK AEMILIA IN THE WASHINGTON POST

Sally O'Reilly's stunning historical novel, Dark Aemilia, has received a glowing review in the Washington Post, where it is described as 'wildy romantic' and 'a special treat for Shakepeare lovers'. The review goes onto describe the novel's protagonist, Aemilia Lanyer, as 'a fiery, proto-feminist heroine' whose story 'in O'Reilly's able hands, makes a wonderful premise for absorbing, satisfying fiction'. Myriad published Dark Aemilia in the UK in March and the US edition was released by Picador in June.

LIZZIE ENFIELD ON THE AIRWAVES AND BEYOND

Lizzie Enfield has been filling the airwaves over the past week, discussing her compelling new novel, Living With It. Following a lively interview for BBC Radio Sussex, she made guest appearances on Talk Radio Europe and Coastaway Radio. She will also appear on BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour later this month. Building on excellent coverage in the Mail on Sunday (Novel of the Week) and the Guardian (family supplement), this week Lizzie is featured in the Sunday Express magazine with a new short story, and in Prima magazine, The Oldie and Writing Magazine. Dubbed 'highly provocative and thought-provoking' by We Love This Book, Living With It has received new reviews from the Brighton and Hove Independent ('stylish, understated') and Spirit FM ('intelligent and hugely compelling').

THE BAD DOCTOR CONTINUES TO IMPRESS

Ian Williams's recently published debut graphic novel, The Bad Doctor, continues to gather acclaim from both national press (the Independent) and the comics press (Forbidden Planet, Broken Frontier). Fresh from a sell-out appearance at the 2014 Comics and Medicine conference in Baltimore, Ian has been a guest on both BBC Radio Sussex (listen again) and the BBC World Service's World Update programme, where he discussed the art of graphic medicine. New reviews for The Bad Doctor have appeared in Cycling Active ('touching and funny in equal measure') and Viva Brighton magazine ('captures the ennui and helplessness of middle age with painful, hilarious clarity').

ALARM GIRL IS LAUNCHED

Tuesday 15 August marked the launch of former playwright Hannah Vincent's debut novel, Alarm Girl, which Myriad will publish on 7 August. Having already celebrated the broadcast of her radio play, Come to Grief, on BBC Radio 4 earlier in the day, Hannah gave guests at the launch a taste of Alarm Girl with selected readings. Alarm Girl is the moving story of a young girl and her family coming to terms with the death of her mother, and has already caught the attention of playwright and author Tim Crouch, who described it as 'a book of heat, loss, wit and aching tenderness'.

LAYLA NOMINATED FOR 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. Published earlier this year, Layla is the bold, unflinching story of a reluctant young lap dancer. The People's Book Prize is voted for entirely by readers and you can vote for Layla here. 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.