'Lesley Thomson skilfully evokes the era and the slow-moving quality of childhood summers, suggesting the menace lurking just beyond the vision of her young protagonists.'

The Guardian

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

Awards and prizes

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.

 

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!

SOARING SUCCESS FOR SUPERCRASH

Graphic journalist Darryl Cunningham has won the 'Best Writer – Independent' category at the Broken Frontier Awards 2014 for his investigative title, Supercrash. In addition, Supercrash was named Number One Pick of the Year by Forbidden Planet's Joe Gordon and ranked as one of comics expert Paul Gravett's Top Ten Graphic Novels of 2014. Previously reviewed in the Independent and Page 45, new coverage for Supercrash has appeared in the Telegraph & Argus ('nothing short of a masterpiece') and in France's L'Humanite ('stylish and effective'). 

Darryl is one of 30 world-renowned artists invited to contribute their own unique piece to The Art of Saving a Life, an online resource just launched to encourage vaccination, sponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Darryl will deliver a guest lecture at London School of Economics on 18 January and he will appear as part of Manchester's SICK! Festival on 22 March.

HANNAH VINCENT SHORTLISTED FOR BBC AUDIO DRAMA AWARDS 2015

Myriad author Hannah Vincent's radio play, Come To Grief, has been shortlisted for the BBC Audio Drama Awards 2015 in the Best Audio Drama (Adaptation) category. Come To Grief was first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in August 2014 and explores family, memory, loss and truth – themes strongly echoed in Hannah's debut novel, Alarm Girl, published last summer. Alarm Girl is the poignant story of a young girl trying to make sense of the death of her mother. The BBC Audio Drama Awards ceremony will take place on 1 February.

NEW IAN WILLIAMS STRIP IN THE GUARDIAN

GP and graphic novelist Ian Williams has devised a third exclusive strip for the Guardian’s G2 supplement, published this week. The strip, titled 'Burger bars in hospitals, a doctor’s view', takes a wry look at the state of NHS hospital food, showcasing Ian's humane and humorous style. His previous pieces appeared in the Guardian in September 2014 ('A sick joke: the NHS in 2024') and November 2014 ('Chocolate kills, loser!').

Ian's debut graphic novel, The Bad Doctor (reviewed in the Independent and Broken Frontier), was selected as one of Paul Gravett's Top Ten Graphic Novel's of 2014. Ian will appear at Manchester's SICK! Festival on 22 March alongside Darryl Cunningham.

THE LONGEST FIGHT GOODREADS GIVEAWAY

Myriad's first publication of 2015 is Emily Bullock's debut novel, The Longest Fight, a beautiful and brutal story set in the gritty world of 1950s boxing. Throughout January, Goodreads are offering readers the chance to win one of ten exclusive, pre-publication copies of the novel. Bestselling Writing magazine has published a profile interview with Emily in their latest issue where she offers her 'top tips' for writers and discusses her journey to publication, as well as the challenges of writing her novel as part of her PhD.

GARETH BROOKES TO APPEAR AT BOOKISH SUPPER EVENT

Graphics author Gareth Brookes will be talking about his debut graphic novel, The Black Project, at Brighton's Bookish Supper Society next month. The Black Project was the winner of the First Graphic Novel Competition and of the Broken Frontier Award for Best Original Graphic Novel in 2013. In advance of the event, Bookish Supper Society host Laura Lockington has reviewed The Black Project in the Brighton and Hove Independent where she describes it as 'compulsive', 'poignant and funny' and 'utterly fascinating and compellingly page-turning'. Full details of the event here.

MYRIAD 2015 CATALOGUE NOW AVAILABLE

Myriad's new catalogue is available to download here. It showcases our full list of exciting fiction and graphics books for 2015, from inspiring debuts to much-anticipated new titles by established authors.

Download Myriad's 2015 catalogue