'The Cloths of Heaven is a modern Graham Greene. Fabulous – fictional gold.'
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!
Tue 23 September
Curated by Myriad graphic author Sarah Lightman and contributed to by Myriad's creative director Corinne Pearlman, Graphic Details is a groundbreaking internationally touring exhibition exploring Jewish women's autobiographical comics.Find out more about this and other Myriad events
We have exciting new books planned from next month through 2015. You can download the catalogue below or flick through it by clicking on the cover on the right.
Myriad is delighted to announce the signing of debut graphic novel Unbecoming by artist, academic and comics creator Una. Based on Una's own experiences growing up in West Yorkshire in the 1970s, Unbecoming explores gender violence and social responsibility. Unfolding against a backdrop of the manhunt for the Yorkshire Ripper, Una also finds herself on the receiving end of a series of violent acts. Now, with the benefit of hindsight, she asks what it means to grow up in a culture where male violence goes unquestioned. Myriad will publish Unbecoming in July 2015.
GP and graphic novelist Ian Williams, author of The Bad Doctor, has devised a comic strip for the Guardian's G2 supplement. Published last week, the strip takes a wry look at the future of the NHS, showcasing Ian's sensitive drawing style and caustic humour. A humane and eloquently drawn tale of the troubled life of a GP, The Bad Doctor has gathered unanimous critical acclaim, including in the Independent, (the novel is 'deep and droll' and the protagonist 'sympathetic and empathetic'), Broken Frontier ('graphic medicine with true heart'), Forbidden Planet ('enjoyable and incisive') and most recently, by doctors in Pulse magazine (depicts a life 'any GP will recognise').
We're thrilled that Nina de la Mer's second novel, Layla, has secured a place in the 2014/15 final of The People's Book Prize. The prize is decided entirely by the public vote and we'd like to thank everyone who supported Layla at this stage. A compelling story of a reluctant young lap dancer desperate for a new life with her baby son, Layla was a Hello! magazine Book of the Week and a Scottish Book Trust Pick of the Year 2014. A new review in the Daily Record this summer describes the novel as 'bold, authentic and totally gripping'.
A big congratulations to Myriad crime writer Lisa Cutts, whose debut novel Never Forget has won Best First Thriller/Mystery at the 2014 Silver Falchion Awards. The annual awards honour excellence in crime fiction. Remember, Remember, the highly anticipated sequel to NEVER FORGET, was published in August and reviewers have been quick to welcome back the gutsy series heroine, DC Nina Foster. Praise includes: 'A smart, fast-paced thriller' (Peterborough Telegraph), 'another nail-biting story' (We Love This Book) and 'Cutts comes back stronger than ever' (Rebecca Bradley Crime). We Love This Book single out the novel's authentic tone, a feeling shared by Bookbag and Morning Star.
Sally O'Reilly's historical novel, Dark Aemilia, published by Myriad in March, has received a fantastic review in the New York Times Book Review. 'More tantalizing than the thought of Shakespeare in love is the thought of Shakespeare in lust', it begins, going on to praise its mix of 'intrigue, sorcery and sex' and finishing on a tantalising note: 'Was the real Dark Lady this Dark? Let's hope so.' A new article by Sally O'Reilly has also appeared on current affairs website The Conversation, in which she shares her literary 'guilty pleasures'.
Recently published Alarm Girl by Hannah Vincent has been gathering widespread praise; it is 'sensitively written' and a 'heart-rending tale' (We Love This Book), 'subtle yet powerful' (Writer's Hub) and 'written with such emotional intelligence…beautiful, moving and achingly human' (Spirit FM).
Lizzie Enfield continues to provoke debate in the broadsheets with her gripping new novel, Living With It, which explores the fall-out between a group of friends over the MMR vaccination debate. The Times ran a feature by Lizzie in their Travel supplement, and she wrote an article for the Telegraph about immunisation 'refuseniks'.