Sneak Peek: Daredevils

05 May 2016

Shawn Vestal’s blistering debut Daredevils publishes today and we couldn’t be more thrilled to share with you this unforgettable tale of mormons, teenage rebellion and the dizzying taste of freedom on the road.

Fifteen-year-old Loretta, raised by strict Mormon parents, slips out of her bedroom every evening to meet her ‘gentile’ boyfriend, intrigued by his good looks and worldly ways. Her parents catch her returning one night, and promptly marry her off to Dean Harder, a devout yet materialistic fundamentalist who already has a wife and a brood of kids. When Evel Knievel-worshipping Jason, Dean’s teenage nephew, falls in love with Loretta, the pair make a break for it. They drive all night, stay in hotels, and relish their dizzying burst of teenage freedom as they seek to recover Dean’s cache of Mormon gold. But someone is on their trail…

Click here to read an exclusive extract. We guarantee you’ll be hooked by this spirited story of desire and escape in 1970’s America.

Ten things you didn’t know about Teffi

04 May 2016

“An anecdote is funny when it’s being told, but when someone lives it, it’s a tragedy. And my life has been sheer anecdote, that is—tragedy” Teffi

Tomorrow we publish two books from 20th century literary sensation Teffi, Memories: from Moscow to the Black Sea (a BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week from Monday 16th May) and Rasputin and Other Ironies, a book of Teffi’s wonderful short stories. As we’re launching into full-blown Teffi-mania, we thought it was about time you got to know the woman behind the hype. Read on for ten little-known facts about this Russian literary superstar.

1. Born Nadezhda Lokhvitskaya, she chose the pseudonym ‘Teffi’ because it was similar to the name of a local fool. Fools were supposed to bring luck – and were allowed to speak the truth.

2. Her wealthy family included her elder sister, Mirra, who was a famous poet, known as the ‘Russian Sappho’

3. When Teffi was only 13, she visited the elderly Tolstoy to try to convince him to change the fate of Prince Andrei in War and Peace

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A Sneak Peek: Found on the Shelves

03 May 2016

Our Found on the Shelves series celebrating The London Library’s 175th anniversary publishes this week. We’re very excited about these beautiful, pocket-sized books, discovered on the shelves of the library itself, and think you will be too. Assistant Editor Julia Nicholson tells us why these little treasures are so special:

When I started reading these short pamphlets and essays, I was struck by how disconcertingly similar the worries and concerns at the end of the nineteenth century were to those in 2016. Just as we today can find ourselves overwhelmed in the world of Twitter, rolling news and smartphones, so in 1897 Sir Alfred Milner was describing ‘the feverish rush of modern life’, and asking people to discover ‘the knack, so rare, yet so invaluable, of presenting yourself with a Reserve of Time’. And it is not only the stress of Milner’s ‘Age of Bustle’ which seems so relevant today: these Victorians were also worried about obesity and dieting; they argued about the unknown effects of technology (the bicycle) on health; they loved travelling and reading; and they were keen sportswomen.

Intrigued? Click below to read a sample from each of these wonderful little books:

Cycling: The Craze of the Hour

The Lure of the North

Corpulence: Feeding the Body and Feeding the Mind

Life in a Bustle: Advice to Youth

The Gentlewoman’s Book of Sports

On Reading, Writing and Living with Books

Plus, get the whole set for only £25 on the Pushkin shop for a limited time only. Buy now.

Cover Story: Found on the Shelves

26 Apr 2016

‘For once I’m letting the image take the lead’ – David Pearson

Our Found on the Shelves series (celebrating the London Library’s 175th anniversary) is now in all good bookshops and we couldn’t be more excited to share these wonderfully quirky titles with you. Each has been hand-picked from the archives of the London Library and span a wealth of topics from bibliophilia to cycling.

Series designer David Pearson discussed his design process with The Bookseller earlier this month. Read on to find out how these stunning little books came into being.

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Saint Peter’s Snow: A Sneak Peek

20 Apr 2016

‘What one possesses in a dream cannot be taken away by a world of enemies’

Our latest Pushkin Vertigo title Saint Peter’s Snow is out next week and we’re excited to share with you this politically-charged mystery brimming with conspiracy and suspense.

The world is lying to Georg Amberg. Ever since he regained consciousness, the hospital staff have been insisting that he was involved in some kind of traffic accident. They’ve said nothing of the Baron Von Malchin’s sinister plans involving mindbending drugs, and of the violent attacks that ensued. So what are they hiding?

Can’t wait until this chilling 1984-esque mystery hits the shelves? Read the first chapter here.

Or pre-order your copy here.

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