Time for another post today because I couldn’t miss the release of this total gem! Friday Black is a short story collection like no other I’ve ever read. I can honestly say these are short stories at their best... and I’m only half way through! If you are a fan of the TV show Black Mirror then I promise you’ll love this book with it’s other worldly, dystopian elements but if you also appreciate really well written narratives that are thought-provoking, entertaining and poignant then this is a book for you too. It’s rather remarkable that Adjei- Brenyah can create such believable characters, worlds and plots in such a short space of time. Stories which move you and are a real comment on some aspects of our society today. True talent. It’s got 5 stars written all over it for me. Friday Black is released today by Riverrun (an imprint of @quercusbooks) and is well worth reading.
In a fictional southern US town in the 1950s, Tucker Caliban destroys his fields, shoots his livestock, and sets fire to his farmhouse for no apparent reason. Afterwards, he leaves town, and the entire black population begins to leave with him. The story of these events is told from the perspective of various white inhabitants of the town. Some are conservative and angry at the events, whereas some are more liberal and sympathetic; all of them struggle to come to terms with the sudden collective rejection of the established social order. 📖 First published in 1962, A Different Drummer has been dubbed a “lost masterpiece”, and I can totally see why. It is a profound and moving novel, written in a deceptively simple and subtle style; the kind of book you could read over and over again and still find new layers. The chapters told through the eyes of the children are especially poignant for their blitheness, as is the anger of the black preacher who laments his people freeing themselves because “they’ve made me obsolete”. It is an important and, unfortunately, ever-relevant story about racism, white privilege and power. I can wholeheartedly recommend it. 📚 Thank you very much to @anabooks and @quercusbooks for sending me this advance copy of the republished A Different Drummer. The book will be available from 1 November 2018. I hope it gets the attention it deserves.
Sunday we’ll be in the North East for the last leg of our Spring Thing tour. Very much looking forward to performing at @quercusbeechworth in the morning and then heading to @rutherglenestates gallery from 2:30pm. #northeastvictoria#springthingtour#chamberjazz#guitar#saxophone#melbournemusic#improvisation#music#books#art#originalcompostions#beechworth#rutherglen#quercusbooks
Katie Piper’s @katiepiper_ ‘Confidence: The Journal’ by Quercus Books is available at www.amazon.co.uk and all good book stores. Confidence: The Journal will guide readers through daily affirmations and creative prompts to help them live the life they want, whenever they want. Katie’s warm and honest voice will inspire people to achieve goals and happiness they have dreamed of and will allow readers to be the star of their own life. Based on Katie’s bestselling book Confidence: The Secret and beautifully designed in a lovely handbag friendly format, this is a wonderful gift for yourself or a friend. Katie Piper is a best-selling author, inspirational speaker, TV presenter and charity campaigner. In 2008 she survived an attack and her moving, BAFTA-nominated Channel 4 documentary Katie: My Beautiful Face was watched by 3.5 million viewers and shown in more than 15 countries. Katie founded her own charity, The Katie Piper Foundation, to help people living with burns and scars and she has received numerous awards and accolades for her charity work. Katie is the author of six other best-selling books: Beautiful, Beautiful Ever After, Things Get Better, Start Your Day with Katie, Confidence: The Secret, and From Mother to Daughter, and has recently appeared in BBC’s hit show Strictly Come Dancing. 💛
Publication Day...Gulp! It’s been a ride, imagine, two editors writing a book, you’d think we’d argue about every word, every full stop...but it’s a been a pleasure. The best thing was the into the night rambling conversations about why we love making, trying to locate the exact and particular joys of sitting down and using your hands to mould something out of very little. Craft remains our go to meditation practice. What’s yours? @quercusbooks @hannah_is_sewing #quercusbooks @katiemorwenna #writingabook#writing#craftfulness#publicationday#creativeuprising#hachette
Testament by Kim Sherwood . “Of everyone in her complicated family, Eva was closest to her grandfather: a charismatic painter - and a keeper of secrets. So when he dies, she's hit by a greater loss - of the questions he never answered, and the past he never shared. It's then she finds the letter from the Jewish Museum in Berlin. They have uncovered the testimony he gave after his forced labour service in Hungary, which took him to the death camps and then to England as a refugee. This is how he survived. But there is a deeper story that Eva will unravel - of how her grandfather learnt to live afterwards. As she confronts the lies that have haunted her family, their identity shifts and her own takes shape. The testament is in her hands.” . This book will be a break from my usual reads! I’ve been in a reading slump lately and hope this will pull me out of it, as I’ve heard it’s amazing, and also very moving. . . . #testament#kimsherwood#quercusbooks#currentlyreading#amreading#bookstagram#autumnaesthetic#autumn#fallaesthetic#beautifulbooks#bookobsessed
I have been very lucky recently to have been sent some pretty fantastic book mail. I wanted to add these on my squares having already featured them in my stories. 📚 Dear John: The Road to Pelindaba was sent to me by the lovely Sian @ed.pr and is the biography of the founder of Lush. I love the cover - and it looks to be an interesting read! 📚 Find Me Falling By Fiona Vigo-Marshall was sent to be my @fairlightbooks and looks to be an intense and emotional read! Look at that cover too! 📚 The Lines We Leave Behind by Eliza Graham follows the story of Maud, struggling to remember who she is following her experiences during WW2. This book seems right up my street! Thank you Annabelle at @ed.pr for sending this to me! 📚 Winter Without You by Beth Good looks to be the perfect winter warmer. Milly @quercusbooks sent me this delightful book a few months ago and I have been holding off for the cold weather to start reading it! 📚 I was very excited when a box of goodies arrived the other week which included @sarahmorganwrites new Christmas book -The Christmas Sisters. A story about family, love and obviously- Christmas! 📚 And finally, a huge thank you to @ellakroftpatel over at @quercusbooks for making me very happy when I got The Flat Share by @betholearyauthor through the post! This book isn’t published until March 2019 so I am chuffed to be able to read this one before then! 📚 I am one lucky girl to have received such an array of amazing books! Now to find time to read them all! 🤣🙈 📚 #publishers#newbooks#bookflatlay#advancedreaderscopy#bookmail#tobepublished#bookblog#hqstories#fairlightbooks#quercusbooks#edprbooks
Let's talk book covers for a minute - how much does the cover influence you in picking up / buying a book? Are you easily swayed by the visual (either way)? . . 💀💀💀 . . I am very much an impulse buyer when it comes to intriguing covers - and it goes the other way, too, if the cover is not appealing I will probably walk right past. For example, everyone knows I am a sucker for spooky atmospheric settings, so when I came across this cover I knew I had to read the book. Just look at how spooky that building looks! Once I read the description of an old abandoned asylum set on a remote island off the Irish coast, I was already sold. Even though this is the fourth book in the DCI Tom Reynolds series, and I usually avoid reading series out of order. . . 💀💀💀 . . What was your last "I-just-love-the-cover" impulse buy? . . 💀💀💀 #butbooksarebetter#booksinnature#readingoutside#readingwithaview#booksinthewild#thedarkestplace#bookblogger#bookstagram#aussiereader #booksoutofdoors #bookcommunity #booklover #coverlove #takeyourbookoutdoors#jospain#quercusbooks
A Different Drummer, thoughts: . [Thanks again, @quercusbooks for this NetGalley] . What an interesting book. I am in disbelief that this was lost until now. Or not so much, when you actually think about it. . "Set in a mythical backwater Southern town, A Different Drummer is the extraordinary story of Tucker Caliban, a quiet, determined descendant of an African chief who for no apparent reason destroys his farm and heads for parts unknown--setting off a mass exodus of the state's entire Black population." . The main event and its aftermath is described from different points of view, and that is so refreshing and, for me, makes this book the great reading experience it is. You see different characters, some bigoted, angry, some more cool-headed, dealing with the prospect of a South without black population. . It was just such an ingenious idea, and it's sadly still so relevant. The end is a slap in the face, because even that is still so relevant. At the end, I just muttered to myself "what a fucked up world we live in". . PS: I don't feel qualified to find faults in this book, so I'll only just say that the language takes some getting used to, but that is only a few pages worth of a wait. . . . . . . . . . #bookstagram#readersofinstagram#goodreads#bookster#igreads#instabook#instavivlio#whatimreading#igbooks#bibliophile#acolorstoryreads#ilovebooks#amreading#bookreview#bookflatlay#readingtime#coffeeandbooks#bookreview#bookthoughts#bookcommunity#booksofig#welovebooks#ipreview#adifferentdrummer#quercusbooks