Leonard and Hungry Paul - BBC Radio 2 Book Club Choice

March is a busy month with the launch of Leonard and Hungry Paul by Ronan Hession at Hodges Figgis, the 250 year old and world famous bookstore in Dublin, on Wednesday 20th March at 6pm. Ronan will be reading and chatting about his debut. You are all cordially invited. Rick O'Shea, the RTE radio presenter has chosen the book as his fiction book of the month for his Book Club, which is the biggest book club in Ireland.

The other cracking news is that the BBC Radio 2 Book Club have also chosen Leonard and Hungry Paul as their book for Spring. Ronan is being interviewed by Jo Whiley on Monday 18th March from 7.30pm, so please do tune in and hear Ronan reading and chatting about his book. We will put up the link after the show so those who couldn't manage to listen live, can hear the interview.

The UK launch of Leonard and Hungry Paul will be at the brilliant Book Corner, in The Piece Hall, Halifax on Friday April 5th at 7pm. Wine, food and wonderful company, so please do bob along and hear Ronan read and speak about Leonard and Hungry Paul.

BBC Radio 2 Book Club

The BBC Radio 2 Book Club, hosted by Jo Whiley, have chosen LEONARD AND HUNGRY PAUL by Ronan Hession as as their title for March 2019., which is absolutely brilliant news. You will be able to hear Ronan read form his novel and the interview live on Radio  2 Monday 18th March from 7pm to 9pm.

Marvellous and congratulations to Ronan.

A New Beginning.

Happy New Year readers.

2018 was an absolutely stellar year for everyone at Bluemoose. Harriet Paige was short listed for a first novel award for her debut MAN WITH A SEAGULL ON HIS HEAD, which has just recently been published in North America and THE GALLOWS POLE by Benjamin Myers won The WALTER SCOTT AWARD. Ben has moved on to Bloomsbury with his next book THE OFFING which I think is his best to date, so all the best Ben with your new publisher. Seeing an author leave is always tinged with sadness but as he lives in the next town, we'll meet up for a brew and some cake and have a natter. Bloomsbury have licensed Ben's back list from us so they will be publishing THE GALLOWS POLE in February 2019, and BEASTINGS AND PIG IRON in August 2019. We sold the rights for SO THE DOVES by Heidi James, which will be published this spring in the USA and Canada and A MODERN FAMILY by Socrates Adam has has just been published in France. We had loads of great reviews including our first mention in The New York Times of RAISING SPARKS by Ariel Kahn.

The first three books this year are .

1.LEONARD AND HUNGRY PAUL by Ronan Hession - Launching at HODGES FIGGIS in Dublin , March 20th at 6pm

2. CARAVAN OF THE LOST AND LEFT BEHIND by Deirdre Shanahan - May 31st - Launch in London tbc.

3. THE MOSS HOUSE by Clara Barley - July 30th - Launching at Shibden Hall , Halifax.

We have lots of events coming up and I will keep you all posted.

Many thanks, Kevin, Hetha, Leonora and Lin.

The Times and Irish Times - BEST OF SUMMER READS

The Gallows Pole by Benjamin Myers has been chosen by THE TIMES and THE IRISH TIMES as one of their Best of Summer Reads. The Irish fiction laureate, Sebastian Barry says that Ben's novel is 'Phenomenal.'

RAISING SPARKS by Ariel Kahn was also mentioned in The New York Times. Fantastic.

The Gallows Pole by Benjamin Myers wins the world's leading literary prize for historical fiction the WALTER SCOTT 2018

Benjamin Myers has won the £25k Walter Scott prize 2018 with his novel THE GALLOWS POLE. It is the world's leading literary prize for historical fiction. Previous winners include Hilary Mantel, Sebastian Barry and Robert Harris.

The judges who included BBC Newsnight presenter KIRSTY WARK and BBC TODAY presenter James Naughite, said THE GALLOWS POLE is 'A Roaring furnace of a novel. A big story about a small place. Benjamin Myers portrays a social upheavel which has a sharp contemporary echo.'

The Royal Mail will be franking 30 million letters with the winners name and prize logo, Winner of the Walter Scott 2018 Prize.


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