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									                       BLOOMSBURY AUTHORS
                         AVAILABLE FOR EVENTS 2006
All jackets, author photographs, biographies and press releases are available
to       download         from       www.bloomsbury.com/authors          and
www.bloomsbury.com/childrens. All the images are available as 300 dpi jpegs.
Book group reading guides are also available for many titles at
www.bloomsbury.com/readingclub

The authors available for events are listed chronologically by publication date
from January 2006 onwards.

NEW FICTION
Liam Browne – EMIGRANT’S FAREWELL – published in February 2006
Set in contemporary Derry, an elegant and compelling novel about grief and its aftermath. A great
first novel by Liam Browne, director of the Brighton literature Festival. Request to Colin Midson: Tel.
020 7494 6054 Email. colin_midson@bloosmbury.com

Ian McGuire – INCREDIBLE BODIES – published in March 2006
Ian McGuire‟s brilliantly funny campus novel is sure to cause a stir in the publishing world. Ian is
based in Manchester but is available for events nationwide. „Incredible Bodies‟ is his first novel.
Requests to Anya Rosenberg: Tel. 020 7494 6008 Email: anya_rosenberg@bloomsbury.com

Clare Allan – POPPY SHAKESPEARE – published in March 2006
Clare Allan won the Harpers & Queen/Orange Futures writing competition and studied under Lorna
Sage on the creative writing MA at UEA. She has also spent much of the last ten years as a patient in
mental hospitals. Poppy Shakespeare is the most arresting account of madness since One Flew Over
the Cuckoo’s Nest and introduces a supremely talented new novelist. Clare Allan lives in London is
available for readings and events
Requests to Katie Bond: Tel. 020 7494 6012 Email. katie_bond@bloomsbury.com

Romesh Gunesekera – THE MATCH – published in March 2006
Sri-Lankan born Romesh Gunesekera is an experienced author for events worldwide. His first novel
Reef was shortlisted for both the Booker Prize and the Guardian Fiction Prize in 1994. His
new novel is about cricket and the all-importance of cricket in his native Sri Lanka and for the main
character of his novel. Romesh Gunesekera lives in London and is available for events throughout the
year.
Requests to Rosie Hardman: Tel. 0207 494 6045 Email. rosie_hardman@bloomsbury.com
Yves Bonavero – SOMETHING IN THE SEA – published in April 2006
Yves Bonavero lives in London and is available for events nationwide. This is his first novel and
proves Yves Bonavero is definitely one to watch. With a tragic, captivating love story, no shortage of
suspense and a harrowing punch-line, this explosive psychological thriller will stay with you long
after the final page.       Requests to Rosie Hardman:             Tel. 0207 494 6045 Email.
rosie_hardman@bloomsbury.com

Martyn Bedford – ISLAND OF LOST SOULS – Published in May 2006
Martyn Bedford teaches creative writing at Manchester University and is a fiction critic for the
Literary Review. He lives in West Yorkshire with his wife and two young daughters. His previous
novels, Acts of Revision, Exit, Orange & Red, The Houdini Girl and Black Cat, have been translated
into twelve languages. Martyn‟s new novel tells the story of a young man who is drafted into a war
that he doesn‟t believe in. His decision to hide under a new identity and go on the run raises lots of
questions about whether it is right for a government to order a young man to risk his life for his
country. Martyn is available for events nationwide throughout the year. Request to Anya Rosenberg:
Tel: 020 7494 6008
Email anya_rosenberg@bloomsbury.com


Patricia Duncker – MISS WEBSTER AND CHÉRIF – published in May 2006
Patricia Duncker is one of Britain‟s finest novelists and she is at the top of her form. Her new novel is
an entertaining, clever, provocative book, full of surprises, nuance and humour. It tells the tale of an
unlikely friendship, the prejudices of a small, rural community, the arrival of a foreigner – but in a
new, post 9/11, world. Requests to Kate Bland: Tel. 020 7494 6059 Email.
kate_bland@bloomsbury.com
Rebecca Smith – A BIT OF EARTH – published in May 2006
Rebecca Smith teaches creative writing at Southampton University and in Winchester and is
available for events nationwide. Her latest novel is a modern-day grown-up Secret Garden.
Touching, funny and bittersweet, it is a story about love, loss and loyalty. Rebecca Smith is the
author of two other novels, The Bluebird Café and Happy Birthday and All That.
Requests to Rosie Hardman: Tel. 020 7494 6045 Email. Rosie_hardman@bloomsbury.com

Joanna Briscoe – SLEEP WITH ME – paperback published in June 2006
Joanna Briscoe is the author of two novels, Mothers and Other Lovers, which won the Betty Trask
Award; and Skin, which was runner-up for the Encore Award. Her short stories have featured in
several anthologies. She was a columnist for the Independent and the Guardian and writes regularly
for all the major newspapers and magazines. Joanna Briscoe lives in London with her family. In Sleep
with Me, Joanna Briscoe asks how far can you trust even those you love? A story of compulsion,
desire, darkness and betrayal, Sleep With Me moves towards a breathtaking climax. For fans of
Josephine Hart's Damage, Ian McEwan's Enduring Love, Maggie O‟Farrell‟s After You’ve Gone and
Zoe Heller's Notes on a Scandal. Joanna Briscoe is a major new literary talent and a lively and
engaging speaker. She will be available for events nationwide.
Requests to: Katie Bond: Tel. 020 7494 6012 Email. katie_bond@bloomsbury.com

Jon McGregor – SO MANY WAYS TO BEGIN – published in August 2006
Jon McGregor is the author of If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things, the extraordinary first novel
which marked the arrival of a major new writer. Winner of the Betty Trask Prize and the Somerset
Maugham Prize as well as being shortlisted for Newcomer of the Year at the British Book Award and
longlisted for the Man Booker Prize on publication in 2003. Jon McGregor‟s debut novel is a
favourite with book groups and his new novel So Many Ways to Begin is the story of a marriage, a
family history and an engrossing emotional drama. Jon McGregor is twenty-eight and lives in
Nottingham. He is available for events from September 2006 onwards.
Requests to Katie Bond: Tel. 020 7494 6012 & email: katie_bond@bloomsbury.com

William Boyd – Restless – published in September 2006
William Boyd‟s new novel RESTLESS is a stunning novel that tells the stories of a wartime spy, Eva
Delectorskaya, and her daughter Ruth. Set in both the Second World War and the long hot summer of
1976, it is at once a thrilling espionage novel and a haunting portrait of two women. Full of tension,
drama, emotion and history, it is the work of a novelist at the height of his powers. William Boyd is
the author of eight novels, three collections of short stories, and thirteen screenplays. He has also won
numerous awards, including the Whitbread Award for Best First Novel, the John Llewellyn Rhys
Prize, the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction. He
lives in London and southwest France and will be available for events in September/October 2006.
Requests to Katie Bond: Tel. 020 7494 6012 & email: katie_bond@bloomsbury.com


Ronan Bennett – Zugzwang – published in October 2006
A compulsive new thriller set in St Petersburg from the hugely acclaimed author of Havoc, In Its
Third Year Serialized week by week in the Observer, Zugzwang is already a publishing phenomenon.
Richard Ford – The Lay of the Land – published in October 2006
Bloomsbury is very proud to welcome Richard Ford to the list. He will be touring the UK on
publication.
Requests to Anya Rosenberg: Tel. 020 7494 6008 Email. anya_rosenberg@bloomsbury.com

Gary Barlow - My Story - published in October 2006
Gary Barlow, the song-writing talent behind Take That will at last publish his lifestory and will be
available for selected major bookshop signings around publication.
Requests to Katie Bond: Tel. 020 7494 6012 Email. katie_bond@bloomsbury.com


Patrick McCabe – Winterwood – published in November 2006
Patrick McCabe is renowned for his events and will be available in the UK and Ireland around
publication.
Requests to Colin Midson: Tel. 020 7494 6054 & email: colin_midson@bloomsbury.com


NEW NON-FICTION
Janet Reibstein – THE BEST KEPT SECRET – published in February 2006
Janet Reibstein, an internationally respected psychologist and relationship expert, has talked in depth
to over 200 couples whose partnerships are happy and enduring. Here she pulls back the curtains on
relationships: both partners in couples married and unmarried, gay and straight, talk candidly and
profoundly about their lives together. The nitty-gritty of real life emerges, yielding simple ideas for
how to conduct relationships to maximize their potential for happiness.
Requests to Kate Bland: Tel. 020 7494 6059 Email. kate_bland@bloomsbury.com
A C Grayling - AMONG THE DEAD CITIES – published in February 2006
A hard-hitting, controversial book that looks at the Second World War from a new angle and
addresses a key moral issue of our time. A controversial examination by one of Britain's leading
philosophers of one of the most important and morally complex issues of our time. AC Grayling will
be available for events throughout the year.
Request to Colin Midson: Tel. 020 7494 6054 Email. colin_midson@bloosmbury.com

David Winner – THOSE FEET AN INTIMATE HISTORY OF ENGLISH FOOTBALL –
published in March 2006
40 years on since England‟s World triumph and published during 2006, a World Cup year, David
Winner‟s unique insightful book about England and footballing culture could not be better timed.
Great for panel discussions on football, the World cup and notions of Englishness.
Request to Colin Midson: Tel. 020 7494 6054 Email. colin_midson@bloosmbury.com

Garry O'Connor – UNIVERSAL FATHER A LIFE OF JOHN PAUL II – published in March
2006
Garry O‟Connor‟s acclaimed biography of Pope John Paul is published in paperback a year after his
death. A great opportunity to reassess his impact on the Catholic church and the religious
establishment in the 20th Century.
Request to Colin Midson: Tel. 020 7494 6054 Email. colin_midson@bloosmbury.com
Will Hodgkinson – GUITAR MAN A SIX STRING ODYSSEY – March 2006
A brilliantly funny and illuminating story of a grown man coming to grips with the guitar, from a
novice strummer to live performance in 6 months. Will, who‟s a music writer for the Guardian,
among other papers, would be perfect for a talk on the role of the Guitar in 20th Century culture, and
the thrill of learning from scratch, or on music in general.
Request to Colin Midson: Tel. 020 7494 6054 Email. colin_midson@bloosmbury.com

Candida Crewe & William Leith – Food, Fat and Me Events – April 2006
Both Candida Crewe‟s Eating Myself and William Leith‟s The Hungry Years are published in April
and both writers wrestle with their obsession with food and their stratagems of coping – in William
Leith‟s case with food addiction and binge eating and in Candida Crewe‟s case with that daily battle
that all women have between eating and not eating. Hear it from both the male and female perspective
in their own very witty and frank words. Both authors are also available for solo events.
Requests to Katie Bond: Tel. 020 7494 6012 & email: katie_bond@bloomsbury.com

Andrew Smith – MOONDUST IN SEARCH OF THE MEN WHO FELL TO EARTH –
published in April 2006
A Richard and Judy Bookclub selection and bestseller, this is a powerful, moving and gripping book
about the lives of the men who walked on the moon. Andrew gives an illuminating and ultimately
touching portrait of these men who took the longest journey ever made by man and helped shape 20th
Century history.
Request to Colin Midson: Tel. 020 7494 6054 Email. colin_midson@bloosmbury.com
Nicholas Harberd – SEED TO SEED – published in April 2006
Nicholas Harberd is one of the world‟s leading plant biologists. He directs a research team at the John
Innes Centre and is Honorary Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of
East Anglia. Seed To Seed is part field notebook, part sketchbook and part diary, built upon the
passing seasons of 2004. By a scientist, passionate about his subject, who decided to get out into the
open air and use the discoveries of the laboratory to explain the secret life of plants. Requests to
Rosie Hardman: Tel. 020 7494 6045 Email. Rosie_hardman@bloomsbury.com
Al Alvarez – THE WRITER’S VOICE – published in April 2006
A brilliant book about the art of writing from one of the most popular critics of our time. Al is a
fantastic raconteur and brings the world of writing alive. He also makes the perfect chair for literary
events.
Request to Colin Midson: Tel. 020 7494 6054 Email. colin_midson@bloosmbury.com
Sean Thomas – MILLIONS OF WOMEN ARE WAITING TO MEET YOU – published in May
2006
Sean Thomas was single, thirty-seven and, by his own admission, just „a tiny bit desperate‟ to meet
the woman of his dreams, when he was asked by the editor of Men’s Health to try Internet dating.
Thomas took his research so seriously than he ended up meeting his present wife on the net. This
hilarious and honest book will appeal to both men and women and opens up the intriguing world of
internet dating. He‟s based in London and would be great for events. Requests to Rosie Hardman:
Tel. 020 7494 6045 Email. Rosie_hardman@bloomsbury.com
Andrew G Marshall – I LOVE YOU BUT I‟M NOT IN LOVE WITH YOU – July 2006
Andrew G Marshall is the Times‟ psychologist and sets out to answer this most commonly asked
question in long-term relationships. He shows you how to put the magic back into your marriage and
explains the seven stages of love. (He could do joint events with Janet Reibstein)
Requests to Kate Bland, Tel: 0207 494 6059 & email: katie_bland@bloomsbury.com
Kate Telcher – THE HIGHEST ROAD TO CHINA – published in August 2006
Kate Telcher is a brilliant young historian working at Roehampton University. This is the story of
George Bogle – the first European ever to visit Tibet in the 18th century. It traces Bogle‟s
extraordinary journey, his friendship with the Panchen Lama of Tibet and portrays the origins of the
west trying to establish trading relations with China. Kate Telcher is a brilliant speaker and lecturer.
Requests to Katie Bond: Tel. 020 7494 6012 & email: katie_bond@bloomsbury.com

William Dalrymple-
William Dalrymple is an internationally acclaimed author, historian, journalist and television
presenter whose previous book White Mughals was a Richard and Judy bookclub selection and a
major bestseller. William Dalrymple lives in India but will be available for talks, readings and
illustrated lectures in October 2006 and May 2007. The paperback of The Last Mughal will be
published on 11th May 2007 which is the 150th anniversary of the Great Mutiny of 1857, generally
known in India as the First War of Independence.
Requests to Katie Bond: Tel. 020 7494 6012 Email. katie_bond@bloomsbury.com

Danielle Proud – HOUSEPROUD – published in November 2006
Danielle Proud puts the chic back into craft with her passion for making and customising things –
from sexy aprons to cushion covers, lamp shades to tables. Danielle has already been doing
workshops at Topshop for her range of Houseproud kits and will be available for events nationwide
around publication.
Requests to Anya Rosenberg, Tel: 0207 494 6008 email: anya_rosenberg@bloomsbury.com
Ben Schott- SCHOTT‟S ALMANAC 2007 – published in November 2006
Already a household name for the bestselling Schott‟s Miscellanies, Ben Schott has now brought his
unique vision to creating “the very model of a modern major almanac”. A biography of the year with
plenty of scope for Ben‟s passions and enthusiasms, it‟s addictively readable. Ben Schott is a brilliant,
entertaining speaker and is available for events in November and early spring 2007.
Requests to Colin Midson, Tel: 0207 494 6054 & email: colin_midson@bloomsbury.com

								
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