Sunday, 30 March 2008

An evening with Julian Barnes

Award winning author Julian Barnes talks about his new book, Nothing to be Frightened of, at the RSA (Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts) in London on the 1st April.

Free event.

For details click here.

Friday, 28 March 2008

James Meek: New Book Out

"A breathtaking contemporary novel of love and war"

James Meek's new book We Are Now Beginning Our Descent, was released on the 7th Feb.

I really enjoyed Meek's first book , The People's Act of Love, so I'm looking foward to getting my hands on this.

It's half price at the moment on Amazon!

Publishers blurb :

The message was short. 'I want to see you now. I want you to come to me, it doesn't matter how late it is, and tell me exactly what you want from me.'

Like the world around him, at the dawn of the twenty-first century, Adam Kellas's life is showing distinct signs of cracking apart. Against his better judgement, Kellas - divorced, unstable, spurned by his lover and by the world of letters - accepts a war assignment from his newspaper.

It is the beginning of a journey which takes him from the mountains of Afghanistan to the elegant dinner tables of north London, the marshlands of the American South and, ultimately, to the darkest realms of the human imagination. Only the memory of the beautiful, elusive Astrid, a fellow reporter in Afghanistan, offers him the possibility of hope.

With all the explosive drama of The People's Act of Love, James Meek's new novel spans continents and cultures. It is a timeless tale of folly and the pursuit of love, set against the incendiary politics of our time.

Wednesday, 26 March 2008

Arthur C. Clarke Dies at 90

An Inspirational writer, that combined imagination and a keen mind to produce literature that changed the way we view ourselves.

Arthur C. Clarke died aged 90 in Ski Lanka on the 19th March.

See BBC News item for details.

Arthur C. Clarke's short story, The Sentinel, was turned into the iconic film 2001: A Space Odyssey by Stanley Kubrick. The Sentinel was a short story of 11 pages. 11pages leading to his most notable fame. Strange world. Less is more!