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Two years ago, travelling back by train from Aberdeens Granite Noir Festival, I read a submission, and was immediately entranced. Kathleen Harts story of starting her life over in Wigtown after serious illness is uplifting, funny, and full of hope.  Its a story about community - the one she found in Scotlands Book Town, and the virtual community of her many thousands of Instagram followers who know her as @PoshPedlar.  Im thrilled that Two Roads/Hachette is publishing Kathleens book, available now for pre-order, published 27 May.

https://www.thebookseller.com/news/two-roads-publish-harts-memoir-starting-over-1238278

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Congratulations to Kathleen. You read some great submissions/manuscripts on trains Jenny!

That looks great, will look out for it.

I had the best time choosing the first ten books for our first grandchild, due next month. Baby shower (virtual of course) yesterday. Which should be the next ten books for his or her library?
These are the poems of early childhood and I can’t wait to read these stories again (and again and again): 
In the light of the moon a little egg lay on a leaf.
And a comb and a brush and a bowl full of mush.
The wild things roared their terrible roars and gnashed their terrible teeth.
Uh-uh! Mud! Thick oozy mud. We can’t go over it.we can’t go under it. Oh no! We’ve got to go through it!
AND SHE CAME. Soft and silent. She swooped through the trees to Sarah and Percy and Bill.  
#toppingsedinburgh

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I am in the same situation and having a ball. I included "Oi, get off our our train" and "Moo Bah, La La La" in my first bunch, mostly because I like reading them so much.

Hug! Is a lovely first book. It was Scarletts favourite. Inés lovedJust You & Me & Angus loved The Day Louis Got Eaten. Happy memories xxx

Exciting times ahead Jenny. I see a few of our favourites there too. Xx

My kids LOVED Owl Babies. Another of their favourites was the Great Big Ginger Cat.

Congratulations! I’d say Sharing a Shell (I can still recite it), The Paper Dolls and A Squash and a Squeeze in the next batch. ☺️

Lovely news Jenny- some great choices! X

This is wonderful! How magical 😌

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RIGHTS ANNOUNCEMENT from today's Bookseller
Canongate is to publish Alex Renton's examination of slavery, interrogated through the story of his ancestors' involvement in the trade.

Hannah Knowles, editorial director, acquired world all language rights in Blood Legacy: Reckoning With a Family’s Story of Slavery from Jenny Brown at Jenny Brown Associates.

The publisher's synopsis states: "When British slavery in the Caribbean was abolished in 1833, it was not the newly liberated who received millions in compensation, but the enslavers. Some of their descendants are among the wealthiest and most powerful people in Britain today.

"A group of Caribbean countries is calling on 10 European nations to discuss payment of trillions of dollars in damages done by transatlantic slavery and its continuing legacy. As calls for a societal reckoning grow, white people must reflect on how this history of abuse and exploitation has benefited them.

"Through the story of his own ancestors’ history as slave and plantation owners, Alex Renton asks what inheritance has been passed to the descendants of slave owners and the enslaved, and crucially, how the former – Renton among them – can begin to make reparations for the past."

Renton is a journalist who has won awards for his work as an investigator, war correspondent and food policy writer. He has also worked for Oxfam, in East Asia, Haiti and on the Iraq war. Most recently he has been a columnist on the Times and a correspondent for Newsweek magazine.

Commenting on Blood Legacy, he said: "The story of British slavery is not over, not least because I and many others have lived in wilful ignorance of our own ancestral histories. A more equitable, less divided society needs acknowledgement of this past and its role in making modern Britain and the people we are today. It is the very least we can do for the descendants of those we enslaved and exploited, many of whom are still affected by slavery's legacy."

Knowles added: "The one subject affluent white people remain consistently and conspicuously silent on is addressing the origins of their privilege and any accountability they may have as a result of it. Alex examines his own inheritance in this regard with a rigorous honesty and integrity, and challenges those with a similar legacy to do the same."

The book will be published on 6th May in hardback
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RIGHTS ANNOUNCEMENT from todays Bookseller
Canongate is to publish Alex Rentons examination of slavery, interrogated through the story of his ancestors involvement in the trade. 

Hannah Knowles, editorial director, acquired world all language rights in Blood Legacy: Reckoning With a Family’s Story of Slavery from Jenny Brown at Jenny Brown Associates.

The publishers synopsis states: When British slavery in the Caribbean was abolished in 1833, it was not the newly liberated who received millions in compensation, but the enslavers. Some of their descendants are among the wealthiest and most powerful people in Britain today.

A group of Caribbean countries is calling on 10 European nations to discuss payment of trillions of dollars in damages done by transatlantic slavery and its continuing legacy. As calls for a societal reckoning grow, white people must reflect on how this history of abuse and exploitation has benefited them.

Through the story of his own ancestors’ history as slave and plantation owners, Alex Renton asks what inheritance has been passed to the descendants of slave owners and the enslaved, and crucially, how the former – Renton among them – can begin to make reparations for the past.

Renton is a journalist who has won awards for his work as an investigator, war correspondent and food policy writer. He has also worked for Oxfam, in East Asia, Haiti and on the Iraq war. Most recently he has been a columnist on the Times and a correspondent for Newsweek magazine. 

Commenting on Blood Legacy, he said: The story of British slavery is not over, not least because I and many others have lived in wilful ignorance of our own ancestral histories. A more equitable, less divided society needs acknowledgement of this past and its role in making modern Britain and the people we are today. It is the very least we can do for the descendants of those we enslaved and exploited, many of whom are still affected by slaverys legacy.

Knowles added: The one subject affluent white people remain consistently and conspicuously silent on is addressing the origins of their privilege and any accountability they may have as a result of it. Alex examines his own inheritance in this regard with a rigorous honesty and integrity, and challenges those with a similar legacy to do the same.

The book will be published on 6th May in hardback
A winter holiday to the Ice Hotel in Sweden’s far north becomes a nightmare as, one by one, Maggie’s fellow guests meet their deaths on the ice. But these were no accidents : can the killer’s identity be uncovered before the Ice Hotel melts into the river, taking the clues with it? 
Perfect crime fiction for chilly temperatures! The new standalone thriller by Hania Allen, author of Dundee-set Polish Detective series. 
#crimefiction #crimevault
‘Winter is the anvil on which nature hammers out next spring. Its furnace is cold fire. It fashions motes of life. These endure. Even in the utmost extremes of landscape and weather, they endure.’

Jim Crumley evokes winter in all its drama, in all its pathos, in all its glory. The Nature of Winter, published by Saraband. 
#naturewriting

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Beautiful cover illustration.

Happy Publication Day to this brilliant debut! City of Vengeance whisks you back to Florence in 1536 and introduces Cesare Aldo, an officer of the court - on the wrong side of the law. 
‘Richly atmospheric’ Ambrose Parry
‘Unmissable’ Lancashire Evening Post
‘A complex, intriguing plot’ Sarah Maine
Your weekend reading sorted- order now from your local bookseller for click & collect, or online waterstones.com or uk.bookshop.org
#historicalfiction #florenceitaly #crimefiction #booksfromscotland

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Congratulations David. Happy publication day. Great to see this in print - straight to top of TBR pile.

This is such a fabulous book - huge congrats to David!

As the Edinburgh Book Festival announces its move to Edinburgh College of Art, I am remembering its first incarnations in Charlotte Square Gardens. In 1983 just over 100 writers took part, in 2019 there were more like 1000. Here’s to a new and exciting chapter in the story of the world’s best book festival (I know I’m biased, but it’s true). 
#edinburghinternationalbookfestival

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