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JK Rowling at the Cheltenham Literature Festival

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Tuesday 9th October 2012

There can’t be many writers capable of filling the cavern-like auditorium at Cheltenham Racecourse – but JK Rowling is one of them. All 2,000 seats for the Cheltenham Literature Festival event at the weekend had been snapped up in a trice, with people travelling from all over the world to hear their heroine speak. When interviewer James Runcie threw the session open to questions at the end several tearful young ...keep reading

Debut novelist Madeline Miller wins 2012 Orange Prize

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Thursday 31st May 2012

“A more than worthy winner – original, passionate, inventive and uplifting. Homer would be proud of her.” Those were the words of Joanna Trollope, chair of the 2012 Orange Prize for Fiction judges, last night when she announced this year’s winner – Madeline Miller. American writer and Latin teacher Miller won the £30,000 prize for The Song of Achilles, the debut novel she spent ten years working on. A captivating, ...keep reading

Orange Prize for Fiction 2012 shortlist announced at the London Book Fair

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Wednesday 18th April 2012

Two ultra-distinguished writers welcomed guests to the announcement of the 2012 Orange Prize shortlist at the London Book Fair yesterday morning. First up was Kate Mosse, author of the phenomenally successful Labyrinth and co-founder of the prize, who was wearing the grooviest black lace-up platform shoes I’ve seen in a long time. Then came Joanna Trollope, who’s written 17 bestselling novels and is this year’s chair of the Orange Prize ...keep reading

An exciting new literary talent

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Wednesday 8th June 2011

“The Tiger’s Wife is an exceptional book and Téa Obreht is a truly exciting new talent. Obreht’s powers of observation and her understanding of the world are remarkable. By skilfully spinning a series of magical tales she has managed to bring the tragedy of chronic Balkan conflict thumping into our front rooms with a bittersweet vivacity.” That’s how historian Bettany Hughes, the chair of the 2011 Orange Prize judges, summed ...keep reading