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It's been four months since I broke my wrist and have been unable to type - happily my wrist has healed up well and I'm no back in the fray to discover lots of things have happened in the world of publishing!
Hilary Mantel has won the ManBooker Prize for the second time witrh the follow on book to Wolf Hall with Bring Up the Bodies.
Haven't been able to do any typing or content input for the last few weeks as I broke my right wrist a few weeks ago. It's now healing well but can only type for a few minutes at a time.
Hope to be back on form in the next few weeks.
However have been catching up on my reading - Peter James and Not Dead Yet and Lisa Jewell's Before I Met You - also received the 3 Ben Aaronovitch books - so lots of good reading - reveiws will catch up soon.
It's always sad to hear of the death of an influential writer - in this case Ray Bradbury who died early June at the ripe old age of 91. He was well known for such book as 'The Illustrated Man' , 'The Martian Chronicles'(which were made into a tv series in the 70s) and 'Fahrenheit 451' - his most prophetic book judging by what's happening in todays world.
He won many awards during his writing career and was the inspiration for many a SciFi writer. He will be sorely missed.
My favourite moments of the book fair are the interviews with Peter James and the beautiful Jung Chang. Both were excellent speakers and their interviews were stimulating.
Peter James is a prolific writer and a very hard working man. I was very interested in the amount of time he spends with the police while he researches his next book to make sure that he has the correct police procedures. It feel like he almost has to experience and see things for himself before he can write it down!
It seem to me that the time span between each London Book Fair just gets shorter and shorter. This year the British Council are bringing in some Chinese authors to talk about their culture and literature.
I have to say I'm really pleased to see how well 'Call the Midwife' TV series has gone - especially with Miranda Hart as Chummy. It has brought back many memories of when i was a midwife in Surrey back in the late 60s and early 70s. I too had a bike with the bag on the back and rode around in my gaberdine mac and hat in rain, snow, sunshine or hail!
Len Tyler is a very witty writer and I wanted my local Reading Group to experience his humour via his books and in person. Here he is at Espom Waterstones regaling the ladies with his stories and a reading. He was brilliant and answered our many questions injecting his humour everywhere which made our Christmas meeting very special indeed.
When Jennifer Worth's first book 'Call the Midwife' was published I was lucky enough to go to her house in North London to interview her about her life's work. I met a person who had a vibrant personality with a huge amount of eccentricity!
Did a catchup interview with Charley Boorman recently re his tv shows and live theatre shows - Charley as ever was very gracious in his attitude to all around him, including me; the interview is now being edited and his latest tv show Extreme Frontiers will be shown on Channel 5 at 9pm from December 1st; but you can catch him before at a theatre near you - here is a link to his tour dates - the show is very funny with lots of anecdotes;
There has been much talk about when the new Amazon Kindle was going to be relased in this country and how much it was going to be - approx £50 in the States and £89 here in Britain.
It will be interesting to see how it goes and will the public be happy with being charged more!