It might sometimes seem as if anyone with a public profile has a book out, but the best of them, will surely come from comedians. Why? Because those in this most egotistical of professions are used to talking about themselves, for one. And with a degree of honesty that is increasingly uncommon in risk-averse public life.
Mick Fleetwood once said that the first time he saw me walking back from school in Notting Hill Gate he knew I was the girl he was going to marry. We were both sixteen and it was the summer of '64. The first time I saw him play at Brentwood Town Hall, I felt as though I'd been plugged into an electric socket.
'She Is Not Invisible': multi award-winning writer Marcus Sedgwick, a widely-admired writer of YA fiction, and a recipient of the Booktrust Teenage Prize, the Blue Peter Book Award, and many others. I met with Marcus to discuss his latest novel.
The story is about a young boy who lost his mother during a terrorist attack in a New York museum. 'The Goldfinch' is a painting stolen from the museum by the thirteen year old boy who survived the attack. The painting becomes the secret that gives meaning to his life and the axis around which the story unfolds.
Ayfer Tunç, an acclaimed novelist and short story writer in her native Turkey, is widely translated abroad but little known in English. In this engaging short story collection, we follow the fortunes of various characters, defeated by circumstances or forces outside their control.