MSt alumna Blanka Čechová’s novel Total Balkans is the best rated Czech book on GoodReads .
From the cover: “Can billions be embezzled hundred by hundred? Does democratization make sense? And does an individual have any chance to make a difference inside a huge organization? A young lawyer sets out for a breathtaking mission in Kosovo to find the answers. She witnesses crushing injustice, survives a line of incredible adventures, disillusions and doubts, and finally, she becomes the black sheep inside the respected organization and the hero of local people, who realize that somebody finally cares.”
MSt alumna Kiran Millwood Hargrave’s reinterpretation of Dracula is to be published by Orion Children’s Books’ new YA feminist series, Bellatrix.
From The Bookseller “Millwood Hargrave has written The Deathless Girls – the untold story of the brides of Dracula. 17-year-old Lil and her twin sister Kizzy are captured and enslaved by the Boyar Valcar, taken far away from their traveller community. Forced to work in the castle kitchens, Lil meets Mira, a fellow slave girl she feels inexplicably drawn to. But she also learns about the Dragon – a mysterious figure of myth who takes young girls as gifts.”
MSt alumna Hazel Barkworth’s debut novel Heatstroke is to be published by Headline Review in 2020. From the Bookseller:
“Headline’s sister imprint Headline Review has snapped up the “heady and compulsive” debut novel from Hazel Barkworth in a pre-empt deal.
Commissioning editor Frankie Edwards acquired world rights from Lucy Morris at Curtis Brown. Heatstroke will be published as a lead hardback in early summer 2020.
The novel is about the impact on three women of a teacher-pupil relationship. The synopsis says: “It would be fair to assume this book is about 15-year-old Lily, who disappears at the beginning of a long, hot summer. But this isn’t the story you think you’re reading…”
MSt alumna Rose Edward’s novel “The Harm Tree” will be published by UCLan in July 2019.
From the announcement:
“You’re too young to remember why we needed heroes. You should be glad…
Nine years ago, two princes waged a bloody civil war for the right to rule Arngard. The younger prince took the throne and outlawed the ancient beliefs, but some wounds don’t heal. New religion replaced the barbaric traditions and finally, there’s peace.
Torny and Ebba are friends. Sent away by their families, they work together and watch out for each other. Too young to remember the war that tore apart the kingdom, Torny dreams of the glorious warriors of old, while Ebba misses her family, despite the darkness she left behind.
But when a man is murdered on the street and Torny finds herself in possession of a dangerous message, the two friends must tread separate paths. These will lead them through fear, through grief, to the source of their own power and to the gates of death itself.
As Torny and Ebba are used as tools for the opposing factions of the war, a deep power is ignited in them both. Can they uncover their own strength to finally heal the wounds of a nation?”
There was a lot of crying’: youngest Booker prize nominee on writing her first novel.
MSt alumna Daisy Johnson interviewed for Guardian Culture
From the announcement
“The author made headlines this year after becoming the youngest person to be shortlisted for the Man Booker prize with her debut novel Everything Under. Iman Amrani speaks to her about her book, which has been described as a feminist retelling of a well-known myth, which plays with the boundaries of reality and the supernatural This interview is part of a series called Fresh Voices, presented by Amrani”
“Maya C. Popa has joined Publishers Weekly as its new poetry reviews editor, effective immediately. Popa succeeds Alex Crowley in the post and will be responsible for editing PW’s reviews of poetry collections. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Popa is a poet and critic whose debut collection of poetry, American Faith, will be published in 2019 by Sarabande Books. Her criticism and nonfiction have appeared widely, including in Poetry, the Times Literary Supplement, and Poets & Writers.“