'If you want to make a difference then I recommend Michael Norton's 365 Ways to Change the World.'

Daily Telegraph

Atlas of the month

Inequality

The USA is one of the world's most unequal nations, and California, despite (or because of) its vast wealth, scores even higher on the Gini index of inequality.

'A vibrant statistical snapshot of this myth-inspiring US state' Library Journal

Homeless

California's 21% share of the USA's homeless is far greater than its 12% share of the total population. And 25% of California's homeless are classified as 'chronic homeless', compared with the national average of 16%.

Spending on higher education

While the proportion of the state budget spent on corrections has increased, the proportion spent on the University of California (UC) and California State University (CSU) has declined markedly.

Book of the month

Awards and prizes

And yet more congratulations to Tyler Keevil who has been awarded the prestigious Writers’ Trust of Canada McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize for his short story, 'Sealskin'. Tyler was also the People's Choice winner at the 2014 Wales Book of the Year for his 'magical, hilarious, dark and crazy' novel, The Drive.

See more awards and prize-listed books here.

 

New edition of THE CLOTHS OF HEAVEN

We're thrilled with the new edition Sue Eckstein's heartwarming first novel, The Cloths of Heaven, which is now available. The Cloths of Heaven is a Myriad classic and this new edition is a fitting celebration of a much loved author's life and work.

Quick Fictions: Sunday Times Top 10 book app

Quick Fictions is an evolution in digital storytelling, full of bite-size tales to read on the bus, in the tube, while the kettle boils. Developed by Professor Nicholas Royle, author of Quilt, at the University of Sussex in partnership with Myriad and Aimer Media, Quick Fictions features the finest stories – each fewer than 300 words. The app will continue to grow as new stories are submitted: find out how to submit yours here on our website and don't forget to buy the app for regular updates!

Latest news

NEW IAN WILLIAMS COMIC STRIP IN THE GUARDIAN

After delighting readers with an exclusive comic strip for the Guardian's G2 supplement in September, Ian Williams, author of The Bad Doctor, contributes to the newspaper again. Published in the G2, Ian's new comic strip combines his skills as a GP and graphic novelist to take a prophetic look at the dangers of becoming obsessed by health-tracking products such as Apple's new health data watch. The Bad Doctor, a humane and eloquently drawn tale of the troubled life of a GP, has gathered unanimous critical acclaim, including in the Independent, (the novel is 'deep and droll' and the protagonist 'sympathetic and empathetic'), Broken Frontier ('graphic medicine with true heart') and Forbidden Planet ('enjoyable and incisive'). 

SUPERCRASH IN THE PRESS

Following glowing reviews in the Independent and Herald Scotland, Darryl Cunningham's new investigative graphics title, Supercrash: How to Hijack the Global Economy, has been highly praised by Page 45's Jonathan Rigby, who describes it as 'a truly outstanding piece of work, illustrated so intelligently'. He goes on to highlight Darryl's 'wonderful no-nonsense, informative style, which hits news heights' in its 'ability to disseminate such complex information so simply'. An article by Darryl, in which he discusses 'Why Ayn Rand is still relevant (And dangerous)' has been published in the New Statesman and it has also been confirmed that Darryl will appear as part of the LSE arts programme in early 2015, where he will give a lecture on 'Ayn Rand, the Financial Crisis, and the Age of Selfishness'.

EMILY BULLOCK IN THE GUARDIAN

Anticipation is building for the publication of Emily Bullock's debut, The Longest Fight, in February 2015. Beautiful and brutal, it is the story of one man's struggle to overcome his past amidst the gritty world of boxing in the 1950s. Emily is featured in an article in the Guardian's education supplement, discussing the importance of her PhD in Creative Writing and how it informed her approach to writing The Longest Fight. International short story forum Thresholds have published an impassioned article by Emily about the significance of F.X. Toole's short story collection, Rope Burns, on her work. You can read a guest interview with Emily and fellow author Ann Morgan (Reading the World) on the Something Rhymed blog, in which they recommend to each other their favourite reads.

GHOSTING COPIES ARRIVE

Copies of Jonathan Kemp's highly anticipated new novel, Ghosting, have arrived in the Myriad office and we are swooning over the beautiful cover (designed by Leo Nickolls), which features ringing endorsements from Joanne Harris and Kerry Hudson. With influences ranging from Virginia Woolf to Lewis Carroll, Ghosting draws on a literary tradition of madness, incarceration and escape to deliver the triumphant coming of age of sixty-five-year-old Grace Wellbeck. Jonathan's debut, London Triptych, won the Authors' Club Best First Novel Award and was shortlisted for the Green Carnation Prize. His 2011 title, Twentysix, is a collection of highly charged erotic stories on the pursuit of pleasure. Ghosting will be published in March 2015.

100TH EPISODE OF NYE WRIGHT'S COMIC STRIP FOR WATERSTONES

This week saw the 100th appearance of Myriad graphics author Aneurin (Nye) Wright's weekly comic strip for the Waterstones blog. Originally commissioned in 2012, Sprout's Bookclub depicts a different writer each week (ranging from Hemingway to Kafka to Dan Brown) travelling through time to pitch his or her novel to a six-month-old baby girl, Sprout (based on Nye's own daughter). The strip has gathered a dedicated following and the 100th episode sees Sprout meeting both Helen Fielding and Jane Austen. Myriad publish Nye Wright's powerful graphic memoir, Things To Do In A Retirement Home Trailer Park, a deeply moving portrait of a young man caring for his dying father.

TYLER KEEVIL WINS JOURNEY PRIZE

We are excited to announce that Tyler Keevil, author of critically acclaimed novel The Drive, has won the The Writer's Trust of Canada's Journey Prize for his short story 'Sealskin'. The $10,000 prize was awarded in Toronto and 'Sealskin' (published in Tyler's short story collection, Burrard Inlet) was described by judges as a 'stunner'. Myriad published The Drive in 2013 – a fast-paced and hilarious road trip novel with all the adventure and surrealism of Hunter S. Thompson's Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. It won the 2014 Wales Book of the Year People's Choice Award and was longlisted for the Not the Booker prize.

NAME THE DOG COMPETITION WINNERS ANNOUNCED

We are delighted to announce that the winners of Isabel Ashdown's Name The Dog Competition are Caroline Fisher and Gillian Fox. The miniature dachshunds in Isabel's fourth novel with Myriad, Flight, will be called Badger and Willow. To be kept up to date with Isabel's news and competitions, follow the Isabel Ashdown Books Facebook Page.

MYRIAD 2015 CATALOGUE NOW AVAILABLE

Myriad's new catalogue is available to download here. It showcases our full list of exciting fiction and graphics books for 2015, from inspiring debuts to much-anticipated new titles by established authors.

Download Myriad's 2015 catalogue