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'Isabel Ashdown's storytelling skills are formidable; her human insights highly perceptive.'
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
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%.
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.
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 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!
We are excited to announce the signing of The Last Pilot, a literary debut by Guardian contributor Benjamin Johncock, as featured in the Bookseller this week. Set in the Mad Men era, The Last Pilot is a breathtaking novel of the space race, following the story of Jim Harrison, a test pilot for the US Air Force who is offered a ticket to the moon. The novel has already received a glowing endorsement from Joanne Harris, who calls it 'by far the best debut novel I've read in years… it reads like the the reclusive disciple of Cormac McCarthy and St-Exupéry'. Norwich-based Johncock is an award-winning short story writer, the assistant producer of Literary Death Match London and a tutor at Faber academy. Myriad will publish in July 2015.
This week we celebrated the launch of Emily Bullock's beautiful and brutal debut, The Longest Fight (published 12 February), set in 1950s London amidst the gritty world of boxing. Friends and family attended a packed event in Bloomsbury. The first review of The Longest Fight appeared this week in the Londonist, whose reviewer loved the evocative setting: 'Peckham and Soho in all their smoggy glory' Emily will be appearing on BBC Radio London on 11 February at 1pm to talk about the novel and its journey to publication.
Tom Connolly's radio play, The Man In The Lift, has been shortlisted for the Imison Award, a prize celebrating excellence in radio drama. The play was first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and tackles themes of bereavement and loneliness through the perspective of a lift repair-man. Connolly's debut novel, The Spider Truces, published by Myriad in 2010, was longlisted for the Desmond Elliot Prize and shortlisted for the Writers' Guild of Great Britain Award. Connolly's newest radio play, Out of the Depths, was broadcast this week on BBC Radio 4.
The deadline for entries to Myriad First Drafts Competition is 2 February. Now in its fifth year, the competition is open to all unpublished writers, with the winner receiving editorial feedback as well as a week-long writing retreat with full board in the luxurious surroundings of West Dean College, West Sussex. The 2015 judges are bestselling author Lizzie Enfield (Living With It), creative writing tutor Greg Mosse, literary agent Hellie Ogden (Janklow and Nesbit), TV producer Tom Winchester and Myriad Senior Fiction Editor Vicky Blunden. Aspiring novelists and short story writers should submit up to 5,000 words from a work-in-progress.
Graphic journalist Darryl Cunningham has won the 'Best Writer – Independent' category at the Broken Frontier Awards 2014 for his investigative title, Supercrash. In addition, Supercrash was named Number One Pick of the Year by Forbidden Planet's Joe Gordon and ranked as one of comics expert Paul Gravett's Top Ten Graphic Novels of 2014. Previously reviewed in the Independent and Page 45, new coverage for Supercrash has appeared in the Telegraph & Argus ('nothing short of a masterpiece') and in France's L'Humanite ('stylish and effective').
Darryl is one of 30 world-renowned artists invited to contribute their own unique piece to The Art of Saving a Life, an online resource just launched to encourage vaccination, sponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Darryl will deliver a guest lecture at London School of Economics on 18 February and he will appear as part of Manchester's SICK! Festival on 22 March.