Mozley, Gekoski and Myers shortlisted for SoA awards | The Bookseller

The Bookseller, June 13, 2018 by Heloise Wood:

The McKitterick Prize shortlist, awarded to a first novel by a writer over 40, saw judges Frances Fyfield, Aamer Hussein and Abir Mukherjee select mostly authors from independent publishers featuring inner worlds filled with loss, hope and self-acceptance. Darke by rare books dealer Rick Gekoski (Canongate Books) offers a “deliriously well-written tale of impending old age and bereavement” according to the panel, while Radio Sunrise by Anietie Isong (Jacaranda) follows a Nigerian journalist and “stays long in the imagination” while Silvertail Books’ Yes by Anne Patterson provides a “mesmerising book about a woman after a stroke”

The complete article can be found here: https://www.thebookseller.com/news/mozley-shortlisted-society-authors-awards-805106

The Authors’ Club Best First Novel Award 2018

Thursday 7th June 2018. Join Lucy Popescu for an evening of readings with debut novelists shortlisted for the Authors’ Club Best First Novel Award (BFNA).

RICK GEKOSKI is a writer, rare-book dealer and former academic. He has written several widely praised non-fiction books including Staying Up, Tolkien’s Gown, Outside of a Dog and Lost, Stolen or Shredded. Darke is his first novel. The BFNA judges commented: James Darke’s brutally frank, funny, tortured journal grippingly explores the depths of grief and the road to redemption.

XAN BROOKS is an award-winning writer, editor and broadcaster. He spent his rude youth as part of the founding editorial team of the Big Issue magazine and his respectable middle period as an associate editor at the Guardian, specialising in film. The Clocks in This House All Tell Different Times is his debut novel. The BFNA judges commented: A wildly vivid and imaginative tale, bringing together damaged war-veterans, canny teenagers and gilded gentry.

WINNIE M. LI is a writer and producer, who has worked in the creative industries on three continents.A Harvard graduate, she has written for travel guide books, produced independent feature films, programmed for film festivals, and developed eco-tourism projects. The BFNA judges commented: This is a courageous story from an impressive writer. The writing is confident, fluent and direct, with terrific narrative pace.

JOHN MCGHIE was an investigative journalist for the BBC, Channel Four News and the Observer where he was Political Correspondent. In 2003, he made a BBC documentary White Terror, on which White Highlands, his debut novel, is partly based. The BFNA judges commented: An outstanding evocation of colonial imperialism in Kenya and its aftermath. Full of high drama, raw emotion and great descriptive power.

HARRIET PAIGE grew up in Devon. She studied English at Warwick University and later an MA in Writing. Harriet now lives in London with her husband and three children. Her first novel Man With A Seagull On His Head was the runner up in the Not the Booker Prize 2017. The BFNA judges commented: A sparkling and original debut illustrating, with deadpan wit and elegance, the fickle nature of fame.

Come and hear the authors read, enjoy a glass of wine and have your books signed at this very special event – all welcome!

This event is free but please register your place here https://www.waterstones.com/events/the-authors-club-best-first-novel-award-2018/london-gower-street

Authors’ Club – Darke shortlisted for Best First Novel Award 2018

Today, the Authors’ Club announces the shortlist for the annual Best First Novel Award. The shortlisted books are as follows:

XAN BROOKS, The Clocks in the House All Tell Different Times (Salt) The judges commented: A wildly vivid and imaginative tale, bringing together damaged war-veterans, canny teenagers and gilded gentry.
RICK GEKOSKI, Darke (Canongate) The judges commented: James Darke’s brutally frank, funny, tortured journal grippingly explores the depths of grief and the road to redemption.
GAIL HONEYMAN, Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine (Harper Collins) The judges commented: Eleanor is a dazzlingly unique creation, whose history is tantalisingly revealed as she finds her way back to exuberant life.
WINNIE M. LI, Dark Chapter (Legend Press) The judges commented: This is a courageous story from an impressive writer. The writing is confident, fluent and direct, with terrific narrative pace.
JOHN MCGHIE, White Highlands (Little Brown) The judges commented: An outstanding evocation of colonial imperialism in Kenya and its aftermath. Full of high drama, raw emotion and great descriptive power.
HARRIET PAIGE, Man With A Seagull On His Head (Bluemoose Books) The judges commented: A sparkling and original debut illustrating, with deadpan wit and elegance, the fickle nature of fame.

Lucy Popescu (chair of the judging panel) commented: “This has been a bumper year for strong debuts exploring a range of themes. We have enjoyed many passionate discussions and are delighted to highlight such extraordinary talent. We are fortunate to have AL Kennedy to decide the overall winner.”

Key Dates
Shortlisted authors event at Waterstones Gower Street: Thursday 7 June
The winner will be announced by AL Kennedy, this year’s guest adjudicator, at a dinner at the National Liberal Club: Friday 22 June

https://www.thebookseller.com/news/indies-dominate-authors-club-best-first-novel-shortlist-771026

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Canongate Publish Rick’s New Novel – A Long Island Story on 5th July 2018

Rick Gekoski’s follow up to his critically acclaimed debut, Darke, is a novel about 1950s America, a marriage in crisis, and a family falling apart at the seams.

It is 1953, a heat wave is sweeping across America and the Grossmans – Ben, Addie and their two children –are moving their lives from the political heart of Washington DC to suburban Long Island. Benny was a successful lawyer in the Department of Justice, but all that has come tumbling down. With the McCarthy era of paranoia, persecution and propaganda at its height, his past has come back to haunt him, forcing him to pack up his family and leave the capital behind.

With their future uncertain, life in Long Island starts to open old wounds for Ben and Addie, both start to wonder if they were meant for more, whether their future might look different than they planned, and whether their marriage – their family – is worth fighting for …

A Long Island Story is a portrait of a marriage in crisis, of a unique and fascinating period in US history and of a seemingly perfect family fighting their demons behind closed doors.

AVAILABLE NOW IN HARDBACK, EBOOK, and DOWNLOADABLE AUDIO

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Chalke Valley History Heroes Festival

8.45 – 9.45pm on Friday 29th June 2018

As part of the Chalke Valley History Heroes series, writer and critic Rick Gekoski takes a look at Sir William Golding, author of Lord of the Flies and other classics, as well as winner of both the Booker and the Nobel Prize for Literature. A former resident of Bowerchalke, he also taught at Bishop Wordsworth’s School and is rightly feted as one of our greatest novelists.

Chalke Valley History Heroes Festival

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Edinburgh International Book Festival 25 August 2017

HAPPY FAMILIES

In British novelist Edward Docx’s Let Go My Hand, the Lasker family is in crisis, with one last chance to put things right. Rick Gekoski’s Darke centres on a doctor who eats little but drinks and smokes a lot. He is writing a ‘coming of old age’ journal about loves lost and found – and he can’t be distracted. Meet two writers who will make you laugh until you cry.

Part of the Reading the Final Chapter series of events.

https://www.edbookfest.co.uk/the-festival/whats-on/edward-docx-rick-gekoski-10101

November 25, 2017: Darke selected as one of The Times Fiction Books of the Year 2017

Best fiction of 2017: From bestselling masters to exciting new voices, James Marriott selected Darke as one the novels that stood out in 2017.

Darke
by Rick Gekoski
James Darke is a retired English teacher. He hates everything apart from Dickens (the sea is “so bloody insistent: whoosh, whoosh, drown”; Virginia Woolf is “Mrs Shalloway”) and shuts himself off from the world. All his letters are returned to sender and his telephone is disconnected. The misanthropic comedy is done very well. Yet the farther we travel into Darke’s life, the more we realise that he has tragic depths too. Darke is Rick Gekoski’s first novel — published at the age of 70. It goes to show it’s never too late to start.
Canongate, 299pp; £16.99

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6pm on November 29th – Rick talks to the University of London Society of Bibliophiles

Rick was invited by the University of London, Society of Bibliophiles to speak about his life as an author – bibliophile – bookdealer and in good UoL Bibliophiles’ tradition, the talk was followed by a drinks reception at the cottage.

The talk was held at the beautiful Lock Keeper’s Cottage, Queen Mary University of London on Wednesday 29 November, and started at 6pm.

DATE AND TIME: Wed 29 November 2017 18:00 – 21:00 GMT

LOCATION: 
Lock-keeper’s Cottage Graduate Centre
Queen Mary Mile End Campus
Mile End Road
London
E1 4PD

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