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At last, a YA novel for a smarter generation...

      

The critically acclaimed author Moira McPartlin is back with a gripping new YA novel which explores the zeitgeist themes that really matter to young people today.

Praised by fellow YA author Christina Banach as “beautifully written with fully realised characters, vivid settings, and a clever and playful use of language”, Ways of the Doomed transports us to the radically altered society of 2089, an environmentally scarred landscape divided between the Privileged few and the Native underclass.

The novel, published on 18 June, is part dystopian thriller and part coming-of-age story, which intelligently addresses some of the big issues in British society – the widening wealth gap, climate change, civil liberties, the impact of genetic research, and our national and individual identity.

In short, it’s a page-turner with substance – and one that will appeal to boys as much as girls.

Moira, whose first novel The Incomers was shortlisted for the Saltire Society First Book of the Year Award, says that Ways of the Doomed is the first book in the Sun Song Trilogy.

You can see Moira at various events around the country, where she will be discussing Ways of the Doomed. This week, she appeared at Waterstones Argyle Street in Glasgow and at Stirling Central Library. On 24 June she'll be at Blackwells South Bridge, and on 15 July at the Barbican Centre in London. Moira will also be giving talks at school visits around the UK.  

Stop – Look – Listen. Safety First celebrates stunning archive


Stop, Look, Listen: Stunning vintage posters book celebrates 100 years of making Britain safer

Safety First features superb historical safety posters (1930s-1970s) from a recently rediscovered ‘missing’ archive

A fabulous collection of vintage British safety posters – that were thought to be lost forever – will be published on 18 June as part of the forthcoming centenary of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA). A special launch event will take place at the House of Lords on 15 June. 

Safety First, by design expert Dr Paul Rennie of Central St Martins College of Art & Design, features scores of accident prevention posters and slogans that evoke nostalgia for a bygone Britain and will bring back childhood memories for many of us – who can forget the Green Cross Code or the antics of Tufty Fluffytail?

The RoSPA poster archive, the breadth of which was only discovered by accident when a warehouse was being cleared, features work by some of the foremost graphic designers of the time, including Fougasse, who produced the famous World War II Careless Talk Costs Lives poster campaign. 

Covering themes such as road, industrial, leisure and home safety, the vintage posters are clever, striking and often amusing. But they are also of great historical value as they provide a valuable chronicle of how we used to work, rest and play in 20th century Britain.

RoSPA’s president, Lord McKenzie of Luton, said: “Even in this information-saturated age of social media and 24-hour news, there is much that these now ‘vintage’ posters can tell us about the power of accident prevention: that a little effort, a little forward planning – and above all, a little knowledge, can make a big difference in our quest to get the balance right between carelessness on the one hand, and risk-aversion on the other.

“It is fitting that as our charity prepares for its centenary, the rediscovery of these posters should stand at the intersection of a proud past and a promising future – promising, because RoSPA stands ready to serve the nation again, by providing our families, colleagues and friends with all of the skills and confidence they need to lead more fulfilling lives – free of the fear of accidental injury.”

Tom Mullarkey, RoSPA’s chief executive, said: “We always knew that we had some poster artwork in storage, but it was only when we cleared our old warehouse that we discovered the sheer extent of our collection and the quality and age of the items. These posters would have carried simple yet important safety messages into homes and workplaces, helping people to prevent accidents to themselves, their loved ones and colleagues. Many of the messages are just as valid today as when they were created decades ago.”

Safety First will be available at all good bookshops and online – price £16.99. While stocks last, you can buy a copy from this site for just £14.99 inc UK p&p 

The Four Marys longlisted for Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize

       

The Four Marys, a collection of provocative novellas by Jean Rafferty, has been longlisted for this year's Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize, which celebrates great British fiction by showcasing the breadth and vibrancy of British writing today.

The longlist of fifteen books has been chosen by the judges as "they display the flair, range and literary rigour abounding in British writing today and should, the judges believe, be widely read." The final eight winners of the Prize will be announced on Thursday 18 June at the Jerwood Space, London. Each winning author will receive a prize of £5,000 and each title will feature in a summer promotion by WH Smith Travel.

Announcing the longlist, chair of judges India Knight said: "It is absolutely thrilling to have found such brilliant books, across such a wide variety of genres, and from authors that live and write all over the country. These are fantastic writers who deserve to be household names."

The Four Marys features a quartet of contemporary folk tales exploring the complexities of motherhood. Author Marina Warner has praised the "powerful stories about the lives and deaths of women", whilst welovethisbook.com said, "The writing is starkly frank in creating atmosphere and realism."

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