Book Review – The Confessions of Becky Sharp by David James

April 25, 2013

Becky Sharp is possibly the first most rounded woman character in literary fiction. Originally created by William Makepeace Thackeray in Vanity Fair she is a woman of low station forced to survive in a world of status and snobbery dominated by the whims of wealthy men. Thackeray describes her warts and all with a tinge of sympathy but she is one of several such characters paraded in his famous novel. David James takes her character a stage further as he explores how she became the woman she is.

When the book opens she is old and reflecting on her life as she writes her memoirs and counts herself among the literary contemporaries of her time, Charles Dickens and Elizabeth Gaskell. She is motivated more by money than by any ambition to be a great novelist as she hints that for the right financial rewards she can leave out some of the more scandalous exploits of her much richer acquaintances and endeavours to put right the injustices done to her by Thackeray in his novel. It is a fascinating device used by a skilful storyteller and the book is well worth the read.

Becky Sharp Cover

The Confessions of Becky Sharp by David James is published by Vanguard Press.

Keith Jahans,
Editor, Peatmore Press


BOOKS ARE MY BAG

April 23, 2013

The London Book Fair has seen the trade launch of a new campaign to promote books and bookshops – BOOKS ARE MY BAG. www.booksaremybag.com.  The bags look to be cloth and recyclable and not plastic.

The BOOKS ARE MY BAG campaign launches to the public on September 14th 2013 and will run through to Christmas.  There are two elements: a PR Campaign and a Street Campaign

 Street Campaign

The trade launch of BOOKS ARE MY BAG at The London Book Fair got across just how massive the campaign will be.  Booksellers at the fair were placing their orders there and then, and the Book Sellers Association reports already that many independent booksellers are now ordering in good supplies to last the campaign period of 14th September to Christmas.  WH Smith, Waterstones, Blackwells and the large independent sector have signed up.

 PR Campaign

PR will centre on the passion well-known people share for books and bookshops, and a major element of the PR Campaign is a celebrity-led Photo Campaign featuring celebrities and authors.  These have all agreed to be photographed without imposing any fee.  As well as forming the centrepiece of the PR Campaign, all of the celebrity images – as well as those featuring members of the public in bookshops, on the street and in the workplace – will be available for booksellers and publishers to use.

 If you have a A-List UK or Irish celebrity on your books that you would like to be put forward for consideration to be photographed, please e-mail Caroline Hutton, the Campaign Co-ordinator on pidge@me.com


Tips for proof reading

April 18, 2013

  1. Use Spell Checker
  2. Start at last page and read back through manuscript.
  3. Use find and replace tool on wordprocessor to search for sound alike words (http://www.grammarly.com/handbook/mechanics/spelling/6/words-that-sound-alike)
  4. Get computer to read manuscript text aloud to you (Free software online eg http://www.zabaware.com)


London Book Fair Embraces the Digital Age

April 16, 2013

I spent a fascinating day yesterday in The London Book Fair’s Digital Zone.  Today’s technology means that the reader can access a variety of interactive media across a range of mobile platforms.  Reading will be an exciting new experience in the 21st Century.  Video, audio and 3D images can be integrated into ebooks and there are wonderful opportunities for authors, film makers, photographers, sound engineers and distributors to collaborate.

London Book Fair 2013

 The London Book Fair

If you are going today or tomorrow Peatmore Press recommends that you check out: Tercio Publishing, Blue Fire Reader, Young Digital Planet, Epub Direct and Bookwire.


Spring in Windsor Great Park

April 13, 2013

Spring in Windsor Great Park

Signs of Spring at last in South East England


Mind Boggling Quiz

April 8, 2013

Peatmore Press has posted a new general knowledge quiz.  This time the questions are all about Spring and Springtime.  Entrants have the chance to win a download of the Jack Lindsey audio book, “The Queen’s Screech”, (four available).  The answers will be posted on 8 May.

Queen's Screech Cover with Border

http://peatmore.come/queenscreech.htm


Result’s of Last Month’s Quiz

April 8, 2013

The answers to the March Mind Boggling Quiz are available at http://peatmore.com/quizans.htm.  There were too few entries to award a prize so no one has won a download a download of Luke Johnson and Jack Lindsey’s ebook, “Crime and Passion”.