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Our Guest is Oge Austin-Chukwu*
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Q1. Can you tell us a little about yourself and your book 'Pearls of Wisdom'? I have been writing since I was a child. I love words and the concept of using them to paint a picture that people can relate to. As a medical doctor in a busy hospital setting I couldn't seem to find the time to write or indeed do other things I had an interest in doing, so eight years ago I retrained as a General Practitioner and my work/life balance is so much better. I wrote Pearls of Wisdom because I believe there is so much we can learn from looking at other people's lives. My heroes are ordinary people who do extraordinary things because they believed in Someone and Something greater than themselves. The Bible is full of these ordinary people. Pearls of Wisdom aims to capture just a few of these women.
Q2. What was your motivation for writing this book? I wanted to encourage women to believe that their lives had value and that they could make a difference, regardless of their background, education, connections or level of wealth.
Q3. What provided the inspiration for you to become a writer in the first place? My parents were well known authors. When we were young, we were encouraged to read widely. I developed a love for reading and I suppose writing was a natural follow on to that for me.
A notably intriguing murder mystery–will you identify the murderer before the detectives do? Another crime novel from the inimitable Julius Falconer, written in the finest British traditions: suave, sophisticated and sharp.
The wealthy and reclusive Harry Quirke, misanthropist and student of the piano works of Alkan, is stabbed to death in his country house outside Tadcaster. Only one of the obvious suspects seems to have much of a motive: his alibi is shaky, it is true, but there is no proof of his involvement. DI Moat and his assistant DS Stockwell follow one false lead after another in an exasperating investigation that seems to be getting nowhere: a gypsy caravan, an old murder in Kansas, the hurried will of a dying man, a golf-course green and an unfinished catalogue of Alkan’s works – none of it seems to make sense. Finally, the murderer makes the smallest of slips, and the penny drops - but it’s a close thing! Find out more
Genre: Fiction: Crime and mystery
ISBN: 9781782281832 Publication Date: 01 November 2012 Edition/Format: 1st/Paperback Book Size: 210 x 148 mm, 186pp
Neal James will be at the studios of BBC Radio Derby, on Thursday 20 September 2012 for a radio interview with Andy Potter, ahead of his book signing at Waterstones on the 22nd September 2012.
The Andy Potter show starts at 1pm. Listen to Neal James on BBC Radio Derby – 95.3 FM, 96 FM, 104.5 FM.
Royal pomp lands five young Londoners in unforeseen circumstances. A strange, reckless day will bring panic, grief and conflict, and risks worth taking.
After a disastrous date with Eleanor, James wakes up to a house full of Royal Wedding fever. It may be a national holiday, but he’s in no mood for romance. His best friend Olly is anti-monarchy, but his loved-up parents are ready to party and his younger sister Faith sets off for Hyde Park to experience the atmosphere for herself. Somewhere across the city, in the crowd that James does not want to be part of, is a girl from a different kind of postcode who could change his world... Find out more
POMP AND CIRCUMSTANCES is Sue Hampton’s seventeenth novel.
“A spectacular rendezvous”
Genre: Fiction: Children’s and young adult
ISBN: 9781782281818 Publication Date: 11 October 2012 Edition/Format: 1st/Paperback & eBook Book Size: 203 x 127 mm, 100pp
The ghosts of The Assembly Room have been waiting for someone to unlock their secrets, and 14 year old Merryn Stearne has arrived.
For 14 year old Merryn, the future should have been perfect–a new home in the idyllic Suffolk countryside and romance with Jamie, the gorgeous boy next door. If only the past would stop interfering with the present. Dreams of medieval witchcraft trials become so terrifyingly real that Merryn believes there is a mystery to be solved. With Jamie's help, she uncovers the truth about the Suffolk witch hunts of 1645. Is there a curse hanging over the Stearne family, or is it all in Merryn’s imagination…?Find out more
Genre: Fiction: Children’s and young adult
ISBN: 9781782281801 Publication Date: 11 October 2012 Edition/Format: 1st/Paperback & eBook Book Size: 203 x 127 mm, 186pp
A book trailer for 'The Assembly Room', Bryony Allen's latest YA novel, is now live. 'The Assembly Room' is due to be released on 11 October 2012.
The ghosts of The Assembly Room have been waiting for someone to unlock their secrets, and 14 year old Merryn Stearne has arrived. For Merryn the future should have been perfect–a new home in the idyllic Suffolk countryside and romance with the gorgeous boy next door. If only the past would stop interfering with the present.
Spring Leaf Books has announced that the e-book edition of 'The Lifer' by Royston E Herbert is free on Amazon from 06 - 07 September, 2012.
If you haven't picked up any of Royston E Herbert's publications yet, this is a great opportunity to try one of them for free.
"A detective murder mystery about a man convicted of a murder he did not commit and how he finds love and justice in the unlikeliest of places."
The Plot: Bert Simpson’s life is a kaleidoscope of ups and downs. He begins with a happy life but heartbreak soon follows and this pattern seems to accompany him for the greater part of his adulthood.
In marriage tragedy strikes again and Bert is accused of murder and is sentenced to life imprisonment. In prison he makes some very unusual friends who manage to boost his low esteem and start him back on the road to his eventual recovery. Many surprising twists and turns make this book a real page-turner. Spring Leaf Books...