NEWS: Penguin Random House to Publish Novel Inspired by Broadway Musical Dear Evan Hanson

Author Val Emmich has collaborated with Dear Evan Hansen creators Steven Levenson, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul to turn their hit musical into a novel.  Penguin Random House have confirmed that it will be publishing Dear Evan Hansen The Novel, which expands on the story and characters told in the hit Broadway musical, which has won six… Read More

NEWS: Shortlist for the Wellcome Book Prize 2018

The shortlist for this year’s Wellcome Book Prize has been announced, celebrating the best books that illuminate people’s encounters with health, medicine and illness. Chaired by artist and writer Edmund de Waal, this year’s judging panel have selected a varied shortlist which includes one novel, one memoir and four non-fiction books, with five having been  written by women and four… Read More

REVIEW: Birdsong, New Victoria Theatre

This beautiful production vividly brings to life the horror, the pain and fear felt by all during World War I.  Rachel Wagstaff’s wonderful adaptation of Sebastian Faulks’s beloved World War I novel  effectively interweaves the pain and suffering of those on the front as well as memories of the past before the war. The story… Read More

REVIEW: Les Parisiennes: How the Women of Paris Lived, Loved and Died in the 1940s by Anne Sebba

This meticulous book of how the women of Paris coped with the German occupation in the 1940’s is filled with tales of great bravery and tragedy.  There is a tendency in history books to concentrate on the hand-to- hand combats that took place during the Second World War – but what about those ordinary people… Read More