Read it First. Advance copies of two new titles available now.
Plus news of two launch parties.
British Story: A Romance
Michael Nath’s first novel, La Rochelle, was shortlisted for the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction. British Story is his second novel, but the core idea he’s been chasing for a lifetime. It’s a novel bursting with wit and vitality, laughter and raucousness, and at its centre it dances with the elementary notions of fiction, stories, character, play, imagination and wonder. It’s an ode to books and what draws us to reading, and it’s a novel for those who don’t subscribe to the idea that the novel is dead.
Anyone who has visited our trading stall will no doubt have heard our barrow-boy call of La Rochelle being shortlisted for the oldest literary prize in the English language, and how it’s a book that sits on the top table of modern literature; little Route amongst the colossal houses of Penguin, Harper Collins et al. A fine first novel it is and all this is true. But if La Rochelle is the appetiser, then British Story is the main course. Highly recommend.
The Big Midweek: Life Inside The Fall
Steve Hanley and Olivia Piekarski
From our vantage point, there isn’t a band in the world with a story and output to match The Fall, and there isn’t a man in the world who could tell that story as well as Steve Hanley, the heartbeat of the band. Together with Olivia Piekarski, he has created a book which reads more like a novel than a memoir; putting you right in the thick of the shifting dynamics of this incredible cultural unit. It’s a book about the people who made the music, and you’re unlikely to find a richer set of characters than the blessed talents that make up The Fall.
The Big Midweek is not a typical musician’s memoir. Just like the band, this book breaks the mould. As Marc Riley writes in his foreword: ‘You don’t have to like The Fall to enjoy this book. You don’t have to like Mark E Smith to enjoy this book… Hell, you don’t even really need to like MUSIC to enjoy this book! It’s a gripping tale of forged and broken relationships, friendship, and betrayal.’
There will be a launch party for British Story in an upstairs room of a Central London pub that is a key setting in the novel. Monday 23 June, 6pm. It will be an epic literary evening. If you are in the vicinity and would like to join us for a drink, we’d love to see you. Email us for further details.
The Big Midweek launch party takes place at venue in Manchester on Saturday 12 July, 7:30pm. Steve Hanley has pulled together a very special band for the evening.