No Better Gift Than a Great Book

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Book lovers love the gift of a good book. Route is the home of quality, independently produced books. To help you with gift hunting, we’ve pulled together a selection of books that we highly recommend. There’s something here for all tastes, and they wont let you down. (Cheapest option is to buy direct)

 

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The Big Midweek: Life Inside The Fall by Steve Hanley & Olivia Piekarski – An unprecedented insight into the inner workings of the UK’s most mysterious and sublime outsider band. A Guardian Book of the Year, a Rough Trade Book of the Year, Readers Digest Editor’s Choice, this is the first insider’s account of life inside The Fall. Steve Hanley’s story unfolds like a novel; from 1979 when he joined his schoolmates Marc Riley and Craig Scanlon in The Fall, he puts us right in the heart of the action: on stage, on the tour bus, in the recording studio, and up close and personal with an eccentric cast of band mates. ‘Steve Hanley has seen one of British music’s most perplexing and brilliant institutions from the inside and lived to tell the tale. This is the absorbing, eye-popping, hilarious story of growing up in the feverish heart of The Mighty Fall.’ – Stuart Maconie

Nothing Ever Happens in Wentbridge

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Nothing Ever Happens in Wentbridge by Janet Watson – A vivid and moving story of a remarkable first love, friendship and the emotional consequences of teenage pregnancy. ‘This is a luminous book about real life: about love, loss, motherhood, daughterhood, about sex, longing and fear, regret and the terrible pain of hindsight. And it’s a fabulous story, whose last third I had to read in one sitting into the small hours. I loved it.’ – Mumsnet

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Song For My Father by Ian Clayton – What happens when you only know your dad when you’re a young boy and then, one day, when you are middle-aged, he phones to say he’d like to see you again before he dies? ‘Ian Clayton has an unshakeable belief in the power of stories to bring people together, coming as he does from that great tradition of storytellers that includes the likes of Stan Barstow, Alan Sillitoe and his hero Barry Hines. Song For My Father reverberates with warmth, humour and joy and it’s a story people can relate to.’ – Yorkshire Post

Bringing It All Back Home

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Bringing It All Back Home by Ian Clayton – A modern classic. If you love music books, and haven’t read this one yet, it’s time to put that right. When you hear a certain song, where does it take you? What is the secret that connects music to our lives? Heart warming, moving and laugh out loud funny, Bringing It All Back Home is the truest book you will ever read about music and the things that really matter. ‘Ian Clayton has written not just a masterpiece about music but a beautiful and important work of social history. This is a literary triumph of irrepressible humour, touching humility and downright humanity. At the end of this book, you’ll believe Ian Clayton is your best mate.’ – Andy Kershaw

Rites

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Rites – by Sophie Coulombeau – This sizzling novel is the perfect summer read. Four teenagers make a pact to lose their virginity away from the watchful eyes of parents and priest. Fifteen years later, they reflect on the past and unravel how it all went so horribly wrong… There is no objective truth when it comes to different people’s memories of the same experience, it’s up to you to pick your way through the ambiguity. ‘Terrific. A story that’s intriguing, puzzling and entirely gripping.’ – Philip Pullman

Everything Now

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Everything Now by Steve McKevitt – If you like a good grumble about how the modern world is heading to hell in a handcart, this book holds a mine of ammunition for you. Written by an expert in the field, this is a shocking and funny whistle-blowing account of the techniques that are employed to mould public opinion, shape how we behave and control what we think. ‘Read this before you shell out for a new, ever-so slightly shinier mobile phone or pay a premium for anything that goes out of its way to convince you how ‘ethical’ it is.’ – Time Out, Book of the Week.

Carpet Burns

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Carpet Burns – My Life With Inspiral Carpets by Tom Hingley – Get yourself close up and personal with Inspiral Carpets as Tom charts the ups and downs of life inside a pop hurricane with wit and plenty of insight. Anyone interested in music life and the impact of Manchester’s music scene will quickly devour every word. ‘Oh my God! Every band is the same. I couldn’t put it down.’ – Peter Hook

Red Army Faction Blues

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Red Army Faction Blues by Ada Wilson – Music and politics. Bombs and acid. Peter Green and the Red Army Faction. All is seen through the eyes of an agent provocateur, as the peace and love generation of the 1960s gives way to violent terrorism of the 1970s. ‘Wilson brings the tumult of 1967 West Berlin vividly to life in this intriguing period thriller. Resonances with the Occupy Wall Street movement make this novel’s themes timely.’ Publishers Weekly

The Train of Fice and Fire

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The Train of Ice and Fire by Ramon Chao – Quite simply, a chronical of one of the craziest rock tours ever attempted. Colombia, November 1993: a reconstructed old passenger train is carrying one hundred musicians, acrobats and artists on a daring adventure through the heart of a country soaked in violence. Leading this crusade of hope is Manu Chao with his band Mano Negra. Manu’s father Ramon Chao is on board to chronicle the journey. ‘The real joy is in the detail, be it Chao Senior overheating in a polar bear costume until he loses consciousness or going so native that he gets himself tattooed as his son tuts disapprovingly. By the end you’re rooting for the cast of dysentery ridden, ceaselessly optimistic ne’er-do-wells and entranced by the madness of their undertaking.’ – Q Magazine.

Because Cuba is You

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Because Cuba is You by Ramon Chao – An exotic and historical romp through Galicia and Cuba, this magical realist story is an account of Ramon Chaos own family saga and the political maelstrom into which he was born, tracing a personal and political line from the Spanish-American War to the Spanish Civil War. ‘A historical narrative focused on the relations between Galicia and Cuba. Well written and full of entertaining anecdotes, Chao brings an imaginative dimension to the story of emigration.’ – El Mundo.

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British Story by Michael Nath – Hitch a ride an oddball group of characters as they call up the lost spirit of resistance in this literary romp through British history. Philosophical, frightening and hilarious, British Story is an adventure in imagination and a rallying cry for wonder. A Morning Star Book of the Year. ‘This frequently surreal tale follows an academic’s entanglement with an oddball group, led by the Falstaffian Arthur Mountain, who share a strange extended tale stretching back to wartime Swansea via Doncaster and Edinburgh. Reminiscent of the work of Kurt Vonnegut, this is a really engaging and entertaining yarn with plenty of knowing literary allusions.’ – Times Higher Education Supplement

La Rochelle

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La Rochelle by Michael Nath – The writing is the star of the show in this literary novel. Darkly comic, sharp and erudite, it’s been desribed as Proust in Peckham or Hamlet in Holborn. The disappearance of his friend’s woman stirs up the life of a doctor, placing him in the power of a subtle enchanter. Will it make or break him? ‘Stylish, very funny, discreetly surprising, this remarkable novel reads at times like a fable of England under New Labour, where nothing is quite what it seems and not much is worth what it costs.’ – Michael Wood

Red Laal

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Red Laal by M Y Alam – A bold slice of organised-crime fiction, M Y Alam’s novel is a compelling tale of survival, honour and family values. In Kilo and Red Laal, Alam has created characters beyond compare in contemporary British fiction. ‘Red Laal is a smart, tough and authentic revenge thriller best served cold, and marks out M Y Alam as a major name in gritty, contemporary gangster-culture crime writing.‘ – Telegraph and Argus

Spellbound

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SpellboundWomen’s Magic Over Men by Joel Willans – Ever since men painted on cave walls, they’ve been making art out of their feelings for women. Joel Willans’s prize-winning stories feature men battling for women’s hearts with weapons as diverse as chocolates and chairs. A spellbinding summer read with a slice of magic. ‘The thinking lad’s book for a busy life. Funny, cool, excellent prose, effortless to read… a heartwarming read for us girls too!’ – Alice Bragg

Born in the 1980s

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Born in the 1980s – These stories from ‘our so called generation’ are as vital as fresh air. Through love and lust, broken dreams and heartbreak, we see a generation finding its feet and carving out its place in the world. ‘If you were born in the 1980s and want to reminisce about “growing up”, are twentysomething and want to show your feelings instead of telling them, or not twentysomething and just want to learn something about the “next wave”, this is the book for you. It definitely captures the spirit of a generation up and coming.’ – The Bloomsbury Review.

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The Thought That Counts

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For some there is no better gift than a good book, where the thought really does count.  Here is a dozen gift recommendations from readers, Route’s bestselling titles of 2013. All independently produced to engage, inspire and to entertain, these books wont let you down.

Bringing It All Back Home

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Bringing It All Back Home by Ian Clayton – A modern classic music book. You don’t have to take our word for it, read the Amazon reviews. When you hear a certain song, where does it take you? What is the secret that connects music to our lives? Heart warming, moving and laugh out loud funny, Bringing It All Back Home is the truest book you will ever read about music and the things that really matter. ‘Ian Clayton has written not just a masterpiece about music but a beautiful and important work of social history. This is a literary triumph of irrepressible humour, touching humility and downright humanity. At the end of this book, you’ll believe Ian Clayton is your best mate.’ – Andy Kershaw

Nothing Ever Happens in Wentbridge

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Nothing Ever Happens in Wentbridge by Janet Watson – A vivid and moving story of a remarkable first love, friendship and coming of age fast in the 1980s. ‘This is a luminous book about real life: about love, loss, motherhood, daughterhood, about sex, longing and fear, regret and the terrible pain of hindsight. And it’s a fabulous story, whose last third I had to read in one sitting into the small hours. I loved it.’ – Mumsnet

Carpet Burns

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Carpet Burns – My Life With Inspiral Carpets by Tom Hingley – Get yourself close up and personal with the Madchester music scene. Tom Hingley recounts life inside the Inspiral Carpets – on stage, on the tour bus, in the studio – he charts the ups and downs of life inside a pop hurricane with wit and plenty of insight. Anyone interested in music life and the impact of Manchester’s music scene will quickly devour every word. ‘A cool as f***k memoir.’ – Record Collector

Rites

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Rites – by Sophie Coulombeau –  The outstanding winner of the Next Best Novelist Award. Four teenagers make a pact to lose their virginity away from the watchful eyes of parents and priest. Fifteen years later, they reflect on the past and unravel how it all went so horribly wrong… A psychological thriller and moral maze. There is no objective truth when it comes to different people’s memories of the same experience, it’s up to you to pick your way through the ambiguity. ‘Terrific. A story that’s intriguing, puzzling and entirely gripping.’ – Philip Pullman

Red Army Faction Blues

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Red Army Faction Blues by Ada Wilson – An explosive mix of music and politics; and what happens when a new generation set out a path for a radically different future. A close look at the present political turmoil through the lens of the recent past. Bombs and acid. Peter Green, Fleetwood Mac, Baader, Meinhof and the Red Army Faction. All is seen through the eyes of an agent provocateur, as the peace and love generation of the 1960s gives way to violent terrorism of the 1970s.  ‘Wilson brings the tumult of 1967 West Berlin vividly to life in this intriguing period thriller. Resonances with the Occupy Wall Street movement make this novel’s themes timely.’ Publishers Weekly

Everything Now

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Everything Now by Steve McKevitt – If you like a good grumble about how the modern world is heading to hell in a handcart, this book holds a mine of ammunition for you. Written by an expert in the field, this is a shocking and funny whistle-blowing account of the techniques that are employed to mould public opinion, shape how we behave and control what we think.  ‘Read this before you shell out for a new, ever-so slightly shinier mobile phone or pay a premium for anything that goes out of its way to convince you how ‘ethical’ it is.’ – Time Out, Book of the Week.

Spellbound

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SpellboundWomen’s Magic Over Men by Joel Willans – Ever since men painted on cave walls, they’ve been making art out of their feelings for women. Joel Willans’s prize-winning stories feature men battling for women’s hearts with weapons as diverse as chocolates and chairs. A spellbinding summer read with a slice of magic. ‘The thinking lad’s book for a busy life. Funny, cool, excellent prose, effortless to read… a heartwarming read for us girls too!’ – Alice Bragg

The Train of Fice and Fire

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The Train of Ice and Fire by Ramon Chao – Quite simply, a chronical of one of the craziest rock tours ever attempted. Colombia, November 1993: a reconstructed old passenger train is carrying one hundred musicians, acrobats and artists on a daring adventure through the heart of a country soaked in violence. Leading this crusade of hope is Manu Chao with his band Mano Negra. Manu’s father Ramon Chao is on board to chronicle the journey.  ‘The real joy is in the detail, be it Chao Senior overheating in a polar bear costume until he loses consciousness or going so native that he gets himself tattooed as his son tuts disapprovingly. By the end you’re rooting for the cast of dysentery ridden, ceaselessly optimistic ne’er-do-wells and entranced by the madness of their undertaking.’ – Q Magazine.

Because Cuba is You

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Because Cuba is You by Ramon Chao – An exotic and historical romp through Galicia and Cuba, this magical realist story is an account of Ramon Chao’ s own family saga and the political maelstrom into which he was born, tracing a personal and political line from the Spanish-American War to the Spanish Civil War.  ‘A historical narrative focused on the relations between Galicia and Cuba. Well written and full of entertaining anecdotes, Chao brings an imaginative dimension to the story of emigration.’ – El Mundo.

La Rochelle

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La Rochelle by Michael Nath – The writing is the star of the show in this literary novel. Darkly comic, sharp and erudite, it’s been described as Proust in Peckham or Hamlet in Holborn. The disappearance of his friend’s woman stirs up the life of a doctor, placing him in the power of a subtle enchanter. Will it make or break him? Shortlisted for the James Tait Black Prize for Fiction.  ‘Stylish, very funny, discreetly surprising, this remarkable novel reads at times like a fable of England under New Labour, where nothing is quite what it seems and not much is worth what it costs.’ – Michael Wood

Red Laal

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Red Laal by M Y Alam – If Mario Puzo was from Bradford. A bold slice of organised-crime fiction, M Y Alam’s novel is a compelling tale of survival, honour and family values. In Kilo and Red Laal, Alam has created characters beyond compare in contemporary British fiction.   ‘Red Laal is a smart, tough and authentic revenge thriller best served cold, and marks out M Y Alam as a major name in gritty, contemporary gangster-culture crime writing.‘ – Telegraph and Argus

Born in the 1980s

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The Route Book at Bedtime – Presenting twelve bedtime stories for adult reading. Featured authors include M Y Alam, Sarah Butler, Pippa Griffin, Michael Nath and Cally Taylor. Book at Bedtime is a title in the Route series of contemporary stories. ‘Adult bedtime books don’t come much better than this. The manner in which each story carries such bountiful emotion over only a few pages makes this an ideal bedtime companion.’ – The Big Issue in the North

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Route Kindle Sale

Treat yourself to a few good books. The Route Kindle sale is now on, for a limited time only, with price reductions across a range of titles. Ends MONDAY 28 JANUARY.

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Sophie Coulombeau
‘Terrific. A story that’s intriguing, puzzling and entirely gripping.’ – Philip Pullman
Brilliant coming of age novel from winner of the Next Great Novelist Award 2012: Just £4.22
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M Y Alam
‘A story that absolutely races along and grips like a vice.’ Yorkshire Post
A thrilling slice of Bradford Noir. Just £3.60
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Tom Hingley
‘An excellent memoir.’ – Institute for Modern and Contemporary Culture
An insiders account of the Madchester music era now just £4.22
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Bringing It All Back HomeBringing It All Back Home
Ian Clayton
‘One of the best books about popular music ever written.’ – Record Collector
Our best-selling book is new to Kindle: £5:94
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Wentbridge-miniNothing Ever Happens in Wentbridge
Janet Watson
‘Poignant yet hilarious memoir about finding and losing your first love.’ – Sunday Mirror
A brilliant memoir from the emotional front line of a first love: £5.46
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Everything NowEverything Now
Steve McKevitt
‘Optimistic and uplifting. Quietly, but firmly, invites you to take a fresh look around yourself.’ – The Sun
Fun and stimulating smart thinking book: £3.60
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SpellboundSpellbound – stories of women’s magic over men
Joel Willans
‘Sharp, original and observant, with a generous helping of humour. A great read.’ – Vanessa Gebbie
Great new short story collection: £3.60
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Route Book at BedtimeRoute Book at Bedtime
Editor: Ian Daley
‘Adult bedtime books don’t come much better than this.’ – The Big Issue
This well loved anthology is now only £1.85
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The Invisible Village

In a Britain that is still said to be characterised by increasing segregation, deprivation and social divisions, the Big Society aims to create a climate that empowers people and communities to help themselves. But when we talk about what’s best for our neighbourhoods, how often do we look beyond the headlines to see the reality of life in modern urban Britain?

With stories drawn from conversations with over 150 people, in The Invisible Village people talk openly and in moving terms about the things that matter to them; family, employment, education, migration, work, crime, as well as home and belonging. Acting as a counter-narrative to the prevailing policies, political rhetoric and trial by media, this book offers evidence that suggests our communities are not as segregated as we are often asked to believe.

The Invisible Village is officially launched on 15 March, place your advance order to get the book on release direct from the Route website. Click here to order.

A Few Good Books Stack

The dealine for our open submission guidelines passed on 31 August and the photo above is what we came back to after our summer holidays. If you sent in a book proposal for A Few Good Books, then it will be in there somehwere. There’s just over 160 proposals which should keep us busy reading over the next few months. It’s our plan to make our way through them over the autumn and hopefully we’ll be able to commission some books, we’ll do our best. Many thanks for those of you who submitted. As always, it’s a very humbling experience opening those envelopes and seeing the work inside. We’ll be in touch.

Ian Daley, Editor

A Few Good Books

As part of our ongoing publishing programme we have a genuine opportunity for a few good books. Our new guidelines reflect this and we’re hoping for a few standout book proposals.

As way of guidance, we’re looking for titles to fit in with our ongoing programme, not to reinvent it. This means we will consider fiction – novels, novellas and short story collections – as well as non-fiction titles – memoir, biography, culture and sport. Remember all our books are based around stories.

This may seem like lame advice, but we recommend that you give good thought to the proposal you are sending to us; this is a good opportunity to introduce yourself or your idea and it will help you stand out from the crowd. We regularly receive indiscriminate book proposals that generally fall far outside our remit, are ill conceived or unrealistic in their ambition. When making your proposal ask yourself: is this book really suitable for Route, have you thought it all the way through and are you being realistic about what it can achieve?

Route publishes only a relatively small number of books per year, our distinction is that we work closely on all our books. There is a very human aspect to what we do, and this shouldn’t be underestimated when making your proposal. Books rarely happen over night or at arms length. We will be looking for proposals that promise a positive experience for all involved, something we can collaborate on fully.

If we haven’t put you off yet and you’ve got a book for Route, then send us a letter outlining your proposal, together with a synopsis and a sample of the manuscript where appropriate. Please post to: A Few Good Books, Route, PO Box 167, Pontefract, WF8 4WW, UK.

Submissions open from 1 March to 31 August 2010

No email submissions. No poetry.

Click here for our full submission guidelines.