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Hilarious & poignant new memoir by BBC’s Theresa Talbot

From BBC Traffic & Travel to working with Lulu, Andy Williams and Glen Campbell, via Beechgrove and the BBC Comedy Unit…

This is What I Look Like  by Theresa Talbot is full of joyful and insightful tales from one of Scotland’s best known radio voices. It will be published on 2 November.

“It’s fun being me. Loads of people know what I sound like, but hardly anyone recognises me.”

Photo: Bob McDevitt Photography
Photo: Bob McDevitt Photography

In this voyage of self-discovery, TT (as she’s known to the likes of Fred McAuley) entertains us with us a life-story many will relate to: trying numerous occupations in the 1980s and 1990s (from bank clerk to Pepsi Challenge girl); recognising the need to self-educate; and eavesdropping on a No.66 bus…and thus ending up at the BBC, Radio Clyde and QFM via AA Roadwatch. (That happens to everyone…doesn’t it?)

Theresa reveals how she stole (there’s no other word for it) a milk float as a young child, with disastrous consequences. She recalls her trepidation at the prospect of producing Lulu and explains why she talked non-stop to Andy Williams and couldn’t sing for Glen Campbell. Along the way, she gives an insider’s guide to presenting Traffic & Travel and points out the importance of hairdressers to comedy careers. Plus, there’s a hilarious guide to having a stress-free Xmas.

Oh, and in case you’re still wondering…here she is.

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Theresa Talbot
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New title from Catalyst winner (and Supreme Master of Weirdness) Kirkland Ciccone

Well, if this doesn’t win the prize for best subtitle, we’ll be ordering some hats. (So we can eat them.)

Endless Empress: A Mass Murderer’s Guide to Dictatorship in the Fictional Nation of Enkadar (you can breathe now) will hit the shelves on 30 Oct.

Kirkland recently described Endless Empress as a book of traps. Which is exactly what it is. Traps, unicorns, dragons, strange buses and a cameo from Elvis Presley… all wrapped in satirical bows.

And any cover that features asteroid-like green potatoes wins our vote!

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Click here to find out much more. And we’ll shortly announce details of the launch event at Waterstones’ Argyle Street branch in Glasgow, with a mini tour to follow.

DarkIsle: The Final Battle – ebook now available

The final instalment of D A Nelson‘s brilliant DarkIsle trilogy is now available as an ebook as well as in paperback. Inspired by a huge stone dragon in Irvine, on the west coast of Scotland, this series has captured the imagination of readers around the world with its combination of fantasy, adventure and humour.

The eISBN is 9781905537976. The paperback ISBN is 9781905537952.

ICEFALL now also available as ebook

Icefall – the breathtaking 4th book in Gillian Philip‘s Rebel Angels series – is now available as an ebook as well as in paperback.

 

If you haven’t read any of the series yet, our advice is this: before you start, tell your friends (and even your family!) you’ve gone on holiday for a few weeks, to somewhere you can’t be reached, not even by carrier pigeon. Because you will become hooked on these books. And then the last thing you’ll want is interruptions.

The eISBN (that book’s unique identifier) is 9781905537648. Just search for that if you have any problems.

CONJURING THE INFINITE now available as ebook

Kirkland Ciccone‘s Catalyst Book Award winner Conjuring The Infinite is now available from all main ebook suppliers. So you can read it on your e-reader or tablet.

 

If for any reason you can’t find the ebook, try using the ISBN (the book’s unique identifier) to search. It’s 9781905537686.

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Conjuring The Infinite beats Carnegie Medal-winner to win Catalyst Book Award 2014

We’re thrilled for Kirkland Ciccone, whose debut Conjuring The Infinite has followed in the footsteps of Linda Strachan‘s Spider, which won the Catalyst Book Award in 2011.

Kirkland dons the Catalyst crown...
Kirkland dons the Catalyst crown…

We don’t normally post full media releases here, but Kirkland is always good for a quote. Plus, this way you can find out what’s next from him. It has an extraordinary title! (More details will follow soon.)

Kirkland Ciccone’s debut Young Adult novel Conjuring The Infinite, published by Strident, has won the 2014 Catalyst Book Award ahead of Kevin Brooks’ Carnegie Medal-winner The Bunker.

The Catalyst Book Award is voted for by the pupils of North Lanarkshire’s secondary schools.

Conjuring The Infinite tells the story of the dazzling and outwardly faultless Seth Kevorkian. No ordinary teenager, Seth’s fixation with an ethereal power has driven him to terrible acts against those closest to him.

But now the Eyes of the Sky have opened; and the story begins with Seth’s funeral. Have his antics driven someone to take revenge? Can his housemates trust each other? And why is the rain seething with life?

Commenting on winning the award, Kirkland said, “This feels amazing. Over the last few weeks I’ve spent hours posing gracefully in my roller skates with pretend Catalyst Book Award trophies – it was a box of Crunchy Nut Cornflakes the other day – just in case. And now it turns out that my practising wasn’t in vain. I’m thrilled.

“A huge thank you to all the teenagers around North Lanarkshire, so many of whom voted for me, and also to all the school librarians who allowed me to appear in person.”

Strident Publishing’s Keith Charters, says, “I was knocked out by the manuscript – the story is deviously clever and intriguing, and kept me on tenterhooks right to the last page.  But what makes this book is that Kirkland tells the tale as only he could, in an accessible – sometimes outrageous – satirical style. He’s really funny in person and that comes through strongly in his writing.”

Kirkland’s second novel will hit the shelves in late October. “It has a short title, but the subtitle is everything,” he says. “Endless Empress: A Mass Murderer’s Guide to Dictatorship in the Fictional Nation of Enkadar.  It features nurses smuggling potatoes, as well as evil unicorns, mass murder and bingo.   Though not necessarily in that order.”

(See, we told you it’s an extraordinary title!)

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