Theresa Talbot or Stephen King: take your pick

Stephen King and TT from BBC Radio Scotland. Eh…what’s the link (we hear you ask)?

This is NOT what Stephen King looks like!
This is NOT what Stephen King looks like! (Photo: Bob McDevitt Photography)

Well, it suddenly occurred to us that Theresa Talbot‘s This Is What I Look Like is to Traffic and Travel presenting what Stephen King’s On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft is to putting pen to paper: both are entertaining memoirs with practical insights into the jobs of their respective authors.

Whereas this IS Stephen King. (Photo: © Shane Leonard)
THIS is what Stephen King looks like. (Photo: Shane Leonard)

So, if writing is your thing we highly recommend the relevant chapters of Stephen King’s book. You may never use an adverb again!

And if Traffic & Travel presenting (or any other kind of radio/TV presenting for that matter) is your thing, give TT’s book a read. You may never be held up in traffic ever again!?

Okay, maybe not that last bit.

Keeping good (BBC) company

Theresa Talbot, Kirsty Wark, Christopher Brookmyre and James Naughtie. All on the same pavement at the same time, and all in Pitlochry.

Ok, they’re not there in person. Not yet. But they will be soon – Winter Words at Pitlochry Festival Theatre runs 13-21 Feb 2015.

TT on Pitlochry Winter Words poster

Theresa will be main attraction at the Literary Lunch on Saturday 21st February. She’s sparky and knowledgeable and will entertain with some great stories. If you fancy going along, click here to follow the link to the Pitlochry Festival Theatre page for full details, including how to book. (Be quick, she’ll be popular.)

Danger, danger, danger!

At a recent event at Waterstones in Glasgow’s Argyle Street, their children’s bookseller Lana noted a resurgence in rip-roaring adventure novels. It seems book-buyers are embracing jeopardy again.

At Strident we like a good dose of danger and get our kicks not on Route 66, but from reading Matt Cartney’s Danny Lansing Adventures series.

Curse coverFew characters take risks like Danny and get away with it. But then few have his (or his uncle’s) resourcefulness. Bear Grylls eat your heart out. (That’s not a survival tip!)

The third and most recent instalment is The Curse of Can-Balam, set in the jungles of South America amid spectacular Mayan ruins.

Are there thrills and spills? Oh yes. Are there some unsavoury villains? You bet. And are there some of the best action and chase scenes you’ll ever read in a book? Well, we wouldn’t mention the books if there weren’t!

The Danny Lansing Adventures: adrenaline at your fingertips.

The full series so far…

9781905537211 9781905537341 Curse cover

Icefall in Bookwitch round-up of 2014

The Bookwitch’s year-end round up has been posted. It’s like an advent calendar without ads…or vents. And – just like those little venty windows – it’s always a joy to open. All the more so (for us anyway) for it making mention of Gillian Philip‘s rather brilliant Icefall.

Icefall coverFor the uninitiated, Icefall is book 4 (the final book) in Gillian’s Rebel Angels series, which began with Firebrand – ‘the best fantasy novel of the year’ (The Times in 2010). It’s writing that will stay with you for a very long time.

As it says on the cover, ‘Forget Game of Thrones. This is better.’

TT is The Sun’s ‘Author of the Week’

The Sun, 14 Dec 2014
The Sun, 14 Dec 2014

As This Is What  I Look Like continues to amuse the nation, Theresa Talbot has been invited by The Sun to choose a few of her own favourite books.

Her own book – the antidote to misery memoirs – is now available in branches of WH Smith throughout Scotland, as well as in Waterstones (where it’s possible there will still be a few signed copies) and various independents.

Books with bite