Birmingham Book Festival next month

A Press Release we can’t be bothered to rewrite, but that might interest you:

 Information can be found on our website at, or from me at


The festival is in its eleventh year running in the autumn of each year; this year’s Festival is taking place between the 5th and 21st October. The Festival also ran a one day event last April for the first time, called the “Spring Thing”, which was a full day of festival events featuring a whole host of authors, writers and poets from all over the country.


The highlights of this year’s Festival include talks by Birmingham authors, Jonathan Coe, who will be promoting his new novel The Terrible Privacy of Maxwell Sim, and Catherine O’Flynn, who has just completed her second novel; The News Where You Are. We also have appearances from novelists John O’Farrell, David Nicholls and Lionel Shriver, as well as events featuring comedienne Jenny Éclair, journalist Fatima Bhutto and poet Jackie Kay. This year’s festival is decidedly international and multi-genre in its line-up!


I’ve also attached some of our promotional images, a press release and some information sheets about a couple of our authors. If there was anything else you might need please don’t hesitate to get back in touch. As we don’t have a massive budget for advertising any coverage you could give us would be fantastic.


Many Thanks



Johnathan Coe

The Terrible Privacy of Maxwell Sim

7 October 2010


Jonathan Coe who was born and grew up in south Birmingham has published nine successful novels, several receiving prominent literary awards.


His works include The Rotters’ Club, The Accidental Woman, The Rain Before it Falls and What a Carve Up! which won both the 1995 John Llwewllyn Rhys Prize and the French Prix du Meilleur Livre Étranger. What a Carve Up! has also been successfully adapted for radio and The Rotters’ Club has been remade for both radio and television.


Many of Coe’s novels engage with British society, and his latest novel,The Terrible Privacy of Maxwell Sim, published this year, is no different. Yet whereas The Rotters’ Club deals with growing up in the 1970s, and What a Carve Up! satirises 1980s Thatcherism, Maxwell Sim is very much a contemporary tale of a modern man trying to keep afloat in a society spiralling out of recognition.


Johnathan Coe has also written several non-fiction works, including Like a Fiery Elephant, a biography of the novelist B.S. Johnson which won the 2005 Samuel Johnson Prize for best non-fiction.


Catherine O’Flynn

The News Where You Are

Birmingham Conservatoire, 12 October 2010


Catherine O’Flynn was born and raised in Birmingham, where her parents ran a sweet shop. She has eclectically worked in journalism, at a series of shopping centres, as a web editor, a postwoman and a mystery shopper. Her first novel, What Was Lost, about the  emptiness of modern life contrasted with the optimism of a young girl who went missing in the 1980s, won the coveted 2008 Costa First Novel Award. It was also longlisted for the Orange Prize and the Man Booker Prize and shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award. 


The News Where You Are is her second novel, about a Birmingham TV news presenter haunted by disappearances: the mysterious hit and run that killed his predecessor; the demolition of his father’s post-war brutalist architecture; and the unmarked passing of those who die alone in the city. 







Lionel Shriver

So Much for That

Birmingham Conservatoire

19 October 2010


Lionel Shriver is an American born novelist whose previous books include The Post Birthday World, Double Fault and the Orange Prize 2005 winner, We Need To Talk About Kevin, the film of which is due for release in 2011. She is also a widely published journalist and has written pieces for numerous publications, magazines and newspapers both in England and America.


Her latest novel, So Much for That, is a scathing look at the American health insurance system and the way we are increasingly forced to equate our right to life with our fiscal worth.


Shep Knacker has saved all his life to retire to a tropical paradise. He issues an ultimatum to his reluctant wife, who calmly informs him that she has cancer. Suddenly their ailing marriage and life savings are about to be tested to their limits in a fight to save her.


Lionel Shriver is in conversation with Matthew Day, Head of English at Newman University College Birmingham.






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