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Publisher Spotlight: World Editions

2nd Mar 2015

Publisher Spotlight: World Editions
Image: World Editions logo used with permission from PR Collective 2015
World Editions is a new publishing house from Dutch publisher Eric Visser, whose 'De Geus' list in the Netherlands is well-known for its international and multicultural focus and includes celebrated writers such as Alice Munro, Henning Mankell and Colm Tóibín.

World Editions are translating some fantastic women writers to English right now and specialise in bringing unique and boundary-pushing titles to new audiences. There is plenty of fiction, quality crime, non-fiction on offer from all cultures and we're here to take a look at some of their latest titles and giveaway some amazing prizes...

Saturday’s Shadows

 

Saturday's Shadows

Ayesha Harruna Attah’s first novel Harmattan Rain, was shortlisted for the 2010 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and now her latest novel Saturday’s Shadows follows the lives of four characters in 1990s West Africa following a 17 year dictatorship. Theo Avoka, his wife Zahra, their son Kojo and house help Atsu narrate their struggles for love, identity and closure in a world where madness is only ever moments away. Whilst the stories are intimate they are bound by a shared backdrop of a country coming to terms with a changing political landscape.  Read the first ten pages here.

The Helios Disaster

The Helios Disaster

‘A father gives birth to a twelve-year-old girl and after they become separated the girl is placed into foster care. When she starts speaking in tongues, she’s admitted to a psychiatric ward’ reads the blurb for Swedish author Linda Boström Knausgård’s novella The Helios Disaster. This short, sharp book is dark and mesmerising and transports you to an Atwood-esque world where the lines of reality are blurred and the reader must put their faith in a vulnerable 12 year old narrator. Read the first ten pages here.

Gliding Flight

Gliding Flight

This is Anne-Gine Goemans’ second novel and has won the Dioraphte Literary Prize and the German M Pionier Award for new literary talent. It follows the story of Gieles, a lonely 14 year old who lives next to an air strip with his flock of geese. The book has both a whimsy and nostalgic feel and seeing Gieles’ world and relationship with his parents through his eyes definitely pulls at your heartstrings, but will his plan to use the geese to try to get his mother’s attention pay off? Read the first ten pages here.

Craving

Craving

Esther Gerritsen’s novel Craving was nominated for the Libris Literature Prize, the Opzij Prize and the Dioraphte Literary Award and sold more than 20,000 copies in the first six months upon its Dutch publication in 2012! It tracks the fragile relationship between Coco and Elizabeth (daughter and mother) and their hugely complex relationship. When Elizabeth reveals she is terminally ill, Coco moves in her erratic moods become are magnified. This difficult mother-daughter relationship and captured beautifully by Gerritsen’s dry humour and fantastic skill with dialogue. Read the first ten pages here.

Competition Time!

To win the four titles featured in this Publisher Spotlight piece, simply email hello@forbookssake.net with the heading ‘Publish Spotlight’ plus your name and full address for a chance to win one of the three sets of books we have to give away. We’ll pick winners at random and the competition closes at midnight on Sunday 15th March 2015. Best of luck!

More exciting titles from PR Collective to look out for in 2015…

As well as the wonderful World Editions, PR Collective represent many other fantastic women writers including Laura van den Berg whose latest book The Isle of Youth (Daunt Books, March 2015) was a New York Times Editors’ Choice and named a ‘Best Book of 2013’ by The New Republic, and O, The
Oprah Magazine. What Was Never Said is another forthcoming title (May 2015) from author Emma Craigie which is a YA novel dealing with the important subject of FGM. Keep your eyes peeled for these exciting titles!