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Broken Ground

There’s now just two weeks to go until BROKEN GROUND publishes in hardback and ebook! If you haven’t already, don’t forget to pre-order your copy.

Ahead of publication, we’re giving two lucky people the chance to win a proof copy of BROKEN GROUND! To enter, all you need to do is like and comment on this post with the name of the previous novel in the Karen Pirie series . . .

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Series: Karen Pirie
UK Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Literary agent: Gregory & Company
Published date UK: 23 August 2018
Expected US publication:  December 2018 by Atlantic Monthly Press


Waterstones U-turns over unbranded bookshop in Edinburgh

Waterstones has backtracked on plans to open one of its new unbranded stores in a district of Edinburgh that is already home to an independent bookshop – following an outcry that included criticism from figures including the Scottish novelist Val McDermid.

A shop will be opened in the Stockbridge area of the city but it will be clearly branded as Waterstones, according to the company’s managing director, James Daunt, who admitted: “We messed up.”

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Morse creator Colin Dexter remembered in Oxford…

The life of Inspector Morse creator Colin Dexter has been celebrated with a cathedral service and civic reception in his hometown of Oxford.

The writer, whose 13 Morse books were set in the city, died last year age 86.

The Very Revd Professor Martyn Percy, who led the service at Christ Church Cathedral, said Colin Dexter was “an iconic figure” in Oxford.

He added it was “absolutely fitting” the cathedral opened its doors for the author’s family and friends.

Mr Dexter wrote the first Morse novel, Last Bus to Woodstock, in 1975. The fictional detective was killed off in the final book, The Remorseful Day, in 1999.

The novels were adapted for the long-running ITV Inspector Morse series and his characters also featured in spin-off shows Lewis and Endeavour.

Crime writer Val McDermid, who attended the service, tweeted that Mr Dexter was a “good friend and the most unassuming of men… and much missed by all his friends and readers”.

Actor Lawrence Fox, who played James Hathaway in Lewis, tweeted he was returning to Oxford “for the first time in a few years to remember the wonderful Colin Dexter”.

Former Oxford City Council leader Bob Price said he had “contributed enormously” to people’s understanding of Oxford and would be “deeply touched” by the service.

He described the author as “mischievous” and “very self-deprecating”.

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