Writing a book to deliver in forty weeks is one thing; being pregnant at the same time turns it into even more of a challenge. Suzette Field, author of A Curious Invitation, found herself in just that situation . . .
We're delighted that Julia Lovell has won this year’s Jan Michalski Prize, a multicultural literary award set up to contribute to a wider recognition of the writers. Her book The Opium War: Drugs, Dreams and the Making of China is a comprehensive and compelling account of the causes and consequences of the Opium War.
Kathleen Jamie, Paul Farley and Jacob Polley have all been chosen for the 10 strong shortlist for the prestigious 2012 T S Eliot Prize for Poetry out of 131 submissions.
Chair of the judges Carol Ann Duffy said, 'In a year which saw a record number of submissions, my fellow judges and I are delighted with a shortlist which sparkles with energy, passion and freshness and which demonstrates the range and variety of poetry being published in the UK.'
Kathleen Jamie's The Overhaul has also been shortlisted for the Costa Prize for Poetry.
Over the past month, many a giggle has been heard coming from the lift in the Picador offices. Why? Well, in honour of Picador's 40th birthday, Jon Ronson's fantastically funny contribution to The Picador Book of 40,40 Things To Do Before I Die: A Bucket List, was stuck up on one of its walls. Since we've all had such a good laugh, we thought we'd share it with you. Happy reading.
Jon Ronson is fascinated by madness, strange behaviour and the human mind, and he has spent his life exploring mysterious events and meeting extraordinary people. Collected in this book from various sources (including the Guardian and GQ) are the best of his adventures. In this extract, he talks about Robbie Williams and his love of aliens.