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Author Rachel Seiffert Recommends

Author Rachel Seiffert Recommends

If the real world turning upside down isn’t quite enough for you, then give Riddley Walker by Russell Hoban a go.  Set a couple of millennia after a nuclear holocaust, in an England returned to the middle ages, this is a coming of age novel seen through the eyes of the eponymous hero, who turns 13 in the opening chapter, and who uncovers disastrous attempts to recreate the deadly weapon of the Ancients.  The novel was around ten years in the writing, and Hoban spent much of this time developing the dialect Riddley speaks – a kind of Kentish, full of pagan, Christian and post-holocaust mythology. The language is as broken and strange as the world he inhabits, but the poetry of it is wonderful – and has...

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Pine - Online author event with Francine Toon and Book Signing

Pine - Online author event with Francine Toon and Book Signing

Thursday 19th November Online reading and Q&A with Francine Toon Saturday 21st November Book Signing at Rye Books  Winner of the McIlvanney Prize 2020 and shortlisted for Bloody Scotland's Scottish Crime Debut of the Year 2020, Pine is an eerie and thrilling debut novel set in the Scottish Highlands. 'A literary gothic thriller to chill the marrow.' - The Guardian 'The novel's strength is its evocation of bleak landscapes and complex characters.' - Sunday Times  'They are driving home from the search party when they see her. The trees are coarse and tall in the winter light, standing like men. Lauren and her...

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Guest Blog: Anna Mazzola- How to write during a pandemic

Guest Blog: Anna Mazzola- How to write during a pandemic

  How do you write creatively when you’re living through a global crisis? For the first month of lockdown it seemed that – for me at least – the answer was ‘you can’t’. Trying to fit my law work around home-schooling two young children meant I had no time and no headspace for writing. It wasn’t just that either: it was a feeling that, in the midst of all this suffering and chaos, what on earth would be the point? For almost five weeks, I did pretty much no creative writing. I merely did research in the evenings for my fourth novel.   However, I recently started writing again, thanks to...

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Guest blog: Susan Allott - Novels to transport you out of lockdown

Guest blog: Susan Allott - Novels to transport you out of lockdown

"One thing we can agree on: we’ve never needed books more." Author Susan Allott shares her lockdown reading recommendations.

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Mini-beast Drawing Competition

Mini-beast Drawing Competition

  We have teamed up with author and illustrator Lara Hawthorne for a special Mini-beast drawing competition! Anyone can enter (not just for kids!) Just draw a Mini-beast of your choosing or even make one up. The categories are: 1) 0-6 years 2) 6-12 years 3) 12+ The drawings will be judged by Lara and one winner chosen from each category will receive a £15 Rye Books voucher to spend in store or online.  To enter simply post your drawings on Instagram with the hashtag   #ryebooksgarden & make sure you're following us. Competition closes at midnight Sunday 17th May. *...

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