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Two Outstanding Authors

Portrait photograph of author Jennie Erdal

The Missing Shade of Blue
by Jennie Erdal



The Author

Jennie reviews and writes for the national press, including Financial Times, and has been a judge for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize. She lives in St Andrews and teaches creative writing part-time. Her previous book, a memoir entitled Ghosting was a Radio 4 Book of the Week, serialised in The Guardian, extracted in Granta Magazine, shortlisted for two awards, and published in US and Canada by Random House, with rights sold to Holland and Germany. Although Jennie has written several novels as Naim Attallah, this is Jennie's debut novel in her own name.

Praise for Jennie Erdal

'The Missing Shade of Blue is fascinated with big ideas , full of lively wit and a tender eye for the foibles of human nature Adrian Turpin'
Literary Review

'Cleverly constructed novel, it gives us an outsider's view of a marriage that's complex ... a beautifully written novel.'
Scottish Review of Books

'Deep waters and dense themes, marshalled with a light touch and dry wit. Elegant, humane.'
Guardian

The Plot

The book is centred on the unassuming, forty-something Edgar Logan, a French translator whose Scottish father was a Cambridge philosophy graduate. Edgar leaves Paris for Scotland, to work on David Hume's essays, where he becomes embroiled in the disintegrating marriage of a bombastic academic and his enigmatic wife. Both confide in him and he is drawn to them equally. The book is about philosophy, happiness, language, secrets, emotional engagement - and fly-fishing. This is a literary novel that delves deep into the nature of self, with the life and times of the giant of the Scottish Enlightenment period, David Hume, as its overarching theme.

Portrait photograph of author Carol Anne Lee

A Fine Day for a Hanging
by Carol Anne Lee



The Author

Born in Wakefield, Yorkshire in 1969, Carol Anne Lee studied Art and Design at Manchester University. Her exhibition work for the Anne Frank Trust inspired her first book Roses From The Earth: The Biography of Anne Frank. Now on her twelfth book, Carol Anne is a prolific and acclaimed novelist and biographer. One of Your Own, a definitive study of the Moors Murders was both a Times and an Independent Book of the Week and was featured on Radio 4. The Sunday Times described it as 'scrupulously sensational and as good a biography of Hindley as we're likely to get'. She co-authored Witness: The Autobiography of David Smith, Chief Prosecution Witness in the Moors Murders Case which was nominated for the CWA Gold Dagger Award for Non-Fiction and republished as Evil Relations in 2012.

Praise for Carol Anne Lee

'Clear and readable without being gratuitous or exploitative... A fine book... the definitive take on the subject.'
The Herald

The Plot

In 1955, former nightclub manageress Ruth Ellis shot dead her lover, David Blakely. Following a trial that lasted less than two days, she was found guilty and sentenced to death. She became the last woman to be hanged in Britain. Despite Ruth's infamy, the story of her life has never been fully told. But now, through new interviews and comprehensive research into previously unpublished sources, Carol Ann Lee examines the facts without agenda or sensation. A portrait of the era and an evocation of 1950s club life in all its seedy glamour, A Fine Day for a Hanging sets Ruth's gripping story firmly in its historical context in order to tell the truth about both her timeless crime and a punishment that was very much of its time.

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