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The long and short of it... Introducing our Fiction Fortnights! For the next three weeks, Parthian and Kindle are offering a selection of fiction both long and short for you to devour.

We're offering the chance to win one of three signed copies of the first edition paperback  edition of this lively, Mantel-endorsed historical novel with a strong female lead. 

“This is the best kind of historical fiction: the past is freshly and energetically reimagined...[Alix Nathan] cuts against cliché, against the received version, against cosiness. She leaves her reader restless, curious, wanting more. She is an original, with a virtuoso touch.” Hilary Mantel. 

We're offering the chance to win one of three copies of the first paperback edition of The Normal State of Mind, the sumptuous debut novel by Susmita Bhattacharya, in our Goodreads Giveaway.

It’s the end of a millennium. India has made tremendous progress in science and technology, but in these times of economic boom can a friendship between two women give them the power to defy society, and law, to reach for their dreams?


‘...a deliciously bold debut novel...  Vivid and tender, funny and bittersweet, it’s fearlessly full of surprises about what it means to be young and female in 1990s India on the cusp of change.'  

Intellectual Property Office Case Study: Dan Tyte

Half Plus Seven novelist Dan Tyte is based in Cardiff. He tells how he went about protecting the copyright in his debut novel.

Copyright protects a wide range of creative works, including original literary, dramatic, musical, and artistic works, such as poetry, novels, plays, songs and computer software.

It is an automatic right which comes into being as soon as a work is created


#CreativeIP #IP4biz


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Kate Noakes
Published September 2015
Tattoo is narrative, signifier, art work, more. In this rich collection Kate Noakes explores the cultural meanings and stories permanently etched on our skin.
‘Tattoos are for the desperate – chavs, misguided youths, deluded slebs, right? But you can’t escape them and after reading Kate Noakes’s poems you may be encouraged to let your imagination fly when next in the supermarket queue, on the Tube, in the restaurant. There are stories and significances beyond the crude iconography, as her poems cunningly reveal – “a tattoo that pulses with the heartbeat”’ --Tony Curtis
‘This is Kate Noakes’ most powerful collection yet. Ravens, scorpions, serpents, swine take life on the ground of the body in intricate poems made, like the tattoos themselves, from sharp, sensuous scoring and patterning, on the skin and beneath it’ --Jane Draycott
Landeg White
Landeg White’s Living in the Delta adds new poems to a selection from his nine previous collections published over a period of forty years. Ranging from the West Indies, Southern and West Africa, to Britain, Portugal and latterly the UAE, they are characterised by abundance, lucidity, variety, and mastery of form.
‘White addresses fundamental human issues unflinchingly’ --Big Issue
‘There is something on nearly every page indicative of the reflections of a powerful intellect, a compassionate though never priggish understanding of people’s follies and desires, and an expert control of the medium’ --Suite 101
‘The poems are unflaggingly good, with an Audenesque ease of utterance overlaying anger, and a sensual vividness that has one wiping the dust from the eyes’ --The Observer
‘A book overshadowed by violence but trusting in the power of speech ‘to keep us human’ in poems driven by lyricism, humour and a strong historical awareness’ --Wasafiri
‘Securely earthed, as accessible as any prose travel writing, richly evocative of place.
Mark Blayney
Published October 2015
Twelve-ish. Shade in the Murillo gardens, as satisfying as lemonade. In the heat, just for a moment, Miguel stood in front of me. The old Miguel, not the one we've got now. The fuzzy image held its hand out and led me to the old Arab wall.
When we were first married, we tried to climb it in the middle of the night. A celebration. 'This wall's been here hundreds of years,' Miguel said. 'If we can conquer that, we can conquer anything.' I believed him.
I open my eyes and he's gone.
In these slippery stories the truth and the possible weave as unexpected lives, complicated minds and exotic spaces are sketched in with nimble words and quick wit. Ghosts torment from the past; future selves write back; the lost look about, find themselves watched, are lead astray.
Keep company with thieves and murdering artists, with the couple who miss the ferry for their make-or-break holiday; the mayonnaise deliveryman who becomes a reluctant golddigger, and the psychoanalyst and his GP wife investigate a local widow's naked appearances in church.
Between these pages you can never be sure quite who you'll meet next, but you can be sure that you're in safe hands. An intriguing new collection from a writer you'll want to keep an eye on.
Norman Schwenk
Published September 2015
Norman Schwenk's new collection, Book of Songs, brings together poems and song lyrics of many varieties: love songs and ballads, dance and battle songs, satires and laments; there is a march, a lullaby, a hymn, a rock-and-roll song, a Christmas carol, a birthday song, a cowboy song, and even a song for a klezmer band.
His models are the Scots bard Robbie Burns and the Essex singer-songwriter Adrian May, whom he calls his 'song-writing mentor'. He also pays homage to his American contemporary, Tom Waits, the Elizabethan song-writer, Thomas Campion, and the Victorian lyricist, W.S. Gilbert, whom he describes as 'an honorary Schwenk'.
Gary Raymond
Coming September 2015 - save £1 off the RRP of £8.99 and get free P&P when you pre-order, exclusively on the Parthian website!
'...majestic in its voice, bracing in its ideas - a man's pained confession that is told with depth, urgency and poise.' --Samantha Harvey
When I met you I was preparing to die...
Deep in the savage chaos of the Spanish Civil War a poet searches for answers to what he calls his "conversation with God". Another poet searches simply for revenge. Decades later, a biographer in search of a key to unlocking an enigma, comes across a manuscript locked away in an old London mansion house, revealing a history of violence, duty and one man's struggle to find his place in time.
The story told by aged hermit billionaire Hal Buren, scratching out the testament of his life in the dim light of his childhood home, is dominated by the disappearance of his brother almost fifty years before. Buren spends his life trying to protect his domineering mother, Matilda, and his sister's wife, Bess, from the corrosive truth, a truth that ends up rotting Buren himself. As the story develops a question grows: what can we trust to learn from our history? A novel that spans the twentieth century and introduces a litany of unforgettable characters, For Those Who Come After is a study in myth-making, of familial bonds, and the destructive tides of enduring love.

Susmita Bhattacharya has a busy few months ahead. First up, this Sunday (24 May 2015) her short story 'Summer of Learning' will be broadcast on BBC Radio 4 at 7.45 - 8pm (and then on iplayer Listen Again) as part of their Shorts: The Time Being series. 

2/3. The Summer of Learning by Susmita Bhattacharya. A Welsh girl travels to India to visit her father's family for the first time and spend the summer with them. Read by Naomi Everson.

Susmita will also be appearing at the Penzance Lit Fest on the 10th July and The Whitleigh Festival in Plymouth on 1st August and 3rd October.