Book Break Christmas Special

untitled (6)Pan Macmillan has started their own web show called Book Break. This exciting new monthly show offers exclusive interviews with authors and book reviews. This months show will be broadcast on Friday and it can be viewed below or on the YouTube channel.

Book Break #8: Log on during your lunch hour for the Christmas Special Book Break where author Alexandra Heminsley is joined by David Whitehouse and Ben Collins, who will be talking about their latest titles and a special appearance of Garth Jennings and will be broadcast live on 12/12/2014 :: 12:30 BST. Click on the image below to start player.


BOOK BREAK – online book show series – Episode 8

Log on during your lunch hour for the Christmas Special Book Break where author Alexandra Heminsley is joined by David Whitehouse and Ben Collins, who will be talking about their latest titles and a special appearance of Garth Jennings

Broadcast date: Friday 12th December
Broadcast time: 12:30pm 

In episode eight of BOOK BREAK, anchored by author Alexandra Heminsley (Running Like a Girl), we are joined by Betty Trask Prize winner David Whitehouse and Ben Collins, more commonly known as former Top Gear’s “The Stig”. We also have a special guest appearance of Film Director turned Children’s Author, Garth Jennings, as he undergoes the rigorous questioning in our Writer’s Room.


As the former “The  Stig”, Ben Collins appeared on Top Gear for seven years, taking us from series three to series 15 of the TV phenomenon. He’s raced cars in almost every class you can imagine and performed as a stunt driver in films such as Skyfall and The Dark Knight Rises, he talks to us about his latest release, How to Drive, a perfect stocking filler for all petrol heads.

Award winning author of Bed, David Whitehouse’s breakout second novel is Mobile Library. Quirky, dark, magical and full of heart, Mobile Library is both a tragicomic road trip and a celebration of the adventures that books can take us on. It’s a love-letter to unlikely families and the stories that shaped us. Mobile Library tells a tragicomic adventure about a troubled adolescent boy who escapes his small town in a stolen library-on-wheels.


Garth Jennings is best known as a film director, although he started out directing music videos for the likes of Blur, Radiohead and Fatboy Slim. He moved into feature films with The Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy which he followed with Son Of Rambow. He’s now turned his talents to Children’s Literature with The Deadly 7 and he talks about his work as an author and the inspiration behind this book.

Finally Alexandra will share her recommendations on books you might like to buy for your friends and family this Christmas – as well as the books you might want to keep for yourself!

Follow #bookbreak on Twitter, subscribe to the Pan Macmillan YouTube channel or watch the broadcast right here at 12:30pm Friday 12th December. 




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Just in case you missed episode 7, here is your chance to catch-up:


Review: A grave inheritance by Kari Edgren

untitled (4)A Grave inheritance by Kari Edgren

Book two of Goddess Born
Selah Kilbrid may descend from the goddess Brigid, but her heart beats–and breaks–the same as any human. Yet enduring the scorn of London’s most noble lords and ladies is a small price to pay for a chance at true happiness. Selah would endure much more for love, and her betrothed, Lord Henry Fitzalan, is prepared to challenge anyone foolish enough to stand in their way, even another goddess born.
But when a captivating young gentleman draws Selah into a world shadowed by secrets, she is forced to confront her darkest fears. What if some differences are too great to overcome and a future with Henry is doomed from the start?
With these doubts threatening her impending marriage, a violent attack on an innocent child pushes Selah to the very edge of her power. She must find a way to cross into the Otherworld and regain her strength, or forfeit the streets of London to death and disease.”

A stunning follow up to “Goddess Born”, “Grave inheritance” is historical fantasy at its best. This time the book is set in 18th century England and in London, and the historical details are so accurate, I felt like I was there.  On a grander scale, Kari Edgren’s fascinating world expands with more characters, more intrigue and more surprizes. Selah and Henry are back on form for a second outing that just exceeded my expectations and left me wanting more. The Goddess born series is quickly becoming my favourite book series and I can not wait for the next instalment.


Kari Edgren’s beautiful writing is emotive and completely immersive, she has a style that effected me deeply and I real felt connected to her characters.

There is so much packed into “A Grave inheritance”  that I found it impossible to put down, I only wished that these books were released in a paperback version so I could kept them on my shelf, with my other favourites. This is one series I will be re-reading for many years to come.