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I’m the Publicity Manager for Gollancz. If you’ve seen the movie Bridget Jones’ Diary, you’ll know a book publicity job involves answering the phone every three hours and never having a single book on your desk. In reality, I answer the phone a lot and my desk and shelves are groaning in books. I also don’t look anything like Renée Zellweger. When I am at my desk I’m trying to rustle up press coverage for authors in print and online and, when I’m occasionally let out, I can be found escorting authors on bookshop tours and to conventions. Three things make me very happy: Cake, beer and Wonder Woman. You can also follow me on Twitter: @jon_weir

Superhero Week: The Wonder of Lynda Carter

Gollancz Team: - June 14th, 2013
Films, TV shows

JandLAnyone who either knows me, or has seen my tweets, can’t help but notice I am something of a Wonder Woman fan. And it’s all because of Lynda Carter.

The former Miss America first slipped into the slinky costume of red, white and blue back in the 1970s for a TV movie called The New Original Wonder Woman, a wordy title designed to distance it from a terrible first effort a year or so earlier in which a blonde, tracksuited Cathy Lee Crosby played the super heroine but lacked superpowers, the iconic costume and screen presence (and the famous, catchy theme tune). Even earlier than that, the producers of the campy 60s Batman series sought out fresh TV gold from the pages of comic books and commissioned a short pilot film where Wonder Woman was played as a clumsy, single woman still living at home with her mother in 60s suburbia – the main joke appearing to be that as Wonder Woman she wasn’t nearly as attractive as she thought she was. A distinctly insulting approach for an iconic character. Both these curiosity pieces are available on YouTube if you want to lasso them down.

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Announcing Charlaine Harris’s UK Tour!

Gollancz Team: - June 5th, 2013
Author Tour, Charlaine Harris, Dark Fantasy, Fantasy

We’re extremely excited to be welcoming best-selling author Charlaine Harris back to the UK where she’ll be meeting fans at several events to talk about and sign her books. Here’s where you  can meet Charlaine when she’s over in the UK.

 

 

Monday 15th July

6.30pm Signing

Waterstones Gower Street, London

 

Tuesday 16th July

1pm signing

Waterstones Manchester Arndale Centre

 

7pm talk/Q&A and signing

Waterstones Liverpool One

 

Wednesday 17th July

1pm signing

Glasgow Sauchiehall Street

 

7pm – Talk/Q&A and signing

Ghillie Dhu, 2 Rutland Place, Edinburgh EH1 2AD

Supported by Waterstones Edinburgh West End

 

Thursday … More

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Knightmare: A Guest Post by Tony Lee Williams

Gollancz Team: - May 20th, 2013
Guest Post, TV shows

Knightmare logo

In the Summer of 1998, instead of playing football with my twelve year old friends, I was having a Knightmare. Successfully passing the audition process,  we arrive at the reception of Anglia Studios in Norwich. Here we meet the current team from Oxfordshire (who will go on to be the first team to conquer the dungeon). The production always holds one team in reserve as they never know when the next team will finish.

Taking us down to the studio to begin our adventure, we cross the floor over cables and past cameras to the three stools that sit in front of the chest. Treguard sits behind us and we do a run through of the first room to get rid of any nerves. I look up from the television in the chest, which is the same as for the viewer at home, and see one of the production staff walking around in red slippers.

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Friday Reads: Introducing Adventure Rocketship!

Gollancz Team: - May 17th, 2013
Author Post, Author Tour, Events, Michael Moorcock, Science Fiction

 Gollancz is delighted to bring you a special guest post from Jonathan Wright. 

The blast-off date for the first-ever flight of Adventure Rocketship! is here. As the exhausted editor of a new anthology that’s been steeping in speculative fiction for some months now, it’s hard to imagine that anybody in the whole world anywhere might not be fully conversant with its contents. Then again my perspective is, I have to admit, uniquely skewed.

So best take a step back and set out some … More

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The God Tattoo: Untold Tales of the Twilight Reign – out today!

Gollancz Team: - April 18th, 2013
Author Post, Fantasy, Short Stories, Tom Lloyd

9780575131262This post has been a little while in coming. Truth be told I hadn’t much expected it to ever happen – after all, ask anyone and they’ll tell you short story collections don’t sell in the UK. And yet here I am, with another lovely Larry Rostant cover to admire and my name on another book. Now they’re all special – you publish a book that isn’t special to you and it either will be your last or should be. Even for a professional author, each one remains a constant for a period of your life and should trigger an emotion as strong as the smell of freshly cut grass. Where you wrote the book, who you lived with or drank with – they’re all bound up with each one but God Tattoo encompassed most of my adult life as it turned out.

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