Friday Reads: Poison

‘Fairy Tales’ have always been something for children. Now that I’m 35 I think I’ve well and truly outgrown ‘fairy tales’. The sort of books I read are normally far darker and nastier than anything you get in a ‘fairy tale’ but as I now have two children it’s not going to be very long before I’m reading them tales of Hansel & Gretel, Cinderella and even Snow White. I’m definitely not going to be reading them Poison by Sarah Pinborough. And why not? Because this, lords and ladies, is no ‘kids’ fairy tale. This is decidedly adults-only reading and…

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Sarah Pinborough talks Poison!

Today’s the day!! Poison is here, and to mark the day we have an interview with the brilliant Sarah Pinborough, about sex, fairy tales, characters, feminism and more, so without further ado, here it is! You’ve had to do a lot of research into fairy tales for these novellas. If you could be one fairy tale character, who would you choose and why? That’s a really hard question to answer, primarily because now that I’ve created my own versions I tend to see *those* characters in my head rather than the originals. It would have to be someone with magic…

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A Poisonous Competition

We are delighted to share with you a saucy, well on the borderline of saucy, reading from Sarah Pinborough’s new novella Poison.

Take a wicked queen, a handsome prince, a beautiful princess and a poisoned apple . . .

It’s Snow White, but not as you know her.

A wicked, delicious, sexy fairy tale perfect for fans of Once Upon a Time and Fifty Shades of Grey.

Listen to the extract below carefully and send along the answer to this question:  In the passage about when the sunlight glittered on the drops of water that clung to her skin, Sarah uses a simile to compare the drops of water to what ? It’s a tricky question but we have five beautiful signed copies to give away to five lucky winners! Send your answers to competitions@orionbooks.co.uk with the subject line: POISON by 11.59 on the 25th April 2013. Good luck!

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Continuing our POISONous week . . .

Yesterday we posted details of a brilliant event happening to celebrate the publication of Poison by Sarah Pinborough. Today we’re delighted to be bringing you a few words from other people who, it seems love the book as much as we do . . . David Barnett, writing for The Independent, was kind enough to describe Poison as ‘loads of fun and very saucy with it’ and added ‘Poison [is] the first in a three-book series of retellings of fairy stories, to be followed by Charm (based on Cinderella) and Beauty (Sleeping Beauty). Poison is Pinborough’s take on Snow White,…

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Don’t miss the most POISONous event of the year!

The event of the month is on its way! Here at Gollancz Towers we are delighted to be spreading the word about the most amazing event, which is happening this week: In honour of the publication of Poison, the brilliant @sarahpinborough has arranged for a magical launch event in Blackwells on Charing Cross Road, from 18.30 onwards this Thursday. It really will be the more the merrier, so please come along! And if the prospect of seeing Poison enter the world in style isn’t quite enough, here are a few extra little enticements:   # Blackwells will be selling copies…

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