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~ Bill Rogers ~ The Cleansing
The Current Best Selling Books by Manchester Writers (May 2009)
The Top 10 Best Selling Manchester Books...
3) STUART MACONIE ~ Adventures On The High Teas
4) STUART MACONIE ~ Pies and Prejudice
5) GRAHAM ROBB ~ The Discovery Of France
6) JEANETTE WINTERSON ~ Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit
7) CAROL ANN DUFFY ~ Rapture
8) JACKIE KAY ~ Darling
10) VAL McDERMID ~ A Place Of Execution
The Latest Releases by Manchester Authors
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Val McDermid - Fever Of The Bone
The sixth novel from the International best-selling Manchester based crime writer to feature clinical psychologist Dr Tony Hill and Detective Chief Inspector Carol Jordan. Can they catch a killer, unmoved by youth and innocence, and driven by the most perverted of desires, with a shopping list of an apparently unconnected group of young victims?
~ released 3rd Sep 2009 ~
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Cath Staincliffe - The Kindest Thing
Sal Kilkenny returns in this compellingly topical novel from the acclaimed Mancunian crime writer. Set in Manchester, it follows the case of a wife who begrudgingly agrees to end the life of her beloved husband, only to be arrested and charged with his murder. 12 jurors hold her fate in their hands in this captivating, sentimental story filled with tears, tragedy and humour
~ released 31st July 2009 ~
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Ian Hough - Perry Boys Abroad
Ian Hough tells the true story of Mancunian smugglers, drug dealers, designer clothing counterfeiters and clued-up lads on the make with true tales of skulduggery, mayhem and fighting abroad, with Manchester's changing fashion and music scene as a backdrop to the oral memories. Described by Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh as "an essential read".
~ released 8 June 2009 ~
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Livi Michael - Faerie Heart
This beautiful children's book from the Saddleworth author is set just after the last ice-age and combines ancient history with faeries and magic. A haunting, touching tale in which Keri tries to save her dying brother by bargaining with the dangerous Faerie Queen Mabb, who does nothing for free and exacts a terrible price.
~ released 4 June 2009 ~
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Adele Geras - Dido
The Mancunian author and mother of Sophie Hannah tells the old love story made new of Queen Dido of Carthage and her lover Aeneas, the founder of Rome. As with her other Trojan series of books, the gods and goddesses of Ancient Greece and Rome play their part in this masterful retelling of myth and legend, love, jealousy and fate.
~ released 7 May 2009 ~
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Chris Simms - The Edge
Another gripping thriller from the Manchester author sees Detective Inspector Jon Spicer's wild younger brother murdered and horribly mutilated. Full of anger, he heads to the town where the body was discovered, hell bent on finding the killer. Set amongst Manchester's tower-blocks and out on the bleak heights of a secretive rural town in the Peak District.
~ released 30 Apr 2009 ~
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Cathy Hopkins - The Secret Story
The latest instalment of the 'Mates, Dates' series from the best-selling Mancunian author in which the full story of Tony and Lucy's romance can be revealed. An irrestible treat for the author's legion of young fans. Writen for younger teenage girls, over 3 million copies of 'Mates, Dates' books have been sold so far.
~ released 24 Apr 2009 ~
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Jeanette Winterson - Midsummer Nights
Mancunian author Jeanette Winterson edits, introduces and brings together some of Britain's best authors with stories inspired by opera. This specially commissioned collection of comedies, tragedies and tales of love is contemporary British fiction at its very finest and includes a story inspired by 'The Makropulos Case' from Manchester-based author Jackie Kay.
~ released Apr 2009 ~
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Jeanette Winterson - Midsummer Nights
Rabbi Simcha Weinstein grew up in Prestwich. As a short fellow he waited for his growth spurt. That never happened so, to avoid the anti-Semitism he confronted, he became funny. In this collection he looks at Jewish humour in the 21st Century from the Marx Brothers to Woody Allen, Jackie Mason to Larry David and Sarah Silverman to Sacha Baron Cohen.
~ released Apr 2009 ~
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Stuart Maconie - Adventures on the High Teas
Following on from his Mancunian adventures in 'Pies & Prejudice', the Wigan writer goes in search of 'Middle England'. From Shakespeare to JK Rowling, Vaughan Williams to Craig David, William Morris to B&Q, "Morte D'Arthur" to "Midsomer Murders", this is a charmingly funny expedition, with plenty of stop-offs for tea and pastries, to discover the truth.
~ released Mar 2009 ~
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Bill Rogers - The Cleansing
The first crime thriller novel from the former Principal Inspector of Schools for the City Of Manchester. Set in Manchester city centre, Moss Side, the Gay Village, the Christmas Market and the luxury canalside apartments, DCI Tom Caton and forensic profiler Kate Webb are on the hunt of a killer dressed as a clown, who finds the city's regeneration unacceptable.
~ released 19th Feb 2009 ~
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Sophie Hannah - The Other Half Lives
The fourth psychological crime novel from the award-winning Mancunian poet and author. Very highly critically acclaimed, The Times described it as a 'superbly creepy, twisty thriller about obsessive love, psychological torture, and the darkest chambers of the human heart' , adding it 'should establish her as one of the great unmissables of this genre'
~ released Feb 2009 ~
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A-Z of Manchester Authors
William Harrison Ainsworth
Historical novelist from the 1800's
J. Redwood Anderson
poet who was active between 1904 and 1971
Bryan Appleyard
factual writer and journalist from Bolton
John Ash
poet, novelist and travel writer
Andrea Ashworth
writer best known for her 1998 memoirs
Sherry Ashworth
writer of Manchester-based teenage novels
Mrs. G. Linnaeus Banks / Isabella Banks
19th Century novelist who wrote 'The Manchester Man'
Nicholas Blincoe
writer of mainly Manchester-based crime novels
Robert Bolt
Oscar winning playwright who wrote 'A Man for All Seasons'
David Bowker
modern Mancunian novelist and screenwriter
Harold Brighouse
playwright best known for 'Hobson's Choice' in 1916
Anthony Burgess
novelist best known for 'A Clockwork Orange' in 1962
Frances Hodgson Burnett
19th Century writer best known for 'The Secret Garden'
John Byrom
18th Century poet & inventor of Universal English Shorthand
Brian Callison
novelist known for his best-selling thrillers & sea stories
Gilbert Cannan
novelist from 1909 until sent to a mental hospital in 1923
Lee Child
Granada director turned creator of the Jack Reacher series
Terry Christian
broadcaster who has penned various Manchester books
Les Dawson
comedy legend who longed fame for his many serious novels
Thomas de Quincey
known for his 1821 book 'Confessions of an English Opium-Eater'
Shelagh Delaney
playwright best known for her 1956 debut 'A Taste of Honey'
Mike Duff
novelist with stories of low down & sleazy Mancunian scallies
Carol Ann Duffy
poet laureate since 2009 and professor at Manchester Metropolitan
Suzannah Dunn
historical fiction novelist who teaches at Manchester University
Chris Emery
modern day poet who also writes non-fiction books
Tibor Fischer
Booker shortlisted Stockport novelist famed for his 1992 novel 'Under the Frog'
Elizabeth Gaskell
Victorian novelist famed for 1848's 'Mary Barton' & 'Cranford'
Adèle Geras
mother of Sophie Hannah & writer of children, teen & adult novels
Louis Golding
best-selling novelist who wrote 1932's 'Magnolia Street'
Walter Greenwood
influential Salford novelist who penned 'Love on the Dole' in 1933
Sydney Grundy
playwright & dramatist celebrated for his 1892 ' Haddon Hall'
Ann Halam
pseudonym of Gwyneth Jones, which she uses for kid's books
Sophie Hannah
modern poet & thriller writer who is studied at GCSE & A-level
Mike Harding
comedian, poet, playwright & author of non-fiction & novels
P.P. Hartnett
novelist and photographer who writes gay fiction
Billy Hopkins
author of nostalgic locally based best-sellers including 'Our Kid'
Cathy Hopkins
multi-million selling author of the 'Mates, Dates' teenage books
Ian Hough
cultural commentator who charts Manchester's criminals
Stanley Houghton
playwright most famed for his 1910 play 'Hindle Wakes'
Howard Jacobson
award-winning Jewish comedy novelist from Prestwich, often seen on television
Gwyneth Jones
science fiction & fantasy novelist who also writes children's books as Ann Halam
Jackie Kay
Manchester based novelist & poet who wrote 'Trumpet' in 1998
Susan Kay
award-winning novelist best know for her 1994 book 'Phantom'
Frank Lean
crime writer behind the Dave Cunane Private Eye novels
Grevel Lindop
Manchester University lecturer turned history & travel writer
Daran Little
Coronation Street writer who has penned various related books
Stuart Maconie
best-selling travel & music writer, journalist and broadcaster
Val McDermid
International best-selling Manchester based crime writer
Livi Michael
award-winning novelist & author of the 'Frank the Hamster' kids books
Trevor Miller
screenwriter, playwright and author of 'Trip City' in 1989
Allan Monkhouse
playwright and novelist who wrote 'A Deliverance' in 1898
Paul Morley
celebrity music writer and commentator from Stockport
Jeff Noon
fantasy novelist famed for his 1993 Manchester based 'Vurt' book
Alfred Ollivant
novelist best known for his 1898 children's classic 'Bob, Son of Battle'
John Oxenham
prolific novelist & poet famed for his 1913 book of verse 'Bees in Amber'
Tim Parks
award-winning fiction & travel writer behind 1997 Booker shortlisted 'Europa'
Joe Pemberton
critically acclaimed novelist described as a new voice in black British fiction
Chloe Poems
gay, transvestite, sexually explicit poet with largely Manchester based prose
Karl Pilkington
Mancunian comedy writer, broadcaster and Ricky Gervais sidekick
Andy Remic
thriller, sci fi and military science fiction author
Graham Robb
multi-award winning history, biography and travel writer
Bill Rogers
writer of Manchester-based crime thrillers & educational books
Jane Rogers
novelist famed for the 1991 drama 'Mr. Wroe's Virgins' 
Nicholas Royle
thriller novelist and prolific short-story writer behind 'Antwerp'
Colin Shindler
biography & history writer famed for 'Manchester United Ruined My Life'
Lemn Sissay
highly popular poet & playwright, who makes regular TV appearances
Paul Southern
crime thriller writer who looks at the racial overlaps of the underworld
Howard Spring
author of many Manchester based novels including 1940's 'Fame is the Spur'
Cath Staincliffe
author of 'Blue Murder' and the acclaimed Sal Kilkenny crime mysteries
Julian Turner
award-winning poet and mental health worker
Simcha Weinstein
Jewish comedy writer who wrote 'Up Up and Oy Vey' in 2006
Tim Willocks
novelist who wrote 'Bad City Blues' & is rumoured to have dated Madonna
Jeanette Winterson
multi-award winning novelist behind 1985's 'Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit'
Karen Woods
novelist who's characters live on a North Manchester council estate
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