Friday, 7 February 2014


TUNE into BOOK BREAK - the new online book show series launching TODAY!

Log on during your lunch hour for the first of ten monthly shows where author Alexandra Heminsley is joined by Naomi Wood, Louise Johncox and Karen Swan for a look at this year's must-reads, their own up and coming books and tips for budding authors...
Broadcast date: Friday 7th February
Broadcast time: 12:30pm

183 million printed books were sold in the UK last year -- and many more ebooks besides - yet still there is no dedicated book show on British screens. Until now...

BOOK BREAK, a first-of-its kind monthly book show from Pan Macmillan, begins broadcasting online on Friday 7th February where author Alexandra Heminsley (Running Like a Girl) discusses all things book-related with some of the most exciting writers publishing today, and we take a sneak peek inside the writing room of acclaimed crime author, Peter James.

The first episode will see Naomi Wood, the author of The Godless Boys and soon to be released Mrs Hemingway, author of Christmas at Claridges, Karen Swan and food journalist and author Louise Johncox, author of The Baker's Daughter, join Alexandra on the sofas to look at the must-reads for 2014.

The authors will discuss their own works, how they became successful writers and the process of going from a blank page to a completed novel..
So log on at your desk over a sandwich and relax as we take a wander through the literary world. Follow #bookbreak on Twitter, subscribe to the Pan Macmillan YouTube channel or watch the broadcast right here at 12:30pm on Friday 7th.
Over the coming series you'll be able to send your questions into the guests, and aspiring authors will get a chance to pitch the panel their unpublished novels and ideas in the Life's a Pitch segment.



Hashtag: #bookbreak

Alexandra Heminsley worked in publishing for six years before becoming a freelance journalist, broadcaster and author. She is a regular contributor to BBC Radio 2’s Arts Show with Claudia Winkleman, was the Book Club Expert on Sky1 Daytime Series Angela & Friends and appears as a book expert on various outlets from the Today Programme to the BBC News Channel. She continues to write and review for the Times, Sunday Times, Independent and Guardian as well as Grazia, Red and Elle UK and BBC Radio.

Her book Running Like a Girl was published by Random House this year. She has also worked as ghostwriter on fiction and non-fiction projects for several major publishers as well as working with brands such as Nike.

She was a judge for last year's Costa Novel of the Year Award.
Twitter: @hemmo

Naomi Wood was born in 1983 and lives in London. She studied at Cambridge and at UEA for her MA in Creative Writing. Originally from York, she has gone on to live in Hong Kong, Paris and Washington DC. The Godless Boys, published in paperback by Picador in 2012, was her first novel. Mrs Hemingway, her fictional representation of the four wives of Ernest Hemingway, will be published by Picador on 13 February.
Twitter: @NaomiWoodBooks

Karen Swan began her career in fashion journalism before giving it all up to raise her three children and an ADHD puppy, and to pursue her ambition of becoming a writer. She lives in the forest in Sussex, writing her books in a treehouse overlooking the Downs. Her first novel, Players, was published in 2010, followed by Prima Donna and Christmas at Tiffany's in 2011. Her third novel, Christmas at Claridges, was published in November 2013.
Twitter: @karenswan1

Louise Johncox is a freelance writer and journalist who has written for The Times, Telegraph and Guardian newspapers. She is currently completing a PhD food memoir at Bath Spa University. Louise hails from a long family line of bakers and pastry chefs. Her first book, The Baker’s Daughter – Timeless Recipes from Four Generations of Bakers will be published on 14 March. She lives in Surrey with her two children, Lara and Joe.
Twitter: @LouiseJohncox

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