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Virginia Woolf in Manhattan nominated for the Folio Prize 2015

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We are delighted to announce that Virginia Woolf in Manhattan by Maggie Gee has been nominated by the Folio Prize Academy for consideration by this year's Folio Prize judges.

The 80 titles in contention for 2015 award include well-established stars from Martin Amis to Sarah Waters alongside fresh names such as Paul Kingsnorth and Sarah Perry. The Folio prize sets out to 'to identify works of fiction in which the story being told and the subjects being explored achieve their most perfect and thrilling expression', with the 235 members of the Folio prize academy, a mix of international critics and writers, nominating 60 titles for judges' consideration this year. A further 20 – which were not identified by organisers – were called in by judges.

The Folio Prize recognises and celebrates the best English language fiction from around the world, published in the United Kingdom in any given year regardless of form, genre or the author's country of origin. The announcement of the list of 80 nominations from The Folio Prize Academy shines a light on the very best storytelling published in the UK in 2014.

Vauxhall longlisted for the Authors' Club Best First Novel Award 2014


Vauxhall by Gabriel Gbadamosi has been longlisted for the Authors' Club Best First Novel Award 2014. The 12 books on the longlist, including A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing by Eimear McBride and The Banner of the Passing Cloud by Anthea Nicholson, were selected from a record number of more than 60 submissions by a panel of Club members after intense and wide-ranging debate.

The Authors' Club Best First Novel Award was inaugurated in 1954 and past winners have included Brian Moore, Alan Sillitoe, Paul Bailey, Gilbert Adair, Naseem Aslam, Diran Adebayo, Jackie Kay, Susan Fletcher, Nicola Monaghan, Laura Beatty, Anthony Quinn, Jonathan Kemp, Kevin Barry, and most recently Ros Barber and I. J. Kay

The shortlist will be made public on Friday 25 April, and the winner will be announced — and the £2,500 prize awarded — by this year's guest adjudicator, the novelist Isabel Wolff, at a reception on Tuesday 3 June at the National Liberal Club in London.

The Summer My Father Died by Yudit Kiss

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We are proud to announce that The Summer My Father Died by Yudit Kiss has been shortlisted for the Jewish Quarterly-Wingate Prize.

The winner will be announced on 26 February, during Jewish Book Week, at a ceremony at Kings Place in London.

The Prize recognises writing by Jewish and non-Jewish writers that explore themes of Jewish concern in any of its myriad possible forms either explicitly or implicitly.

Telegram to publish a rising star of Swedish literature

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Telegram has acquired Bret Easton Ellis and the Other Dogs, a debut novel by Swedish author Lina Wolff.

Set in Barcelona, the novel weaves together different stories and testimonies about an eccentric Catalan author, Alba Cambo, who has only a few months left to live. It explores the absurdity of lust and loss through the eyes of Alba’s curious neighbours, lovers, distant friends and a host of others touched by this fiery woman.

Bret Easton Ellis and the Other Dogs is to be published with the support of English PEN’s Writers in Translation programme. The committee were extremely impressed by the quality of Wolff’s writing and felt that the book and the author are of particular intercultural interest to UK readers.

The book is translated by award-winning translator Frank Perry and will be published by Telegram in September 2014.

Lina Wolff is a Swedish writer and translator. Her short story collection, Många människor dör som du (Many People Die Like You) was published by Albert Bonniers Förlag in 2009. One of her short stories recently featured in Granta magazine as part of their travel edition. Bret Easton Ellis and the Other Dogs was shortlisted for the Swedish Radio Award for Best Novel of the Year and also won the prestigious literary award from Vi magazine.

Vauxhall wins Best International Novel


We are delighted to announce that Vauxhall by debut author Gabriel Gbadamosi has been named as Best International Novel at the 32nd Sharjah International Book Fair.

The awards ceremony recognises the contributions of authors, publishers and other cultural figures to the intellectual life of the Arab world. Other winners included Mohammed Muhib Jabr's 6000 Miles for Best Arabic Novel and Ali Abualreesh's An Exceptional Woman for Best Emirati Book by an Emirati Creative Writer.

Vauxhall is a tender and sometimes dark portrait of a young boy looking for his place in inner city multicultural London amidst the slum clearances of the 1970s. Gbadamosi writes with wit and compassion about the experiences of those that arrived on England's shores looking for a better life.

The Hungry Ghosts longlisted for the DSC Prize

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We are delighted to announce that The Hungry Ghosts by Shyam Selvadurai has been longlisted for the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature 2013.

The shortlist for the DSC Prize will be announced on Wednesday, 20 November 2013 at the London School of Economics in London.

The prize brings South Asian writing to a new global audience through a celebration of the achievements of South Asian writers, and aims to raise awareness of South Asian culture around the world.

2014 Catalogue Available Online

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We are delighted to announce the arrival of our brand new 2014 catalogue featuring the latest titles from Saqi Books, Telegram and The Westbourne Press.

We hope that you will find inspiration from the titles in this catalogue. Whether you are looking for stimulating works from or about the Middle East, fiction to transport you to other times and places, or incisive non-fiction offering insights into our ever-complex world, there is much to discover within these pages.

Our new catalogue is available here.

Telegram to publish Long time no see by Hannah Lowe

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Telegram has acquired a memoir from Forward Prize-nominated poet Hannah Lowe.

The book follows Lowe's relationship with her father, Chick, an immigrant from Jamaica, who made his living as a gambler and card sharp.

UK and Commonwealth rights were acquired by Telegram commissioning editor Mitchell Albert . 'As a poet, Hannah is already one of the most exciting new voices on the scene; this is her debut in prose, and it is every bit as captivating as her poetry. She portrays complex, troubled personalities with exquisite skill and compassion ‒ not least that of her father, the human vortex at the heart of the book.'

Lowe was born in Ilford, studying at the University of Sussex, and currently completing a PhD in creative writing at Newcastle University. She was awarded an Arts Council England grant for working on Long Time No See.
Long time no see will be published by Telegram in July 2014.

Office Girl was named as one of the Twenty Reader's Favorite Works of Fiction in 2012 by Believer Magazine's readers

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We are proud to announce the nomination of Office Girl by Joe Meno in the Twenty Reader's Favorite works of Fiction by Believer Magazine's readers. The readers were asked to elect titles which they thought were the strongest works of fiction published in 2012.

No one dies, nobody talks about the international political situation, there is no mention of any economic collapse and nothing takes place during a world war. This novel is about Jack and Odile, two young people doing interesting things in the final moments of the last century.

Office Girl will be released on the 8th of July just in time to become a perfect summer read.

George Szirtes wins poetry award

We are delighted to announce that our translator George Szirtes has won the 2013 Centre for Literacy in Primary Education (CLPE) Poetry Award for In the Land of Giants, illustrated by Helen Szirtes and published by Salt

From the Mouth of the Whale shortlisted for the 2013 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award

Telegram is delighted to announce the shortlisting of Sjón's novel From the Mouth of the Whale, translated by Victoria Cribb, for the 2013 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.

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Telegram publisher Lynn Gaspard said: 'Sjón is a brilliant writer and From the Mouth of the Whale is bursting with wondrous prose and wit. Victoria Cribb garnered much deserved praise for the quality of her translation and should also be celebrated today. I am absolutely thrilled that Sjón has secured a well-deserved place on the shortlist, and that half of the shortlisted titles are translations. It is a proud day indeed for those publishers that champion literary translations.'

The full shortlist can be found on the official IMPAC website

The winner will be announced in June 2013.

Aslı Perker to appear at the London Book Fair 2013

With this year's focus on Turkey, we are thrilled to announce that Telegram author Aslı Perker will be taking part in several discussions at the London Book Fair in April.
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'At the Crossroads of Culture: Writing Turkey from a Distance' will feature writers from the Turkey and the UK discussing writing Turkey and home from afar. What are the effects of exile, absence, distance and foreign surroundings on how we think about home?

16 Apr 2013, 11:30 - 12:30
Whitehall Room, EC2

'Literary Editors on Turkish Literature' This conversation will focus on the role of book reviews on literature, which have been know to either make or destroy certain authors' literary reputations.

16 Apr 2013, 14:30 - 15:30
Whitehall Room, EC2

Aslı Perker's novel Soufflé is out in April.

For more information about the London Book Fair, please visit the official website

Saqi Books wins IPG Diversity Award 2013
We are delighted to announce that Saqi Books has won the IPG Diversity Award at the 2013 IPG Independent Publishing Awards.


Saqi Books was picked by the judges for contributing to diversity with cutting-edge books from numerous territories, and the Middle East and North Africa in particular. The judges were impressed by our ability to balance both scholarly and accessible publishing, and our thirst for tackling controversial issues.

Publisher, Lynn Gaspard, said: 'Saqi is celebrating thirty years of publishing this year. Over this time, I believe that we have made our mark as a publisher that is not afraid to take risks: whether it's releasing works by feminist and other minority writers from the Middle East — or from the UK for that matter — or literary fiction from around the world. I am deeply passionate about what we do, and would like to thank my colleagues and our authors, without whom of course none of this would be possible. Sometimes what we publish does make a difference, and I am very grateful for such awards that recognise the work we do.'

Also shortlisted in this category were Frances Lincoln Children's Books and Phonic Books.

Saqi Books shortlisted for two IPG Awards 2013
We are delighted to announce that Saqi has been shortlisted in two categories in this year's IPG Independent Publishing Awards: the Diversity Award and the Young Independent Publisher of the Year.


Here is what the judges had to say about Saqi:

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'Saqi Books is shortlisted for contributing to diversity with cutting-edge books from numerous territories and the Middle East and North Africa in particular. It has adroitly balanced scholarly and accessible publishing, and has never been afraid to tackle controversial issues. 'Bringing so many books from Arab and Islamic countries to the UK is an impressive achievement and can only help to promote better cultural understanding,' said the judges.'

IPG Young Independent Publisher of the Year
Lynn Gaspard of Saqi Books impressed judges with her far-reaching work as its publisher, taking in both fiction and non-fiction and jobs from editorial to rights. They hailed her substantial achievements on small budgets and admired her commitment to publishing in translations and cultural diversity. 'Sticking up for the Islamic world and telling people about it might not be an easy job at the moment, but Lynn has had a huge impact on her market.'

You can see the full shortlist here

2013 Catalogue Available Online

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We are delighted to announce the arrival of our brand new 2013 catalogue featuring the latest titles from Saqi Books, Telegram and The Westbourne Press.

Ranging from stimulating and challenging works on the Middle East to new literary works by British and international writers, there is something here for everyone.

Now available online HERE

The Summer My Father Died now available

Summer My Father Died.jpg Telegram is very pleased to announce the release of The Summer My Father Died by hungarian author Yudit Kiss; a warm, graceful and poignant memoir, lovingly translated by George Szirtes.

Lisa Appignanesi says: 'In this remarkable memoir, Yudit Kiss uncovers the paternal history that shaped her own, even while she was unaware of it ... the journey is riveting.'

To read more click here.

Jamilia: Waterstones' Book of The Month

Jamilia Cover large.jpg A classic love story by acclaimed Soviet author Chingiz Aitmatov has been selected as Waterstones' Book of the Month for August: an uprecedented move for a backlist title in translation and a testament to the book's enduring charms.

James Daunt said: 'There were undoubtedly other, newer books we could have chosen, but I think sometimes it is the job of the bookseller to recommend the unexpected. If Waterstones can bring some new readers to this small masterpiece, we will have done our job well.' He also said of Jamilia: 'It is hard to imagine a more perfect example of the short novel.'

We would like to thank everyone at Waterstones for their enthusiasm and support. It has been a very exciting month indeed!

The Whispering Muse out now


Telegram are thrilled to publish Sjón's wondrous new novel The Whispering Muse - described by David Mitchell as 'quirky, melodic, ticklish ... a gem of a novel.' The Whispering Muse tells of Valdimar Haraldsson, an eccentric Icelander with elevated ideas about the influence of fish consumption on Nordic civilisation.


Sjón spoke at Hay Literature Festival with Orange Prize winner Madeline Miller in June (see photo above) and will be taking part in a host of events throughout the UK this year. For more information click here

Telegram to publish new London novel Vauxhall


Rukhsana Yasmin has acquired rights to a debut novel by BBC Radio 3 Nightwaves presenter Gabriel Gbadamosi to be published in March 2013.

Vauxhall tells the story of a young boy growing up in inner city London - a melting pot bursting with all walks of Lambeth life in the early 70s.

Gabriel Gbadamosi is a playwright and presenter previously for the BBC World Service and more recently R3 Nightwaves. In 2011 he won the Tibor Jones Pageturner Prize For Ficion for Vauxhall and his essays have been widely published.

Telegram Editor WINS Kim Scott Walwyn Prize 2012


Rukhsana Yasmin, our very own commissioning editor, has been named winner of the Kim Scott Walwyn Prize 2012 - the only national prize to recognise both the professional achievements and promise of female publishers.

On receipt of the prize, Rukhsana said:
'I am thrilled at winning the Kim Scott Walwyn Prize and haven't stopped smiling. I am so lucky to work in publishing where I meet passionate, interesting and incredible people every day, and to be rewarded with this prize is both unexpected and incredibly gratifying.'

The judges said:
'Rukhsana came across as a remarkable candidate in her application, communicating her passion and commitment for the authors and books she has commissioned. Rukshana has recently returned to Saqi books as a Commissioning Editor with a determination to commission and publish works that are original and important, reflecting her own passion for communicating science, ideas, and remarkable life stories to as wide an audience as possible.'

From the Mouth of the Whale shortlisted for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize 2012


Telegram is delighted to announce the shortlisting of Sjón's novel From the Mouth of the Whale for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize 2012. Telegram publisher Lynn Gaspard said: 'We are thrilled that Sjón has secured a well-deserved place on the shortlist. From the Mouth of the Whale is bursting with wondrous prose and wit. Victoria Cribb has garnered much deserved praise for the quality of her translation and has, from the publisher's point of view, been a dream translator. We are very proud to be their publisher. I am also proud to share such a fantastic shortlist with four other independent publishers.'

From the Mouth of the Whale joins the shortlist with Alice by Judith Hermann, Blooms of Darkness by Aharon Appelfeld, Dream of Ding Village by Yan Lianke, New Finnish Grammar by Diego Marani and The Prague Cemetery by Umberto Eco.

Maggie Gee made OBE


A massive congratulations to Saqi and Telegram author Maggie Gee, who has been awarded an OBE in the New Years Honours list for her services to literature.

Maggie has published many novels to great acclaim, including The White Family, shortlisted for the 2003 Orange Prize and the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. She was the first female Chair of the Royal Society of Literature and is now one of its Vice-Presidents.

She is also a member of Brent SOS Libraries group and has been campaigning tirelessly alongside residents to save the Kensal Rise branch.

Nawal el Saadawi wins Women of the Year Outstanding Achievement Award 2011

Saqi Books is delighted to announce that the Egyptian writer, novelist and activist, Nawal el Sadaawi is the winner of the Good Housekeeping Women of the Year Outstanding Achievement Award 2011.

The award recognises a woman who has achieved significant cultural, social, economic or political success, both domestically and internationally. The judges believe that Nawal El Sadaawi, who - as she approaches her landmark 80th birthday - is 'still inspiring students and women to fight for their beliefs.'

Author of over 40 books that have been translated into over 30 languages, Nawal El Saadawi has fought relentlessly against injustice and the barriers faced by women in Egypt, both in her work as a physician and psychiatrist and in her writing. Nawal is very happy to have been honoured with this award, adding 'it means that my creative work gains more and more recognition from my peers and others and it will help other groups in other countries to recognise my work, too. Winning this award encourages me to continue my creative dissident writing and fighting.'

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