The annual Edinburgh International Book Festival is upon us, and this August there’s a whole host of PFD authors speaking or being celebrated at the festival. Click “read more” below to find out which authors are going to be heading up north and how to book your tickets!
An exhibition featuring previously unseen photographs of Christian the Lion taken by Derek Cattani was opened today by one of his original owners, John Rendall, now a trustee of the George Adamson Wildlife Preservation Trust, to mark World Lion Day 2015.
The pine furniture store Sophistocat, now situated on the Wandsworth Bridge Road in London, hosted Christian for one year in 1969 after John purchased him from Harrods department store with fellow Australian ‘Ace’ Bourke. In 1970 Christian was successfully rehabilitated in Kenya.
Despite his new life in the wild, Christian did not forget his owners and the footage of their reunion has now been viewed over 100 million times on YouTube.
John, who bought Christian as a 3-month old cub, said:
“Conservationists all across the globe are today celebrating the glory of lions and their fascination for people worldwide. The celebration has been attracting increasing support as people realise that lions are increasingly in danger of extinction.
When we took Christian to George Adamson in Kenya, there were an estimated 400,000 lions in Africa, over 30,000 of them in Kenya. Today there are possibly only 20,000 on the whole African continent, and less than 1,500 in Kenya… fewer than the combined Rhino population in Africa!”Read more
We are delighted that Amazon has chosen debut novel BURNT PAPER SKY by Gilly Macmillan, as its debut of the month for August 2015. See for yourselves here.Read more
Congratulations to Jamie Kent Messum whose greatly anticipated second novel, Husk, is out today, published by Michael Joseph/Penguin. We are also thrilled to announce that rights for a returnable international TV series based on Husk were recently bought by Warp Films, producers of This is England and ’71.
Congratulations to Barney Campbell whose debut novel Rain shot to Number 9 in the Times fiction bestseller list and has already received incredible praise:
No better on-the-ground description of Britain’s war in Afghanistan will ever be written. RAIN is what CHICKENHAWK or, more recently, MATTERHORN was to Vietnam. It’s unputdownable, except for when the reader needs to draw breath or battle a lump in the throat – Evening Standard
Rain is not merely good, it’s remarkable. Powerful, at times unbearably harrowing, it captures both the fear and exhilaration of men pushed to breaking point– Jeremy Paxman
A wonderfully achieved, enthralling and moving novel of war. Its authenticity is as telling as it is terrifying – William BoydRead more