Posted by Nick Redmayne on 22 September 2010
Bradt’s Slow Norfolk & Suffolk, by Laurence Mitchell has been shortlisted for the 2010 EDP (Eastern Daily Press)-Jarrold East Anglian Book Awards.
Supported by Writers’ Centre Norwich and CUE East, the third annual East Anglian Book Awards celebrates great new literature with a Norfolk, Suffolk or Fenland theme. Books must be set in or predominantly about East Anglia, and the category judges have been hard at work over the summer reading the many submissions. The awards have become established as part of the region’s literary scene, playing an increasingly prominent role in giving the authors and publishers of books with a local theme the recognition that they deserve.
From the dozens of entries three hopefuls have been shortlisted for each of the seven categories. Slow Norfolk & Suffolk features in the Guidebooks and Travel category to be finally judged by Nicholas Caistor, UEA lecturer, radio and print journalist and presenter of BBC Radio 4′s Crossing Continents. The winners will be announced at an evening ceremony on October 20 at the Assembly House in Norwich.
This year Louis de Bernieres, who lives at Harleston, near Diss, will be the star guest, giving a talk and handing over the prizes to the winners in seven categories. From the seven category winners, one will be named the overall East Anglian Book of the Year, which brings with it a £250 prize.
Tickets for the event are now on sale at £12.50 each, which includes a glass of wine on arrival and a hot buffet meal. All the shortlisted books will be on sale at a discounted price on the evening. Doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start to the awards ceremony on October 20, which will be presented by BBC Look East’s Carol Bundock. To buy tickets call in at the EDP shop at Prospect House, Rouen Road, Norwich, go to www.edp24.co.uk or visit customer services at Jarrold on London Street, Norwich.
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Posted by Nick Redmayne on 21 September 2010
Secularists attempting to stem the tide of anti-evolutionary theories that espouse Intelligent Design may acquire a second string to their bow with the publication of Bradt’s 100 Bizarre Animals. 100 fabulous beasts that in every aspect of their being defy the application of either ‘intelligence’ or ‘design’, are succinctly collated in a colourful celebration of the natural world’s extreme genetic randomness. Ever wondered what a blobfish looks like? The answer, on page 33, may appear disturbingly familiar. A mata mata, page 54, is something else altogether and it’s difficult not to anthropomorphise this turtle’s smile into an expression of ghoulish satisfaction. Finally, if hammerhead sharks are not evidence enough to undermine the six days of toil theory you’ll have to admit that any divine creator may have dallied with recreational drugs before coming up with the hammerhead bat on page 97. Whatever your views on Darwinism or Creation, 100 Bizarre Animals is a fascinating collection of nature’s oddments, the mis-shapes, creatures more eBay than M&S. The only omission… and it’s way too late now… is man.
Mike Unwin is a writer, photographer and illustrator who specialises in natural history. In 2000 he won the BBC Wildlife/Bradt Travel Guides Travel Writing Competition. As well as penning numerous children’s books, Mike has written several books for Bradt – including co-authoring 100 Animals to See Before They Die – and is series editor of the company’s wildlife series. He contributes regularly to Wanderlust, Travel Africa and The Independent.
Title: 100 Bizarre Animals
Author: Mike Unwin
Publisher: Bradt Travel Guides
Publication: September 2010
ISBN: 978 1 84162 300 9
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