Tanya Landman discusses female protagonists, literary awards and familial relationships

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Just less than a week to go before the main event!

YA Shot is an author-run, author-led Young Adult and Middle Grade festival that raises the money and resources to run a year-long programme pairing libraries and schools for free author events to foster a love of reading, inspire a passion for writing, and encourage aspirations to care
ers in the Arts. If you’d like to know more about what YAShot is then check it out here.

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The Grand Tour: Natasha Farrant’s Favourite Classics

Natasha Farrant is the amazing author of Lydia: the Wild Girl of Pride and Prejudice, and while I fully intend to write a full review of her book, I urge you to read it! This book is a brilliant homage to the epitome of classical literature. Farrant puts a unique and nostalgic spin on the character of Lydia Bennet that adds a completely new and intriguing dimension to her life.

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Lost and Found Tour – Q&A with Olivia Levez, author of The Island

About The Island

‘There were friends once, but they melted away. Things are different now I am a MONSTER’

Frances is alone. Cast away on a small island in the middle of the Indian Ocean, she has to find water, food and shelter. But survival is hard. Especially when she is haunted by memories of the things that she did before, the things that made her a monster. Pushed to the limit in extreme conditions, she battles to come to terms with her past, and find a future worth fighting for.

This is a gripping and thought-provoking story about one girl’s journey to become the person she believes she can be.

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Author August: Rosalind Jana – Learning the Art of Self-Confidence

To view all guest author posts so far and for a chance to win a £40 Foyles Giftcard visit the Author August Page.

When I was a teenager, it took me a few years to realise that if I was praised for something, be it a skill or an excellent skirt, I didn’t need to hedge or go “umm, thanks, but, you know…” or “no! Don’t be silly!” I learned to own my compliments, to be content in what I was doing, to refuse to be apologetic for anything I’d invested time and effort in. As a young woman, sometimes it seems like you tread a hard line between confidence in what you do and risk of being seen as ‘full of yourself’.

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Author August: Ravinder Randhawa – Four Favourite Scenes I’ve Ever Written

To view all guest author posts so far and for a chance to win a £40 Foyles Giftcard visit the Author August Page.

It feels unfair to have to pick five favourite scenes from my books, but there’s no denying that some scenes have indeed stuck in my mind, whether because of their humour, irony, or because when I was writing them, they practically flowed onto the page (a rare, but special occurrence). 

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Author August: Manuela Salvi – Why I believe in happy (-ish) endings

 

To view all guest author posts so far and for a chance to win a £40 Foyles Giftcard visit the Author August Page.

“…in childhood all books are books of divination, telling us about the future, and like the fortune teller who sees a long journey in the cards or death by water they influence the future. I supposed that is why books excited us so much.” Graham Greene (The Lost Childhood, 1951) 

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Author August: Abigail Gibbs – Being a Student and a Writer

To view all guest author posts so far and for a chance to win a £40 Foyles Giftcard visit the Author August Page.

For all but one year of my writing life, I have been a student. Through the first years of secondary school, through exams and interviews, through university and eventually graudation, writing has been my constant companion. It has helped me endure difficult times, and it has created incredible opportunities. It has also been a constant pain, particularly during my student years.

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