This week on the blog we’re joined by Anthony McGowan! We caught up with Anthony and asked him a few questions about his tender-hearted, feel-good Little Gem I Killed Father Christmas. Don’t let the title fool you, this gorgeous book is a perfect festive warmer for all the family! Over to you Anthony…
Today we play a quick round of Five Questions with Anthony McGowan, author of the highly acclaimed stories about Nicky and Kenny, including the latest addition, Rook.
The Fall by Anthony McGowan has some of the finest writing we’ve ever published and we’ve just re-released it with a great new cover and fabulous new artwork by Staffan Gnosspelius. To mark the re-release we’ve created a series of discussion questions to help teachers support students in getting the most out of the book. […]
In the latest instalment of our If I were in charge of the world series, we’ve tracked down Anthony McGowan and asked what 10 laws he’d pass if he suddenly achieved world domination. Anthony is a award-winning writer and author of the Carnegie Medal-longlisted Brock and its companion Pike. 1. Ban the internet. Something terrible […]
There is a lot of love for Anthony McGowan’s Brock, a powerful read about two brothers, Nicky and Kenny, who captured hearts and imaginations. “Don’t be fooled by its size,” wrote one bookseller, “This is McGowan Super Concentrate.” Another story about the boys was inevitable; our readers wanted more and so did we! Pike sees […]
Today is National Libraries Day and the eagle-eyed ladies who chase us all for blog content asked if our staff members would write a few words about why we all love libraries. We suggested instead publishing two powerful pieces of writing from Anthony McGowan on the subject. The first is from 2013’s Brock. Nicky is a […]
The story Mog is a borderline loser, clinging to the social fringe in a tough school. His friend Chris is just cool enough ”“ or perhaps dangerous enough ”“ to guarantee Mog safety from the bullies by association. But then Chris befriends Duffy, essentially the poster child for losers and victims. Wishing to protect his own […]
This week we spent our Tuesday evening at a packed West End Lane Books for the launch of Anthony McGowan’s Lark. For us it was a somewhat bittersweet evening as we celebrated with so many friends, the stunning quartet of Brock, Pike, Rook and Lark, and also said goodbye to our beloved brothers Nicky and […]
Happy New Year everyone! We’re excited to kick-start 2019 and we’re jumping straight in with three brilliant books for January …
We are delighted to share the news that Anthony McGowan’s Rook has been shortlisted for the 2018 Carnegie Medal!
Celebrations are in order! We’re happy to announce that ten of our books have landed on the nominations list for the 2018 CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Awards. We have never had this many nominees on the list before and we are over the moon because of it. Congratulations to the authors, illustrators and translators! […]
Halloween has come early as we publish some scarily good October new titles! From Gothic YA to sweet Little Gems, all these books are to die for!
No better time to catch up on some cracking reads than in the Summer holidays. Here are some of our top recommendations (for all ages!) to get you started!
Today we play a quick round of Five Questions with Philip Ardagh and Tom Morgan-Jones – the extremely tall pair behind the Little Gem Norman the Norman from Normandy!
Barrington Stoke books are popular in schools as accessible, inspiring reads suitable for mixed-ability groups. As well as selling the books singly for reading for pleasure, we also supply a wide range of packs to schools. Here’s some inspiration on how to use the books to bring literacy to life in your school, plus a […]
Happy New Year! We hope you have a happy, healthy, book-filled 2017. We’re back at our desks and raring to go on an incredible twelve months of titles. You can see our January – June catalogue here or contact us to request a hard copy. Here are just a few highlights to whet your appetite…
We all had a great time at the Great YA Debate event at the ever-excellent Edinburgh International Book Festival last night. Coincidentally the TES published an article by Joe Nutt that was highly critical of YA yesterday afternoon, so our own Anthony McGowan’s ‘provocation’ seemed quite gentle by comparison.
In line with his event at the Edinburgh International Book Festival entitled “The Great YA Debate”, author Anthony McGowan shares his views on Young Adult Literature and its impact on young adults’ reading habits.
Last week saw the Edinburgh International Book Festival programme launched to the world for 2016 by Nick Barley, Janet Smyth and the team at a special press launch.
As of January 2016 the ‘dyslexia-friendly’ sticker on our books will be replaced by one that says ‘super-readable’ instead. This is reflective of a message close to our hearts: just because a book is accessible to an individual with dyslexia or visual stress does not mean it is ‘for’ them and them alone. That message […]
Another year is almost over at Barrington Stoke – how did that happen? We’ve decided to mark a busy 12 months with a collage of all of the gorgeous books we’ve published since January 2015. We’ve also asked our staff for their highlights of the year. Looking back made us all smile; we hope […]
Four favourite books on our list have just got a brand new look. They’re out now and we’re holding a giveaway to celebrate! Read on to find out more about the books and how to be in with a chance of winning a copy. The Fall by Anthony McGowan “The young adult reader is trusted […]
We believe that struggling readers need and deserve the very best books by the very best writers. Fortunately many of the best children’s authors in the UK share our belief and since Barrington Stoke was established we have been honoured to publish award-winners, best-sellers and Children’s Laureates including Michael Morpurgo, Terry Deary, Malorie Blackman, Andy […]
Back in July at YALC we spotted a trend on the panels: many authors said they couldn’t answer sticky questions about what the industry will and won’t tolerate in content terms because these were ‘questions for the publisher’. There weren’t any book publishers on the panels and so some questions went unanswered. I don’t think […]
Questions of gender and equality in publishing have reared their heads again after a Jezebel article revealed the results of an experiment by writer Catherine Nichols in which she submitted the same manuscript to various agents under her own name and under a male pseudonym. In news that will come as no surprise to anyone […]
You probably know the saying ”˜don’t judge a book by its cover’. It’s not really about books at all, of course ”“ it’s about first impressions. But the cover is most readers’ first impression of a book and so it is the publisher’s main weapon in marketing terms. A good cover design calls out to […]
It’s May publication day and we are very excited about our new batch of brilliant books for teens. Here’s a round-up of our something-for-everyone selection. When Anthony McGowan wrote Brock we knew we had something special on our hands – and we were thrilled that so many reviewers and readers agreed with us. Anthony says […]
Did you know that Mark Twain defined a classic as a book everyone wants to have read but no one wants to actually read? We’d be willing to bet that for many readers ”“ rightly or wrongly ”“ the word classic conjures up visions of dustiness, worthiness or plain old hard work. It was interesting […]
We’re In! On Wednesday we took part in A Place at the Table, an event for the children’s publishing industry to discuss ways of increasing diversity in children’s books. Hosted by Inclusive Minds founders Alexandra Strick and Beth Cox, the event took as its template a similar day held in New York, and refined and […]
SCBWI invited me along to their annual conference last weekend to co-host a ‘Craft intensive’ with Anthony McGowan under the title ‘Writing for reluctant readers’. My first response was that I didn’t have much to say on the subject – at Barrington Stoke we ask our authors to write as they normally would. The tweaks […]
Over the years Barrington Stoke has been honoured to publish a truly outstanding list of award-winners, bestsellers and Children’s Laureates. These authors share our belief that struggling readers need and deserve the very best books by the very best writers. We’re so excited about the new names coming to Barrington Stoke in 2015 that we thought […]
In the wake of the first UK Young Adult Literature Convention (YALC), we’ve been retweeting links to articles and essays on Young Adult literature right, left and centre. Many of these stem from a recent piece by a writer called Ruth Graham in Slate Magazine, in which Graham stated that adults should be embarrassed to […]
We had no idea what to expect when we turned up to the first Young Adult Literature Convention (YALC) at Earls Court in London, championed and facilitated by the current Children’s Laureate, Malorie Blackman. YALC was held within the London Film and Comic Con, and our tickets were actually for the Comic Con event ”“ […]
We sent some fun message chocolates to Kevin Brooks last week to congratulate him on his Carnegie win and had a lovely thank you e-mail back, in line with our experience of Kevin as a brilliant and thoughtful writer and all-round great guy. So we were a bit taken aback to read the following in […]
‘Slush pile’ is publishing shorthand for the unsolicited manuscripts received by a publisher or literary agent. Some very famous books indeed have been discovered in the slush pile by an eagle-eyed editor or agent: Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight, Anne Frank’s Diary and Philip Roth’s Conversion of the Jews are famous examples. Today however, fewer and fewer […]
Barrington Stoke books have been long-listed, short-listed and selected as winners of a huge number of book awards over the years, and there has been a particular spate of nominations of late. To name just a few, Anthony McGowan’s Brock made the long-list for the CILIP Carnegie Medal, Keith Gray’s You Killed Me! was short-listed […]
We’re incredibly pleased and proud that Brock by Anthony McGowan is on the long list for the prestigious Carnegie Medal. It’s exciting for any publisher to see one of its books on the Carnegie list but we are especially thrilled as we publish books that are a little different from the norm. We’re forever banging on about the power […]