Tuesday, October 15, 2013

How To Be A Literary Genius - A New Novel by Jacqui Lofthouse


A comedy for anyone who has ever faced the blank page and survived it

Anna Bright never wanted to write a novel. At least, that’s what she tells herself. She has a beautiful home, a halfway decent job and is engaged to Will Isenberg, a Cambridge graduate with the looks of a Romantic poet. When her best friend secures a six-figure publishing deal, Anna remains in denial. But a chance encounter with a famous novelist cuts a chink in Anna’s resolve and before she knows it she has enrolled on a creative writing course, fallen for her tutor and is mixing with the literati.

Will’s writer mother flies in from New York and whisks Anna off to a Greek-island writing retreat, owned by her ex-lover, the writing guru James Loftus. Back home, Anna's relationship with Will descends into chaos and it looks like the wedding is off. An invitation to take part in a televised literary competition hosted by the unscrupulous Loftus creates further confusion.

Under the gaze of the camera, Anna navigates her new literary life. She is part of a TV circus, she has sold out. Will she manage to save her sanity, and her wedding, before she becomes a by-product of the literary world?  

Jacqui Lofthouse studied for her MA in Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia under Malcolm Bradbury and Rose Tremain. She is the author of three other novels, The Temple of Hymen (Hamish Hamilton/Penguin 1995/1996), Bluethroat Morning  (Bloomsbury 2000) and Een Stille Verdwijning, (De Bezige Bij 2005). Her novels have sold over 100,000 copies in the UK, USA, France, Italy, Germany and Holland and have been widely reviewed. Her international publishers include Bertelsmann, De Bezige Bij, Mondadori and Calmann Lévy.

Praise for Jacqui Lofthouse's Novels

“A remarkable, often beautiful and startling piece of writing. A considerable achievement.” – John Mortimer.
“Deceptive; entertaining and unusual.” – Louis de Bernières
“A very impressive book… a superbly recreated historical period and a passionate investigation into femininity, all wrapped up in a mysterious and well-paced narrative.” – Jonathan Coe
“There are many elements to savour in this novel. Lofthouse has a fine eye for the bleak Norfolk landscape and how it both reflects and affects characters’ moods.” – Tracy Chevalier, Author of Girl with a Pearl Earring
“Every word is magical, almost luminous.” – Daily Mail
“Grand fun and quite naughty in parts.” – The Times

Publication Date, Ebook: 1 November 2013

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