On Wednesday, WHSmith announced the return of their Thumping Good Read Award. It’s been fifteen years since the last shortlist and I’m honoured to have made the cut along with six other wonderful books!
Two judges, the acclaimed Peter James and sensational Jojo Moyes, will choose their favourite, but 50% of the total prize will depend upon public vote. If you have read and enjoyed The Silent Companions, I would be extremely grateful for your support.
Please click here to vote by 5pm on Friday 6th July 2018.
I’m very excited to tell you that THE SILENT COMPANIONS has been selected for the new Zoe Ball Book Club on ITV!
Tune in on Sunday 29th July between 8.30am and 9.30am to watch Zoe and a celebrity guest discuss the book. There will also be a pre-recorded package about the story featuring me (eeek!) but I don’t know what form that will take yet.
It’s such an honour to be chosen as one of the 10 brilliant titles that make up the list. For full details of the book club, click here.
Today I get to reveal the cover for my next book, The Corset! Isn’t it a beauty? Raven Books (Bloomsbury) will be releasing it in the UK on 4th October 2018. Not TOO long to wait … No news on other territories yet I’m afraid.
I’m so happy that the jacket is a beautiful shade of blue, just like a certain corset within the book. Note that the peacock feather turns into a thread for the needle beneath the title! This story is about a seamstress named Ruth who may or may not be a murderer … My unofficial tagline is ‘a stitch in time kills nine’. More details to come soon!
I thought you might like to see the advance copies of The Silent Companions UK paperback, due to hit the shelves on 5 April 2018. Aren’t they gorgeous? Retaining the wonderfully creepy eye through the keyhole, the paperback has a slightly darker feel to it. The Bridge looms up in gold, surrounded by the thistles from Hetta’s garden patch. Most exciting of all, the cover carries an endorsement from the Queen of Ghost Stories Susan Hill! I am so honoured by this.
You can preorder the paperback here, although the retail websites are not showing the new cover just yet.
As you may know, my new novel The Corset is due out in UK hardback in the autumn of 2018. I have had a sneak peek at the cover design and all I can say is it’s completely glorious. Bloomsbury Raven are due to reveal it in the next few weeks, so watch this space for more beautiful books.
Are you brave enough to spend two nights in a haunted hotel? Bloomsbury have teamed up with Marie Claire to offer a fantastic weekend stay at the historic Mermaid Inn in Rye, worth £400! In addition, you get a signed copy of The Silent Companions. Enter here – and happy ghost hunting!
Something sinister is crackling down the radio waves … I’m delighted to announce that THE SILENT COMPANIONS is the latest pick for Simon Mayo’s Radio 2 Book Club! Tune in for drive time on 30th October to hear me discuss the book and respond to reader reviews *gulp*. I’m only slightly terrified…
And keep those headphones in your ears, because THE SILENT COMPANIONS audio-book is now available for pre-order. It will be released on Halloween. What perfect timing!
As you may have seen, THE SILENT COMPANIONS have now been released into the wild to terrify you at your leisure!
I was thrilled to take part in a group reading with The Pigeonhole, which ended on publication day. The book was released in 10 ‘staves’, very similar to how Victorian novels were serialised in magazines. It was fantastic to see 200 readers experiencing the thrills and chills of The Bridge, making guesses about the mysteries. Most of these readers have also left me lovely reviews on Amazon, so I’m delighted that the experience was equally exciting for them.
The book has already appeared in several woman’s magazines and newspapers. The Sunday Express called it ‘A deliciously creepy ghost story’, whilst Stylist magazine listed it as a ‘Must-Read Book’ that they ‘had to finish reading in broad daylight’.
My lovely publisher Bloomsbury invited me to their London office on publication day to discuss the novel with their staff. The talk was filmed and you can watch it on Facebook live. This was my first event for the book. I was very nervous! But just look at the lovely backdrop, complete with candles …
Laura Purcell is at Bloomsbury HQ to discuss her chilling book THE SILENT COMPANIONS