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Pre-order Claire Allen’s novel by 15th June and add your name to the back of the book!

Last night we launched the pre-sale for our next Historiographic Fiction on David Collard’s Leap in the Dark programme. Claire did a wonderful reading, then we got to ask her some questions about the characters, Alzheimer’s, the themes of creation and destruction, and the influence of William Golding. “If you read two novels about the raising of a cathedral…”

Leap to Unbound here to read an extract from the novel, and lend your support, and name, to a dazzling book.

G.F Smith

HFP have teamed up with G.F Smith, paper merchant to Virginia Woolf’s Hogarth Press, to celebrate small presses. All editions of the book will be covered with Gmund Urban, which uses “genuine pulverized cement” to recreate concrete’s subtle texture and sparkle. The Römerturm paper mill has created “tradition and dynamic modernism in one material.” Especially apt for a book that is set in a post-war housing estate: The Blackbird. It is a sculptural material, perfect for HFP’s hand-bindery.

Mr. Beethoven arrives today.

It takes irreverence to pay tribute to an iconoclast. Paul Griffiths’ invention, wit and skill have created the Beethoven 250 tribute. We could not be more proud of this book.

Travel to the United States in their infancy. Watch Boston society boil with anticipation as it produces Beethoven’s biblical oratorio. Feel the potential energy Griffiths weaves around this performance both the composer and the world would never hear.

Buy now: https://henninghamfamilypress.co.uk/books/mr-beethoven

Live Events

The launches of Mr. Beethoven by Paul Griffiths and The Blackbird by Claire Allen are postponed until Autumn 2020. Register your interest at david[at]henninghamfamilypress.co.uk

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You can still use our online shop as normal. Orders are sent direct from NBN International, who are observing strict measures to keep staff and customers safe.

The Trade can still buy wholesale from orders[at]nbninternational.com

New Books

Our publishing schedule for 2020 remains unchanged.

Make your mark on Beethoven250 by subscribing to THE Beethoven book of 2020. Deadline 14th March.

Visit https://unbound.com/books/mr-beethoven to preview and pre-order Paul Griffiths’ amazing novel. A google form allows you to choose a name (yourself or even a friend or family member) to be printed in the back as a supporter of the project.

Mr. Beethoven by Paul Griffiths depicts what could have happened if the Composer has lived seven more years and visited the United States to fulfill a commission.

There are scores Beethoven never heard performed because of his deafness. There are also scores that were never heard because they were never written. The world renowned librettist Paul Griffiths has taken one such commission of 1823 as the starting point for a staggering Oulipean historical fiction. A biblical Oratorio for the United States.

Griffiths the librettist has written that missing text for Beethoven; a simple, beautiful setting that is genuinely sublime in that it deals in paradox and expanses of time and space. Griffiths the poet has rendered it with wit and depth of feeling. Griffiths the music critic has evoked the music itself, the music we can never hear. We read with envy.

A preview of the verses that form part of Mr. Beethoven is available at our stall at Conway Hall, as is the opportunity to pre-order

https://unbound/books/mr-beethoven

A fine art giclee print to represent each season of the year brings 60 Lovers To Make And Do into full colour.

Kickboxers and Art Collectors from our Kickstarter can select one of these. Newbies can email for details (£75 +vat).

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The peerless online publishing platform, Unbound, has invited us to hold our pre-sale for Mr. Beethoven, by Paul Griffiths, with them.

We’ll be pulling back the curtain on our studio with the most powerful publishing algorithms on the planet.

You can read an extract and buy all editions here: https://unbound.com/books/mr-beethoven

Paperback – £13 (FREE UK p&p)
Limited Edition hardback – £50 (£5 UK p&p)

Mr. Beethoven 

Internationally respected music historian Paul Griffiths (Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, OBE) and music critic (The New Yorker, The New York Times) imagine a visit by Beethoven to the United States to write a Biblical oratorio.

Griffiths weaves in the historiography of his search for what Beethoven could have done, becoming an account of the fragility of historical sources.

The Composer comes to rely on two women, the widow Mrs. Hill and Thankful; whose Martha’s Vineyard sign-language conducts conversations with the Composer.

The composer brings his time, his temperament and his sense of democracy to us. But he can’t possibly fit in. The challenge of Beethoven 250 will be to retain a Beethoven who is among us but refuses to fit in. He must be a Beethoven who retains the ability to help us leave the normal world, not the Beethoven who assures that this is the way the world must be. – Mark Swed, LA Times

Harpreet Kalsi captures our Cinema Museum launch in glorious color!

Harp (thatthingyoupluck.comgeddit?) flicked through Herxheimer’s brand new artists’ book, 24 pages per second, coming away with the idea to collage the night’s patrons of the arts with the curious artefacts of the silver screen that surrounded us. So look closely.

Herxheimer herself becomes tacked onto the cinema screen as she reads, like an escaped movie star, resplendent in a dress she screenprinted with collages for the occasion.

The audience used the index to call out page numbers for poems they wanted to hear and laugh along with. Like Hannah Höch, Herxheimer used cut and paste to throw beauty in the face of our ugly times. Fascism is ugly. Division is ugly. At the Cinema Museum we had love!

Delve into the book here, and please respect our neighbours on your way out.

Dedalus Shortlist announcement at University of East Anglia! Scenes!

We are delighted to announce that Dedalus by Chris McCabe has been promoted to the list of six finalists in the Republic Of Consciousness Prize 2019! The Premier Prize for Small Presses. We were present at the Love Takes Risks symposium and plenary panel (David Hayden, Eley Williams) to hear the shortlist announcement.

We thank the judges for unpicking the Gordian longlist, Neil and James Tookey at the prize (who tonight paid for a book to be made. Up yours Booker), generous sponsors and hosts at UEA, and most of all Chris McCabe for writing a stone cold masterpiece and having the spirit to keep on taking it to another level.

You can buy the book here:

Buy Dedalus by Chris McCabe 

Our Kickstarter continues! Discover the second installment from Chris’ incredible body of work!

 

With Dedalus still circumnavigating the literary world on the Republic of Consciousness longlist, we launch Chris McCabe’s second novel, Mud!

Mud is a re-imagining of Orpheus and Eurydice set beneath Hampstead Heath, tracing Borak and Karissa’s subterranean quest to split up.

Mud is fucked up. It’s unlike anything else. It’s amazing. – Sam Jordison, Galley Beggar Press

Exquisite Objects

An invitation from Gemma Seltzer at Kickstarter to take part in their month of Exquisite Objects has encouraged us to ditch our lo-fi pre-sale and run a Kickstarter campaign instead.

Kickstarter makes it easier to give subscribers a range of choices and to celebrate your support at the back of the book. It also means we can open up the creative process more, which is much more fun for everyone.

Digital Fanfare

Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd are really important. If we can reach 30% of our target in the first 48hrs it will boost the algorithms so even more people get to hear about what we are doing.

So click the link! Watch us channel our inner-Ayoade with our video, and see the treasures on offer: 

Mud: a story re-imagining Orpheus & Eurydice in London today