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Gill Hornby

About The Author

Gill HornbyGill Hornby is a writer and journalist. She lives with her husband, Robert Harris, and their four children in Kintbury, Berkshire. The Hive is her first novel. Film rights have been sold to Focus Features. It follows the friendships and feuds of a group of women who meet at the school gate each day. Over the course of a school year - and under the guise of the school's charity committee - they scheme, support, compete and jostle for position in their unspoken but fiercely run hierarchy. From the joys and perils (well, mainly perils) of the Lunch Ladder; to the military operation that is the Car Boot Sale; to the creation of a vaguely convincing Dalek costume for a small child, all human life is here... The result is an astonishingly accomplished debut novel - wise, touching and very, very funny. You can read the first chapter here.






Author photography courtesy of Gavin Smith, CameraPress London

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Found in translation

One of the joys of being a translator is bringing books to whole new audiences that wouldn't previously have been able to read them. But for Franca Scurti Simpson, giving English readers the chance to try Italian author Donatella Di Pietrantonio's My Mother is a River, required more than just her skills with language.

Editing TS Eliot

We interview Jim McCue about editing the definitive new two-volume edition of TS Eliot's poems.

A world where turtles dance

Today marks the 150th anniversary of the publication of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll's timeless tale of treacle wells, catless grins and recalcitrant croquet mallets. Laura Anderson looks at why this unique children's book has enchanted every new generation of readers.

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