Thursday, September 30, 2004

Contact me

Makeup by Laura Martinez; photo by Jenny Fu.

I don't have a public email address - not for any sinister reason, but simply because I struggle to keep up with my inbox as it is! If you would like to get hold of me, leave a comment on the blog with your email address and your question and I will email you. All comments come to me to be moderated, so you don't have to worry about me missing it, and I won't publish the comment with your email address, so your contact details will not be made public.

I respond to emails very quickly - you can expect to hear from me within 24 hours (unless I've fled the country or contracted a life-threatening illness, naturally, or unless you are spam. It happens). Check your spam filter, too - sometimes I end up in there, with my Viagra-selling friends.

Monday, September 20, 2004

Why I will not read your manuscript

I am more than happy to answer any questions in the comments, and I have written some articles on writing, editing, critiquing, writing query letters and agent-hunting that I hope may be helpful, but - even though you are the nicest group of readers in the world - I will not critique your work, refer you to my agent or publisher, or offer extensive and ongoing advice to any one individual in private correspondence.

Thanks for understanding!

Friday, September 17, 2004

Harvill Secker Acquires Exciting Zimbabwean Debut Novel

Posted at 4:35PM Monday 10 May 2010

10 May 2010
Harvill Secker, an imprint of the Random House Publishing Group, has bought World English rights to Andrea Eames's first novel The Cry of the Go-Away Bird. Rights were acquired from Vivien Green at Sheil Land. The novel, based on the author's experiences growing up in a white farming family in Zimbabwe in the late 1990s, will be published by Harvill Secker in hardback in February 2011 and in Vintage in 2012.

The narrator of The Cry of the Go-Away Bird, Elise, comes of age during the souring of Mugabe's rule and realises that her idyllic and privileged life is built on past wrongs and that violence is an inevitable part of her future. Liz Foley, Publishing Director, said 'I'm delighted that we will be publishing The Cry of the Go-Away Bird. Andrea Eames has a bright future ahead of her and the accomplishment she shows in handling the tension and characterisation in this gripping novel is incredibly impressive.'

The author

Andrea Eames is a second generation Zimbabwean. Her grandfather moved to Zimbabwe in the 1950s to work for the British South Africa Police and later became a government agent. Her parents grew up during the Second Chimurenga (also known as the Bush War) in the seventies, and she was born in 1985, five years after independence was declared and Mugabe was sworn in as president. Her father died in a car accident while her mother was pregnant, and she and her mother lived in England for a few years before moving back to Zimbabwe when Andrea was four. In Zimbabwe, Andrea attended a Jewish school, a Hindu school, a Catholic convent school, and then the American International School in Harare. Her mother worked on a farm. Andrea has worked as a bookseller and editor in publishing and now lives in Christchurch with her husband. The Cry of the Go-Away Bird is her first novel.
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