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Ghostwritten

David Mitchell
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David Mitchell

REISSUED AS A SCEPTRE 30TH CLASSIC, with a new afterword by the author.Winner of the Mail on Sunday/John Llewellyn Rhys Prize.A magnificent achievement and an engrossing experience, David Mitchell's first novel announced the arrival of one of the most exciting writers of the twenty-first century. An apocalyptic cult member carries out a gas attack on a rush-hour metro, but what links him to a jazz buff in downtown Tokyo? Or to a Mongolian gangster, a woman on a holy mountain who talks to a tree, and a late night New York DJ?Set at the fugitive edges of Asia and Europe, Ghostwritten weaves together a host of characters, their interconnected destinies determined by the inescapable forces of cause and effect.

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Sceptre Announces Short Story Prize Winner

Sceptre is thrilled to announce the winner of the SceptreLoves short story prize, launched to mark the publication of the short story collection How Much the Heart Can Hold. Judges Lucy Luck, literary agent at Conville and Walsh, Chris White, fiction buyer at Waterstones, and Emma Herdman, Senior Editor at Sceptre, selected Phoebe Roy’s story, ‘It Was Summer’ as the winner, a story charting a relationship between two men as it changes with the seasons. The selected runners up are Carol Farrelly for ‘Holdfast’, and Xanthi Barker for ‘Adjectives’. Roy’s short story will be included in the paperback edition of How Much the Heart Can Hold, publishing in August, alongside stories by award-winning writers Bernardine Evaristo, Carys Bray, D. W. Wilson, Donal Ryan, Grace McCleen, Nikesh Shukla and Rowan Hisayo Buchanan. Emma Herdman said of Roy’s story: ‘The standard of the competition was very high, but I didn’t think we’d find a story like Phoebe’s – one that gave all three of us goose bumps and, despite being perfectly formed, left us wanting more from her pen. I can’t wait to see what Phoebe does next.’ Winner Phoebe Roy said: ‘I’m so thrilled and honoured that my story was selected as the winner; I'd sent it off feeling quite proud of it, but as soon as I'd pressed send I saw that it was of course the worst thing that anyone had ever written. I am delighted that the judges disagreed, and it's fantastic that publishers are actively seeking new voices in this way.’ As well as publication in the paperback, Roy is to be awarded £150 and a two-hour consultation about her work with Emma Herdman. The prize will be formally presented at the paperback launch in August.

Sceptre Announces Short Story Prize Winner

Sceptre is thrilled to announce the winner of the SceptreLoves short story prize, launched to mark the publication of the short story collection How Much the Heart Can Hold. Judges Lucy Luck, literary agent at Conville and Walsh, Chris White, fiction buyer at Waterstones, and Emma Herdman, Senior Editor at Sceptre, selected Phoebe Roy’s story, ‘It Was Summer’ as the winner, a story charting a relationship between two men as it changes with the seasons. The selected runners up are Carol Farrelly for ‘Holdfast’, and Xanthi Barker for ‘Adjectives’. Roy’s short story will be included in the paperback edition of How Much the Heart Can Hold, publishing in August, alongside stories by award-winning writers Bernardine Evaristo, Carys Bray, D. W. Wilson, Donal Ryan, Grace McCleen, Nikesh Shukla and Rowan Hisayo Buchanan. Emma Herdman said of Roy’s story: ‘The standard of the competition was very high, but I didn’t think we’d find a story like Phoebe’s – one that gave all three of us goose bumps and, despite being perfectly formed, left us wanting more from her pen. I can’t wait to see what Phoebe does next.’ Winner Phoebe Roy said: ‘I’m so thrilled and honoured that my story was selected as the winner; I'd sent it off feeling quite proud of it, but as soon as I'd pressed send I saw that it was of course the worst thing that anyone had ever written. I am delighted that the judges disagreed, and it's fantastic that publishers are actively seeking new voices in this way.’ As well as publication in the paperback, Roy is to be awarded £150 and a two-hour consultation about her work with Emma Herdman. The prize will be formally presented at the paperback launch in August.

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Summer-Autumn 2015

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2017

Sceptre Cataogue

Sceptre Catalogue 2017

How Much the Heat Can Hold

Sceptre Loves Short Story Competition

'No one has measured, not even poets, how much the heart can hold.' Zelda Fitzgerald Sceptre, the literary imprint of Hodder & Stoughton, is proud to announce the publication of How Much the Heart Can Hold, a collection of seven original commissioned short stories written by seven award-winning authors, exploring different concepts of love. The authors include Bernardine Evaristo, Carys Bray, D. W. Wilson, Donal Ryan, Grace McCleen, Nikesh Shukla and Rowan Hisayo Buchanan. To celebrate the publication, we are launching Sceptre Loves, a short story competition. We’re looking for a story based on any sort of love: from obsessive to platonic, unrequited to all-consuming. Entries will be sent via sceptreloves@hodder.co.uk, for more information read the terms and conditions here. Entries must be between 5,000 and 10,000 words, and submitted before the 14th February 2017. The competition will be judged by Lucy Luck, literary agent at Aitken Alexander Associates, Chris White, fiction buyer at Waterstones, and Emma Herdman, senior editor at Sceptre. The winning entry will be published in the paperback edition of the book, and the author awarded £150 and a two hour consultation about their work with Emma Herdman, who has worked in the fiction buying team at Waterstones, at Curtis Brown literary agency and is now Senior Editor at Sceptre. What the judges are looking for... Emma Herdman 'I’m looking for a story that takes full advantage of the format – that exploits the freedom and embraces the constraints of a short story. And something refreshing, something that surprises me in its interpretation of the brief' Lucy Luck 'I’d love to read something that takes me by the eyelashes and won’t let go, that makes my heart feel heavy in my chest, that has me rooting for him, no her, no them all the way to the end. I want to be uplifted, down-sized and surprised, though not too much. I’d love to come out of the world on the page with a sigh and the satisfaction of time well-spent. It is a lot to ask but that’s what the best of short stories do for me and I look forward to finding that new confident irrepressible voice' Chris White 'Primarily, I want to find something which is self-contained and suited to its form: a true short story, not a truncated novel. I’m looking for something which will make me think, ideally something which comes at its subject from a slightly different angle. If I’m lucky I hope to find something which will move me and stay with me for a while after I’ve finished'

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Suggested Wikipedia entry for Sceptre

Chris Cleave, author of THE OTHER HAND, puts his neck on the line and lays bare the secret history of Sceptre.

Sceptre Publishing Director Carole Welch wins 6-way auction to acquire debut novel by Fiona McFarlane

Carole Welch fought off strong competition in a 6-way auction to acquire Fiona McFarlane's debut novel, The Night Guest, together with a collection of her short stories, from Stephanie Cabot at the Gernert Agency.

Sceptre to publish on 2nd September 2014

The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell to be published by Sceptre

New book from David Mitchell

The Shortlist for the Sceptre Writing Prize has been Announced

Writing the future for Scottish novelists

Be The First

Want to be the first to read fantastic upcoming Sceptre titles? Join our brand new Be The First programme. To become one of the first to read to-be-published titles from the Sceptre list, keep an eye on the Sceptre Twitter feed. For each book we’ll run flash competitions to help us choose two new Be The First reviewers. Each reviewer will be sent an advance-reader proof. It’s an amazing chance to read some of our most exciting books before anyone else, and once you’ve finished, all we want in return is your five-word review…five adjectives (or anything you need to use!) that describe the book for you*. 2014 is going to be a huge year for Sceptre, and we’d really like you to get involved. *brownie points if you update us on your reading experience with pictures, audio, and video – we might just send you more Sceptre proofs in the future

An unexpected treat from David Mitchell

Slade House publishing 27th October

Carole Welch, Publishing Director of Sceptre, has acquired UK and Commonwealth (ex Canada) rights to a short novel by David Mitchell, SLADE HOUSE, from Jonny Geller of Curtis Brown, which Sceptre will publish this October.