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Thoughts from the Edinburgh Festival

on Mon, 09/08/2014 - 16:41

The Edinburgh Festival is world-famous for a reason. Whether the wind and rain are so heavy as to make it impossible to hear or the bright sun is bouncing off the Spiegeltent, you just can’t help but be struck by the convergence of cultures and great minds in one of the world’s greatest literary festivals. The air of wisdom, the sharing of knowledge and opinions, permeates the atmosphere and authors and readers become equal, simply as appreciators of great literature.

This year, topics under discussion included the situation in the Middle East, Scottish Independence and the commemorations of

Dilys Rose reads from "Pelmanism"

on Fri, 03/14/2014 - 16:28

Today we have for you a reading from Dilys Rose's upcoming novel Pelmanism, from the author herself. You can find out more about Dilys and her other work here.

Pelmanism will be released by Luath Press this May 8th.

Going to Flanders

on Mon, 03/03/2014 - 15:46

This blog entry was written by our very own Alan Monaghan, Dublin-based author of the Soldier's Song trilogy. Here is his experience of visiting Flanders, in the north of Belgium, where the first book of his series is set.

Writing a novel about the First World War is a strange, intense and often unnerving experience. You learn that whizz-bangs and toffee-apples are much more lethal than their names suggest. You try to conjure up the special wobbling sound that distinguishes an approaching gas shell from high-explosive or shrapnel.

National Libraries Day - Competition Results!

on Thu, 02/20/2014 - 13:08

Since our last post two weeks ago, we've recieved many email with answers to our ten questions. The response has been much appreciated, but unfortunately there can be only one winner of the signed copy of Lee Child's Never Go Back. But before the winner is announced, let's go over the answers:

1—    The author of The Grapes of Wrath was John Steinbeck.

2—    The Comedy of Errors is the shortest of William Shakespeare’s plays.

3—    In George Orwell’s Animal Farm, the animals live at Manor Farm.

4—    The Artful Dodger's real name is Jack Dawkins.

5—    Noddy was a taxi driver.

6—    Don

National Libraries Day and Win a Free Book!

on Thu, 02/06/2014 - 16:37

We’re looking forward to this year’s National Libraries Day on Saturday February 8th, and so we thought we’d have a literature-themed quiz to celebrate! Answer all of these questions correctly and you could win a hardback first edition of Lee Child’s latest novel Never Go Back, signed by the author himself.

So, on with the questions:

1—    Who wrote the novel The Grapes of Wrath?

2—    Which is the shortest of William Shakespeare’s plays?

3—    What is the name of the farm in George Orwell’s Animal Farm?

4—    What is the real name of the Artful Dodger in the Dickens novel Oliver Twist?

Imaginary Friends

on Thu, 11/28/2013 - 17:06

This week's entry comes to your from our own Janice Brent, with a great recommendation for a great book, Alison Lurie's Imaginary Friends:

Alison Lurie’s 1967 novel, set in the imaginary New England town of Sophis, tells the story of a small group of people who believe they’re receiving messages from the planet Varna. Channelled mainly through the beautiful young Verena, the Truth Seekers hear frequently from Ro and other Varnians, who want to guide humankind towards enlightenment.

Welcome to Our Blog

on Tue, 11/19/2013 - 21:11

We are the Geraldine Cooke Agency. Welcome to our blog.

We’re passionate about our work here. We are lovers of books and the creative world. For this reason, we are committed to a high standard of editing, to allowing any worthy work to find its own readership, and to conserving the writer’s voice throughout the book’s journey from conception to publication. In that vein, we feel that the best method of distributing news about our work is to communicate directly with readers via the web.