Ever looking for the all important first line of a review, I thought I'd stumbled on it in the list of music and lyric writers mentioned (not all admiringly) in Stephen Sondheim's master class on the art of writing words for songs in musicals.
This multi-award-winning novel is Sara Shilo's first venture into adult literature and, judging by the acclaim that has greeted its publication, it will not be her last. She takes a long, bleak look at one day in the life of the Dadon family, living in a small town in northern Israel.
This is an exciting time for teen-fiction writer Meg Rosoff. Her novel The Bride's Farewell has just been shortlisted for the 2011 CILIP Carnegie Medal. The manuscript for her next book, due for publication in August, is with her publishers and shooting for the film version of her prize-winning debut work, How I Live Now, is planned for the summer.