Cameron’s (short-lived) comeback

In all the dramatic and bewildering political goings-on of the last week we thought it was time we revisited ‘Explaining Cameron’s Comeback’ – the one thing we can be sure about at the moment after all is how we got here.

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‘Explaining Cameron’s Comeback’ is the fifth book in the series of definitive election studies led by Sir Robert Worcester and Roger Mortimore. It analyses hundreds of surveys and focus groups run by Ipsos MORI to make sense of the 2015 election campaign from the voter’s perspective: what they really thought of Cameron and Miliband; what made the 2015 campaign so unusual; why it made sense to go negative; and why the pundits read the polls wrong. Trend data going back six decades helps show what the 2015 election result means for the next five years of British politics, from the European Referendum to the implications for the 2020 election.

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Explaining Cameron's Comeback BLOG

What are they up to now?

Our Why Willows Weep contributors have been keeping busy, and between them they have plenty of exciting new releases for 2016.

Tracy Chevalier, Why Willows Weep’s editor, has stuck to the arboreal theme with her release of ‘At The Edge Of The Orchard’ in March, as well as contributing to ‘Reader, I Married Him’ – a new collection of short stories inspired by, and celebrating, Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre, on the 200th anniversary of her birth. Tracy will be discussing both ‘Why Willows Weep’ and ‘At The Edge Of The Orchard’ at a number of festivals during the summer so keep an eye on her website to see where you can find her.

Other releases include Philippa Gregory’s latest instalment to the Tudor Court Novels, ‘Three Sisters, Three Queens’; Joanne Harris’ ‘Different Class’; Catherine O’Flynn’s ‘What Was Lost’; Philip Hensher’s new short story collection ‘Tales of Persuasion’; Tahmima Anam’s ‘The Bones Of Grace’; Maggie O’Farell’s ‘This Must Be The Place’ (you can watch Maggie reading an extract here); and Ali Smith’s ‘Autumn’.

Congratulations also to William Fiennes who’s founded charity ‘First Story’ won Charity of the Year 2016 at the London Book Fair.

How do you market an Author who doesn’t exist?

Like this, we hope.

As we may have mentioned, this summer marks the release of ‘The Ballad of Curly Oswald’, a truly distinctive novel chronicling childhood in a hippie commune in the South of England.

From his hospital bed, Curly tells the story of his younger self and his extended family of drop-outs and dreamers, as they grapple with problems ranging from eco-friendly slug-control to the mischief of a power-hungry guru. It is an extraordinary chronicle of a lifestyle both alternative yet strangely viable, a microcosm of eccentricity, comedy and grotesque tragedy, told with the unflinching eye of a child and the sympathy of a narrator who sees the underlying humour of life in all its deranged glory.

We’ve really enjoyed working with this one and it’s proved to be fairly unusual from the beginning – so unusual in fact that with the publication date looming we are yet to know anything about the mysterious author, and it seems likely we never will!

Still – we think ‘The Ballad of Curly Oswald’ is good enough to speak for itself – and we hope you will agree.