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How BP’s Win-at-all-Costs Culture Led to This Era’s Greatest Industrial Catastrophe

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010
Drowning in Oil: BP & the Reckless Pursuit of Profit
Drowning in Oil: BP & the Reckless Pursuit of Profit
Drowning in Oil: BP & the Reckless Pursuit of Profit

Award-winning Houston Chronicle journalist Loren Steffy delivers an authoritative and hard-hitting account of the Deepwater Horizon disaster–how it’s only part of a larger pattern of corporate hubris on the part of British Petroleum. Written by the man many consider to be closest to the unfolding Gulf environmental catastrophe, Drowning in Oil will be a complete narrative of BP, as well as the impact its recent miscues will have on both the US economy and global energy markets.

Featuring original, never-before-published interviews with BP executives, environmental experts, and oil industry insiders, this book takes readers behind the scenes to reveal in unprecedented detail BP’s win-at-all-costs corporate culture. Steffy covers 100 years of BP corporate history from the conglomerate’s early gambits in Persia’s oilfields through its role in Winston Churchill’s rise to power up to its recent scandals and disasters. Worthy of comparisons to Daniel Yergin’s The Prize, and Burrough’s and Helyar’s Barbarians at the Gate, Drowning in Oil will become the definitive account of the energy industry as the industrialized world nears the age of Peak Oil.

Barbara Taylor Bradford

Friday, September 3rd, 2010
Barbara Taylor Bradford

Barbara Taylor Bradford

Barbara Taylor Bradford was born in Leeds, Yorkshire, and by the age of twenty was an editor and columnist on Fleet Street. In 1979, her first novel, A Woman of Substance was published. That enduring bestseller was followed by fifteen others. Her novels have sold more than sixty-one million copies worldwide. She lives in New York City with her husband, producer Robert Bradford.

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Judith McNaught

Friday, September 3rd, 2010
Judith McNaught

Judith McNaught

Judith McNaught soared to stardom with her stunning bestseller Whitney, My Love. Since then, she has gone on to win the hearts of millions of readers around the world with such breaktaking novels as Once and Always and the New York Times bestsellers Something Wonderful, A Kingdom of Dreams, Almost Heaven, Paradise, Perfect and Until You. Judith McNaught lives in Houston, Texas, where she is currently working on her next novel.

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Graham Hurley

Friday, September 3rd, 2010
Graham Hurley

Graham Hurley

Born November, 1946, Clacton-on-Sea, Essex.

Seaside childhood, punctuated by football, swimming, afternoons on the dodgems, run-ins with the police, multiple raids on the local library – plus near-total immersion in English post-war cinema classics including The Dam Busters, Ice Cold in Alex, The Wooden Horse, The Cockleshell Heroes, and The Bridge on the River Kwai. War-crazy? Sort of…..

Wins scholarship to London boarding school and then onward to Cambridge University. Reads English, volunteers for Six Day War (those films again!) and emerges three years later with five mercifully unpublished manuscripts, intent on pursuing career as full-time novelist. Yet more rejection slips (and hunger) compel a career-rethink.

Becomes promotion scriptwriter with Southern Television, then researcher, then director. Spends next twenty years directing and producing ITV documentaries, many of them networked. Films seabed wrecks of Titanic and Bismarck (with Bob Ballard), profiles the Brighton Bomber, produces ITV account of Richard Branson’s near-fatal attempt to cross the Atlantic by balloon, wins number of awards….but dreams all the time of getting into print.

ITV commission for 6-part drama series, Rules of Engagement, successfully finessed into 2-thriller contract with Macmillan. Sacked after TVS loses the franchise, and embarks on new career as – at last – full-time novelist.

To date, 16 novels, one biography, plus Airshow, a fly-on-the-wall novel-length piece of reportage. Draws gleefully on home-town Portsmouth for the basis of an on-going crime series featuring D/I Joe Faraday and D/C Paul Winter. Contributes five years of columns to the Portsmouth News, pens a number of plays and monologues for local production, then decamps west to Devon for a more considered take on Pompey low-life.

Married to the delectable Lin, with three

grown-up sons (Tom, Jack and Woody),

a wayward cat (Rommie), and the best view in the world. Lifetime ambitions? To master colloquial French, the trickier bits of Word 2000, windsurfing without tears, and the perfect Chicken Bhuna……

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Tasmina Perry

Friday, September 3rd, 2010
Tasmina Perry

Tasmina Perry

After qualifying as a solicitor, Tasmina moved into the more glamorous world of women’s magazine journalism. She won the New Magazine Journalist of the Year Award, met Brad Pitt, and was serenaded by Julio Iglesias. Tasmina has gone on to write for Marie Claire, Glamour and Heat, and has found time to launch her own travel and style magazine, Jaunt. She is currently Deputy Editor of In Style magazine, and lives in Clapham with her writer husband John and lots of shoes.

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James Lee Burke

Friday, September 3rd, 2010
James Lee Burke

James Lee Burke

James Lee Burke’s work has been awarded an Edgar twice for Best Crime Novel of the Year. He has also been a recipient of a Breadloaf and Guggenheim Fellowship and an NEA grant. Two of his novels, Heaven’s Prisoners and Two For Texas, have been made into motion pictures. His short stories have been published in The Atlantic Monthly, New Stories from the South, Best American Short Stories, Antioch Review, Southern Review, and The Kenyon Review. His novel The Lost Get-Back Boogie was rejected 111 times over a period of nine years, and upon publication by Louisiana State University press was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.

Today he and his wife live in Missoula, Montana, and New Iberia, Louisiana.

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David Donachie

Friday, September 3rd, 2010
David Donachie

David Donachie

Jack Ludlow is the pen name of David Donachie. From selling business machines to soap, David did a variety of jobs before settling upon writing as a career. He is now a successful novelist, so we asked him just how he became a best selling writer.

Bookarmy: Your Bookarmy biography says that you had a variety of jobs including selling everything from business machines to soap. Many people dream of leaving existing careers to become novelists. How were you able to make the change so successfully?

Jack Ludlow: I was once asked in a Radio interview how I turned to writing and I replied, ‘Desperation. I’ve tried everything else.’ That’s only partly true, of course. I always wanted to write and did on occasion, rarely – and this is common – getting to the end of anything. Also, I never ever thought of myself as a novelist, it was more TV and stage plays that I failed to complete. I sat down to write a radio play one day, changed my mind and 30 days later had 400 pages of a barely readable novel. But I had discovered my métier – the freedom to write what I wanted. From there it was but a short step to wanting to be a full time writer – I knew I could do it, all I had to do was give myself the opportunity. So many potentially good writers don’t! It was a risk, all change is, but it paid off.

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Tom Cain

Friday, September 3rd, 2010
Tom Cain

Tom Cain

Tom Cain is the pseudonym for an award-winning journalist, with 25 years’ experience working for Fleet Street newspapers, as well as major magazines in Britain and the US. During the course of his career he has conducted several hundred in-depth interviews with senior politicians, billionaire entrepreneurs, Olympic athletes, movie stars, supermodels and rock legends. He has investigated financial scandals on Wall Street, studio intrigues in Hollywood and corrupt sports stars in Britain. He has lived in Moscow, Washington DC and Havana, Cuba. Although he has edited four magazines, published over a dozen books, written film-scripts and been translated into some 20 languages, this is his first thriller.

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Suzanne Collins

Friday, September 3rd, 2010
Suzanne Collins

Suzanne Collins

Since 1991, Suzanne Collins has been busy writing for children’s television. She has worked on the staffs of several Nickelodeon shows, including the Emmy-nominated hit Clarissa Explains it All and The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo.

Thinking one day about Alice in Wonderland, she was struck by how pastoral the setting must seem to kids who, like her own, lived in urban surroundings. In New York City, you’re much more likely to fall down a manhole than a rabbit hole and, if you do, you’re not going to find a tea party. What you might find…? Well, that’s the story of Gregor the Overlander, the first book in her five-part series, The Underland Chronicles.

She currently lives in Connecticut with her family and a pair of feral kittens they adopted from their backyard.

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Kristin Cast

Friday, September 3rd, 2010
Kristin Cast

Kristin Cast

Kristin Cast has won awards for her poetry and journalism. She lives in Oklahoma, where she attends the University of Tulsa as a communications major.

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