Welcoming the New London and UK SYP Chairs for 2017

The Society of Young Publishers (SYP) are pleased to announce the new appointment of its 2017 chairs.

These poignant appointments will see the start of a new structure for the SYP with the creation of an independent UK committee, previously conjoined within the London branch.

The first to take up UK chair for 2017 in this new structure is Alice Geary.

The London branch chair for 2017 will be Louise Newton.

Alice said: "A real focus for the SYP last year was to raise awareness of the society as a united body working across the 5 regional branches, and separating the UK Chair role from the London committee is a great opportunity to further strengthen the society’s brand and relations. It's a huge honour to have been made UK Chair 2017 and I am delighted to be working with such an inspiring and dedicated team in the year ahead."

Louise said: "I'm very pleased to be spending my final year on the SYP committee as 2017 London Chair. The SYP were incredibly supportive when I started out in the industry and I am eager to continue to offer that same level of support, and to grow and sustain the SYP for future members."

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SYP London Bookclub – March 2016 – ‘Look Who’s Back’ by Timur Vermes

Book: 'Look Who's Back' by Timur Vermes, translated by Jamie Bulloch

Genre: Translated fiction

Venue: The Sun Tavern, Covent Garden


Berlin, Summer 2011. Adolf Hitler wakes up on a patch of open ground, alive and well. Things have changed - no Eva Braun, no Nazi party, no war. Hitler barely recognises his beloved Fatherland, filled with immigrants and run by a woman.

People certainly recognise him, albeit as a flawless impersonator who refuses to break character. The unthinkable, the inevitable happens, and the ranting Hitler goes viral, becomes a YouTube star, gets his own T.V. show, and people begin to listen. But the Fuhrer has another programme with even greater ambition - to set the country he finds a shambles back to rights.

Look Who's Back stunned and then thrilled 1.5 million German readers with its fearless approach to the most taboo of subjects. Naive yet insightful, repellent yet strangely sympathetic, the revived Hitler unquestionably has a spring in his step.

London SYP Book Club – February 2016 – ‘Me Before You’ by Jojo Moyes



Book: 'Me Before You' by Jojo Moyes

Genre: Romance

Venue: The Sun Tavern, Covent Garden


Lou Clark knows lots of things. She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop and she knows she might not love her boyfriend Patrick.

Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live. He knows everything feels very small and rather joyless now and he knows exactly how he's going to put a stop to that.

What Will doesn't know is that Lou is about to burst into his world in a riot of colour. And neither of them knows they're going to change the other for all time.

London SYP Book Club – January 2016 – ‘Speak’ by Laurie Halse Anderson


Book: 'Speak' by Laurie Halse Anderson

Genre: Banned Books

Venue: The Sun Tavern, Covent Garden


Melinda Sordino busted an end-of-summer party by calling the cops. Now her old friends won't talk to her, and people she doesn't even know hate her from a distance. The safest place to be is alone, inside her own head. But even that's not safe. Because there's something she's trying not to think about, something about the night of the party that, if she let it in, would blow her carefully constructed disguise to smithereens. And then she would have to speak the truth. This extraordinary first novel has captured the imaginations of teenagers and adults across the country.

London SYP Book Club – December 2015 – ‘Stone Mattress: Nine Tales’ by Margaret Atwood

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Book: 'Stone Mattress: Nine Tales' by Margaret Atwood

Genre: Short Stories, Psychological Fiction

Venue: The Sun Tavern, Covent Garden

The Book/Synopsis:

A collection of highly imaginative short pieces that speak to our times with deadly accuracy. Vintage Atwood creativity, intelligence, and humour: think Alias Grace.

Margaret Atwood turns to short fiction for the first time since her 2006 collection, Moral Disorder, with nine tales of acute psychological insight and turbulent relationships bringing to mind her award-winning 1996 novel, Alias Grace. A recently widowed fantasy writer is guided through a stormy winter evening by the voice of her late husband in "Alphinland," the first of three loosely linked stories about the romantic geometries of a group of writers and artists. In "The Freeze-Dried Bridegroom," a man who bids on an auctioned storage space has a surprise. In "Lusus Naturae," a woman born with a genetic abnormality is mistaken for a vampire. In "Torching the Dusties," an elderly lady with Charles Bonnet syndrome comes to terms with the little people she keeps seeing, while a newly formed populist group gathers to burn down her retirement residence. And in "Stone Mattress," a long-ago crime is avenged in the Arctic via a 1.9 billion-year-old stromatolite. In these nine tales, Margaret Atwood is at the top of her darkly humorous and seriously playful game.

London SYP Book Club – November 2015 – ‘Jewels of Allah: The Untold Story of Women in Iran’ by Nina Ansary


Book: 'Jewels of Allah: The Untold Story of Women in Iran' by Nina Ansary

Genre: Documentary, non-fiction

Venue: The Sun Tavern, Covent Garden

The Book/Synopsis:

The problem with popular narratives is that, despite their convenient half-truths, the real story is more complicated, unexpected, and less tidy.

Inspired by author Nina Ansary’s scholarly journey, Jewels of Allah is a provocative roller coaster ride that shatters the stereotypical assumptions and the often misunderstood story of women in Iran today. Highlighting many courageous female leaders and advocates throughout Iran’s history, the book illuminates the unanticipated consequences of the Islamic Revolution and the unexpected twists and turns leading to a full-blown feminist movement within a post-revolutionary patriarchal society.

Jewels of Allah is dedicated to every individual oppressed by discriminatory ideology. 
100% of all proceeds for the book will go to charities and organizations that empower disadvantaged young women in Iran.

London SYP Book Club – October 2015 – ‘Room’ by Emma Donoghue


Book: 'Room' by Emma Donoghue

Genre: Mystery, Crime

Venue: The Sun Tavern, Covent Garden

The Book/Synopsis:

To five-year-old Jack, Room is the entire world. It is where he was born and grew up; it's where he lives with his Ma as they learn and read and eat and sleep and play. At night, his Ma shuts him safely in the wardrobe, where he is meant to be asleep when Old Nick visits.
Room is home to Jack, but to Ma, it is the prison where Old Nick has held her captive for seven years. Through determination, ingenuity, and fierce motherly love, Ma has created a life for Jack. But she knows it's not enough...not for her or for him. She devises a bold escape plan, one that relies on her young son's bravery and a lot of luck. What she does not realize is just how unprepared she is for the plan to actually work.

Told entirely in the language of the energetic, pragmatic five-year-old Jack, Room is a celebration of resilience and the limitless bond between parent and child, a brilliantly executed novel about what it means to journey from one world to another



6.30-7/7.30 - September Author Event with Kat Gordan to discuss 'The Artificial Anatomy of Parks'

7/7.30-8.30 - Book Club Meeting to discuss 'Room' by Emma Donoghue

London SYP Book Club – September 2015 – ‘The Artificial Anatomy of Parks’ by Kat Gordan


Book: 'The Artificial Anatomy of Parks' by Kat Gordan

Genre: Special - Contemporary Fiction

Venue: Notes, Moorgate

The Book/Synopsis:

A literary debut covering family secrets, intergenerational friendships, love, damage, and medicine

At 21, Tallulah Park lives alone in a grimy bedsit. There’s a sink in her bedroom and a strange damp smell that means she wakes up wheezing. Then she gets the call that her father has had a heart attack. Years before, she was being tossed around her difficult family; a world of sniping aunts, precocious cousins, emigrant pianists, and lots of gin, all presided over by an unconventional grandmother. But no one was answering Tallie’s questions: why did Aunt Vivienne loathe Tallie’s mother? Why is everyone making excuses for her absent father? Who was Uncle Jack and why would no one talk about him?

As Tallie grows up, she learns the hard way about damage and betrayal, that in the end, the worst betrayals are those we inflict on ourselves.

This is her story about the journey from love to loss and back again.


** Associated Author event TBC October 2015*

London SYP Book Club – August 2015 – ‘All Fire’s the Fire’ by Julio Cortazar

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Book: 'All Fire's the Fire' by Julio Cortazar

Genre: Short Stories

Venue: Coco Momo, Holborn

The Book/Synopsis:

 Cortazar's stories are like small time pieces, where each polished part moves relentlessly on its own particular path, exercising a crucial and perpetual influence on the mechanism as a whole. Moments jerk forward and retract, reflect and refract: an island at noon from an aeroplane - an aeroplane at noon from an island; the living deceiving the dying and also themselves, about death; fatality by fire in an ancient Roman arena and in a modern city apartment. It is a world that is constantly shifting, upsetting our balance and our peace of mind, a world outside of time that provokes a fascination bordering on terror. Cortazar is the master of the form and this celebrated collection houses some of his finest work.

London SYP Book Club – July 2015 – ‘My Stroke of Insight’ by Jill Bolte Taylor


Book: 'My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist's Personal Journey' by Jill Bolte Taylor

Genre: Diaries

Venue: Coco Momo, Holborn

The Book/Synopsis:

Jill Taylor was a 37-year-old Harvard-trained brain scientist when a blood vessel exploded in her brain. Through the eyes of a curious scientist, she watched her mind deteriorate whereby she could not walk, talk, read, write, or recall any of her life. Because of her understanding of the brain, her respect for the cells in her body, and an amazing mother, Jill completely recovered. In My Stroke of Insight, she shares her recommendations for recovery and the insight she gained into the unique functions of the two halves of her brain. When she lost the skills of her left brain, her consciousness shifted away from normal reality where she felt "at one with the universe." Taylor helps others not only rebuild their brains from trauma, but helps those of us with normal brains better understand how we can consciously influence the neural circuitry underlying what we think, how we feel and how we react to life's circumstances. 

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