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John Phibbs*


John Phibbs, principal of Debois Landscape Survey Group, is a renowned garden historian and author with more than 30 years’ experience of planning and management of historic landscapes, conser­vation and restoration planning.

He has set up the Capability Brown 1716–2016 Partnership of 20 organ­isations to celebrate the life and achievements of Britain’s greatest landscape gardener and to spread greater under­standing and enjoyment of his work and influence. His book on Capability Brown as a designer will be published by Rizzoli in 2015.

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Capability Brown for Rizzoli

John Phibbs’ landmark book on Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown, will be published by Rizzoli in 2015.

Capability Brown (1716−1783) was the unrivalled master of English landscape design, whose work is still considered the ne plus ultra of its kind. When Brown died, Horace Walpole wrote to Lady Ossory: “Your dryads must go into black gloves, Madam, their father-in-law, Lady Nature’s second husband, is dead!”

John’s book, which honours Brown’s tercen­tenary, will examine a number of Brown’s greatest landscapes, big and small, drawn from all over England and Wales: Audley End, Berrington, Blenheim, Bowood, Burghley, Chatsworth, Croome, Denham Place, Dynefwr, Heven­ingham, Highclere Castle, Milton Abbey, Petworth, Sandbeck, Wakefield Lodge, Wardour, Weston Park, as well as Kirkharle, Northum­berland, where Brown was born in 1716, and Laeken, the royal palace in Brussels, where he worked towards the end of his life.


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FROG MUSIC reviews

OUT NOW: from bestselling author of ‘Room’ Emma Donoghue comes a brand new novel, Frog Music.

The novel is brilliant as historical fiction and crime thriller’ — INDEPENDENT

Frog Music is a roiling, simmering brew of a novel: dramatic, unexpected, punctuated by French and American popular songs and based on true events and people.’ — THE SPECTATOR

impressively realised and gripping’ — THE GUARDIAN

Click here for a list of reviews ‘Frog Music’ by Emma Donoghue

Biography: Emma Donoghue

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ROOM the film

Ever since Emma Donoghue’s best-selling novel, ROOM, came out readers have been agitating for a film version. What does your ideal actress for ‘Ma’ look like?

ROOM has been optioned by Ireland-based Element Pictures. Lenny Abrahamson will direct and Ed Guiney will produce the film, using Emma’s own screenplay adapted from her novel.

Lenny says: “Room is an extraordinary novel. Deeply original, harrowing, full of moments of almost unbearable tension, but also — and this is what is so special about it — profoundly life-affirming. From the moment I read it I wanted to make it for the screen and so I am truly delighted to be working with Emma on the film adaptation.”

It wasn’t just Lenny’s award-winning, impeccably honest films that won me over, but a ten-page letter he sent me, describing with passionate intel­ligence his vision of how to translate my novel into cinema,” says Emma. “As an Irish company with strong inter­na­tional relationships, Element has a track record of combining artistic integrity and commercial appeal, which gives me confidence that Room is going to be something very special.”

Since publication, ROOM has sold over two and a half million copies in English alone and has been translated into thirty-five languages.

Find out more on the Element Pictures website»

The Washington Post: “Emma Donoghue eager to cast ‘Room’ movie”»

To read more about ROOM, the novel, click here»

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Capa and Bergman: onscreen

CDLA is delighted to announce that Chris Greenhalgh’s spell-binding novel, SEDUCING INGRID BERGMAN, is to be brought to the screen by a crack team assembled from all over the globe.

YRF Enter­tainment (the US wing of India’s Yash Raj Films) has optioned the novel that dramatizes the real-life affair between legendary actress Ingrid Bergman and iconic war photo­grapher Robert Capa. Arash Amel will adapt the novel and co-produce the film. YRF Enter­tainment and Arash Amel have recently collab­orated on Grace of Monaco (starring Nicole Kidman), which will be released in 2014.

This will be Chris’ second adventure in cinema, having written the screenplay for Coco Chanel and Igor Stravinsky (2009), the film version of his first novel, COCO AND IGOR.

SEDUCING INGRID BERGMAN is published by Viking Penguin in the UK and Common­wealth; St. Martin’s Lane will publish in the US.

For more information about the novel, click here »


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Emma Donoghue: fresh sounds

2013 heralds a big expansion of Emma Donoghue’s audiobook publications.

THE WOMAN WHO GAVE BIRTH TO RABBITS is published in audio by W. F. Howes in June 2013.  TOUCHY SUBJECTS follows in July.



ISIS Audiobooks will bring out audio editions of: HOOD (June 2013), STIR-FRY, LIFE MASK and LANDING (August 2013) . ISIS already publish audio editions of ROOM, SLAMMERKIN and THE SEALED LETTER.

More information to follow.


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Chris Greenhalgh’s romantic novel of passion, adultery and creativity is published by W. F. Howes in CD and audio download on 1 February 2013.

SEDUCING INGRID BERGMAN is sensitively read by the masterful Jonathan Keeble.

Visit the W. F. Howes website for more information or to listen to a sample»


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GQ raves over Ingrid

‘Of what the lovers talked, how they loved each other — and why — can only be imagined and Greenhalgh artfully shuffles the few known facts to create a rich, lyrical novel that manages their love affair without a trace of sentimentality.’

November’s GQ Magazine carries a review of Chris Greenhalgh’s new novel, SEDUCING INGRID BERGMAN. The novel explores the real life affair between two of the most intriguing characters of the twentieth century: the actress Ingrid Bergman and the photo­grapher Robert Capa. Thrown together in Paris, shortly after the 1945 Liberation, the pair begin a passionate affair. But Ingrid has a husband, child and career back in Hollywood. Capa longs for the adrenaline he gets from being a war corres­pondent. Against his better judgement, Capa follows Ingrid back to America, but their happiness is fragile.


Read the full review here»

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ASTRAY shortlisted for Irish Book Award

Emma Donoghue’s latest collection of fact-inspired fictions has been short­listed for Eason Novel of the Year, as part of the Irish Book Awards 2012.

Yes, apparently short story collections are eligible, witness the inclusion of fellow short­l­istees Kevin Barry for ‘Dark Lies the Island’ and Joseph O’Connor for ‘Where Have You Been?’

The shortlist in full:

  • Astray’ by Emma Donoghue (Picador)
  • Dark Lies the Island’ by Kevin Barry (Jonathan Cape)
  • Ancient Light’ by John Banville (Viking)
  • The Light of Amsterdam’ by David Park (Bloomsbury)
  • Where Have You Been?’ by Joseph O’ Connor (Harvill Secker)
  • Hawthorn & Child’ by Keith Ridgeway (Granta)



You can online for your choice here until midnight on 18 November. The winners will be announced at a gala dinner in Dublin’s RDS on 22 November. RTÉ will be broad­casting highlights of the event on 24 November.

‘A bit like Sallynoggin FC making it to the Cup Final’: Joseph O’Connor on being nominated alongside John Banville (Irish Independent)»

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Silver Threads of Hope

Emma Donoghue’s ‘Urban Myths’, appears in this collection of short stories, in aid of Console, the Irish suicide prevention charity.

Sinéad Gleeson is the editor of a collection drawn from the cream of Irish writing, including contri­butions by Kevin Barry, Greg Baxter, Dermot Bolger, John Boyne, Declan Burke, John Butler, Trevor Byrne, Roddy Doyle, Dermot Healy, Christine-Dwyer Hickey, Declan Hughes, Arlene Hunt, Colm Keegan, John Kelly, Claire Kilroy, Pat McCabe, Colum McCann, John McKenna, Belinda McKeon, Mike McCormack, Siobhan Mannion, Peter Murphy, Nuala Ni Chonchuir, Phillip O’Ceallaigh, Keith Ridgway, William Wall and Mary Costello.

Find out more on the New Island website»

Visit Console’s website»

Silver Threads of Hope (in aid of Console), HB

  • Publisher(s):New Island Press (27 September 2012)
  • Territory:Ireland
  • Format:Hardback (256 pages)
  • ISBN: 978-1848401815

Other Editions:

  • Silver Threads of Hope (in aid of Console), HB

    Silver Threads of Hope (in aid of Console), HB