It was a privilege to discuss some of today’s BBC Berkshire Book Club picks… including the stunning joint Booker winner from Bernardine Evaristo!
We are all, surely, passionate about the climate crisis – so come and rebel with us! Join the crowds in Trafalgar Square for Writers Rebel: 5pm – 9pm on Friday 11th October. I’ll be onstage, reading as one of 40 writers, including Ali Smith, Naomi Alderman and Simon Schama.
BBC Woman’s Hour made my day by inviting me to talk to Jenni Murray and anxious listener Wanja Kimani about embracing life in the countryside as a woman of colour. It went by in a flash! I could have talked for far longer about the joys, challenges, micro-aggressions and rewards of my past 22 years in rural Oxfordshire, but here’s the small taster that is my Woman’s Hour debut! (Starts at 9:43…)
The Guardian Weekend and the fantastic photographer, Dominick Tyler, are owed my thanks for one of the most inspiring features I’ve ever taken part in. It appears in the Guardian Weekend on Saturday 10th August. Here’s the online Guardian Weekend Wet and Wild feature
BBC News UK filmed me talking a little about my experiences in the countryside as a black British woman… and walking our dog! It appeared online and on TV on BBC South Today on 31st July. Watch here: http://bit.ly/RachelBBCNews
BBC Radio invited me to do four live radio interviews for some of the African and Caribbean shows discussing the recent BBC programme ‘Who Should Get to Stay in the UK?’. Listen here:
BBC Nottingham (starts at 41:07) – https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p07cq51r
BBC WM / Birmingham (starts at 1:23:09) – https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p07d3cww
BBC Oxford invited me for a live chat with Kat Orman on her 12th June daytime show. We covered a host of topics including some key themes explored in Darling such as identity and belonging, my writing life and inspirations. Listen to us here.
BBC Berkshire’s Bridgitte Tetteh welcomed me back to talk about the realities of life outside of London for members of the black community, as explored in that day’s Sunday Times. Listen to our chat, which aired on 9th June, from 11:02 here.
Hatchards certainly knows how to throw a party! Such a memorable evening at the Authors of the Year Reception on 2nd May. For pics of this and other literary events (usually with a glass of something delicious in my hand, I cannot lie), please sign up to my Facebook page, Rachel Edwards Author Official, or follow me on Twitter or Instagram.
Books That Matter is a book subscription service that empowers and inspires. I loved chatting away to is informed, aware, book-loving founder, Molly Masters during my first ever podcast. You can hear us discussing writing inspiration, blended families, Brexit, literary influences and much more here.
BBC Berkshire’s Bridgitte Tetteh called on to ask about my take on Brexit for her Sunday show on 20th January.
ABC-owned Dallas, Texas channel, WFAA, gives Darling a fantastic TV review!
The New York Post selects Darling as one of its best books of the week.
Darling is coming to America… Darling was launched in in the United States and Canada on 15th January 2019. Buy your copy here.
Marlow FM – Serena and the team invited me for a chat at on Friday 9th November.
4th Estate Black History Month Article: Why We All Need Iconic Literary Characters of Colour. And Why They Don’t Need to be Role Models.
Killer Women – Fresh Blood panel of debuts authors, chaired by Sarah Hilary. Had a lively chat with the wonderful C J Tudor, Lynne Truss, Alex Reeve.
Henley Literary Festival on October 4th – Just so much fun to talk to chair Daniel Hahn, alongside the brilliant Nikesh Shukla and Thomas Maloney as part of The Novel Fights Back panel.
Reader in Canada? Darling is out now and in paperback on 15th January 2019. Order your Canadian copy here.
BBC Berkshire Interview – Hugely enjoyed a good chat with Bill Buckley about family life, Brexit and all things Darling. Listen from 2:05 (after the Eurythmics) here
Another fab chat on BBC Berkshire, this time with Bridgitte Tetteh. We covered mixed race relationships, Brexit Britain, raising stepchildren and more.
BBC Berkshire Book Club on 11th September – Had a great chinwag with Bill Buckley and Amanda Jennings during my first ever book club.
Terrific New UK Reads To Dive Into This Summer – BookRiot selects Darling as part of this brilliant list.
EVENT, Benson Library: An enjoyable evening of bookchat at 7.30pm on 3rd July. .
EVENT, Riff Raff London: Thursday 14th June. What a fabulous night! Read the interview, ‘My First Time…’ here
The Sunday Times writes that Darling is ‘Fast-paced … similar in spirit to Lionel Shriver’s We Need to Talk About Kevin’’
Grazia features Being a Stepmother: The Truth in Black and White (21st May issue)
Rachel Edwards writes about her relationship with her real-life stepchildren in The Guardian Weekend (12th May 2018) here
Elle magazine (June 2018 issue) reviews Darling – ‘It was only a matter of time before we got the first Brexit thriller and it’s oh so good.’
EVENT 9th May 2018: 4th Estate Literary Salon.
International Women’s Day 2018: A wish for all the young women we love here.
TV OPTION – Darling optioned for TV by Artists Studio, the makers of ‘The Fall’…
METRO name Darling one of the best books by a BME author for 2018.
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Cover Reveal for Darling by Fourth Estate.
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Fourth Estate, HarperCollins, acquires World English and Film/TV rights for Darling, Rachel Edwards’ debut novel.
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