Monday, September 15, 2014

Event


Young Writers Conference 2014



I'll be giving the keynote speech at this year's Young Writers Conference, hosted by the Scottish Book Trust

Open to writers of all abilities aged 14-17, the event takes place on Saturday November 1 at the Macrobert Arts Centre, University of Stirling, Full details here.


Thursday, August 28, 2014

Event

Cheltenham Literature Festival

WAR GIRLS


Join authors Berlie Doherty, Matt Whyman and Mary Hooper as they read from their stories from the new War Girls collection and discuss the roles of women in the First World War and how it changed and shaped the lives of women forever.


Sunday 5th October
2:30pm - 3:30pm
Parabola Arts Centre
Cheltenham


Sunday, August 10, 2014

Event



FICTION TO DEVOUR WITH RELISH



Western obsessions with food are the driving force behind new books by British authors, Matt Whyman and Natalie Young. American Savage has Whyman writing once more about an everyday family with rather exceptional problems (and expanding waistlines), while Young’s novel title might have you drooling in anticipation (or retching with fear): Season to Taste or How to Eat Your Husband.

Sunday 24th August 2014
5:00pm - 6:00pm   
Baillie Gifford Corner Theatre  



Thursday, July 03, 2014

Boy Kills Man - 10th Anniversary edition



The Tenth Anniversary edition of Boy Kills Man is published in the UK today by Hot Key Books.

Bold, chilling and beautifully written . . . it really left an ache behind. Melvin Burgess 

Stunning... all that is left is a feeling of sadness and loss. A fine achievement.  The Independent 

A powerful, affecting novel about lost youth, and a sharp evocation of one boy's terrible passage from innocence to experience . . . a book we could all do with reading. The Guardian  

If, as the novel's opening sentence informs us, 'nothing is more unsettling in this world than a kid with a gun', then it must be conceded that Whyman presents, with a vision that at times is almost frightening in its focus, a narrative which demonstrates precisely how unsettling such a spectacle is. This is a tough, uncompromising - and very impressive - piece of writing.The Irish Times 

Excellent . .Sonny is a bit like Henry Hill in Martin Scorsese's Goodfellas. It's a shock to realise that his relationship with Beatriz, the girl he might have loved, has been nothing more than a few shy words The Daily Telegraph 

Recently, I wrote for The Guardian about the place and role of uncompromising YA novels. The piece reflects on the novel's initial reception when first published in 2004.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Event


FICTION TO DEVOUR WITH RELISH
Sunday 24th August
5.00pm



Western obsessions with food are the driving force behind new books by British authors, Matt Whyman and Natalie Young. American Savage has Whyman writing once more about an everyday family with rather exceptional problems (and expanding waistlines), while Young’s novel title might have you drooling in anticipation (or retching with fear): Season to Taste or How to Eat Your Husband.


Friday, June 06, 2014

The Savages USA Blog Tour




The blog tour kicks off today and runs throughout the week. You'll find the links here as they go live.

Day 1: Jean Book Nerd - interview and giveaway 
 "I had every intention of making Jack likeable, and then changed my mind from the moment he opened his mouth. So, it created an interesting character – someone who seemingly exists as a positive force in Sasha’s life, only to turn out to be a huge douche."
Day 2: The Bookie Monster
'The writing is terrific.  The plot is executed perfectly.  The characters, even minor characters, intermingle with one another flawlessly.  Overall this book was a fantastic read.  And there is a sequel – American Savage – that has made my summer must read list!'
Day 3: Books, Bones & Buffy  
'Reading The Savages might just make you hungry for a perfectly prepared steak, or it might turn you off meat altogether. Whichever side you fall on, I guarantee you’re going to have a blast. Highly recommended.'
Day 4: The Book Gazer - interview
"I’ve come to realise that I’m drawn to exploring why people do bad things for what they believe to be just reasons - from contemporary cannibalism to computer hacking. I want to understand, and even empathise, which can create an unsettling relationship between the character and the reader."
Day 5: Mother, Gamer, Writer - review and 5 Things About the Author
'One of my All-time favorite books! Did I LOVE LOVE LOVE this books? YES YES YES! I could not put The Savages down and often times found myself laughing out loud (sometimes too loudly) while I was reading. Anytime a novel can bring a smile to your face on every page you know it’s a masterpiece.'
Day 5: BookSuburbia - giveaway and  7 Favourite Books of the Year 
Includes Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick and The Arrival by Sean Tan.
Day 6: My Book Addiction 
'I can’t imagine anyone reading The Savages and not becoming totally riveted by this story. It’s dark, delightful and delicious with a dash of feels.'
Day 7: The Cover Contessa - interview and giveaway
'My family never have any idea what I’m writing from one book to the next. There have been times when I talked about how my day went, but  nobody paid any attention. So, over the years, I’ve just done my own thing. Sometimes, they’ll see one of my titles in a bookstore and express surprise that I wrote it.'
Day 8: Jenna Does Books - dream cast, review and giveaway
'Let me just lay it straight right here: You ain’t read nothin’ like this before in YA... The conclusion will have your jaw dropping to the floor faster than a cleaver slicing through a slab of venison…'

Thursday, June 05, 2014

New Novel


American Savage is published in the UK today by Hot Key Books.

Awesome... a mixture of macabre family tradition, romance, cover-up family business and American lifestyle… Sounds bizarre, but Matt Whyman makes it work. I really, really highly recommend both The Savages and American Savage, whether you’re more of a contemporary fan or a fan of the macabre. Matt Whyman’s writing is really memorable and I can’t wait to read even more from him! 
Books and Writers Jnr