Blowing my own trumpet

Screen shot 2014-01-29 at 13.12.37No one likes to blow their own trumpet. Bar Katie Hopkins and Ornette Coleman maybe. But sometimes, a whole raft of people say a whole raft of nice things and you want to shout out to the world “See, I’m not the weird maths geek in the jumbo cord dungarees corner. I do words!” Okay so “not just the weird maths geek…” would be more accurate. But that aside, here are all the lovely things people have said about Eden. Because, well, now it’s not just me telling you to read it, is it…


‘It’s the combination of skilful writing, acute intelligence and empathy for the agonies and issues of being an adolescent that makes Nadin’s books so popular with teenage girls.’
(Daily Mail)

The emotional intensity of teenage love, desire and insecurity is brilliantly portrayed and Nadin’s control of the unfolding, tense mystery is flawless.’
(Daily Mail)

‘Eden has undertones of Rebecca… grief, guilt and gorgeous narrative voice make this a memorable psychological suspense novel’
(New Statesman)

‘Breathtaking – one of the finest pieces of young adult writing I’ve ever come across.’
(Anthony McGowan)

‘Lyrical, evocative, tense and utterly un-putdownable, Eden is a modern day Rebecca. One of the best books I have read in years.’
(Catherine Bruton)

‘I devoured Eden in hungry gulps, unable to put it down, just the way I read as a teenager. It’s thrilling, compulsive, beautifully written and powerful in its evocation of a person, and a place… A gripping story that will haunt the reader for a long time after the last page is turned.’
(Julia Green)

‘Heart-stopping, unsettling and utterly beautiful.’
(Liz Bankes)

“Amazing. Unexpected, powerful… just wow.”
(Cathy Cassidy)

Which, like, I KNOW!

About Joanna Nadin

A former broadcast journalist and special adviser to the prime minister, since leaving politics I’ve written more than 80 books for children and adults, as well as speeches for politicians, and articles for newspapers and magazines like The Guardian, Red and The Amorist. I also lecture in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University, and hold a doctorate in young adult literature. I’m a winner of the Fantastic Book Award and the Surrey Book Award, and have been shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize, the Booktrust Best Book award and Queen of Teen among others, and twice nominated for the Carnegie Medal, for Everybody Hurts, and for Joe All Alone, which is now a BAFTA-winning and Emmy-nominated BBC TV series. I've also worked with Sir Chris Hoy on the Flying Fergus series and ghost-written Angry Birds under another name. I like London, New York, Essex, tea, cake, Marmite, mint imperials, prom dresses, pubs, that bit in the West Wing where Donna tells Josh she wouldn’t stop for a red light if he was in an accident, junk shops, crisps, Cornwall, St Custard’s, Portuguese custard tarts, political geeks, pin-up swimsuits, the Regency, high heels, horses, old songs, my Grandma’s fur coat, vinyl, liner notes, the smell of old books, the feel of a velveteen monkey, Guinness, quiffs, putting my hand in a bin of chicken feed, the 1950s, burlesque, automata, fiddles, flaneuring, gigs in fields on warm summer nights, Bath, the bath.
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1 Response to Blowing my own trumpet

  1. V. Kathryn Evans says:

    Blow away , this made me smile to my ears 🙂

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