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6 January

Book of the day

twilightwifeThe Twilight Wife
A J Banner
(UK: Touchstone, 2016; USA: Touchstone, 2016)

Thirty-four-year-old marine biologist Kyra Winthrop remembers nothing about the diving accident that left her with a complex form of memory loss. With only brief flashes of the last few years of her life, her world has narrowed to a few close friendships on the island where she lives with her devoted husband, Jacob. But all is not what it seems…

Kyra begins to have visions – or are they memories? – of a rocky marriage, broken promises, and cryptic relationships with the island residents, whom she believes to be her friends. As Kyra races to uncover her past, the truth becomes a terrifying nightmare.

Recommended by:
Paige Wheeler, Founder and President, Creative Media Agency, Inc. (New York City-based literary agency)

Paige represents A J Banner among many other author clients at Creative Media Agency, Inc., a literary agency she established in 1997. Paige welcomes manuscript submissions – according to instructions on the CMA website – for fiction and non-fiction genres described on her profile page. You can follow her at Twitter: @pwheeler_agent)

Available in the UK via ‘My Local Bookshop‘ search engine, or via Amazon (The Twilight Wife)
Available in the USA via Amazon (The Twilight Wife)

The Twilight Wife is A J Bannon’s second novel. Her previous book was published in 2015 in the UK and the USA by Lake Union Publishing (an Amazon imprint). You can visit her author website and follow her on Facebook and Twitter:
First novel: The Good Neighbor (UK: ‘My Local Bookshop‘ search engine or Amazon | USA: Amazon)

wrapping-paperFacts of the day

6 January

1681 In the first recorded boxing match, the 2nd Duke of Albemarle’s butler fought his butcher. The butcher won the bout.

New Year

By tradition in the UK, the first guest to arrive at a home in the new year is believed to bring good fortune. People believe it should be a person bearing gifts, such as coal for the fire or a loaf of bread for the table. The guest by custom enters through the front door and exits out the back. Any guest who shows up empty-handed or unwanted is not be allowed to cross the threshold first.


Franz Kafka never finished writing a novel. Even though he made enough progress for his friend Max Brod to organize three of his efforts into works presented as novels after his death, Kafka on his own was never able to make AmerikaThe Trial, or The Castle come together, and in fact wished for Brod to destroy them, along with all of his other work, upon his death.

Only because Brod refused, and subsequently sunk his efforts into configuring what Kafka left behind, do we have Kafka’s three published novels today.

Writers birthdays

1488 Helius Eobanus Hessus (Germany)
1585 Claude Favre, seigneur de Vaugelas (France)
1728 Domingos dos Reis Quita (Portugal)
1732 Matija Antun Relković (Croatia)
1802 Ion Heliade Rădulescu (Romania)
1828 Herman Grimm (Germany)
1829 Kanagaki Robun (Japan)
1859 Samuel Alexander (Australia)
1878 Carl Sandburg (USA)
1883 Khalil Gibran (Lebanon)
1898 Jan Boon (The Netherlands)
1905 Eric Frank Russell (UK)
1906 Benedict Wallet Vilakazi (South Africa)
1910 Wright Morris (USA)
1912 Jacques Ellul (France)
1915 Alan Watts (UK)
1915 John C Lilly (USA)
1916 Vincent Serventy (Australia)
1917 Guillermo E Rosario (Venezuela)
1923 Jacobo Timerman (Argentina)
1931 E L Doctorow (USA)
1931 P J Kavanagh (UK)
1938 Mario Rodríguez Cobos (Argentina)
1943 Osvaldo Soriano (Argentina)
1945 Barry Lopez (USA)
1945 Allen Appel (USA)
1960 Nigella Lawson (UK)
1965 Muhammed al-Ahari (USA)

Jokes of the day

Q: What did the Arctic detective say to the crime suspect?
A: ‘Where were you on the night of September to March?’

Cartoon: Various, Frostbite cartoons, Jantoo Cartoons

Quote of the day

Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Ain’t She Sweet: ‘When male authors write love stories, the heroine tends to end up dead.’