Friday, July 31, 2009

BabyBarista in EX33 Magazine

Article in EX33 Magazine. To read it, click the picture on the left or see the text below.

Braunton resident gets book deal with Harry Potter’s publisher

In August, Harry Potter’s very own Bloomsbury Publishing will be releasing a novel by Braunton resident Tim Kevan entitled BabyBarista and the Art of War. It’s a legal comedy set around a fictional set of barristers’ chambers in London and is based upon a blog or online diary which Tim continues to write for The Times (at www.timesonline.co.uk/babybarista).

He started writing the blog a couple of years ago, having at that stage been practising as a barrister in London for some nine years. As Tim says: “As I posted it online I was hopeful it might raise a few smiles but in my wildest dreams I hadn’t imagined quite the extraordinary set of circumstances which then unfolded.” First the legal press started praising it and then he started getting interest from a few publishers. In the meantime, he was contacted by The Times who offered to host the blog and finally, he got a book deal with Bloomsbury - all within the space of less than three months. Since that hectic start, it’s been a long haul.

He’s taken a break from the Bar and moved to Braunton where as well as writing he’s been surfing and running an online legal training company which he co-founded. He hopes the novel will appeal well beyond the legal world: “It’s a fictional caricature of life at the Bar and includes characters that probably exist in most workplaces such as UpTights, OldRuin, BusyBody, Worrier and even JudgeJewellery and her penchant for stealing cheap jewellery.”

It’s already had some great reviews with broadcaster Jeremy Vine describing it as “a wonderful, racing read - well-drawn, smartly plotted and laugh out loud”, author Boris Starling saying that it is "sharp, acerbic, and almost illegally funny" and ex-world champion boxer Barry McGuigan MBE saying that “It’s a terrific read which makes you both laugh and keep the pages turning. It also confirms what I've always suspected - that the courtroom is not so different from the boxing ring.” Having been brought up in Minehead in Somerset, Tim is now back in the West Country to stay. He is currently writing a second BabyBarista novel and is also the co-author (with Dr Michelle Tempest) of a motivational book entitled Why Lawyers Should Surf.

As well as the London launch on the 5th there will be a local launch at the White Lion on the 7th from 6pm until midnight.

BabyBarista and The Art of War will be published by Bloomsbury in August 2009 and is available at www.amazon.co.uk. For more information visit www.timkevan.com.

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