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16 March 2018: Gavin Evans in the Guardian

Gavin Evans, author of Black Brain, White Brain, has written a powerful piece for the Guardian on The Unwelcome Revival of ‘Race Science’.

15 March 2018: Some recent reviews

A Perfect Sentence

“It is exceptionally well written and the characters are well developed to the point where Cassie's intrigue and depth are palatable. I found it difficult to put down. A brilliant work about a tormented soul.”

Michelle Scalia (Reviewer)


“A magnificent novel of suspense and adventure.”

Reading Nook

Beau Blackstone

“The Blackstone novels (and this is the third of six in the series) are just tremendous. What impresses me most about this series is how the history is seamlessly blended into the story.”

Andrew Eichner (Reviewer)

Blackstone's Fancy

“One of the best historical crime series out there starring Blackstone — 18th century detective and Bow Street Runner who is hard as nails. All the books in this series (there are six) are entertaining and fast paced.”

Andrew Eichner (Reviewer)

F Is for France

“Extremely informative and cohesive”

Kristine Fisher (Reviewer)

Five Days that Shocked the World

“It is this eye-witness viewpoint that gives this book its immense readability, and interest. These are the hidden stories of every war – we can taste the fear and adrenalin coursing through their veins. The writing is excellent, fast-paced, and doesn’t omit grisly detail. I think it’s a superb supplement to students of history, and for politicians, lest we forget the human cost of war, and how actions taken and decisions made can come home to roost.”


“Nicholas Best is a great storyteller. This is full of fascinating snapshots from 1945.”

Terri Wangard (Reviewer)

Hollywood Hang Ten

“This book was a great mystery from start to finish, I really enjoyed the historical aspects.”


In-Laws and Outlaws

“So many secrets, so many characters involved, and Eve was playing them like marionettes! Great read.”

Scarlett Readz and Runz (Reviewer)

“There is so much going on in this book to keep the reader engaged. The characters are great. It is funny, fun, and just made me smile. I really enjoyed this book.”

Karen Whittard (Reviewer)

Jack Was Here

“Good read.”

Elaine Fanson (Reviewer)

“Really interesting book, quite a conflicted hero. Trying to reorganize his life after the shattering experience of war, Hugh smokes, drinks and wallows. He can't seem to find a way to find peace and direction and things look like they may spiral out of control. The book is a fast read.”

Cindy Lauren (Media)

“Wow. A riveting story about an ex-soldier with PTSD going to Thailand to find a missing teenager. I highly recommend it for a story that will grab you.”

Ken Cady (Reviewer)

Redferne Lane

“Loved the book… a well written plot… A nice summer read.”

Helena Manoli (Educator)

Royal Family

“This book did not disappoint. A great addition to your library.”

Victoria Reid (Reviewer)

The Sherlock Effect

“This was such a delight to read. I truly enjoyed this foray into Lyon's masterpiece.”

Brandi Welch (Reviewer)

12 March 2018: Cabin Fever in Cosmopolitan

Mandy Smith’s sensational cabin crew memoir Cabin Fever features on the front page of this month’s Cosmopolitan.

10 March 2018: Fascinating interview with author Sarah Scholefield

Author Interview: Sarah Scholefield: Author of Redferne Lane

1 March 2018: A selection of recent book reviews

999 CSI

“Well worth reading if you have an interest in forensics and crime.”

J. Aislynn d'Merricksson (Reviewer)

Blackstone Underground

“A peek into life on the streets of London in the 19th century, I was captivated by the storyline. Intriguing, thrilling, and entertaining.”

Emris Lindsay

Blackstone's Fancy

“Just as intriguing as the first!”

Stephanie Mills (Reviewer)

Burma’s Spring: Real Lives in Turbulent Times

“The recent, decisive years in Burmese history explored through a series of insightful encounters with a diverse cast of characters ranging from an illegal Burmese immigrant maid in Thailand, an astrologer, girl band, punk rocker, freedom-fighting monk and aspiring journalist (among others) through to NLD luminary Win Tin and Aung San Suu Kyi herself.”

Rough Guide to Myanmar

The Complete Guide to Ghostwriting

“If you'd like a reference giving insight on ghostwriting, I'd recommend this book as a great start.”

Rosemary Rey (Educator)

F Is for France

“A highly enjoyable, fact-filled book. If you have any desire to visit France, or are just curious, this is a great book for your nightstand!”

Book Likes

First into Action

“It is always interesting to read about the incredibly gruelling training required to achieve full status in these units. This is a thoroughly enjoyable read for anyone who is interested in the subject.”

Janice Bell (Reviewer)

Five Days that Shocked the World

“A fascinating read.”

Emily Sheppard (Reviewer)

“Good historical writing is always entertaining, no matter how old the story.  Such is the case with Five Days That Shocked the World.  British author Nicholas Best has woven first hand accounts of the deaths of Italian dictator Benito Mussolini and German leader Adolf Hitler and the related events of April 28 to May 2, 1945 into a fast moving, easy reading retelling of the end of World War II.”


“More than a chronological sequence of events, this book reads like a series of snapshots, as vivid and captivating and as the events and people they describe.”

Mari’s Book Reviews

Queen Victoria and the Bonapartes

“Informative and fascinating. A well researched, well written book.”

Emily Ross (Reviewer)

“Explores the relationships between Queen Victoria, Napoleon, Empress Eugenie and Prince Louis. Reads more like a novel than a history book.”

Denise Cross (Reviewer)

Redferne Lane

“It was a pleasure being immersed in Gracie's world and being with the Redfernes… I love this book!”

Dora Archie Okeyo (Reviewer)

Royal Legacy

“This is not only a book about figures but also a fascinating look at how finance has shaped actions and relationships. I was particularly fascinated to read about the negotiations that took place at the time of the abdication of Edward VIII in 1936 with Wallis Simpson on the other end of a telephone in the South of France conveying her thoughts regarding the financial deals that were being made, deals incidentally that would contribute to the bad feelings between the Duke of Windsor and the Royals for years to come. Interesting, well written and insightful.”

G Heard (Reviewer)

The Sherlock Effect

“A very good traditional mystery. Well written, good plot, with well described characters.”

Anna Maria Giacomasso (Reviewer)

“Hope there'll be another collection soon as this was most interesting.”

Patricia Bello (Reviewer)

“This is a selection of solid mystery stories in the grand old English tradition, even down to uncanny happenings and things that go bump in the night. They don’t lean too far towards nostalgia or intellectual obscurity, nor do they feel like a pastiche of the original Sherlock stories. A pleasant afternoon’s entertainment.”

Murder Mayhem and More

She's a Boy

“Thought-provoking and moving.”

Caitlin Brisbois (Educator)

To the Edge of the Sky

“Anhua Gao’s life, as she narrates it, is a prism of Chinese Communist contradictions.  Her story is not anti-Communist nor anti-Chinese, rather, a straightforward, chronological account of her history set in a larger context.  Her parents model the ideals of Communism — hard work, education, equality and honor among them — but as she grows older, she watches these ideals crushed beneath Mao’s rigid regime. Hers is not simply an escape story; this is also the tale of finding friendship and dedication, solidarity and hope that can’t be destroyed no matter the political circumstances.”

Mari’s Book Reviews

“I was enthralled by this book… it is a fascinating read.”

Bethany Younge (Reviewer)

The Unrivalled Transcendence of Willem J. Gyle

“Certainly a gripping if uncomfortable read which I would have no hesitation in recommending.”

G Heard (Reviewer)

13 Feb 2018: Theo Aronson in Vanity Fair

Theo Aronson’s timeless biography of Princess Margaret has been serialised in Vanity Fair.

The Crown: 13 Real-Life Princess Margaret Stories That’ll Make You Love Her More

13 Feb 2018: Chloe Banks wins short story prize

Chloe Banks won third prize in the Flash500 short story competition.


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