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10 November 2017: The Art of Letting Go returns to the Amazon top 100 bestsellers

Chloe Banks’ extraordinary debut novel The Art of Letting Go has once again entered the Amazon top 100 bestseller list.



9 November 2017: A selection of recent reviews:


999 CSI

“A page-turner from start to finish... Highly recommended.”

Georgina Phillips – Reviewer


Animal Spy

“If you are unaware, if you are against animal cruelty, if you are an activist for those with no voice you need to read this book. An excellent book for all activists and animal lovers.”

Lori Reed - Reviewer


Blackstone

“Well written and the action rolls along, building to the inevitable climax.”

Melisende’s Library


Britannia

“Intriguing and interesting. The entire setting in Roman Britain is definitely well explored.”

Dawning Moon – Reviewer


The Dancing Sun

“Desmond Seward’s delightful account… Whether you believe him is frankly irrelevant to the pleasure his book will give.”

Weekend Telegraph


Decline

“Decline is a beautiful tale and perfectly penned.”

Tracy Shephard - Reviewer


Down Among the Dead Men

“An amazing tale… you just know you're in for a spectacular read.”

Tracy Shephard - Reviewer


First into Action

“What comes over in this modest, but well-written account is the sheer fitness and can-do attitude of the marines. This does not disappoint.”

Sheelagh Birks - Reviewer


Globe

“Overall, this is an excellent evocation of Shakespeare's London that goes far beyond the walls of his most famous theatre.”

Kate Baty - Educator


“This book was everything I wished it to be. Informative but not dry, funny and captivating but not trivial. After reading it you'll not only know more about Shakespeare and his Globe but also about his colleagues and London.”

Sophie Freinhofer - Bookseller


“I loved it… this is a really good book.”

Rianna Blokzijl – Reviewer


Hollywood Hang Ten

“Ryan Zorn wants to be a PI, It is 1963 and a divorced mom hires him to find her son who has gone missing. This high octane read would make a great movie.”

Tracy Shephard - Reviewer


Moll

“While the popular view of Moll is a strumpet, Rees views her more as an independent woman relying on her wits in a society that despite its professed Christianity is remarkably cruel. Five stars.”

Stephen Rees


“An incredibly interesting book… gives a lot of context of the time.”

Georgia Grantham - Media


My Life with Leopards

“I very much enjoyed this book. Being let into Graham's world was an amazing experience. I loved the raw power of it.”

Angela Campbell - Reviewer


Open Skies, Closed Minds

“A civil servant who entered his new post with an open mind, unlike many of his predecessors. Nick Pope made it easier for people to feel it was ok to speak about these things and he also helped to open the subject of the many mysteries of our planet.”

Pat Wardle - Reviewer


Royal Legacy

“Such an interesting insight into a particularly secretive part of the British Royal family.”

Georgia Grantham


The Hickory Stick

“A very interesting fictional account of a police constable in the early days of Queen Victoria. A true coming of age story.”

Deanne Patterson - Reviewer


Hitler’s Traitors

“It precisely carries the intensity of an era dominated by Germany. ‘Hitler’s Traitors’ teaches early-mid 20th Century European history in a way youth can hear and understand. What Ottaway has done is create an in-depth overview of this period in modern history. It’s readable and it digs deep enough. Ottaway successfully illustrates what life was like and what life could be like, should we fail to remember and act on what this history teaches us.”

Gratia Veritas Lumen


The Man Who Would Be Jack

“A volume that surely every Ripperologist should have on his shelf.”

Red Jack reviews


“Reads like a novel… Great book, excellent research, a credible suspect that we haven't heard much about and perfect end-notes and incredible documentation.”

Lives and Loves of a Book Nerd


The Old Boys Network

“His diary, covering well over a decade of his tenure as the headmaster of one of Britain's oldest and most elitist public (private) schools, tells the reader much about the English class system. For anyone wanting to understand how English upper class privilege was shaped and how it began its descent into irrelevance, this book will be an excellent introduction.”

Abraham Peck - Reviewer


The Serpent’s Tail

“A couple of Catholic Belfastian teens, Stephen Kirkpatrick and Michael McDonnell, are caught between England's MI5, the SAS and the IRA as they seek a safe way into adulthood in 1970s’ Ireland. This is an excellent read, fast and peopled with folks you recognize instantly. I recommend it highly.”

Bonnye Reed Fry – Reviewer


To the Edge of the Sky

“The book is an excellent account of life during and before the reign of Mao Tse-Tung. Her story of the brutality, inhumane treatment, poverty, and countless and unnecessary death by a ruling monster is shocking and horrifying, while her accounts of the strength of the Chinese people and the hunger, hardships, and horrible life they live, but somehow survive is daunting. To the Edge of the Sky is a beautiful book and should be read by everyone interested in Chinese history and culture.”

Jill Dobbe - Reviewer


Under a Croatian Sun

“I love these expat books about moving abroad and living in a foreign country! Under the Tuscan Sun comes to mind.”

Catherine Hankins - Reviewer


The Unrivalled Transcendence of Willem J. Gyle

“What a find. This book is seriously good. I mean, seriously. I'd recommend it to anyone, whatever your usual genres of choice. J D Dixon has a real gift, the innate sort that cannot be learned from classes. The book is raw, rough in places, and sometimes shocking. It's also immensely sad. It's just - great. One of the best debut novels I've ever read.”

Terry Tyler reviews



22 October 2017: Netflix releases The Kingdom of Us

Netflix has released a new film based on Vikie Shanks’ inspirational memoir Unravelled, generating huge media coverage:


BBC News


The Guardian


Radio Times


Netflix


First Showing


Screen Daily



22 October 2017: Global interest in The Man Who Would be Jack

David Bullock’s sensational new book identifying the real Jack the Ripper has been generating headlines worldwide, including the following:


Daily Star


Evening Standard


Hong Kong TV


Thai News 66


Mice Times of Asia



22 October 2017: Some excellent recent reviews


Animal Spy

“Terry Spamer reveals eye opening and shocking experiences through his work fighting animal cruelty. I was captivated from start to finish.”

Coffee Side Reads


Autumn Sonata

“It was absolutely remarkable reading this historical romance. I guarantee that this is a must read.”

Jem Julien - Reviewer


Black Brain, White Brain

“Evans uses evolutionary psychology and biology, anthropology, neuroscience, archaeology, and paleontology to the uncover the myths/truths about intelligence amid external racial makeup and class structures. Among the truths are the efficacy of separated identical twin studies to analyze in-utero development, average household income, heritability, and environmental factors on intelligence; Howard Gardner's theory of 8 intelligences; meaningful symbolic cave art present in different parts of the globe; and corrected, undiluted timelines for civilization vs 'barbarism,' while some of the myths are measurable IQ tests as a restrictsome ruse, the fallacy of brain mass and weight, Cyril Burt and innate intelligence testing, and discriminating assumptions about remote/backwoods/peasant populations.”

Kristine Fisher – Reviewer


The Complete Guide to Ghostwriting

“I discovered many useful ideas, especially when it comes to setting up and developing a collaboration with 'the author', the planning and various techniques of approaching hectic and/or difficult personalities. A book recommended to anyone considering ghostwriting as part of their writing career.”

Ilana WD - Reviewer


Encounter in Rendlesham Forest

“This riveting read is written in a factual and sometimes humorous way while divulging as much information as the writers are allowed to considering the ties to their former government employer… Fascinating.”

Ivory Castle


Hollywood Hang Ten

“A light mystery where the bad guy is all bad and the private detective hero is a little reluctant, in over his head, and propelled by a sense of justice. The details about LA as it was fifty years ago are fun; Venice before gentrification, Polynesian bars, and driving around with the old songs.”

Mark Share - Reviewer


How to Remove a Brain

“I loved this book. I love this book. I’m going to read it again one day. Why? Because I forgot some things, because it is history (and I LOVE all things history), and because it makes for a great conversation starter. Even if people might look at you a little bit sideways!”

Adventures with Words


Princess Margaret

“A detailed and enjoyable book.”

Jessica Nipper – Reviewer


Queen Victoria and the Bonapartes

“Another well written and researched book by Theo Aronson, that has helped me understand more about our history.”

Sarah Kenny – reviewer


The Race to Truth

“If you want to learn about the rise of a champion cyclist and his fall from grace then this is the book for you.”

Ivory Castle


Royal Family

“Extremely informative, well researched and well written… stands out in its genre.”

Sarah Kenny – reviewer


“An entertaining and well researched piece of work.”

Sue Ross – reviewer


Under a Croatian Sun

“One of those books that draws you in and you wish you were there.”

Netgalley


She’s a Boy

“Joel had such a rough life and yet his book has a positive feel… I was glad that it did not seem sensationalized. Good read!”

Cynthia Nicola - Librarian


The Unrivalled Transcendence of Willem J. Gyle

“A lyrical, haunting novel.”

The Book Cove



5 October 2017: A selection of recent reviews


999 CSI

“An informative and well-written book, which gives an insight into the work of SOCO. Recommended.”

Wendy Rhodes - Reviewer


Britannia III

“A master of historical faction, Denham seemlessly blends fact with fiction to narrate the decline of the Roman rule of Britain. This is an outstanding series, but should be read in order.”

Peter Jones - Reviewer


The Complete Guide to Ghostwriting

“This book leads you through the world of ghostwriting. There really is everything in this book and I have found the information invaluable.”

Karen Lawton - Reviewer


“A very good resource indeed. A straightforward, no nonsense guide to the world of ghostwriting.”

Ruth Giles - Reviewer


Crime Squad

“Well-written and informative, giving an insight into the workings of the police force in London in 1980s. Recommended.”

Wendy Rhodes - Reviewer


Fallen Eagle

“This superb book is a must for World War II enthusiasts.”

Chroma


Moll

“It was fascinating to see some of the historical figures and situations that inspired Defoe's tale, looking at the truth behind the legend. This title will appeal to those who enjoy Defoe's story, but it is also a great resource for historians interested in 17th century criminality during the age of transportation, as well as those who wish to learn more about early colonial life in America. Overall, Moll is an insightful and lovely read.”

Nicki Markus


“The book is original as it mixes the life events of a fictional character with real life events. Very enjoyable.”

Laura Van Dam - Reviewer


Princess Margaret

“This is the most detailed biography of the life of Princess Margaret that I have had the pleasure of reading. The detail is astonishing… wonderfully written. I found it hard to put down.”

T B – Reviewer


Queen Victoria and the Bonapartes

“This is a brilliantly written and very easy to read book, with a wonderfully flowing narrative. It is clear how much historical research Aronson carried out… and his use of first-hand accounts from the Royal Archives to piece together the story. Definitely worth reading.”

Sarah Murden - Reviewer


The Race to Truth

“This was a fascinating book that I devoured in two sittings. A great behind the scenes story by someone who was there day-in day-out. Well worth the read.”

Julie Doe - Reviewer


“A welcome addition to the growing library of books showing the real Lance Armstrong. O'Reilly's perspective as one of the victims in this sorry tale is a welcome new perspective.”

Brendan Crowley - Librarian


Royal Family

“I was especially fond of how each family member tried to balance their lives between the crown and its accompanying regalia and living as a normal person, and stories about the quirkier, the more outside-the-box family members, like Queen Alexandra, Prince George (Duke of Kent), and, naturally, Princess Margaret.”

Kristine Fisher - Reviewer


Royal Legacy

“Wonderfully interesting book about the underbelly of the royal family.”

Lesa Einwich – Librarian


The Englishman’s England

“Recommended for fans of travel writers such as Bill Bryson.”

Christina Evans – Reviewer


Under a Croatian Sun

“Anthony Stancomb writes in the vein of "A Year in Provence," but his "Under a Croatian Sun" is funnier, more diverse, and more insightful. It chronicles the story of the author and his wife departing England and moving to the island of Vis, Croatia, determined to assimilate into the culture. Stancomb's ability to delineate the Vis community and its characters is exceptional. The islanders are a unique and memorable lot! Laugh-out-loud funny.”

James Newell - Educator


“This book is very humorous… a wonderful group of characters, each so different yet same in some ways, and I loved them all.”

Alison DuFlon-DeLeo – Reviewer


“Under a Croatian Sun is a wonderful memoir of a British man who, along with his Croatian wife, give up the rat race in England and relocate/retire to Croatia. All in all, having read many expat memoirs, I find this one to be of a higher standard.  Funny, witty, engaging, and even educational. A sure win!”

Library Thing


“Under a Croatian Sun is a lovely memoir about the author's experience moving with his wife to the Croatian island of Vis in the Adriatic Sea.  Similar in feel to A Year in Provence and Under the Tuscan Sun, Stancomb's story is full of love for the island and saturated with lots of humor and good natured tales of culture clash.”

Tracy Delgado - Reviewer


Violette Szabo

“Well written and informative, I would recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in the Second World War.”

Kazimiera Pendrey - Reviewer



25 September 2017: Some excellent recent reviews for Thistle titles


Britannia II

“An impressive followup volume to The Wall. True to the first book, Roman Britain is expertly portrayed with historical accuracy and detailed descriptions and characterization. I will await volume 3 eagerly.”

Polly Krize – Reviewer


Crowns in Conflict

“In Crowns in Conflict: The Triumph and Tragedy of European Monarchy 1910-1918, Theo Aronson takes a distinct approach to the end of monarchical Europe. For one, he takes a broader view, looking at roughly a dozen major and minor monarchs who sat on Europe's thrones in the second decade of the 20th century. The second, and most notable, is that the book is biographical in nature, not surprising given that Aronson, who died in 2003, wrote nearly two dozen royal biographies. His method produces a very readable examination of the topic. I found it an interesting version of an oft-told tale. Rather than simply being a diplomatic or military history, Crowns in Conflict uniquely personalizes World War I. It also helps place monarchies in a historic context.”

Seattle PI


Down Among the Dead Men

“I was captivated… It’s clear the author really has a good grasp of espionage.”

Cindy Lauren - Media


Encounter in Rendlesham Forest

“[At first I thought] there is nothing new to learn in this book. Boy, was I ever wrong! There was much more to be learned and it is pretty amazing. The book held my attention from the beginning to end. Nick Pope along with John Burroughs and Jim Penniston did an excellent job of presenting this story.  Thank you Thistle Publishing, I thoroughly enjoyed this book.”

Pat Wardle – Reviewer


Gun for Hire

“Well written and an enjoyable read. The author has had an interesting life.”

Netgalley


Hollywood Hang Ten

“1963 was a very good year.  That said, Eve Goldberg can bring it alive for those of you who cannot remember/have never been exposed to 1963 Southern California.  She has the music, the films, the highways, the cars, the crimes. And a sweet young protagonist, attempting to keep his Uncle Lou's PI business up and running through an extended hospitalization. Ryan has worked with his uncle for the five years since high school graduation, but his heart and mind has been committed to his surfboard. But when push comes to shove, he knuckles down to protect the client and solve the mystery. An excellent read.”

Bonnye Reed Fry - Reviewer


“The case of a missing boy leads to stolen photographs, blackmail, and murder--with tentacles reaching back to the 1950s. Hollywood Hang Ten adeptly places the reader in time and place.  I liked the way Ryan's character is forced into growth by the circumstances he encounters.  It is particularly interesting to see the cultural differences that have occurred since 1963.”

Book Garden


Maxwell’s Return

“I loved the book. Funny and a very relaxing read.”

Archana Aggarwal - Educator


Royal Family

“Theo Aronson is my favorite author on the British royal family. He is informative and interesting. Recommended.”

Susan Snodgrass - Reviewer


Smashing Hitler's Atlantic Wall

“A detailed and factual account of a number of key attacks on the German Atlantic fortifications, following the D-Day invasion. The author clearly understands the very complex and daunting prospect of attacking German defences-in-depth in the German held fortified ports along the Atlantic coast. From a military history reference perspective, the books ticks all the boxes.”

PETER COXALL – Reviewer


The Complete Guide to Ghostwriting

“A good book to read if you're interested in ghost writing. The chapters on what makes a good ghost, how to become a ghostwriter, getting structure right and most of all what to do when it all goes wrong are a must-read!”

Dora Archie Okeyo - Reviewer


The Custard Boys

“The language and prose is so beautiful that it shadows the sense of foreboding that is present throughout the book and you forget the darkness of the subject of the story. This makes for a very interesting, thought-provoking read. It reminded me of ‘The Lord of the Flies’.”

Reading by the Fire


The Unrivalled Transcendence of Willem J. Gyle

“A gritty and somewhat dark story about Willem, a man who lives in a world limited by his intellectual capabilities. This book was certainly a sad and hard look into how society views and treats those who don't "fit" into the parameters of what is considered normal, and how individuals tend to reveal the worst of humanity when it benefits them - no matter the harm to someone who can't fully defend themselves. It left a very melancholy and depressing feeling when I finished it, but had many insightful truths that are around us every day.”

Am At Home


Under a Croatian Sun

“Charming and considerably cheaper than actually visiting Croatia in general or Vis in particular.”

Mia D - Reviewer


“There have been plenty of books written by middle-aged folks pulling up roots and moving to places off the beaten path, but few are as delightful as this. Stancomb and his wife are up to it all in this often funny and often lyrical account of their first year on Vis. It made me ready to move there!”

Janet Perry – Reviewer


Violette Szabo

“Susan Ottaway’s biography of Szabo is in many ways, a counter point to Crave Her Name with Pride. Ottaway was able to interview not only Szabo’s brothers but also her daughter Tania. What is interesting is looking at what Szabo and her daughter think about Szabo’s work and the “morality” of a mother doing such duty. Ottaway also details life after the war and how the family was treated by the makers of the film. Four stars.”

The Fish Shelf


“In 1935 at the age of only fourteen Violette Bushell left school.  In 1944 she was a beautiful widow and the Mother of a young daughter when she undertook two secret missions in France as a Special Operations Executive.  Shortly after D-Day a few days into her second mission she was arrested and sent to Ravensbrück Concentration Camp. She was executed at the beginning of 1945. I give this book five out of five stars!”

Random Ramblings



15 September 2017: Listen again to Lavinia Greacen

You can now listen again to Lavinia Greacen’s fascinating interview on RTE Radio about the amazing Eric Dornan-Smith, the subject of her acclaimed biography Chink.


RTE listen again



18 Sep 2017: Has David Bullock found the grave of the real Jack the Ripper?

David Bullock, author of the sensational new Jack the Ripper book The Man Who Would Be Jack, may have found the grave site of the real Ripper. This story has been generating huge interest, including the following:


Southwark News


The Star


Daily Mirror


Lad Bible



15 September 2017: New reviews

Here are a selection of excellent new reviews for recent Thistle titles.


Alamein

“A gripping account of this turning point of the Second World War, Jon Latimer gives us the experience of the men who fought – British, Australians, New Zealanders, South Africans, Germans, Italians and others besides. We feel their fear, elation or despair as they fight it out at close quarters amid a welter of confusion – heat, sand, smoke, noise, dust, flies and blood. Loved it.”

Elizabeth Means – Reviewer


Autumn Sonata

“Well written… I loved the whole premise of lovers being torn apart by war… a deeply moving story.”

Dora Archie Okeyo - Reviewer


Blackstone

“A great story featuring Blackstone, one of the best bow street runners.”

Tracy Stewart - Bookseller


Crime Squad

“A great read… gave a great feel of policing in the 80's and 90's in London, particularly with the change in drug culture and guns.”

Neil Clarke - Reviewer


Dieppe 1942

“Very interesting and well-written, covering the buildup, landings and aftermath from both sides. Lots of very relevant quotes from many participants help bring the events to life.”

Neal Fiske - Reviewer


Globe

“Globe is a delightful read from start to finish. From an imagined scene that brings to life late Tudor London, Arnold takes us into a fascinating history of the London theatre scene, and Shakespeare's place in it. There is never a dull moment.”

Nicki Markus


“Full of interesting details, the book does not neglect other playwrights of the time or  Shakespeare's fellows in the Lord Chamberlain's Men. Accessible instead of ponderous and scholarly, you'll learn so much about how theater worked in Elizabethan England, information that sheds light on the plays as they were perceived by the people of the time.”

Janet Perry – Reviewer


The Race to Truth

“Emma's straightforward, non-nonsense, account of her time as a soigneur and of her role in unveiling the truth about Lance Armstrong and doping in cycling is engaging and fresh. It's both brutal about Armstrong as a person and as a doper, but his also places his performance drug abuse in the context of the sport at the time. It's interesting that Armstrong himself provides the foreword to the book as he doesn't come out of it well.”

Ceri Fowler - Reviewer


“A great book, very informative and interesting. A real page turner. I couldn't put it down. Highly recommend.”

Penny Carr – Reviewer


Under a Croatian Sun

“Hilarious. You won’t regret it! Five stars”

Bill Baker - Educator



8 September 2017: Lavinia Greacen on RTE Radio

Don’t miss Lavinia Greacen, the author of the fascinating biography Chink, on RTE Radio this weekend talking about the subject of her book, the extraordinary Eric Dorman-Smith. The broadcast will be on Saturday, September 9th., RTÉ Radio 1 at 1pm.


RTE Radio



7 September 2017: Peter Padfield moves into Amazon top 100

Peter Padfield’s Battleship, the complete history of battleships, has moved into the Amazon top 100 bestsellers.



7 September 2017: Some excellent recent reviews for Thistle titles


999 CSI

“A very well written account of the author's experiences as a Scenes of Crime officer in London. I would recommend this book.”

Martha Brindley - Reviewer


“I found the book particularly interesting because here we have for a change the crime scene in London. The author's writing comes across as honest, his accounts are gripping and also at times entertaining.”

Netgalley


The Man Who Would Be Jack

"As you’d expect from a Jack the Ripper walking tour guide, David Bullock excels as a narrator... A thrilling tale."

Fortean Times


A Rustle in the Grass

“I was immediately drawn into the story. We follow the exceptional bravery of Dreamer as he tries to determine what is worth dying for. It's a beautiful story.”

Rachel Stansel - Reviewer


Hollywood Hang Ten

“A good read. Four stars.”

Nancy Witt – Reviewer


“This did invoke some classic Ross MacDonald, which I love. Good job by Goldberg and I look forward to her future titles.”

Lisa Hoffman - Librarian


The Race to Truth

“This well written book gives a behind the scenes look at what really happens in the competitive biking world. It was an eye-opening account of a first hand witness.”

Jeanne Schrock – Librarian


Down Among the Dead Men

“Fantastic read with many twists and turns. Very readable and highly recommended.”

Felicity Kemp – Reviewer


Globe

“Arnold offers a tour of Elizabethan and Jacobean London, showing how a confluence of events allowed the theaters to flourish. Four stars.”

Margaret Sankey - Educator


Gun for Hire

“Well written and informative… interesting insight.”

Martha Brindley - Reviewer


Secret Agent

“Great... exactly my kind of book. A history book written in an engaging way that can draw in even those readers who don't usually go for non-fiction reads.”

Holly Senecal - Reviewer


Shakespeare’s Lost Kingdom

“Anyone who has more than a cursory knowledge of Shakespeare has heard the rumors that the glove maker from Stratford-Upon-Avon may not have authored the plays that bear his name. In this book, Beauclerk takes the side of the Oxfordians who claim that Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford, was the true Bard. The author of this book offers up compelling evidence framed around the political, economical, and even social realities of the time. I recommend this book to Shakespearean scholars, anglophiles, and students of British literature.”

Jeimy Gonzalez - Educator


My Life with Leopards

“Animal lovers will delight in the antics of these kitties while pondering the ethical dilemmas that the situation naturally brings up. While I loved each cat's personality endearing, what I found fascinating was the aspect of "Empty nest syndrome" that plagued Cooke as the leopards' release date drew nearer.”

Jeimy Gonzalez - Educator


Princess Margaret

“Well written and kept me reading from cover to cover. A very good overview of her life.”

Flora Fung - Librarian


“I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. It is well researched… the author manages to bring her alive… you have a real sense of her attitude, her privilege and her sadness. Excellent book.”

ANN APPLIN - Reviewer


The Englishman’s England

“This is the perfect book for people who enjoyed Bill Bryson's stories about traipsing around England and the landmarks he found in his walks. Ousby brings us an entertaining history of the tourism industry in England.”

Jeimy Gonzalez - Educator



29 August 2017: A selection of recent reviews


Secret Agent

“I recommend this book to World War II buffs… this fantastic treasure trove of information on the Special Operations Executive.”

Chroma


“This non-fiction book reads like fiction… like something straight out of a James Bond novel. Excellent.”

Hollie Burdett – Bookseller


Gun for Hire

“Fast paced, pulsing with authenticity, Devereux has a hyper-macho and gripping narrative voice. Unputdownable.”

Netgalley


Legion of the Lost

“I thought this book was fantastic. A true insight into a fascinating world that we know little about. The trials, tribulations and hardships of the legion,and the reasons why it calls so many. A compelling read.”

Gillian Ashton - Librarian


How to Remove a Brain

“A fun and crazy book… If you are looking for something different, you got it! I loved it, different, strange, you won't find this anywhere else!”

Library Thing


“I thoroughly enjoyed reading the book. A must book for information gatherers.”

Chroma


“Once you pick it up it is hard to put it down.”

Renwick McConaghy – Reviewer


Hollywood Hang Ten (forthcoming)

“Hollywood Hang Ten is reminiscent of Ross MacDonald at his best. The novel evokes the atmosphere of LA, and the seediness of Hollywood. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.”

Netgalley


Autumn Sonata

“Great story of World War Two. Five stars.”

Netgalley


The Unrivalled Transcendence of Willem J. Gyle (forthcoming)

“A brave book that demands to be read… One of the best accounts of homelessness that I have read. Drink deep of this book.”

Richard Latham – reviewer


Maxwell's Academy

“What a great book… I highly recommend it.”

Lesley Foster - Reviewer


Down Among the Dead Men

“Such an interesting story. Five stars.”

Nancy Witt - Reviewer


The Race to Truth

“The complete candor and guilelessness of Emma O'Reilly captivated this reader as I was taken on a fresh and insightful journey into the dark, sordid world of professional cycling. This is not just a tale about an imperfect man maligned by his own greed and hubris, but more so a condemning indictment of a once beautiful sport rotten to the core.”

Quintin Zimmermann – Reviewer


999 CSI

“A fascinating insight into the world of forensics before the advent of DNA testing. I enjoyed this book immensely and would recommend it to those who have an interest in the subject.”

Netgalley


The Englishman's England

“The Englishman's England looked at what sites and objects drew the interest of the eighteenth century tourist. The author looked at travelers’ letters, diaries, journals, and guide books to see what sites they visited and what they thought about them. I'd recommend this interesting book.”

Deborah White – Reviewer



21 August 2017: Some excellent recent reviews

Here is a selection of some of the excellent recent reviews for Thistle books:


Blackstone by Richard Falkirk

“Blackstone is elegantly dressed, with a weakness for women and good wine – and he is a crack shot. He is also ruthless and courageous, but above all things he is a Bow Street Runner. This tale proved to be a bestseller in America.”

Southern Evening Echo


999 CSI by Larry Henderson & Kris Hollington

“Larry’s groundbreaking work features some of the UK’s most notorious crimes - a key piece of forensic evidence from one of Larry’s murder cases is displayed at Scotland Yard’s infamous Crime Museum. At turns breathtaking, fascinating, hilarious and tragic, 999 CSI opens up a truly astonishing world that most people never get to see, a world filled with cruelty, matched only by the courage of those who work tirelessly for justice. A truly great book.”

House of Books


How to Remove a Brain by David Haviland

“This is a wonderful book devoted to dragging up every weird and wacky idea in medical science from times ancient to present. Well written with a pen dipped in sarcasm, you’ll find yourself laughing and groaning.  I thoroughly enjoyed it!”

Ellen Whyte


Raise Your Grade by Dr Denise Gossage

“I would recommended this book to every member of my mommy-brigade. We often struggle helping our little ones to study and this book offers a brief and helpful framework.”

Netgalley – Ann R. librarian


Dieppe 1942 by Ronald Atkin

“Without a doubt this is one of the best military history books I have read. In my opinion, the author ranks with Antony Beevor.”

Netgalley


Secret Agent by David Stafford

“I recommend this book to World War II buffs… this fantastic treasure trove of information on the Special Operations Executive.”

Chroma


Dark Water by Simon Thould

“High intensity fight scenes… Thould's writing style is to the point and sparse, emphasizing action over poetics.”

Midwest Book Review


Shakespeare’s Lost Kingdom by Charles Beauclerk

“The book is a tour de force… a compelling and riveting read, encompassing not only the content and context of many of Shakespeare's plays and sonnets but also the history of the Tudors and the politics of that time. Scholarly and well written with a wealth of supporting evidence.”

Netgalley



11 August 2017: Great reviews for How to Remove a Brain

“Very interesting and a little gross at times.”

Of Beauty and Nothingness


“Love the science, love the history.  A fun/interesting/trivia filled read.  I am a professional scientist, working in healthcare and I am not at all ashamed to admit I learned several things from this book which I'd never heard before (like the origin of the word 'toady' ). Cool stuff.”

Non-Stop Reader


“I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It's basically a collection of cool/interesting/funny medical anecdotes. Loved the brief stories about medicine throughout history, and all the weird (and gross) things that have been done throughout time and across many different cultures. The stories were brief enough to relay information without overloading you on medical terminology, so even those not necessarily interested in science and medicine will learn something and have fun with it. It's just an all-around fun book, that will teach you some new and interesting facts.”

The Nerd Herd



10 August 2017: Excellent reviews for Lawrence James’s The Iron Duke

“The Iron Duke is a military biography of Wellington, but it is much more. Very well written and highly entertaining.”

Netgalley


“What one has here then is a one-volume history of Wellington’s generalship which despite any shortcomings it may have clearly knocks Elizabeth Longford’s ‘Wellington; Years of the Sword’ into a bicorne hat.”

John Plowright



10 August 2017: More excellent reviews for Theo Aronson’s Crowns in Conflict

“Here, Theo Aronson has assembled the entire cast of embattled monarchs. His is the story of eight momentous years viewed, as it were, from the monarchical standpoint; an account of the passing, not only of their particular world, but of the entire monarchic and dynastic order of the Continent. It describes the brilliant sunset and the dramatic break-up of the Europe of the Kings.”

Marshall S Lion


“An interesting version of an oft-told tale. Rather than simply being a diplomatic or military history, Crowns in Conflict uniquely personalizes World War I. It also helps place monarchies in a historic context.”

Prairie Progressive


“In Crowns in Conflict: The Triumph and Tragedy of European Monarchy 1910-1918, Theo Aronson takes a distinct approach to the end of monarchical Europe. For one, he takes a broader view, looking at roughly a dozen major and minor monarchs who sat on Europe’s thrones in the second decade of the 20th century. The second, and most notable, is that the book is biographical in nature, not surprising given that Aronson, who died in 2003, wrote nearly two dozen royal biographies. His method produces a very readable examination of the topic. Rather than rehash the standard history of how the Central and Entente Powers careened into war, the book looks at the history of each monarch and what the kings and queens did through the course of the war.”

Blog Critics


“Crowns in Conflict: The Triumph and the Tragedy of European Monarchy, 1910-1918 is an interesting read and I recommend it.”

Amy’s Books



9 August 2017: More praise for Ian Ousby

“An entertaining and interesting read. Ousby considers the history of tourism through the growing 18th century desire to visit places of literary connection and natural beauty, along with the ever-increasing trend of touring country houses. This work is an intriguing social study and I particularly enjoyed Ousby's inclusion of snippets from contemporary accounts of some of the places still visited today. I imagine that this book will appeal both to the seasoned traveller and those interested in 18th century social history.”

Nicki Markus



9 August 2017: Nice review for Richard Falkirk’s Blackstone on Broadway

“Edmund Blackstone, Bow Street Runner, manages to assign himself as a consultant to the New York police but while there he is really after Captain Kidd's lost treasure. An enjoyable book with a likeable main character, who is 'helped' in his adventure by an emancipated Fanny Campbell.”

Vesper Meikle



8 August 2017: Good review for Crime Squad

“Crime Squad takes readers on an unforgettable ride as Mike, an innocent lad from the Yorkshire Dales, learns to grow up fast and stay alive on the mean streets of London.”

Weebly



7 August 2017: Good review for Theo Aronson’s biography of Princess Margaret

“Very comprehensive and well researched. An interesting read.”

Mary’s Book Corner



7 August 2017: Nice review for Pepys in Love

“Perfect for someone who wanted to know about the political, cultural, and social world of Pepys’ time.”

The Literate Quilter



6 August 2017: Lots of praise for Raise Your Grade

“Raise Your Grade is a very teen-friendly guide to help kids be more detail oriented in their study habits. The book is easy to follow and the points are well made throughout. The focus is on understanding how to revise written work to make it better and more effective. From mnemonics to taking the time to read better, it’s really an essential guide for ensuring that the work produced by a student is of a higher quality.”

Online Eccentric Librarian



6 August 2017: Nice review for She’s a Boy

“This is a heartbreaking story.”

Artistic Bent



5 August 2017: Great review for David Stafford’s Secret Agent

“David Stafford has become the greatest expert on the SOE organization. Stafford shows a complete mastery of the literature, and incorporates extensive quotations from many of those actively involved in SOE activities.”

John Plowright – Netgalley



4 August 2017: Another good review for 999 CSI

“I'd recommend this interesting memoir.”

Different Time, Different Place



3 August 2017: Excellent reviews for Blackstone

“I enjoyed this well-paced mystery.”

Vesper Meikle


“I loved this book, a regency mystery featuring Blackstone, one of the best of the Bow Street Runners. Falkirk writes with sophisticated style and wit, capturing the tone of the time, his descriptions lavish but not overextended. Halfway through the book, I realized (with great glee) that Blackstone is a Regency Sam Spade; hot gin and hot women are his sustenance when not chasing down the bad guys with a vengeance and swagger. Twisting arms to get cooperation, seduction for information, always well-armed and ready to fight his way out of a fix.”

Coffee and Ink


“There are a few misdirects along the way and more than enough action. Blackstone is an interesting character. He presents himself as being confident and self-assured but he is constantly second guessing himself. He’ll chastise himself for bragging about his exploits and he’ll dwell on a negative comment from others. Too many of the modern day protagonists have no real flaws or at least any concern about their own actions. Blackstone is the exception. I had a great time with this one.”

Big Bald Books



2 August 2017: Zelda West-Meads on Talk Radio Europe

If you missed Zelda's fascinating interview on Talk Radio Europe, you can listen again here (2/8/17 12:15). Zelda’s new book To Love, Honour & Betray is out now.



2 August 2017: Nice review for Legion of the Lost

“Salazar presents a mix of honor, esprit de corps, and servitude that seems to part of another century. The mystique of the French Foreign Legion is ripped away. Salazar’s story is as interesting as it is unexpected.”

Evil Cyclist blog



1 August 2017: Great reviews for A Life in Death

“Fascinating. Highly recommended.”

For the Love of Books blog


“I was so absorbed by this book and found it such an easy read that I knocked it over in two days. Venables does a magnificent job of hitting the appropriate tone with a difficult and somewhat unpalatable topic.”

The Bookshelf Gargoyle

“I absolutely loved this book, it is a fabulous insight into what goes on behind the scenes of murders and disasters that result in tragic loss of life.  I found it gripping and very interesting.  Very well written. A great book.”

Netgalley


“Very interesting. If you ever want to satisfy your macabre curiosity as to how the police identify victims involved in a disaster without getting too much into the science, then this is the book for you. It never lets you forget the sensitivity and the human element of working in a field which deals with tragedy after tragedy. Richard Venables has a unique perspective to deliver an account of how Disaster Victim Identification has progressed from the ’80s to now, as he pretty much invented the process for the UK, and worked on a multitude of national and international disasters.”

Love is a State of Mind blog



31 July 2017: David Bullock on Channel 5

David Bullock, author of the definitive book on Jack the Ripper, was on Inside Broadmoor tonight.



31 July 2017: Interview with Simon Thould

An interesting interview with debut novelist Simon Thould here:


Mari’s Book Reviews



30 July 2017: She’s a Boy update

Here’s a fascinating update on Joe Holliday, the author of the shocking and powerful memoir She’s a Boy - what happened after publication?


She’s a Boy update



30 July 2017: First Spanish review for Dark Water

The Seaside Gazette



28 July 2017: Good review for Dark Water

Another good review for Simon Thould’s debut thriller Dark Water:


Mari’s Book Review




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