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9 February 2019: Another terrific review for Death in Paris

Christian Writer

9 February 2019: Excellent review for To the Edge of the Sky

Full review

6 February 2019: Another glowing review for Sugar

Full review

6 February 2019: Great review for The White Headhunter

"I found this book incredibly engaging and could not put it down. It appealed to my love of both history and anthropology and I recommend the book to anyone who likes either."

Full review

31 January 2019: More excellent reviews for How to Remove a Brain

Nicki J Markus

Jena Books

The Book Decoder

21 January 2019: An award nomination for Chris Hannon and Orca Rising

Worthing Herald

20 January 2019: An excellent review for A Perfect Sentence

“The Perfect Sentence is a well-written book with clever detail and dialogue. It is an exploration and exposition of human relationships and how fragile and precarious they are, especially left in the hands of human beings. The perfect relationship match is so difficult to find and many of the issues covered are more reflective of the norm in society today.”

Full review

16 January 2019: Another glowing review for How to Remove a Brain

“A fascinating book full of medical vignettes that will enlighten, astound, amuse and disgust the reader.”

The Reading Desk

15 January 2019: Excellent review for Robert Cecil’s A Divided Life

Full review

12 January 2019: Great review for The Tyre

“A special book that looks at life’s struggles for an “untouchable” family and how they strive to overcome discrimination and prejudices to create the best quality of life they can. Be careful, because sometimes hardship can be disguised as opportunity.”

Full review

11 January 2019: An excellent review for David Haviland’s How to Remove a Brain

“This collection of mini tales is both informative and fun, and it will appeal to readers interested in medical history, and those who just enjoy learning fun facts and strange-but-true stories.”

Full review

4 January 2019: Fascinating interview with author Vikie Shanks on the subject of empathy


28 December 2018: Shaun Baines in Writers’ Forum magazine

Check out the current issue of Writers’ Forum, which includes novelist Shaun Baines interviewing authors Mark Billingham, Zoe Sharp and David Haviland about violence in crime fiction.

18 December 2018: Atom Bomb to Santa Claus is “A fascinating compilation of fun tidbits.”

Dear Author

18 December 2018: Interesting interview with Ian McCulloch

Reading Nook

18 December 2018: Jane Dismore feature in The American

The American

18 December 2018: More excellent reviews for Death in Paris

My Shelf

Midwest Book Review

17 December 2018: Good review for Atom Bomb to Santa Claus

Atom Bomb to Santa Claus is “A good read for the curious reader.”

Avid Reader

14 December 2018: More excellent reviews for Sugar

Book Nook

Read Between the Lines

13 December 2018: Excellent review for Trafalgar

OD Book Reviews

12 December 2018: The Anglophile Channel interviews Jane Dismore

Full video

11 December 2018: Corkscrew reviewed by Underrated Reads

"Corkscrew is an entertaining novel filled with both dark humor and suspense. Those who enjoy quirky reads, will enjoy this one."

Underrated Reads

10 December 2018: Terroirist reviews Corkscrew

"Corkscrew is a rollicking page-turner about a quick-witted womanizer named Felix Hart, whose bawdy, booze-filled escapades propel him up the ranks of the UK wine industry."


7 December 2018: More press coverage for the hilarious, prize-nominated Corkscrew

Kilburn Times

6 December 2018: Excellent review for Death in Paris

“Ideal for murder mystery fans and especially anyone looking for female led fiction that prizes friendship highly, Death in Paris is a fun read that would go well with a glass of red wine “

Fiendfully Reading

5 December 2018: George Galloway interviews Tim Tate

A fascinating George Galloway interview with author Tim Tate on his book The Assassination of Robert F. Kennedy, which has just been nominated for the People's Book Prize.

4 December 2018: The Book Decoder reviews A Lot of Nerve

“A hilarious and exciting story about cons, mobsters and spies.”

The Book Decoder

3 December 2018: Holiday SOS reviewed

"In a voice that rings true as a bell, Dr. MacFarlane’s book takes readers on a startling series of journeys all over the world... that informed, horrified, and amused me in equal measure."

Full review

2 December 2018: Kings River Life magazine reviews Death in Paris

“See Paris through the eyes of an American who’s been there for many years while unraveling the mysterious death by soup. Rachel will be happy to show you around.”

Full review

30 November 2018: Interesting interview with author Nick Pope

A fascinating Reading Nook interview with Nick Pope, author of new thriller Blood Brothers.

30 November 2018: Blood Brothers reviewed by Between the Lines

Between the Lines

27 November 2018: This Is My Truth Now reviews Death in Paris

“I adored it…”

Full review

26 November 2018: Excellent review for Weird War Two

“Weird War Two is a fascinating collection.”


26 November 2018: Jane Dismore at Society of Authors event

Jane Dismore will be speaking at the Society of Authors ‘Royals, Rebels and Aristocrats’ event this Saturday at Croxley Green.

26 November 2018: Tim Tate in the Wiltshire Times

Wiltshire Times - Book is shortlisted for top award

23 November 2018: Reading Desk reviews The Tyre

“A special book that looks at life’s struggles for an “untouchable” family and how they strive to overcome discrimination and prejudices to create the best quality of life they can. Be careful, because sometimes hardship can be disguised as opportunity.”

Reading Desk

23 November 2018: Excellent interview with The Tyre authors Liz Huntley and Christian Dubois

Reading Desk

21 November 2018: Excellent new review for Three Men on Their Bikes

"What a joy it was to read."

Snow Queen

21 November 2018: Jane Dismore at the Society of Authors

Jane Dismore, author of Princess: The Early Life of Queen Elizabeth II, will be a speaker at the Society of Authors Saturday Series event at Croxley Green on December 1st.

21 November 2018: Holiday SOS is a Sunday Times 'Editor's Choice'.

20 November 2018: Snow Queen reviews Sugar

“Sugar is the book for women, for grown-up women with life choices and life experiences behind us… A worthy read.”

Snow Queen

19 November 2018: Terrific Reading Desk review for A Divided Life

“What was so shocking was that the Cambridge Spies, during the 1950s, came from privileged backgrounds and this was an ideological choice.”

Reading Desk

15 November 2018: Shaun Baines in the Annandale Herald

You can read about Shaun’s recent award nomination in today’s Annandale Herald:

15 November 2018: Excellent Dear Author review for Holiday SOS

“What a hoot!”

Dear Author

14 November 2018: Waggy Tales reviews Princess

“In this book Jane Dismore speaks to some of the Queen’s closet friends and family, some of whom have never spoken out before. It gives the biography a very personal, sincere and most of all genuine account of Elizabeth’s life as a child.”

Waggy Tales

13 November 2018: Terrific review in the latest Crime Review for Blackstone Underground

“Of all the Blackstone books, I think this is my favourite, and not just because of the fascinating look beneath the streets of Georgian England."

Crime Review

12 November 2018: Six People’s Book Prize nominations for Thistle Publishing

Exciting news! Thistle Publishing has 6 nominations for the People’s Book Prize 2019, which means once again we have more nominees than any other publisher (ahead of Penguin, with 4).

Voting is open now, and remains open until 15 March. The awards dinner takes place at Stationers' Hall on 8 May.


A World in Two Minds, KW Jamieson, Shepherd-Walwyn, First Time Author

Bed 12, Alison Murdoch, Hikari Press, First Time Author

Fight of a Lifetime, Philip Watling, Mardi Books

Get Tough with Type 2 Diabetes, Craig Robinson & David Levy Hammersmith Books Limited

Grumpies on Board, Carol E. Wyer, Delancey Press

Hark! Paul Kerensa, Lion Hudson

Hope with OCP, Lynn Crilly, Hammersmith Books

How Not To Murder Your Grumpy, Carol E. Wyer, Delancey Press

How To See Nature, Paul Evans, Pavilion Books

Landscapes of the Heart, Juliet Grayson, Jessica Kingsley Publishers, First Time author

Mithras to Mormon, Philippa Bernard, Shepherd Walwyn

Princess, Jane Dismore, Thistle Publishing

Shame, Dr Burgo, Watkins Publishing

Technicolour Dreamin' in Her Fashion, Karen Moller, Olympia Publishers

The Assassination of Robert F Kennedy, Tim Tate & Brad Johnson, Thistle Publishing

The Buddha Pill, Dr M Farias & Dr C Wikholm, Watkins Publishing, First Time Authors

The Happy Commuter, Melissa Addey, Letterpress Publishing

The Hidden Girl, Marika Henriques, Shepherd Walwyn, First Time Author

The Infection Game, Sarah Myhill & Craig Robinson, Hammersmith Books Limited,

Through a Mother's Tears, Cathy Broomfield, Thistle Publishing, First Time Author


A Ladder in the Sky, John Boyne, Transworld

A Treachery of Spies, Manda Scott, Transworld

Anna Undreaming, Thomas Welsh, Owl Hollow Press. First Time Author

Bottled Goods, Sophie van Llewyn, Fairlight Books, First Time Author

Butterfly Ranch, RK Salters, Troubador, First Time Author

Closing Shop, Darren Walker, Blossom Spring Publishing, First Time Author

Dance of the Jakaranda, Peter Kimani, Saqi Books

Hookah Nights - Tales from Cairo, Anne-Marie Drosso, Darf Publications

In the Fast Lane, Lotte Moore, Hashtag Press

Ivy and Abe, Elizabeth Enfield, Michael Joseph, Penguin Random House

Karna's Wheel, Michael Tobert, John Hunt Publishers/Top Hat Books

Losing Venice, Scott Stavrou, Rogue Dog Press

Missing in Shanghai, Jean Harrod, York Authors Coffee Shop

Sins As Scarlet, Nicolas Obregon, Michael Joseph

Summer Night, Winter Moon, Jane Huxley, Delancey Press Ltd

The Brondesbury Tapestry, Helen Harris, Halban Publishers, First Time Author

The Cairo Brief, Fiona Veitch Smith, Lion Hudson

The Cup, Melissa Addey, Letterpress Publishing

The Fragant Concubine, Melissa Addey, Letterpress Publishing, First Time Author

The Poison Bed, EC Fremantle, Michael Joseph, Penguin Random House

The Scratching Post, Susan Delaney, Olympia Publishers, First Time Author

The Tyre, CJ Dubois & EC Huntley, Thistle Publishing

The Warehouse Industry, William Macbeth, Thistle Publishing First Time Author

Woodcutter, Shaun Baines, Thistle Publishing First Time Author

7 November 2018: Another excellent review for Atom Bomb to Santa Claus

“Guaranteed to entertain and enlighten, Atom Bomb to Santa Claus is an amazing chronicle of some of America's most important and imaginative creations.”

Janet’s Book Corner

5 November 2018: Vikie Shanks wins at Grierson Awards

‘Kingdom of Us', based on Vikie Shanks’ powerful memoir Unravelled,  has won Best Single Documentary at the Grierson Awards.

5 November 2018: Excellent review for Trevor Homer

“A well-done history of sorts that reflects the lighter side as well as some trivial things that made significant changes in the way we do things. Nicely done.”

Evil Cyclist

29 October 2018: Vikie Shanks’ TED Talk has now reached 50,000 views

TED: Why my autistic children don't need a "cure"

29 October 2018: Another cracking review for Death in Paris

"I absolutely loved it."

Reading, Writing, Wandering…

25 October 2018: David Haviland on BBC Sussex

Don't miss the brilliant David Haviland on the Danny Pike show this morning at 11.40am on BBC Sussex, talking about his latest book How to Remove a Brain, which has just been shortlisted for the People’s Book Prize.

24 October 2018: Excellent review for Weird War Two

“Parachuting sheep? Pilot pigeons? Rifles that fire round corners? Men who never were? You will find them all in these pages, the weird, wonderful and barely believable tales from World War Two.”

The Book Cove

22 October 2018: Jane Dismore at the Berwick Literary Festival

Jane Dismore was a speaker at the Berwick Literary Festival on Saturday, discussing her remarkable new biography of the young Queen Elizabeth - Princess.

22 October 2018: Underrated Reads reviews A Divided Life

Another excellent review for Robert Cecil's A Divided Life, many thanks to Underrated Reads.

21 October 2018: Book Cove reviews Blood Brothers

The Book Cove

18 October 2018: Five People’s Book Prize finalists for Thistle Publishing

This morning the People’s Book Prize announced its finalists for the 2019 awards, and we at Thistle are fortunate enough to have published 5 of the nominees. No other publisher has more than a single nomination. The full list of nominees is below, congratulations to our authors. The awards ceremony will take place on May 8 2019 at Stationers’ Hall.

Book Brunch


Corkscrew, Peter Stafford-Bow (Thistle)

Goodbye Burma, Jean Ellis (Fairfield Books)

Narcissism for Beginners, Martine McDonagh (Unbound)

Open My Eyes, Alice Allan (Pinter & Martin)

Salt Creek, Lucy Treloar (Gallic Books)

The Pursuit of Ordinary, Nigel Jay Cooper (Roundfire Books)


I Am Me, Sue Hampton (TSL Publications)

Orca Rising, Chris Hannon (Thistle)

Oscar the Ferry Cat, Molly Arbuthnott (Jelly Bean Books)

The Book Spy, Mark Carton (Candy Jar Books)

TJ and His Wheelable Chair, Amanda Kehoe (Austin Macauley)

Where Are You Hiding Charlie Dog, Sue Pavey (Blossom Spring)


How To Remove a Brain, David Haviland (Thistle)

Lady Sue Ryder, Tessa West (Shepheard-Walwyn)

Mapreaders and Multitaskers, Gavin Evans (Thistle)

Sex, Drugs & Asperger's Syndrome, Luke Jackson (Jessica Kingsley)

The Man Who Would Be Jack, David Bullock (Thistle)

Understanding BRCA, Clarissa Foster (Hammersmith Books)

17 October 2018: Yet another cracking review for Death in Paris

"What a charming modern-day ‘cosy’ mystery murder."

Love Books, Read Books

16 October 2018: The reviews for Death in Paris are officially 'Rave'

Literary Hub

15 October 2018: Death in Paris is “a compelling read”.

Full review

9 October 2018: Excellent review for Death in Paris

“The only thing chillier than a Parisian winter is cold-blooded murder.”

Nicki J Markus

8 October 2018: Emilia Bernhard interview

Author Interview: Emilia Bernhard of “Death in Paris”

7 October 2018: Anglophile TV interviews Jane Dismore

The Anglophile Channel

4 October 2018: Excellent review for Corkscrew

"This is one of the funniest books I’ve read in a long time... Excellently written and brilliantly plotted."

Kiss My Book

4 October 2018: A Divided Life reviewed

“In this perceptive biography of Donald Maclean, Robert Cecil draws on his close acquaintance with the man, first at Cambridge and then as his colleague in the Diplomatic Service, to give an insider’s view of Maclean and his circle of ideological spies: Burgess, Philby and Blunt.”

Full review

24 September 2018: Excellent Library Journal review for Death in Paris

"Readers of Joanne Fluke or those who enjoy contemporary cozy mysteries with amateur sleuths will gobble up this first in a series with two Americans in Paris as if it's an actual treat in a Paris cafe."

Library Journal

28 September 2018: Excellent review for The Adventures of Inspector Lestrade

"If you love to read a good pastiche of Sherlock Holmes, then This is The Book!"

Full review

26 September 2018: Underrated Reads reviews Gigolo

“Gigolo is a well-written memoir...  What I particularly liked is how it provides insight into London’s class structure. Male and female readers will enjoy this wild ride.”

Underrated Reads

24 September 2018: Another rave review for Death in Paris

Death in Paris is "an intriguing story... truly amazing."

Full review

21 September 2018: Terrific review for Three Men on Their Bikes

"Overall, I found this a delightful and affirming read... providing plenty of laughs."

Nicki J. Markus

20 September 2018: Chris Hannon prize nomination

Our sensational YA debut Orca Rising has been nominated for the People's Book Prize.

Worthing Herald

19 September 2018: Another terrific review for Robert Cecil's A Divided Life

"What makes this particular account of a member of the Cambridge Spy Ring so engrossing is that Robert Cecil was a personal acquaintance of the individuals involved."

Full review

17 September 2018: Great review for Sugar

“A wonderful memoir on Sugar World by Monique X.”

The Book Decoder

17 September 2018: Princess reviewed

Princess by Jane Dismore is "an informative, fascinating, engaging, insightful and spectacular biography on the early life of Queen Elizabeth II. Five stars."

The Book Decoder

16 September 2018: Excellent review for Death in Paris

“Death in Paris takes you on a nail-biting adventure through the streets of Paris.”

The Book Decoder

14 September 2018: The Reading Desk praises Corkscrew

“A brilliantly funny entertaining novel that is a lighthearted romp around the world of wine, women and ambition.”

The Reading Desk

12 September 2018: Booklist reviews Death in Paris

An excellent Booklist review for Death in Paris:

"This tres charmant debut... Fans of cozies and the City of Lights, or drawn to the theme of female friendship, will eagerly await an encore."

12 September 2018: How to Remove a Brain is #1

David Haviland’s collection of amusing medical trivia How to Remove a Brain is currently #1 in  Curiosities, Imponderables & Wonders.

11 September 2018: New book trailer for Orca Rising

Trailer (video)

9 September 2018: Vikie Shanks in the Evening Standard

World Suicide Prevention Day: Father-of-seven’s family open up about dad’s heart-breaking suicide

7 September 2018: Jane Dismore’s Princess reviewed

"A rich, extensively researched memoir on the early years of Princess Elizabeth... a refreshingly new perspective."

La Biblio de Caro

6 September 2018: More excellent reviews for Weird War Two

"If you are a WWII buff and love your history with a touch of humour and quirkiness, then this is for you."

Melisende’s Library

"Weird War 2 is an informative, fascinating, hilarious and brilliant book on World War 2."

The Book Decoder

"A perfect book for dipping in and out of... this is highly recommended."

Crime Novel Reader

5 September 2018: An excellent review for Robert Cecil's biography of Donald MacLean, A Divided Life

“The author’s relationship with MacLean creates a warmer biography of a human and not an ideologue. The writing seems fair and without apology, but it explains some of the why, and how someone from a well-off background would leave it behind for a system the only nominally supported his political views.”

Evil Cyclist

3 September 2018: Weird War Two reviewed

“If you love titbits of information you’ll love this book.”

The Reading Desk

2 September 2018: Peter Stafford-Bow at Ryedale Book Fest

“On 22nd September join Peter Stafford-Bow, author and former wine executive, who will be reading from his recently-published novel 'Corkscrew: the highly improbable, but occasionally true, tale of a professional wine seller.”

Ryedale Book Festival