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28 October 2019: Ben MacFarlane's Holiday SOS is in the news in South Africa


The flying doc reveals all: Don’t sleep naked, chewing gum while flying and more



22 October 2019: Holiday SOS reaches Australia


‘Flying doctor’ reveals how to stay healthy and safe on holiday



19 October 2019: Holiday SOS in The Sun


‘Flying doctor’ reveals how to stay healthy and safe on holiday including never sleeping naked at a hotel



15 October 2019: Holiday SOS in Daily Mail


Ben MacFarlane's fantastic memoir Holiday SOS is serialised in the Daily Mail today.


A flying doctor reveals his top 10 travel tips



10 October 2019: Jane Dismore in Majesty magazine


Jane Dismore’s feature on Princess Elizabeth and her mother’s family is in November’s issue of Majesty magazine.



1 October 2019: Gigolo reaches the final of the People’s Book Prize


Ben Foster’s sensational memoir Gigolo has gone through to the final of the People’s Book Prize, to be awarded in 2020.



16 September 2019: Powerful article by Vikie Shanks


My Husband’s Suicide; 12 Years Have Passed But The Pain Lives On



5 September 2019: Excellent new review of A Perfect Sentence


“The writing was polished and skilful, not just for the first novel it is, but for any novel.”


Fictionophile



19 August 2019: Jane Dismore climbing bestseller lists


Jane Dismore’s acclaimed new biography of Queen Elizabeth is riding high in Amazon’s bestseller lists. The book is currently at:

#2 in Biographies of Presidents & Heads of State

#8 in Biographies & Memoirs of Royalty

#16 in Royal Historical Biographies



19 August 2019: Ben Foster on BBC Radio Norfolk


Ben Foster was interviewed this week on the Nick Conrad show.


Listen again



19 August 2019: Ben Foster on the Chrissie Jackson show


Full interview



14 August 2019: Excellent review of Jane Dismore’s Princess


“This was a most enjoyable book to read. Informative and well-written.......Jane Dismore has done an excellent job of revealing the monarch’s personality.”

Majesty magazine



14 August 2019: Ben Foster in the Eastern Daily Press


'My life as a Norfolk gigolo' - Carer and dad-of-three reveals his secret profession



12 August 2019: PW reviews The Books of the Dead


"This mystery has it all:...fully realized characters, amusing dialogue, and a satisfyingly complex plot."

Publishers Weekly



7 August 2019: Ben Foster on the BBC


Ben Foster was interviewed this week on BBC Radio about his recent award nomination.


BBC Sounds



29 July 2019: An Estonian review for How to Remove a Brain


"How to remove a Brain is an brilliant collection of medical oddities... Wonderful reading!"


Full review



16 July 2019: Vikie Shanks on Good Mental Health


“I recently had the honour of being asked to speak at the University of Cambridge alongside two other very esteemed people, Dr Abdul Raoof and Keith Leslie, Head of Trustees for the Mental Health Foundation, the oldest mental health charity in the UK.”


Good Mental Health Starts at Birth



1 July 2019: Award nomination for Emilia Bernhard


Emilia Bernhard’s fantastic debut novel Death in Paris has been submitted for the American Library in Paris book award.



1 July 2019: Award nominations for Thistle Publishing


No publisher has more nominations than Thistle Publishing at the 2019 People’s Book awards. Our fantastic 2019 nominees are:


Gigolo - Ben Foster

Atom Bomb to Santa Claus - Trevor Homer

Blood Brothers - Nick Pope

A Lot of Nerve - Ian McCulloch

A Collar for Cerberus - Matt Stanley



18 June 2019: Jonathan Fryer on Soho


Jonathan Fryer will be addressing the Women’s Institute this evening in Kenley, discussing his book Soho in the Fifties and Sixties.



29 May 2019: Chloe Banks at Novel Nights


Author Chloe Banks will be speaking this evening at the Novel Nights event.


Tickets



25 May 2019: Jonathan Fryer on Robbie Ross


Jonathan Fryer has written a fascinating new piece on Robbie Ross.


Article



12 May 2019: Vikie Shanks joins Thriver interview series


Vikie Shanks has been chosen as one of  50 extraordinary people from around the world to share the secrets of Thriving through adversity.  


Thriver



9 May 2019: David Haviland wins the People’s Book Prize


Many thanks to the People’s Book Prize for a fantastic evening, and congratulations to all our  fabulous authors who were nominated, including David Haviland, who picked up the Non-Fiction prize for How to Remove a Brain!



8 May 2019: Good luck to our People’s Book Prize nominees!


Good luck to all our fantastic authors who have been shortlisted at the People’s Book Prize awards ceremony tonight. The trophies will be awarded at a black tie ceremony starting at 8pm, hosted by Frederick Forsyth. The following Thistle authors have all been nominated:


David Bullock - The Man Who Would Be Jack

Cathy Broomfield - Through a Mother’s Tears

Peter Stafford-Bow - Corkscrew

CJ Dubois & EC Huntley - The Tyre

Chris Hannon - Orca Rising

David Haviland - How to Remove a Brain

Gavin Evans - Mapreaders and Multitaskers



1 May 2019: The Literate Quilter reviews David Haviland


"David Haviland's How to Remove a Brain is an entertaining read of wide-ranging trivia of the sort that I recall enjoying in junior high. Amusing as it reads, there is real information here that will engage all age groups."


The Literate Quilter



26 April 2019: An excellent review for How to Remove a Brain


"I thoroughly enjoyed How to Remove a Brain: and other bizarre medical practices and procedures and I recommend it as the perfect, quirky gift for, well… anyone!"


Underrated Reads



18 April 2019: Great coverage for Holiday SOS in the Express


Daily Express



28 March 2019: Vikie Shanks on BBC Radio


Vikie Shanks’ interview with Nana Akua is now available online here.



28 March 2019: Jonathan Fryer on Soho Radio


Jonathan Fryer will be on Soho Radio this morning between 9-10am, talking about his book Soho in the Fifties and Sixties, and other aspects of his career.



25 March 2019: Holiday SOS in the Daily Mail


Mail Online



19 March 2019: Seven People’s Book Prize finalists for Thistle Publishing!


Many congratulations to the following fantastic authors who have all been shortlisted for the People’s Book Prize. The trophies will be awarded at a black tie ceremony on May 8, hosted by Frederick Forsyth.


David Bullock - The Man Who Would Be Jack

Cathy Broomfield - Through a Mother’s Tears

Peter Stafford-Bow - Corkscrew

CJ Dubois & EC Huntley - The Tyre

Chris Hannon - Orca Rising

David Haviland - How to Remove a Brain

Gavin Evans - Mapreaders and Multitaskers



13 March 2019: Book Addiction reviews Nicholas Best’s ‘Trafalgar’


"This was a moving and well-researched history."


Book Addiction



11 March 2019: Terrific review for To the Edge of the Sky


"To the Edge of the Sky explores the depth of human existence in hardship, and it does it in such a down to earth way that you won't be able to pry yourself away."


Avalinah’s Books



8 March 2019: An excellent review for Jane Dismore's Princess


"I enjoyed learning more about Elizabeth, and Dismore provides what seems to be a very thorough biographical sketch of her life."


A Simpler Grace



8 March 2019: Nick Pope in the Metro


Ex-Ministry of Defence UFO investigator publishes novel so sensitive it needed ‘security clearance’



8 March 2019: Vikie Shanks on Inner Fire talk show


Inner Fire



7 March 2019: The World of Inspector Lestrade launches


Have you ever wanted to know more about MJ Trow's classic 'Lestrade' series? If so, you're in luck, because today we're publishing The World of Inspector Lestrade, a guide to everything you could wish to know about this fascinating period and its characters.


The World of Inspector Lestrade



6 March 2019: Another terrific review for How to Remove a Brain


"This was a fun, quirky read... full of interesting stories and tidbits about medical history... David Haviland managed to write the exact amount needed for each topic."


You Want to Read This



28 February 2019: Vikie Shank on the Victoria Derbyshire show


BBC - Victoria Derbyshire




14 February 2019: Vikie Shanks on Passive Suicide


Good Mental Health starts at birth



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


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