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11 July 2018: The Tyre authors interviewed

Beneath the Banyan Tree

11 July 2018: Royal Legacy in Business Insider

“The Queen's massive stamp collection has never been fully inventoried or priced. Estimates put its worth over £10 million, with some estimates as high as £100 million.”

Business Insider

11 July 2018: Nicholas Best in Crime Review magazine

“This is a deftly written, immensely readable account that makes history read like a novel... Brilliant.”

Crime Review

11 July 2018: Our magical novel The Tyre is featured in the current issue of the English Language Gazette

“Former English language teacher Liz Huntley tells EL Gazette how ‘chance meetings and serendipity’ led her to an unusual literary collaboration with a French student she taught in the 1980s.”

English Language Gazette

11 July 2018: Through a Mother's Tears featured in the Sunday Mirror

Sunday Mirror

9 July 2018: Jane Dismore writes for Royal Central

Princess Elizabeth and the Summer of 1938

9 July 2018: The remarkable Cathy Broomfield in Wales Online

Mum fears her daughter was still alive when killer put her in a suitcase and threw her out of his car

5 July 2018: Jena Books recommends The Tyre

Three Books I Highly Recommend

4 July 2018: William Macbeth interview

William Macbeth has given a fascinating interview to Reading Nook, at the launch of his hilarious debut novel The Warehouse Industry.

Reading Nook

4 July 2018: Peter Stafford-Bow at Rydale Book Festival

“Peter Stafford-Bow, author and former wine executive, will be reading from his recently-published novel Corkscrew: the highly improbable, but occasionally true, tale of a professional wine buyer, a satire set in the world of supermarket wine buying. Corkscrew is based on Peter’s twenty-year career purchasing wines for the world’s largest retailers.”

Rydale Book Festival

4 July 2018: Vinesight reviews Corkscrew

“The success of Sideways can be a double edged sword when it comes to wine literature.  Do you try to tread in the same footsteps and risk comparison, or are you able to create something with its own identity? Corkscrew (or Corkscrew – the highly improbable, but occasionally true, tale of a professional wine buyer to give it its full title), the debut novel by Peter Stafford-Bow firmly falls in to the latter camp. Doing the rounds as something of a self-published cult novel within the wine fraternity since 2016, the book has deservedly been picked up by publisher Thistle and makes its official bookshelf debut in July.”


3 July 2018: David Bullock nominated for book prize

David Bullock, author of book that 'unmasks' Jack the Ripper nominated for award

3 July 2018: A tremendous review for Jane Dismore's Princess

Royal Central

2 July 2018: Kate Fulford in the news

Former Downham Market pupil’s novel shortlisted

2 July 2018: A selection of recent reviews

Hollywood Hang Ten

“Whilst set in the early 1960s, a time of counterculture and revolution with regard to social norms and mores, a time of relaxation of social taboos especially relating to racism and sexism, this book definitely takes you back to the seedier side of the 1950s movie industry and the period just after the McCarthy witch-hunts that dominated Hollywood and elsewhere in America. Naive wanna-be private eye Ryan Zorn embarks on a case (in his sick uncle's stead) to find a missing boy, before stumbling upon scandal, blackmail and murder, and someone intent on reviving long-dead secrets. I get the impression that this could quite easily become a series.”

Melisende’s Library

Lestrade and the Giant Rat of Sumatra.

“This is a clever crime mystery... well plotted and very funny. Not just humour in the story but laugh out loud moments and many a delightful play on words too... ‘the Schindler lift’ for one.”

Jane Norriss (Reviewer)

Orca Rising

“I love Ocean and the fact that this book gave me some Maze Runner vibes and a little bit of Hunger Games too.”

Dora Archie Okeyo (Reviewer)


“The book features new information and interviews with family and friends who give their unique insight into The Queen’s young life. Dismore also goes back and provides details and scandals regarding her maternal family that I, for one, had not heard before. Reading it, you get a picture of the Scottish residences that Her Majesty as a young girl ran about with her sister and cousins while visiting her maternal grandparents (who were the Earl and Countess of Strathmore and Kinghorne). You also see the influence the Bowes-Lyons had on her upbringing into the wonderful woman and leader she is today.”

Royal Central

“A very informative and enjoyable account of the early life of Princess Elizabeth. I enjoyed it and would recommend even if you are not a fan of the Royal Family.”

Geoff Harper (Reviewer)

“This was a wonderful and informative book on Queen Elizabeth II.”

Tiffany Reeves (Reviewer)

“The British royal family lives in a gilded cage, and for all the riches, pomp, and splendor, we would do well to remember they are also people. In Princess: The Early Life of Queen Elizabeth II, author Jane Dinsmoore allows us to see the world’s longest-reigning monarch as just that: a regular person born into unbelievable and sometimes overwhelming responsibility. Pulling from interviews, memoirs, and other writings, Dinsmore’s attention to detail is phenomenal.”

Fragile Like a Bomb

“Thoroughly enjoyed and would recommend. Five stars.”

Julie Wilson (Reviewer)

“All in all, this is a thorough and detailed account of Queen Elizabeth's formative years and what set her on the road to becoming Queen. Interesting and packed with meticulous research, you could do worse than investing some time reading this. Dismore has done an exquisite job!”

Readers Retreat

“I've read several books on Elizabeth. I found this one to be particularly readable and interesting. Ms. Dinsmore has an engaging style… the book was like a novel.”

Debra Rojas (Reviewer)

“Princess offers a few surprises. Queen Mary was far more interested in Elizabeth’s education than her mother was. Her father, Prince Bertie/King George VI, was the only straight arrow among his brothers. Her mother didn’t seem to want to recognize Elizabeth had grown up, always lecturing her in letters on how to conduct herself, even though Elizabeth had always been proper. Elizabeth was exactly what the monarchy needed to survive.”

Terri Wangard (Reviewer)

“Ms. Dismore did a wonderful job on this historical biography on Queen Elizabeth. You will learn how she grew up, things she went through as the youngest Queen, being bombed by Hitler, meeting Philip when they were very young, how it blossomed into a love affair and then marriage.”

Cherie Homan (Reviewer)

“Absolutely brilliant! The book covers Elizabeth’s early life to the time of her assuming the throne. She is such a refreshing person. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in the history of Great Britain, or just loves a good biography.”

Joyce Fox (Reviewer)

“Jane Dismore's research is as meticulous as her writing, and it is this balance of talents that makes Princess such a good read.”

Emi Bevacqua (Reviewer)

The Burglar Caught by a Skeleton

“Jeremy Clay does a great job gathering up a selection of the screwiest Victorian news stories… The stories in The Burglar Caught by a Skeleton are sensational, often funny and often gruesome.”

Katherine Nabity

“Overall, this was an interesting collection of stories that will appeal to people who like weird and obscure history.”

All Sorts of Books

“A very interesting book.”

Adam Di Filippe (Librarian)

“A great mixture of newspaper reports, ranging from the completely bizarre, to the weird and utterly gory. The stories include tales of wild beasts, dead children, to women taken in sin. It is a perfect little book for dipping in and out of and great for conversation starters.”

S Ballinger (Reviewer)

The Filth

“An excellent and exciting read.”

Readers Retreat

“This addictively readable exposé chronicles author Duncan MacLaughlin’s fascinating climb up the police ladder to The Yard, with stories equally compelling for true crime junkies and regular readers alike. Highly recommended!”

Char Jones (Reviewer)

“A great book for police buffs… I loved it.”

Marie Angel (Reviewer)

The Warehouse Industry

“The overall tone of the book is unemotional and distant, but its effect is full of pathos. While Macbeth employs rich metaphors that elicit feeling as well as conjure image, he also includes irrelevant details, that the narrator says don't matter. The result is a tense combination of tears and laughter. Darkly humorous, this book succeeds in portraying the every man who is no man, The Invisible Man whose strength is in making himself known on his own wayward terms.”

Midwest Book Review

“This is a strange book but it also has a compelling pull on the reader. You need to try to work it out! … a little like Eleanor Oliphant.”

Fiction of Relations

“Perhaps it is an odd life goal to not draw attention to oneself, but that is exactly the place in which the narrator of “The Warehouse Industry” finds himself. Socially awkward and insecure, he does his best to blend in, yet still manages to stand out far more than he’s comfortable with. The narrator seems oddly disengaged, but the book draws the reader in, nonetheless. For those disinclined to read lengthy tomes, fear not: I found this book well-paced to the point where I was somewhat surprised to suddenly find myself deposited at its conclusion.”

Stop and Smell the Pages


“Your overall impression or conclusion after reading may be fine-tuned, if not completely turned upside down, thanks to this exhaustive in-depth dig into the lives of the Irish rock and roll band U2.”

Library Thing

Voices of the Foreign Legion

“Military history is not really my thing, but this book grabbed me at the first chapter and I read the whole thing in the course of a day.”

Stephen Rees

“This is the real story of the Legion, featuring many, superb first-hand narratives from the men who have served in its ranks. An extremely enjoyable read… I learned so much.”

Janet’s Book Corner

“I was enthralled by this book. One of the most interesting I have ever read.”

Marie Angel (Reviewer)

“This book is very interesting, insightful and there is a lot of horror and death. I found it easy to read, well written, and God bless every one of these men for fighting for a better world.”

Cherie Homan (Reviewer)

“Author Adrian Gilbert opened up an unknown world for me in this book. My thoughts about the Legion before reading this incredibly well-written history were of mystery and intrigue. Now, that secretive world has been cracked open through testimonials from actual Legion members themselves. A fascinating read!”

Char Jones (Reviewer)

28 June 2018: David McClure in The Guardian

‘Releasing all the royal reports on a single day looks good for transparency but why can't the palace be open all year round?’ Comment piece in the Guardian based on David McClure's Royal Legacy.

The Guardian

26 June 2018: Gigolo in The Sun

The Sun

26 June 2018: Cathy Broomfield on Talk Radio Europe

Don't miss Cathy Broomfield on Talk Radio Europe this lunchtime at 12:25pm, talking about her powerful, moving new memoir Through A Mother's Tears.


21 June 2018: Blackstone in Crime Review

Blackstone's Fancy by Richard Falkirk ‘holds a mirror up to the dark underbelly of society in the late 1820s’.

Crime Review

29 June 2018: Iain Rowan wins Northern Writers’ Award

Iain Rowan has won the Arvon Award at the Northern Writers’ Awards ceremony in Newcastle, for his novel Going Under.

Northern Writers’ Awards 2018

14 June 2018: Robert Kennedy book extracted in Daily Mail

The Daily Mail have serialised The Assassination of Robert F. Kennedy: Crime, Conspiracy and Cover-Up - A New Investigation by Tim Tate and Brad Johnson. The book to mark the 50th anniversary of his killing has generated huge interest around the world.


14 June 2018: Serial rights sold in Gigolo

Serial rights in Ben Foster’s Gigolo: Inside the Secret World of the Super Rich have been sold to The Sun.

13 Jun 2018: JD Dixon shortlisted for Somerset Maugham Prize

JD Dixon’s extraordinary debut novel The Unrivalled Transcendence of Willem J. Gyle has been shortlisted for the Somerset Maugham Prize.

‘Jen Campbell, Barney Norris, and Ian Thompson have judged this one, and they write, “In judging this year’s Somerset Maugham Award shortlist we’ve discovered five wildly different but equally excellent young writers. From poetry—Kayo Chingonyi’s playful, nostalgic poignance, Jenna Clake’s unique vision, and Miriam Nash’s hypnotic sense of place—to [the] fiction [of] JD Dixon’s unforgiving, surprising and powerful narrative, and Fiona Mozley’s visionary book, written in luminous prose, it’s a privilege to include these writers and their work.”’

The Bookseller

Publishing Perspectives

11 June 2018: Crime Review praises Richard Falkirk

Many thanks to @CrimeReviewUK for this excellent review of Richard Falkirk's historical detective thriller 'Blackstone's Fancy'..

8 June 2018: Shaun Baines interview

Interview with Shaun Baines, author of Woodcutter

8 June 2018: The Warehouse Industry reviewed by Mari’s Book Reviews

“Satisfyingly unpredictable, the book’s unexpectedness drives the plot with wit and ingenuity. The overall tone of the book is unemotional and distant, but its effect is full of pathos."

Full review

8 June 2018: Strobers in the Express

Gerald and Deborah Strober's fascinating book on The Monarchy is featured in the Daily Express today:

The day a Princess became the Queen

8 June 2018: Tim Tate on Talk Radio Europe

You can listen again to Tim Tate’s fascinating interview with @tretalkisgood on his new book The Assassination of Robert F. Kennedy here: … (starts at 30 mins)

8 June 2018: Review round-up

A Bride for Sunil

“Fascinating… the book does not disappoint.”

Jayasree Bhargavan (Reviewer)

A Collar for Cerberus

“A Collar for Cerberus is one of those delightful reads that creeps up on you. What at first glance appeared to be a road trip tale became a deep reflection on how we experience life, and what we want to get out of it, with wonderful discussions on Greek myth and the art of writing along the way. Marvellous writing.”

Nicki J. Markus

“You will savor every page of this book… filled with eloquent descriptions, ripe with vocabulary. The descriptions and thoughts on life can be more solid food than those of used to baby food may want. Literary fiction can be like that. However, the pace of the book was energizing enough to keep pulling me through the hard currents.”


“The depth of writing and character development is astounding and having a young man's naive dreams and an old man's regrets mixed in this story made it an enjoyable read… an unforgettable experience.”

Dora Archie Okeyo (Reviewer)

“I am engrossed… there are snippets of gold in between the lines.”


“When I read the description of this novel, I thought it was going to be a travelogue of Greece. However, it is so much more than that. It is about the journey of life and how to experience life to the fullest. This book delves into the deepest resources of our lives and transports the reader into Greek history and mythology, revealing their timelessness in today's world and in our own lives. The use of the English language is absolutely exquisite. The vocabulary is wonderfully rich. It was a true joy to experience this novel. I sincerely hope that Matt Stanley will grace us with more of his extraordinary gift of writing.”

Nan Williams (Reviewer)

A Perfect Sentence

“The writing itself was luscious, I loved the style and verbiage used by the author, indeed that is what pulled me in.”

Valery Elias (Reviewer)


“A book that made me laugh out. The main characters and the situations are irresistible and it's hard to put this book down. Highly recommended!”

Anna Maria Giacomasso (Reviewer)

“As much as Felix was actually a terrible person, I enjoyed his character so much I wanted him to get away with everything he got himself involved in! He seemed to genuinely believe that nothing he ever did was wrong or really his fault. I highly recommend this book as a light-hearted read filled with fun, craziness and lots and lots of alcohol.”

Finishing Touches

F Is for France

“A fun, light guide to France in easily digestible bits--like a tray of petit fours for the Francophile mind. Delightful.”

Michelle Richmond (Reviewer)

The Assassination of Robert F. Kennedy

“Meticulous and intense… a very credible investigation. Everything mentioned was cited, and the book was very thorough.”

Ethereal Pages

“Kennedy Jr.'s pronouncement may finally give his father's case the attention and the serious analysis it deserves. Reading Tate and Johnson's book shows how poor of a job the mainstream media has done.”

Consortium News

“It presents the evidence without sensationalism and doesn't jump to conclusions. It is also well-structured, leading the reader deeper into the events while keeping the broader picture in mind. And, it is not afraid to leave questions unanswered at the end.”

Fiction of Relationships

“A thoroughly well researched and compelling account of the assassination of Senator Robert Kennedy. Packed with detail, anyone who loves history will enjoy this book. I couldn't put it down.”

Angela Anderson (Educator)

“This detailed narrative that contextualises the times really well… really loved this and could not put it down.”

Leslie Gardner (Reviewer)

The Tyre

“I really loved this book about a poor Indian family and their hopes and dreams. This is a book about hope and perseverance and about how a life of poverty can be lived with respect and dignity.”

Ali Grafham (Reviewer)

7 June 2018: Shaun Baines interviewed in Narc Magazine


7 June 2018: David McClure in Newsweek


7 June 2018: Tim Tate on Talk Radio Europe

If you're interested in learning more about the assassination of Robert F Kennedy, tune in to Talk Radio Europe today at 10:30 am (UK time), when author Tim Tate will be interviewed.

7 June 2018: Sarah Scholefield interview

Frome Times

7 June 2018: Sarah Scholefield at bookshop event

You can see Sarah Scholefield at Hunting Raven Books on June 12th, talking about her remarkable debut novel Redferne Lane.

6 June 2018: Shaun Baines interview

You can hear Shaun Baines discussing his new thriller Woodcutter on Talk Radio Europe this evening at 6pm UK time.

2 June 2018: Review round-up

A Bride for Sunil

“Victoria is an Anglo-Indian girl brought up in Calcutta in the years after the Second World War. She has a difficult relationship with her ailing mother (her father having been killed in the war) who will not seek treatment for health problems and dies leaving Victoria alone and penniless, although with a small flat to live in. She becomes pregnant, then meets the Sunil of the title, who employs her and brings her to England. Years pass and their relationship deteriorates, leading to her moving away and marrying another man - originally not for love... Over the subsequent years, the relationships of all the characters develop in different ways - with some tragic consequences. Definitely worth a read.”

Katharine Lang (Educator)

A Collar for Cerberus

“I would love to read more by this author. This book is so good I hardly know how to word my review. It is fantastic.”

Cherie Homan (Reviewer)

“An interesting, literary book that is character-driven. The title alone made me curious enough to check this one out. Nicely done.”

Reading and Lit Resources

“I love this book to the moon and back! There is much to be savored in the words, much to be learned from the characters who jump off the page. Wow.”

Kaye Barley (Reviewer)

“A quote from the book is ‘Acclaim is a dangerous currency’, but I hope the author won’t mind if I acclaim his work. It’s compulsive reading and is rich and multi-layered. Throughout this excellent story are references to the twelve labours of Heracles (Hercules). Bastounis and his chauffeur share the same physical journey but embark on separate spiritual journeys, both facing their own labours – challenges they need to tackle. There are wonderful, vibrant characters and vivid settings in the book that captivate. You’ll find the sights and soul of Greece within these pages. A marvellous novel.”

Books Are Cool

Dead Fish

“The more I read, the more engrossed I became. Definitely well worth a read if you enjoy murder mysteries with a twist.”

Sue Blanchard (Reviewer)

“Dr Geoffrey Quinn arrives home after a long drive to find his house a crime scene and taken over by the police. They arrest him after discovering the remains of his wife in the basement furnace. Meanwhile his two children are still missing presumed dead. The storyline kept me interested all the way through to the last few pages. The ending was a reminder that things are never quite what they seem.”

Ivory Castle (Reviewer)

“I loved the character of Amy Hope and all her past history. I hope we see this as the beginning of a series featuring her. This is gripping debut novel. The plot has many twists and turns and it is a definite read for crime and thriller lovers.”

Pat Simpson (Reviewer)

The Assassination of Robert F. Kennedy

“Fascinating… This book definitely grabbed me… a book I could not put down… It has to be one of the best books about this assassination I have read.”

Angela Hunt (Reviewer)

“The assassination of Robert F. Kennedy in June 1968 was a defining moment in American political history as it symbolised the end of that spirit of hope. This meticulous and well written book possessing a wealth of supporting evidence asks the central question was Sirhan Sirhan really the culprit? I'm not a conspiracy theorist by any means but there is enough evidence presented here to suggests that something does not add up and this whole case warrants a fresh investigation. This certainly was a cracking read.”

G Heard (Reviewer)

“All in all, an interesting and plausible read for those interested in this particular slice of American history.”

Carolyn Comings (Reviewer)

“A new and definitive investigation into the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy in June 1968. Any lover of history or conspiracy theories will adore this book – this is how to learn history in a fun way!”

Janet’s Book Corner

“Such an amazing and informative book. Very well researched. I sat down meaning to read for a short time, but read it all before I stopped.”

Marie Angel (Reviewer)

“I could not put this book down from the first page to the last.”

Tara Jill (Reviewer)

The Burglar Caught by a Skeleton

“This book just proves the old adage that some things never change. This was a delightful book with Victorian sensational stories that could appear in our National Enquirer today!”

Lesa Einwich (Librarian)

The Tyre

“This is a beautiful, evocative book exploring relationships and the caste system in India. Ranji is one of the ‘untouchables’ who, along with his wife and family, lives hand to mouth. One day he finds a tyre which becomes the setting for the examinations of his marriage to Meena and his life. There are richly described characters and settings. Delightful.”

For the Love of Books

“The Tyre is a compelling read. I was captivated with Ranji's story from page one, and it was fascinating to see the ups and downs he and his family faced, all from the discovery of a tyre on the wayside. The book offers an interesting look at what is important for happiness, and how sometimes things that seem like blessings can have far-reaching consequences.”

Nicki J Markus

“I enjoyed being immersed in a world so vastly different from my own, living with these characters who are content with so little while deserving so much more. The novel is more than a look at another culture, it is a mirror in which we can reflect on our own values, hopes and dreams, leaving us to wonder at the strange serendipity that sometimes alters our lives in unimaginable ways.”

The Literate Quilter

“Hope, disappointment and acceptance of karma - it's all there in this little story of an Indian family. You'll feel with them, you'll wonder how everything is a sign and connected with the various gods, how little things can change a life and how full of dignity life with literally nothing can be.”

Barbara Tsipouras (Reviewer)

“Ranji ekes out a subsistence living gathering wood from the roadside to support his wife and children. They are Dalits, untouchables, and in spite of new equality legislation, they are still outcasts. But then one day Ranji’s hardscrabble existence looks set to change – a brand new tyre falls from a truck and he manages to hide it away. This is an excellent novel, at one and the same time realistic but also a fable about expectations and dreams.”

Mandy Jenkinson (Reviewer)

Through a Mother's Tears

“A true story written bravely by Cathy Broomfield. If I could not read anything so sad again, I would be quite content. This book haunted me. Sometimes reading a sad true story leaves you feeling devastated for the pain this family endured. Sometimes it can make us feel that our own problems are not so bad.”

Karen Murphy (Reviewer)

“Bleak and haunting this is a sad tale of the aftermath of murder and the ripples it causes over the years. Cathy Broomfield should never have had to write this book, the death of her daughters was tragic.”

Julianne Freer (Reviewer)

“A heartbreakingly honest novel of loss and grief.”

Kate Ellis (Reviewer)

“Such a sad recollection from a brave mother. I commend the bravery and strength of this family. A book I read in one sitting.”

Clare Matthews (Reviewer)

“A harrowing tale that had to be told… it kept me hooked immediately.”

Reilly Cook (Reviewer)

“This is a heartbreaking true story… As a mother this really affected me. I do not know how Cathy Broomfield found the strength to carry on and write this.”

Angela Hunt (Reviewer)

“Cathy Broomfield is a brave loving mother and I have the utmost respect for her and her family.”

Mary Thomas (Reviewer)

“What a heartbreaking read. Cathy, you say you are weak but in my eyes you are one of the strongest women I have ever read about.”

Adele Shea (Reviewer)


“Mr Baines skilfully weaves a tale of conflict and deception, with clever twists and turns that maintain the suspense. By the middle of the book, I was so engrossed that I felt compelled to keep reading all the way to the end.”

Stop and Smell the Pages


“What’s not to love! It’s U2. The best band in the world. Did I read it? Every word! And will read it again too!”

Claire Ross (Reviewer)

“I found this unauthorised biography of the members of the band to be an excellent read. I am a huge fan of U2 and reading their untold stories and activist movements, especially of Bono was really interesting.”

Jennifer Bowers (Reviewer)

1 June 2018: Six nominations for Thistle Publishing at the People’s Book Awards

Thistle has been nominated for six prizes at the upcoming People’s Book Prize awards. This makes Thistle the most successful publisher on the list - only one other publisher has more than three nominations. The nominated titles are:

HOW TO REMOVE A BRAIN by David Haviland



ORCA RISING by Chris Hannon

CORKSCREW by Peter Stafford-Bow


1 June 2018: Tim Tate's new book continues to stir debate...

Daily Mirror - 'Sirhan DID shoot Bobby Kennedy. He held an imaginary gun to my head': Reporter's chilling encounter with killer in his cell

29 May 2018: Vikie Shanks is a part of the Global Resilience Project

Global Resilience Project

29 May 2018: Video trailer for The Assassination of Robert F. Kennedy

You can watch the video trailer for Tim Tate’s extraordinary new book here.

29 May 2018: Matt Stanley interview

A very interesting interview with the brilliant Matt Stanley here.

29 May 2018: Shaun Baines interview

Shaun Baines talks to about his split personality as writer/gardener...

28 May 2018: Tim Tate's new book on Robert F. Kennedy is generating huge interest.

Daily Mail - Why the man who's spent 50 years in jail for killing Bobby Kennedy COULDN'T have done it

25 May 2018: Review roundup

F Is for France

“On a sunny day, lie back in the park with some cheese and a glass of wine and laugh with your friends about all these fun little Frenchisms. Enjoy reading the longest sentence in French literature and how a chief tricked the boorish English into eating snails by calling the dish 'Thighs of the Dawn Nymphs'. Best to do it with others since it is poor etiquette for women to pour their own wine(!!!!). A really cute collection.”

C J (Reviewer)

Five Days That Shocked the World

“An interesting account of the war's last days and aftermath.”

Janette Forman (Educator)

“This book left me speechless.”

Holly Senecal (Reviewer)

Jack Was Here

“Wow, what a powerful book. I will read anything this man puts out!”

Patrice Leonard (Reviewer)

The Burglar Caught by a Skeleton

“An interesting collection of newspaper articles from the Victorian era. Very informative and interesting.”

Natalie Knight (Educator)

The Hickory Stick

“A fun, fast paced book… a good summer read.”

Kirsty White (Reviewer)

The Tyre

“Truly exceptional, one of the most emotionally impacting books I have read in a long time… A heartfelt tale of hope, perseverance, resolution and determination… This book is an emotionally packed and intense read on all fronts, a truly liberating book on poverty and the way one chooses to embrace opportunities that are presented… a beautiful well-written book.”

Cherry-Ann London (Reviewer)

“This book teaches us a lot of lessons, as it is an emotionally read… just beautiful.”

Cherie Homan (Reviewer)

“The Tyre is one of those extremely evocative stories that deal with the multiple and diverse elements at play in the rigid caste system in India. It is also a story of a family’s good luck and misfortune, how hopes are created and dashed, how survival is a struggle, and the ambition to save enough to buy a second-hand bike is a dream. A dream not for leisure but to work harder. 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.”

Peter Donnelly (Reviewer)

The Warehouse Industry

“Satisfyingly unpredictable, the book’s unexpectedness drives the plot with wit and ingenuity. The overall tone of the book is unemotional and distant, but its effect is full of pathos.  While Macbeth employs rich metaphors that elicit feeling as well as conjure image, he also includes irrelevant details, that the narrator says don’t matter.  The result is a tense combination of tears and laughter. Darkly humorous, this book succeeds in portraying the every man who is no man, The Invisible Man whose strength is in making himself known on his own wayward terms.”

Mari’s Book Reviews

“This is such an unusual and clever book, original and compulsively readable and I found myself more and more drawn into it as the narrative progressed. I particularly enjoyed the unpredictability of the book. It’s impossible to guess where the author is going with it, and the flat unemotional style only adds to the mystery of what turns out to be a very emotional book indeed. An excellent debut novel, which shows an expert feel for timing and construction and an impressive ability to get into the head of a damaged man. Thoroughly enjoyable.”

Mandy Jenkinson (Reviewer)

“If you are looking for a beach read, or a cozy mystery, this is not the book for you. But, if you are looking for something different, edgy, something that will wake up your book club, give it a try.”

Jena Henry (Reviewer)


“Dark, malicious and full of drama, Woodcutter was just the raw, brutal book I needed to get my hands on.”

Cup of Books

“This is a really good debut.”

Julie Hosford (Reviewer)

22 May 2018: Kate Fulford at book festival

Kate Fulford will be at the Delapre Abbey Festival of Books on May 28, talking about her remarkable debut novel In-Laws and Outlaws.

21 May 2018: Two new Shaun Baines interviews

Long and Short Reviews

18 May 2018: Review roundup

Blackstone and the Scourge of Europe

“Falkirk, the pseudonym of author Derek Lambert, is quite simply the best at these type of historical detective thrillers. Not overstuffed, lean, well written, fast paced with a real sense of historical accuracy. I’ve read the entire six book series and am jealous of those who are about to explore these books. Highly Recommended.”

Andrew Eichner (Reviewer)

Blackstone Underground

“Falkirk writes like a dream; lean, tense with an air of historical accuracy. This six book series starring Blackstone is an undiscovered gem.”

Andrew Eichner (Reviewer)


“Over-the-top funny.”

Carol Bracho (Reviewer)

“I am so looking forward to the next book in this series of mishaps. For a great laugh, this book is it.”

Marie Angel (Reviewer)

In-Laws and Outlaws

“An absolutely fantastic read, and I don’t have the words to explain how fantastic and hilarious it was! This is Kate Fulford’s authorial debut, and if this is anything to go by, I genuinely can’t wait to read anything else she comes up with. She’s so bloody good!”

Aditi Balaji (Reviewer)

The Tyre

“Captivating and enchanting! I loved this book. The story is presented as a fable, an imaginative tale with a moral. It’s like Rudyard Kipling’s Just So Stories, with the same power of observation and imagination. As you read the book, you will enjoy the lovely phrases, the richly -crafted characters, and the culture of India. You will be rooting for Ranji and his family. The ending is delightful and may surprise you. I look forward to reading more from the authors!”

Jena Henry (Reviewer)

The Warehouse Industry

“Satisfyingly unpredictable, the book’s unexpectedness drives the plot with wit and ingenuity. The overall tone of the book is unemotional and distant, but its effect is full of pathos. The result is a tense combination of tears and laughter.  Darkly humorous, this book succeeds in portraying the everyman who is no man, The Invisible Man whose strength is in making himself known on his own wayward terms.”

Mari’s Book Reviews

“I've never read anything quite like this.”

Emi Bevacqua (Reviewer)


“There were so many surprises that it kept me glued to each page until the very end. What I mostly appreciated about this suspense thriller was that author Shaun Baines maintained an unsentimental view of his characters. There are no saints or heroes. I recommend Woodcutter to those who enjoy gritty crime thrillers. I hope to read more from this debut author.”

Underrated Reads

“The plot is intriguing and engaging. The characters are well developed and the action is fast-paced.”

Johnna Cornette-Parker (Educator)

“A dark and gritty crime novel based in Newcastle, Woodcutter follows Daniel Dayton as he seeks to track down the mob responsible for injuring his family and get his revenge. Baines writes a sympathetic protagonist in Daniel Dayton, a stereotypical bad man turned straight. He’s easy to sympathise with and has a decent, well thought out backstory that supports his current mentality and actions. I like that he’s rather ambiguous in nature - his moral compass isn’t always right, and he does make bad judgements. It makes him a much more interesting character.”

Sara Garry (Reviewer)

“Woodcutter is a brutal and unforgiving story that leaves you in a cold sweat as you try to navigate the deception, threats and continuous revelations around the Dayton criminal empire. The story is gripping, especially if you enjoy an unrelenting edgy and dark thriller where there are surprises at every turn.”

Peter Donnelly (Reviewer)

17 May 2018: David McClure in Newsweek

“Harry and Meghan will surely go crazy in their gilded cage and crave the Land of the Free.”


16 May 2018: Amazon No.1 for Vikie Shanks

Vikie Shanks’ extraordinary memoir Unravelled today reached number one in the Amazon bestseller chart.

13 May 2018: Labyrinth of Stories reviews Orca Rising

“Reminds me of the Alex Rider series, which I love.”

Full review

10 May 2018: Shaun Baines interview

Woodcutter author Shaun Baines has given an interesting interview to Long And Short Reviews.

9 May 2018: Review round-up

A Perfect Sentence

“The novel’s rich imagery is powerful… it’s told with such flair, that it’s impossible to tear our eyes away from Buchan’s train wreck of a life.”

Swiftly Tilting Planet


“This book has it all. The entire tale mocks the rigidity of British aristocracy, the snobbery of wine circles, the unbridled greed of large corporations, while keeping a perfectly straight face. In trademark British humour, the story sails on merrily and ends up in a neat bittersweet-and-still-laughing ending.”

Idea Smith (Reviewer)

“This book is every bit as funny as the other reviewers are saying. I sometimes laughed so hard I had to stop reading.”

Jannelies Smit (Reviewer)

“Cartoonishly over-the-top romp through the British alcoholic beverages industry. Excellent first novel by whoever Peter Stafford-Bow is in real life. As its subtitle intimates this book is nearly an exposé; and as outrageous as main character Felix Hart's memoir-as-police-interrogation-confessional is, his story is both gripping and hilariously informative.”

Emi Bevacqua (Reviewer)

“Do not read this book on public transit!! Why? Because when you laugh out loud you will get very strange looks. I enjoyed this book immensely - even if you don't like or appreciate wine you will enjoy this rollicking read.”

Janet’s Book Corner

“Felix Hart is a riot. I absolutely loved this book.”

Cherie Homan (Reviewer)

In-Laws and Outlaws

“It is very well written with a good balance and pace. There is anger and there is humor and there is love. Not a standard 'cozy mystery' and I would definitely like to read more of this author.”

Jannelies Smit (Reviewer)

“I love a book full of dysfunctional relationships and clever writing. In-Laws and Outlaws has both in spades. Marjorie is the baddest B I've had the pleasure of reading in quite awhile.”

Erudite AF

“Deceit and blackmail were the highlights of this story. Would definitely recommend this book… a light and witty family drama.”

Haja Reads

Jack Was Here

“Hugh is an ex Australian special forces soldier who suffers from PTSD. He goes to Thailand to track down the missing son of friends. This is a fast paced story about the dark world of drugs and drug smuggling. There is plenty of action and a lot to the story. I hope there is more of Hugh to come.”

Julie Hosford (Reviewer) Jack Was Here.

Orca Rising

“Reminds me of the Alex Rider series, which I love.”

Labyrinth of Stories

Seven Days of Infamy

“While I have read several accounts of the Pearl Harbor attack, this non-fiction book brings a different perspective. Most of it focuses on various people around the world and what they were doing when they heard about the attack. These come from a wide range of sources from diverse backgrounds, some Allied and some with the Axis powers. The book touches on many lives with their perspectives on the attack and how it impacted their lives.”

John Purvis (Reviewer)

The Sherlock Effect

“A little gem of a book… very much in Holmes mode, cleverly plotted and thoroughly entertaining.”

Sue Kamolwan (Reviewer)


“If you like gangster violence, twisted loyalties and seriously damaged romantic relationships this will be a good read. The Newcastle context provides a different setting and the story romps along.”

Fiction of Relations

“Going by his first novel, Shaun Baines can write a gritty crime thriller with sufficient pace and action to keep the reader involved through to the end.”

Renwick McConaghy (Reviewer)

“This is an excellent first book from the author. I read it over a 48 hour period as I just got so engrossed in the story. It is fast paced with great characters.”

Martha Brindley (Reviewer)

30 April 2018: More publicity for Shaun Baines

Shaun Baines’ thrilling debut Woodcutter is coming out in June, and already generating lots of publicity.

Interview with author AB Funkhauser

The Handbook interview

Interview with Anne Bonny Book Reviews