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-
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
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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.”
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
29 October 2018: Vikie Shanks’ TED Talk has now reached 50,000 views
29 October 2018: Another cracking review for Death in Paris
"I absolutely loved it."
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.”
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 -
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
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.
Corkscrew, Peter Stafford-
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-
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-
16 October 2018: The reviews for Death in Paris are officially 'Rave'
15 October 2018: Death in Paris is “a compelling read”.
9 October 2018: Excellent review for Death in Paris
“The only thing chillier than a Parisian winter is cold-
8 October 2018: Emilia Bernhard interview
7 October 2018: Anglophile TV interviews Jane Dismore
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."
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.”
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."
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!"
26 September 2018: Underrated Reads reviews Gigolo
“Gigolo is a well-
24 September 2018: Another rave review for Death in Paris
Death in Paris is "an intriguing story... truly amazing."
21 September 2018: Terrific review for Three Men on Their Bikes
"Overall, I found this a delightful and affirming read... providing plenty of laughs."
20 September 2018: Chris Hannon prize nomination
Our sensational YA debut Orca Rising has been nominated for the People's Book Prize.
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."
17 September 2018: Great review for Sugar
“A wonderful memoir on Sugar World by Monique X.”
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."
16 September 2018: Excellent review for Death in Paris
“Death in Paris takes you on a nail-
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.”
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
9 September 2018: Vikie Shanks in the Evening Standard
7 September 2018: Jane Dismore’s Princess reviewed
"A rich, extensively researched memoir on the early years of Princess Elizabeth... a refreshingly new perspective."
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."
"Weird War 2 is an informative, fascinating, hilarious and brilliant book on World War 2."
"A perfect book for dipping in and out of... this is highly recommended."
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-
3 September 2018: Weird War Two reviewed
“If you love titbits of information you’ll love this book.”
2 September 2018: Peter Stafford-
“On 22nd September join Peter Stafford-
30 August 2018: Publishers Weekly reviews Death in Paris
“Bernhard fills the novel with entertaining characters, conjures up an authentic Paris, and gives the reader intelligent, if frothy, fun.”
30 August 2018: Gigolo review
Gigolo is... “A stunning and surreal look at class and power, this book is a revelation.”
29 August 2018: Peter Stafford-
Peter will be interviewed on the TRE Bookshow this evening at 7pm CET.
29 August 2018: Excellent review for Robert Cecil’s A Divided Life
A Divided Life is "Very readable, and well written, and backed up by a considerable bibliography."
29 August 2018: Five-
"So many times I finished a chapter open-
28 August 2018: Book Group questions for The Tyre
Book group questions for "The Tyre" are now downloadable at this link.
28 August 2018: Another great review for Death in Paris
"A lovely little murder mystery that kept me guessing right to the end."
24 August 2018: Another fabulous review for Death in Paris
"There are so many things I love about this book... this utterly charming, well-
24 August 2018: Another good review for Weird War Two
"A fun look at out of the box thinking that accompanied WWII and the desire for a technological edge."
23 August 2018: Through A Mother’s Tears reviewed
23 August 2018: Another excellent review for The Filth
"A very enjoyable and informative read."
22 August 2018: The Adventures of Inspector Lestrade reviewed
"If you love to read a good pastiche of Sherlock Holmes, then this is the book!"
21 August 2018: The Tyre in the English Language Gazette
The Tyre has a double-
21 August 2018: The Adventures of Inspector Lestrade reviewed
"I feel utterly satisfied on many levels by this wonderful book – it took me less than a day to race through it!"
19 August 2018: Books in My Handbag reviews The Tyre
“It’s like Rudyard Kipling’s Just So Stories, with the same power of observation and imagination... enjoy the lovely phrases, the richly -
17 August 2018: Another terrific review for Cathy Broomfield's powerful memoir
"Through a Mothers Tears is the kind of story that stays with you..."
15 August 2018: An excellent Norwegian review for Jack Was Here
"A book you can hardly stop reading."
Not Just Pancakes (Norwegian)
15 August 2018: Vikie Shanks is invited to join Global Resilience Project
Here is Vikie’s interview with Emma Bell who initiated the project in order to help people build more resilience themselves:
14 August 2018: Two Thistle reviews for Breakaway Reviewers
Breakaway Reviewers has published two new reviews of Thistle titles: The Assassination of Robert F Kennedy, and Voices of the Foreign Legion.
14 August 2018: Great review for Three Men on Their Bikes
"The book is a delightful read."
14 August 2018: First Norwegian review for The Tyre
Not Just Pancakes (Norwegian)
14 August 2018: Publishers Weekly reviews Voices of the Foreign Legion.
‘Voices of the Foreign Legion is a profound, life-
13 August 2018: An excellent review for Voices of the Foreign Legion.
9 August 2018: Jane Dismore reviewed
Yet another excellent review for Jane Dismore's new biography of The Queen, 'Princess'.
9 August 2018: Vikie Shanks on Autism
Vikie Shanks has written a very interesting article on Autism.
8 August 2018: Peter Stafford-
Tickets are now available.
7 August 2018: Not the Booker Prize
The Warehouse Industry has received some glowing comments from the judges of the Not the Booker Prize:
“Tragic and hilarious, as the best novels should be.”
6 August 2018: Writers of Colour reviews Voices of the Foreign Legion
2 August 2018: Stop and Smell the Pages reviews Corkscrew
“This particular novel kept me engaged from absurd beginning to topsy-
31 July 2018: Blackstone in Crime Review
“If you fancy a Georgian crime romp, get your hands on Beau Blackstone by Richard Falkirk.”
31 July 2018: Matt Stanley reviewed
Another rave review for Matt Stanley's A Collar For Cerberus...
"The writing was brilliant... each sentence was a delight."
31 July 2018: The Literate Quilter reviews A Collar for Cerberus
"The plot may deal with death and big choices, but the distillation of the novel is joy."
30 July 2018: The Warehouse Industry prize nomination
We’re delighted to see The Warehouse Industry has been nominated for the Guardian’s Not the Booker prize. Thoroughly deserved for a hilarious, brilliant debut novel.
30 July 2018: Excellent review for Woodcutter
“This is a cracking story… totally entertained me from the first page to the last. Super debut!”
25 July 2018: More excellent reviews for The Assassination of Robert F. Kennedy
28 July 2018: Another rave for A Collar for Cerberus
"An amazing read and journey for all who might be interested."
26 July 2018: Vikie Shanks interview
Vikie Shanks has given a powerful, moving interview to Headtalk News.
26 July 2018: Chris Bardsley on Coffee Chats
Chris Bardsley, author of Jack Was Here, was interviewed this week on the fantastic Coffee Chats podcast.
25 July 2018: Five Days That Shocked the World in the latest Crime Review
“Five Days That Shocked the World by Nicholas Best focuses on April and May 1945, but is essential reading as a background to current events.”
25 July 2018: Secret Sommelier reviews Corkscrew
“Corkscrew ... will make you laugh, yearn and feel intoxicatingly virile...”
23 July 2018: A terrific review for Beau Blackstone in the latest Crime Review
"I was fascinated by the background, intrigued by the plot, engaged by the characters and thoroughly enjoyed this latest Georgian crime romp."
23 July 2018: Bucks, Books and Beyond reviews Gigolo
“This was an emotional, perceptive, very sexually explicit read.”
21 July 2018: David McClure in the Daily Express
20 July 2018: Excellent review for Tim Tate
Another terrific review for The Assassination of Robert F Kennedy...
"An excellent book, thoroughly researched and expertly written. The writing is so engrossing that I could not put it down until I turned the very last page."
11 July 2018: Another wonderful review for The Tyre
"In the vein of the 2008 Man Booker Prize winning, The White Tiger, this novel dignifies underclass entrepreneurship with wit and friendliness."
19 July 2018: Society of Authors awards
Very exciting news, tonight is the Society of Authors award ceremony, hosted by Stephen Fry, and The Unrivalled Transcendence of Willem J. Gyle by the fantastic J. D. Dixon is shortlisted for the Somerset Maugham prize.
17 July 2018: Bookish Feelings reviews A Collar for Cerberus
“One can only love this book . Thank you Matt Stanley for writing this gem .”
17 July 2018: Matt Stanley interviewed
Matt Stanley has given a fascinating interview to Athens Insider, promoting his new novel (set in Greece) A Collar for Cerberus.
16 July 2018: Terrific review for Woodcutter
"There are some great set pieces, a cast of truly memorable characters brought to life with a wry Geordie wit."
16 July 2018: An excellent new review for In-
11 July 2018: The Tyre authors interviewed
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.”
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.”
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.”
11 July 2018: Through a Mother's Tears featured in the Sunday Mirror
9 July 2018: Jane Dismore writes for Royal Central
9 July 2018: The remarkable Cathy Broomfield in Wales Online
5 July 2018: Jena Books recommends The Tyre
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.
4 July 2018: Peter Stafford-
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-