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18 April 2018: Chloe Banks wins short story prize

Chloe Banks, author of The Art of Letting Go, has won third prize in the Ruth Rendell Short Story Competition. Also, The Art of Letting Go is a selected title this week on Books for Older Readers.

18 April 2018: Press coverage for Chris Hannon

Chichester Observer

Mid-Sussex Times

18 April 2018: Fascinating interview with author Chris Bardsley

10 Questions

18 April 2018: Review round-up

Beau Blackstone

"A nice, easy read. Great characters and a well developed storyline. Cannot wait for more."

J Hammond (Reviewer)

Blackstone Underground

"An overall well written story. I enjoyed reading it."

Melanie Kimble (Reviewer)

Dead Fish

“Amazing twists and turns keep the pages turning… it's compelling."

Linda Strong (Reviewer)

F Is for France

"A witty, enjoyable read. I found myself laughing out loud."


"Simply, a must-have for every Francophile's shelf!!"

Becky Martin (Reviewer)

In-Laws and Outlaws

"Well written book as it had my attention to the very shocking end."

Cherie Homan (Reviewer)

"I really enjoyed Eve's character and the story was a little different to the usual. Would highly recommend."

Kerry Barlow (Reviewer)

"A perfect summer read."

Julie Parks (Reviewer)

Jack Was Here

"A wonderful debut novel, impossible to put down."

Janet's Book Corner

Orca Rising

"A fun, quick read. Interesting premise. Well fleshed out characters. Perfect for younger readers."


Redferne Lane

"Depicting Grace's reluctant recovery under the care of her small community, Redferne Lane is a tenderhearted and very real story of loss and renewal. The novel is full of compassion and tough love, written in straight forward, yet fleshy language. A redemptive read."

Midwest Book Review

"A hidden gem. The structure of the book is really rather clever. The story is told in two timelines with that of the present moving forward in time, while that in the past moves backwards in time. Yet somehow they come together, with the past of course explaining the present. The author made her characters and their lives seem vividly real to me. I will be looking out for more from this author in the future."

Portobello Book Blog


"An outstandingly good debut from a remarkable author. I read it cover to cover and couldn't put it down. Well crafted, beautifully written and paced, it kept me guessing from the first page to the last."

Angela Anderson (Educator)

"My only complaint about this book is that it was impossible to put down! An excellent, gripping plot about a dysfunctional mafia family from North East England. I rarely get totally immersed in a book, but Woodcutter exceeded all my expectations."

Peter Coxall (Reviewer)

17 April 2018: Interview with Shaun Baines

Shaun Baines has given an interview to the Annandale Herald, ahead of the paperback launch of his debut crime novel Woodcutter.

17 April 2018: Katharine Quarmby silver medal for children's book

Congratulations to Katharine Quarmby whose Yokki and the Parno Gry has been awarded a silver IPPY medal in the “ Children’s Picture Books’ (all ages)” category.

17 April 2018: Lots of publicity for Shaun Baines

Shaun Baines’ debut novel Woodcutter, a gritty crime thriller set in the North-East, is already generating lots of attention.

Interview with author D.R. Shoultz

What’s Going On?

Narc Magazine

Interview with author C.A. Asbrey

“Gripping and nail-biting from beginning to end.” Emris Lindsay

6 April 2018: A selection of recent reviews

A Perfect Sentence

“What a great read! I was hooked from page one! Loved the book!”

Cara Brown (Reviewer)

“A Perfect Sentence by author Patrick Starnes is an awesome book! I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a great read!”

Keirstin Smith (Reviewer)

Beau Blackstone

“Really good fun… What I really enjoy any this one is what I learn about the time period.”

Leslie Gardner (Reviewer)

F Is for France

“Anyone who likes trivia, or France, or both, will enjoy this book. It is entertaining and you learn a lot in the process. As I read, I kept telling my family some of the interesting bits and wanting to eat French foods!”

Janette Forman (Educator)

Five Days That Shocked the World

“An incredibly fascinating book.”

Zohal Arbabzada (Reviewer)

In-Laws and Outlaws

“A hysterical read… Eve’s narrative digressions are pure enjoyment… will keep you in stitches. In-laws and Outlaws is the perfect diversion.”

Underrated Reads

“This was a fun read… there were many twists and turns.”

Winding Words

“Do yourself a favor and read this funny book.”


“A clever and well written book that I would highly receommend.”

Rachel Kennedy (Reviewer)

Jack Was Here

“What I loved about this book is that Hugh is not your dashing knight in armor. He’s a pain, pessimistic, rude, self-absorbed but he’s also afraid, hurting, guilty and when this other side of him is revealed, you cannot help but empathize with him. The story has a great flow, the action of each character adds to the thrill… such a great read. Fans of mysteries, thrillers and crime are going to devour this.”


“Jack Was Here is an intoxicating glimpse into Thailand’s underworld. A startling debut from Christopher Bardsley.”

The Writing Desk

“This gripping book will totally hook you - I didn't want to put it down! Bardsley's characters come to life brilliantly, page after page, in this thrilling crime mystery.”

Tonya Jayston (Reviewer)

“You can feel the heat, smells and bustle of the streets and the seedy bars… If you are looking for a crime thriller that incorporates suspense, exotic locations and a high body count then this debut from Christopher Bardsley could be for you.”

G Heard (Reviewer)

“Grim and gritty… Bardsley paints a vivid picture of Thailand and Cambodia.”

Nigel Masterton (Reviewer)

Orca Rising

“This is a fast paced, thrilling novel with an engaging mystery.”

Alaa Alkhulaqi (Reviewer)

Redferne Lane

“What a great read! I was hooked from page one! Loved the book!”

Cara Brown (Reviewer)

03 April 2018: Gavin Evans in Die Zeit

Gavin Evans, author of Black Brain, White Brain, has written a powerful piece for German newspaper Die Zeit on the return of race ‘science’.

The Return of a Bullshit Science

28 March 2018: Lots of coverage for Royal Legacy

David McClure’s fascinating investigation into the wealth of the royal family Royal Legacy has been generating lots of interest, spurred by the engagement of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle.

Washington Post

The Sun

26 March 2018: Review roundup

A Perfect Sentence

“I couldn't put this book down. With well developed characters, a non-linear plot and most of all a dynamic lead character, this book's a treat.”

Dora Archie Okeyo (Reviewer)

“It's an entertaining read and a well written story.”

Fiction of Relations

“Whether you call it a mid-life crisis or the 'grass is greener' syndrome, Keir should have everything he wants yet he has serious issues with his marriage, his employment and his family. The story is wonderfully written… with clever detail and dialogue. It is an exploration and exposition of human relationships and how fragile and precarious they are.”

Peter Donnelly (Reviewer)

“I loved everything about this novel and found myself not being able to put it down.”

Sherri Thacker (Reviewer)

“I admire the skill with which the author has cleverly woven the non-linear plot, the characters are well drawn and never wholly sympathetic. The Perfect Sentence is a good read, and a cautionary tale.”

Jo Chatterley (Reviewer)


“London’s sights, sounds and smells are brought vividly to life in this enjoyable romp, as are the characters and Falkirk succeeds in writing a mystery that oozes with authenticity. Making Edmund Blackstone’s acquaintance again has been a pleasure and I’m delighted he’s back in my life!”

Crime Review

F Is for France

“This was a fun upbeat look at Francophile trivia. Well-written and an enjoyable read.”

Janice Bell (Reviewer)

“A must-read. It takes you through A to Z of information about all things French…. F is for France is one I definitely want on my shelves.”

Blakeley Yankovich (Reviewer)

Five Days That Shocked the World

“Longtime history and travel author, Nicholas Best, sheds new light on momentous events at the end of WWII through the lens of eye witness accounts. More than a chronological sequence of events, this book reads like a series of snapshots, as vivid and captivating and as the events and people they describe.”

Mari’s Book Reviews

“Nicholas Best's writing is exceptional.”

Reading Corner

“A fantastic read, perfect for history buffs.”

Susan Amiri (Reviewer)

“Best writes in an informal and easy-to-read style. The pages flew by and I found myself reading the book in just a few sittings.”

Andy Ladick (Reviewer)

Hollywood Hang Ten

“By setting the action in 1963, Goldberg is able to reference the House Anti-American Activities Committee as a backdrop, with plenty of scope for conflict of a personal nature, and also to explore changing attitudes towards homosexuality over the past 50 years. An enjoyable read.”

Crime Review

In-Laws and Outlaws

“This book was a nice surprise.”

Claire Sherman (Librarian)

Jack Was Here

“This is a brilliant crime novel, and Christopher Bardsley is an author to watch for in the future.”

Coffee and Ink

“Great read… riveting. The description of PTSD is excellent and very well written.”

Nicky Jay (Reviewer)

Orca Rising

“An enjoyable read and if you liked Charlie Higson's Young Bond series or indeed "The Maze" or "The Hunger Games" then I do not believe you will be disappointed. The ending certainly sets up the probability of a sequel for which I certainly will look out for.”

G Heard (Reviewer)

Queen Victoria and the Bonapartes

“A lovely book from an extraordinary era where the world was changing.”

Alejandra Fonseca

Redferne Lane

“Grace is subtly drawn, revealed through others’ affections for her as well as her own clumsy, artsy charm. Through Redferne birthday and holiday parties, family dinners and informal cigarette breaks and after work drinks, the Redferne characters come to earthy and colorful life.  The novel is full of compassion and tough love, written in straight forward, yet fleshy language.  A redemptive read.”

Mari’s Book Reviews

The Sherlock Effect

“It has been a long time since I had read a mystery book where the cases were solved primarily based on the power of deduction. So I was very excited to start The Sherlock Effect and I am really happy that this book lived up to my expectations…. Very well written… each of the stories were page turners…”

Life at 17

“This is a wonderful book and one that I am sure that Sherlock fans will love. The stories are fabulous and told beautifully.”

Tracy Shephard (Reviewer)

“I really enjoyed this series of cases… a very entertaining book.”

Sue Davies (Reviewer)

The Unrivalled Transcendence of Willem J. Gyle

“Gritty. dark, vivid - this was a one sitting read. A wonderful but difficult tale of depression-hit Scotland.”

Katy Belben (Reviewer)

16 March 2018: Gavin Evans in the Guardian

Gavin Evans, author of Black Brain, White Brain, has written a powerful piece for the Guardian on The Unwelcome Revival of ‘Race Science’.

15 March 2018: Some recent reviews

A Perfect Sentence

“It is exceptionally well written and the characters are well developed to the point where Cassie's intrigue and depth are palatable. I found it difficult to put down. A brilliant work about a tormented soul.”

Michelle Scalia (Reviewer)


“A magnificent novel of suspense and adventure.”

Reading Nook

Beau Blackstone

“The Blackstone novels (and this is the third of six in the series) are just tremendous. What impresses me most about this series is how the history is seamlessly blended into the story.”

Andrew Eichner (Reviewer)

Blackstone's Fancy

“One of the best historical crime series out there starring Blackstone — 18th century detective and Bow Street Runner who is hard as nails. All the books in this series (there are six) are entertaining and fast paced.”

Andrew Eichner (Reviewer)

F Is for France

“Extremely informative and cohesive”

Kristine Fisher (Reviewer)

Five Days that Shocked the World

“It is this eye-witness viewpoint that gives this book its immense readability, and interest. These are the hidden stories of every war – we can taste the fear and adrenalin coursing through their veins. The writing is excellent, fast-paced, and doesn’t omit grisly detail. I think it’s a superb supplement to students of history, and for politicians, lest we forget the human cost of war, and how actions taken and decisions made can come home to roost.”


“Nicholas Best is a great storyteller. This is full of fascinating snapshots from 1945.”

Terri Wangard (Reviewer)

Hollywood Hang Ten

“This book was a great mystery from start to finish, I really enjoyed the historical aspects.”


In-Laws and Outlaws

“So many secrets, so many characters involved, and Eve was playing them like marionettes! Great read.”

Scarlett Readz and Runz (Reviewer)

“There is so much going on in this book to keep the reader engaged. The characters are great. It is funny, fun, and just made me smile. I really enjoyed this book.”

Karen Whittard (Reviewer)

Jack Was Here

“Good read.”

Elaine Fanson (Reviewer)

“Really interesting book, quite a conflicted hero. Trying to reorganize his life after the shattering experience of war, Hugh smokes, drinks and wallows. He can't seem to find a way to find peace and direction and things look like they may spiral out of control. The book is a fast read.”

Cindy Lauren (Media)

“Wow. A riveting story about an ex-soldier with PTSD going to Thailand to find a missing teenager. I highly recommend it for a story that will grab you.”

Ken Cady (Reviewer)

Redferne Lane

“Loved the book… a well written plot… A nice summer read.”

Helena Manoli (Educator)

Royal Family

“This book did not disappoint. A great addition to your library.”

Victoria Reid (Reviewer)

The Sherlock Effect

“This was such a delight to read. I truly enjoyed this foray into Lyon's masterpiece.”

Brandi Welch (Reviewer)

12 March 2018: Cabin Fever in Cosmopolitan

Mandy Smith’s sensational cabin crew memoir Cabin Fever features on the front page of this month’s Cosmopolitan.

10 March 2018: Fascinating interview with author Sarah Scholefield

Author Interview: Sarah Scholefield: Author of Redferne Lane

1 March 2018: A selection of recent book reviews

999 CSI

“Well worth reading if you have an interest in forensics and crime.”

J. Aislynn d'Merricksson (Reviewer)

Blackstone Underground

“A peek into life on the streets of London in the 19th century, I was captivated by the storyline. Intriguing, thrilling, and entertaining.”

Emris Lindsay

Blackstone's Fancy

“Just as intriguing as the first!”

Stephanie Mills (Reviewer)

Burma’s Spring: Real Lives in Turbulent Times

“The recent, decisive years in Burmese history explored through a series of insightful encounters with a diverse cast of characters ranging from an illegal Burmese immigrant maid in Thailand, an astrologer, girl band, punk rocker, freedom-fighting monk and aspiring journalist (among others) through to NLD luminary Win Tin and Aung San Suu Kyi herself.”

Rough Guide to Myanmar

The Complete Guide to Ghostwriting

“If you'd like a reference giving insight on ghostwriting, I'd recommend this book as a great start.”

Rosemary Rey (Educator)

F Is for France

“A highly enjoyable, fact-filled book. If you have any desire to visit France, or are just curious, this is a great book for your nightstand!”

Book Likes

First into Action

“It is always interesting to read about the incredibly gruelling training required to achieve full status in these units. This is a thoroughly enjoyable read for anyone who is interested in the subject.”

Janice Bell (Reviewer)

Five Days that Shocked the World

“A fascinating read.”

Emily Sheppard (Reviewer)

“Good historical writing is always entertaining, no matter how old the story.  Such is the case with Five Days That Shocked the World.  British author Nicholas Best has woven first hand accounts of the deaths of Italian dictator Benito Mussolini and German leader Adolf Hitler and the related events of April 28 to May 2, 1945 into a fast moving, easy reading retelling of the end of World War II.”


“More than a chronological sequence of events, this book reads like a series of snapshots, as vivid and captivating and as the events and people they describe.”

Mari’s Book Reviews

Queen Victoria and the Bonapartes

“Informative and fascinating. A well researched, well written book.”

Emily Ross (Reviewer)

“Explores the relationships between Queen Victoria, Napoleon, Empress Eugenie and Prince Louis. Reads more like a novel than a history book.”

Denise Cross (Reviewer)

Redferne Lane

“It was a pleasure being immersed in Gracie's world and being with the Redfernes… I love this book!”

Dora Archie Okeyo (Reviewer)

Royal Legacy

“This is not only a book about figures but also a fascinating look at how finance has shaped actions and relationships. I was particularly fascinated to read about the negotiations that took place at the time of the abdication of Edward VIII in 1936 with Wallis Simpson on the other end of a telephone in the South of France conveying her thoughts regarding the financial deals that were being made, deals incidentally that would contribute to the bad feelings between the Duke of Windsor and the Royals for years to come. Interesting, well written and insightful.”

G Heard (Reviewer)

The Sherlock Effect

“A very good traditional mystery. Well written, good plot, with well described characters.”

Anna Maria Giacomasso (Reviewer)

“Hope there'll be another collection soon as this was most interesting.”

Patricia Bello (Reviewer)

“This is a selection of solid mystery stories in the grand old English tradition, even down to uncanny happenings and things that go bump in the night. They don’t lean too far towards nostalgia or intellectual obscurity, nor do they feel like a pastiche of the original Sherlock stories. A pleasant afternoon’s entertainment.”

Murder Mayhem and More

She's a Boy

“Thought-provoking and moving.”

Caitlin Brisbois (Educator)

To the Edge of the Sky

“Anhua Gao’s life, as she narrates it, is a prism of Chinese Communist contradictions.  Her story is not anti-Communist nor anti-Chinese, rather, a straightforward, chronological account of her history set in a larger context.  Her parents model the ideals of Communism — hard work, education, equality and honor among them — but as she grows older, she watches these ideals crushed beneath Mao’s rigid regime. Hers is not simply an escape story; this is also the tale of finding friendship and dedication, solidarity and hope that can’t be destroyed no matter the political circumstances.”

Mari’s Book Reviews

“I was enthralled by this book… it is a fascinating read.”

Bethany Younge (Reviewer)

The Unrivalled Transcendence of Willem J. Gyle

“Certainly a gripping if uncomfortable read which I would have no hesitation in recommending.”

G Heard (Reviewer)

13 Feb 2018: Theo Aronson in Vanity Fair

Theo Aronson’s timeless biography of Princess Margaret has been serialised in Vanity Fair.

The Crown: 13 Real-Life Princess Margaret Stories That’ll Make You Love Her More

13 Feb 2018: Chloe Banks wins short story prize

Chloe Banks won third prize in the Flash500 short story competition.


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