13 Jan 2017: Clare Hollingworth
As most will be aware, this week brought the sad news of the passing of the great Clare Hollingworth, recently memorialised by Patrick Garrett in Of Fortunes and War.
The global response has been extraordinary. The following are just a handful of the more interesting pieces:
23 Dec 2016: David McClure on King Charles III
An interesting new piece by David McClure in the International Business Times:
22 Dec 2016: The People's Book Prize
Two Thistle titles -
29 Nov 2016: David Weston in the Telegraph
David Weston has written an entertaining piece in the Telegraph, in the course of promoting his excellent new novel Luciano’s War.
23 Nov 2016: Royal Legacy in the Daily Mirror
David McClure’s sensational book about the royal finances, Royal Legacy, featured heavily this week in an article in the Daily Mirror on the proposed Buckingham Palace repairs.
22 Nov 2016: Vikie Shanks in the Daily Express
The inspirational author of Unravelled, Vikie Shanks, was featured this week in the Daily Express.
21 Nov 2016: Two more bestsellers for Thistle Books
Over the weekend, two more titles published by Thistle Books reached the Amazon top 100 bestseller list: Earth: An Alien Enterprise by Timothy Good, and War Beneath the Sea by Peter Padfield (which reached the top 40).
08 Nov 2016: Chloe Banks back in Amazon bestseller list
Chloe Banks’ debut novel, The Art of Letting Go, has once again returned to the Amazon bestseller list, reaching number 39 over the weekend.
01 Nov 2016: Another great review for Patrick Garrett
Patrick Garrett’s fascinating biography of journalist Clare Hollingworth, Of Fortunes and War, has received another rave review, this time from the Literary Review:
‘The list of her assignments reads like a potted history of warfare, espionage and terrorism…she emerges in Garrett’s book as a rounded personality…The story of her life is a kaleidoscope of world events, shot through with determination and courage. It’s a great read.’
18 Oct 2016: Great review for Of Fortunes and War in The Oldie
There’s yet another terrific review for Patrick Garrett’s fascinating biography of journalist Clare Hollingworth in the current edition of The Oldie.
“All the excitement of a fast moving thriller.”
11 Oct 2016: Time Magazine covers launch of Of Fortunes and War
Patrick Garrett’s fascinating biography of journalist Clare Hollingworth continues to generate huge media interest, with a long piece in the current issue of Time Magazine.
03 Oct 2016: Of Fortunes and War in The Correspondent
There’s a terrific review for Patrick Garrett’s fascinating biography of journalist Clare Hollingworth in The Correspondent.
“The story of how Clare Hollingworth achieved her great scoop, the outbreak of World War Two, during her first week as a journalist is well known, but it is always worth telling again, especially when it is done with such verve and skill as it is by Patrick Garrett.”
03 Oct 2016: The M Room featured in The Telegraph
The M Room, by historian Helen Fry, was featured in a Telegpraph article this week on the preservation of important World War Two site Trent Park.
27 Sep 2016: Theo Aronson climbs the charts
Two titles by the ever-
22 Sep 2016: New Kindle Single from Nicholas Best
Nicholas Best’s powerful historical novella The Hangman’s Story has just been launched
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07 Sep 2016: Two Thistle Books nominated for The People's Book Prize
Two Thistle titles have been nominated for The People’s Book Prize. If you have a moment, please do vote:
01 Sep 2016: Patrick Garrett interviewed by Deutsche Welle
There’s an interesting interview with author Patrick Garrett on his new biography of war reporter Clare Hollingworth in the Deutsche Welle this week.
“We are in the midst of an age of upheaval, marked by international crises. Does Hollingworth continue to observe these developments, despite her advanced age, and if so, how does she view them in light of her experiences?
Clare is a few weeks away from her 105th birthday, and she is now quite frail. Long ago she researched many of the themes that are only now achieving major prominence. [Republican presidential candidate] Donald Trump is suggesting that the US should abandon its NATO allies: This was an angle that Clare followed up in the 1960s. Clare was in Israel when the state was founded and all over the Middle East during World War II.
As for watching today -
Full interview (in English)
26 Aug 2016: Great review for Of Fortunes and War
Patrick Garrett’s terrific new biography of journalist Clare Hollingworth, Of Fortunes and War, has received a great review in the South China Morning Post.
‘A gripping account of a restless life that also illuminates profound social changes.’
16 Aug 2016: Long feature on Of Fortunes and War in the Telegraph
Patrick Garrett has written a very interesting long piece in the Telegraph on his new book Of Fortunes and War, a biography of pioneering journalist Clare Hollingworth.
10 Aug 2016: Patrick Garrett in The Courier
There’s an interesting piece in The Courier today on Patrick Garrett’s new biography of journalist Clare Hollingworth.
05 Aug 2016: Patrick Garrett in Quartz magazine
Patrick Garrett has written a fascinating new piece for Quartz magazine, based on his new book Of Fortunes and War: Clare Hollingworth, first of the female war correspondents, published last month.
‘From the 1930s onward, veteran war correspondent Clare Hollingworth made a century-
01 Aug 2016: Helen Fry documentary
Helen Fry’s documentary Spying on Hitler’s Army, based on her book The M Room, was shown this weekend on More4.
22 Jul 2016: Andrew Lownie on John Buchan
John Buchan biographer Andrew Lownie discusses the great man’s life and work in this interesting interview.
13 Jul 2016: Chloe Banks at the People's Book Awards
Congratulations to Chloe Banks, whose wonderful debut novel The Art of Letting Go was a finalist at last night’s People’s Book Awards, hosted by Frederick Forsyth.
13 Jul 2016: Crime Squad in the Standard
Mike Pannett’s sensational new memoir Crime Squad: Life And Death On London’s Front Line was serialised in the Evening Standard this week.
10 Jun 2016: David McClure on royal finances
David McClure has written a very interesting piece for the International Business Times on the royal family’s mysterious finances.
‘They do things differently on Planet Windsor. That’s the term given by Prince Charles’s most recent biographer to the rarefied world inhabited by the royal family. What Catherine Mayer had in mind were the peculiarities and rivalries of court life, but in my experience researching a book on the wealth of the Windsors it also applies to how the royal family is immune to the normal rules of public scrutiny.’
01 Jun 2016: Todd Crowell on China-
Todd Crowell has written a fascinating new article on the tense situation between China and Japan.
“China and Japan are redefining the nature and purpose of the Coast Guard. Americans
still think in terms of air-
Todd’s Kindle Single on this subject, The Coming War, was recently published by Thistle Books.
27 May 2016: Black Brain, White Brain nominated for Media24 award
Gavin Evans’ book on the myths surrounding intelligence and race Black Brain, White Brain has been nominated for a Media24 award.
25 May 2016: More coverage for A Life In Death
Richard Venables’ powerful new police memoir A Life In Death has been receiving lots of press coverage.
20 May 2016: Voting opens for the People's Book Prize
Voting has opened for the People’s Book Prize 2016, and Chloe Banks’ debut novel The Art of Letting Go is one of the finalists (and needs your vote!).
18 May 2016: The Floating Brothel optioned
Sian Rees’s The Floating Brothel: The Extraordinary True Story of an Eighteenth Century Ship and its Cargo of Female Convicts has been optioned by Pretty Monster with support from Australian Screen.
17 May 2016: Vikie Shanks on BBC Radio
Vikie Shanks, author of the inspirational memoir Unravelled, did the newspaper review on BBC Coventry and Warwickshire on Saturday. You can hear it here (starts at 38.00).
16 May 2016: Croatian island memoir optioned for drama
Anthony Stancomb’s memoirs of moving to the Croatian island of Vis Under a Croatian Sun: From Grey Britain to a Sunny Isle: One Couple’s Dream Comes True and Notes from a Very Small Island have been optioned by Life and Soul Pictures.
16 May 2016: Irreplaceable serialised in the Sunday Mirror
Louise Moir’s powerful new memoir Irreplaceable was serialised this weekend in the Sunday Mirror.
25 Apr 2016: Michael Curtin 1942-
We’re sad to announce that the great Irish novelist Michael Curtin recently passed away. Michael’s many fans included Roddy Doyle, who described him as “one of Ireland’s best writers”. There was a nice tribute in the Limerick Leader.
04 Apr 2016: Vikie Shanks speaks at TEDx
Vikie Shanks has given a powerful talk at TEDx, which can now be watched online.
01 Apr 2016: BBC interviews Vikie Shanks
Vikie Shanks, author of the inspirational memoir Unravelled, was interviewed this week on BBC Radio. You hear the full interview here (starts at 1.35).
01 Apr 2016: Dominic Adler moves into mazon bestsellers
Dominic Adler’s gritty new thriller The Devil’s Work has moved into the Amazon Top 100 bestsellers.
21 Mar 2016: The Art of Letting Go moves back onto bestsellers list
People’s Book Prize nominee The Art of Letting Go, the debut novel by Chloe Banks, has moved back into the Amazon top 20 bestsellers.
14 Mar 2016: Larry Henderson in the Gazette
Larry Henderson’s 999 CSI is continuing to generate media interest, with this latest piece in the Gazette.
14 Mar 2016: Roger Howard is lead Kindle Singles title
Roger Howard’s new book The Secret War for Israel is currently the lead history title on the Kindle Singles homepage.
10 Mar 2016: Vikie Shanks nominated for another award
The inspiring Vikie Shanks, author of Unravelled, has been nominated for a Woman Who… award, for her work in thecommunity.
09 Mar 2016: More coverage for 999 CSI
999 CSI, the sensational new police memoir from Larry Henderson, is continuing to generate media interest after serialisation in the Daily Mail.
01 Mar 2016: Vikie Shanks on BBC Radio
Vikie Shanks was on the Graham Torrington show, promoting her powerful memoir Unravelled. You can hear the full interview here (begins at 1.23).
16 Feb 2016: Thistle in Writing Magazine
There’s a nice piece on Thistle Books in the current issue of Writing Magazine.
16 Feb 2016: Scarlet Women in Paste magazine
16 Feb 2016: Mail serial for 999 CSI
The sensational new police memoir 999 CSI by Larry Henderson was serialised this week in the Daily Mail. The book has just been published by the agency’s imprint Thistle Books.
15 Feb 2016: Nick Pope and the X-
Nick Pope has been busy in the media, writing about his real-
20 Jan 2016: Scarlet Women in Metro US
Ian Graham’s Scarlet Women was a selection for Metro magazine’s feature on ‘Books for your feminist book club’. Books for your feminist book club
12 Jan 2016: Nick Pope on BBC radio
Nick Pope was interviewed as part of BBC radio’s UFO Special this week, discussing his book Encounter in Rendlesham Forest, recently published by Thistle Books.
Full interview (begins at 1:36:30)
06 Jan 2016: Helen Croydon in philosophy festival debate: Women and Conquest
The video of Helen Croydon taking part in the IAI philosophy festival debate Women and Conquest is now available online.
05 Jan 2016: Peter Padfield on Tide of Empires
Peter Padfield has written an interesting piece for Routledge on his two-
05 Dec 2015: Vikie Shanks gives TEDx talk on autism
Vikie Shanks’s TEDx talk on autism can be heard here.
02 Dec 2015: Chloe Banks is a finalist in The People's Book Prize
Congratulations to Chloe Banks. Her debut novel The Art of Letting Go is a finalist in the The People’s Book Prize. The results will be announced at an award ceremony at the end of May 2016.
02 Dec 2015: New video -
David Craig has produced a new video on the charity industry, promoting his thought-
01 Dec 2015: Two Thistle titles shortlisted for the People's Book Prize
Royal Legacy by David McClure and The Devil’s Work by Dominic Adler have both been shortlisted for the People’s Book Prize.
19 Nov 2015: David McGrath is a hit with Waverton Good Reads
David McGrath recently gave a reading at a meeting of Waverton Good Reads, after which all copies of his exhilarating debut novel Rickshaw were quickly snapped up.
‘David McGrath writes for ‘my mates in the pub who never read’, but the rapid sale
of copies of Rickshaw after his performance of a scene from this novel to a room
of avid readers tells you that his appeal is much broader than that. No, he doesn’t
like adverbs and he avoids flowery descriptive language. Instead, he uses sparse
narrative and superb dialogue to say it all.’ Gwen Goodhew -
18 Nov 2015: She's a Boy hits Amazon 'most-
Joe Holliday’s powerful memoir She’s a Boy was one of the Kindle 50 ‘most-
16 Nov 2015: Joe Holliday on Independent 'Rainbow List'
Joe Holliday, author of bestselling memoir She’s a Boy, has been included on the
Independent’s ‘Rainbow List’ -
12 Nov 2015: Chloe Banks on Radio Four
Chloe Banks was featured on You and Yours on Radio Four this week, discussing her bestselling novel The Art of Letting Go, which originated as a NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) project.
12 Nov 2015: Loaded feature on Nick Pope
There’s a fantastic feature in the current issue of Loaded magazine on Nick Pope.
09 Nov 2015: Mandy Smith in Herald magazine
Mandy Smith, the author of bestseller Cabin Fever, has written an interesting article for Herald magazine.
06 Nov 2015: Cabin Fever is once again featured in the Daily Mail
Mandy Smith’s sensational bestseller Cabin Fever is once again the subject of a Daily Mail feature.
02 Nov 2015: David Craig in the news
David Craig has been getting a lot of media coverage recently, in relation to his book The Great Charity Scandal, and the Kids Company collapse.
02 Nov 2015: Mandy Smith writes for Thrillist website
Mandy Smith has written a very entertaining piece for Thrillist magazine.