18 Oct 2017 - 12:10

As Ireland suffers a crisis of authority, the nation's struggle for independence has been thrown into doubt. Catholic Church scandals, political corruption, and economic collapse have shaken the Irish people's faith in their institutions.  But, in After Ireland, a magisterial survery of the ways in which post-war Irish writers have witnessed the frustration of the promise of independence, Declan Kiberd argues that the country's creative writers have been alert to this reality from the start. 

17 Oct 2017 - 09:10

Mark Oldfield is the author of the CWA Dagger-shortlisted The Sentinel, the first in a crime trilogy that explores the dark heart of Spain. The concluding volume, The Deadhas just been published in hardback.

Is history repeating itself? Headlines on Catalonia’s attempted referendum seem to suggest so, invoking memories of Franco’s dictatorship and his unwavering belief that the regions of Spain were indivisibly bound to Spain by sacred ties. Certainly, the Generalissimo did his best to suppress regional languages and culture, particularly in Catalonia and the Basque country. It’s safe to say that were he alive today, Franco would approve of Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s decision to send in a vast force of riot police to prevent the Catalan referendum. Probably his only criticism would be that they didn’t go in hard enough.

16 Oct 2017 - 09:10
The north-south divide has been the butt of jokes in Britain for years, but research has shown the Watford Gap, which separates the country, was in fact established centuries ago when the Vikings invaded Britain.
 
According to Max Adams, who made the discovery while researching his new book, Aelfred's Britain, the Northamptonshire-Warwickshire boundary known as the Watford Gap is a geographic and cultural reality that can be traced back to the Viking age.
13 Oct 2017 - 09:10
With its dramatic windswept coastlines, hidden coves, wild and woolly moors and quaint seaside villages, it’s hardly surprising that Cornwall has provided such fertile territory for writers down the years ranging from Daphne du Maurier and Winston Graham to Mary Wesley and Rosamunde Pilcher. 
 
Everywhere you look, there seem to be stories crying out to be told, woven with mystical myths and legends harking back to the county’s Celtic past. Think of King Arthur at Tintagel Castle and Tristram and Iseult, of fierce Cornish giants and mischievous Piskies, of the elusive Beast of Bodmin and the bewitching mermaid of Zennor who, folklore has it, lured a young man away from church to his watery doom.

12 Oct 2017 - 09:10
Pablo Picasso had already accepted a commission to create a work for the Spanish Republican Pavilion at the Paris World Fair in 1937 when news arrived of the assault by the German Condor Legion of the undefended Basque town of Gernika. 
 
In the latest addition to the Landmark Library series, James Attlee offers an illuminating account of the genesis, creation and many-stranded afterlife of Picasso's most lasting legacy. He explores the historical context from which it sprang; analyses the painting itself and the meanings that art historians, museum curators, politicians and anti-war protestors have ascribed to it; traces its travels across Europe and the Americas from the late 1930s to its arrival in Spain in 1981; and speaks with key artists, art-world figures and cultural commentators about its all-pervasive presence today.
 
In 1937 Guernica sounded a warning of what was to come: with demagogic politicians once more stalking the stage, Attlee argues its message is just as relevant today. 
10 Oct 2017 - 06:10

Every autumn, Head of Zeus publishes a big, beautiful anthology of short stories for reading late into those long nights. For 2017, HoZ has teamed up with award-winning author Sophie Hannah to collect 100 of the very best crime stories written by women. From Agatha Christie and Daphne du Maurier, to Val McDermid and Margaret Atwood, women writers have long been tempted to criminal acts. Deadlier includes prize-winners, bestsellers and rising stars, so whether you take your crime cosy or hard-boiled, there is something for every kind of crime-lover.

09 Oct 2017 - 09:10
Love affairs, village rivalries, horses, jealousy and secrets – bestselling author Fiona Walker makes a triumphant return to her classic territory with her new novel, The Country Set.
 
At the heart of picturesque Compton Magna is the stud farm owned by Captain Jocelyn Percy. Twenty-five years ago, his only child abandoned husband and children for her lover. She’s about to return, and sparks are set to fly.
 
In a village where passionate love affairs, bitter rivalries and dark secrets delight, only one woman has the full set, and she’s taking the reins…
 
Read on for an exclusive preview of The Country Set... 
04 Oct 2017 - 05:10

Having founded the bank that became the most powerful in Europe, the Medici gained political power in Florence, raising the city to a peak of cultural achievement and becoming its hereditary dukes. 

28 Sep 2017 - 09:09

Number one bestselling author, Wendy Holden is back with the perfect weekend read.  Described by India Knight as 'so, so funny and smart,' Three Weddings and a Scandal is warm and witty, and just filled to the brim with crazy and compelling characters. Read on for a sneak peek of the first chapter. 

27 Sep 2017 - 01:09
Aria – the efirst commercial fiction imprint from Head of Zeus continues to expand.  Having launched its first titles in April 2016 and on target to reach £1 million turnover before its second birthday – Caroline Ridding, Aria Publisher, is delighted to announce the recruitment of Lucy Gilmour as editorial director, from 2nd October. Lucy brings with her over a decade of commercial acquisition experience; having cut her teeth at Mills and Boon, Lucy launched Harlequin's successful digital first imprint and most recently worked on the launch of HarperCollins' HQ imprint and published many successful authors there including the kindle sensation, Lucy Oliver.
 
27 Sep 2017 - 11:09

It has been declared today that Lady Lucan, wife of Lord Lucan, has died. The famous murder which has come to define this family's legacy has sometimes been perceived as a murder attempt on Lady Lucan's life that went wrong, resulting in the unfortunate death of their nanny, Sandra Rivett.

26 Sep 2017 - 09:09
Head of Zeus author Elizabeth Reapy was awarded the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature 2017 at Trinity College Dublin on Monday evening.
22 Sep 2017 - 03:09

Florence is justly famous for its food and wine and, above all, for the Italian Renaissance masterpieces that can be seen in the city's art galleries. Less well known is Florence's role in the chequered history of democracy.