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26 Apr 2016 - 03:04
Submitted by: Blake
Titles and book covers always tell a story. My debut novel The Lie of You has been translated into German, Norwegian and Italian and I’ve been fascinated at how the UK and foreign version titles and covers have highlighted different aspects of the story. 

25 Apr 2016 - 10:04
Submitted by: Blake

Our Book of the Week is Victoria Whitworth's new novel, Daughter of the Wolf, which is set during the Dark Ages in an England ruled by rival kings. Among the lords who serve them is Radmer of Donmouth, the King's Wolf and guardian of the estuary gateway to Northumbria. When the king sends Radmer on a mission to Rome, Donmouth is left in the safekeeping of his only daughter, Elfrun, whose formidable grandmother wants her to take the veil, while treacherous Tilmon of Illingham covets her for his son. 

20 Apr 2016 - 01:04
Submitted by: Blake

‘The home should be the treasure chest of life.’ —Le Corbusier

I admit it – I’m a house person. I’m interested in where people live, their décor, their knickknacks and treasures, and their stories of how they ended up where they did. I watch all those shows – the ones with the plucky presenters who bring camera and crew into someone’s home, peer into their lives, and ‘make over’ years of accumulated inertia – resulting in a fresh, clean, magnolia slate. I secretly fantasize that maybe someone will come and do that to my house (though my husband would no doubt run them off the property brandishing his gardening trowel or rake).

I believe that every house – from your swish modern loft apartment in Shoreditch to your higgledy-piggledy Tudor farmhouse in Kent – and every semi-, flat conversion, footballer’s mansion, and tower block in between – can tell a story.  Just like it’s easy to see a resemblance between people and their pets, people and their houses shape and reflect each other. Home is an important ‘character’ in our lives, just like family, friends and colleagues.

20 Apr 2016 - 10:04
Submitted by: Blake

Neil Belton, Editorial Director at Head of Zeus, has bought World rights to Not the Chilcot Report by Peter Oborne, from Andrew Gordon at David Higham Associates.

18 Apr 2016 - 04:04
Submitted by: Blake
Our book of the week is Silver Wheel, by Elen Tompkins. A precious treasure of lost Lemurian wisdom is found in the forest. It is a book, clad in worn white deerskin, and within on pages of bark is inscribed a mysterious and glowing script. It is written in the language of the Elven Ones, who so long ago vanished from our world.
 
11 Apr 2016 - 03:04
Submitted by: Blake
Our Book of the Week is Paris Spring by James Naughtie. The setting: Paris, April 1968. The cafes are alive with talk of revolution, but for Will Flemyng – secret servant at the British embassy – the crisis is personal. A few words from a stranger on the metro change his life. His family is threatened with ruin and he now faces the spy's oldest fear: exposure.
04 Apr 2016 - 03:04
Submitted by: Blake

Our Book of the Week is The House with No Rooms, by Lesley Thomson. This new title is the latest in the bestselling Detective's Daughter series. We rejoin Stella Darnell, the Detective's Daughter, as she investigates a decades-old mystery in Kew Gardens.

04 Apr 2016 - 02:04
Submitted by: Blake

My first concerted experience of writing about the Restoration period came when I was researching Blazing Star, my biography of John Wilmot, 2nd earl of Rochester. Rochester’s life – to understate, a tumultuous affair – was gripping material for any biographer, but the strange, beautiful and damaged age that he inhabited was every bit as compelling. Over and over again I was frustrated at having to jettison a fascinating story, or not being able to follow a compelling character to prevent the book becoming a slippery morass of sub-plots and background detail. When I finished writing Blazing Star it was with a sense of unfinished business. I had more stories left to tell, and wanted to carry on exploring them, in an overview of an age and a minute glimpse into the lives of those who inhabited that age.

30 Mar 2016 - 01:03
Submitted by: Blake

Listen to our playlist for Stefan Ahnhem's Victim Without A Face - the debut novel from the new star of Nordic Crime Fiction.

29 Mar 2016 - 01:03
Submitted by: Blake
The King is dead: long live the King. In 1509, Henry VII was succeeded by his son Henry VIII, second monarch of the house of Tudor. But this is not the familiar Tudor world of Protestantism and playwrights. Decades before the Reformation, ancient traditions persist: boy bishops, pilgrimage, Corpus Christi pageants, the jewel-decked shrine at Canterbury.