24 Nov 2015 - 06:11
Submitted by: Emily Zinkin

The King is Dead by Suzannah Lipscombe is a beautifully produced account of the creation, impact and legacy of one of the most important documents of the Tudor period – the last will and testament of Henry VIII.

Suzannah is a historian and TV presenter, and a Senior Lecturer in Early Modern History at the New College of the Humanities. She is the author of 1536: The Year That Changed Henry VIII, and A Visitor's Companion to Tudor England. She appeared on BBC Radio London to talk about her new book here;


24 Nov 2015 - 04:11
Submitted by: Emily Zinkin

We are pleased to announce that Perfect Daughter by Amanda Prowse has been selected as one of the books that will be handed out on World Book Night 2016. 

23 Nov 2015 - 04:11
Submitted by: Emily Zinkin

Elizabeth Norton's new book The Temptation of Elizabeth Tudor covers the riveting story of the sex scandal that threatened the life of the young Elizabeth Tudor, and whose outcome was pivotal to the creation of the public persona of Elizabeth I.

Why did you choose this subject for your book?

19 Nov 2015 - 02:11
Submitted by: Kaz
Last night we hosted a party at the Museum of the Order of St John to welcome four brilliant historians to our list, Dan Jones, Suzannah Lipscomb, Lauren Johnson and Elizabeth Norton.
17 Nov 2015 - 04:11
Submitted by: Emily Zinkin

To celebrate the release of Warheart, the grand finale of Terry Goodkind's legendary Sword of Truth series, here is an exclusive extract from the novel...


Feeling hot and light-headed, Kahlan stiffened her back as she stood at the head of the funeral pyre, staring down at Richard’s body laid out before her. The light mist and fitful drizzle felt cold on her face, like ice against the grief burning inside her. Wet cobblestones glistened in the late-day light. Irregular pools of standing water reflected parts of the citadel rising up beyond and the stone guard tower nearby, with the occasional tears of rain distorting those reflections.

10 Nov 2015 - 06:11
Submitted by: Emily Zinkin

‘Has the enemy’s front line been Captured?’ asked the commanding officer of the 1st Battalion of the Newfound- land Regiment, Lt.-Col. Arthur Hadow. The reply he received from his 88th Brigade headquarters was terse: ‘The situation is not cleared up.’ It was 8.45 a.m. on the morning of Saturday, 1 July 1916—a beautiful summer’s morning with a clear blue sky—and Hadow had been given orders by his immediate supe- rior, Brig. Douglas E. Cayley, to advance ‘as soon as possible’ to support the attack of the 87th Brigade on the German trenches situated in front of ‘Y’ Ravine at Beaumont Hamel north of the river Ancre in Picardy. He inquired whether ‘as soon as possible’ meant that he was expected to attack without the support of the 1st Battalion of the Essex Regiment on his right flank, and was told that it did.1 The Newfoundlanders were going to have to attack alone.

10 Nov 2015 - 01:11
Submitted by: Emily Zinkin

With Remembrance Sunday just behind us and Remembrance Day this week, our Book of the Week has to be Elegy by Andrew Roberts;

05 Nov 2015 - 11:11
Submitted by: Emily Zinkin

Acclaimed, Glasgow-based writer Louise Welsh has curated a collection of 100 Ghost Stories To Read With The Lights On. We are understandably as obsessed with our dead and death as we are with life and while we may yearn for the return of our loved ones, we are terrified what form that return might take. She has chosen authors both dead and alive (ghostwriters!) from Edgar Allan Poe to Hilary Mantel and includes ghosts and hauntings of many descriptions. Happy Haunting!


04 Nov 2015 - 05:11
Submitted by: Emily Zinkin


• 4-6 medium-large potatoes, cut into 5cm thick wedges
• 1 cauliflower, cut into florets
• 12 good-quality sausages
• 3 tbsp olive or other vegetable oil
• 1 tsp smoked paprika
• 2 tbsp honey
• 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
• a big squeeze of lemon juice

03 Nov 2015 - 03:11
Submitted by: Emily Zinkin

Max Adams takes us on a long-distance walk through the wilds, from Northumberland to Paisley, in this two week audio travel diary.

26 Oct 2015 - 05:10
Submitted by: Kaz

The Dead Student, the next page-turning thriller from John Katzenbach, is available in ebook on 1st December, 2015.  Hardback is out March, 2016.

26 Oct 2015 - 04:10
Submitted by: Emily Zinkin

THE HAUNTED HOUSE by Pliny the Younger


Gaius Plinius (c.AD 61–c.113) was born in Como in northern Italy to a wealthy landowner, Lucius Caecilius, and Plinia Marcella, sister of Pliny the Elder. His father died young and he was adopted by his uncle. Pliny the Younger is best known for his letters (Epistulae), nine books of which were published between AD 99 and 109. He practised law and later entered the senate where he became Praetor in AD 93 and Consul in AD 100.


23 Oct 2015 - 06:10
Submitted by: Emily Zinkin

Lauren Graham and Mae Whitman, who worked together on TV’s long-running drama Parenthood, are teaming up to adapt the The Royal We, the book by Jessica Morgan and Heather Cocks, for CBS Films.

Graham will write the script for the project, which is being eyed as an acting vehicle for Whitman. The duo will also produce.