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16 Apr 2014 - 11:04
Submitted by: Lesley Thomson - author

‘Erected in memory of S.L. Swaab Esq. His knowledge like a spring of refreshing water flowed ever during life for the relief of the suffering.’

10 Apr 2014 - 03:04
Submitted by: Jane Lythell

Two words sum up my first ever visit to the London Book Fair: inspiring and exhausting.

Everywhere you looked book titles and posters shouted at you from the wealth of publishers’ stands. I saw national displays from Armenia, China, Czech Republic, Iceland, Latvia, Slovakia and the Sultanate of Oman to name but a few.

I liked the Russian slogan: Read Deep, Read Moscow, Read Russia. I also liked the way the International Rights Centre, reached by a vertiginous escalator, was divided into sections: Austen; Chaucer, Dickens, Woolf.

10 Apr 2014 - 12:04
Submitted by: Becci

We are delighted to announce today that we have entered into a multi-book joint venture publishing partnership with the internationally bestselling thriller writer Joseph Finder. Under the agreement HoZ will publish two new stand-alone thrillers and seven backlist titles over the next two years. CEO Amanda Ridout brokered the deal with Clare Alexander of Aitken Alexander.

03 Apr 2014 - 02:04
Submitted by: Kaz

1950s Liverpool. In the tight-knit Irish Catholic community of the Four Streets, two girls are growing up.

One is motherless - and hated by the cold woman who is determined to take her dead mother's place. Will her adored father wake up to what is happening before it is too late?

The other is hiding a dreadful secret which she dare not let slip to anyone, lest it rips the heart out of the community. And yet, how long can she possibly live with it?

27 Mar 2014 - 10:03
Submitted by: Dana Stabenow - HoZ author

Fifty years ago today, in 1964, Alaska was hit by the most powerful earthquake America had ever seen. The damage was unprecedented: 139 lives were lost, buildings were destroyed beyond repair and some areas ended up permanently underwater. Dana Stabenow was just 12 years old at the time, but can still remember every detail... 


I'm from Seldovia, a village in southcentral Alaska. There is no road, you could and still can get to it only by boat or plane.

21 Mar 2014 - 10:03
Submitted by: Kaz

We will release eBooks of all 21 of Ellis Peters' Cadfael Chronicles on 1 June 2014. It is the first time the genre-defining, bestselling medieval crime series has been available electronically.

20 Mar 2014 - 12:03
Submitted by: Nicolas

Paddy Power Political Book Awards 2014 Polemic of the Year

And the votes are in… Daniel Hannan has won Paddy Power’s Political Book Awards Polemic of the Year with How We Invented Freedom & Why It Matters. The awards were presented last night in glorious, 85-ft 3D at the BFI IMAX.

The judges were looking for a powerfully persuasive book that covered previously uncharted territory, sparked discussion and beguiled readers. And Daniel’s book is just that – a passionate, page-turning story of how the inhabitants of a damp island on the western tip of the Eurasian landmass stumbled upon the extraordinary idea that the state was the servant, and not the master, of the individual.

14 Mar 2014 - 02:03
Submitted by: Kaz

When we moved to Burnt Norton fifteen years ago I was given an old newspaper article. It told of a night in September 1741 when Sir William Keyt then owner of Norton House set fire to his bed curtains and burnt himself to death in the house he had so recently completed.

To research the historical detail, first I contacted some of the local Keyt descendents. A direct descendent of Sir William sent me a family tree and from this I was able to build a picture of his family. Afterwards I contacted the Gloucestershire County Council who sent me an engraving of the house before the fire. Another source of information was the church. Gravestones and parish registers confirmed dates of baptism and death, they also gave me a snapshot into the past.

11 Mar 2014 - 05:03
Submitted by: Kaz

Water Music, part of the Dr Clare Hart series, is the atmospheric new thriller by Margie Orford. A former investigative journalist turned police profiler, Dr Clare Hart is cerebral and intensely private. She takes the violence meted out to women and children head on, her courage, intelligence and her intimate knowledge of Cape Town her preferred weapons of choice.

03 Mar 2014 - 01:03
Submitted by: Kaz

As books hit the shelves last week, James Naughtie, the face of the Proms and presenter of BBC Radio 4's Today programme, was to be found launching The Madness of July at the picturesque ICA. Spotted in the crowd were such luminaries as

28 Feb 2014 - 10:02
Submitted by: Kaz

The Darling Girls begins with the funeral of Leo Bruck, a world-famous conductor, and a man whose life was inevitably steeped in music. Victoria, his partner of more than twenty years and mother of his two children, believes that Leo listened only to classical music. Indeed, she herself was once a professional cellist.

25 Feb 2014 - 02:02
Submitted by: Kaz

If any unfortunate soul should ever ask me which books I read, I’d tell them I have broad taste, everything from Austen to Zola. I’d list my favourite books; Little Dorrit, Catch 22, The Heart Of Darkness. After all that, I’d finally admit that, these days, I mostly read crime novels. I would then describe, in great detail, the differences between crime and mystery fiction, between sub-genres, styles, authors.

24 Feb 2014 - 05:02
Submitted by: Harold Schechter - HoZ author

In July, 2009, twenty-three-year-old Darlene Haynes, eight months pregnant at the time, was strangled to death with an electric cord.  Her abdomen was then cut open and the nearly full-term fetus removed.  The perpetrator turned out to be her close friend, Julie Corey, who had suffered a miscarriage three months earlier and evidently felt that the most efficient way of replacing her own lost baby was to murder her friend and rip the unborn child from her womb.