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21 Mar 2016 - 01:03
Submitted by: Blake
Our Book of the Week is Restoration by Alexander Larman - An in-the-round portrait of life in England under the Restoration, focusing on the year of the Great Fire of London.
In an England inhabited by Pepys, Evelyn, Dryden, Hobbes and the young Isaac Newton, Charles II is king, and the nation is beginning to relax a little after the tough, joyless years of Cromwell's Protectorate. 

18 Mar 2016 - 12:03
Submitted by: Blake

Conjuror tells the story of seventeen-year-old Rémy. He is a Conjuror, descendant of an ancient bloodline that can change reality with music. He is also an orphan: his family have been murdered, and he's determined to find their killers.

16 Mar 2016 - 04:03
Submitted by: Blake

St Patrick’s real, historical life is deeply obscure, belonging to a distant, dark age of silent witness veiled by legend and counter legend.  His life continues to inspire millions of Irish of all spiritual persuasions.  Max Adams found himself following Patrick’s faint footsteps on his recent journeys through Dark Age landscapes (In the Land of Giants, HoZ, 2015) and in attempting to disentangle myth from reality he considers what concrete knowledge we have of his career.

15 Mar 2016 - 12:03
Submitted by: Blake

A couple with the slightly incredible names of Hemester and Fayaway Barrington emailed me from Malibu Lake, California, asking about a book on Native American anthropology by Dr Ernest Snow. They were anxious to know if Rites and Rituals of the Hidatsa Indians actually existed. I had to write back and tell them that Dr Ernest Snow was a character in a horror novel I had published in 1975, The Manitou, and that his book was as fictitious as he was.

14 Mar 2016 - 04:03
Submitted by: Blake

Red Dirt is the debut novel from Irish author, E.M.Reapy, published in June 2016. This is a novel that everyone at Head of Zeus is really excited about, an unputdownable read from a new and unique writing talent. Red Dirt is a gripping tale of loss and hope, of self-destruction and self-acceptance. Watch the trailer to find out more.

14 Mar 2016 - 12:03
Submitted by: Blake

Our Book of the Week this week is Before the War, the new novel from Fay Weldon CBE. Weldon’s work includes more than twenty novels, five collections of short stories, several children’s books, nonfiction books, magazine articles, and a number of plays. Her latest novel is an absorbing, inventive novel of love, death and aristocracy in inter-war London.

07 Mar 2016 - 04:03
Submitted by: Blake

There were plenty of things the citizens of the Roman empire did not have that most of us take for granted today. Potatoes, for example, or tomatoes, or universal suffrage. They rode horses without stirrups, and sweetened their food with honey as they had no sugar.

But there are still a lot of mistaken ideas about things the Romans had or commonly did. Historical novelists, of course, generally try to avoid falling into such traps, but it’s often surprising how many times I’ve had to think twice about some detail or other of the world I’m describing. So many notions about ancient or other historical societies are deeply rooted, and hard to dislodge. So here are ten things that the Romans (probably) did not have or do – I say probably, as our ideas about history are constantly changing!

07 Mar 2016 - 09:03
Submitted by: Blake

Our Book of the Week is Scarlet Widow, the first in a new and gripping historical thriller series from Graham Masterton, set in 18th century London and America.

04 Mar 2016 - 12:03
Submitted by: Blake

While researching this latest book in the Master of War series, I spent some time in Lucca, Tuscany, where my hero Thomas Blackstone was to begin his journey back to England. This beautiful medieval city was once the centre for silk-making and the three-storey houses that lined the streets were filled with looms that only stopped when darkness fell.

03 Mar 2016 - 03:03
Submitted by: Blake

Through world wars and civil strife, the Bangor Express has never missed an issue, but now it is losing money hand-over-fist and Rob Cullen, fresh off the plane from his London news desk, has absolutely no idea that he's the man to save it...

29 Feb 2016 - 03:02
Submitted by: Blake

This week’s Book of the Week is The Paper Menagerie, The first collection of Ken Liu’s multi-award-winning science fiction and fantasy stories that invoke the magical within the mundane, by turns profound, beguiling and heartbreaking. Beautifully bound, this is a phenomenal collection of short stories that is garnering huge praise, with the titular story being the only short story to ever win the Hugo, the Nebula and the World Fantasy awards.