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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. 
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.