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04 Jul 2014 - 05:07
Submitted by: Laura

A little while ago, I was asked to judge a short story competition at my old school. The girls who submitted stories were aged between 12 and 18, and I lowered my expectations accordingly. When I was sixteen, my prose was purple, my syntax tortured and my themes ranged from bleak to super-bleak. So imagine my surprise when I read a series of crisply written, confident short stories from these young women, on the theme of "A Waving Hand" (Junior competition) and "Some Time After" (Senior competition). Some were witty, some were playful, some were very serious.

03 Jul 2014 - 04:07
Submitted by: Kaz

Meet Joakim Zander, author of The Swimmer, an electrifying new thriller. Publishing in twenty-seven countries and already a bestseller in Sweden, this novel is on the cusp of becoming a global phenomenon.

30 Jun 2014 - 10:06
Submitted by: Nicolas

Bestselling historical novelist SHARON PENMAN writes about the origins of her four-book medieval crime series THE QUEEN’S MAN and explains how her fictional creation has taken on a life of his own...

I’d just finished an 800 page novel, When Christ and His Saints Slept, long even by my standards, and I felt I needed a change of pace. Since I read mysteries for pleasure, it seemed only natural to try my hand at one.

30 Jun 2014 - 10:06
Submitted by: Nicolas

The trouble with a lot of literary biographies is that they’re often quite boring. Writers, by and large, don’t tend to live terribly exciting lives, and there’s only so many times that you can be told ‘X started another book’ or ‘Y received the prestigious fellowship of Z’ before your eyes glaze over, you put what you’re reading down on page 101, and you bury yourself in a good crime novel instead. And sometimes even those writers who have had more glamorous and exciting – or wicked and depraved – lives don’t translate into grippingly told stories.

27 Jun 2014 - 02:06
Submitted by: Nicolas

20 Jun 2014 - 02:06
Submitted by: Kaz

Local crime authors Hanna Jameson, Jane Lythell and Lesley Thomson discuss their female protagonists in a panel event at Waterstones Brighton.

Thursday 17 July - 7.30pm - £3


To purchase your ticket email brighton@waterstones.com or call 01273 206017

10 Jun 2014 - 05:06
Submitted by: Kaz

This interview with Alex Davis was originally featured on the Gemmell Awards website. To view the full Award shortlists, click here.

Today we catch up with Luke Scull, author of the Morningstar-nominated THE GRIM COMPANY.

Alex: Tell us a little about your Morningstar-nominated title, THE GRIM COMPANY.

29 May 2014 - 10:05
Submitted by: Kaz

The award-winning journalist and writer Margie Orford is the author of the Clare Hart series of crime novels. The five books in the series have been published internationally, in nine different languages. Born in London and raised in Namibia, the Cape Town-based Orford is Executive Vice-President of South African PEN and patron of Rape Crisis.

What does “writing” mean?

Earning a living.

What book changed your life?

20 May 2014 - 10:05
Submitted by: Kaz

Head of Zeus have acquired a new novel from Booker prize winning author Ben Okri titled The Age of Magic, as well as the rights to four backlist titles which will be published for the first time in digital as well as new paperback editions. These are Astonishing the Gods, A Way of Being Free, Dangerous Love, and In Arcadia.

Maggie McKernan bought UK and Commonwealth rights from Jessica Woollard at the Marsh Agency.

09 May 2014 - 05:05
Submitted by: Kaz

Joakim Zander's The Swimmer is the first title to be published from our New Voices campaign, set for release in July. Published in over twenty countries, and a bestseller in its native Sweden, The Swimmer is an astounding debut from an exciting new talent, and we are thrilled to be releasing it in the English language for the first time.

08 May 2014 - 03:05
Submitted by: Kaz

Today we celebrate publication day for The Abduction, the second thrilling novel in Jonathan Holt's bestselling Carnivia Trilogy. Watch the trailer below, and join Kat Tapo and Holly Boland as they race to save Mia Elston before its too late. But beware - the deeper they dig, the darker the case will become, until they unearth a conspiracy powerful men will kill to protect.

08 May 2014 - 11:05
Submitted by: Graham Masterton

Red Light, the third novel featuring Detective Katie Maguire of An Garda Síochána, the Irish police, is especially important to me because it concerns the continuing tragedy of people trafficking and sex slavery. It also deals with the highly contentious issue of legalised prostitution.

08 May 2014 - 10:05
Submitted by: Alex Howard

John Milton, poet and polemicist, famously found the problem of depicting good in Paradise Lost difficult. Heaven is boring.  Evil was much simpler. We can all picture Hell easily enough, fire and brimstone usually does it, or take a look at Hieronymus Bosch’s ‘The Garden of Earthly Delights’ for a more psychedelic version.