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24 Feb 2014 - 04:02
Submitted by: Kaz

Why do some failures inspire breakthroughs and others breakdowns?

Economist Megan McArdle examines the art of failing well in The Up Side of Down, which hits shops across the UK next week.

Here are her top tips on taking intelligent risks and bouncing back if they fail:

24 Feb 2014 - 11:02
Submitted by: Stephen Bates - HoZ author

Political correspondent and bestselling author Stephen Bates tells us why 1846 was such a pivotal year for Britain and why he chose to write about it in his new book, Penny Loaves and Butter Cheap: Britain in 1846, which hits the shops tomorrow.

21 Feb 2014 - 05:02
Submitted by: Kaz

HoZ are pulling out all the stops for the 2014 Oxford Literary Festival, with three of our authors and our very own Chairman, Anthony Cheetham, taking the stage in March.

19 Feb 2014 - 05:02
Submitted by: Kaz

18 Feb 2014 - 01:02
Submitted by: Kaz

14 Feb 2014 - 05:02
Submitted by: Kaz

HoZ are excited to announce that two titles from our extensive non-fiction list have been nominated for The Paddy Power Political Book Awards, which seek to recognise the very best in political writing and publishing.

13 Feb 2014 - 06:02
Submitted by: Amanda Prowse - HoZ author

If most magazines and movies are anything to go by, it’s easy to think that we live in a world where falling in love is the exclusive right of 23 year olds with the sort of hair that puts Rapunzel to shame.

10 Feb 2014 - 11:02
Submitted by: Jane Lythell

I had always thought of Lauren as tough, invincible almost, because she could beat the guys at pool and darts at our local pub The White Hart. Joe and I spent too much time in there and Lauren often joined us. She was very attractive and could have had any number of men but she seemed to revel in her single status. She could be sarcastic too and she kept most people at a distance.

07 Feb 2014 - 12:02
Submitted by: Kaz

Here at Head of Zeus, we're gearing up for the launch of James Naughtie's debut novel The Madness of July which comes out later this month. 

A sophisticated political thriller set during the Cold War, the novel draws on Naughtie's decades of experience as a political insider in Westminster and Washington. Listen to him introduce the plot and characters here:

22 Jan 2014 - 07:01
Submitted by: Kaz

A radical new interpretation of the meaning and purposes of the Parthenon, one of the world's most iconic buildings.

16 Jan 2014 - 09:01
Submitted by: Kaz

I was on holiday in Portugal with my daughter after a difficult few weeks at work. A colleague had been behaving in a way that made me feel undermined and unhappy and I needed the break in the sun badly. After a few days I started to relax and as I was swimming in the hotel pool a speech popped fully formed into my head. It was one woman speaking with huge malevolence about another woman who seemed to have it all. I hauled myself out of the pool, grabbed my notebook and wrote this speech down.

03 Jan 2014 - 11:01
Submitted by: Rosie

I have always loved sagas. Most especially working class family sagas

When I first came into publishing, there was only one name in the genre – Catherine Cookson. We used to have meetings about her. What was her magic? Surely we could find someone else who could copy her formula. It couldnʼt be that difficult.

But it was that difficult – for one very simple reason. Great saga writers are born, not made. The magic of Catherine Cookson sprang from the heart, not the head, from living the lives of her heroines, not from researching them.

01 Jan 2014 - 12:01
Submitted by: Anthony

As an entrepreneur of sorts I love this time of year. A few days off at Christmas have recharged the batteries and allowed us to seek absolution for all the things that went wrong last year. And the master plan for 2014 remains pristine, intact, unruffled by reality. Here’s the gist of it.