13 Mar 2018 - 06:03
Wendy Holden is the number-one bestselling author behind the Laura Lake series. The latest instalment, Last of the Summer Moët, is out now in hardback.
I’m incredibly excited about my new book, Last of the Summer Moët. As ever, my amazing publishers Head of Zeus have done a fantastic job, and the cover is gorgeous.
Last of the Summer Moët is the second in my series of comic novels starring intrepid glossy-mag-editor Laura Lake. Her first adventures came out last year, in Three Weddings And A Scandal. This latest story takes place mostly in the fictional Great Hording, aka Britain’s Poshest Village. It’s a place with so many celebrity residents that downstairs loos without an Oscar or Grammy are rarer than ones with them. The local gastropub, gathering the ultra-competitive A-list locals together, holds the world’s most upmarket pub quiz (although disaster strikes when the local cabinet minister cheats and a Profumo-style scandal ensues).
12 Mar 2018 - 04:03

The long list for the 2018 Man Booker International Prize has been announced today. Frank Wynne, editor of upcoming anthology of translated short stories, Found in Translation, appearing twice, for his translations of Javier Cercas' The Imposter and Virginie Despentes' Vernon Subutex 1. 

Found in Translation, published by Head of Zeus in September, will comprise 100 of the very best short stories in translation from authors well-known and more obscure. 

12 Mar 2018 - 06:03
Amanda Prowse is the author of several novels, including the number 1 bestsellers What Have I Done?, Perfect Daughter and My Husband's Wife. Her latest book, Anna: One Love, Two Stories, was published on Thursday.
Goodness me! I am almost too chilly to write this!
Someone appears to have picked up the UK and accidentally dropped it somewhere close the Arctic Circle… and if this is the case, why oh why could they not have dropped us in the Caribbean? I hardly dare look at social media right now, it’s either pictures of people suffering in the snow or pictures of people on a beach, cocktail held aloft, laughing at our suffering.
09 Mar 2018 - 06:03
Barbara Ewing is a UK-based actress, playwright and novelist. She trained as an actress at RADA and has starred in film and TV, including Dracula Has Risen from the Grave (1968) alongside Christopher Lee. Her novel, The Actresses, has just been reissued by Head of Zeus.
Dear Readers, 
The odd thing about The Actresses (reprinted now all over the world after twenty-one years) is that it seems so relevant to the present moment, with all the revelations about Hollywood and show business, revelations that are also relevant to other professions around the world today.
But, when I wrote The Actresses, I was trying to write about how actresses became irrelevant when they were no longer young (this was affecting my own career at the time). I was trying to write a true story about actresses’ lives, to tell it like it really was, so of course all the stories about powerful, unscrupulous producers and directors, and desperate, ambitious performers, are all there, in the book.
08 Mar 2018 - 06:03
Nadine Dorries is back with The Mothers of Lovely Lane.
Follow four young nurses working at St Angelus hospital through some truly harrowing, difficult times on the wards, as they pull together in post-war Liverpool. 
 As usual, St Angelus is at the heart of things. Life and death, love and loss, jealousies, rivalries and betrayals are woven into a rich tapestry in Nadine’s great series about poverty, sacrifice and community spirit in post-war Liverpool and the early days of the NHS.
05 Mar 2018 - 06:03

Wendy Holden is the author of the Laura Lake series. The latest instalment, Last of the Summer Moët, is out this Thursday. This article originally appeared in The Sunday Times on 4th March.

Time was, the words “smart country village” meant a picturesque church, a thatched pub, cottages on the green and a summer fete with teas and tombola. No longer. The days when all a well-heeled hamlet needed was ducks on the pond, a red phone box, old maids cycling to communion and sun-dappled fields all around have gone. The pastoral paradise has altered. The goalposts of rural gorgeousness have moved.

The posh country village has had a luxe 21st-century makeover. The boozer has become a gastropub. The red-faced mine host, with his warm beer and stale crisps, is now the bearded mine hipster, with his Hebridean gin and Welsh chorizo. The cottages on the green are painted 50 shades of heritage grey and owned by the weekending barristers who bought them from the old maids.

22 Feb 2018 - 06:02

Bestselling author Graham Masterton is back this spring with a new title in his thrilling Katie Maguire series, Dead Men Whistling.

Sergeant Kieran O'Regan was responsible for hunting down killers. Now he's become one of the dead: his decapitated body has been found in a graveyard, a tin whistle stuffed into his throat.

O'Regan was due to give evidence at a trial for police corruption. His gruesome murder sends a clear message to whistleblowers: only silence is safe. DCI Katie Maguire is determined to uncover the truth. But corruption in the Garda stretches back decades. As more officers are horrifically silenced, Katie must decide who she can trust... 
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20 Feb 2018 - 10:02
The Sunday Assembly hosted a wonderful day with Francesco Dimitri on Sunday 18th February, with a talk on the power of words and a To Read Aloud event in the afternoon. 
19 Feb 2018 - 04:02

Head of Zeus and Jane Lythell gathered at the British Film Institute to celebrate Lythell's latest novel, Behind Her Back, on Thursday 15th February.

Written by the former Deputy Director of the BFI and Chief Executive of BAFTA, Behind Her Back unveils the hidden world of toxic masculinity, betrayal and predation that lurks beneath the glossy veneer of television.

At the launch at the home of British film and TV, Jane announced that her debut, The Lie of You, has been adapted and will be released as a feature film later this year. 

16 Feb 2018 - 06:02

Jane Lythell worked as a television producer and commissioning editor before becoming Deputy Director of the BFI and Chief Executive of BAFTA. Her latest novel, Behind Her Back, lifts the lid on the glamorous world of television.

For six years I worked for TV-am, the company that broadcast Good Morning Britain. We launched in 1983 with our ‘Famous Five’ presenters which included Anna Ford, Angela Rippon and David Frost.

It was the birth of breakfast TV in the UK and absolute chaos at the start. We had tiny ratings and managers were in a blind panic and turned vicious. A blame culture prevailed with editors shrieking at journalists. During this phase loyalty counted for nothing. It was a case of each person fighting to survive and some people battled their way to the top while others couldn’t take it and left the station.
15 Feb 2018 - 06:02
The era of the yummy mummy has finally gone and in order to celebrate this, Shari Low has taken a baby wipe to the glossy veneer of the school of perfect parenting and written Because I Said So to show us the truth about motherhood in all of its sleep-deprived, frazzled glory. This is a book that every experienced, new or soon-to-be parent will relate to – well, hallelujah and praise be those who worship at the temple of Febreze.
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13 Feb 2018 - 06:02

Min Jin Lee is the author of Pachinko and Free Food for Millionaires. A first-generation Korean American, she writes about the experience of Korean immigrants in Japan and the United States in her novels. This article first appeared in The Guardian.

With the Winter Olympics in full swing, the big story is the Koreans, in particular the presence in Pyeongchang of Kim Jong-un’s younger sister. It is said that analysts have been scrutinising Kim Yo-jong’s hair, makeup, dress, cheekbones, everything in microcosm. But few know very much about any of us.

12 Feb 2018 - 06:02

The former great powers of the historic ‘West’ – especially Britain, the USA and France – seem to be abandoning the wisdom of maturity for senile daydreams of recovered youth. Along the way they are stirring up old hatreds, giving disturbing voice to destructive rage, and risking the collapse of their capacity for decisive, effective and just governance. At the core of this dangerous turn is an abandonment of political attention to history, understood as a clear empirical grounding in how we reached our present condition. Historical stories are deployed in public debate as little more than dangerous fantasies.


Cultural Dementia is a blistering assessment by David Andress, one of Britain's leading historians of the age of revolutions, showing how the West has abandoned its history and lost its bearings and its memory.