Recent Press Coverage for Head of Zeus Books

  

The Medici - Mary Hollingsworth
‘A vital acquisition for anyone who studies the Renaissance and seeks the true role of the Medici in the history of Florence.’ Kirkus


The Death of the Fronsac - Neal Ascherson
‘It brings history to life for sure but stands as a remarkable first novel. I hope Ascherson has more novels to write.’ Tribune


The Death of the Fronsac - Neal Ascherson
‘‘A gripping fictional account. Country Life


A Jigsaw of Fire and Stars - Yaba Badoe
‘A beautifully written, unusual story… A gripping tale and an introduction to a rich and rewarding writing style.’ The School Librarian


The Ghosts of Galway - Ken Bruen
‘This always sparky book is an excellent read.’ Galway Advertiser


The Ghosts of Galway - Ken Bruen
‘Bruen’s visceral writing and anger brings a fierce, almost surreal intensity to this mad story of a heretical book that turns up in Galway.’ Metro


In White Ink - Elske Rahill
‘Rahill's stories fearlessly, nakedly, crash into the darker sides of real life.’ Kirkus


Grant - Ron Chernow
‘Chernow [offers] a sensitive and nuanced account of a talented man struggling with addiction, at a time when American society was awash with alcohol, but pitiless towards alcoholics… [He] is expert at explaining the friendships and antipathies of elite American politics.’ Guardian


Grant - Ron Chernow
'Ron Chernow’s Grant brings an eloquent voice to the ongoing work of rehabilitation… [with] his rich, lively and well-paced narrative… Grant could not have asked for a better or more winning advocate.’ Literary Review


Grant - Ron Chernow
‘Ron Chernow is a great writer, a great historian, and, specifically, a great biographer. His book Grant is a gift.’ Bloomberg


The Templars - Dan Jones
‘This captivating history charts [the Templars’] rise and spectacular fall.’ Tatler


Pachinko - Min Jin Lee
‘It’s both a riveting page-turner and an examination of the cruelties that different cultures can inflict upon each other.’ John Boyne


The Snow Angel - Lauren St John
‘The Snow Angel is uplifting, and a reminder of nature’s healing power.’ The Herald


The Snow Angel - Lauren St John
‘Tender and fierce storytelling, a perfect Christmas read for teens.’ Western Morning News


The Snow Angel - Lauren St John
‘Catherine Hyde’s black-and-white illustrations add to the sense of magic that Lauren St John creates in her descriptions of the African and Scottish landscapes… Readers will finish this book more aware of the little things we can do to make the world a better place for everyone.’ BookTrust


Less Than a Treason - Dana Stabenow
‘While Stabenow’s plots are always neat and clever, it is the evocation of the northernmost US state and the way in which people adapt to its harsh environment that makes these books memorable.’ Literary Review


The Little Library Cookbook - Kate Young
‘Foodie fiction fans will love The Little Library Cookbook. Delight in Narnia-style turkish delight and roast goose that will convert even the surliest Scrooge.’ Food Magazine


The Little Library Cookbook - Kate Young
‘The ultimate present for anyone with a penchant for both books and baking.’ The Literary Edit


Aelfred's Britain - Max Adams
‘An evocative look at a period that continues to grab the popular imagination.’ History Revealed


A Kingdom Falls - John Owen Theobald
‘It is riveting and thrilling, also tragic and heroic.’ My Merri Way


District VIII - Adam LeBor
‘The discipline necessary for a successful journalist comes through very clearly in his work… Everything he writes about is well researched, and essentially believable. He blurs fact and fiction in his stories.’ TripFiction


The Medici - Mary Hollingsworth
‘A vital acquisition for anyone who studies the Renaissance and seeks the true role of the Medici in the history of Florence.’ Kirkus


The Medici - Mary Hollingsworth
‘A vital acquisition for anyone who studies the Renaissance and seeks the true role of the Medici in the history of Florence.’ Kirkus


The Little Book of Building Fires - Sally Coulthard
‘Follow these tips and your inner caveman will be proud.’ The Sunday Times


The Little Book of Building Fires - Sally Coulthard
‘A resourceful and informative joy to read.’ The Lifestyle Editor


The Earth Gazers - Christopher Potter
‘Potter delivers an enthralling account of the golden age of manned space travel that emphasizes the transcendent experiences of everyone involved, and he makes a convincing case that America lost something vital when it ended.’ Kirkus


The Note - Zoe Folbigg
‘Maya and James are appealing characters and I love the idea that all you really need is the courage to pursue someone.’ Daily Mail


The Note - Zoe Folbigg
‘Zoë Folbigg’s The Note will melt the heart of even the most hardened cynic.’ Red


After Ireland - Declan Kiberd
‘Declan Kiberd’s After Ireland gives a perceptive, capacious account of life and letters since 1945.’ John Kerrigan in the TLS


Pachinko - Min Jin Lee
‘Utterly astonishing.’ Erica Wagner in New Statesman


In White Ink - Elske Rahill
‘[A] delicate, brutally honest collection.’ Sunday Express


Motherfoclóir - Darach Ó Séaghdha
‘Ó Séaghdha picked an opportune time for his grá for Gaeilge to flower among a receptive readership.’ Irish Examiner


The Little Library Cookbook - Kate Young
‘Bringing together two of our greatest loves, food and books, The Little Library Cookbook is an absolute joy.’ Stylist


The Little Book of Building Fires - Sally Coulthard
‘Coulthard…celebrates the heart-warming properties of the hearth in this engaging little book.’ Simple Things


False Lights - K. J. Whittaker
‘FThe quality of the story in itself is sufficient to carry this novel, but excellent writing and characterization pushes it up several notches ­– with special mention for Hester: a fizzing-with-life, believable and resourceful heroine if ever there was one.’ Daily Mail


Guernica - James Attlee
‘Attlee digs up rich examples of the debate and devotion that invariably attended the paining… Guernica literature abounds; but this book is a worthwhile addition.’ The Spectator


Dogs of War - Adrian Tchaikovsky
‘Thoughtful and emotionally affecting, yet also exciting and unpredictable.’ SFX


The Story of the Great British Bake Off - Anita Singh
‘Singh charts their rise and rise with warmth and humour…as colourful and sparkling as the show itself.’ Daily Express


Swimming with Seals - Victoria Whitworth
‘She writes beautifully of selkies and mermaids.’ Guardian


The Templars - Dan Jones
‘Mixing serious scholarship with tales of bloody battle, triumph and betrayal, it’s superb.’ Saga Magazine


The Beast - Alexander Starritt
‘An irresistible subject for a novel…Journalists will love it and... others too.’ The Spectator


The Ghosts of Galway - Ken Bruen
‘Bruen’s spare prose perfectly suits this bleakly mesmerizing tale.’ Irish Independent


The Earth Gazers - Christopher Potter
‘Potter delivers an enthralling account of the golden age of manned space travel that emphasizes the transcendent experiences of everyone involved, and he makes a convincing case that America lost something vital when it ended.’ Booklist


The Lost City of the Monkey God - Douglas Preston
‘Doug Preston at his best. Entirely non-fiction, this reads every bit as excitingly as any of his fiction accounts. Fast paced, thrilling, insightful, with great descriptions of the excitement and dangers of finding a 'lost' city that had not been visited in 500 years. A great account.’ Buzzfeed


Alexander Hamilton - Ron Chernow
‘That biography is incredible. It out-Dickenses Charles Dickens.’ Lin-Manuel Miranda


Grant - Ron Chernow
‘Undoubtedly the best biography of this deeply flawed man… Chernow has produced a captivating book about a commonplace man who had greatness thrust upon him.’ The Times


Too Like the Lightning - Ada Palmer
‘Incredibly ambitious and groundbreaking… Palmer writes gloriously lush prose stuffed with asides, allusions and nods to the reader.’ The Guardian


Swimming with Seals - Victoria Whitworth
‘The first thing that hooked me into this story was the sea… An unusual [memoir].’ Evening Standard


Dogs of War - Adrian Tchaikovsky
‘When it comes to science fiction, my primitive brain always craves action and pretty explosions. My higher self is looking for a plot that forces me to engage my brain and think. With Dogs of War, Adrian Tchaikovsky has managed the near impossible and delivered both masterfully.’ The Eloquent Page


Dogs of War - Adrian Tchaikovsky
‘This is a pretty stellar work of speculative fiction... I promise you'll never see dogs in the same way again.’ The Roaring Bookworm


The Beast - Alexander Starritt
‘The Beast is a savage satire on the tabloid newspaper. It's a worthy successor to Evelyn Waugh and J. B. Priestley's efforts and it's as timely as they were.’ The Mike Robbins blog


Walkaway - Cory Doctorow
‘Walkaway is an exciting, thought-provoking read that any Cory Doctorow fan is sure to enjoy. This one certainly did!’ Shoreline of Infinity


Death of a She Devil - Fay Weldon
‘This novel is a fierce retrospective on the women’s movement - and its cost - and a defiant hurrah for grumpy old women.’ The Times


Grant - Ron Chernow
‘As history, it is remarkable... For all its scholarly and literary strengths, this book’s greatest service is to remind us of Grant’s significant achievements at the end of the war and after... Chernow shows a fine balance in exposing Grant’s flaws and missteps as president, and the ill-fated turn that Reconstruction took after a promising start, while making it clear that Grant’s contributions after Appomattox were as consequential to the survival of our democracy as any that came before.’ International New York Times


Deadlier - ed. Sophie Hannah
‘What a terrific line-up… Sophie Hannah has dug deep and spotted a host of lesser-known but high-quality stories.’ The Times


Deadlier - ed. Sophie Hannah
‘Crime junkies, rejoice!… Will keep you going until Murder on the Orient Express drops in cinemas next month.’ Glamour


The Templars - Dan Jones
‘Jones has created a fresh and nuanced chronicle of the Knights Templar, filled with excitement, blood and wit in his trademark style. It is definitely a must-have for any fan of the Middle Ages.’ All About History


The Country Set - Fiona Walker
‘With feisty characters, sexy menfolk, long-buried secrets and a healthy dollop of sauce, this book is a total riot from start to end.’ Heat


Bogmail - Patrick McGinley
‘There’s a point in this book when you realise you are sinking into this scurrilously funny tale of murder and mania, and that you wouldn’t have it any other way. For me, this point was reached around a third of the way down page two… McGinley’s use of language is a marvel… There are snatches of Beckett in here, and oodles of what Joyce termed a “scrupulous meanness” in drawing the characters.’ Irish Examiner


The Snow Angel - Lauren St John
'Loaded with mountain-climbing, wild animals, survival skills and bags of hope' The Guardian, Book of the Week


Grant - Ron Chernow
‘This is a careful, understated book, largely uninterested in the grand revisionist statements used to sell popular histories, and it is all the better for it…Hollingsworth brings a forensic eye to her material' The Daily Telegraph


Grant - Ron Chernow
'Chernow rewards the reader with considerable life-and-times background, clear-eyed perspective, sympathy that stops short of sycophancy, and gritty and intimate details' The Boston Globe


Grant - Ron Chernow
‘Chernow’s 1,100-page biography may crown Grant’s restoration…Mr Chernow argues persuasively that Grant has been badly misunderstood' The Economist


The Templars - Dan Jones
‘The Templars threatens to be his best [book] yet. Combining a fascinating story with an almost novelistic narrative, it’s the literary equivalent of one of those miniseries that you never want to end’ Surrey Life


The Templars - Dan Jones
‘A no-nonsense account of the Catholic military order’ The Guardian


The Earth Gazers - Christopher Potter
‘Potter’s history of the great adventure nicely catches the tension between the sublime escape represented by space travel and the hideous detail of getting there; the euphoria of great ambition and the bleak anticlimax of touchdown.’ The Guardian


Guernica - James Attlee
‘Succeeds in showing how influential Guernica has been, and how it continues to be used a reference point in political and military conflicts of today.’ The Sunday Times


In White Ink - Elske Rahill
‘Rahill offers a mix of mothers in her 11 stories, the most affecting of which is the first-person story of the titular In White Ink.’ The Irish Times


A Jigsaw of Fire and Stars - Yaba Badoe
‘It’s breath-taking stuff, handled with the daring and pace demanded by the risks of such storytelling. Things don’t get much more original than this.’ Books for Keeps


Dog Walker, Lesley Thomson
'Cleverly plotted with plenty of tension, drama, and warmly drawn characters’ Sixty Plus Surfers


Eroica, James Hamilton-Paterson
'The writing is as indulgent as the cover suggest is will be, with a very literate and well-researched body of text...any fan of classical music who seeks to improve their contextual knowledge and understanding will benefit, and enjoy, this book.’ Fontes Artis Musicae


The Switch - Crime Squad
'The plotting is first class, the characterisation is sublime and the way Finder injects pace into a story about nothing more than an absent-minded mistake is a masterclass.’ Crime Squad


The Templars, Dan Jones
'The Templars is exhilarating, epic, sword-swinging history, which Jones takes beyond the order’s role in the defeat of the Europeans at the Battle of Hattin and tales of the gilded chalice. A skilful storyteller whose psychological portraits of the unforgettable characters allow them to spring from the page (such as the “suicidally proud Templar master Gerard of Ridefort”) he enlivens the narrative with bloodcurdling details and arresting turns of phrase…there is also fine scholarly intuition.' TLS


The Templars, Dan Jones
‘Told with all Jones’s usual verve and panache, this is a dramatic and gripping tale of courage and stupidity, faith and betrayal’ Mail on Sunday


The Snow Angel, Lauren St John
‘A powerful thread of hope and humanity shines through the story, transforming it into something utterly life-affirming... Cornish artist Catherine Hyde’s full-page illustrations elevate The Snow Angel into an exceptionally beautiful gift book, lending shape and atmosphere to the magic glimmering beneath the words of this modern-day fairytale.’ The Observer


Deadlier, Sophie Hannah
‘mix of old favourites and happy new discoveries’. Sunday Times Crime Club


The Coven, Graham Masterton
‘fans of Masterton’s unflinching Katie Maguire det-fic…may wish to venture into the past with the author, where his craft as a bestselling horror writer is given freer rein’. Sunday Times Crime Club


The Note - Zoë Folbigg
‘This is the laugh-out-loud, tears-in-your-coffee story of the consequences that unfolded from passing the note. 4*’ OK! magazine


Earth Gazers, Christopher Potter
‘This intriguing and original books charts the epic, dangerous and sometimes heroic attempts to launch the first man into space’ Catholic Herald


Trust Me, Zosia Wand
‘Brilliantly readable' Sunday Mirror


Trust Me, Zosia Wand
'full of suspense’. The People


The Templars, Dan Jones
‘Jones attempts to separate fact from fiction in his usual entertaining style’ BBC History


The Templars, Dan Jones
‘a pacy narrative history of the medieval order laced with tales of blood and bravery’. Sunday Times


The Country Set, Fiona Walker
‘Ideal reading for dark winter nights…this is a feel-good romp complete with dashing heroes and engaging heroines. Perfect for some serious but light-hearted escapism’. Horse and Countryside


Good Money, Jonathan Self
‘An upbeat, chatty and practical guide to ‘become an ethical entrepreneur, change the words and feel better’ New Internationalist


When I Wake Up, Jessica Jarlvi
‘Shock and sexual tension abounds in this tense story’ My Weekly


The Man Who Loved Children, Christina Stead
‘the most fabulous book that hardly anyone I know has read’. Jonathan Franzen, The Guardian


Pachinko, Min Jin Lee
‘A rich, family saga.’ Booktime Magazine


The Life and Death of Sherlock Holmes, Mattias Boström
'The Life and Death of Sherlock Holmes is a phenomenal achievement in Sherlockian scholarship. It is packed with detail, both the well known and the obscure, while still being eminently readable.’ Nudge Books


The Room by the Lake, Emma Dibdin
'This is a beautiful book, both inside and out – the hardback has gorgeous endpapers which perfectly reflect the setting of the story. I was immediately sucked into the writing, which is easy to read. With a languid pace, we are drip fed clues as to the origin of the group Caitlin becomes involved with and it is easy for the reader to sense that something is amiss.' Nudge Books


The Little Library Cookbook, Kate Young
‘Perfect for any bookworm or foodie, Kate has recreated dishes from beloved books. It is the most wonderful idea, with recipes for food inspired by novels from Adichie to Zusak. Trust me, you need this in your life! A triumph.’ The Halcyon Days of Summer


The Little Library Cookbook, Kate Young
‘This has great charm and is a very good read… Part of the delight is in seeing what Young has come up with… You might think such a book would simply be cute; it’s much more than that.’ The Telegraph


The Templars, Dan Jones
‘A pace narrative history laced with tales of blood and bravery.’ The Sunday Times Must Read


Glasgow, Michael Fry
‘For those who like their history argumentative and strongly flavoured then [Fry’s] book will provide an appetising meal, even a banquet… Over 10 chapters he explores the likes of trade, industry, religion, class and poverty with a compelling mix of wit and erudition.’ The Sunday Times (Scotland)


Pachinko, Min Jin Lee
‘A beautifully written story... It has a cast of characters that are warm and interesting and is fascinating in its look at recent Japanese history.’ Four Shires Magazine


Pachinko, Min Jin Lee
‘It’s one hefty work of fiction but at no point during reading did it feel onerous… Robust themes of family, identity and resilience that vividly portray the harsh existence of Korean immigrants living in a far from welcoming Japan […] make Pachinko a difficult read at times, but pride and the warmth and love of the multi-generational family connections shine from every page.’ Book and Brew


A Jigsaw of Fire and Stars, Yaba Badoe
'It’s breath-taking stuff, handled with the daring and pace demanded by the risks of such storytelling. Things don’t get much more original than this.’ Books for Keeps


The Dead, Mark Oldfield
‘The Dead is a well structured exciting thriller, complex enough to tax the reader but easily read. The action is constant and the pace strong right to the end.’ Nudge Books


The Dandy at Dusk, Philip Mann
‘erudite, wide-ranging and appropriately elegant.’ BookBlast


The Dark Isle, Clare Carson
‘The climax to the superb trilogy set partly in London and partly in the remote, bleak and beautiful Arcadian island of Hoy is a great finale to what has been a beautifully written series, with superb storytelling, clever and convoluted plotting, and a wonderful sense o time and place.’ Crime Review