Recent Press Coverage for Head of Zeus Books

  

Blood Royal - Hugh Bicheno
‘Lucidly written and soundly researched, the book provides a highly readable overview of the bloodbath that ended the Plantagenet dynasty and wiped out a large proportion of the English aristocracy… Strongly recommended.’ BBC History


The Road Not Taken - Max Boot
‘Judicious and absorbing.’ New York Times Book Review


The Ghosts of Galway - Ken Bruen
‘Bruen’s trademark machine gun prose often sends word flying across the page, but it’s in keeping with the poetic meditations that occupy Taylor when he’s not actively fighting for his life.’ Connaught Telegraph


Breakout at Stalingrad - Heinrich Gerlach
‘All this material is so deftly handled and well constructed that it is astonishing that Breakout at Stalingrad is Gerlach’s first attempt at fiction.’ Sunday Times


Blackbird - James Hamilton-Paterson
‘A neat, small hardback with lots of photos and diagrams.’ Military History Monthly


Dictatorland - Paul Kenyon
‘It is [the] minute observations that make Mr Kenyon’s book so hard to put down.’ The Economist


Dictatorland - Paul Kenyon
'Kenyon’s stories of corruption and excess are truly compelling, while his analysis of the West’s motivations is astute and illuminating.’ Culture Trip


The Wandering Earth - Cixin Liu
‘Short stories […] allow an idea to be developed without getting bogged down with having to fill hundreds of pages and in this collection Cixin Liu has ably demonstrated the form… One of the most interesting books I have read.’ Concatenation


The Wall of Storms - Ken Liu
‘Liu’s prose is excellent [and] there is a poetry to his work.’ Concatenation


Too Like the Lightning - Ada Palmer
‘Admirable in its scope and attention to detail… [it] is a book that’s quirky and makes you think.’’ Concatenation


In White Ink - Elske Rahill
‘Rahill, an excellent writer, is never predictable.’ Irish Examiner


Imperial Vengeance - Ian Ross
‘[A] series that doesn’t let up in quality.’ Weekend Sport


Imperial Vengeance - Ian Ross
‘Utterly thrilling… Ian Ross has secured Constantine a firm place in Roman military historical fiction.’ For Winter Nights


That Girl - Kate Kerrigan
'It's a story of everyday life, friendships, love, with a little bit of heartache and tragedy thrown in. It's one of the best books I've read in a long time and I keep recommending it to everyone!’ Beauty Balm


That Girl - Kate Kerrigan
'THAT GIRL by Kate Kerrigan made me smile, made me tear up, and made me think about the value of friendship and forging your own path regardless of what anyone else thinks or says. A truly fabulous novel!‘ Books of All Kinds


Eighteen Below - Stefan Ahnhem
‘If you loved The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, you’re going to adore this dark, fiendishly clever book.’ Caitlyn Lynch


The Infernal Battalion - Django Wexler
‘The Infernal Battalion is a glorious, tense, fantastic ride to an enormously satisfying conclusion. It’s hard to imagine Weller could’ve written a better finale for the Shadow Campaigns.’ Tor.com


Behind Her Back - Jane Lythell
'Full of humour and conflict, this is a lovely story and one I really enjoyed.‘ Rachel’s Random Reads


Pachinko - Min Jin Lee
‘It’s a familiar story of hope and perseverance, but expertly wrought, and one that fully transports the reader.’ BuzzFeed


Pachinko - Min Jin Lee
‘A rich, evocative saga of a family struggling to thrive in a foreign land in the face of war, discrimination and long-buried secrets.’ Financial Times, readers’ picks of 2017


Pachinko - Min Jin Lee
‘I read it voraciously and was so taken by the writing, by the elegance of the prose, the sweeping ambition and scope of the narrative, how much I learned without feeling lectured, how I wanted so very much forr the characters and was very invested in their lives. I love this book.’ Roxane Gay


The Note - Zoe Folbigg
‘The Note is a life-affirming, uplifting reminder that taking a chance can change everything.’ Woman’s Weekly


Grant - Ron Chernow
‘Deep exploration of Ron Chernow’s Grant reveals a far more readable life than Hamilton, heretical though that may be.’ Irish Examiner


So You Think You Know About…? - Ben Garrod
‘There is lots of dino non-fiction around, but TV scientist and biologist Garrod shines a fresh, contemporary light on this ever-popular topic.’ The Bookseller


Breakout at Stalingrad - Heinrich Gerlach
‘Heinrich Gerlach was among the wounded [at Stalingrad] and his truly magnificent novel... is a devastating account of the appalling privations suffered by the German army, left to their fate by the German army, left to their fate by the foundering, over-stretched Fatherland. A masterpiece.’ Mail on Sunday


Dictatorland - Paul Kenyon
‘Highly readable... A chapter on the rise of Félix Houphouët-Boigny is especially vivid.’ The Times


Joyce in Court - Adrian Hardiman
‘A fascinating exploration of Joyce’s obsession with the legal system that looks at the many trials referenced in Ulysses and Finnegan’s Wake.’ Irish Times, best books of 2017


After Ireland - Declan Kiberd
‘A bravura survey of how post-war Irish writers have witnessed the frustration of the promise of Irish independence.’ The Tablet


In White Ink - Elske Rahill
‘Rahill is extraordinarily talented. She writes in a way that is both intellectual and intuitive.’ Irish Independent Books of the Year


In White Ink - Elske Rahill
‘Beautifully written - and sometimes very dark. It explores motherhood and its conflicts, articulating the unsayable about the maternal experience.’ Irish Examiner


Motherfoclóir - Darach Ó Séaghdha
‘Motherfoclóir is a lot of fun if you’re a bit of a nerd for etymology. It sneakily teaches you Irish in a big-hearted way.’ Irish Independent Books of the Year


The Magic Lamp - Ben Okri
‘Those who like their fairy stories with a moral backbone may find succour here.’ Times Literary Supplement


Undertow - Anthony J Quinn
‘A powerful tale stained with the darkest of noir, Undertow is a powerful tale of a generation manipulated, betrayed and ultimately abandoned by the powers-that-be.’ Irish Times


Undertow - Anthony J Quinn
‘Anyone who is fed up with journalistic generalisations about the Irish border and what it represents should read the Inspector Celsius Daly series… Its ambiguous answers to many of the moral questions it raises seem appropriate in a book dealing with the consequences of living on an island divided in two.’ Sunday Telegraph


Fame is the Spur - Howard Spring
‘A devastating memorial to the old-time Labour party.’ Daily Mail


The Snow Angel - Lauren St John
‘This is a beautiful modern fairy tale of snow, mountains and magic.’ The Week Junior


Dogs of War - Adrian Tchaikovsky
‘Dogs of War is a timely warning about the dangers of artificial intelligence and super weapons in the hands of unscrupulous powers.’ The Guardian


Take Six Girls - Laura Thompson
‘The book gives a great insight into the relationship between the sisters as their lives unfold.’ Irish Independent


Swimming with Seals - Victoria Whitworth
‘This isn’t really a book about swimming at all, but a book about how we are controlled by the voices of the dead; about how the whole of life is necessarily a seance. That’s a humbling perspective.’ Five Books


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‘Catherine Hyde’s beautiful illustrations also add a touch of magic to this tale, helping to transform it into a modern-day fairytale that deserves to become a modern-day classic.’ Childtastic Books


The Snow Angel - Lauren St John
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The Snow Angel - Lauren St John
‘Lauren St John has a gorgeous descriptive writing style that captivated me from the start. She tells her story, with warmth, empathy and honesty. I absolutely loved The Snow Angel, it's a fantastic story that I highly recommend.’ With Love for Books


That Girl - Kate Kerrigan
‘This is a book of friendship, love and heartache… The story is so captivating that I could not put it down and finished it in just over a day… Absolutely brilliant!’ Stardust Book Reviews


That Girl - Kate Kerrigan
‘This is a memorable story, punctuated with vivid imagery and believable characters, not to be missed.’ Jane Hunt Writer


Dogs of War - Adrian Tchaikovsky
‘Dogs of War is a novel which takes war and broadens the concept to include peacetime ramifications of this new frontier technology through sociopolitical commentary which in turn gives the characters and theme a 360 feel delivered through a multi POV narrative… This book is great, read it.’ Just A Guy Who Likes to Read


Dogs of War - Adrian Tchaikovsky
‘The nuance of the story could easily have been lost in imagery of massive animals running impossible missions, but Tchaikovsky is a skilled navigator and guides us deftly along to a very satisfying conclusion. Dogs of War is the work of an author on the very top of his game.’ Boney Abroad


Grant - Ron Chernow
‘Chernow’s genius lies in his unparalleled mastery of storytelling. Quite simply, he is a biographer’s biographer who sets the standard for others to follow.’ Spectator


In White Ink - Elske Rahill
‘I can not think of a short story writer who is more precise and grave in her laying out of that theme… In White Ink captures women and mothers caught inside their lives; Rahill’s art sets them free into ours.’ Guardian


The Magic Lamp - Ben Okri
‘In The Magic Lamp [Okri] and Clunie step back from judgment, calling on us to draw our own conclusions. But like Okri’s young traveller, we may end up where we started, but seeing the place we thought we knew in a very different light.’ Financial Times


The Templars - Dan Jones
‘If you’re seeking to understand the impact and power of religion in the Middle Ages, Dan Jones’s latest grand narrative points to the power of the Catholic church at its zenith, bringing to life the crusading zeal of the Templars with bloody effect.’ BBC History Magazine, Books of the Year


The Templars - Dan Jones
‘Full of tales of bloodshed, bravery and betrayal, this is a passionate guide to the unstoppable rise and spectacular fall of the poster boys of the Middle Ages.’ The Tablet, Books of the Year


The Templars - Dan Jones
‘In this groundbreaking narrative history, Dan Jones tells the true story of the Templars for the first time in a generation, drawing on extensive original sources to build a griping account of these Christian holy warriors whose heroism and alleged depravity have been shrouded in myth.’ CGA Magazine


‘Finely honed though the plotting is, Quinn’s greatest skill is the evocation of the landscape of his country matched with an astringent examination of betrayal and schism, inextricably linked with the Ireland of the Troubles.’ Financial Times


Undertow - Anthony J. Quinn
‘Undertow is a very well written and very well constructed thriller.’ TripFiction


The Black Prince - Michael Jones
‘Jones brings to life the achievements of a man whose contemporary popular appeal has been dimmed by time.’ BBC History Magazine,

Books of the Year


Motherfócloir - Darach O Seaghdha
‘It’s thought-provoking, irreverent and often laugh-out-loud hilarious.’ Irish Independent


The Death of the Fronsac - Neal Ascherson
‘A wholehearted emotional book… It makes you understand fuel tanks and dirty wrecked water - and also unexpected elderly love.’ The Tablet,

Books of the Year


The Medici - Mary Hollingsworth
‘Drawing on impeccable documentary research…this is a lively and accessible new account of the House of Medici.’ Country Life


Dogs of War - Adrian Tchaikovsky
‘Tchaikovsky is a phenomenal author, a modern powerhoue of fiction… Speculative fiction at its best.’ Starburst


District VIII - Adam LeBor
‘The real joy about the novel comes in the descriptions of Budapest, which rival any guide book. LeBor clearly knows every nook of the city and its various districts.’ The Jewish Chronicle


District VIII - Adam LeBor
‘More than just a procedural crime, it’s a real novel with an interesting theme. I haven’t been to Budapest but will now.’ Frost magazine


The Black Watch - Victoria Schofield
‘Rigorously authoritative and detailed.’ Military History Monthly,

Books of the Year


Resolution - David Rutland and Emma Ellis
‘Both an enthralling saga of two generations of the Manners family and a finely delineated portrait of aristocratic, political and naval life in mid-Georgian England.’ Military History Monthly


The Life and Death of Sherlock Holmes - Mattias Bostrom
‘“Reads like fiction” is a cliché that’s hard to avoid in describing this engrossing narrative full of quirky characters and twists and turns of plot. The 497 pages of text, followed by 100 pages of notes and index, fly by.’ The Sherlock Holmes Journal


A Jigsaw of Fire and Stars - Yaba Badoe
‘A blend of magical realism and brutality, this is a powerful and original novel.’ Daily Mail


The Snow Angel - Lauren St John
‘This remarkable book [is] a fable as much as it is a fast-paced adventure, and its huge heart pulses at the centre of the action, meaning that however hard Makena’s life becomes, there’s always hope.’ Katherine Rundell


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