Recent Press Coverage for Head of Zeus Books

  

Glasgow - Michael Fry
'Fry is excellent on, for example, the failure of the Scottish car industry, and the impacts that would have on subsidiary but essential manufacturing – from steel to textiles. […] In some ways, more a work of polemic, with Glasgow the Patient Zero, he is trying to understand: that left, right, vulgar, cultured, blootered, teetotal city.’ Scotland on Sunday


Earth Gazers - Christopher Potter
‘Well written and takes a different, more personal viewpoint than many others on the subject’ BBC Sky at Night


The Downside - Mike Cooper
’Old-school heist gets a dash of tech-savvy with whip-smart dialogue and a chicane of plot twists. Precision-engineered entertainment’ Sunday Times Crime Club


The Life and Death of Sherlock Holmes - Mattias Boström
‘A comprehensive history of the iconic detective’ Choice Magazine


A Jigsaw of Fire and Stars - Yaba Badoe
'It’s hard being a writer. In such a competitive industry, you really need a fantastic writing style to stand out from the crowd. Yaba Badoe has that in spades. The richness of her writing, and the breadth of colourful imagery she uses, is very evocative and creates a world in which issues like the migrant crisis exist side by side with magic to create something unique. In short, it’s great.' Roaring Bookworm


A Jigsaw of Fire and Stars - Yaba Badoe
'Yaba Badoe’s novel deftly entwines some of the tropes of the fairy-tale tradition with the tragic realities of Europe’s contemporary migrant situation...A Jigsaw of Fire and Stars is one of the most interesting and unusual debuts I’ve read for a while. Badoe throws you straight into the action and yet manages to also infuse the story with magical qualities' Childtastic Books


Vicious Circle - C J Box
'CJ Box is always impressive for the economy with which he places the reader into the world of the mountains... the characters never come across as less than convincing, and there is plenty of action. For an obdurate foe and scary risks to the hero, Vicious Circle is hard to beat.' Crime Review


Dis Mem Ber - Joyce Carol Oates
‘A luscious smorgasbord of sinister stories whose characters are - or end up being - devastated, deranged or destroyed. Oates writes, with unnerving precision, about fears that lurk within each of us, and her work exposes the complexity and fragility of the human mind. The result is an anthology that is shocking, startling and unmissable.’ Promoting Crime


The Templars - Dan Jones
‘Snappy, well-paced…The author’s ambition, he says, is to tell the story of the Templars in a straightforward way and “to write a book that will entertain as well as inform”. He has done precisely that.’ The Daily Telegraph


Earth Gazers - Christopher Potter
‘An elegantly written history of man’s efforts to reach space… [Christopher Potter] has taken a considered risk in retelling the tale of how we first came to see our planet from the outside. It pays off beautifully. The result is a fresh and elegantly wrought account of mankind’s journey from firing lumps of jerry-rigged metal from cabbage fields to crunching around in the dust of another world…The Earth Gazers is a terrific piece of writing.’ The Times


Free Food for Millionaires - Min Jin Lee
‘There are two memorable episodes in which an exchange of gifts reveals a gulf in regard and understanding that could have been penned by Austen herself, so well are they judged. The sisters’ stories bowl absorbingly along, while their mother is also permitted a poignant starring role, receiving the same sympathetic treatment Lee extends to almost all her characters.’ Daily Mail


Pachinko - Min Jin Lee
‘The novel reads like a long, intimate hymn to the struggles of people in a foreign land. Much of its authority is derived from its weight of research and intimate, humanising detail. Vivid and immersive, Pachinko is a rich tribute to a people that history seems intent on erasing’ The Guardian


Motherfoclóir - Darach Ó Séaghdha
‘A completely fresh take on the Irish language’. The Irish Examiner


This is not a Sex Book - Chusita Fashion Fever
‘It’s extremely well illustrated and commendably frank, qualities not always evident in other books of the genre. It eschews euphemistic terms and analogous crap…But the thing that struck me most about the book was how inclusive it is, both in its illustrations and in its chapters on sexuality…Chusita’s take on sex education is ground-breaking in how well it deals with topics that young people are not only reluctant to bring up with their friends, but also with themselves, instead putting their trust in pornography as a learning resource. Reading it, even while being stared at on the train, brought back all the memories of feeling utterly clueless about anything to do with sex, (despite having Sex Ed lessons since the age of ten) and made me wish, somewhat selfishly, that it had been written back then.’ Erotic Review


Scandinavians - Robert Ferguson
‘Discursive, meandering, sometimes beautifully written, it presents a historical narrative punctuated by reminiscences, conversations retold, snatches of autobiography, fragments of biography and stories added, one suspects, solely for their strangeness…This book may be an introduction to the Scandinavians, but it is also an elegy.’ Wall St Journal


Swimming with Seals - Victoria Whitworth
‘Absorbing and thrilling’ Outdoor Swimmer


Caesar’s Footprints - Bijan Omrani
'Very accessible and incredibly interesting’ and, having seen Bijan discuss the book at an event in person, the reviewer was rather taken with Bijan: ’I wish Bijan Omrani has been around when I studied Latin at school…he makes the classics an uber cool subject’ Devon Life


The Beast - Alexander Staritt
'The Beast is humorous and witty, satirising the tabloid press’ nimble crafting of salacious headlines and vilification of the working class. However, it has much darker tones when Starritt explores how the press manipulates an innocent situation into something much more sinister…The Beast is a wonderful novel and fans of dark, satirical fiction will love it.' Book and a Brew


The Room by the Lake - Emma Dibdin
'A fascinating, intense psychological suspense novel that I highly recommend. It’s one of those books that really gets under your skin and haunts your thoughts.' Rather Too Fond of Books


The Room by the Lake - Emma Dibdin
'Fast-paced, easy read filled with tension. This is a great debut' Go buy the Book


The Room by the Lake - Emma Dibdin
'A smart and thought provoking mystery' Once Upon a Page


The Room by the Lake - Emma Dibdin
'Emma Dibdin hooked me from the beginning with her own style and flare, and I didn't come up for air until I had turned the last page. The Room by the Lake is a sinister, haunting, and warning tale about how far people will go when they are lost and lonely, and I highly recommend it.' Books of All Kinds


The Room by the Lake - Emma Dibdin
'A spectacular thriller. A haunting read. A huge, gigantic 5/5.' Book Addict Rambles


The Room by the Lake - Emma Dibdin
'The Room by the Lake is an intelligently written, shocking and sinister thriller about putting one’s trust in the wrong people, actions and consequences and the perils of loneliness that will make readers jaws drop as they get immersed in this creepy and menacing page-turner from a fantastic new writer... a compulsively readable spine-chiller and a cautionary tale rolled into one and readers who like their thrillers rich in tension, intrigue and suspense should add Emma Dibdin to their must-buy list.' Bookish Jottings


The Lives of Tudor Women - Elizabeth Norton
‘A highly illuminating and delightful read, and can be highly recommend.’ - Isabel Busch on The Lives of Tudor Women (originally published in German in Haus der FrauenGeschichte)


Brothers & Sisters - Adele O'Neill
‘In a riveting first novel O’Neill paves the way for what one hopes will be an equally compelling sequel’ The Belfast Telegraph


The Templars - Dan Jones
‘This is a fascinating story of fanaticism…Jones is certainly an entertainer, but also a fine historian who knows how to render serious scholarship into accessible prose. Seldom does one find serious history that is so easy to read.’ The Times


Glasgow - Michael Fry
‘His writing is always engaging, occasionally brilliant…there is an energy, a sense of excitement of what the next paragraph might bring, in every chapter…his essay on literature is simply brilliant.’ The Herald


The Beast - Alexander Staritt
'A pacy satire, and as an insider's account of the mechanics of putting together a daily paper it has great "how stuff works" appeal.' Sunday Telegraph


Swimming with Seals - Victoria Whitworth
’Head of Zeus has come up with a perfect cover for this intelligent, wide-reaching memoir…somehow refreshing, and calming, even in its introspection.' The Bookseller


Aelfred's Britain - Max Adams
’This engrossing history of the British people between the first Viking raids in 865 and the expulsion of the Vikings from York in 954 is notable for being a more nuanced portrait of that era…lands other than Wessex come into fascinating new focus’. The Bookseller


The Death of the Fronsac - Neal Ascherson
'Ambitious and affecting’ Sunday Herald


The Black Prince - Michael Jones
‘The Black Prince is sure to enlighten and entertain thanks to the author’s use of new archival research and his pacy, atmospheric writing style.’ History Revealed


Caesar’s Footprints - Bijan Omrani
‘Omrani’s writing crackles from start to finish, providing a wealth of detail both then and now. ..Omrani is never less than an entertaining and vividly descriptive guide. This is a hugely enjoyable, informative and evocative journey through a turning point in world history.’ BBC History


Caesar’s Footprints - Bijan Omrani
‘Combining historical insight with evocative details from the journey, this is a vibrant tour of the ancient world.’ History Revealed


Scandinavians - Robert Ferguson
‘Aside from its stated aim of examining Scandinavian identity, this is a handy introduction to the history of a region which…we know nothing about’ The Sunday Herald


Pachinko - Min Jin Lee
‘A long, complex book, it wears its research lightly, and is a page-turner. You can sense the author’s love and understanding for all the characters, the good and the flawed.’ Irish Examiner


Calling Us Home - Chris Luttichau
'The teachings are all lit by the bracing light of westernmost Britain...the text is very much focused on making our owns lives better in simple ways...It truly repays close reading.' Cygnus Magazine


Vindolanda - Adrian Goldsworthy
‘Much more accurate than the usual action fiction about legionaries and Rome…Vindolanda brings the reader closer to the true nature of Roman Britain’ New Books Magazine


Finisterre - Graham Hurley
‘An entertaining and engaging read.’ New Books Magazine


Walkaway - Cory Doctorow
'Doctorow mixes his expert knowledge of issues involving abusive threats to new technologies and online civil liberties with a writing style that attracts readers across generations and genres. What results is a page-turner that explores a revolutionary response to the bourgeois elite.' Cascadia Magazine


The Mask of Command - Ian Ross
'To say I enjoyed this book is an understatement, it was wonderful. A must for those interested in Roman history, especially of the late period, and a good read for book groups too. Fantastic.' Nudge Books


Behind her Back - Jane Lythell
'A cleverly paced and well-written story that unleashes the drama from behind the scenes of this celebrity world and mixes it effortlessly with deeper and more personal issues throughout' Books of All Kinds


Behind her Back - Jane Lythell
'Dramatic, eye-opening, and extremely realistic' The Writing Garnet


Behind her Back - Jane Lythell
'Well observed, well written, engaging and with a good balance of humour, sadness, tension and resolution to entertain and satisfy any reader.' Bibliomaniac


The Black Prince - Michael Jones
’Fascinating...restores one of our great heroes to his rightful position'  Daily Mail


The Templars - Dan Jones
‘Anyone who has read Jones’s earlier medieval chronicles will know what to expect here: fast-paced narrative history depicted with irresistible verve, bloody battle scenes and moments of laugh-out-loud wit… This is another triumphant tale from a historian who writes as addictively as any page-turning novelist.’ The Observer


Scandinavians - Robert Ferguson
‘[T]his book is a charming and enhancing yet critical guide to Scandinavia’s history and society.’ The Times


The Death of the Fronsac - Neal Ascherson
‘A wayward story told with admirable vigour and intensity.’ The National 


The Death of the Fronsac - Neal Ascherson
‘A story that conjures up memorable characters and describes vividly the wartime atmosphere… an engrossing book.’ Greenock Telegraph


Behind Her Back - Jane Lythell
‘A gripping novel of power, rivalry and betrayal… The writing and plotting is superb [making it] a hugely satisfying reading experience.’ Liz Loves Books 


Behind Her Back - Jane Lythell
‘An easy to read, enjoyable book and one of its strengths is the strong female lead character […] that many women will be able to identify with.’ Portobello Book Blog 


Behind Her Back - Jane Lythell
‘It gives such a rare insight into the world of television… A fast paced novel, full of drama and tension with some fascinating subplots cleverly woven throughout… Jane Lythell is a wonderfully perceptive writer and it’s a refreshing change to read a novel where the female protagonist is predominantly based in the workplace having to strike teh delicate work/home balance that so many women deal with in today’s society.’ The Haphazardous Hippo 


Behind Her Back - Jane Lythell
‘This novel creates quite an intimate atmosphere… If you like to see how life unfolds with ups and downs and get a little peek at the inner workings of the entertainment section of a TV station, you’ll enjoy this novel, it feels all too realistic.’ The Belgian Reviewer 


Behind Her Back - Jane Lythell
‘At times it is explosive and will have you turning the pages rather quickly… Jane Lythell hits the right note again with this follow up novel and one I highly recommend.’ The Last Word Book Review 


The Black Watch - Victoria Schofield
‘[A] rigorously authoritative work.’ Military History Monthly 


Brothers and Sisters - Adele O’Neill
‘A riveting first novel.’ Dublin Sunday Independent


The Room by the Lake - Emma Dibdin
’A brilliant psychological drama… Emma Dibdin understands the complexities of mental health and uses it to manipulate both the plot and the reader… It is a refreshing perspective in a sea of modern mind-bending thrillers.’ Always Trust in Books 


The Room by the Lake - Emma Dibdin
‘[Emma Dibdin] creates a convincing picture of a damaged, traumatised individual… This is a slow burner that builds in tension as, with a growing sense of unease, the reader starts to question whether what appears benign is really masking something more insidious and much, much darker.’ What Cathy Read Next 


The Room by the Lake - Emma Dibdin
‘A slow burn with a lot of psychological insight… A solid read.’ Novel Gossip 


The Room by the Lake - Emma Dibdin
‘The writing is fresh, and as the book opens, there is a real crackle and energy to it.’ Trip Fiction 



 
 It Was Only Ever You - Kate Kerrigan
‘A dramatic and all-consuming story about relationships in all of their forms… A stunning story.’ Books of All Kinds 


Pachinko - Min Jin Lee
‘While Pachinko is only Min Jin Lee’s second novel it is the work of a writer in complete control of her characters and her story and with an intense awareness of the importance of her heritage… 

‘This is a long book but it is told with such flair and linguistic dexterity that I found myself unable to put it down. Every year, there are a few standout novels that survive long past the hype has died down and the hyperbolic compliments from friends scattered across the dust jacket have been forgotten. Pachinko, a masterpiece of empathy, integrity and familial loyalty, will be one of those novels.’ John Boyne in the Irish Times


Pachinko - Min Jin Lee
‘What drives this novel is the magisterial force of Lee’s characterisation; her ability to ground the narrative deeply and intimately in the details of daily life… As heartbreaking as it is compelling, Pachinko is a timely meditation on all that matters to humanity in an age of mass migration and uncertainty.’ South China Morning Post Magazine 


Joyce in Court - Adrian Hardiman
Adrian Hardiman's great opus on the handling of the law in the work of Joyce shows no sign of slowing down, with the Literary Review drawing not only on the author's great knowledge and understanding of the subject matter but also on its compelling and intriguing writing. ‘Hardiman’s detailed survey of [insurance law, libel, the tort of criminal conversation] undoubtedly renews and enriches our reading of Joyce’s work as a whole… Its treatment of individual cases is fascinating.’ Literary Review


Court of Lions - Jane Johnson
‘Rich with the scents and sights of the Alhambra’s gardens, towers and courtyards, this novel enchants as it moves between past and present.’ Sunday Express


The Plots Against Hitler - Danny Orbach
‘This is history at its most suspenseful.’ Eye Spy Magazine


Behind Her Back - Jane Lythell
‘Lythell is an intelligent writer who has produced a book that taps into the issues that affect society, the home and the work place. [Behind Her Back] is well-observed, well-written, engaging and with a good balance of humour, sadness, tension and resolution to entertain and satisfy any reader.’ Bibliomaniac


Behind Her Back - Jane Lythell
‘I wish I’d discovered Liz Lyon sooner and I really wish I’d discovered Jane Lythell’s excellent writing rather earlier too- I really enjoyed this one.’ Being Anne 


Behind Her Back - Jane Lythell
‘Dramatic, eye-opening, and extremely realistic- Behind Her Back is a pretty darn good read which had me cheerleading for the main character, Liz, from the get go. Intriguing and most certainly different; Jane Lythell has left me wanting more…’ The Writing Garnet 


Behind Her Back - Jane Lythell
‘Behind Her Back is a cleverly paced and well-written story… another dynamic story from an author who has fast become one of my favourite go-to authors.’ Books of All Kinds 


Behind Her Back - Jane Lythell
‘Once again Jane Lythell has written an absorbing, current and engaging story that just hooked me in with enough drama and tension of another day at the office.’ Reflections of a Reader


Behind Her Back - Jane Lythell
‘Behind Her Back is a novel packed with drama and tension, yet for me it was a return to the pure escapism of a world I know absolutely nothing about.’ Swirl and Thread 


A Jigsaw of Fire and Stars - Yaba Badoel
‘A rich powerful novel, fusing the horror of people-trafficking with the magic of African folklore.’ The Bookseller


The Little Book of Building Fires - Sally Coulthard
‘A nice gift for someone with a practical mind.’ The Bookseller


Four Lions - Colin Shindler
‘Four ages in British life as defined by four iconic England soccer captains is the subject of this fascinating book.’ Choice Magazine


The White Hare - Michael Fishwick
‘Beautifully written, with lyrical evocations of the rural setting and a tense playing out of a myth that seems all too real, this is an all too believable blend of magic and realism. The striking cover and delicate line drawings which pepper the pages make it a lovely object as well as a gripping read.’ School Librarian 


False Lights - KJ Whittaker
‘Rugged scenery combined with even more rugged leading men and feisty leading ladies does make this a book that one can easily compare to Poldark - but Whittaker provides depth and nuance to her characters - meaning that the intensity of the plot is only amplified by quite how much she makes you care about the characters it revolves around.’ The Bookbag 


Pachinko - Min Jin Lee
‘The characters are wonderfully evoked in [Pachinko] and [Min Jin Lee] has a very acute sense of detail in her descriptions of them. Their history and cultural background were vital to my understanding of them as individuals and I was completely engrossed by the four generations of this novel… This book was an easy read with beautiful prose and I am glad to have read a book which has taught me something new.’ Left on the Shelf 


The Dog Walker - Lesley Thomson
‘[Thomson] has a great gift for atmosphere. I still felt the chilly, damp and haunted towpath long after I closed the book at the end of the last chapter.’ Promoting Crime


The Dark Isle - Clare Carson
Sam Coyle is a magnificent character and is phenomenally written. The dynamics between her and the other characters, particularly Anna, were fantastic. The twists and turns that the story took were wonderful.’ Rambling Lisa’s Book Reviews 


The Mask of Command - Ian Ross
‘What a cracker! A must for those interested in Roman history, especially of the late period, and a good read for book groups too. Fantastic.’ Nudge Book 


The Black Prince - Michael Jones
‘splendid…Jones convincingly argues that Edward should not be too readily condemned…with great skill and lightly worn erudition’. The Spectator


The Beast - Alexander Staritt
'What Starritt gets vividly right, in a way I think no other fiction has managed, is the editing process that is so central to the success of any popular paper'. The Guardian


The Switch - Joseph Finder
‘An enjoyable cat-and-mouse chase, with dark shadows of Snowden and Wikileaks’ The Times


The Switch - Joseph Finder
‘An adrenaline-filled cat-and-mouse story that has some of the most amazing chase scenes I’ve ever read’ K.J. Howe in Metro


Paradise Valley - CJ Box
'After a heart-in-mouth opening sequence, you're along for the ride across North Dakota and Montana and into the heart of an American nightmare. Breathtakingly good.' Sunday Times Crime Club Star Pick


Bogmail - Patrick McGinley
‘A beguiling crime fiction-flavoured cocktail which McGinley serves up with lively, lyrical and literary flair while conjuring an evocatively rendered rural backdrop.’ The Irish News


The Room by the Lake - Emma Dibdin
'Daughter of the late, great Michael Dibdin, creator of Italian detective Aurelio Zen, takes her literary talents in a different direction, with a debut slow-burning thriller' The Sunday Times Crime Club


The Room by the Lake - Emma Dibdin
‘Debut author Emma Dibdin, the daughter of the late Michael Dibdin, sets The Room By The Lakein New York and the far more sinister upstate woods where a large house by a lake has been taken over by a self-help therapy group (a cult?) living ‘off the grid’. The waif-like Caitlin, running away from domestic problems in the old England finds much more to threaten her in the New one.’ Shots Magazine


Trespass - Anthony Quinn
‘Quinn is a superb writer and probably one of the best crime novelists around at the moment and Trespass is a wonderful book by any standards.’ William Ryan's Summer Reading Pick in The Independent


My Husband’s Wives - Faith Hogan
‘A cracking good story…an ideal beach read’ Connaught Telegraph


False Lights - K.J. Whittaker
‘Makes for thrilling reading…Rugged scenery combined with even more rugged leading men and feisty leading ladies does make this a book that one can easily compare to Poldark - but Whittaker provides depth and nuance to her characters - meaning that the intensity of the plot is only amplified by quite how much she makes you care about the characters it revolves around.' The Bookbag


The Life and Death of Sherlock Holmes - Mattias Bostrom
’All you ever wanted to know about Sherlock Holmes…a superb piece of detailed scholarship, clearly a labour of love for the author and, most importantly of all, is as readable as a good thriller' Shots Magazine


The Lives of Tudor Women - Elizabeth Norton
‘The Seymour scandal…would lead to the creation of the Virgin Queen, a process chronicled in great depth in this extraordinary account of the early Elizabethan years.’ Historical Trips UK


The Black Prince - Michael Jones
‘Get to know the heir of Edward III in all his guises in this accomplished volume’ Historical Trips UK


Swimming with Seals - Victoria Whitworth
‘A tale of redemption through nature and water’s powerful ability to heal’ Outdoor Photography


The King is Dead - Suzannah Lipscomb
‘Learn of Henry’s last days and the drafting of the will in this beautiful, illuminating – and illuminated – tome.’ Historical Trips UK


Blackbird - James Hamilton-Paterson
’A reasonably fast read and puts over the information well enabling you to digest a lot of information...I suspect many of you will add this book to your collection.’ SFCrows Nest


It Was Only Ever You - Kate Kerrigan
'Kate Kerrigan is such a wonderful story-teller, who can bring her characters to life at the blink of an eye. Enchanting, beautifully written, and perfect to lose yourself in; It Was Only Ever You truly is a romantic, glistening gem of literary beauty.' The Writing Garnet


It Was Only Ever You - Kate Kerrigan
'Exquisitely written, wonderfully told and riveting from start to finish, It Was Only Ever You is a dazzling page-turner that transports readers back to the past with plenty of style and flair. Kate Kerrigan is a superb storyteller and she draws her readers in from the very beginning and keeps them in thrall until the very last sentence. Her characters are so richly drawn and believable that it is impossible not to care about them as readers find themselves swept up in their vibrant, compelling and mesmerizing story. A compulsively readable historical tale that is simply outstanding, It Was Only Ever You is one of the year’s best books!' Bookish Jottings


It Was Only Ever You - Kate Kerrigan
'This is an incredibly well written, colourful and very moving story. I enjoyed every page.' Random Things through my Letterbox


It Was Only Ever You - Kate Kerrigan
‘It Was Only Ever You is a delight of a read. It is a pitch perfect romantic novel where all the characters are as real to me as I am myself.’ Linda’s Book Bag


It Was Only Ever You - Kate Kerrigan
'A compelling storyline, fascinating and authentic characters, and a realistic setting make this book a must read. A book that will engross you and will stay with you afterwards. Highly recommended.' Sibzz Reads


The Dark Isle - Clare Carson
'Great characters who are well defined and believable, all are human and Carson shows how everyone has both good and bad sides to them, a great insight to human nature and how people react when pushed to extremes, a great read for sitting on the beach or by the pool'. Books Books Books


The Dark Isle - Clare Carson
'An intelligently written, highly suspenseful and wholly engrossing read, The Dark Isle is a stunning thriller I highly recommend!'Bookish Jottings


The Black Prince - Michael Jones
‘Michael Jones superbly brings to life the campaigns and battles against the Black Prince’s name…The hero and the villain were one man and Jones does justice to this complexity.’ The Times


The Plots Against Hitler - Danny Orbach
‘Orbach tells a vital story, and tells it with unflagging vividness’ The Herald


The Downside - Mike Cooper
’Finn, the star of this wildly inventive caper novel from Thriller Award–finalist Cooper (Full Ratchet), specializes in thefts of large, heavy objects, such as an autorack of Mercedes S-Coupes...The operation requires heavy drilling equipment, impressive hacking skills, and delicate timing, and betrayal is almost guaranteed. The railroad yard’s formidable security complicates the task. Fans of Donald Westlake’s Dortmunder novels will find a lot to like.’ Publishers Weekly


Calling Us Home - Chris Luttichau
‘A very articulate, easy and interesting read. As such I’d recommend it as highly suitable for beginners and also for anyone who wants to expand their background knowledge of shamanism or explore meditation and consciousness from a perspective of earth-based spirituality.’ Indie Shaman


Court of Lions - Jane Johnson
'Court of Lions is admirable modern thriller which I enjoyed very much. Johnson delicacy with her characters allows them to stand up and yet does not shield them from the consequences of their actions. In this portrayal alone, Court of Lions would be well worth your time and space in your holiday packing, but Johnson has crafted a superior tale that grabs you from the off.' Boney Abroad


Court of Lions - Jane Johnson
'Simple, solid gold brilliance…This is one of those few and far between novels which affect you on a visceral level so that whilst you may not find it life-changing, you will retain its message of hope, betrayal and redemption.' Breakaway Reviewers


Tremarnock Summer - Emma Burstall
'The stories are, as always, stories of everyday life that will make the reader laugh and cry. Touching and heart-warming, you will feel like you know all the characters personally.' Sibzzreads


Tremarnock Summer - Emma Burstall
'An easy-paced, relaxing read with stunning scenery and interesting issues throughout, and I really enjoyed reading it. Perfect for a quiet evening outside with a cup of tea or a glass of wine in your hand.' Books of All Kinds


Tremarnock Summer - Emma Burstall
'Emma Burstall’s writing style is descriptive, heartwarming and engaging. The setting is beautiful and together with the story it just creates a wonderful flair and atmosphere.' Simona’s Corner of Dreams


What the Raven Brings - John Owen Theobald
'An inspiring read and while it is a historical fiction book, I was pleased to find humor inside the story even a tiny bit of romance. I'm highly looking forward to reading the next book in this trilogy!' Blog Lovin'


Court of Lions - Jane Johnson
‘It is the dramatisation of the last desolate days of Moorish Spain which provides the heartbeat of the novel. A terrible and all-too-familiar story of dispossession, it tells of unrequited love, bloodshed and despair and is written with empathy and a flair for the dramatic'. Daily Mail


Pachinko - Min Jin Lee
'The characters are complex, the story runs deep, and Min Jin Lee’s writing is descriptive without being overwritten. She pulls you into this family from page one and you never want to leave them'. Book Riot


The White Hare - Michael Fishwick
‘Magical realism meets incisive social critique’ The Lady


Caesar's Footprints - Bijan Omrani
‘For all the varied and detailed cover, the whole things hangs together beautifully. You don’t feel distracted on your journey through the establishment and development of Caesar’s Gaul, accompanied by your wise, kindly and fascinating guide.’ Classics for All


Aurore - Graham Hurley
‘A lot of time is spent of characterisation but once you’ve worked this out the book is easier to read and comes over quite well.’ Soldier Magazine


Aurore - Graham Hurley
‘Aurore is an enjoyable if ultimately predictable thriller of mostly high quality.’ The Bookbag


The Black Prince - Michael Jones
'Jones has done an excellent job in telling the story of his life against the background of the war and providing some insights into what little is known about his personality. He is at pains to defend him against the blackening of his reputation at the hands of Froissart, praises him as a fine if sometimes flawed soldier who upheld chivalric principles of good lordship, yet could sometimes let his emotions overrule his better judgment, and in financial matters was often generous to a fault, particularly to his servants. It is not easy to make somebody so far back in history really come alive, but this book has pulled it off extremely well. It is supplemented with several pages of maps, battle plans and a detailed timeline.' The Bookbag


Court of Lions - Jane Johnson
'A beautiful looking book with that fine hallmark of a Head of Zeus hardback – a ribbon – and just looking at it made me want to read it. Jane Johnson richly evokes the last days of what must have seemed an Eden on Earth, the Alhambra, and brings it alive in colour, scents and fountain waters, through the involving story of Mumo and Blessings. The descriptions of the Alhambra are gorgeous, reminding us how hard it must have been for its Moorish inhabitants to give it up. This is a novel about war, though, and there are plenty of action-packed scenes as Mumo and his family fight each other for supremacy before Isabella and Ferdinand exert their own cruel influence. But the most wonderful parts of Court of Lions are those which take us within the walls of the Alhambra…we’re given a sympathetic, atmospheric and elegant portrait of the Alhambra and its people through the centuries, focusing on characters past and present who capture our imagination wonderfully.' For Winter Nights


Tremarnock Summer - Emma Burstall
'I’d recommend this book to those that dream of summer, a perfect summer read! Although this is part of a series, you can read this book without having read those – it may leave you dreaming of a summer getaway, of beaches, or of just the sea!' Our First Year Here


Tremarnock Summer - Emma Burstall
'The authors wonderfully descriptive writing made me fall in love with the beautiful place where the sky is blue, the sea has a magical pull, and the people rally around to make you feel happy. A magical book to get comfy with this summer!' Sparkly Word Blog


Tremarnock Summer - Emma Burstall
'The literary equivalent of strawberries and cream and a gin and tonic on a hot summer’s day, Tremarnock Summer is a delicious, delightful and decadent tale fans of Fern Britton and Veronica Henry are going to love…Difficult to put down, hard to resist and an absolute joy from beginning to end, Tremarnock Summer is an outstanding romp you will not want to miss!' Bookish Jottings


Dis Mem Ber - Joyce Carol Oates
'These lured me in one by one. All were people focused, with a very strong sense of time and place and so very visual...Groups should enjoy mulling over the way Oates so subtly drops ideas and moralities into her seemingly simple tales.' Nudge Books


Death's End - Cixin Liu
‘It’s a wonderful collection, particularly for fans of hard SF and brings Cixin Liu’s own unique flavour to the genre. Repeating themes of alien invasion, global destruction and man-made disasters are portrayed in human terms and, even in the face of extinction, they often present a ray of optimism.’ SF Crows Nest


The Dark Isle - Clare Carson
'I will have a similar trepidation when I read Clare Carson’s next book, having been so enamoured with this series to date, but I’m willing to endure it! The Dark Isle is another great addition to this beautifully written series, and I would recommend all three books heartily. Great storytelling, pitch perfect plotting, and a wonderful sense of time and place. Highly recommended.’ Raven Crime Reads


Joyce in Court - Adrian Hardiman
‘With forensic care, Hardiman takes us through the trials of Emmet and the invincibles. His advantage is that he knows the book as well as he knows the law, and so misses no chance to connect what happened legally with what enters the minds and conversations of the fictional characters…[Hardiman] writes with clarity and with a lawyer’s eye as he describes what the authorities did to prevent the book being published.’ Colm Tóibín, The Guardian


Joyce in Court - Adrian Hardiman
‘Hardiman’s enthusiastic tracing and interpretation...does it a great service’. The Sunday Times


Court of Lions - Jane Johnson
‘Johnson’s research is evident here - the twists and turns of Momo’s attempts to hang on to his sultanate are compelling. Blessings’ tormented love is beautifully written, as is the atmosphere of 15th-century Spain.’ The Times


Pachinko - Min Jin Lee
‘wonderful, in scope, scale and the beauty of storytelling’. Nicola Sturgeon


Death of a She Devil - Fay Weldon
‘A drop-dead stylist of the first order and she is utterly unfazed by any fashion… Death of a She Devil is a kind of coda to a brilliant literary career that will charm (perhaps like a cobra) anyone who can cotton on to the lilt of a sentence or the wit of a wise old woman letting her intelligence saunter…The satire is neat and very funny because the observation and the slightly steamy, perving quality of what's depicted has a lilting, sometimes rollicking, sometimes gentle, feeling for the constants of physical life and desire that will tug at anybody. Death of a She Devil is a politically incorrect novel that is at the same time deliberately indecorous in a way that will make anyone feel like a prude if they object to a comedy as swaggering in its confidence and as subtle in its observation as this… obviously the work of a genius.’ Sydney Morning Herald


Laura Lake and the Hipster Weddings - Wendy Holden
‘If you’re seeking hilarity and readability then our very own Wendy Holden’s latest sparkling social satire is your ultimate summer read…Total bliss’ Daily Mail


Court of Lions - Jane Johnson
‘One of my favourite books of the year.’ The Secret World of a Book Blogger


Court of Lions - Jane Johnson
‘An atmospheric, absorbing and mesmerizing tale, Jane Johnson’s Court of Lions is an enthralling and evocative tale of redemption, renewal and romance from an outstanding storyteller…Jane Johnson’s writing stands shoulder to shoulder with some of the great writers of the genre such as Barbara Erskine, Susanna Kearsley and Diana Gabaldon and, having discovered her wonderful books, I shall not only devour her entire backlist, but also wait eagerly for the next magical tale from her talented pen!’ Bookish Jottings


Court of Lions - Jane Johnson
‘A sensual and emotional delight from beginning to end.’ Darcie Boleyn


Court of Lions - Jane Johnson
‘A mesmerizing book, skillfully weaving together two stories seven centuries apart. The tale unfolds in tantalizing fashion, with present-day events alternating with flashbacks of the current-day story even as we encounter episodes from a totally different story of Moorish Spain, seven centuries earlier. This work is a tour de force of writing skill, with the two disparate stories intertwining in a complex tapestry.’ My Merri Way


The Plots Against Hitler - Danny Orbach
‘What Orbach does so well in his book is that he paints as full a portrait as possible of each of the conspirators and then, to a certain extent, lets you make up your own mind…The Plots Against Hitler is an utterly fascinating read. Orbach rightly puts the emphasis on the men and women involved in the conspiracies, rather on the attempts themselves.’ Boney Abroad


Trespass - Anthony Quinn
‘This is the reality of hundreds of years of bloody history which reached a crescendo in that terrible period in the 1970s and 1980s. Quinn may describe it in beautiful lyrical language worthy of a major literary work rather than a crime story, but he still invokes a nightmare scenario around every corner. This sense of authenticity often makes it hard to believe this is just a story. A superb novel, like its predecessors, this may be, but it holds more than its share of truth and is worth the study and understanding of any student of modern history.’ Crime Review


Joyce in Court - Adrian Hardiman
‘This tremendously well-researched and marvellously insightful book is a delight for lawyers and lovers of literature alike.’ The Irish Independent


In White Ink - Elske Rahill
‘This remarkable collection is a sometimes bleak, yet always compelling snapshot into maternity, nature, the inequality of social expectations and human compassion.’ The Bookseller


The Switch - Joseph Finder
‘Fast-moving action, and a clever political background, some of it not entirely unfamiliar these days.’ The Times


A Jest of God - Margaret Laurence
‘Laurence remains, for many readers, the defining conscious of 20th-century Canadian literary fiction as well as a major influence on Alice Munro and Margaret Atwood. It is easy to see why… This stylistically sophisticated narrative [is] tender and sympathetic but never sentimental.’ Irish Times


Airborne - Robert Radcliffe
'[Airborne] will grip fans of military fiction… Radcliffe is superb on the brutal chaos of war.’ The Times


The White Hare - Michael Fishwick
‘Handsomely produced, with delicate line drawings, this is a skilfully told and original novel.’ The Tablet


Legends of the Tour - Jan Cleijne
‘Jan Cleijne's book is quite unlike any other history of the Tour de France, and all the better for it’ Road.cc


Court of Lions - Jane Johnson
‘The descriptions are lush and detailed… A great personal, book group and definite holiday read!’ Nudge Books


Walkaway - Cory Doctorow
‘Doctorow is an assured writer and can write to convince… Definitely a novel to set the brain cells buzzing.’ Nudge Books


Letty Fox: Her Luck - Christina Stead
‘A fascinating read which gives much food for thought as well as painting some larger than life characters and settings… Another worthwhile addition to Apollo’s reprint series.’ Shiny New Books


This Is Not a Sex Book - Chusita Fashion Fever
‘This is one of the best [books about sex and sexuality] I have come across! …This book is important and should be made available to all teen readers.’ Teen Librarian


Viper’s Blood - David Gilman
‘The book is absolutely gripping… A superb read.’ Nudge Book


The Three Body Problem - Cixin Liu
’The work of fiction I am most enthusiastic about.’ Bloomberg


Day of the Dead - Mark Roberts
‘Roberts’ research is as meticulous as the investigation… add in a generous dollop of the macabre and the result is a horrifying but gripping novel which it might be best to read with all the lights on.’ Mystery People


The Dog Walker - Lesley Thomson
‘The author has a great gift for atmosphere. I still felt the chilly, damp and haunted towpath long after I closed the book at the end of the last chapter.’ Mystery People


Dark Dawn Over Steep House - MRC Kasasian
‘The books are a perfect recipe of action, characters and narration, although in this latest book, there is a fair amount of sadness too.’ Childtastic Books


Dark Dawn Over Steep House - MRC Kasasian
‘The tone and structure of Dark Dawn Over Steep House was reminiscent of the work of Edgar Allan Poe… Kasasian strikes the perfect balance between humour and tension, and this gives the novel the ingredients for a real page turner.’ Portable Magic


Dark Dawn Over Steep House - MRC Kasasian
‘An ingenious and atmospheric historical mystery… Packed with delicious humour, red herrings, devious twists and turns, wonderful characters, evocative period details and some dark and grisly descriptions… Witty, clever and highly enjoyable.’ Bookish Jottings


Dark Dawn Over Steep House - MRC Kasasian
‘I found the mixture of quirky humour, eccentric characters and compelling plot really entertaining and I hope there will be another outing for Sidney Grice and March Middleton soon.’ What Cathy Read Next


Inch Levels - Neil Hegarty
‘I adored this debut. It’s a beautifully judged account of the devastation that can occur when secrets rule our lives.’ Sue Leonard


These Dark Wings - John Owen Theobald
‘A thought-provoking adventure of a book, and probably a perfect read-aloud or audiobook for your summer road trip.’ Blah Blah Blah Book Blog


Joyce in Court - Adrian Hardiman
‘Adrian Hardiman has approached the oeuvre with refreshing clarity… he is a highly enlightened and consistently humane reader of Joyce.’ Daily Telegraph


Dis Mem Ber - Joyce Carol Oates
‘As usual with Oates, it is horribly readable, but driven by something disturbingly like genuine misanthropy.’ Sunday Times


Dis Mem Ber - Joyce Carol Oates
‘Oates chillingly depicts the darkness lurking within the everyday.’ Sunday Express


Paradise Valley - CJ Box
‘Box is not only an exemplary writer of crime novels; he is also a rancher, hunter and guide to the outback. As this might suggest, his work sports a vibrant response to countryside and nature.’ Financial Times 


Aurore - Graham Hurley
‘An excellent writer of historical thrillers… The wartime setting and the psychology of the characters are totally convincing.’ Sunday Express


The White Hare - Michael Fishwick
‘A gripping novel of rural intrigue, loss and awakening.’ BBC Country File


The White Hare - Michael Fishwick
‘A stunning coming of age tale interwoven with folklore, mysticism and villainy at the village fete.’ Lounge Books 


The Meaning of Birds - Simon Barnes 
‘He has an eye for the telling detail… a very attractive range of reference… More seriously, he has particularly important points to make about the way birds define places and are in turn defined by them, about the deep human responses to birdsong and the avian capacity for flight, and about our special fascination with raptors.’ TLS


The Lives of Tudor Women - Elizabeth Norton
‘It’s a brilliant idea for a book, and Norton executes it beautifully.’ BBC History ‘The stories are fascinating… Rises above the level of gallimaufry and, as so often, it’s the little details about everyday life that will stay with you.’ Catholic Herald


The Wandering Earth - Cixin Liu
‘Liu uses the exotic foreignness of alien environments to lure readers into an enchanted literary escape pod. The story’s backdrop might be one of spectacular beauty or entropic devastation but the distancing effect its abnormality provides is always stirring.’ The Big Issue


Walkaway - Cory Doctorow
‘This is the best Cory Doctorow ever… Walkaway is a sprawling, ominous and important work of a kind one rarely sees.’ Locus Online 


The Bourne Initiative - Eric Van Lustbader
‘Thrilling and full of ruthless spooks.’ Weekend Sport


Pachinko - Min Jin Lee
‘Lee’s prose is cool and unobtrusive, every claim is made with weight and a depth of feeling.' The Australian


Laura Lake and the Hipster Weddings - Wendy Holden
‘Another satisfying dose of social satire… A witty romp of a read.’ Bradford Telegraph and Argus


Laura Lake and the Hipster Weddings - Wendy Holden
‘The summer read of summer reads… Charming and engaging.’ Connaught Telegraph


The Mothers of Lovely Lane - Nadine Dorries 
‘ Moving, lovely historical fiction about changes… Written in an absolutely beautiful, vivid way.’ On My Bookshelf


The Mothers of Lovely Lane - Nadine Dorries
‘A very rich and multi-layered story… A well written, fascinating story that will draw you in with its wonderful characters and make you feel that you have been part of their lives for a while.’ Sibzz Reads 


The Mothers of Lovely Lane - Nadine Dorries
‘Compelling, credible and captivating!’ Bookish Jottings


The Mothers of Lovely Lane - Nadine Dorries
‘Such a heart-breaking, poignant and emotional read which will no doubt stay in your heart for a very, very long time. Wow.’ The Writing Garnet 


The Mothers of Lovely Lane - Nadine Dorries
‘Charming, gutsy and full of raw emotions.’ Rachel Bustin 


The Mothers of Lovely Lane - Nadine Dorries
‘All of the different characters each had their own unique voice but somehow they all worked together to create a thoroughly enjoyable read.’ That Thing She Reads 


Vindolanda - Adrian Goldsworthy
‘Complex and interesting, Vindolanda is definitely worth a read if you like history- and if you like your mystery with a solid dollop of action. Go Rome!’ Roaring Bookworm 


The Married Girls - Diney Costeloe
‘With Costeloe’s writing style and her power to bring the past to life, accurately and thoroughly evoking the emotional and lifestyle struggles of the time period, I would definitely recommend this book as well as be excited to read anything else by this author.’ The Coffee Pot 


Woman of the Hour - Jane Lythell
‘Fascinating reading, filled with secrets, lies, ambition and power.’ Off the Shelf Books 


Joyce in Court - Adrian Hardiman
‘Even to those who find Ulysses somewhat impenetrable and to those who never even attempt to read Finnegans Wake, Joyce in Court is a pleasure to read and a real treasury of Joycean history in context.’ The Dublin Sunday Business Post


Joyce in Court - Adrian Hardiman
‘He has the gifts of clarity, expertise and a deep knowledge of what he is talking about… This book is a worthy tribute to a person of many talents who fortunately chose to devote a lot of them to a body of work which was ideally suited for him.’ Irish Times


The Life and Times of Algernon Swift - Bill Jones
‘The discerning many will come to this pleasantly racing-green volume for the gimmick of it, and stay for Jones’s sheer relentless glee and his charming drawings of the bespectacled Algernon and the rest.’ TLS


The Married Girls - Diney Costeloe
‘A gripping saga.’ My Weekly


The Mothers of Lovely Lane - Nadine Dorries
‘There are so many wonderful characters in this story, I can assure you as soon as you start reading it will be a wrench to put it down.’ Ali - The Dragon Slayer


The Mothers of Lovely Lane - Nadine Dorries
‘Has everything you could look for in a historical novel. A perfect read about love, friendship, compassion, and family.’ Books of All Kinds


The Mothers of Lovely Lane - Nadine Dorries
‘A good, well-written piece of historical fiction. I would recommend this to all those who enjoy post-war British family sagas.’ Rosie Amber


The Mothers of Lovely Lane - Nadine Dorries
‘Simply amazing. I really don’t think any words I use will do the book justice. It will warm your heart and make you see the real angels in the world. Captivating, phenomenal and touching.’ 23 Review Street


The Mothers of Lovely Lane - Nadine Dorries
‘A beautiful story that took me right back into the past.’ Rae Reads


When Ideas Matter - Michael D Higgins
‘This book will appeal no only to those interested in oratory or in the research of public speaking, but also to people who have an interest in the arts and history of not only Ireland but civilisation.’ Irish Examiner


The Last Horseman - David Gilman
‘His portrayal of a war so often overlooked is all too real.’ Land Magazine


Blackbird - James Hamilton-Paterson
‘James Hamilton-Paterson has crafted an honest and loving tribute to the Blackbird.’ Boney Abroad


The Wandering Earth - Cixin Liu
‘The book runs to over 400 pages and the work in it deserves celebration.’ The Bookbag


When I Wake - Jessica Jarlvi
‘It leaves you wanting more, and I will have zero delay in buying anything by Jessica Jarlvi in the future. An author we should all be watching out for.’ Love Books Group


Woman of the Hour - Jane Lythell
‘This is a well paced novel… I am looking forward to see what Lythell has in store for Liz and Flo next!’ BiblioManiac


Walkaway - Cory Doctorow

‘Walkaway is his fullest, most important book so far, and a lot of fun even to disagree with.’ Toronto Star


Walkaway - Cory Doctorow

‘I came to care about its characters. Doctorow somehow managed to make me feel their fear, hope, and love.’ Quill and Quire


Finisterre - Graham Hurley

‘A cracking thriller.’ The Times


Resolution - David Manners and Emma Ellis

‘Vivid and well written, designed not just to appeal to military-history nerds.’ Tatler


Less Than a Treason - Dana Stabenow

‘A clever, colourful, credible tale.’ Literary Review


What Next - Daniel Hannan

'Daniel Hannan is one of the most eloquent of the Tory Europhobes.' London Review of Books


The Serpent Sword - Matthew Harffy

‘The tale is fast paced and violence lurks on every page… I look forward to its sequels.’ Historical Novel Society


The Serpent Sword - Matthew Harffy

‘The new hardback is so gloriously beautiful I just had to own it.’ David’s Book Blurg


The Salt Marsh - Clare Carson

‘This beautifully-written tale, with its unique storyline, strong characters and atmosphere of tension and intrigue, is a book to treasure.’ Crime Review


The Wandering Earth - Cixin Liu

‘It’s a wonderful collection and brings Cixin Liu’s own unique flavour to the genre.’ SF Crows Nest


Day of the Dead - Mark Roberts

‘The story is fast moving and intense… The book is an extremely well written and thought provoking detective thriller… If evidence were needed of the power of fiction ‘set in location’ then this is it!’ Trip Fiction


Day of the Dead - Mark Roberts

'A captivating page-turner that will keep readers glued to its pages… Day of the Dead is gripping and gritty crime fiction at its absolute best… A first class read.’ Bookish Jottings


Day of the Dead - Mark Roberts

‘Certainly an extremely thought provoking read… I am still thinking about it now even though I have finished it.’ Ginger Book Geek


Day of the Dead - Mark Roberts

'From the very first page, I was pulled in and wanted to know more.’ Rambling Lisa’s Book Reviews


Day of the Dead - Mark Roberts

‘Methodical, gritty, and well-paced, Day of the Dead is the kind of crime fiction novel that messes with your emotions and gets under your skin… If you are a fan of crime fiction then you must read this book.’ Books of All Kinds


Day of the Dead - Mark Roberts

'Genuinely one of the best serial killer thrillers I have read this year, I am looking forward to reading more from Mark Roberts' What Rachael Read Next


The Fallen - Eric Van Lustbader

‘The book is enjoyable but certainly not just an “easy read” to while away the odd trip on train or aircraft.’ Army Rumour Service


Bone Meal for Roses - Miranda Sherry

‘It is a map for the soul; from being lost to truly finding oneself… A thrilling read that can find itself a place in the hearts of any lover of literature.’ Niume


Walkaway - Cory Doctorow

‘He’s no more a wide-eyed hippie than an Ayn Rand-inspired libertarian, and his view of humanity is complex.’ Los Angeles Times



Vindolanda - Adrian Goldsworthy
‘An authentic, enjoyable read.’ The Times

Vindolanda - Adrian Goldsworthy
‘Don’t be surprised if you see Vindolanda in the starting line-up for Historical Fiction Book of the Year 2017’ Weekend Sport

The White Hare - Michael Fishwick
‘Fishwick’s sense of wonder (childlike but never childish), expertly paced plot and relatable characters make it a highly original and deeply moving read.’ The Lady

Aurore - Graham Hurley
‘Retro in the best sense of the word… an outstanding historical thriller.’ Shots 

Caesar’s Footprints - Bijan Omrani
‘In places, his book evokes Richard Holmes’s pursuit of Robert Louis Stevenson through France in his marvellous Footsteps… we get a real sense of Omani as a teacher in the parentheses and asides he slips into his narrative, which are charming’ Literary Review

Road Kill - Hannah Jameson
‘A fast-moving narrative.’ The Guardian

The Lives of Tudor Women - Elizabeth Norton
‘Cleverly structured’ - Choice

The Lives of Tudor Women - Elizabeth Norton
‘Thanks to this incredibly well written and fascinating book, the women who lined the routes of Coronation processions and royal progresses throughout the Tudor age will no longer be anonymous faces in the crowd.’ Lady Jane Grey


Day of the Dead - Mark Roberts
‘This is a very clever book… that will keep you guessing until the very end.’ Go Buy the Book


Inch Levels - Neil Hegarty
‘It’s written in an eloquent voice, with gorgeous descriptions of the passing seasons, the landscape and the world beyond Patrick’s hospital window.’ Reading Matters Blog 

Woman of the Hour - Jane Lythell
‘An exceptionally well-written story… From the moment I picked this book up, it stayed in my hands until I had reached the end.’ Books of All Kinds 
The Wandering Earth - Cixin Liu
‘Liu conjures up a genuine sense of wonder.’ SFX
The Wandering Earth - Cixin Liu
‘Absolutely fantastic… The hardback is a thing of beauty and its translations are wonderful.’ For Winter Nights 
Walkaway - Cory Doctorow
‘Cory Doctorow is one of the most exciting writers of Science Fiction currently working.’ The Bookbag
Vicious Circle - CJ Box
‘Box deserves to become more appreciated here… [he] paints a vivid picture of small-town feuds amid Wyoming’s wide-open spaces.’ The Times
The Dark Isle - Clare Carson
‘This is a book to be savoured, like a fine wine.’ Shots Mag
Vindolanda - Adrian Goldsworthy
‘A well-written and authoritative novel that is always enjoyable and entertaining.’ For Winter Nights
The Lost City of the Monkey God - Douglas Preston
‘A grippingly told and reassuringly grown-up account of the discovery of an ancient city in Honduras.’ TLS
Woman of the Hour - Jane Lythell
‘I found myself quickly absorbed in the story, staying up reading until the early hours of the morning unable to tear myself away.’ The Curious Ginger Cat 

Daughter of the Wolf - Victoria Whitworth

‘Colourful and packed with memorable characters, this novel is richly imagined and very readable.’ BBC History


Swimming with Seals - Victoria Whitworth

‘I finished this book wanting to find a cold lido, or jump into a lake, or walk into the cold sea and stay there for as long as I could stand it, and then do it again.’ The Guardian

Pachinko - Min Jin Lee
’Lee writes about every character with sympathy, generosity and understanding.’ New Statesman

Man on a Donkey - H. F. M. Prescott 
‘H.F.M. Prescott’s The Man on A Donkey is by widespread assent one of the finest historical novels ever written. It may even be the finest.’ TLS

The Hungry Grass - Richard Power 
‘This Apollo edition returns to print a neglected work of literary merit. The author’s touch is light, finding humour amid the pathos.’ TLS

Letty Fox: Her Luck - Christina Stead
‘Reissued as part of the Apollo imprint’s mission to rescue neglected literary gems, with a brilliant introduction by Tim Parks, it is a compelling tour de force, spilling over with exuberant characters, richly observed settings an mordant wit.’ The Lady

Walkaway - Cory Doctorow
'Mr Doctorow’s philosophy is passionately argued… and the thinking is lively’ Wall Street Journal 
How Trump Thinks - Peter Oborne and Tom Roberts
‘Watching Trump recover from successive disgraces and fiascos, Oborne and Roberts marvel at his capacity to deflect blame.’ The Guardian 

Vicious Circle - CJ Box
‘Box is deservedly getting a name for his Pickett books… pacy plots, an unusual setting and strong characterisations.’ The Sun

Bourbon Creams and Tattered Dreams - Mary Gibson
‘A compelling read’ My Weekly

The Dog Walker - Lesley Thomson
‘A haunting and gripping novel’ Your Dog 

Cathar - Christopher Bland
‘The talent of some people never fails to amaze me… Christopher Bland has produced a splendid historical novel that has managed to enthral me for all of its 338 pages.’ New Books 

The Wall of Storms - Ken Liu
‘Poetic metaphorical prose is widely and pleasingly used in this series.’ New Books

The Borrowed - Chan Ho-Kei
‘The crime were written and interwoven brilliantly’ New Books

Road Kill - Hanna Jameson
‘Road Kill is a brilliant, brash effort… the deepest, darkest noir.’ 5* New Books 

Trespass - Anthony J. Quinn
‘The prose is of a high quality’ Irish Examiner
Over the Hills and Far Away - Matthew Dennison
‘It’s a fascinating read’ Choice Magazine
Woman of the Hour - Jane Lythell
 ‘A great opener for a new series’ Swirl and Thread

How Trump Thinks - Peter Oborne and Tom Roberts

‘There have been derisive collections of Trump’s blurts before… but reading through this para-scholarly presentation of his texts… changes your perception of them. They don’t seem merely preposterous any more.’ Evening Standard


Walkaway - Cory Doctorow
'The tech may be more advanced, but the politics feel familiar and Doctorow brings it all together with a deft hand… The overwhelming message of Walkaway is hope [and] right now, that could not feel more timely.’SciFiNow


Walkaway - Cory Doctorow
‘Proper science fiction this. A warning of our times. An investigation of what it means to be a human today and where the future might take us…. Not for everyone, but spot on for the few.’ Nudge


My Husband's Wives - Faith Hogan
‘A fantastic summer read’ Irish Daily Star


My Husband's Wives - Faith Hogan
'...the friendship between the four was excellent, heart-warming and beautiful and timely.' BR Maycock's Book Blog


My Husband's Wives - Faith Hogan
'A beautiful, well-developed tale about the strength of women and the depth of friendships that can spring forth from the unlikeliest of circumstances, My Husband's Wives is the perfect summer read and one to add to those TBRs!' What Danielle Did Next


My Husband's Wives - Faith Hogan
'There really wasn't one thing that I didn't like about this book and the further into the book I got, the more unputdownable it became, until I was incredibly entranced by the story.' Kelly's Book Corner


Swimming with Seals - Victoria Whitworth
‘This is an eloquent celebration of swimming in the cold waters of Orkney and a fascinating memoir.’ Half Man Half Book


The Dog Walker - Lesley Thomson
‘Lesley Thomson has created a really exciting read. ‘ TripFiction


Vicious Circle - CJ Box
‘The characters are well drawn and the action is frenetic.’ TripFiction


Laura Lake and the Hipster Weddings - Wendy Holden
‘Read this novel for pure giggle-a-minute escapism with a deep and sweet underlying warmth.’ Darcie Boleyn


The White Hare - Michael Fishwick
‘The further along I got the more the suspense built up and more than once I felt a chill run down my spine.' Typewritered


The Reykjavik Assignment - Adam LeBor
‘The Reykjavik Assignment bowls along, and is a real page turner. It also makes you think what kind of world we live in and what we mere mortals may not know about what is being done in our name.' TripFiction


Walkaway - Cory Doctorow

'It's a bravura piece of storytelling, and marks a powerful shift in awareness and understanding, not just for the characters but undoubtedly for the readers themselves.’ The National Post
Death of a She Devil - Fay Weldon
‘Fay Weldon’s new novel is certain to be a bestseller.’ Catholic Herald
Death of a She Devil - Fay Weldon
‘I suspect Weldon couldn’t care less about political correctness… for her, it’s all literary mischief. If you buy into the fairy tale and the humour from the start, it’s successful enough.’ i
The Summer House Party - Caro Fraser
‘Fraser skilfully combines many narrative threads to build a great big satisfying saga full of passionate love, ghastly betrayal and, as Britain tips inexorably into conflict, thrilling drama.’ Daily Mail
The Summer House Party - Caro Fraser
‘A wonderfully involving read’ Sunday Express
The Summer House Party - Caro Fraser
'The story is intriguing and multifaceted with its lifelike mixture of romance, heartache, tragedy, heroism, accomplishment and growth. The recounting is rich in atmosphere and detail, making for an absorbing reading experience.' My Merri Way
The Summer House Party - Caro Fraser
'It’s one of those books where you just want to keep reading and it to never end.' That Thing She Reads
A Jest of God - Margaret Laurence
‘It’s not hard to see why its female readers welcomed and cherished it… this is not a feel-good book but Rachel is portrayed with exceptional insight and subtlety which feel relevant still.’ Sunday Herald
Day of the Dead - Mark Roberts
‘Day of the Dead would be worth reading as a superbly constructed thriller, even if it didn’t have much more to it than that – an elegant novel.’ Shots Magazine
A Hut of One’s Own - Emily Chappell
‘This beautifully produced book is… perfect over a cup of tea during a downpour… The illustrations are charming.’ Cotswold Life
Over the Hills and Far Away: The Life of Beatrix Potter - Matthew Dennison
‘It’s a fascinating read’ Choice Magazine
Over the Hills and Far Away: The Life of Beatrix Potter - Matthew Dennison
‘Matthew Dennison’s sympathetic biography of Potter explores her reticent, sometimes prickly character through her writing.’ Daily Mail
Conjuror - John & Carole Barrowman
‘Readers who enjoy fantasy will enjoy the inventiveness and energy of the novel.’ School Library Association

A Jest of God - Margaret Laurence

‘The story is authentic and powerful. The dialogue is full of nice ironies and the narrative finely paced.’ TLS

The Switch - Joseph Finder
'Seemingly ripped from recent headlines, Finder's latest is one of his most fiendishly plotted and eerily relevant thrillers…A master of what might be called the "man in over his head" thriller, Finder delivers a tense, uncannily relevant tale about government secrets falling into the wrong hands.' Kirkus Reviews


Swimming with Seals - Victoria Whitworth
‘There’s no shortage of books about wild swimming out this month and next…perhaps the most intriguing of the lot, however, and certainly of most interest to Scottish readers, is Swimming with Seals, by the academic and novelist Victoria Whitworth…wonderfully evocative.’ Scotland on Sunday

Rebel - Douglas Carswell
‘The big twist is that Carswell thinks that the populist challengers to the status quo …are just as bad as the elite that they are trying to replace.’ Money Week 

Find Me - J.S.Monroe
‘An Entertaining page-turner’ The Irish Times on Find Me

Resolution - David Manners and Emma Ellis
‘David Rutland and Emma Ellis have found a clever, and ultimately poignant, way of bringing the naval and political sides of the war with American colonies into a single focus…It cannot always be easy to co-author a book, but Resolution is a pretty seamless performance. It is fair and balanced in its judgements, authoritative in its handling of all naval aspects, and as comfortable with the aristocratic world of Belvoir, Newmarket and the gaming table as it is with the quarterdeck.’ The Spectator
Death of a She Devil - Fay Weldon
‘It’s good to have Fay Weldon back, poking the hornet’s nest of modern feminism with her sly eye’ The Daily Express
Death of a She Devil - Fay Weldon
‘Weldon’s amused defiance is irresistible’ The Mail on Sunday
Death of a She Devil - Fay Weldon
‘Scalpel-sharp and laceratingly funny.’ Good Housekeeping
Death of a She Devil - Fay Weldon
‘A delight to read. Each chapter has a hilarious heading, revealing Weldon’s affinity with the pre-Romantic tradition of Sterne and Swift’ Irish Times
Walkaway - Cory Doctorow
‘Cory Doctorow’s Walkaway, takes the idea of personalities as computer programs to its logical consequence, and envisages multiple copies of the same program – the same person – running simultaneously on different networks. This is the closest anyone will ever get to the fantasy of cloning identical human beings.’ The Guardian
Swimming with Seals - Victoria Whitworth
‘The author’s descriptions of the coastline in Orkney and the savannah in Kenya, where she spent some of her childhood, are sharp and original…enjoy wallowing in the richness of her theological, philosophical and literary knowledge.’ The National
Vicious Circle - C.J.Box
‘A masterful storyteller who writes sublimely about Wyoming’s wild beauty, CJ Box screws up the tension unbearably’ Irish Independent

Vicious Circle - C.J.Box

‘I really enjoyed this book, it grips from beginning to end…I also found the detailed descriptions of the wild terrain of Wyoming brought the scenery vividly to life.I have read one of C.J.Box's books before but this is the first time I have met Joe Pickett and look forward to reading more about him. A great read.’ Promoting Crime
The Guns of Empire - Django Wexler
‘Wexler knows his stuff and makes it interesting for you to read. – This is one of the things that sets The Shadow Campaigns apart from most of the other fantasy series currently out there, the military influence and how well it is incorporated into the world that Wexler has created.’ The Tattooed Book Geek
The Guns of Empire - Django Wexler
‘At last, a good book. A really good book, with a decent, understandable map.’ Concatenation 
The White Hare - Michael Fishwick
‘A magical and thoughtful tale about the place where old and new communities meet, this is also a sensitive, well-told story about the rifts that occur in families and friendships, and how they can be healed. Fishwick’s writing is fine and stylish and never loses the grip of a slowly building, powerful story.’ Booktrust
Rebel - Douglas Carswell
‘Mr Carswell makes his case well.’ The Economist
Rebel - Douglas Carswell
‘There is remarkable breadth of history in this book, ranging from ancient Greece to the present day.’ The Guardian
Stonehenge - Francis Pryor
‘Accompanied by beautiful photographs and illustrations, the book takes us back in time to appreciate the complexity and spiritual significance of a 4,000-year-old monument that stands as testament to the ancients.’ BBC Country File

Stonehenge - Francis Pryor

‘Pryor has a way with words that somehow simplify complex data and make it interesting and intelligible for the general reader…This is undoubtedly a most enjoyable read and will be a good addition to the Stonehenge catalogue’ Prehistoric Society


Byron’s Women - Alexander Larman
‘Dashing, scandalous and irresistibly attractive, Byron would have been shocked to find himself not the main subject of Larman’s narrative, but relegated to a supporting role in the remarkable stories of the significant women in his life’ Daily Mail
The Summer House Party - Caro Fraser
‘Fraser keeps the reader hooked with the twists of her protagonists’ love affairs, but the real star of this book is her portrait of a disappearing life, as Sonia Haddon and ilk face war with varying degrees of courage.’ The Sunday Times
The Summer House Party - Caro Fraser
This rich and engrossing novel follows them through the testing years of the coming war, including a movingly drawn forbidden love affair, all delivered with perfect period details’ The Sunday Mirror
Laura Lake and the Hipster Weddings - Wendy Holden
‘A sparkling new series of social satires’ My Weekly
Death of a She-Devil - Fay Weldon
‘Fay has been incredibly vocal about transgender issues, and her new book features her trademark black humour - and some shocking twists’ Closer
Death of a She-Devil - Fay Weldon
‘A bawdy controversial read’ Woman & Home
Swimming with Seals - Victoria Whitworth
‘Each little ‘dreamlike postcard’ in this captivating book takes you deeper into the world novelist Victoria Whitworth experienced as a sea-swimmer in the wild waters of Orkney.’ Sainsburys Magazine

The Ninth Grave - Stefan Ahnhem 

‘Dark, scary and intensely creepy’ RTE Guide


Heaven’s My Destination - Thornton Wilder
‘A revival of interest is surely overdue for Heaven’s My Destination…Wilder’s good-natured narrative makes reading this a pleasure.’ The Tablet
Pachinko - Min Jin Lee
‘Brilliant writing and people with characters one comes to care deeply about…very moving’ Four Shires

Pachinko - Min Jin Lee

‘A beautiful reading experience…Pachinko was an amazing read, I highly recommend it.’ Sugar Quills 
Lost City of the Monkey God - Douglas Preston
‘This gripping book follows every step of the journey… it’s incredible enough that in this day and age there are still unexplored areas of the planet.’ Geographical Magazine
Scandinavians - Robert Ferguson
‘A leisurely and digressive account, full of personality…When Ferguson quotes from a Norwegian novel: “History isn’t always what you think it was,” it’s a summary of his own impressive book.’ All About Health
Eye of the Beholder - Laura J. Snyder
‘Engaging…Snyder, whose background is in the history of the philosophy of science, offers a spirited account of these developments and of their conceptual as well as their practical implications. She is adept at picturing the culture in which her protagonists grew up. She has a relish for detail.’ London Review of Books
The Life and Times of Algernon Swift - Bill Jones
‘As a hater of puns, this collection of comic tiny tales and illustrations revelling in smart wordplay should by rights be anathema to me. Instead I find myself laughing out loud page after page at the brio in its unashamedly silly (and simultaneously very clever) humour… It is also rich with delightful references to high and popular culture, from Shakespeare and Schopenhauer to the Rolling Stones. It is, I am loath to admit, a complete joy.’ The Big Issue

The Life and Times of Algernon Swift - Bill Jones

‘Readers of a delicate disposition need to be aware of the dangers. I hurt myself reading this book – my sides, mostly. Some peculiar and unexpected noises came out of my face while reading – hooting, snorting sounds of amusement, and a fair sprinkling of punished groans.’ Druid Life 


Death of a She Devil - Fay Weldon

 ’Funny, waspish and acute…A fierce retrospective on the achievements of the women’s movement – and its cost – and a defiant hurrah for grumpy old women. Sure to infuriate some people, it will please a great many more.’ The Times

Death of a She Devil - Fay Weldon

'One of our very best writers'  Sunday Times


Death of a She Devil - Fay Weldon

‘Revisionist doctrines and surgical procedures combine with wildly over-the-top fictional effects. Always fey, Weldon revels in the paranormal…writing this novel has clearly been a rip-roaring experience.’ The Sunday Times
Death of a She Devil - Fay Weldon
'Weldon’s fond satire sends up feminism old and new, and contemporary life in general…elegantly written, sharply perceptive and fantastically good fun’ The Daily Mail

Rebel - Douglas Carswell

‘[Carswell] is as genuine a rebel as parliament contains…so when the revolution comes, metaphorically at least, I will join Douglas at the barricades’ The Times


The Last Horseman - David Gilman

'The South African maelstrom is well presented, especially the brutality of the conflict between British and Boer and the pitiful situation of the native Africans. The compassionate characters, willing to help regardless of who they are dealing with, stand out in this unforgiving world, and the novel ends on a message of hope.’  The Irish Times


And I'd Do It Again - Aimée Crocker

’[Crocker] has a certain forthright energy and arrogance: reading her chronicle of ripping yarns is like being repeatedly offered strong cocktails by someone determined you shan’t go home. And she has mixed them herself…I was so exhausted by the end that I collapsed into the new Joanna Trollope, reflecting that what we women consider an adventure these days is pretty damn tame.’ TLS


Over the Hills and Far Away - Matthew Dennison

’A biography for anyone who has ever been in thrall to the intricate world of bunnies and cabbage patches.’ The Sunday Times


Over the Hills and Far Away - Matthew Dennison

‘Embellished with photographs of Potter’s life and her own illustrations, this short biography will delight anyone who has been touched by Beatrix Potter’s work.’ Westmoreland Gazette

Pachinko - Min Jin Lee

‘The plot and wider world events are remarkably easy to follow for such a sweeping novel. There are horrors that will bring tears to your eyes, but the beautiful, overwhelming tone of the novel…is one of hope, courage, and survival against the odds.’ Ilkley Gazette


The Ninth Grave - Stefan Ahnhem

’A tightly-plotted, page-turner of a crimefest, with just enough gore to keep things ticking along…Scandi crime fans are in for a treat with this one.’ Connaught Telegraph

Kahlil Gibran: Beyond Borders - Jean Gibran

‘Gibran was ever concerned about the crafting of books, the illustrations and covers. The authors have honoured his concern, garnishing the text with an elegant cover and a large number of illustrations of his drawings, paintings and designs, as well as photos of his family and friends, making this a beautiful volume worthy of its subject.’ Jordan Times


Beyond the Ice Limit - Preston and Child

‘For those who like their thrillers flavoured with outlandish science, possible alien threat and potential global extinction, the name, or rather names, to watch is that of writing duo Preston & Child. In fact you might say that Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child have cornered this rather exclusive market and their latest, Beyond the Ice Limit from Head of Zeus, contains all the crowd-pleasing ingredients one has come to expect.’ Shots Magazine


Death of a She Devil - Fay Weldon

'A brilliant black comedy' Mail on Sunday Event Magazine

Before the War - Fay Weldon

'Lively... wry social satire' International New York Times


Pachinko - Min Jin Lee

'A beautifully realised saga of an immigrant family in a largely hostile land, trying to establish its own way of belonging' TLS


Company K - William March

'This is an extraordinary, powerful image and an extraordinary powerful piece of writing... It captures a truth about war that evades whole histories. Now that no one is left who can remember, we need books such as Company K all the more to force those of us left behind not to forget.' The Daily Telegraph


Company K - William March

'Blunt, impartial and candid, Company is about a group of men, yet it is also about all men, who fight in all wars. It is essential reading.' The Irish Times 

Less Than a Treason - Dana Stabenow

 'The book is sprinkled with wit, studded with exquisite descriptions of the rugged landscape, and filled with opinionated and endearing characters.' Publishers Weekly Starred Review
The White Hare - Michael Fishwick
'Fishwick combines the pangs of bereavement and the perturbations of adolescence, exploring (often with a comic touch) family tensions as well as the terrors of the deep past, and all the time propelling his narrative along with an adventure that unfolds in the present... this is the best sort of magical realism.' The Spectator

The White Hare - Michael Fishwick

'A promising tale of how ancient folklore is steeped in everyday life in a small community.' Books for Keeps


The White Hare - Michael Fishwick

'Both the reader and story are richly imbued with the essence of hte countryside and nature... The characterisation was strong, with a great look at a teenager finding his place in a new world.' Sherborne Times


The White Hare - Michael Fishwick

'If you like your stories lilting and poetic do give this one a read.' Books, Occupation... Magic!
The White Hare - Michael Fishwick
'Fishwick has created a wonderfully atmospheric novel. It's a real achievemnet to combine a family drama about grief, family and friends with a central mystery whcih has a dangerous edge to it, all magically bound up in nature and legend, but Fishwick has done it with consummate skill. This novel should delight the 12+ audiences of its primary target, but it also entranced me. (9/10)' AnnaBookbel
The White Hare - Michael Fishwick
'Gripping... a modern day fairy tale' Books Books Books

Resolution - David Manners and Emma Ellis

'A rollicking tale of Lord Robert Manners and his older brother Charles, the duke in the castle in Georgian times.' The Times


Laura Lake and the Hipster Weddings - Wendy Holden

'Wonderfully whimsical' Nudge Books


Laura Lake and the Hipster Weddings - Wendy Holden

'A hilarious giggle-fest from the very first page.' The Writing Garnet


The Aleppo Cookbook - Marlene Matar

'Matar's beautifully illustrated cookbook is a love letter to the city, reminding us that there is so much more to the Levant than what we see in the news.' The Lady


Kahlil Gibran: Beyond Borders - Jean Gibran

'Beautifully produced and illustrated with photographs and reproductions of Gibran's drawings and paintings.' The Spectator


A Hut of One's Own - Emily Chappell

'Delightful... full of inspiring practical advice' The Scotsman


The Ninth Grave - Stefan Ahnhem 

'This is a very complex novel... gripping, graphic and gruesome.' Woman's Way


Conjuror - John and Carole Barrowman

'Readers who enjoy fantasy will enjoy the inventiveness and energy of the novel' School Librarian


The Reykjavik Assignment - Adam LeBor

'There are characters you can believe in and a heroine to identify with and plenty of twists and betrayals and sudden surprises to satisfy any addict of spy and global skullduggery novels. And all written with pace that turns the pages.' Tribune Magazine


I Tried to Run a Railway - Gerard Fiennes

'Highly Recommended' The Railway Magazine


Vindolanda - Adrian Goldsworthy

'An instant classic of the genre. No historian knows more about hte Roman army than Adrian Goldsworthy and no novelist better recreates the Classical World. Flavius Ferox, Briton turned Roman Centurion is a wonderful, charismatic hero. Action and authenticity combine in a thrilling and engrossing novel.' Harry Sidebottom


The Templars - Dan Jones

'A fresh, muscular and compelling history of the ultimate military-religious crusading order, combining sensible scholarship with narrative swagger, featuring a cast of exuberantly monstrous sword-swingers spattering Christian and Islamic blood from Spain to Jerusalem.' Simon Sebag Montefiore, author of Jerusalem: The Biography


The Templars - Dan Jones

'Dan Jones has created a gripping page-turner out of the dramatic history of the Templars, from their spiritual warrior beginnings until their tragic destruction by the French king and the pope. It is genuinely moving and a chilling contemporary warning about the abuse of power through persecution and lies.' Philippa Gregory, author of The White Queen


The Templars - Dan Jones

'The story of the Templars, the ultimate holy warriors, is an extraordinary saga of fanaticism, bravery, treachery and betrayal, and in Dan Jones they have a worthy chronicler. The Templars is a wonderful book!' Bernard Cornwell, author of The Last Kingdom


Laura Lake and the Hipster Weddings - Wendy Holden

’Will leave you alternately laughing and cringing… Holden writes beautifully with a fabulous ear for dialogue… I adored it' The Daily Mail 

Viper's Blood - David Gilman

‘A brilliant story, full of facts and brimming with action. Superb reading.’ Army Rumour Service

Laura Lake and the Hipster Weddings - Wendy Holden
'The novel is hilarious and entertaining as Laura finds herself in absurd and unlikely situations. A cast of colourful and eccentric characters create an intriguing and fast-paced novel, perfect if you are looking for an easy and funny read.’ Chicklit Club

Pachinko - Min Jin Lee
‘The novel reads like a long, intimate hymn to the struggles of people in a foreign land…The novel’s multi-generational narrative allows this rich history to unfold at a pace that is beguilingly peaceful… Vivid and immersive, Pachinko is a rich tribute to a people that history seems intent on erasing.’ The Guardian

The White Hare - Michael Fishwick

‘Michael Fishwick’s The White Hare is the launch title for Head of Zeus’s new children’s imprint, Zephyr, and it sets the bar very high…Fishwick’s depiction of place and landscape as well as his creation of the atmosphere and mythology of the novel is excellent… it is exactly the sort of book that deserves to figure in the reading lives of young people.’ Nudge Books 


Pachinko - Min Jin Lee

‘The scope and ambition of Pachinko are huge… for most western readers this will be an eye-opening account of a slice of east Asian history that still reverberates today’ The Times


The White Hare - Michael Fishwick

‘Delightfully presented as a small hardback with a gorgeous front cover…Alongside the magic and the fables, there are some difficult and bang up-to-date modern themes running through this book, and the author has combined the two very well. His attention to detail, his description of the countryside and his well-rounded and realistic characters work so well together to create an enjoyable and quite different story for children and young adults…Michael Fishwick has a rich imagination and is a skilled writer. The White Hare is thought-provoking and a pleasure to read.’ Random things through my letterbox


Pachinko - Min Jin Lee

‘An uplifting story…There are moments of shimmering beauty throughout Pachinko…an epic novel that tackles the biggest subjects of the Twentieth Century onwards: globalisation, economic migration, racism and other difficulties of integration; religion in decline and capitalism on the rise; and the slowly changing role of women in a conservative society that was, in other respects, modernising dizzyingly fast.’ ID magazine

Find Me - J.S. Monroe
'You have to work quite hard at this multi-layered break-out thriller, it features several timelines and narratives, but stick with it and you will be rewarded with intelligent writing, original and disturbing ideas and a tightly coiled and crafted plot.' The Daily Mail

Kahlil Gibran: Beyond Borders - Jean Gibran
‘Gibran’s life story is strangely compelling. Kahlil Gibran: Beyond Borders…is deferential to his genius and tactful about his faults.' The Daily Telegraph


Find Me - J.S. Monroe
‘The best book of the year for me so far…I’d recommend it to anyone who wants some intelligent and slightly different escapism with digestible language and a lack of flowery prose in the descriptions. It’s a novel for people who want a bit more and it performs on every level.’ Nudge Books

The Aleppo Cookbook - Marlene Matar

‘With The Aleppo Cookbook, Marlene Matar fetes the ancient city’s culinary promise.’ The Guardian


Find Me - J.S. Monroe
‘A highly convoluted and skilfully told story with many twists and turns and apparent reversals of narrative.’ Promoting Crime

Laura Lake and the Hipster Wedding - Wendy Holden
‘Zany, zips along with lots of laughs: this is Holden on top form’ Woman & Home

Pachinko - Min Jin Lee
‘A rich, moving novel about exile, identity and the determination to endure’ Sunday Times Event Magazine

Pachinko - Min Jin Lee

‘A sweeping, engrossing family saga…a poignantly told tale. Gracefully written and dotted with memorable images, evocative of the pace and time, it’s a page-turning panorama of one family’s path through suffering to prosperity in 20th-century Japan’ Literary Review

The White Hare - Michael Fishwick
‘His tense relationship with Sheila and her daughters shows Fishwick to be a keen observer of blended-family life’ Evening Standard

The Lost City of the Monkey God - Douglas Preston
‘Leaves the reader both impressed and over-awed…An adventure well worth the telling and the 16 pages of colour illustrations add further veracity to the impact’ Country Life

Airborne - Robert Radcliffe
‘The mixture of fiction and fact provides a good look at real events…well written and readable’ Soldier Magazine

What the Raven Brings - John Owen Theobald
‘A beautiful book that I really recommend to anyone that likes historical fiction’ 4/5 Books Books Books

The Case of Charles Dexter Ward - H.P.Lovecraft
‘A complex and well-plotted tale with some wonderful surprises built in, and very entertaining…a gripping, absorbing read. The book itself is a beautiful object (as are all Apollo books) with a striking cover’ Shiny New Books
 

Pachinko - Min Jin Lee

‘We never feel history being spoon-fed to us: it is wholly absorbed into character and story, which is no mean feat for a novel covering almost a century of history.’  Financial Times

Laura Lake and the Hipster Weddings - Wendy Holden
‘Effing Marvellous’ Jilly Cooper

The White Hare - Michael Fishwick

’Filled with echoes of the past, I would recommend this for teenagers and adults alike’ Cotswold Life
The Life and Times of Algernon Swift - Bill Jones
‘Highly amusing…an absolute gem…Full of awful puns and delivered with Jones’s particular brand of dry sardonic humour, this is quite brilliant.’ Cotswold Life
The Way We Die Now - Seamus O’Mahony
‘Trenchant but compassionate’ Irish Daily Mail
Viper’s Blood - Dave Gilman
‘Action-packed, exciting and wonderfully researched…the story is as fresh and shock-filled as each of its predecessors.’ The Bookbag
Find Me - J.S.Monroe
‘This is an intriguing novel, lots of twists and turns and a dark underbelly. ‘ Frost Magazine
Inch Levels - Neil Hegarty
’An engaging novel which shows rather than tells, richly repaying close attention.’ A Life in Books
Pachinko - Min Jin Lee
’A strong story, delivered with exemplary simplicity’ The Mail on Sunday
Laura Lake and the Hipster Weddings - Wendy Holden
‘Hugely entertaining, save this to read in a sheltered spot on the first sunny day of spring’ Saga Magazine

The Way We Die Now - Seamus O’Mahony
“A searingly honest and humane book that is challenging yet profoundly important” The Guardian

The Lost City of the Monkey God - Douglas Preston

“Deftly balancing swashbuckling action with thoughtful reflections on conservation and the ethics of archaeology” 5* Review in The Mail on Sunday

Desire - ed. Mariella Frostrup
“This anthology came out late last year, but that doesn’t mean it won’t be eagerly welcome by bookworms who like their reading material to venture between the sheets. Forget EL James, though: these saucy stories are generally well written.” Metro

Stonehenge - Francis Pryor

“Pryor…represents his discipline attractively to the general public. His latest book is designed for just such an audience, and packages for it, with concision and splendid visual illustration, the past decade’s worth of new discovery… Pryor is especially able in conveying the dynamism of prehistory, with its constant changes, both of the form of individual monuments and in broader patterns of ritual behaviour and architectural fashion.” TLS

Pachinko - Min Jin Lee

“Remarkable…Pachinko gives its readers …a striking introduction to lives, to a world, they may never have seen, or even thought to look at. In our increasingly fractured and divisive times, there can be no higher purpose for literature: all in the pages of a book that, once you’ve started, you’ll simply be unable top put down” Harper’s Bazaar


The Reykjavik Assignment - Adam Lebor
‘This fast-moving, refreshingly intelligent story is packed with insider knowledge.’ The Daily Mail


The Borrowed - Chan Ho-Kei
‘Fascinating and action-filled’ Wall Street Journal

The Mask of Command - Ian Ross
‘This tense, immersive novel is driven by the forceful yet always human Castus…the best of a fine series, this also stands very well on its own.’ Sunday Express
The Last Horseman - David Gilman
‘Packed full of intrigue, adventure and excitement. The writing is skillful, and while the story is a page turner full of adventure, there are a number of moments in which we are reminded that though most of the characters are fictional, the horror of this war was not… A perfect read for fans of Bernard Cornwell.' Historical Novel Review
Bourbon Creams and Tattered Dreams - Mary Gibson
‘This wonderfully descriptive book is a must-read for those who enjoy a thriller’ Ok! Magazine
Thenford - Michael and Anne Heseltine
‘The most comprehensive account of the creation of an English garden that you are ever likely to have the privilege of reading…delightful, yet informative’ Gardens Illustrated
The Lives of Tudor Women - Elizabeth Norton
‘a fascinating glimpse of Tudor life is presented…this is a potentially difficult brief handled with great success and can be warmly recommended’ History of Royals
The Ninth Grave - Stefan Ahnhem
‘Atmospheric and complicated saga of crimes that criss-cross the narrow strait between Sweden and Denmark. A bid at meta-Scandi noir with great cop characters from both nations and some imaginatively grisly perps.’ Sunday Times Crime Club 
Find Me - J.S. Monroe
‘The pages all but turn themselves as the story unfolds in taut chapters alternating between Rosa’s journal entries and Jar’s frantic quest. Monroe adds more voices in the book’s second half, keeping the guess-who’s-crazy ball in the air until the all-consuming reveal. Pacing is crisp and the plot is credible, but it’s the case of expertly crafted, psychologically ambiguous characters that rivets.’ Publishers Weekly
Messiah - Jonathan Keates
‘Keates is an enthusiastic, serious and careful writer, and this delightful book, though designed up to the hilt, contains a lot to muse over….the author clearly knows what he is talking about, and illuminates what we thought we knew.' The Guardian 
Invisible Planets - Ken Liu
‘With stories ranging over social control, world-building rats and redundant robots who have outlived the humans who made them, this is a collection that will stimulate an delight' The Daily Mail
Finisterre - Graham Hurley
‘Beautifully constructed, the result is compelling and richly entertaining.' The Daily Mail
Thenford - Michael and Anne Heseltine
‘Fascinating…what comes through clearly is how well the Heseltines work together as a team….What a garden –and what a book!’ Country Life
Airborne - Robert Radcliffe
‘Radcliffe writes with knowledge and skill…there is humour, as well as horror, in this fascinating and convincing novel’ The Times
Stonehenge – Francis Prior
‘This beautifully produced book brings us up to date with the latest in Stonehenge thinking… nearly as good as wandering among the stones themselves.' Daily Mail

Paper Menagerie – Ken Liu
‘This captivating collection of award-winning short stories is full of wonder and magical realism.'  Buzzfeed
The Angels of Lovely Lane – Nadine Dorries
‘As heart-warming as it is heartbreaking, this novel is unputdownable.’ The Sunday Express