Recent Press Coverage for Head of Zeus Books

  

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Trust Me, Zosia Wand
‘Brilliantly readable' Sunday Mirror


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Blackbird, James Hamilton-Paterson
‘Hamilton-Paterson has managed to bring us a distilled history of an aircraft that is eminently readable and full of details and anecdotes on the development and challenges of the creation of this aircraft too.’ Nudge Book


Invisible Planets, Ken Liu
'Invisible Planets is an excellent introduction to Chinese Science Fiction and the subtleties of woven symbology and allegory as intellectual discourse. To characterise some this content as stories of protest would deny them their detail, layers and intelligence. They are not simply defiant, but there are messages to find and that inspire.’ Concatenation


Vicious Circle, CJ Box
‘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


The Room by the Lake, Emma Dibdin
‘It’s compelling writing and a warning to anyone looking for an easy fix: sometimes our worries and pain may seem overwhelming but they’re our worries, it’s our pain, and that’s worth fighting for.’ Crime Review


Walkaway, Cory Doctorow
‘[It is] fascinating for what Doctorow has taken from our world and run into the not-so-distant future with… He is also very good at characterisation.’ Concatenation


Find Me, JS Monroe
‘It is not often that I am completely shocked by a book but I was totally taken aback when I found out exactly what had happened to Rosa… [It is] a gripping, unpredictable read. JS Monroe has managed to write a very clever, claustrophobic book where you genuinely don’t know who, apart from Jar, you can trust.’ Go Buy the Book


Find Me, JS Monroe
‘Find Me is a thrilling read… You need to set aside some time for [this book], because you will not want to leave yourself waiting for the ending.’ Woman Reads Books


Find Me, JS Monroe
'This story has everything that a good suspense thriller should have and the writing is amazing.’ Rambling Lisa’s Book Reviews


Find Me, JS Monroe
‘Readers will soon find themselves immersed and engrossed in this richly textured, wholly absorbing and multi-layered thriller where nothing is quite what it initially seems. A fantastic tale about love, loss, dangerous enemies and secrets which refuse to stay buried, Find Me is a taut, tense and meart-stoppoing read that will shock, delight and entertain. Compelling, gripping and original, Find Me should not be missed!’ Bookish Jottings


False Lights, KJ Whittaker
‘An historical novel at its best… With fantastic characters like the strong heroine Hester and the charismatic Crow the author doesn’t disappoint… You cannot ask for more in a novel of this genre. 5*’ Rachel Bustin


False Lights, KJ Whittaker
‘Readers will follow the story with bated breath to see what will happen next, as we cross over to various characters and their stories.’ Our First Year Here


The Black Prince, Michael Jones
‘This book [is] a gripping read; it has that ‘just one more chapter’ quality that keeps you going late into the night… A compelling and humane portrait of a medieval warrior, bringing the Black Prince and his world triumphantly to life.’ David Santiuste


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