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Apollo/Head of Zeus published ALIEN WORLDS: How Insects Conquered the Earth and why their fate will determine our future by Steve Nicholls on 30 March 2023.  This is a comprehensive and beautifully illustrated natural history of insects.

"'The simple fact," Nicholls writes, 'is that we need insects far more than they need us.'  Pollinators, predators, ecosystem engineers: insects of all kinds help shape and sustain the living world on which we all depend, whether we realise it or not ... and this alien world is under terrible strain...  (This) book is an entrancing, moving exploration of the innumerable little lives flickering about us, of how they came to be here and how they may soon be lost forever." Richard Smyth, New Scientist

Laura Starkey's second novel, the unmissable enemies-to-lovers romantic comedy, AMY PERRY'S ASSUMPTIONS was published by Bonnier Embla on 10 January 2023.  

"A big-hearted treat of a read." Catherine Walsh, author of One Night Only
"A sparkling debut." Zoë Folbigg, bestselling author of The Note
"Hilarious and heartwarming."Matt Dunn, bestselling author of Home

Naomi Kelsey's first novel THE BURNINGS, set in 17th-century Scotland and Denmark, was published in hardback and eBook in June by HarperNorth to considerable acclaim.  The paperback will be available in 2024.

"I was mesmerised by THE BURNINGS and its heroines. I highly recommend this brilliant and compelling novel to all lovers of historical fiction"  Laura Shepperson, Sunday Times bestselling author of The Heroines

Julie Houston's new novel THE GIRLS OF HEATHERLY HALL, set in her beloved West Yorkshire fictional village of Westenbury, was published in July in eBook, audio and paperback by Aria.   A WEDDING AT HEATHERLY HALL will be published by Aria in February 2024.

"Julie’s books should be available on prescription ..the perfect pick-me-up" Amazon 5*  review

Congratulations to Alice Hunter, whose first novel THE SERIAL KILLER'S WIFE is being adapted into a 4-part television series by Paramount+. Featuring Annabel Scholey, Jack Farthing and Luke Treadaway in lead roles, it is due to be screened later this year.   Published by Avon in eBook and paperback, THE SERIAL KILLER'S WIFE was, according to The Bookseller’s BookStat chart, 2021’s 16th-highest-selling ebook, spending 10 weeks in the chart.  It was a top ten bestseller in both formats in the UK as well as reaching the Kindle top 10 in the US.   

Alice's new novel, THE SERIAL KILLER'S SISTER, was released in May and has received over 500 4- and 5-star reviews.   

"Alice Hunter is a genius! Wow, what a book!"  Amazon Reader Review

Ellie Wood's first novel, THE WILDWATER WOMEN, was published in eBook, paperback and audio by HarperNorth in April 2023.  Her new novel, THE RESTAURANT AT THE HEART OF THE LAKES, will be published by them in March 2024.

"An instant hit...a perfect summer read"  Lancashire Life

"Thoroughly enjoyable, this is a fine lakeside read for the summer" Cumbria Life

Congratulations to Rachel Barnett whose second novel, STARLIGHT AT SNOW PINE LODGE, published by Embla in September in eBook, paperback and audio, has been a Kindle top 50 bestseller.  Her first novel, A SUMMER ON THE RIVIERA, was published in May in eBook, paperback and audio by Embla.  

“Full of love, the power and support of female friendship and Christmas spirit, this is a heartwarming novel guaranteed to get you in the festive mood”  Amazon 5* review of STARLIGHT AT SNOW PINE LODGE




Congratulations to  Judy Summers whose second Shaw family Victorian Liverpool saga, A WINTER'S WISH, published by Welbeck on 27 October 2022, reached #1 in the Kindle Victorian Historical Romance category.  Welbeck publish Judy's third Shaw family saga, A DAUGHTER'S PROMISE, on 12 October 2023.

"Judy is a natural storyteller." Lyn Andrews

CALLING DETECTIVE CROCKFORD: The Story of a 1950s Policewoman by Ruth D'Alessandro was published by Welbeck on 2 March 2023. It's 1956, and the Berkshire Constabulary has never had a woman detective before. That is, until bright and ambitious WPC Gwen Crockford passes out of Hendon Detective Training School with flying colours.  This is the second title in the Crockford memoir trilogy.

"For fans of Heartbeat and Call The Midwife, this is a charming policing memoir." Judge Rinder

 Sandy Taylor's eighth novel, THE IRISH BOARDING HOUSE, was published by Bookouture on 1 September 2022.

Congratulations to Sandy on achieving #22 in the Kindle Top 100, and #1 simultaneously in three sub-categories within nine days of publication.   And further congratulations to Sandy on achieving #1 in the US Kindle chart in the British & Irish Literary Fiction sub-category.   Sandy's novels have received over 71 million page reads on Kindle Unlimited.


Waterstone's Children's Prize shortlisted Ewa Jozefkowicz’s new middle-grade novel, THE WOLF TWINS, was published by Zephyr/Head of Zeus on 14 September 2023.

"Jozefkowicz writes wonderfully about family, friendship and self discovery." Bookseller

GOODBYE, MERSEY VIEW, Sunday Times number one bestseller Lyn Andrews's latest novel and her fortieth saga was published in paperback in July by Headline.  It is also available in eBook, audio and hardback. Very many congratulations, Lyn.

"She has a realism that is almost palpable" Liverpool Echo

Jane Corry's gripping and emotional new novel, COMING TO FIND YOU, was published by Penguin on 22 June 2023.   "A compelling and deliciously dark story of murder and secrets." Claire Douglas

Congratulations to Jane on achieving #7 in the Sunday Times paperback fiction bestseller list with COMING TO FIND YOU.  Jane Corry's domestic suspense novels have sold 1.5 million copies worldwide.  Jane Corry is a seven times Sunday Times Top 10 paperback fiction bestseller.

Gill Thompson's fourth novel, THE ORPHANS ON THE TRAIN, set in wartime Scotland and Hungary, was published by Headline in eBook and audio in November.   They will publish the paperback in September.  Translation rights have already been sold in a number of territories.

"A great read . . . beautiful and evocative . . . an intelligent, thrilling novel, and one which will stay with me for a long time"  Louise Morrish, author of Operation Moonlight


Lynne McEwan's third DI Shona Oliver novel THE GIRLS IN THE GLEN was published by Canelo Crime on August 4th in eBook and paperback.   Her first, IN DARK WATER, was published by Canelo in 2021 and was a Scottish Crime Kindle #1 bestseller.    Her new Shona Oliver novel, THE GATHERING STORM, will be published by Canelo in February 2024.

"A thrilling new voice in Scottish crime fiction"  Marion Todd


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