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Catherine Hanley's biography MATILDA: Empress, Queen, Warrior was published in hardback by Yale University Press on 12 March 2019. “The biography of Matilda I’ve been waiting for: as clear-sighted, forthright and formidable as the empress herself.  Catherine Hanley combines lucid scholarship with page-turning narrative; military expertise with a fine-grained understanding of the challenges facing a twelfth-century woman who sought to rule. The result – authoritative, human, and  utterly compelling – is a triumph.” Helen Castor, author of SHE WOLVES  

Kathryn Hughes's fourth novel, HER LAST PROMISE, was published in eBook by Headline in May and paperback in August.    A Kindle top 50 bestseller, and a number 1 Bookseller Heatseeker bestseller, it won the Prima Book of the Year Prize: Prima magazine praised it as "storytelling at its finest with characters that come alive and a plot that dances with intrigue. An absolutely first-class read that does not disappoint".

"Warm and witty...super characters and a well-paced plot"  My Weekly


Anne Applebaum has said of Richard Bassett's memoir, LAST DAYS IN OLD EUROPE: Trieste '79, Vienna '85, Prague '89 published in hardback by Allen Lane on 31 January 2019: “Richard Bassett’s spirited memoir of ten crucial years in recent European history is full of insights into the last days of two empires: the Habsburg, whose embers he savours beautifully, and the Communist, which he vividly shows us collapsing in front of him.  The book is charming and funny, but it has a serious purpose, lightly worn, and a flavour all of its own.”

Jo Allen's debut crime novel, DEATH BY DARK WATERS, the first in a series set in the English Lake District, was published in eBook by Aria in May.  The second, DEATH AT EDEN'S END, will follow in December.

"I loved this book and couldn't put it down"  NetGalley reviewer

Sam Carrington's latest psychological thriller, THE MISSING WIFE, was published in eBook and paperback by Avon in June.   It has been a US Kindle top 100 bestseller, and as well as getting into the top 10 in the US Kobo and NookBook charts.  Her new novel, I DARE YOU, will be published by Avon in eBook and paperback in December.

"The Missing Wife is superb: one of those books that keeps you guessing … I was riveted"  Alex Lake, bestselling author of After Anna


THE OCEANS BETWEEN US, Gill Thompson's first novel, was published in eBook in March and paperback in October by Headline Review and was a digital bestseller.  Her new novel, THE CHILD ON PLATFORM ONE, will be published in eBook on December 1st, with the paperback in March 2020.

"This book is a must-read...I felt every emotion along the way" Take A Break magazine

Congratulations to G.D. Abson whose debut crime novel MOTHERLAND was  longlisted for the CWA 2019 John Creasey New Blood Dagger Award.

Victoria Jenkins's standalone thriller, THE DIVORCE, was published in eBook by Bookouture on 4 July.   They have now sold over 150,000 of her titles.  Her new novel, THE ARGUMENT, will be published in December.

‘I couldn’t put this book down. Wow, wow, wow’  GoodReads reviewer

 Congratulations to Jane Corry on the double whammy of a #3 Sunday Times paperback fiction bestseller listing on 14 July for I LOOKED AWAY together with a #6 listing in the Kindle Top 100 on 10 July.  I LOOKED AWAY has spent six weeks in the Bookseller Top 50.  "A fearsomely good thriller." Nicci French 

Mary Gibson's sixth Bermondsey saga, A SISTER'S STRUGGLE, was published by Head of Zeus in eBook in December 2019 and paperback in May this year.  Her new novel, THE BERMONDSEY BOOKSHOP, will be published in early 2020.

"What an emotional rollercoaster of a journey I have just been on with this beautifully written book. I feel so honoured to have witnessed this raw and heartfelt story"  Staceyisreading

Zephyr/Head of Zeus published Ewa Jozefkowicz’s second middle-grade novel GIRL 38: Finding A Friend in hardback on 7 March 2019. “Jozefkowicz shows empathy for her young heroines, exploring key themes of friendship, family and finding yourself with compassion and optimism.” Fiona Noble in the Bookseller Editor’s Choice

Congratulations to Ewa Jozefkowicz, whose debut middle-grade novel THE MYSTERY OF THE COLOUR THIEF was shortlisted for the Waterstones Children's Book Prize and longlisted for the Branford Boase Award.  Zephyr/Head of Zeus published the paperback edition of THE MYSTERY OF THE COLOUR THIEF on 7 February 2019.

Congratulations to Julie Houston, whose romantic comedy A VILLAGE AFFAIR, published by Aria in eBook in November last year, has been in the Kindle top 100 for nine months.  It was a UK Kindle top 5 bestseller for several weeks, hitting the #3 slot, and on Kindle's top 20 most-read fiction list for three weeks.  It has also been a top 5 Kindle bestseller in Australia.  Her earlier books, THE ONE SAVING GRACE and GOODNESS, GRACE AND ME, have also been in the UK Kindle top 100 this year, as has COMING HOME TO HOLLY CLOSE FARM, published in February.  Her novella, AN OFF-PISTE CHRISTMAS, will be reissued by Aria in November, and a previous novel, LOOKING FOR LUCY, in December.  Her new novel, SING ME A SECRET, will be published in 2020 in ebook by Aria and paperback by Head of Zeus.

"Absorbing, enjoyable and heart-warming. Books like this are the reason I read and although they are rare they are always worth waiting for" Claire Ross, NetGalley.

Denzil Meyrick's seventh DCI Daley novel, A BREATH ON DYING EMBERS, was published by Polygon in July.  It was longlisted for Bloody Scotland's 2019 McIllvanney Prize and reached #3 on the Audible thriller bestseller list and #2 in the Kindle Police Procedurals list. 

"Absorbing . . . no run-of-the-mill tartan noir"   The Times


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