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Laura Starkey's romantic comedy debut RACHEL RYAN'S RESOLUTIONS was published by Bonnier Embla on 16 September 2021.  Congratulations to Laura on achieving #17, and for spending over four weeks, in the Kindle Top 100.

"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

Catherine Hanley’s TWO HOUSES, TWO KINGDOMS: A History of France and England 1100-1300 is published by Yale University Press on 12 July 2022. “Catherine Hanley knows the twelfth and thirteenth centuries like the back of her hand. In TWO HOUSES, TWO KINGDOMS she brings vividly to life an extraordinary cast of characters, the men and women through whom the kingdoms of England France took shape, telling their story with wit, wisdom, and formidable scholarship." Helen Castor

Congratulations to Joy Kluver, whose Detective Bernadette Noel series has been shortlisted in the Best New Series category  in the Dead Good Readers' Awards.  The most recent in the series, LEFT FOR DEAD, was published in January by Bookouture.

THE FORGOTTEN SISTER, the debut saga by Judy Summers set in 1848 Liverpool, is a heart-breaking and heart-warming story about what we will do for those we love. The paperback was published by Welbeck on 31 March 2022.  The second Shaw family Liverpool saga, A WINTER'S WISH, will be published on 27 October 2022.

 Sandy Taylor's seventh novel, THE IRISH NANNY, was published by Bookouture on 30 July 2021.  Her new novel, THE IRISH BOARDING HOUSE, will be published on 1 September 2022.

Congratulations to Sandy on achieving #1 simultaneously in the Saga Fiction, Romance Sagas and Family Sagas Kindle categories, and on reaching #24 in the Kindle Top 100.

"A heartbreaking story of WWII. Loved it so much!" Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

Zephyr/Head of Zeus will publish Ewa Jozefkowicz’s new middle-grade novel, THE DRAGON IN THE BOOKSHOP, on 7 July 2022.

“Superb. A book for those of us who are on the side of dragons. Which really means everyone.” Sue Chambers, Waterstones, Finchley Road

Congratulations to Julie Houston whose novel, A FAMILY AFFAIR, was published in paperback in February 2022.  Her new novel, A VILLAGE SECRET will be published in April in eBook and paperback by Aria.

"A joyful, feel-good story with characters you'll love.  Bravo!"  Faith Hogan (of A FAMILY AFFAIR)

Ellie Wood's first novel, THE WILDWATER WOMEN, was published in eBook, paperback and audio by HarperNorth in April.

"A beautiful, warm, touching and evocative read" Phillipa Ashley

"An unusual book, beautifully written, full of gentle undercurrents that bring floods of emotion. The gorgeous setting is exactly right for the strong theme of friendship, making this a real curl-up-in-your-armchair read" Sue Moorcroft

Sam Carrington's latest thriller, THE COUPLE ON MAPLE DRIVE, was published by Avon on 9 December in paperback, audio and eBook.

It has been selected as one of The Times Crime  Club's Picks of the Month.

"A deft example of domestic noir"  The Times


CALLING WPC CROCKFORD: The Story of a 1950s Policewoman by Ruth D'Alessandro was published by Welbeck on 3 March 2022.  In this nostalgic, tender and honest account of post-war British society, we follow a bright, determined woman navigating a man's world, from performing traffic duties to unravelling a dark secret at the heart of an impoverished family.

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

Victoria Jenkins's latest psychological thriller, THE BRIDESMAIDS, was published by Bookouture in eBook in May.

"I flew through the pages in record time. The ending was simply fantastic and totally unexpected… Unputdownable." RK_reads, 5 stars

Congratulations to Nicola Chester, whose memoir, ON GALLOWS DOWN: Place, Protest and Belonging, published by Chelsea Green, has won the 2021 Richard Jefferies Award for outstanding nature writing.  ON GALLOWS DOWN has also been longlisted for the 1922 James Cropper Wainwright Prize for Nature Writing.   The paperback edition will be published on 14 July.

"An incredible book of exceptional depth, feeling and bravery...wonderful!  I couldn't put it down.  A must read"  Dara McAnulty

Jane Corry's thrilling new novel, WE ALL HAVE OUR SECRETS, was published by Penguin on 23 June 2022.

"Grips with menace and dread, yet touches the heart." Nicci French

Jane Corry's domestic suspense novels have sold more than a million copies.

Gill Thompson's third novel, THE LIGHTHOUSE SISTERS, set in wartime Jersey and Germany, was published by Headline in eBook and audio in February.   They will publish the paperback in September.

"Such a compelling read . . . it kept me guessing to the end and has stayed with me since finishing it" SUZANNE GOLDRING



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