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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.”

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  

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, was the UK's 7th bestselling eBook up to November 2019, having been in the Kindle top 100 for nine months.  It was a 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.    It will be published by Head of Zeus in paperback on February 6th.  Her new book, SING ME A SECRET, will be released in eBook in May.

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

Gill Thompson's second novel,  THE CHILD ON PLATFORM ONE, was  published by Headline in eBook in December 2019.  It has been a #1 Kobo bestseller in the US and Canada.  The paperback will be published in March.

"An outstanding book made more poignant as it's threaded with events that actually happened.  The characters and their moving stories will  haunt you long after you finish the last page"  Shirley Dickson, author of The Orphan Sisters

Sam Carrington's latest psychological thriller,  I DARE YOU, was published by Avon in eBook and paperback in December.  It was a US Kindle top 100 bestseller.

"Beautifully observed.  Totally absorbing. " Amanda Robson

Mary Gibson's seventh Bermondsey saga  THE BERMONDSEY BOOKSHOP will be published by Head of Zeus on 6 February in hardback and eBook.  The paperback will be available in June.

"I really enjoyed this book so much...Great plot, superb main characters"  Netgalley 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 

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

Jo Allen's second Lake District crime novel, DEATH AT EDEN'S END, was published by Aria in December 2019.

"Brilliantly written...like being on one heck of an unpredictable and scary rollercoaster ride with more twists and turns than you would find on a 'Snakes & Ladders' board"  GingerBookGeek

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 second standalone thriller, THE ARGUMENT, was published by Bookouture in eBook in December 2019.   It reached #17 on the Kindle bestseller list and was a Kobo #1 bestseller. 

"A devastatingly good book… if this doesn’t leave you shuddering nothing will. Brilliantly well done" NetGalley Reviewer


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