As a novelist, I use fiction to explore subjects that are often difficult or taboo like domestic control, racism and now post-natal depression. I must confess that as I sat on the side of the bath, crying at 3 a.m. silently begging my baby boy to go back to sleep, I wondered if I was the only one, the only mother that felt looking after a new born was just too difficult. I was exhausted and can now see that exhaustion, coupled with hormones running haywire and no immediate support, meant I was being gripped by the tentacles of the baby blues monster.
Bull Mountain, the fictional setting of Brian Panowich's new debut novel, is nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge foothills, and has enough family history to destroy a man. But how would a stranger pass the time and take in the sights? Brian Panowich's tourist guide to the place can tell you;
Head of Zeus are delighted to announce the acquisition of two new books from Kate Kerrigan – the bestselling Irish author. The first book The Dress will be published in September 2015 and is a wonderful story of an iconic 1950s dress and its relationship with three women over 70 years.
Set between New York; London and Ireland, the novel interweaves the stories of Joy a 1950s socialite; Lily a vintage fashion blogger and Honor an extraordinary Irish seamstress and dress designer.
Neil Belton at Head of Zeus has acquired Marked For Death, a new book by James Hamilton-Paterson, the bestselling author of Empire of the Clouds: When Britain’s Aircraft Ruled the World.
Hamilton-Paterson is one of the rare authors who can write as beautifully about war and machines as he does about coral reefs and tropical storms.
‘Wot’ll yer go fer – pickles or jam?’ This is the Hobson’s choice presented by one young factory girl to another in the 19th century Bermondsey novel, ‘Polly of Parker’s Rents’. For to choose office work or school teaching rather than factory work was unthinkable for the majority of Bermondsey girls at that time. Instead they would join the huge pool of unskilled, poorly paid female labour which kept ‘London’s Larder’ stocked.
The launch of David Essex’s book has been incredible so far with appearances on BBC Breakfast, Mel & Sue ITV, Vintage TV and upcoming on Channel 5’s The Wright Stuff. David has talked about his poems on BBC GNS, BBC Radio 2 Chris Evans Show, Becky Want Show Manchester and coming up on Stephen Nolan Show. His first signing in Manchester brought many excited fans. Check out our events page for future book signings and stay tuned for more David Essex appearances.
One of the joys of writing – and reading – historical fiction is the sense of tracing the thread of a single life through the broader fabric of the past, and discovering the ways that individual people are affected by historical events. To describe the experiences of one man or woman, especially in a dramatic and volatile period, and follow them over the course of a novel or a continuing series of novels, is to sense the motion of the past and the ways that the great events and towering personalities of history influence and impact human lives.
The new poetry collection by David Essex is out today, and here David talks about fame, family and fortune and how they came together in his writing. To listen to David read some of his new poems go to our YouTube channel.
Fay Weldon answered your questions on a live webchat with the Guardian, and talked about her life in writing, her faith and feminism, family and her latest work, Mischief, a collection of her short stories spanning her whole writing career.
It was a fabulous day out on tour yesterday with David Essex.