Glasgowbabble

Urgh – sorry if my babble sounds a bit raspy, I have a yucky chest infection, will try not to breathe on you.

How are we all? Looking forward to this mega blast of sunshine coming our way for the weekend I hope, bbq’s and sun cream at the ready…

The Swimmer - watch the trailer

Joakim Zander's The Swimmer is the first title due for publication from our New Voices campaign, set for release in July. Published in over twenty countries, and a bestseller in its native Sweden, The Swimmer is an astounding debut from an exciting new talent, and Head of Zeus are thrilled to be releasing it in the English language for the first time.

Watch the new trailer for The Swimmer - Joakim Zander's ripping debut

Joakim Zander's The Swimmer is the first title to be published from our New Voices campaign, set for release in July. Published in over twenty countries, and a bestseller in its native Sweden, The Swimmer is an astounding debut from an exciting new talent, and we are thrilled to be releasing it in the English language for the first time.

Publication Day - The Abduction

Today we celebrate publication day for The Abduction, the second thrilling novel in Jonathan Holt's bestselling Carnivia Trilogy. Watch the trailer below, and join Kat Tapo and Holly Boland as they race to save Mia Elston before its too late. But beware - the deeper they dig, the darker the case will become, until they unearth a conspiracy powerful men will kill to protect.

Mean Streets and B-Roads - Alex Howard and the discourse of place

John Milton, poet and polemicist, famously found the problem of depicting good in Paradise Lost difficult. Heaven is boring.  Evil was much simpler. We can all picture Hell easily enough, fire and brimstone usually does it, or take a look at Hieronymus Bosch’s ‘The Garden of Earthly Delights’ for a more psychedelic version.

Family and Heroes

Phew – it’s been quite a week. I’ve been writing and filming and travelling and my head is in a spin. Sorry for the Babble delay – I literally haven’t had time to stop and think, which is why I have lost the car keys twice, left my purse at home only to discover the fact at the checkout with a trolley full, and I keep making cups of coffee and placing them next to cups of coffee that I haven’t drunk yet!

For me, this week has been all about family and heroes.

Sheffield Noir - Ben Cheetham on Bleakness and Beauty

Bleakness and beauty. Two elements vital to crime fiction. Sheffield does bleakness well. Walk a few miles in the footsteps of Angel, the former prostitute whose rage drives the plot of Angel Of Death, and you’ll see what I mean. Enter the city from the north east, as she does, and you pass through the industrial sprawl of Attercliffe. Much of the steel industry the city is famous for is gone, a victim of Thatcherite policies that dumped an entire generation on the dole scrapheap. What remains, though, has a kind of faded grandeur.