A book fair is always a good time to take stock - as a constant in an ever-changing world - and for Head of Zeus this London Book Fair marks an important moment. Our first full calendar year of trading ended at the turn of the calendar year 13/14 and we are now in a good position to share our progress against our founding principles and where we go next in pursuit of our strategic aims.
Sometimes living in a house full of blokes gets to me.
Worse than that, I live among a regiment of gun firing Artillery, in a house with two teenage boys and a soldier husband. My bunting gets laughed at, my floral cushions hidden and my pretty white bed linen covered in pizza. The delicate poppy themed cups that I love are shoved to the back of the cupboard and in their place; we sip our tea from regimental mugs.
‘Erected in memory of S.L. Swaab Esq. His knowledge like a spring of refreshing water flowed ever during life for the relief of the suffering.’
Have you noticed that even the most difficult of days is made magnificent when topped and tailed with a bit of sunshine? Lovely.
It’s been the London Book Fair this week – lots of frenzied activity and discussion of all things booky, where those who write, print, publish, edit, sell and buy books, gather for a few days of hectic meetings, rich lunches and a glass or two of Pinot Grigio to wash away the long day…
Two words sum up my first ever visit to the London Book Fair: inspiring and exhausting.
Everywhere you looked book titles and posters shouted at you from the wealth of publishers’ stands. I saw national displays from Armenia, China, Czech Republic, Iceland, Latvia, Slovakia and the Sultanate of Oman to name but a few.
I liked the Russian slogan: Read Deep, Read Moscow, Read Russia. I also liked the way the International Rights Centre, reached by a vertiginous escalator, was divided into sections: Austen; Chaucer, Dickens, Woolf.
We are delighted to announce today that we have entered into a multi-book joint venture publishing partnership with the internationally bestselling thriller writer Joseph Finder. Under the agreement HoZ will publish two new stand-alone thrillers and seven backlist titles over the next two years. CEO Amanda Ridout brokered the deal with Clare Alexander of Aitken Alexander.
Phew and breathe! I’m home again and loving it – even in the rain and cold!
The world feels like a very small place sometimes. I sit here tip-tapping away on my laptop and this time last week I was in Kowloon in Hong Kong, enjoying the sights and smells of such a vibrant, busy city. My last week in New Zealand was wonderful. Auckland was very kind to us in terms of weather and it made working and exploring truly wonderful.
1950s Liverpool. In the tight-knit Irish Catholic community of the Four Streets, two girls are growing up.
One is motherless - and hated by the cold woman who is determined to take her dead mother's place. Will her adored father wake up to what is happening before it is too late?
The other is hiding a dreadful secret which she dare not let slip to anyone, lest it rips the heart out of the community. And yet, how long can she possibly live with it?
Fifty years ago today, in 1964, Alaska was hit by the most powerful earthquake America had ever seen. The damage was unprecedented: 139 lives were lost, buildings were destroyed beyond repair and some areas ended up permanently underwater. Dana Stabenow was just 12 years old at the time, but can still remember every detail...
I'm from Seldovia, a village in southcentral Alaska. There is no road, you could and still can get to it only by boat or plane.
I’m sitting here on the terrace, with crickets and frogs serenading me as I type - overlooking Tutukaka harbour on the North Island of New Zealand. The rugged sea is smashing against the rocks and the whole landscape is one of barren majesty. Lush green forest swoops down until it meets the rocks and shoreline that border the most dramatic beaches. Autumn has arrived in New Zealand and the temperature is a very pleasant 70°.