Hey you, well, it’s been a while..

My boys are on half term and so I have turned into the bacon sandwich and tea bearing hostess that I become when they are home. I spend the day jogging up and down the stairs with snacks, retrieving dirty laundry from the bathroom floor and driving to the train station to collect various friends who join the TV watching throng upstairs. Am I moaning? No. I absolutely love it.

In a blink, these days will be a dim and distant memory. My boys will be independent and gone from me and I shall yearn to find a stray sock on the stairs or to be called upon to whip up a cuppa.

David Essex joins Head of Zeus

Head of Zeus is delighted to announce that they have entered into a publishing partnership with the rock legend David Essex. We will be publishing Travelling Tinker Man & Other Rhymes - a beautifully illustrated collection of his poetry and lyrics with a very personal introduction - in hardback and E in February 2015.

In Spring 2016  we will also be launching David's fiction writing career with Faded Glory, his debut novel set in 1950s East End. HoZ own world rights.

Fay Weldon Guest Blog: A different kind of reading, a different kind of writing

A recent Bookseller survey suggests there’s now a different kind of reader coming over the horizon. Ninety percent of book-buyers read digital books – not exclusively, but they do own a Kindle or similar device (Kindle predominates.) The books which sell best in electronic form are genre and commercial fiction (there is a difference apparently, though I don’t know what it is), with literary fiction lagging a long way behind. What do best in e-book form are the good-bad books: the non-literary novels, plot- and event-driven, fast-moving with no lingering on obscure complicated ideas.

I LOVE The Great British Bake Off!

Trying to explain to a friend who watches limited television and lives on a small island, about my love of the ‘Great British Bake Off’ has proved has difficult.

‘A group of people meet up in a tent and make cakes!’ I gushed.

‘And you watch them in the tent, making cakes?’ her bewildered tone floated across the ocean….

Where to begin? How to describe the slight lift to my spirits when Wednesday draws nearer and I get to lose myself in two hours of rising yeast, piped icing and fondant creations that make my mouth water and my pulse race.

Claire Nozieres joins HoZ as Rights Director

Head of Zeus are pleased to announce that Claire Nozieres has joined the company today as Rights Director.

Claire has most recently been at Curtis Brown as Joint Head of Translation Rights and as a Literary Agent. Before that she spent many years at Andrew Nurnberg Associates.

Amanda Ridout CEO and Publisher said 'We are delighted to welcome Claire to the team. It is an important moment in Head of Zeus' development as we build our non-fiction programme and Claire will help us to find and establish publishing partnerships around the world for our exciting list.'

Starting Down the 'Black Dog' Road (A True Story)

Miranda Sherry, author of BLACK DOG SUMMER (available today) discusses her real-life run-in with the shadowy black dog.

I suppose it’s unavoidable in a tale narrated by a dead woman, but Black Dog Summer has a seam of something unashamedly mystical running through it. Perhaps it's because I grew up in a country where myth and magic are often lurking beneath the surface of things, but I’ve always wanted to write a story in which this otherworldly element makes its presence felt alongside the realism.

And Whatever You Say, Say Nothing

A moving essay from Anthony Quinn, author of DISAPPEARED.

Not every Catholic schoolboy gets to receive his Holy Communion in the same hands into which a few days previously masked gunmen had pressed a bullet destined for his father. But then, I grew up in Northern Ireland at the height of the Troubles, where, as a character in my debut novel Disappeared remarks, religion and violence were all mixed up, like mixing drinks, a dangerous and intoxicating cocktail.