Six weeks on...

It is six weeks on and Lesley Thomson’s brilliant crime novel is still number 1 on kindle. We’ve sold over 250,000 copies to date and going strong. But the best news is that it is a really intelligent, beautifully crafted and cunningly plotted story, which deserves awards for literary merit as well as for it’s page-turning qualities.

The King in the North launch

A large crowd gathered at Bede World, Northumberland, last week to celebrate Max’s Adam’s fantastic new book, The King in the North.

Oswald Whiteblade, Christian warlord and founder of Lindisfarne monastery, was the first great English monarch.  His return from exile to reclaim his birthright was famously the inspiration for J. R. R. Tolkien’s Aragorn in The Lord of the Rings.

The disease is also one’s material?

Mental illness is apparently sexy right now. No really, Vice recently ran a contemporary ‘fashion’ spread called Last Words, using models posing as female writers at the moment of their suicides*. If you want to buy stockings similar to those that Taiwanese author Sanmao used to hang herself, they’re listed in the fashion credits. That’s how sexy it is. I, for one, am relieved. I’m sure many depressed female creatives have worried whether Vice magazine thinks they still look shaggable enough to flog a vintage dress.

Who is the Real Lesley Thomson?

E-watchers everywhere will have watched with awe the clash of titans that has been played out in recent days at the head of Amazon UK’s Kindle bestseller list. At dusk on the evening of Monday 1 July a crime writer going by the name of Lesley Thomson broke, seemingly from nowhere, to wrest the number one position from a self-help book promoting sex-free Tuesdays.

Traitor's Gate

I may have mentioned once or twice that Traitor's Gate is a really fantastic book - well here are some more people who agree:

'Brilliant! Loved it beginning to end. Traitor's Gate delivers on every level: the writing is typical top-calibre Ridpath, the pace relentless, the research impeccable, the characters compelling and beautifully crafted. Every page is a gem.'  Craig Russell

Exciting news from HoZ

We are delighted to announce that Amanda Ridout will join Head of Zeus, as our C.E.O. and Publisher this September.

Anthony, who turned 70 earlier this year, will relinquish his executive role at the company in January 2014 whilst remaining in place as Chairman.

Amanda said ‘ I am delighted to join the team at such an exciting time in the company’s development. After just a year in existence they have already got a strong list of authors and I look forward to building on these foundations to establish a new force in independent publishing.

Plotting to kill Hitler

Did you know that on 28 September 1938 a group of heavily armed storm troopers were holed up in apartments in Central Berlin waiting for the order to seize the Reich Chancellery and arrest Adolf Hitler?  That the Commander-in-Chief of the Wehrmacht was prepared to issue the order to army units surrounding Berlin to occupy the city and disarm the SS?  That the British Prime Minister knew about these plans and yet chose to ignore them?  And finally that the coup, due to be launched at 2pm, was called off at noon when Hitler finally agreed to Chamberlain’s suggestion that a conference be calle

Worlds are complicated

A. J. (Tony) Smith has been an avid player of fantasy role-playing games for many years, since he could swing a sword and cast a fireball. He created the world of THE BLACK GUARD over many games and epic plotlines, testing its architecture and characters through interaction with his players, before writing it all down. He tells us why…

Worlds are complicated. Our own is so filled with contradictions, mysteries, conflicts, beauty and general chaos that to summarise it would seem simplistic and possibly naïve.