Every Christmas, I re-read A Christmas Carol, savouring its old-fashioned images of frost-laden cobbles and candle-lit lanterns, where merriment glows behind dappled glass, as white-gloved butlers pass around silver platters. Every Christmas, I watch adverts and films promising a Christmas eve sitting at the foot of an abundantly decorated Norwegian Spruce, while a father in his rocking chair recites The Night Before Christmas, and a mother whips up a batch of egg nog, wiping her manicured hands on her festive pinny…
Ruby Flynn is the enthralling story of one Irish family, haunted by ancient wrongs, from the No 1 bestselling author of The Four Streets trilogy. The FitzDeanes are wealthy. They have Ballyford Castle in Ireland and a growing shipping business in Liverpool. But there are whispers that the family is cursed – punished for a terrible mistake long buried in the past. When young Ruby Flynn, an orphan reared and educated by nuns, arrives at Ballyford to work as a nursery maid, she cannot shake the feeling that she has been there before...
Head of Zeus is pleased to announce that the UK Apple store has picked The Three-Problem as their Science Fiction title of the year, as has the Australia and New Zealand store. It is the opening installment of China’s best-selling apocalyptic space opera trilogy, and the winner of the 2015 Hugo Award.
Ken Liu is one of science fiction’s most popular short story writers, and he also translated one of China’s biggest sci-fi novels, The Three Body Problem, into English. His first novel, The Grace of Kings, is inspired by historical legends that he first heard as a boy growing up in China.
“I do remember those were my favorite stories growing up,” Liu says in Episode 148 of the Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy podcast. “And I said, ‘I’m going to take this period of history [and] I’m going to try to re-imagine the story as a Western epic fantasy.'”
The King is Dead by Suzannah Lipscombe is a beautifully produced account of the creation, impact and legacy of one of the most important documents of the Tudor period – the last will and testament of Henry VIII.
Suzannah is a historian and TV presenter, and a Senior Lecturer in Early Modern History at the New College of the Humanities. She is the author of 1536: The Year That Changed Henry VIII, and A Visitor's Companion to Tudor England. She appeared on BBC Radio London to talk about her new book here;
We are pleased to announce that Perfect Daughter by Amanda Prowse has been selected as one of the books that will be handed out on World Book Night 2016.
Elizabeth Norton's new book The Temptation of Elizabeth Tudor covers the riveting story of the sex scandal that threatened the life of the young Elizabeth Tudor, and whose outcome was pivotal to the creation of the public persona of Elizabeth I.
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To celebrate the release of Warheart, the grand finale of Terry Goodkind's legendary Sword of Truth series, here is an exclusive extract from the novel...
Feeling hot and light-headed, Kahlan stiffened her back as she stood at the head of the funeral pyre, staring down at Richard’s body laid out before her. The light mist and fitful drizzle felt cold on her face, like ice against the grief burning inside her. Wet cobblestones glistened in the late-day light. Irregular pools of standing water reflected parts of the citadel rising up beyond and the stone guard tower nearby, with the occasional tears of rain distorting those reflections.