Wolmar's Railway Library

We are pleased to announce the launch of Wolmar’s Railway Library – a curated collection of the very best in classic railway writing.  Selected by the leading railway historian Christian Wolmar and re-published to delight both existing fans and new readers, Wolmar's Railway Library brings more than two centuries of railway history back into publication.

Lovereading loves The Dress

The Dress, bestselling author Kate Kerrigan's latest novel, is about three women united by their love of fashion, and the dress that connects them all. Joy, the 1950s socialite in New York trying to reignite her husband's love by wearing the greatest dress ever created; Honor, the Irish seamstress commissioned to make this dress; Lily the modern day fashion blogger discovering their story and trying to recreate their dress. 

We asked a Lovereading panel what they thought about The Dress and they loved it with a passion equal to our leading ladies passion for fashion...

Country Life takes a Journey to Britannia

Homer’s Odyssey was the first of a kind. From Xenophon’s Anabasis to Arrian’s account of the journey of Alexander the Great, great books about journeys have what the racing world would regard as form. Making a science of a Greek art, the methodical Romans produced many an itinerarium, a list of cities, villages and so on that one would pass through on a given journey. Julius Caesar and Mark Anthony, for example, commissioned, in 44bc, the first known itinerary of all the Roman roads then built. Twenty-five years later, they would still have been waiting had they not been dead. Twenty-six years later, the result was carved on stone and set up outside the Pantheon.

Emma Burstall introduces the cast of Tremarnock

My first job after leaving university was as a cub reporter on The Western Morning News, the South West’s regional newspaper. I spent a lot of time haring round the Devon and Cornwall countryside in my battered red Mini, and fell in love with the little Cornish fishing villages across the water from Plymouth, where I was based.

Bookseller Interview: HoZ CEO Amanda Ridout on the company’s ascent

Publishing businesses born this side of the digital revolution tend to do things differently. Quick to publish and even quicker to grow, they play by a new set of rules. Clerkenwell publisher Head of Zeus fits this mould.
Founded in 2011 by serial entrepreneur and book veteran Anthony Cheetham, the company began publishing its first books in 2012: three years on, it already has 250 books in print and 1,300 e-books available. In 2014 sales were £3.8m, well on the way to its stated target of £20m by 2020.

Stella's School Reports

The Runaway is an exclusive short story from Lesley Thomson, the bestselling author of The Detective's Daughter.  The short story itself details a formative event in the detective's daughter's life.  We're thrilled to share some extracts.

Of Silkpunk and other experiments: Kitaab interview with Ken Liu

I initially learned of Ken Liu back in 2012 when he became the first fiction author to win the Nebula, Hugo, and the World Fantasy Award for his poignant short story The Paper Menagerie. It was an amazing achievement for an author who had once thought to give up writing altogether. Now, a prolific science fiction and fantasy writer, Liu has published more than a hundred short stories and novellas, and has translated numerous works by Chinese authors to critical acclaim. The Grace of Kings is his first full-length work of fiction and is the start of a trilogy that looks to be an addictive epic fantasy series.

Welcome to the Badlands by C.J. Box

For me, as both a reader and as a writer, where the novel is set can make or break it.  I like to read books written by authors who know their settings so intimately that by the time I put the book down -- hopefully when it’s finished – I feel like I’ve been on a very intimate tour of a place with an excellent and knowledgeable local tour guide.