Did you love The Thorn Birds?

The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough was published in 1977. 

In 1983 it was adapted into a TV mini series starring Richard Camberlain and Rachel Ward.

It is one of the biggest and bestselling books of all time with over 30,000,000 copies sold worldwide.

McCullough has gone on to write more than twenty books including the Masters of Rome series. 

In November 2013 she returns to the genre that made her a star with Bittersweet.

A Darker Shade; 17 Swedish Stories of Murder, Mystery and Suspense

Head of Zeus announced today that they will be the UK publishers of the much-talked about anthology of Swedish crime stories, A Darker Shade, edited by John-Henri Holmberg.

A landmark anthology, this will be the first collection of Swedish crime stories translated into English. It features unpublished fiction from international phenomenon Stieg Larsson and his long-term partner Eva Gabrielsson as well as bestsellers Henning Mankell, Per Wahlöö, Maj Sjöwall and more.

Time Machine Arrives Earlier than Expected

We weren't expecting it until next week, but with intrepid chrononauts Ann & Jeff VanderMeer at the helm, we shouldn't be surprised that THE TIME TRAVELLER'S ALMANAC: The Ultimate Treasury of Time Travel Stories has arrived early. Nearly 1,000 pages long and containing over a century's worth of literary travels into both past and future, what a magnificent beast it is too. We unleash the Almanac on the 1 November in both hardback and ebook form, but in the meantime, read on for the full contents listing.

Signed by Victoria Hislop

One of the nation's favourite novelists, Victoria Hislop, was at Faber today signing copies of The Story.

Picked by Stylist as a Must Read for September and celebrating the art of the short story, this is the complete anthology of short stories written by women for women.

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.