My First London Book Fair!

Today is all about preparation for the London Book Fair, you know the kind of thing, packing clothes for my days away from home… I have just seen that I still have a half packed case from last weeks excursions, which is a bonus! Now I just need to top up the toothpaste, pop a clean nightie in and a pair of flatties for when the heels start to pinch and job’s a goodun as we say down here in the West Country. 
 
I do however, need to write a list of instructions for the children I am leaving home alone, you know the list – 
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London, the chameleon city

Lesley Thomson grew up in west London, close to the banks of the muddy Thames. Her detective novels are inspired by that childhood. As she visits London for the day, walking and travelling on the Underground from the Old Bailey to Richmond, she reflects on how London has always been a chameleon city.
 
I was born in London and now live in the country. When I return, granite kerbstones, the warm dusty smell of the Underground, the Festival Hall reflected in the Thames, tell me I’m a Londoner. Yet I’m also a visitor, astonished by the Shard, excited by the Houses of Parliament and the bright lights of Shaftsbury Avenue.
 

Your Story, Her Words competition

We are joining forces with national charity The Reading Agency to launch an exciting competition. We hope ‘Your Story Her Words’ will encourage everyday people to share their own stories.

The competition offers everyone who enters the chance to have his or her own personal, extraordinary story be the inspiration for bestselling author Amanda Prowse’s next story, and become a real-life literary hero or heroine!

Amandababble March 2015

Well, it’s lovely to be home after travelling hither and thither (a much underused phrase I feel!) researching an upcoming book, walking on the sand and dodging the odd swooping pelican – yes, really! They looked like Pterodactyls in flight. There was something quite prehistoric about seeing the giant birds, with their vast wingspan and huge beak plummeting into the ocean and then sitting rather smugly on the surface enjoying their spoils.

Suzanne Sangster to join Head of Zeus

Head of Zeus is delighted to announce the appointment of Suzanne Sangster as Publicity Director. 

Suzanne is currently Publicity Director of Biteback Publishing where she has masterminded a wide range of successful campaigns for high-profile authors such as Damian McBride, Nigel Farage and Stanley Johnson and has been involved in running the Paddy Power Political Book Awards. Before Biteback Suzanne has worked for numerous companies in a freelance capacity including HarperCollins and Dorling Kindersley and was an account director at Midas for several years.

The Conspiracy of Silence - Amanda Prowse on PND

As a novelist, I use fiction to explore subjects that are often difficult or taboo like domestic control, racism and now post-natal depression. I must confess that as I sat on the side of the bath, crying at 3 a.m. silently begging my baby boy to go back to sleep, I wondered if I was the only one, the only mother that felt looking after a new born was just too difficult. I was exhausted and can now see that exhaustion, coupled with hormones running haywire and no immediate support, meant I was being gripped by the tentacles of the baby blues monster.

Kate Kerrigan to join Head of Zeus

Head of Zeus are delighted to announce the acquisition of two new books from Kate Kerrigan – the bestselling Irish author.  The first book The Dress will be published in September 2015 and is a wonderful story of an iconic 1950s dress and its relationship with three women over 70 years. 

Set between New York; London and Ireland, the novel interweaves the stories of Joy a 1950s socialite; Lily a vintage fashion blogger and Honor an extraordinary Irish seamstress and dress designer.

Head of Zeus acquires James Hamilton-Paterson

Neil Belton at Head of Zeus has acquired Marked For Death, a new book by James Hamilton-Paterson, the bestselling author of Empire of the Clouds: When Britain’s Aircraft Ruled the World.

Hamilton-Paterson is one of the rare authors who can write as beautifully about war and machines as he does about coral reefs and tropical storms.