We are delighted to announce that we will be publishing Sir Christopher Bland's debut novel Ashes in the Wind next autumn.

Christopher is a former Chairman of the BBC, BT and The Royal Shakespeare Company. Ashes in the Wind is an epic story that interweaves the destinies of the Anglo-Irish Burkes and the Catholic Irish Sullivans from 1919 to 2010. HoZ will publish in hardback and ebook in September 2014.

Senior Editor Rosie de Courcy bought UK and Commonwealth rights from Michael Sissons at PFD. She commented 'This is a novel where scene after scene gave me goosebumps. Not only because it is beautifully written but because it has so many echoes of my own family's Irish history. It feels like a book that I was born to publish.'

HoZ Chairman Anthony Cheetham said 'Ashes in the Wind has special meaning for me, since Christopher was once my Chairman during a time which saw Century Publishing turn from a staff of 25 into a major publishing house with an international staff of 500.'