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PHILIP BARCLAY

www.philipbarclay.co.uk

A British diplomat who was based in Harare for three years, Philip has used his experience to write Zimbabwe (Bloomsbury), a personal account of this once-prosperous country's descent into political, economic, and social chaos.

 

 

 

 

 

 

QUENTIN BATES

www.graskeggur.com

went native in Iceland, married a local, and worked as a seaman before turning to maritime journalism. Frozen Out (Constable) is the first of a series of crime novels featuring Gunna, a feisty policewoman in a small Icelandic fishing community, who finds herself tackling the financial and political corruption that brought the country to its knees. Cold Comfort (Constable) sees Gunna promoted to the Serious Crime Unit and dealing with the murder of a high-class escort with many influential clients. In Chilled to the Bone (Constable) Gunna is on the trail of a blackmailing dominatrix - and also discovers she is to be a grandmother, though still in her 30s.  Thin Ice (Constable) continues the series.

 

 

 

 

 

 

HELEN BLACK

www.hblack.co.uk

is the pen name of a solicitor specialising in child care cases in a multi-ethnic provincial town. Damaged Goods (Avon) is the first in a series of hard-hitting crime novels featuring Lilly Valentine, a solicitor who defends a child accused of killing her own drug-addicted mother. A Place of Safety (Avon) sees Lilly dealing with people trafficking, rape, and murder. In Dishonour (Avon), Lilly tackles intimidation and death among the Muslim community. Blood Rush (Constable) concerns the terrifying violence of girl gangs. 2012 (Constable) is a standalone thriller with the London Olympics as its setting. In Dark Spaces (Constable) Lilly Valentine takes on a girl in serious trouble who could be either damaged or delusional. Lilly latest adventure is Friendless Lane  (Constable).

 

 

 

 

 

 

SHARON BOLTON

www.sharonbolton.com

trained as an actor and dancer. Sacrifice, her fictional debut, is a contemporary thriller in which a series of kidnaps and murders in a remote island community are linked to an ancient Shetland legend. Film rights optioned. Nominated for the International Thriller Writers' Best First Novel Award and winner of the Amazon 'Rising Stars' Award 2008. Awakening is about an idyllic village thrown into turmoil by a series of inexplicable deaths involving snakes. Winner of the Mary Higgins Clark Award 2010.  Blood Harvest is a frightening tale of the secrets of a small town on the Yorkshire moors. Finalist in the Crime Writers' Association Gold Dagger Award. Now You See Me takes place in modern-day London, where a serial killer seems to be copying Jack the Ripper. Dead Scared is set in Cambridge, where a series of suspicious student suicides involves DC Lacey Flint going under cover. In Like This, For Ever, Lacey reluctantly joins an investigation into the abduction and murder of ten-year-old boys. A Dark & Twisted Tide has Lacey living on her own on a houseboat and hoping in vain for a safer, quieter life. Little Black Lies is a standalone thriller set in the Falkland Islands. All Sharon's books are published by Bantam.   www.booksattransworld.co.uk

 

 

 

 

 

 

DRUIN BURCH

A working doctor, Druin used his own experience to write Digging Up the Dead (Chatto), which received a Jerwood Award for Non-fiction. The book brings to life the gruesome world of 19th-century medicine in a biography of Astley Cooper, celebrity surgeon and radical vivisectionist.

Taking the Medicine (Chatto), is about our relationship with medical drugs and the ways we have learnt to understand them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

CAO WENXUAN

is one of China's leading children's writers, and a Professor of Chinese Literature at Beijing University. Bronze & Sunflower (Walker Books, translated by Helen Wang), tells the moving story of two children in the countryside during the turbulent period of the Cultural Revolution.

 

 

 

 

 

 

DOROTHY BLACK CROW

is a Native American writer who was married to a Lakota shaman. The Handless Maiden is the first in a crime series featuring Tate, a young Native American raised by whites who rediscovers her roots by marrying Alex, a young shaman. Together they fight to retain the integrity of their culture which is under attack from within and without.

 

 

 

 

 

 

J. D. DAVIES

www.jddavies.com 

is a leading authority on maritime history in the seventeenth century and has written the definitive work on the ships, men, and organisation of Pepys's navy, which won him the Samuel Pepys Award. His first novel, Gentleman Captain, begins an absorbing adventure series featuring Matthew Quinton, a Royalist officer whose career spans the naval wars and great events of the Restoration age. The Mountain of Gold has Matthew searching in vain for an African gold mine, and The Blast That Tears  the Skies sees him helping to foil a plot that endangers the recently restored monarchy. The Lion of Midnight is set in Sweden, where Matthew is charged with securing support in a new war against the Dutch. The Battle of All the Ages involves him in a disastrous sea battle, following which Matthew has to track down the source of false naval intelligence. All David's books are published by Old Street.

 

 

 

 

 

 

WILL DAVIS

www.will-davis.co.uk 

Will's debut novel My Side of the Story is the first-person account of a self-aware, witty teenager who has no problem with being gay – though everyone else does. It was the winner of the Betty Trask Prize 2007. Dream Machine tells the interlocking stories of the women competing in a TV reality show. The Trapeze Artist (all Bloomsbury) is about a young man who transforms his life by becoming an aerialist.

 

 

 

 

 

 

CATHERINE DEVENEY

has been Scottish Feature Writer of the Year several times. Ties That Bind is the moving story of a woman who uses a secret win on the horses to go missing and create a new identity, then finds she cannot escape the old one. Kiss the Bullet is about a woman tracking down the former Irish terrorist who blew up her husband and young son, only to fall in love with him. Dead Secret (all Old Street) concerns a daughter seeking the truth about her father, whom the rest of the family think may have committed murder.

 

 

 

 

 

 

JAMIE DOWARD

is senior reporter and former Home Affairs editor of The Observer. Toxic (Constable), his first novel, is a brilliantly plotted, adrenalin-fuelled thriller involving a conspiracy to bring down the world's banking system that pits the CIA against MI5, and is only foiled by the persistence and bravery of Kate Pendragon, a financial investigator, marathon runner, and heroine for our times.

 

 

 

 

 

 

WINIFRED FOLEY

(1914-2009) wrote her first book, about her childhood in the Forest of Dean, when she was in her sixties. Republished more than thirty years on as Full Hearts & Empty Bellies (Abacus), her bestselling autobiography continues in Shiny Pennies & Grubby Pinafores (Abacus).

 

 

 

 

 

 

SETH FREEDMAN

grew up in north London, became a City trader, developed a drink and drug habit, and dried out by joining the Israeli army. Dead Cat Bounce (Cutting Edge Press), his first novel, turns this story into a rip-roaring piece of fiction that will upset almost everyone.

 

 

 

 

 

 

CORA HARRISON

www.coraharrison.com

lives in Ireland where she published two dozen children’s books. My Lady Judge, her adult debut, is the first in a series of mysteries set in the Burren in 16th-century Ireland, featuring the learned and practical Mara, a woman Brehon or investigating magistrate. Michaelmas Tribute and Sting of Justice (all Macmillan) continue the Burren series, which includes Writ in Stone, Eye of the Law, Scales of Retribution, Deed of Murder, Laws in Conflict, Chain of Evidence, Cross of Vengeance, and Condemned to Death (all Severn House). For younger readers, Cora has also written I Was Jane Austen's Best Friend and Jane Austen Stole My Boyfriend! (both Macmillan), and The London Murder Mysteries: The Montgomery Murder (winner of three children's book awards), The Deadly Fire, Murder on Stage, and Death of a Chimney Sweep (all Piccadilly Press). Debutantes and Debutantes in Love (Macmillan) are set in the 1920s, when four sisters seeking to restore the fortunes of their noble but impoverished family become involved in the new world of moving pictures. A Shameful Murder (Severn House)  is the first in a new series set in 1920s Cork where a 70-year-old Reverend Mother steps in to solve crimes and bring justice to a bitterly divided community.

 

 

 

 

 

 

GEORGETTE HEYER

(1902-74) invented the Regency romance. Her historical novels remain in print all over the world more than thirty-five years after her death. She also wrote a dozen detective stories, which continue to enjoy a wide readership. www.randomhouse.co.uk

 

 

 

 

 

 

MARK HILL

is a radio producer, journalist, and screenwriter whose debut novel, The Two O'Clock Boy (Little, Brown), is a psychological thriller of unrelenting pace and tension that introduces an exciting new voice in crime fiction.

 

 

 

 

 

 

PHILLIP HUNTER

is the pen name of an Essex-born writer who currently works for a world-renowned scientific research institute. To Die For is the first in a series of violent and compulsively readable thrillers featuring Joe, a former boxer and soldier turned thug-for-hire, who finds himself betrayed and hunted by one of London's most vicious gangsters. Joe's story continues with To Kill For and ends triumphantly with To Live For ( all Head of Zeus).

 

 

 

 

 

 

JOHN JAMES

(1923-93) was a Welshman born and bred who read psychology at Cambridge, where he was taught by Wittgenstein. He worked for the Ministry of Defence and wrote historical novels, including Votan and Not For All the Gold in Ireland, set in Roman times and featuring the adventurer Photinus the Greek, which were described by Neil Gaiman as “the best mythic-historical fiction out there”. These will be republished by Orion, along with Men Went to Cattraeth, in which a small band of Britons are heroically slaughtered by Saxons. The Fourth Gwenevere (Jo Fletcher Books) is an exciting discovery: left unfinished at John James's death, now edited and completed by Caitlin & John Matthews, it is an intriguing novel that offers answers to many questions left hanging after the death of King Arthur.

 

 

 

 

 

 

JIN YONG

is China's best selling living novelist whose stories of history, chivalry, and martial arts are loved and read by generations of Chinese. Legend of the Condor Heroes (MacLehose Press) follows the fate of the sons of two close friends who die in battle against the invading forces of the Jin.

 

 

 

 

 

 

BEVERLEY JONES

has worked as a reporter in print and tv in Wales. Telling Stories (Cutting Edge Press), her first novel, is a beautifully observed and wittily narrated tale of love, lust, and murderous intentions in Cardiff. Holiday Money (Cutting Edge Press), is the story of a woman who has a one-night fling after a row with her fiancé, is then blackmailed, and has to find her own way of dealing with it. Dreamcatcher  (Yolk Publishing) moves between Wales and New England as what at first seems to be a tragic accident turns out to be a scandalous crime.

 

 

 

 

 

 

BERYL KINGSTON

www.berylkingston.co.uk

is a hugely popular writer of sagas and romances. The Gates of Paradise (Allison & Busby) centres on the trial for sedition and acquittal of the poet William Blake in the Sussex village of Felpham. Neptune’s Daughter (Transita) is a contemporary novel about a widow learning to enjoy life until her daughter tries to land her with a new baby. Octavia and Octavia's War (Allison & Busby) follow the fortunes of an independently-minded young woman determined to change the world from the early years of the 20th century to the dark days of World War II. Beryl's historical novel The Girl on the Orlop Deck (Robert Hale) tells of a newly-wed woman whose husband is press-ganged into Nelson's navy. She dresses as a man to find him and ends up fighting at Trafalgar.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

POLYCHRONIS KOUTSAKIS

is a prize-winning Greek playwright, poet, and author of novels in several genres for young people and adults. Baby Blue and Athenian Blues are crime novels set in today's debt-ravaged Greece, featuring an unlikely trio of old friends - a professional killer, a top Athenian cop, and a transgender hooker. Sharp observation and fast-moving plots offer unusual insights into life, love and death in the cradle of our civilization.

 

 

   

 

 

MARK LATHAM

spent much of his working career with the Games Workshop, and is a reformed Goth. His love of all things Victorian emerges in the first of his riproaring parallel-worlds series, The Lazarus Gate (Titan). You can follow him on Twitter @alostvictorian.

 

 

 

 

 

 

KATE LONDON

 

read history at Cambridge and worked in the theatre before joining the Metropolitan Police, where she worked in the homicide squad. Resigning to devote herself full-time to writing, Kate's first novel Post Mortem (Corvus) explores the moral complexities facing a young policewoman when a routine investigation spirals into tragedy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

JOHN MATTHEWS

has written over 100 books on myth, magic, Grail studies, and the Arthurian legends, on which he is an acknowledged expert. His latest works are King Arthur: Many Faces, One Hero (Inner Traditions) and The Call of Arthur: A Handbook of Arthurian Magic (Llewellyn Worldwide).

 

 

 

 

 

 

GRAHAM MINETT

has spent many years teaching is a Sussex comprehensive. His first novel, The Hidden Legacy (Bonnier), is a psychological thriller that opens with a gruesome crime and then explores the ripples of the tragedy as they lap at people who don't even realise they're connected. Graham is at work on his second thriller, The Goose Drank Wine (Bonnier).

 

 

 

 

 

 

LEO MURRAY

is the pseudonym of a working psychologist specialising in military matters. Brains & Bullets (Biteback) offers a radical, personal, and fascinating view of what actually goes through a soldier's mind when they're engaged in battle. Written with wit and sympathy, this is a book that will change attitudes to war.

 

 

 

 

 

 

TIM O’ROURKE

is a natural story-teller who self-published a series of vampire novels which are world-wide bestsellers. Flashes (Chicken House) is the first in a new series of YA paranormal crime novels in which a 17-year-old girl cannot help seeing glimpses of dead people who seem to want her aid - much to the consternation of her boyfriend, who has just started work for the local CID. Vampire Seekers (Piatkus) is a New Adult series in which feisty Samantha Carter travels back in time to various eras and locations, tracking a ruthless vampire.

 

 

 

 

 

 

SARAH OUTEN

www.sarahouten.co.uk

is the first woman, and youngest person, to row solo across the treacherous Indian Ocean. A Dip in the Ocean (Summersdale) is an infectiously readable account of her journey, telling of the emotional as well as the physical pain she had to overcome.

 

 

 

 

 

 

RICHARD PIERCE

www.tettig.com

speaks English, German, and Norwegian, which helped when writing Dead Men (Duckworth), an inventive, original, and totally absorbing novel about love, obsession, life and death, which begins with the finding of Captain Scott’s body in the Antarctic in 1912, and ends in the same place 100 years later.

 

 

 

 

 

 

MATTHEW PRITCHARD

worked as a journalist in Spain for 13 years and speaks Spanish fluently. Scarecrow (Salt Publishing) is the first in a crime series featuring Danny Sanchez, a half-British, half-Spanish investigative journalist working for English-language papers around Almeria. Danny follows the trail of a serial killer who walls up their victims in half-built villas, and finds himself researching cold cases in the UK as well as Spain. Matthew has also written Werewolf (Salt Publishing), a terrifying thriller set in Germany immediately after the Nazi surrender, when Silas Payne, a detective seconded from Scotland Yard, investigates a series of gruesome killings that implicate the Allies as well as the Germans. Broken Arrow (Salt) sees Danny Sanchez dealing with the legacy of an unexploded atomic bomb that has been hushed up for decades, based on a true story.

 

 

 

 

 

 

RICHARD PIERS RAYNER

 

is an artist and writer who illustrated the graphic novel "Road to Perdition" that was filmed by Sam Mendes. He is artist in residence at Middlesbrough Football Club, of which he is a lifelong supporter, and has written and illustrated Middlesbrough FC: The Unseen History (Derby Books).

 

 

 

 

 

 

REBECCA ROACHE

is a working philosopher who lives in Oxfordshire with her children. She is breaking new ground by writing a book on the philosophy of swearing. Her views are persuasive as well as provocative, her initial talk on the subject sold out immediately, and her podcast has been downloaded thousands of times.

 

 

 

 

 

 

MARK ROBERTS

was born and raised in Liverpool, where he still lives and works. A playwright and author of children's books, his first adult novel is The Sixth Soul (Corvus), a terrifying thriller about a gruesome serial killer who is finally caught by the laid-back DCI David Rosen and his Scotland Yard team. In What She Saw (Corvus) the chase after a psychotic killer produces a dangerous and wholly surprising twist. Blood Mist (Head of Zeus) is the first of a new series set in Liverpool featuring Eve Clay, a detective with a peculiar affinity for Satanism.

 

 

 

 

 

 

ARIS ROUSSINOS

is a war reporter and filmmaker. After reading anthropology and undergoing infantry training in the Territorial Army, he started making documentaries, and is currently working for VICE, reporting on conflicts in Africa and the Middle East. Rebels (Century), his first book, explores at close quarters the cultural and tactical factors that inspire the insurgent groups with whom Aris has been embedded in Libya, Sudan, and elsewhere to fight against overwhelming odds.

 

 

   

 

 

ADRIAN SELBY

is a father of two who lives in Sussex and has worked as a video game producer. His first novel, Korky's Twenty (Orbit) is an epic and inventive fantasy about a company of mercenaries and the man trying to destroy them. You can follow Adrian on Twitter @adrianselby.

 
       

 

PAUL ROBERT SMITH

is an Australian whose first novel, Up a Tree in the Park at Night with a Hedgehog (Vintage), is a brilliantly funny story about a man avoiding commitment and feeling bad about not feeling worse. His second novel, Sunday Daffodil & Other Happy Endings (Vintage), is a comedy narrated by a boy who might be dead, but doesn't know it yet, and who is smitten by a would-be suicide called Sunday Daffodil. www.randomhouse.co.uk

 

 

 

 

 

 

RICHARD SMYTH

is a freelance writer, question-setter, crossword-compiler, cartoonist and journalist who reached the final of the BBC's "Mastermind". He has written literary novels, thrillers, a history of toilet paper (Bumfodder, Souvenir Press), and is at work on The Killing Jar, a story of passion, lust and crustaceans set on the Yorkshire coast in the 1920s.

 

 

 

 

 

 

MEHRNAZ STARS

An Iranian married to a Scot and living in Switzerland, Mehrnaz's first novel Woman Master (Cutting Edge Press) is the powerful story of three generations of strong-minded women living in Iran in the time of the Shah.

 
       

 

IVO STOURTON

grew up in London, Washington and Paris. The Night Climbers (Doubleday), his first novel, is an original, disturbing, and beautifully written story about a small group of students who commit a multi-million pound art fraud. Film rights optioned. The Book Lover’s Tale (Doubleday) is a story of words, love, and dangerous liaisons when everything, including the financial world, is collapsing. The Happier Dead (Solaris) is a futuristic thriller in which a murder reveals the corruption among the elite whose wealth allows them to live for centuries while the excluded poor regularly riot. Film rights optioned.

 

 

 

 

 

 

KEVIN SULLIVAN

was a journalist in Bosnia when he was wounded by a landmine. While recovering he wrote Sleeping With Heroes (Bonnier), a story of love and rescue and cruelty and sacrifice set during the siege of Sarajevo, where Kevin now lives with his wife and daughter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

VIKAS SWARUP

www.vikasswarup.net

is an Indian diplomat. His astounding novel Q&A (Doubleday) is about a young Mumbai waiter who wins a billion rupees (£13 million) in a tv quiz show and is promptly arrested and accused of cheating. It has been reissued as Slumdog Millionaire, after the prize-winning film version directed by Danny Boyle. (Translation rights sold in 43 languages.) Six Suspects (Doubleday), is a multi-layered story about crime and corruption in contemporary India. Film rights optioned. The Accidental Apprentice (Simon & Schuster) is a fantastical story in the best Bollywood tradition of a young woman who is offered the chance to run a major company provided she passes a number of tests, only to find she is then framed for murder. Film and tv rights optioned.

 

 

 

 

 

 

ANGELA THIRKELL

(1890-1961) was a prolific author who is best known for her "Barsetshire" novels, 29 sparkling romantic comedies that take her cast of village characters from the 1930s to the 1950s. High Rising and Wild Strawberries starts a reissue of the books by Virago Modern Classics. Three Houses, the memoir of her childhood which was her first book, has been republished by Allison & Busby. www.angelathirkellsociety.com  www.angelathirkell.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

HENRY VENMORE-ROWLAND

was born and bred in Suffolk and recently graduated from Oxford with a degree in Ancient & Modern History. The Last Caesar (Bantam), his astonishingly mature first novel, is a wonderfully readable story of military action and high political intrigue in Nero's last year as Emperor. Its narrator, Aulus Caecina Severus, is an ambitious soldier who is wickedly honest about himself and the corruption involved in attaining "the purple". The Sword & the Throne (Bantam) concludes his adventures in the Year of the Four Emperors.

 

 

 

 

 

 

MIKE WALTERS

is a much-travelled management consultant whose debut novel The Shadow Walker is a gripping thriller set in Mongolia. In charge of a murder investigation is Nergui, a detective as fascinating and mysterious as his country. The Adversary is the second book in this unique series, followed by The Outcast (all Quercus). Writing as Alex Walters, Mike has also produced the crime thriller Trust No One (Avon), featuring Marie Donovan as a police officer working under deep cover who finds she is as much at risk from her colleagues as the gangsters she is trying to infiltrate. Nowhere to Hide (Avon) is Marie's second adventure among the traffickers of drugs and humans.  www.theshadowwalker.com 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CAROLINE WALTON www.carolinewalton.co.uk

has published several books on Russia and is married to a Russian-Ukrainian. The Besieged (Biteback) is an unsparing and uplifting memoir in which the experience and example of the survivors of the wartime siege of Leningrad helped Caroline come to terms with a crisis in her own life. Smashed in the USSR (Old Street) is the true story of a Russian alcoholic who told Caroline of his extraordinary adventures in the USSR.

 

 

 

 

 

 

S WILLIAMS

 

lives in Yorkshire , and has written lyrics for rock bands as well as poetry and a stunning debut thriller, Tuesday Falling (HarperCollins), which features a young girl living in the network of tunnels and abandoned stations beneath the streets of London. Tuesday is an avenger of wrongs who takes her crusade to violent extremes.

 

       
 

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