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8 May 2019: Good luck to our People’s Book Prize nominees!


Good luck to all our fantastic authors who have been shortlisted at the People’s Book Prize awards ceremony tonight. The trophies will be awarded at a black tie ceremony starting at 8pm, hosted by Frederick Forsyth. The following Thistle authors have all been nominated:


David Bullock - The Man Who Would Be Jack

Cathy Broomfield - Through a Mother’s Tears

Peter Stafford-Bow - Corkscrew

CJ Dubois & EC Huntley - The Tyre

Chris Hannon - Orca Rising

David Haviland - How to Remove a Brain

Gavin Evans - Mapreaders and Multitaskers



1 May 2019: The Literate Quilter reviews David Haviland


"David Haviland's How to Remove a Brain is an entertaining read of wide-ranging trivia of the sort that I recall enjoying in junior high. Amusing as it reads, there is real information here that will engage all age groups."


The Literate Quilter



26 April 2019: An excellent review for How to Remove a Brain


"I thoroughly enjoyed How to Remove a Brain: and other bizarre medical practices and procedures and I recommend it as the perfect, quirky gift for, well… anyone!"


Underrated Reads



18 April 2019: Great coverage for Holiday SOS in the Express


Daily Express



28 March 2019: Vikie Shanks on BBC Radio


Vikie Shanks’ interview with Nana Akua is now available online here.



28 March 2019: Jonathan Fryer on Soho Radio


Jonathan Fryer will be on Soho Radio this morning between 9-10am, talking about his book Soho in the Fifties and Sixties, and other aspects of his career.



25 March 2019: Holiday SOS in the Daily Mail


Mail Online



19 March 2019: Seven People’s Book Prize finalists for Thistle Publishing!


Many congratulations to the following fantastic authors who have all been shortlisted for the People’s Book Prize. The trophies will be awarded at a black tie ceremony on May 8, hosted by Frederick Forsyth.


David Bullock - The Man Who Would Be Jack

Cathy Broomfield - Through a Mother’s Tears

Peter Stafford-Bow - Corkscrew

CJ Dubois & EC Huntley - The Tyre

Chris Hannon - Orca Rising

David Haviland - How to Remove a Brain

Gavin Evans - Mapreaders and Multitaskers



13 March 2019: Book Addiction reviews Nicholas Best’s ‘Trafalgar’


"This was a moving and well-researched history."


Book Addiction



11 March 2019: Terrific review for To the Edge of the Sky


"To the Edge of the Sky explores the depth of human existence in hardship, and it does it in such a down to earth way that you won't be able to pry yourself away."


Avalinah’s Books



8 March 2019: An excellent review for Jane Dismore's Princess


"I enjoyed learning more about Elizabeth, and Dismore provides what seems to be a very thorough biographical sketch of her life."


A Simpler Grace



8 March 2019: Nick Pope in the Metro


Ex-Ministry of Defence UFO investigator publishes novel so sensitive it needed ‘security clearance’



8 March 2019: Vikie Shanks on Inner Fire talk show


Inner Fire



7 March 2019: The World of Inspector Lestrade launches


Have you ever wanted to know more about MJ Trow's classic 'Lestrade' series? If so, you're in luck, because today we're publishing The World of Inspector Lestrade, a guide to everything you could wish to know about this fascinating period and its characters.


The World of Inspector Lestrade



6 March 2019: Another terrific review for How to Remove a Brain


"This was a fun, quirky read... full of interesting stories and tidbits about medical history... David Haviland managed to write the exact amount needed for each topic."


You Want to Read This



28 February 2019: Vikie Shank on the Victoria Derbyshire show


BBC - Victoria Derbyshire




14 February 2019: Vikie Shanks on Passive Suicide


Good Mental Health starts at birth



9 February 2019: Another terrific review for Death in Paris


Christian Writer



9 February 2019: Excellent review for To the Edge of the Sky


Full review



6 February 2019: Another glowing review for Sugar


Full review



6 February 2019: Great review for The White Headhunter


"I found this book incredibly engaging and could not put it down. It appealed to my love of both history and anthropology and I recommend the book to anyone who likes either."


Full review



31 January 2019: More excellent reviews for How to Remove a Brain


Nicki J Markus


Jena Books


The Book Decoder



21 January 2019: An award nomination for Chris Hannon and Orca Rising


Worthing Herald



20 January 2019: An excellent review for A Perfect Sentence


“The Perfect Sentence is a well-written book with clever detail and dialogue. It is an exploration and exposition of human relationships and how fragile and precarious they are, especially left in the hands of human beings. The perfect relationship match is so difficult to find and many of the issues covered are more reflective of the norm in society today.”


Full review



16 January 2019: Another glowing review for How to Remove a Brain


“A fascinating book full of medical vignettes that will enlighten, astound, amuse and disgust the reader.”


The Reading Desk



15 January 2019: Excellent review for Robert Cecil’s A Divided Life


Full review



12 January 2019: Great review for The Tyre


“A special book that looks at life’s struggles for an “untouchable” family and how they strive to overcome discrimination and prejudices to create the best quality of life they can. Be careful, because sometimes hardship can be disguised as opportunity.”


Full review



11 January 2019: An excellent review for David Haviland’s How to Remove a Brain


“This collection of mini tales is both informative and fun, and it will appeal to readers interested in medical history, and those who just enjoy learning fun facts and strange-but-true stories.”


Full review



4 January 2019: Fascinating interview with author Vikie Shanks on the subject of empathy


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