28 August 2018: Book Group questions for The Tyre
Book group questions for "The Tyre" are now downloadable at this link.
28 August 2018: Another great review for Death in Paris
"A lovely little murder mystery that kept me guessing right to the end."
24 August 2018: Another fabulous review for Death in Paris
"There are so many things I love about this book... this utterly charming, well-
24 August 2018: Another good review for Weird War Two
"A fun look at out of the box thinking that accompanied WWII and the desire for a technological edge."
23 August 2018: Through A Mother’s Tears reviewed
23 August 2018: Another excellent review for The Filth
"A very enjoyable and informative read."
22 August 2018: The Adventures of Inspector Lestrade reviewed
"If you love to read a good pastiche of Sherlock Holmes, then this is the book!"
21 August 2018: The Tyre in the English Language Gazette
The Tyre has a double-
21 August 2018: The Adventures of Inspector Lestrade reviewed
"I feel utterly satisfied on many levels by this wonderful book – it took me less than a day to race through it!"
19 August 2018: Books in My Handbag reviews The Tyre
“It’s like Rudyard Kipling’s Just So Stories, with the same power of observation and imagination... enjoy the lovely phrases, the richly -
17 August 2018: Another terrific review for Cathy Broomfield's powerful memoir
"Through a Mothers Tears is the kind of story that stays with you..."
15 August 2018: An excellent Norwegian review for Jack Was Here
"A book you can hardly stop reading."
Not Just Pancakes (Norwegian)
15 August 2018: Vikie Shanks is invited to join Global Resilience Project
Here is Vikie’s interview with Emma Bell who initiated the project in order to help people build more resilience themselves:
14 August 2018: Two Thistle reviews for Breakaway Reviewers
Breakaway Reviewers has published two new reviews of Thistle titles: The Assassination of Robert F Kennedy, and Voices of the Foreign Legion.
14 August 2018: Great review for Three Men on Their Bikes
"The book is a delightful read."
14 August 2018: First Norwegian review for The Tyre
Not Just Pancakes (Norwegian)
14 August 2018: Publishers Weekly reviews Voices of the Foreign Legion.
‘Voices of the Foreign Legion is a profound, life-
13 August 2018: An excellent review for Voices of the Foreign Legion.
9 August 2018: Jane Dismore reviewed
Yet another excellent review for Jane Dismore's new biography of The Queen, 'Princess'.
9 August 2018: Vikie Shanks on Autism
Vikie Shanks has written a very interesting article on Autism.
8 August 2018: Peter Stafford-
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7 August 2018: Not the Booker Prize
The Warehouse Industry has received some glowing comments from the judges of the Not the Booker Prize:
“Tragic and hilarious, as the best novels should be.”
6 August 2018: Writers of Colour reviews Voices of the Foreign Legion
2 August 2018: Stop and Smell the Pages reviews Corkscrew
“This particular novel kept me engaged from absurd beginning to topsy-
31 July 2018: Blackstone in Crime Review
“If you fancy a Georgian crime romp, get your hands on Beau Blackstone by Richard Falkirk.”
31 July 2018: Matt Stanley reviewed
Another rave review for Matt Stanley's A Collar For Cerberus...
"The writing was brilliant... each sentence was a delight."
31 July 2018: The Literate Quilter reviews A Collar for Cerberus
"The plot may deal with death and big choices, but the distillation of the novel is joy."
30 July 2018: The Warehouse Industry prize nomination
We’re delighted to see The Warehouse Industry has been nominated for the Guardian’s Not the Booker prize. Thoroughly deserved for a hilarious, brilliant debut novel.
30 July 2018: Excellent review for Woodcutter
“This is a cracking story… totally entertained me from the first page to the last. Super debut!”
25 July 2018: More excellent reviews for The Assassination of Robert F. Kennedy
28 July 2018: Another rave for A Collar for Cerberus
"An amazing read and journey for all who might be interested."
26 July 2018: Vikie Shanks interview
Vikie Shanks has given a powerful, moving interview to Headtalk News.
26 July 2018: Chris Bardsley on Coffee Chats
Chris Bardsley, author of Jack Was Here, was interviewed this week on the fantastic Coffee Chats podcast.
25 July 2018: Five Days That Shocked the World in the latest Crime Review
“Five Days That Shocked the World by Nicholas Best focuses on April and May 1945, but is essential reading as a background to current events.”
25 July 2018: Secret Sommelier reviews Corkscrew
“Corkscrew ... will make you laugh, yearn and feel intoxicatingly virile...”
23 July 2018: A terrific review for Beau Blackstone in the latest Crime Review
"I was fascinated by the background, intrigued by the plot, engaged by the characters and thoroughly enjoyed this latest Georgian crime romp."
23 July 2018: Bucks, Books and Beyond reviews Gigolo
“This was an emotional, perceptive, very sexually explicit read.”
21 July 2018: David McClure in the Daily Express
20 July 2018: Excellent review for Tim Tate
Another terrific review for The Assassination of Robert F Kennedy...
"An excellent book, thoroughly researched and expertly written. The writing is so engrossing that I could not put it down until I turned the very last page."
11 July 2018: Another wonderful review for The Tyre
"In the vein of the 2008 Man Booker Prize winning, The White Tiger, this novel dignifies underclass entrepreneurship with wit and friendliness."
19 July 2018: Society of Authors awards
Very exciting news, tonight is the Society of Authors award ceremony, hosted by Stephen Fry, and The Unrivalled Transcendence of Willem J. Gyle by the fantastic J. D. Dixon is shortlisted for the Somerset Maugham prize.
17 July 2018: Bookish Feelings reviews A Collar for Cerberus
“One can only love this book . Thank you Matt Stanley for writing this gem .”
17 July 2018: Matt Stanley interviewed
Matt Stanley has given a fascinating interview to Athens Insider, promoting his new novel (set in Greece) A Collar for Cerberus.
16 July 2018: Terrific review for Woodcutter
"There are some great set pieces, a cast of truly memorable characters brought to life with a wry Geordie wit."
16 July 2018: An excellent new review for In-
11 July 2018: The Tyre authors interviewed
11 July 2018: Royal Legacy in Business Insider
“The Queen's massive stamp collection has never been fully inventoried or priced. Estimates put its worth over £10 million, with some estimates as high as £100 million.”
11 July 2018: Nicholas Best in Crime Review magazine
“This is a deftly written, immensely readable account that makes history read like a novel... Brilliant.”
11 July 2018: Our magical novel The Tyre is featured in the current issue of the English Language Gazette
“Former English language teacher Liz Huntley tells EL Gazette how ‘chance meetings and serendipity’ led her to an unusual literary collaboration with a French student she taught in the 1980s.”
11 July 2018: Through a Mother's Tears featured in the Sunday Mirror
9 July 2018: Jane Dismore writes for Royal Central
9 July 2018: The remarkable Cathy Broomfield in Wales Online
5 July 2018: Jena Books recommends The Tyre
4 July 2018: William Macbeth interview
William Macbeth has given a fascinating interview to Reading Nook, at the launch of his hilarious debut novel The Warehouse Industry.
4 July 2018: Peter Stafford-
4 July 2018: Vinesight reviews Corkscrew
“The success of Sideways can be a double edged sword when it comes to wine literature. Do you try to tread in the same footsteps and risk comparison, or are you able to create something with its own identity? Corkscrew (or Corkscrew – the highly improbable, but occasionally true, tale of a professional wine buyer to give it its full title), the debut novel by Peter Stafford-
3 July 2018: David Bullock nominated for book prize
3 July 2018: A tremendous review for Jane Dismore's Princess
2 July 2018: Kate Fulford in the news
2 July 2018: A selection of recent reviews
Hollywood Hang Ten
“Whilst set in the early 1960s, a time of counterculture and revolution with regard to social norms and mores, a time of relaxation of social taboos especially relating to racism and sexism, this book definitely takes you back to the seedier side of the 1950s movie industry and the period just after the McCarthy witch-
Lestrade and the Giant Rat of Sumatra.
“This is a clever crime mystery... well plotted and very funny. Not just humour in the story but laugh out loud moments and many a delightful play on words too... ‘the Schindler lift’ for one.”
Jane Norriss (Reviewer)
“I love Ocean and the fact that this book gave me some Maze Runner vibes and a little bit of Hunger Games too.”
Dora Archie Okeyo (Reviewer)
“The book features new information and interviews with family and friends who give their unique insight into The Queen’s young life. Dismore also goes back and provides details and scandals regarding her maternal family that I, for one, had not heard before. Reading it, you get a picture of the Scottish residences that Her Majesty as a young girl ran about with her sister and cousins while visiting her maternal grandparents (who were the Earl and Countess of Strathmore and Kinghorne). You also see the influence the Bowes-
“A very informative and enjoyable account of the early life of Princess Elizabeth. I enjoyed it and would recommend even if you are not a fan of the Royal Family.”
Geoff Harper (Reviewer)
“This was a wonderful and informative book on Queen Elizabeth II.”
Tiffany Reeves (Reviewer)
“The British royal family lives in a gilded cage, and for all the riches, pomp, and splendor, we would do well to remember they are also people. In Princess: The Early Life of Queen Elizabeth II, author Jane Dinsmoore allows us to see the world’s longest-
Fragile Like a Bomb
“Thoroughly enjoyed and would recommend. Five stars.”
Julie Wilson (Reviewer)
“All in all, this is a thorough and detailed account of Queen Elizabeth's formative years and what set her on the road to becoming Queen. Interesting and packed with meticulous research, you could do worse than investing some time reading this. Dismore has done an exquisite job!”
“I've read several books on Elizabeth. I found this one to be particularly readable and interesting. Ms. Dinsmore has an engaging style… the book was like a novel.”
Debra Rojas (Reviewer)
“Princess offers a few surprises. Queen Mary was far more interested in Elizabeth’s education than her mother was. Her father, Prince Bertie/King George VI, was the only straight arrow among his brothers. Her mother didn’t seem to want to recognize Elizabeth had grown up, always lecturing her in letters on how to conduct herself, even though Elizabeth had always been proper. Elizabeth was exactly what the monarchy needed to survive.”
Terri Wangard (Reviewer)
“Ms. Dismore did a wonderful job on this historical biography on Queen Elizabeth. You will learn how she grew up, things she went through as the youngest Queen, being bombed by Hitler, meeting Philip when they were very young, how it blossomed into a love affair and then marriage.”
Cherie Homan (Reviewer)
“Absolutely brilliant! The book covers Elizabeth’s early life to the time of her assuming the throne. She is such a refreshing person. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in the history of Great Britain, or just loves a good biography.”
Joyce Fox (Reviewer)
“Jane Dismore's research is as meticulous as her writing, and it is this balance of talents that makes Princess such a good read.”
Emi Bevacqua (Reviewer)
The Burglar Caught by a Skeleton
“Jeremy Clay does a great job gathering up a selection of the screwiest Victorian news stories… The stories in The Burglar Caught by a Skeleton are sensational, often funny and often gruesome.”
“Overall, this was an interesting collection of stories that will appeal to people who like weird and obscure history.”
All Sorts of Books
“A very interesting book.”
Adam Di Filippe (Librarian)
“A great mixture of newspaper reports, ranging from the completely bizarre, to the weird and utterly gory. The stories include tales of wild beasts, dead children, to women taken in sin. It is a perfect little book for dipping in and out of and great for conversation starters.”
S Ballinger (Reviewer)
“An excellent and exciting read.”
“This addictively readable exposé chronicles author Duncan MacLaughlin’s fascinating climb up the police ladder to The Yard, with stories equally compelling for true crime junkies and regular readers alike. Highly recommended!”
Char Jones (Reviewer)
“A great book for police buffs… I loved it.”
Marie Angel (Reviewer)
The Warehouse Industry
“The overall tone of the book is unemotional and distant, but its effect is full of pathos. While Macbeth employs rich metaphors that elicit feeling as well as conjure image, he also includes irrelevant details, that the narrator says don't matter. The result is a tense combination of tears and laughter. Darkly humorous, this book succeeds in portraying the every man who is no man, The Invisible Man whose strength is in making himself known on his own wayward terms.”
Midwest Book Review
“This is a strange book but it also has a compelling pull on the reader. You need to try to work it out! … a little like Eleanor Oliphant.”
Fiction of Relations
“Perhaps it is an odd life goal to not draw attention to oneself, but that is exactly the place in which the narrator of “The Warehouse Industry” finds himself. Socially awkward and insecure, he does his best to blend in, yet still manages to stand out far more than he’s comfortable with. The narrator seems oddly disengaged, but the book draws the reader in, nonetheless. For those disinclined to read lengthy tomes, fear not: I found this book well-
Stop and Smell the Pages
“Your overall impression or conclusion after reading may be fine-
Voices of the Foreign Legion
“Military history is not really my thing, but this book grabbed me at the first chapter and I read the whole thing in the course of a day.”
“This is the real story of the Legion, featuring many, superb first-
Janet’s Book Corner
“I was enthralled by this book. One of the most interesting I have ever read.”
Marie Angel (Reviewer)
“This book is very interesting, insightful and there is a lot of horror and death. I found it easy to read, well written, and God bless every one of these men for fighting for a better world.”
Cherie Homan (Reviewer)
“Author Adrian Gilbert opened up an unknown world for me in this book. My thoughts about the Legion before reading this incredibly well-
Char Jones (Reviewer)