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13 Jan 2017: Clare Hollingworth

As most will be aware, this week brought the sad news of the passing of the great Clare Hollingworth, recently memorialised by Patrick Garrett in Of Fortunes and War.  

The global response has been extraordinary. The following are just a handful of the more interesting pieces:

New York Times

Channel Four

BBC archive

The Independent

BBC Radio Four

23 Dec 2016: David McClure on King Charles III

An interesting new piece by David McClure in the International Business Times:

King Charles III: Is the Queen getting ready to hand over the reins to her son?

22 Dec 2016: The People's Book Prize

Two Thistle titles - David McGrath’s scintillating debut novel Rickshaw, and gripping police memoir A Life in Death - have been longlisted for The People’s Book Prize. You can vote for them here.

29 Nov 2016: David Weston in the Telegraph

David Weston has written an entertaining piece in the Telegraph, in the course of promoting his excellent new novel Luciano’s War.

Kirk Douglas vs Richard Harris: Secrets of the most bitter feud in Hollywood’s golden age

23 Nov 2016: Royal Legacy in the Daily Mirror

David McClure’s sensational book about the royal finances, Royal Legacy, featured heavily this week in an article in the Daily Mirror on the proposed Buckingham Palace repairs.

More than 100,000 sign petition calling for The Queen to pay for £369million repairs of Buckingham Palace

22 Nov 2016: Vikie Shanks in the Daily Express

The inspirational author of Unravelled, Vikie Shanks, was featured this week in the Daily Express.

Former model and single mum Vikie Shanks: Six of my seven children are autistic

21 Nov 2016: Two more bestsellers for Thistle Books

Over the weekend, two more titles published by Thistle Books reached the Amazon top 100 bestseller list: Earth: An Alien Enterprise by Timothy Good, and War Beneath the Sea by Peter Padfield (which reached the top 40).

08 Nov 2016: Chloe Banks back in Amazon bestseller list

Chloe Banks’ debut novel, The Art of Letting Go, has once again returned to the Amazon bestseller list, reaching number 39 over the weekend.

01 Nov 2016: Another great review for Patrick Garrett

Patrick Garrett’s fascinating biography of journalist Clare Hollingworth, Of Fortunes and War, has received another rave review, this time from the Literary Review:

‘The list of her assignments reads like a potted history of warfare, espionage and terrorism…she emerges in Garrett’s book as a rounded personality…The story of her life is a kaleidoscope of world events, shot through with determination and courage. It’s a great read.’

18 Oct 2016: Great review for Of Fortunes and War in The Oldie

There’s yet another terrific review for Patrick Garrett’s fascinating biography of journalist Clare Hollingworth in the current edition of The Oldie.

“All the excitement of a fast moving thriller.”

11 Oct 2016: Time Magazine covers launch of Of Fortunes and War

Patrick Garrett’s fascinating biography of journalist Clare Hollingworth continues to generate huge media interest, with a long piece in the current issue of Time Magazine.

The Correspondent Who Scooped the World

03 Oct 2016: Of Fortunes and War in The Correspondent

There’s a terrific review for Patrick Garrett’s fascinating biography of journalist Clare Hollingworth in The Correspondent.

“The story of how Clare Hollingworth achieved her great scoop, the outbreak of World War Two, during her first week as a journalist is well known, but it is always worth telling again, especially when it is done with such verve and skill as it is by Patrick Garrett.”

Full review

03 Oct 2016: The M Room featured in The Telegraph

The M Room, by historian Helen Fry, was featured in a Telegpraph article this week on the preservation of important World War Two site Trent Park.

Walls that gave up Nazi secrets to be preserved in new museum

27 Sep 2016: Theo Aronson climbs the charts

Two titles by the ever-popular royal historian Theo Aronson are currently selling well. The King in Love, the story of Edward VII’s mistresses, is currently at #12 in the Kindle bestseller list. And A Family of Kings, about the descendants of Christian IX of Denmark is also in the top 100, at #64.

22 Sep 2016: New Kindle Single from Nicholas Best

Nicholas Best’s powerful historical novella The Hangman’s Story has just been launched in the Kindle Single store - it’s currently the first book on the homepage.

The Hangman’s Story

07 Sep 2016: Two Thistle Books nominated for The People's Book Prize

Two Thistle titles have been nominated for The People’s Book Prize. If you have a moment, please do vote:

Crime Squad

The Hickory Stick

01 Sep 2016: Patrick Garrett interviewed by Deutsche Welle

There’s an interesting interview with author Patrick Garrett on his new biography of war reporter Clare Hollingworth in the Deutsche Welle this week.

“We are in the midst of an age of upheaval, marked by international crises. Does Hollingworth continue to observe these developments, despite her advanced age, and if so, how does she view them in light of her experiences?

Clare is a few weeks away from her 105th birthday, and she is now quite frail. Long ago she researched many of the themes that are only now achieving major prominence. [Republican presidential candidate] Donald Trump is suggesting that the US should abandon its NATO allies: This was an angle that Clare followed up in the 1960s. Clare was in Israel when the state was founded and all over the Middle East during World War II.

Religion-focused terrorism was a subject she wrote about and in fact was attacked for by academics. Some of her remarks have proved sadly prescient. She wrote about how effective the foot soldier could be against a superpower using the simplest tactics: We see that, too, in the Middle East. Based in China, she wrote about potential tensions in the South China Sea and Pacific long before they were daily news fodder.

As for watching today - she still likes to feel that she is part of the news world and insists on keeping her passport by her bedside and her shoes beside her bed in case she is called out to cover a story. Obviously that isn’t going to happen anymore, but it was what gave her a sense of purpose, and is perhaps one reason for her longevity.”

Full interview (in English)

26 Aug 2016: Great review for Of Fortunes and War

Patrick Garrett’s terrific new biography of journalist Clare Hollingworth, Of Fortunes and War, has received a great review in the South China Morning Post.

‘A gripping account of a restless life that also illuminates profound social changes.’

Book review: the life of Clare Hollingworth, war correspondent

16 Aug 2016: Long feature on Of Fortunes and War in the Telegraph

Patrick Garrett has written a very interesting long piece in the Telegraph on his new book Of Fortunes and War, a biography of pioneering journalist Clare Hollingworth.

How the Telegraph’s Clare Hollingworth broke the news of World War II – and saved thousands from the Nazis

10 Aug 2016: Patrick Garrett in The Courier

There’s an interesting piece in The Courier today on Patrick Garrett’s new biography of journalist Clare Hollingworth.

The Courier

05 Aug 2016: Patrick Garrett in Quartz magazine

Patrick Garrett has written a fascinating new piece for Quartz magazine, based on his new book Of Fortunes and War: Clare Hollingworth, first of the female war correspondents, published last month.

‘From the 1930s onward, veteran war correspondent Clare Hollingworth made a century-long journey from rural Leicestershire, through wars and revolutions in Europe, North Africa, the Middle East, and Asia, to Hong Kong in the final days of the British empire. A recently released biography of her life, by her nephew Patrick Garrett, chronicles her “uncanny Zelig-like ability to appear on the front lines of world events.”’

Inside Romania’s 1941 failed coup, with the world’s first female war correspondent

01 Aug 2016: Helen Fry documentary

Helen Fry’s documentary Spying on Hitler’s Army, based on her book The M Room, was shown this weekend on More4.

22 Jul 2016: Andrew Lownie on John Buchan

John Buchan biographer Andrew Lownie discusses the great man’s life and work in this interesting interview.

13 Jul 2016: Chloe Banks at the People's Book Awards

Congratulations to Chloe Banks, whose wonderful debut novel The Art of Letting Go was a finalist at last night’s People’s Book Awards, hosted by Frederick Forsyth.

13 Jul 2016: Crime Squad in the Standard

Mike Pannett’s sensational new memoir Crime Squad: Life And Death On London’s Front Line was serialised in the Evening Standard this week.

London gangster jailed for Pc death ‘may have killed four others’

10 Jun 2016: David McClure on royal finances

David McClure has written a very interesting piece for the International Business Times on the royal family’s mysterious finances.

‘They do things differently on Planet Windsor. That’s the term given by Prince Charles’s most recent biographer to the rarefied world inhabited by the royal family. What Catherine Mayer had in mind were the peculiarities and rivalries of court life, but in my experience researching a book on the wealth of the Windsors it also applies to how the royal family is immune to the normal rules of public scrutiny.’

I tried to find out just how rich the royal family is - it’s a well-kept secret

01 Jun 2016: Todd Crowell on China-Japan hostility

Todd Crowell has written a fascinating new article on the tense situation between China and Japan.

“China and Japan are redefining the nature and purpose of the Coast Guard. Americans still think in terms of air-sea rescue or chasing drug smugglers when they think about their Coast Guard. China and Japan think about their Coast Guards in terms of realpolitik. The two nominally civilian services are on the front lines of territorial disputes in the South and East China Seas. Both countries are adding to their coast guard fleets at a breakneck pace. One could almost call it a Coast Guard arms race, except that the vessels are lightly armed if armed at all.”

A Coast Guard Arms Race

Todd’s Kindle Single on this subject, The Coming War, was recently published by Thistle Books.

27 May 2016: Black Brain, White Brain nominated for Media24 award

Gavin Evans’ book on the myths surrounding intelligence and race Black Brain, White Brain has been nominated for a Media24 award.


25 May 2016: More coverage for A Life In Death

Richard Venables’ powerful new police memoir A Life In Death has been receiving lots of press coverage.

How Hillsborough disaster motivated policeman to help victims of world’s worst tragedies

20 May 2016: Voting opens for the People's Book Prize

Voting has opened for the People’s Book Prize 2016, and Chloe Banks’ debut novel The Art of Letting Go is one of the finalists (and needs your vote!).

People’s Book Prize - The Final

18 May 2016: The Floating Brothel optioned

Sian Rees’s The Floating Brothel: The Extraordinary True Story of an Eighteenth Century Ship and its Cargo of Female Convicts has been optioned by Pretty Monster with support from Australian Screen.

17 May 2016: Vikie Shanks on BBC Radio

Vikie Shanks, author of the inspirational memoir Unravelled, did the newspaper review on BBC Coventry and Warwickshire on Saturday. You can hear it here (starts at 38.00).

16 May 2016: Croatian island memoir optioned for drama

Anthony Stancomb’s memoirs of moving to the Croatian island of Vis Under a Croatian Sun: From Grey Britain to a Sunny Isle: One Couple’s Dream Comes True and Notes from a Very Small Island have been optioned by Life and Soul Pictures.

16 May 2016: Irreplaceable serialised in the Sunday Mirror

Louise Moir’s powerful new memoir Irreplaceable was serialised this weekend in the Sunday Mirror.

I want my children to remember their dad as amazing not for his suicide

25 Apr 2016: Michael Curtin 1942-2016

We’re sad to announce that the great Irish novelist Michael Curtin recently passed away. Michael’s many fans included Roddy Doyle, who described him as “one of Ireland’s best writers”. There was a nice tribute in the Limerick Leader.

A sublime Limerick writer who inspired a generation

04 Apr 2016: Vikie Shanks speaks at TEDx

Vikie Shanks has given a powerful talk at TEDx, which can now be watched online.

Should we really continue to pity those on the autism spectrum? Or, is it time to reexamine how we approach mental health? Vikie Shanks shares a paradigm shift she went through with her own children.

01 Apr 2016: BBC interviews Vikie Shanks

Vikie Shanks, author of the inspirational memoir Unravelled, was interviewed this week on BBC Radio. You hear the full interview here (starts at 1.35).

01 Apr 2016: Dominic Adler moves into mazon bestsellers

Dominic Adler’s gritty new thriller The Devil’s Work has moved into the Amazon Top 100 bestsellers.

21 Mar 2016: The Art of Letting Go moves back onto bestsellers list

People’s Book Prize nominee The Art of Letting Go, the debut novel by Chloe Banks, has moved back into the Amazon top 20 bestsellers.

The Art of Letting Go

14 Mar 2016: Larry Henderson in the Gazette

Larry Henderson’s 999 CSI is continuing to generate media interest, with this latest piece in the Gazette.

From Lord Lucan to Enoch Powell: Forensics legend lifts the lid on the real world of CSI

14 Mar 2016: Roger Howard is lead Kindle Singles title

Roger Howard’s new book The Secret War for Israel is currently the lead history title on the Kindle Singles homepage.

The Secret War for Israel

10 Mar 2016: Vikie Shanks nominated for another award

The inspiring Vikie Shanks, author of Unravelled, has been nominated for a Woman Who… award, for her work in thecommunity.

Woman Who…Awards - Recognising Women in Business

09 Mar 2016: More coverage for 999 CSI

999 CSI, the sensational new police memoir from Larry Henderson, is continuing to generate media interest after serialisation in the Daily Mail.

Epsom’s Larry Henderson lifts the lid on more than 20 years of CSI – including investigating Lord Lucan and Christine Keeler

01 Mar 2016: Vikie Shanks on BBC Radio

Vikie Shanks was on the Graham Torrington show, promoting her powerful memoir Unravelled. You can hear the full interview here (begins at 1.23).

16 Feb 2016: Thistle in Writing Magazine

There’s a nice piece on Thistle Books in the current issue of Writing Magazine.


16 Feb 2016: Scarlet Women in Paste magazine

Ian Graham Highlights Extraordinary Courtesans Throughout History in Scarlet Women

16 Feb 2016: Mail serial for 999 CSI

The sensational new police memoir 999 CSI by Larry Henderson was serialised this week in the Daily Mail. The book has just been published by the agency’s imprint Thistle Books.

The real-life CSI: Legendary forensics expert lifts the lid on the brutal killings, epic drugs busts and huge cash heists of his gory - and gripping - case files

15 Feb 2016: Nick Pope and the X-Files

Nick Pope has been busy in the media, writing about his real-life experiences to coincide with the relaunch of The X-Files.

The Guardian

Western Morning News

20 Jan 2016: Scarlet Women in Metro US

Ian Graham’s Scarlet Women was a selection for Metro magazine’s feature on ‘Books for your feminist book club’. Books for your feminist book club

12 Jan 2016: Nick Pope on BBC radio

Nick Pope was interviewed as part of BBC radio’s UFO Special this week, discussing his book Encounter in Rendlesham Forest, recently published by Thistle Books.

Full interview (begins at 1:36:30)

06 Jan 2016: Helen Croydon in philosophy festival debate: Women and Conquest

The video of Helen Croydon taking part in the IAI philosophy festival debate Women and Conquest is now available online.

Women and Conquest

05 Jan 2016: Peter Padfield on Tide of Empires

Peter Padfield has written an interesting piece for Routledge on his two-book series Tide of Empires, recently reissued by Thistle Publishing.

From the Military and Naval History Series… Peter Padfield on Tide of Empires

05 Dec 2015: Vikie Shanks gives TEDx talk on autism

Vikie Shanks’s TEDx talk on autism can be heard here.

02 Dec 2015: Chloe Banks is a finalist in The People's Book Prize

Congratulations to Chloe Banks. Her debut novel The Art of Letting Go is a finalist in the The People’s Book Prize. The results will be announced at an award ceremony at the end of May 2016.

02 Dec 2015: New video - David Craig on The Great Charity Scandal

David Craig has produced a new video on the charity industry, promoting his thought-provoking book The Great Charity Scandal.

Charities - can we trust them?

01 Dec 2015: Two Thistle titles shortlisted for the People's Book Prize

Royal Legacy by David McClure and The Devil’s Work by Dominic Adler have both been shortlisted for the People’s Book Prize.

The People’s Book Prize

19 Nov 2015: David McGrath is a hit with Waverton Good Reads

David McGrath recently gave a reading at a meeting of Waverton Good Reads, after which all copies of his exhilarating debut novel Rickshaw were quickly snapped up.

‘David McGrath writes for ‘my mates in the pub who never read’, but the rapid sale of copies of Rickshaw after his performance of a scene from this novel to a room of avid readers tells you that his appeal is much broader than that. No, he doesn’t like adverbs and he avoids flowery descriptive language. Instead, he uses sparse narrative and superb dialogue to say it all.’ Gwen Goodhew - Waverton Good Read Award


18 Nov 2015: She's a Boy hits Amazon 'most-read' list

Joe Holliday’s powerful memoir She’s a Boy was one of the Kindle 50 ‘most-read’ titles during October.

16 Nov 2015: Joe Holliday on Independent 'Rainbow List'

Joe Holliday, author of bestselling memoir She’s a Boy, has been included on the Independent’s ‘Rainbow List’ - “our annual celebration of the 101 most influential lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people in Britain”.

The Rainbow List

12 Nov 2015: Chloe Banks on Radio Four

Chloe Banks was featured on You and Yours on Radio Four this week, discussing her bestselling novel The Art of Letting Go, which originated as a NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) project.

12 Nov 2015: Loaded feature on Nick Pope

There’s a fantastic feature in the current issue of Loaded magazine on Nick Pope.

why the truth about aliens will never be out there

09 Nov 2015: Mandy Smith in Herald magazine

Mandy Smith, the author of bestseller Cabin Fever, has written an interesting article for Herald magazine.

What it feels like to … be an air hostess

06 Nov 2015: Cabin Fever is once again featured in the Daily Mail

Mandy Smith’s sensational bestseller Cabin Fever is once again the subject of a Daily Mail feature.

Confessions of a flight attendant: From fending off sharks to delivering babies, a former Virgin Atlantic air hostess reveals how cabin crew handle the strangest scenarios in the sky

02 Nov 2015: David Craig in the news

David Craig has been getting a lot of media coverage recently, in relation to his book The Great Charity Scandal, and the Kids Company collapse.

Sunday Post

Financial Times

02 Nov 2015: Mandy Smith writes for Thrillist website

Mandy Smith has written a very entertaining piece for Thrillist magazine.

Oh My God The Pilot’s Dead

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