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Mind of Winter is coming…

Mind of Winter by Laura Kasischke is a dark and poetic psychological thriller that will leave you guessing until the very last page.

A spine-tingling and beautifully written novel, the tension builds to an almost unbearable pitch and the Sunday Times review sums it up perfectly: ‘Few novels sustain such levels of domestic creepiness and the revelation at the end feels like a punch’

Take a look at the book trailer now and be prepared for a Winter chill when the book is released tomorrow, Friday 16th January.

To buy your copy: http://bit.ly/151bL0l

Love the film? Read the book…

The Guardian recently published a list of 88 films to watch out for in 2015 and we are pretty thrilled to see that three of them are films inspired by books we’re releasing this year!

Beneath the Heart of the Sea and Tales from the Queen of the Desert are publishing in February and both films look set to be Hollywood hits, judging by stellar casting of both films.

Our publication of Beneath the Heart of the Sea (filmed as In the Heart of the Sea) is due for release almost 184 years to the day that Owen Chase was rescued from the wreck of the Whaleship Essex and this bleak and inspiring story gives an electrifying behind-the-scenes account of a story of cannibalism, murder and insanity.

In a similar heroic tale we have the story of Gertrude Bell, a travel writer, diplomat, linguist, cartographer, archaeologist and explorer. In the forthcoming film of Queen of the Desert she is played by the Academy-Award-Winning actress Nicole Kidman, who has said of Bell, ‘I am completely enraptured with her’.

So what do you think; are you keen to discover the real stories behind the Hollywood productions?

For the full Guardian article 

New Hesperus Press Catalogue!

We are excited to present to you our Autumn 2014 Catalogue!

We are incredibly excited about our Autumn releases and the catalogue packed full of fantastic titles including:

The Alphabet House, is a gripping psychological thriller and the first ever novel written by the bestselling Jussi Adler-Olsen. Adler-Olsen has sold over 10million books and is best known for the Department Q series. Read an extract here. Publishing August. 2014.

The Peculiar Life of a Lonely Postman by Canadian author Denis Thériault is an original novel about a postman who steals other people’s mail and reads the letters before carefully returning them to their owners. Read an extract here. Publishing September 2014.

As well as this we are also publishing a carefully selected list of adult and children’s classics for you to fall in love with. To look through the catalogue and discover these books click the image below!

Mothers in Literature

Happy Mother’s Day to you all!

There are an abundance of Mothers in literature and we have compiled our favourite articles about Mums in books:

The Best Mothers in Literature from The Telegraph

The perfect celebration of our literary mothers. Including the almost-too-perfect Marmee from Little Women and the contrastively vibrant mother in Isabel Allende’s The House of the Spirits.

Alternative Mothers from For Books Sake

This lists includes the beautiful novel by Maya Angelou I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. It may not be the first book that springs to mind today but is a wonderful celebration of non-traditional Mother figures through Angelou’s grandmother.

Bad Mothers from The Guardian

This is not a negative article about mother’s but highlights the difficult role that they have:

‘Mothers can’t win – they are mean to their children, they fail to protect them from fathers, stepfathers and random new boyfriends, they are too protective, or not enough.’

What are your loved or hated mothers in literature?


Spring Tide by Cilla and Rolf Börjlind Out Today!

In the shops today is the gripping thriller by the Cilla and Rolf Börjlind, the husband and wife scriptwriting team behind the Arne Dahl and Wallander TV series!

Spring Tide has already been getting great reviews on our book club page and Cilla and Rolf have been featured on BBC Radio Scotland’s Culture Show with Janice Forsyth.

About the Book:

The spring tides are the highest of the year in Nordkoster; the beach will be covered in particularly deep water tonight. Three men on the beach are digging a hole, covertly watched by a young boy. His intrigue turns to horror as he makes out a fourth figure –the woman for whom the hole is intended. Buried up to her neck in the sand, the high tide is rapidly approaching. Still screaming in terror, the victim takes her last breath as water fills her nose and mouth – in her stomach, she feels her baby kick. And her waters break.

Twenty-four years later, the abhorrent crime remains unsolved; gruesome violence however is still prevalent after all those years. A gang has been beating up and killing homeless people in parks – worse still, they are filming their attacks and broadcasting them on the internet. The police have their work cut out trying to keep abreast of the crime wave. Olivia Rönning hopes to follow in her father’s footsteps and join their ranks in the next few months after she completes her training; she has only one last hurdle to overcome over the summer break, a challenge from her professor to pick a cold case and solve it. Should be simple, she thinks. Little does she know the world she is getting involved in, the danger she faces and the ugly truths she risks uncovering.

Cilla and Rolf Börjlind on BBC Radio Scotland’s Culture Show Today!

Spring Tide FINALTune in to BBC Radio Scotland between 2pm-4pm today to listen to the fantastic Cilla and Rolf Börjlind on the Culture Show with Janie Forsyth.

Cilla and Rolf are the husband-and-wife scriptwriting team behind the Arne Dahl and Wallander TV series as well as the authors of the first in a new crime series called Spring Tide – out Monday 24th March!

Watch the trailer now:

CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Awards 2014

After having time to ruminate on the shortlist for the CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Awards Shortlist, who is everyone’s bets on the winners?

After writing a fantastic foreword for Pollyanna I have my fingers crossed for Anne Fine to ‘win the triple’

To remind you of the contenders here are the shortlists:

CILIP Carnegie Medal 2014 shortlist:

All the Truth That’s in Me by Julie Berry (Templar)
The Bunker Diary by Kevin Brooks (Puffin)
The Child’s Elephant by Rachel Campbell-Johnston (David Fickling Books)
Ghost Hawk by Susan Cooper (Bodley Head)
Blood Family by Anne Fine (Double Day)
Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundell (Faber & Faber)
Liar & Spy by Rebecca Stead (Andersen Press)
The Wall by William Sutcliffe (Bloomsbury)

The CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2014 shortlist:

The Paper Dolls by Rebecca Cobb and Julia Donaldson  (Macmillan )
Where My Wellies Take Me by Olivia Gill  and Michael Morpurgo and Clare Morpurgo  (Templar)
The Day the Crayons Quit by Oliver Jeffers  and Drew Daywalt (HarperCollins Children’s Books)
This Is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen (Walker Books)
The Dark by Jon Klassen and Lemony Snicket  (Orchard Books)
Mouse, Bird, Snake, Wolf by Dave McKean  and David Almond (Walker Books)
Oliver by Birgitta Sif (Walker Books)

Happy guessing!


Bill Reed at Pitshanger Books

Welcome to the Free ZoneBill Reed, translator of Welcome to the Free Zone by Nathalie and Ladislas Gara, was at Pitshanger Books on Thursday reading extracts and sharing background information to the book’s setting in a fascinating event.

Originally published in 1946, Welcome to the Free Zone is a moving and witty portrayal of a family and community in turmoil during the Second World War. The sleepy village of Saint-Boniface in the Ardèche has become stuffed with refugees at the outbreak of war. Expats, exiles and migrant Jews all have to live, cramped together in challenging conditions, without toilets or even electricity. This novel, based on a true story, is a dark-humoured and vivid tale.

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