Victoria Whitworth's wonderful memoir, Swimming with Seals, is now published by Head of Zeus. It's both a personal story of intrepid sea swimming off the coast of Orkney, the beauty and soothing therapy of the water - accompanied by the local sea creatures -  proving restorative, addictive and healing. It's also a treasure chest of history and myth, local folklore and poetry. It's already attracting amazing reviews, including in The Scotsman:

...'the writing is consistently alert and engaging...the trick to enjoying SWIMMING WITH SEALS is to accept that you are going to be swept around in some unexpected directions and go with the flow.'

And from Amy Liptrot: 'Attentive, astute and beautiful.  It expanded my mind and heart.'



Joey Barton's autobiography, No Nonsense, has been shortlisted for Cross Sports Book of the year award 2017. Joey is in the running for the award alongside former Formula One champion Damon Hill, former Ashes winner and England cricketer Jonathan Trott, long distance Olympic runner Jo Pavey, Arsenal and England football legend Ian Wright and London 2012 Olympic long jump gold medalist Greg Rutherford.

Click here for more details about the shortlist: 

Read the Bookseller coverage of it here:

The winner will be announced during the award ceremony on May 24th. 

All the best Joey!



Stef Penney's "Under a Pole Star" is an Autumn Pick for Richard and Judy's Book Club. Link available below.

The paperback is published by Quercus.



4-26th August at the Fringe Edinburgh Festival 

A homophobic new headmaster and his devoutly religious wife bring a reign of terror to a boys' boarding school, with hilarious and tragic consequences. Prefect Terry Carleton is madly in love with fourth year Nicholas Allen, the chaplain has paintings of naked youths in his study, while English master Eric Ashley fights the good fight with his own inner demons. Will morality be restored? Glenn Chandler, creator of Taggart, writes and directs this first adaptation of Michael Campbell's wickedly funny 1967 novel to mark the 50th anniversary of the partial legalisation of homosexuality in England and Wales.