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: 

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

All the best Joey!



Manchester, 1920. Carrie Jenkins reels from the revelation that her beloved father was shot for desertion during the Great War, not tragically killed in heroic action as she had previously been led to believe. Worse, Carrie's sweetheart jilts her on the eve of their wedding, despite her pregnancy.Facing some tough choices and needing to provide a home for her baby and invalid mother, Carrie is forced to accept the unsettling advances of Ralph Armstrong. It is a decision she will regret.

Marian Veevers's first non ficton book is published by Sandstone Press in hardback. Coming in the bicentennial month of Jane Austen’s death, it’s a fascinating, revealing joint biography of Austen and Dorothy Wordsworth.  Events at the home of the Wordsworths, Dove Cottage in Grasmere, in Carlisle, Lancaster and Kendal launch this special book.  Marian also writes novels under the name Anna Dean.