News archive for June 2013

The paperback of Christopher William Hill's gruesomly funny OSBERT THE AVENGER has just been published by Orchard. Booktrust have described it as 'a macabre tale full of ghoulish and gruesome escapades. A frightening but appealing anti-hero.'

Chris has also written three plays, for BBC Radio 4, inspired by the diaries of writer and architectural historian James Lees-Milne that chart the decline and fall of the English country house. You can listen to them here



COUNTRY LOVING, the latest in Cathy Woodman's series of romantic novels set in the West country village of Talyton St George, is just published by Arrow. It is reader recommended in this month's Good Housekeeping, described as "a well-paced story that draws you in". It follows successful city accountant Stevie who returns home to her family farm to find out that they are in danger of losing it. She quickly sets to work rescuing the farm, and despite local amnosity to her plans, loves being back in the countrty. Having to work closely with local vet Leo is an added bonus... 



Paul Wilson's Mouse and the Cossacks is published this week by Tindal Street Press. It is a heartbreaking stroy of a wartime betrayal uncovered by a girl whose own secrets have stolen her power of speech. Perfect for anyone who enjoyed The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time

THE PRODIGALS, a musical written by Joe Harmston and Ray Goudie and directed by Joe Harmston is currently enjoying a run at The Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, where it will play until Sat 14th Sept.

Tickets are available here:

Colonel Luke Gibson is proud to lead the Scottish regiment his family has served in for generations.The two sons he has brought up alone are now young men; while Captain Mike Gibson battles to destroy opium poppy fields in Afghanistan, his brother Kyle fuels his band’s gigs with heroin.

When Kyle hits rock bottom, can he return home to the community he has insulted and rejected? How will his brother respond to his needs? Will Colonel Gibson balance his love for two such different sons with his responsibilities to all the soldiers under his command?

From its explosive choreographic opening on patrol in Helmand Province, through the comic absurdities of Kyle’s drug-induced hallucinations, THE PRODIGALS drives this extraordinary tale on with stunning new music and dance and a script that challenges us to explore the toughest of emotional battlegrounds.

“The parables have endured with never diminishing meaning for centuries, because they are universal and touch on our everyday lives. Updating stories has been a potent mechanism in the theatre ever since Shakespeare. So I am fascinated by the possibilities of this new musical project. In the hands of my friend and colleague Joe Harmston, it is bound to be both dynamic and different.”

- Sir Trevor Nunn, CBE