News archive for February 2016

A Brief Affair by Margaret Leroy published by Sphere. Already getting rave reviews.

September 1940. England is a war once again and London has become an ever-fragile place for widowed Livia Ripley and her two young daughters, Polly and Eliza. When Livia meets charismatic publisher Hugo Ballantyne, she is hopeful that her life is about to change for the better. But as clouds gather in the clear autumn sky, the wail of the siren heralds the arrival of the Luftwaffe.

As the raids intensify, Livia volunteers to be a warden at the invitation of enigmatic Justin Connelly. Here she experiences the true reality and despair of war, a contrast to the world of comfort and cocktails provided in fleeting afternoons at the Balfour Hotel with Hugo. And ultimately, Livia discovers a strength she never knew she had that will give her the power to save those she loves. For when you don't know what tomorrow may bring, there is no choice but to live for today.

'I loved everything about this wonderful, shocking, heartbreaking book: the brilliantly drawn characters, the heartrending story, and the utterly gorgeous writing. I was spellbound from start to finish. No other novel has brought home the horror and the pathos of life in London during the Blitz and the lives that somehow bravely had to go on. The detail is extraordinary and I really felt that I was there, living through the challenges alongside Livia.

A Brief Affair is an absolute must read, a real triumph and convincing on every level.' (Dinah Jeffries)

Clare Morrall's new book WHEN THE FLOODS CAME is already receiving rave reviews: 

'Superbly imagined... A wonderful book by a terrifc writer.' Daily Mail

'Morral's superb imagination makes When the Floods Came hugely entertaining but the real power lies in the warmth of her writing and the charm of her characters.' The Times

Also reviewed in SFX Magazine, Sunday Times,Literary Review,The Spectator, Irish Independent, Financial Times.

Bookbag gave it 4 ½  out of 5 stars: “There were so many things I loved about this book. ... The thrills are psychological ones, with a high level of suspense throughout. ...I was so engrossed, I didn’t want the story to end.”


Pre-order it now:

The beautiful new book Dreaming the Bear by our very own Mimi Thebo. Get a copy of this astounding read.

"When I get up, there's nobody home. Even Mum has gone out. The note says, 'I have to check my emails. I'll snowmobile to the meltline and be back soon. XX Mummy'. 
And I think, 'Good. I can feed my bear...'" 

Darcy's life was never exactly simple, but it was about to become a lot more complicated. 
Recovering from a distressing illness in her parents' cabin surrounded by looming pine trees, Darcy spends most of her days alone, warming herself by the log fire. That is, until she ventures into the woods hours before a heavy snowstorm, and finds herself face-to-face with a grizzly bear. Their encounter takes a surprising turn when it flourishes into a warm and caring companionship. 
Set against the beautiful backdrop of the snowy Yellowstone National Park in Montana, Mimi Thebo's poetic tale inspires compassion and friendship, sensitively focusing on how the seemingly impossible can become the achievable.