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Battling Bandoleros in the American Civil War

Bandoleros – it’s one of those beautifully evocative words that conjures up a hundred images all by itself. When I started planning for THE LOST OUTLAW – the eighth Jack Lark novel set in Mexico […]

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Read the first chapter of Pirata

It is AD 25. Pirate ships strike terror in the hearts of those who brave the seas of the Roman Empire. When Telemachus joins the crew of the merchant ship Selene, he’s glad to escape the […]

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The Central Park Five: A reflection

The case of the Central Park Five is being revisited with a new acclaimed Netflix limited series on the subject, When They See Us, directed by Ava DuVernay. About the book: This is the only book that […]

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A Night Out in the Shanghai Badlands with Paul French

A Night Out in the Badlands, 1941 Throughout the 1930s Shanghai had been a legendary city – an international metropolis where no visas or passports were required; the most modern city in Asia drenched in […]

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A River in the Trees by Jacqueline O’Mahony

This January marked the centenary of the outbreak of the Irish War of Independence. One hundred years ago the Irish formed a government, and declared independence from British rule. That declaration led to war. My […]

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Six brilliant new reissues in Julian Stockwin’s Thomas Kydd series

Discover the first six books in Julian Stockwin’s seafaring historical adventure series set during the Great Age of Sail, now reissued with a brilliant new cover look. Based on dramatic real events, the Thomas Kydd […]

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Extract from THE UNQUIET HEART – Kaite Welsh

THE UNQUIET HEART is a richly atmospheric and gripping medical mystery, the second installment in the thrilling Sarah Gilchrist series which began with THE WAGES OF SIN.   The grey stone archway loomed overhead as […]

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The World’s Smallest Dog With The Biggest Heart

Smoky the Brave is the extraordinary, touching and true story of a heroic dog and her adoptive masters in the jungles of the Pacific War. It’s out in hardback on 11th July and available to […]

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Anna of Kleve vs. Anne of Cleves by Alison Weir

Why am I calling my next novel in the Six Tudor Queens series Anna of Kleve? Why not Anne of Cleves, as its subject is usually known? Firstly, I had decided at the outset that […]

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A Celebration of the Apollo Program in Books

From October 2018 through to December 2022, NASA will be marking the 50th anniversary of the Apollo Program that landed a dozen Americans on the moon between July 1969 and December 1972. To celebrate, we’ve […]

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Alison Weir on The Curse of the Hungerfords

It’s always a pleasure to choose subjects for the e-shorts that accompany my Six Tudor Queens novels. There are so many options, some of them not so well known, and the latter are gifts to […]

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Extract: Women of The Dunes by Sarah Maine

Waterstone’s Scottish Book of the Month, Women of The Dunes is now out in paperback. We are delighted to share an extract of the first chapter: Chapter 1 Ullaness, 2012, Libby When Libby Snow finally […]

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