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My best books for Christmas 2017

Happy Hogmanay. Or if you’re from anywhere north of John O’Groats or south of Gretna Green, Happy New Year. And, as is (almost) traditional, here’s a round-up of the best books of 2017, fiction and non-fiction.

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Ten of the Best Books of 2013

Over the past year, I’ve been privileged to read a large number of immensely good books: truly, the quality of writing is as great now as it has ever been and I’m convinced that some of these will become classics, read for decades, if not for centuries to come.

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Parmenion reviews ‘The Eagle of the Twelfth’

And because it’s launch week, we have another blog of the week: This time Parmenion’s excellent, broad-ranging book-blog. Which, coincidentally, has reviewed Eagle in glowing terms, as outline below (are you seeing a...

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Review: ‘Daughters of War’ by Hilary Green

One test of a good historical novel is that it leaves the reader with a sense of time and place  – and of actual events – that spur further research or further reading in the era.  This is one of the reasons why it’s never a bad idea when two authors pick the same time period. As long as at least one of them is a worthwhile writer, the readership will transfer, wanting to gain more insight, more depth, a different view on the same world events.

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Review: ‘Pure’ by Julianna Baggott

I bought this book on the basis of a Tweet from a former editor.  She said that ‘If you liked Hunger Games, you’ll love this. You don’t have to have liked Hunger Games though, to find this book an enthralling, terrifying – and utterly plausible – depiction of a future dystopia.

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Review: Honour and the Sword

I often receive books from thoughtful publicists who want to bring their authors to my attention.  Such was the package that arrived recently containing three novels by AL Berridge.  None of them was ‘my era’.  None of them had covers that would have made me pick them off a table, but that was definitely my loss. I’ll know better next time.

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StoryCuts: A new collection of e-books

For those of you who just can’t wait until the next book comes out, we have an announcement. ‘Story Cuts’ – a collection of short stories from authors as diverse as AS Byatt, Lee Child… and MC Scott – is available to download now, for in Kindle and iBooks.

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Book Review: Daughter of Smoke and Bone

Some of the most original writing these days is being brought out under the auspices of ‘Young Adult’ fiction: The Left Hand of God, the entire Patrick Ness series that began with ‘The Knife of Never Letting...

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Book Review: ‘The Fear Index’ by Robert Harris

I read this book for two reasons.  First, Mariella Frostrup said it was wondrous (Radio 4) and second, a friend in publishing said they were ‘spitting mad’ that Harris could turn out a ‘half finished’ book and have it sell by the bucket load…

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