New Kirkland Ciccone Young Adult novel out soon

We’re excited and delighted to announce that we’ll be publishing Kirkland Ciccone’s 4th Young Adult novel next year. Hoorah! It’s titled Glowglass, and although it’s not out until May, a few lucky people will get a sneak preview. (More about that in the coming weeks.) There’s lots about all of Kirkland’s books over on his…

The Handmaid’s Tale v Bad Faith (via 1984)

We see this as a relay – complete with dystopian baton-passing – more than as a straight race. After all, Margaret Attwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale came many years before Gillian Phillip‘s Bad Faith; and 1984 well before both. The theocratic premises are similar. In Bad Faith, there is a Putinesque collusion between the political leader and the One…

Darkest Thoughts: A taste of things to come

Gordon Brown’s stylish Craig McIntyre road-trip thriller rips along. It combines intrigue, action, sparky dialogue and the alarmingly possible. And that ‘alarmingly possible’ verges on probable given the twists and turns in American politics over the last few months. So we thought you might like a taster. Here’s the prologue + chapter 1. Enjoy. (Note that it’s a…

How Free Fitness is changing lives

When Kath Anderson, a Scot, moved to Boston to study, she came across free-fitness movement November Project™. It started in Boston, USA as a way of some friends keeping fit during the winter months. Soon it spread, and now it can be found in cities throughout America. More recently, it’s reached Europe. Kath went along to…

The Russian Revolution(s)

Why ‘Revolution(s)’? Because what we call the Russian Revolution was really 2 revolutions: one first short-lived, the second the Bolsheviks coming to power. BBC TV’s Newsnight ran a feature on the Russian Revolution (we’ll stick with the singular now!) on 20 Feb 2017. So we thought we’d join in and provide you with this extract…

A Rainbow In The Basement

We’re thrilled to announce the forthcoming publication of A Rainbow In The Basement, a magical novel by former H2O singer Ian Donaldson. We think you’re going to be blown away by this one. It’s a novel about a lot – our lot. It’s about life & death, love & loss, hope & despair, belief &…