Kirkland Ciccone Conjures Catalyst Calling

No, despite the alliterative overload, we haven’t been invaded by tabloid headline writers! We won’t always post our media releases, but we thought you might enjoy some of the quotes in this one. Media release Kirkland Ciccone’s debut novel Conjuring The Infinite, published by Strident, has been shortlisted for the 2014 Catalyst Book Award for…

Conjuring The Infinite SHORTLISTED for Catalyst Award

We’re delighted that Kirkland Ciccone’s brilliant debut Conjuring The Infinite is one of 4 books shortlisted for the 2014 Catalyst Award. Kirkland’s novel will be rubbing shoulders with titles by some big names: Kevin Brooks, Charlie Fletcher and Sarah Mussi. And it thoroughly deserves to be. And if you’re lucky enough to meet Kirkland, you’ll…

Bonnie Prince Charlie – the truth behind the portrait

The BBC recently unearthed a portrait of Bonnie Prince Charlie. Portraits are often more propaganda than true representation, and few leaders have been more romanticised than Charles Edward Stuart, figurehead for the Jacobite Uprising of 1745 . On 4 March we’re publishing For The Good of the Cause, Seán Damer’s brilliant fictionalised account of the events behind…

Daily Record praise for Conjuring The Infinite

Kirkland Ciccone‘s debut novel Conjuring The Infinite has been lauded in the Daily Record newspaper, with the reviewer concluding, ‘I thoroughly enjoyed it and will recommend it to all my friends.’ We love it too. If Janne Teller‘s Nothing,or Gillian Philip‘s Bad Faith are your cuppa, Conjuring The Infinite will be right up your street.…

Shiver Me Timbers!

It be International Speak Like a Pirate Day t’day, me hearties. Which be the ideal day to be bringing out some scribblings entitled Pyrate’s Boy. They be the workings of an E B Colin, they be. And ye can find ’em in all good bookshops, priced 5 whole pounds and 99 of the little bits…

NOTHING tops Guardian’s translation picks

Janne Teller‘s stunning novel Nothing has topped this list of top recommendations in The Guardian, with a spot-on summary from Skillig author David Almond. We’re not surprised it’s been chosen. It’s an astounding (life-changing?) novel. Ironcically, it’s actually about everything. The meaning of life and all that. To celebrate, we’ve released a very small parcel of signed copies into the book trade. You…

Sam Wilding’s WINDSCAPE features at Edinburgh Botanics

Sam Wilding‘s Windscape title has been chosen as a key part of the ‘Sustainability’ section of the ‘Leafing Through Natural Scotland’ exhibition at Edinburgh’s Royal Botanic Garden. Windscape is an adventure thriller for ages 9/10+. It is already widely used in schools to promot discussions about different sources of energy. The backdrop to the book is a move…

The big reveal: Conjuring The Infinite

We gave the cover of Kirkland Ciccone’s Conjuring The Infinite it’s first outing yesterday. We love the intricate artwork by Lawrence Mann and thought we’d share it with you. Look closely: the title is full of clues about the novel. And what a novel this is. Stylish and full of surprises. We think you’ll love…

Sam Wilding tours WINDSCAPE novel

This week it’s Bristol’s turn to be entertained and educated by Sam Wilding, with Ayrshire, Northern Ireland and Berwickshire to follow in the next few weeks. There’s great interest in this page-turning adventure from Sam. It’s partly the intrigue of the plot and the quality of the storytelling, but it’s also because it’s backdrop is the sometimes controversial subject of wind…

Addicted to Pleasure

If you’ve been watching the Addicted to Pleasure TV series presented by Brian Cox (the actor, not the astrophysicist) and have enjoyed all the historical aspects (such as how Glasgow thrived on the importation of sugar from the Caribbean, we have a treat for you later in the year. Can’t say more yet at present,…