Queen of Bedlam

Queen of BedlamLaura Purcell

London 1788. The calm order of Queen Charlotte’s court is shattered by screams. The King of England is going mad. Left alone with thirteen children and with the country at war, Charlotte has to fight to hold her husband’s throne. It is a time of unrest and revolutions but most of all Charlotte fears the King himself, someone she can no longer love or trust. She has lost her marriage to madness and there is nothing she can do except continue to do her royal duty.

Her six daughters are desperate to escape their palace asylum. Their only chance lies in a good marriage, but no prince wants the daughter of a madman. They are forced to take love wherever they can find it, with devastating consequences.

The moving true story of George III’s madness and the women whose lives it destroyed.

 

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Paperback 384 pages
B Format
ISBN 978-1-910183-01-4
Release Date 10th June 2013
Price £8.99
 Ebook  978-1-910183-02-1

The Juggler

The JugglerSebastian Beaumont

Mark did what people aren’t supposed to do. He left his home, his job, his wife, his friends, his seven month old baby… everything. He set out with only two things. One was a flyer advertising a nightclub, with an address written on the back in spidery pencil. The other was a small, hard bag of the sort that photographers carry their lenses in. But this bag did not contain photographic equipment. It contained £40,000 in cash.

But it is not so easy to start again. Mark must find his way in a new town where no one will talk about their past, and where mobile phones don’t work. He soon discovers that this is not all that’s strange about this nameless town. Friendships turn into a web of deceit and motives are always suspect. Mark’s journey, both physical and metaphysical, takes him through layers of reality and towards refuge of an unexpected kind. 

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Reviews

‘A dramatic and vividly written second novel by a talented young writer is is a must read –top stuff.’ Culturecompass.co.uk

‘Sebastian Beaumont’s debut novel Thirteen blew me away wen I read it a couple of years ago . . . Beaumont’s follow-up book, The Juggler, quite literally caught me by surprise. If this book turned out to be half as good as its predecessor then I was in for quite a ride. I braced myself accordingly. And a good job too for The Juggler isn’t half as good as Thirteen. It’s better.’ Scott Pack, Meandmybigmouth.blogspot

 

Hardback 272 pages
ISBN 978-1-905802-26-5
Release Date 3rd February 2009
Price £13.99
Trade Paperback 272 pages
ISBN 978-1-905802-27-2
Release Date 3rd February 2009
Price £9.99
Ebook 978-1-910183-17-5

 

 

 

Wanna Cook?

Wanna CookEnsley F. Guffey and K. Dale Koontz

A must have guide for cult TV fans.

The first and only companion guide available to Emmy and Golden Globe award winning TV drama Breaking Bad.

“I am not in danger . . . I am the danger.” With those words, Breaking Bad’s Walter White solidified himself as TV’s greatest antihero. Wanna Cook? explores the most critically lauded series on television with analyses of the individual episodes and ongoing storylines. From details such as stark settings, intricate camerawork, and jarring music to the larger themes, including the roles of violence, place, self-change, legal ethics, and fan reactions, this companion book is perfect for those diehards who have watched the Emmy Award–winning series multiple times as well as for new viewers. Wanna Cook? elucidates without spoiling and illuminates without nit-picking. A must have for any fan’s collection.

 

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Trade Paperback 500 pages
ISBN 978-1-905802-96-8
Release Date 13th May 2014
Price £13.99
Ebook  978-1-910183-97-5

Imperatrix

IMPERATRIXRussell Whitfield

Lysandra is back and she’s going to war!

The third adventure in this visceral series inspired by the famous Gladiatrix stele found near Halicarnassus in the 19th century.

In the dirt of the Flavian Amphitheatre, known to history as the Coliseum, lies the bloodied body of Spartan priestess, Lysandra, cut down by Rome’s adored Gladiatrix Prima, the beautiful and deadly Illeana, the Midnight Falcon. At the edge of the underworld, the goddess Athene offers Lysandra’s spirit a stark choice: reside eternally amid the fields of Elysium or return to a life full of pain and sorrow but that will secure Lysandra a glorious place in legend for generations to come. And now it seems that Lysandra’s destiny also lies to the east, and the prospect of a final and bloody reckoning with an old and hated adversary.

 

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Paperback 512 pages
B Format
ISBN 978-1910183-03-8
Release Date 3rd March 2015
Price £7.99
Ebook 978-1910183-04-5

Railroad of Death

RailroadJohn Coast

A bestseller in 1946, Railroad of Death is the first and best account of forced labour on the Burma Railway. John Coast was a young officer in the Norfolk Regiment who was taken prisoner at the Fall of Singapore in February 1942. He took notes and concealed them from the Japanese for nearly three years, but he lost the lot when he was forced to bury them in Chungkai Camp to avoid repeated searches. Coast had to write the book all over again while on the voyage home. His book is moving, dramatic and chilling in the detail it gives of the cruelty inflicted by Japanese and Korean soldiers on the prisoners and Asian workers who died in even greater numbers working on the railway. Yet it is at the same time lyrical in its descriptions of the natural world surrounding the camps and the food and kindness shown by some Thais to the prisoners. Coast brings to life the camps and towns of the Burma Railway and the culture of Bali and Indonesia that so entranced Coast, allowing him to find some comfort and meaning amid the horror.

This new edition has an introduction and appendices which takes Coast’s legacy of dealing with his experiences in the camps forward through to his groundbreaking 1969 BBC programme Return to the River Kwai and beyond and includes transcriptions of his BBC interviews with his Japanese captors and Takashi Nagase. Nagase’s appearance, decades before his meeting with Eric Lomax, author of The Railway Man, is revelatory when he and the other Japanese are asked to comment on evidence of Japanese treatment of POWs on the Railway. Other appendices include never before published documents which help reveal details about secret radios and attempted escapes masterminded by the talented group of officers around Coast. The new edition includes an index and list of newly identified individuals mentioned in the book including the famous Lieutenant Railroad of Death: Colonel Toosey.


Reviews

Railroad of Death by John Coast Reviews, 1946 publication

“I was never conscious of reading as I perused this book – only of seeing and feeling.” Stephen Potter, News Chronicle

“It is to be hoped that possible readers will not just say ‘Another POW book’ and fail to read Mr Coast… Mr Coast writes simply, almost in diary form, of what happened or failed to happen… the exchange of one horror for another; the varying barbarity of his captors… It seems incredible that men could have endured.” Time and Tide

“There are some war books that should be Required Reading… Such a book is Railroad of Death.” Sphere

“Mr Coast has wisely chosen to write of things as they seemed then and his memory is clear, detailed and undistorted.” Graham Hough, The New Statesman

“For one who only arrived in the East a few weeks before the fall of Singapore, Mr Coast shows a remarkable understanding of the peoples, their cultures and their problems.” Straits Times, Singapore

 

Trade Paperback 380 pages
ISBN 978-1-905802-93-7
Release Date 13th May 2014
Price £12.99
Ebook 978-1-905802-95-1

Angel

ANGEL picJon Grahame

“I’m 18, going on death… and this is the age of terror.”

Months since the virulent flu-like pandemic known as ‘SuperSARS’ wiped out 98% of the world’s population, Britain has become a place of chaos, carnage and terror for the few survivors.

After its bloody confrontation with the murderous paramilitaries of ‘Muldane’s Army’, The North Yorkshire community of ‘Haven’ licks its wounds. Both Jim Reaper and Sandra Hinchliffe harbour the pain of having lost loved ones in the conflict. More people are flocking to the sanctuary. They bring new skills and the hopes of finding peace and security and a return to civilisation.

But Reaper knows that just as decent people are coming together in ever-greater numbers and with more sophisticated technology, so too, inevitably, are the predators, and the depraved. And so Reaper and Sandra venture abroad seeking early intelligence of the threats that lie over the horizon while dealing with evil wherever they find it, and in the only way they know how.

But Sandra is no longer an apprentice: the loss of her husband has turned her hard, efficient and ruthless. Across the isolated settlements a modern legend spreads. It speaks of the Angel of Death.

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Paperback 378 pages
B Format
ISBN 978-1-905802-84-5
Release Date 18th March 2014
Price £7.99
Ebook 978-1-905802-85-2

Reaper

REAPER  picJon Grahame

“Jim Reaper started to plan a murder as thousands began to die in a natural disaster that almost killed the world…”

A down-at-heel, middle-aged ex-cop has nothing much to live for. But then he learns that the man who raped and killed his daughter has been released from prison after serving only three years.

Obsessed with preparations for revenge, Jim Reaper is largely indifferent to reports of what the world’s media have labelled ‘SuperSARS’, a virulent pandemic spreading swiftly westwards from China.

Reaper slaughters his daughter’s killer and finds himself in a police cell. But there’ll be no trial for Reaper; the fabric of law enforcement and of organised society itself is already in terminal decline as 99% of Britain’s population succumb to severe flu-like symptoms. As the last of Reaper’s custodians leaves his post to take to his bed he leaves Reaper the keys to the cell.

Days later, when Reaper finally emerges, he walks the city streets for hours without seeing anyone – and then he spots three men, armed with shotguns and dragging a teenage girl with a dog-collar and chain. Reaper returns to the station to collect a Kevlar vest, two handguns and a Heckler and Koch carbine…

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Reviews

‘Jon Grahame’s Reaper is dark, brutal and action packed. Just what I love to read.’ Matt Hilton, author of the Joe Hunter thrillers    

 

Paperback 378 pages
B Format
ISBN 978-1-905802-52-4
Release Date 18th March 2014
Price £7.99
Ebook 978-1-905802-69-2

A Game of Battleships

Battleships

Toby Frost 

The fourth instalment of The Chronicles of Isambard Smith – Captain in the service of the British Space Empire.

In the 25th Century the future of the galaxy rests on a knife edge. The actions of one man could save the British Space Empire, or leave Earth at the mercy of deadly legions of ant-people. That one man is Captain Isambard Smith, and Earth is in a lot of trouble.

After blowing up a top-secret base, Smith and his crew deserve a rest. But their holiday is cut short when forces unknown destroy the robot convoy they were meant to be guarding. Smith finds himself in hot pursuit of a mysterious vessel that can pass through dimensions, incurring the wrath of the dreaded Grand Witchfinder of New Eden – which would be so much easier if his pilot wasn’t cowering under the dashboard and his ship wasn’t infested with man-eating toads.

Meanwhile, the Empire is gathering its allies to form a united front against alien tyranny. Unfortunately, the delicate negotiations have been entrusted to Major Wainscott, a man who knows no fear and very little about diplomacy or trousers. Once again, Captain Smith must summon all his courage to unite humanity behind the Empire. His quest will take him on a journey to face his greatest fears: from the depths of space, through Hell itself – and even to France.

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Reviews

Toby Frost has created a very entertaining sci-fi comedy romp that openly borrows and sends up some of the most well known science fiction films and TV shows. If you don’t mind poking fun at sci-fi classics, and your nose doesn’t get bent out of shape by that sort of thing, then this is a series for you.’ Walkerofworlds.com

 

 

Paperback 320 pages
B Format
ISBN 978-1-905802-77-7
Release Date 12th August 2013
Price £7.99
Ebook 978-1-905802-80-7

The Mandate of Heaven

The Mandate of HeavenTim Murgatroyd

Hou-ming, city of ghosts, central China, 1304 . . .

In a vast graveyard created by Mongol slaughter, three children meet amidst the decaying ruins and forge a friendship that will determine their destinies. As the years pass they separate, finding different paths in life.

Yun Shu, cruelly rejected by her father for refusing to bind her feet, seeks solace as a Daoist nun.

Hsiung, enslaved by the Mongols when just a boy, becomes a ruthless rebel warlord determined to drive the invaders from his native land.

Teng, an artist and scholar, last son of a once noble family ruined by the new Mongol dynasty, risks his life to preserve the culture he reveres.

For the three friends to come together, they must endure war, treachery, greed and the casual abuse of power. To win honour and unexpected love they must overcome dangerous enemies and conflicts in the depths of their hearts.

Each of them, through clouds of troubles, must earn the Mandate of Heaven.

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Reviews

‘As in the first and second book in the trilogy, Tim’s writing is full of grim yet at the same time colourful descriptions of the harsh reality of life.’ Helen Mead, Telegraph and Argus

 

Hardback 560 pages
ISBN 978-1-905802-78-4
Release Date 4th October 2013
Price £16.99
Paperback 640 pages
B Format
ISBN 978-1-905802-92-0
Release Date 6th January 2015
Price £8.99
Trade Paperback 560 pages
ISBN 978-1-905802-82-1
Release Date 4th October 2013
Price £12.99
Ebook 978-1-905802-83-8

 

Every Dark Place

Every Dark PlaceCraig Smith

The new thriller from master storyteller Craig Smith, shortlisted for the CWA Best Thriller Award in 2011.

I’ll say it was always dark. I never saw your face.’ ‘Is that a promise? Are you going to keep your word, if I trust you?’ ‘YES!’ Will Booker stood up. ‘You know, I think I believe you, Missy. Just so you believe me…’ The gunshot came as a surprise. Missy heard the echo crackling back from the trees as she was gasping at the incredible pain in her cheat. She tasted mud, her scream strangling in her throat. The next bullet jolted her, hitting below the ribs. She heard the second echo from the trees. She saw the smoke rising oddly from Will’s jacket pocket.

Ten years ago, sleepy Shiloh Springs was shaken as five teenagers were clubbed and shot to death and a sixth left for dead. But now the killer’s conviction has been overturned after allegations that his rights were violated on his arrest. Rick Trueblood is a careworn private investigator working for the Shiloh County prosecutor’s office; a veteran loner still grieving for a daughter murdered eight years ago – a crime he has never been able to solve. The judge has allowed just sixty days for the prosecutor’s office to find enough evidence to retry the case. But as Rick struggles to re-investigate a trail long gone cold he starts to uncover a rat’s nest of intrigue and duplicity with ramifications that lead closer to home than he could have possibly imagined. Booker in the meantime is out on bail. All he wants with his freedom is to kidnap and murder the two adolescent daughters of the minister who brought him to faith. When Booker finally snatches the girls, the local authorities follow procedures and file reports. Rick, on the other hand, has learned something about the way Booker thinks. In the desperate hours that follow, Rick recovers his instinct for the hunt, and with it, quite unexpectedly, a renewed passion for life.

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Reviews 

‘An intelligent noir crime thriller in the mould of Smith’s previous novel Cold Rain. Will appeal to fans of John Grisham, Scott Smith, Harian Coben and James Lee Burke.’ Guardianbookshop

‘A dark and terrifying crime becomes the unlikely catalyst for one man’s redemption and another’s ruin in another stylish noir thriller from the author of Cold Rain. Goodreads.com

 

Paperback 356 pages
B Format
ISBN 978-1-905802-53-1
Release Date 23rd October 2008
Price £7.99
Ebook 978-1-905802-74-6