An absolutely stonking feat for the author of the Costa Award-winning The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle. Congratulations, Stu!
The Return by Anita Frank, and due out this week, has picked up a lovely review in Best, who calls it "[A]n atmospheric story."
In addition, two author endorsements have trickled in:
"Lyrically written, with a perfect sense of time and place, The Return manages to be both gentle and utterly gripping. It wrapped me in its spell from the first page to the last. Anita Frank is a beautiful writer and a wonderful storyteller."
"A gorgeously compelling novel about love, guilt and second chances, I didn't want it to the end. The characters have stayed with me ever since."
Publication day can't come soon enough...!
In other Anita Frank news, her debut novel, The Lost Ones, has been selected by NI Libraries as their Book of the Month. A perfect choice, for curling up with on these chilly, autumnal evenings...
"Paul Fraser Collard creates a picture of an extraordinary woman, Baker’s wife, Florence, whom the explorer bought in an Ottoman slave market in Bulgaria. Lark makes friends with a mysterious French ivory trader — the description of an elephant massacre that opens the book is harrowing stuff. How far should Jack trust this new friend? This is historical adventure with nuance and a flawed, melancholy hero."
Clare Whitfield was interviewed by fellow authors Vaseem Khan and Abir Mukherjee on the Red Hot Chilli Authors podcast, talking about her debut novel, People of Abandoned Character, and its subsequent win at the Goldsboro Books Glass Bell Award 2021 in September this year.
To listen, click here.
With beautiful illustrations throughout, this eye-opening biography reveals the hidden secrets of one of Britain's best-known birds.
The forthcoming thriller, The Russian Doll, by Marina Palmer has this week been hailed as "A pacy thriller" by Prima, "Addictive" by The Times and "A polished and brilliantly entertaining thriller" by Best.
Out on 25th November, you can pre-order here.
Too Much of Water, the most recent in L. C. Tyler's John Grey series, has been reviewed by the Lancashire Evening Post:
"With its fast-paced story bristling with adventure, engaging characters both real and fictional, and a thrilling plot peppered with devilish serpentine twists and caustic one-liners, Too Much of Water is an excellent addition to this sparkling series."
To read the full review, click here.
In addition, HQ have also acquired rights to one of Amanda's backlist titles, The Judas Scar (originally published by Cutting Edge Press in 2014).
Full announcement here.