The debut novel of Scottish historian and television presenter Neil Oliver, Master of Shadows, was published in hardback on September 10 by Orion. Oliver said of writing about John Grant, who was a real historical figure at the siege of Constantinople: “I found it great fun to imagine John Grant’s back story and to work out what, to me, seemed like plausible reasons for him finding himself in that place at that time. He is real – but the story I have created for him is entirely a work of fiction.”
Read more about Neil Oliver at his website.
In Her Wake is a dark psychological thriller by Amanda Jennings, to be published in spring 2016 by Orenda Books. The book tells of the abduction of a child and the effect this crime has on everyone connected with it. Jennings said: “This book is close to my heart. In Her Wake is set in Cornwall, in and around St Ives. My mother’s family have lived in the area for generations and it’s a place I identify with strongly. This story has been with me, incubating slowly, for many years and I am extremely excited to have finished writing it and have an opportunity to publish it.”
The Other Mrs Walker is one of two debut novels by Mary Paulson-Ellis to be published by Pan Macmillan imprint Mantle. Margaret Penny arrives in Edinburgh and finds herself tasked with uncovering the mystery of an old woman who died alone. Described as ‘a detective story with no detective’. She uncovers secrets in the past, and secrets in her own life, too. Mantle will publish The Other Mrs Walker in March 2016.
Click here for Mary Paulson-Ellis’s website.
Read more about Ann Morgan at her website.
Set in the Kentish village of Chilbury during the Second World War, four women tell their stories through personal letters and journal entries: a scheming midwife is paid by a twisted Brigadier to swap his baby girl for a boy, a widowed nurse comes to terms with her son at war and finds new love, a teenage girl has her heart broken and makes the biggest mistake of her life, and a beauty meets her match when she falls for a clever artist who is also a spy. When a bomb raid devastates the village, the women left are spurred to reconsider their values and dreams: with freedom and lives at risk, it’s time to question traditional roles.
Smoke, Soot & Ash – and its sequel – by Dan Vyleta, will be published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson.
For Dan Vyleta’s website, click here.