New Books Coming Soon

Neil Oliver
The debut novel of Scottish historian and television presenter Neil Oliver, Master of Shadows, was published in hardback on September 10 by Orion. master_of_shadows by neil oliver 26-8-15Oliver 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.”

[photo: bbc]

[photo: bbc]

Oliver is a Scottish archaeologist, historian, broadcaster and writer, and has presented successful BBC series such as A History of Scotland, Vikings, A History of Ancient Britain, A History Celtic Britain, and Coast [above]. The sequel to Master of Shadows is planned for release in 2016.

Read more about Neil Oliver at his website.

Amanda Jennings
In Her Wake is a dark psychological thriller by Amanda Jennings, to be published in spring 2016 by Orenda Books. In-Her-Wake by amanda jennings 26-8-15The 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.”

[photo: amandajennings.co.uk]

[photo: amandajennings.co.uk]

For more about Amanda Jennings and her other novels, click here for her website.

Mary Paulson-Ellis
The Other Mrs Walker is one of two debut novels by Mary Paulson-Ellis to be published by Pan Macmillan imprint Mantle. the other mrs walker by mary paulson-ellis 26-8-15Margaret 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.

Ann Morgan
Beside Myself by Ann Morgan tells the story of twin sisters, Ellie and Helen, who swap places aged six. beside myself by ann morgan 26-8-15

[photo: annmorgan.me]

[photo: annmorgan.me]

What is first a game, changes when Ellie refuses to switch back. The book will be published as hardback and e-book in April 2016 by Bloomsbury. The lives of the twins diverge as Helen must become a new person. One twin heads for stardom, the other for mental illness.

Read more about Ann Morgan at her website.

Jennifer Ryan
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.

[photo: jenryan.net]

[photo: jenryan.net]

The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir by Jennifer Ryan will be published by Borough Press in spring 2017. Read more about The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir at Jennifer Ryan’s website.

Dan Vyleta
Smoke, Soot & Ash – and its sequel – by Dan Vyleta, will be published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson.

[photo: danvyleta.com]

[photo: danvyleta.com]

Smoke, Soot & Ash opens in a private boarding school near Oxford, but this world has an alternative history to ours, where sin is a physical attribute and children are born carrying seeds of evil within them. Schoolboys Thomas and Charlie discover that the world of smoke, soot and ash is not as it seems, and they soon leave the confines of the school to enter into a struggle for the soul of their nation. Smoke, Soot & Ash will be published in spring 2016 in both hardback and e-book format.

For Dan Vyleta’s website, click here.