03 Feb 2013
Congratulations to agency author Ruth Kelly the ghost for You Can’t Hide which is no 8 in the Sunday Times today.
01 Feb 2013
Agency title Apache Dawn, first published in 2008, had a welcome boost with a further extract in the Daily Mail today.
01 Feb 2013
Tina Renton’s You Can’t Hide ghosted by agency author Ruth Kelly is no 15 in the paperback non-fiction list this week.
28 Jan 2013
Sean McMeekin’s latest book July 1914: Countdown to War is getting terrific reviews, including the following:
“[A] superbly researched political history of the weeks between the assassination of Austria’s Archduke Franz Ferdinand and the beginning of World War I…. McMeekin’s work is a fine diplomatic history of the period, a must-read for serious students of WWI, and a fascinating story for anyone interested in modern history.” Publishers Weekly
“[A] thoroughly rewarding account that spares no nation regarding the causes of World War I…. McMeekin delivers a gripping, almost day-by-day chronicle of the increasingly frantic maneuvers of European civilian leaders who mostly didn’t want war and military leaders who had less objection.” KIrkus Reviews
“Sean McMeekin is establishing himself as a—or even the—leading young historian of modern Europe. Here he turns his gifts to the outbreak of war in July 1914 and has written another masterpiece.” Norman Stone, author of World War Two: A Short History
“This is a meticulously researched and vividly written reconstruction of the decisions that led to war in July 1914. McMeekin captures the human drama of this fateful month and offers a provocative assessment of the different players’ moral responsibility.” James Sheehan, author of Where Have All the Soldiers Gone?: The Transformation of Modern Europe
“Winners write the histories, so wars are misunderstood. Sean McMeekin takes a wider stance to get a fresh angle of vision on The Great War, and casts all war-making in a new light.” Charles Hill, Diplomat in Residence at Yale University, Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution, and author of Trial of a Thousand Years: World Order and Islamism
“Sean McMeekin has given us a riveting and fast-paced account of some of the most important diplomatic and military decisions of the 20th century. He depicts with chilling clarity the confusion, the incompetence, and the recklessness with which Europe’s leaders went to war in that fateful summer. Any understanding of the world we inhabit today must begin with an examination of the events of July 1914. McMeekin provides his readers with a balanced and detailed analysis of the events that gave birth to the modern age.” Michael Neiberg, author of The Blood of Free Men
28 Jan 2013
Holocaust survivor Sam Pivnik has given a moving interview to the Sunday Express.
Sam’s memoir ‘Survivor’ was recently published by Hodder & Stoughton.
26 Jan 2013
Neil McKenna’s Fanny & Stella, just published by Faber, has got off to a cracking start with a fierce bidding war for drama rights and a succession of excellent reviews including :
You would need to be a very dull - or prim - dog indeed not to find this a terrifically entertaining story. Neil McKenna has thrown himself into it with unfettered glee. If the opportunity arises to describe an anal fistula - and it does, frequently - he does not shirk it. [McKenna is] a sufficiently crisp, colourful and funny writer.’ Evening Standard
Neil McKenna was on the Today Programme this morning. Listen again here:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01pzqzy from about 53 minutes in.
Neil was also on the BBC World Service ‘World Update’ at 11am today.
‘Rich and absorbing … McKenna has done a tremendous job of recreating Victorian London’s gay subculture, weaving newspaper reports, police documents and contemporary diaries into a jolly rollicking narrative. It would be an understatement to call it a colourful book … Fanny and Stella is a cracking read.’ The Sunday Times
‘McKenna provides what is certainly the definitive account of the Boulton/Park story … McKenna lays bare a fascinating tapestry of interrelated personal histories.’History Today
25 Jan 2013
Three recent pieces of good publicity for the paperback edition of Katharine Quarmby’s Scapegoat: Why We Are Failing Disabled People
Review in the Sunday Times Culture by Dominic Lawson. (20/01/13) ‘For several years Quarmby has been investigating crimes of violence against Britain’s disabled, and Scapegoat is the outcome of her grim research. What she has uncovered is that disabled people are the victims of murderous attacks just because of their condition, but also that the judicial system frequently treat crimes with a lack of rigour that would be inconceivable if the victims had been singled out because of the colour of their skin.’
Katharine was interviewed about Scapegoat on Newstalk Radio http://media.newstalk.ie/archive
Review in Big Issue in the North. • ‘A shocking and powerful polemic.’
24 Jan 2013
Congratulations to Cathy Glass whose memoir Damaged remains at #26 in the New York Times e book Bestseller List this week.