28 Feb 2012
Congratulations to Harry Keeble and Kris Hollington whose Hurting Too Much:Shocking Stories from the Frontline of Child Protection is no 5 and Casey Watson whose Crying for Help: The Shocking True Story of a Damaged Girl with a Dark Past is no 14 in the non-fiction paperback list this week.
27 Feb 2012
In an interesting shift, an Irish radio interview has led to an ebook edition of a book spiking on Amazon’s bestseller lists. Constable author, Tim Newark, whose book, The Fighting Irish was the subject of a Pat Kenny interview Wednesday 22nd February. By the end of the day the book had climbed to the top of the Kindle Irish History bestseller charts and had spiked in the paperback Irish History Bestseller charts. It remains at #5 on the Kindle chart and #88 on the print bestseller charts a day later. It’s an example of how the immediacy of availability can move units and drive sales for publishers.
27 Feb 2012
The Communist Party historian James Klugmann was born 100 years ago today. Geoff Andrews, author of a forthcoming biography about to be submitted to publishers, assess his life in today’s Open Democracy showing him to have been a much more influential figure in shaping twentieth century history then hitherto realised:
22 Feb 2012
Following the critical and commercial success of Ian Knight’s study of the Anglo-Zulu War battles of iSandlwana and Rorke’s Drift, Zulu Rising, Ingrid Connell at Sidgwick has now bought UK & Commonwealth rights to Warriors in Scarlet.
The new book will offer an epic study of the Victorian soldier at war at the height of Britain’s colonial empire using the same mix of analytical research, gripping story-telling and vivid eye-witness experience which brought Zulu Rising such acclaim.
21 Feb 2012
Congratulations to Katharine Quarmby who has been short-listed for Private Eye’s The Paul Foot Award for Campaigning Journalism 2011. The first prize of £5,000 will be presented at a ceremony in London on Tuesday 28 February, with each of the runners-up receiving £1,000. More details at
21 Feb 2012
Congratulations to Harry Keeble and Kris Hollington whose Hurting Too Much:Shocking Stories from the Frontline of Child Protection is no 14 and Casey Watson whose Crying for Help: The Shocking True Story of a Damaged Girl with a Dark Past is no 16 this week.
16 Feb 2012
Alan White’s One Blood orginally published under the pseudonym John Heale has just been reissued by his publishers Simon & Schuster in a revised edition. He has been writing about the book’s findings in a succession of articles as follows:
16 Feb 2012
John Bradley’s After the Arab Spring: How the Islamists Hijacked the Middle East Revolt has been attracting enormous coverage including:
On Amazon it is:
• #1 in Books > History > Political History > Revolutions & Coups • #1 in Books > Society, Politics & Philosophy > Government & Politics > Countries & Regions > Middle East • #1 in Books > Society, Politics & Philosophy > Government & Politics > Civil Liberties & Political Activism > Protest Movements
15 Feb 2012
Cathy Glass’s new book Happy Adults has just been published.
15 Feb 2012
Sam Carter at Biteback has bought World English rights from the agency in a book which Carter feels makes a very strong case for the identity of Jack the Ripper. In The Man Who Would Be Jack, David Bullock forensically examines fresh evidence to advance a new candidate for Jack the Ripper ; Thomas Cutbush worked in Whitechapel, was suspected at the time of the Ripper crimes, his description closely matched that given for the Ripper and he was sent to Broadmoor for similar crimes, where he died in 1903, after which the murders ceased. The book also reveals the cover up to prevent the identity of the Ripper being revealed and why.
Bullock, an actor who appeared in the BBC series Friends and Crocodiles and was a finalist in Reading’s Festival of Crime Writing, now works for Thames Valley Police. He has been researching the book for fifteen years and is the first person to have been granted access to the Broadmoor files on which the book is based.
Andrew Lownie said “Over the last twenty-five years, I have been offered countless books on Jack the Ripper but this one has the ring of truth. David Bullock convincingly shows that his candidate fits all the known evidence .”
David Bullock stated “My hope is to show the Jack the Ripper case in a brand new light and bring to the reader the fresh and intriguing tale of Thomas Hayne Cutbush, as well as dispelling the biggest myth of all - that Jack the Ripper was never caught.”
Sam Carter comments: “David and Andrew took me on a chilling tour of Whitechapel and got me hooked on this fresh and convincing take on an endlessly fascinating story. We’re delighted to have this book on the list for August this year.”