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  • Rave reviews for Roger Crowley's City of Fortune

    15 Aug 2011

    Roger Crowley’s City of Fortune: How Venice won and lost a naval empire, currently in the top ten history bestsellers on Amazon, has been receiving rave reviews including:

    ” Roger Crowley makes a trustworthy and wonderfully eloquent guide … Crowley is such a natural narrative historian, with such an eye for colourful but telling details and such a knack for dramatic character sketches, that he remains a constant joy to read.” Christopher Hart, Sunday Times

    “In recent years Crowley has gained a reliable reputation as a confident, clear-eyed guide to the Mediterranean. In Venetian fashion he plunders the historical records and literary archives, setting them out seductively to display a teeming tapestry of Venetian bravura over half a millennium, from the years 1000 to 1500.” Iain Finlayson, The Times

    “[Crowley’s previous books] were notable for their lucidity and assurance and proved Crowley to be one of the best narrative historians currently writing. City of Fortune is of the same standard … Crowley’s accounts are spare but thrilling … the rise and fall of Venice’s empire is an irresistible story and Crowley, with his rousing descriptive gifts and scholarly attention to detail, is its perfect chronicler. For centuries, he notes, the republic’s sailors returned home with “gold, spices, plague and grief” and in this compelling book, like a scrupulous Venetian merchant, he weighs out full measures of each.” Michael Prodger, Financial Times

    “…this book affords a perfect account of its subject. In terms of pace, colour and fluency, Roger Crowley’s style is flawless, matched by his complete grasp of the motives - mercantile, political and ideological - driving Venetians across the increasingly tricky Mediterranean waters. Read him to discover what a muda was, how a bailo differed from a provveditore, and why our modern world has at least some of its roots embedded in the Adriatic mud on which this apparently implausible empire began.” Jonathan Keates, Literary Review

    “Roger Crowley burst onto the scene six years ago with a stunning account of the fall of Constantinople in 1453….Military history is still his forte, and the book is studded with set-piece accounts of epic engagements…” Noel Malcolm, Sunday Telegraph

    “Roger Crowley’s hugely readable, well-written and informative book – take it there with you this summer! – explains how the Venetian Republic grabbed the riches that built it…An expert on maritime empires and Constantinople, he conjours vividly the privations and horrors the Venetians endured in the name of trade…Crowley is excellent on all this – and in building our sense of anticipation of the empire’s end.” Stella Tillyard, Daily Telegraph

    ” ‘Crowley is a wonderfully lucid and enchanting writer who shines at siege warfare and combat operations but he is equally skilled in expressing the essence of Venetian economic power. His narrative is laced with references to business practice that never seem forced or inapt.” Christopher Silvester, Daily Express

  • Empire of Crime in headlines

    15 Aug 2011

    Tim Newark’s study of crime in the Empire, published by Mainstream on 1st September, is already attracting headlines with two news stories this weekend:

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2026072/HMS-Belfast-used-Triad-gangsters-ferry-10m-heroin-final-voyage.html

    http://www.express.co.uk/posts/view/265027/HMS-Belfast-carried-10m-smuggled-heroin-on-final-voyage-

  • The Rossettis In Wonderland: A Victorian Family History by Dinah Roe

    04 Aug 2011

    Dinah Roe will be giving a talk at the British LIbrary on her forthcoming book on the Rossettis on August 17th. Details of the talk can be found at

    http://www.bl.uk/eccles/archive2011.html

    and a preview of the book at

    http://www.book2look.de/vBook.aspx?id=zsxdl9TOmi

  • Connor Rowntree subject of ITV documentary and honoured again

    04 Aug 2011

    Congratulations to Connor Rowntree who is going to be presented with a WellChild award by Prince Harry, who is their patron, on August 31st, and who will be the subject of an ITV documentary on children who’ve overcome difficulty and gone on to inspire others. Connor is also up for the Pride of Britain Awards and has been nominated to carry the Olympic Torch. His mother’s memoir about how he and his family have dealt with his appalling injuries is currently ‘On Submission.

  • Andrew Lownie column in Words with Jam

    02 Aug 2011

    The latest version of Words with Jam with Andrew Lownie’s column on page 40 can be found at

    CLICK HERE to access the current issue FREE online

    www.wordswithjam.co.uk

  • City of Fortune makes Amazon history top ten

    01 Aug 2011

    Congratulations to Roger Crowley whose City of Fortune: How Venice Won and Lost a Naval Empire published this week by Faber has already made the top ten Amazon history bestseller list.

  • Gurpareet Bains is Chef of the Year

    01 Aug 2011

    Congratulations to Gurpareet Bains who has won Chef of the Year title at the English Curry Awards 2011.

  • Christopher Marlowe crime novel to Severn House

    22 Jul 2011

    Severn House have bought Witch Hammer , the third in MJ Trow’s historical crime series featuring Kit Marlowe, scholar of Corpus Christi college and intelligencer for Francis Walsingham.

  • 1914 book to Osprey

    22 Jul 2011

    Kate Moore at Osprey has bought Adrian Gilbert’s Challenge of Battle: The Real Story of the British Army in 1914 , an historical appreciation of the British Army’s opening campaign of the First World War, for publication to mark the 90th anniversary of the beginning of the First World War.

  • New Harry Keeble to Simon & Schuster

    22 Jul 2011

    Broken Angel , the third book in Harry Keeble and Kris Hollington’s Child Protection series, following on from the bestsellers Baby X and Little Victim has been sold to Simon & Schuster for publication next year.