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Researching the Nipigon River by Sarah Maine

I have two prints on my wall. One is a hand-coloured wood engraving by T. Weber dated 1890 Vue Prise sur la Rivière Nipigon  which shows the lower reaches of  a mighty river flowing past pine-clad cliffs and down to the north shore of Lake Superior in Canada. The other is a black and white […]

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Coad on Highway to the Top

For the first time since mid-September 1999, all 18 counties took to the field at the same time in the County Championship. Just five players took the field in 2017 who had been in action almost 18 years ago: Ian Bell, Paul Collingwood, Chris Read, Darren Stevens and Marcus Trescothick. Two of those veterans lined […]

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The New Season

After a thrilling climax to the 2016 Specsavers County Championship, the new season got under way with some splendid weather – at The Oval, some fans even enjoyed the cricket with their shirts off. Not something you would be able to say of every April cricket match in the past! Because cricket’s rulers seem incapable […]

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Terms & Conditions for The Devil’s Slave prize draw

Terms & Conditions for The Devil’s Slave prize draw: This is a prize draw for 5 proof copies of The Devil’s Slave by Tracy Borman, publishing in hardback on 13th June 2019. To enter, please simply like the Twitter post announcing this prize draw. The winner will be selected at random from the entries received […]

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How Do I Write in my Chosen Genre?

Devote five minutes to writing down everything you observe with your senses – all you can see, hear, feel, smell and taste – and another minute of what’s called kinaesthesia: how your shoulder knows you’ve got your head cocked to one side, the pressure between your knees where you’ve crossed them, the way the table-edge […]

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9 surprising facts you never knew about the Tudors

Henry VIII kept his dead brother Arthur’s clothes in his private wardrobe, right up until his own death. Henry VIII suffered from such severe constipation that his doctors regularly administered enemas, which were made from pig’s bladders. During her nine-day reign, 16-year-old Lady Jane Grey wore high heels in an attempt to appear more ‘queenly’. […]

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Meet Andrzej Sapkowski on his UK Tour!

Gollancz are delighted to announce that Andrzej Sapkowski, author of the much bellowed Witcher series, inspiration behind The Witcher games, will be visiting the UK this March and touring around the country to meet fans and share all there is to know about Ciri, Yennefer, and Geralt of Rivia. His tour will come in combination […]

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Happy Publication Day 9th March 2017!

We’ve got a little bit of everything for you this week. It’s paperback time, which means affordable and portable reading is at your fingertips! Even more so if you include our audio release! We’ve got multi-award-nominated short fiction, mind-expanding science fiction, and more of the fantasy series that inspired the mega hit game The Witcher! […]

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Anthony Riches on why we’re all fascinated by Ancient Rome

Rome is that rare thing from a writing perspective – an apparent sure-fire winner when it comes to making books sell. There are others – the Tudors stand out given recent successes – but Rome just seems to keep on giving. For whatever reason – TV series, gladiators, Gladiator (see what I did there?) we […]

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Happy Publication Day 19th January 2017!

This is a landmark day for science fiction publishing. The War of the Worlds by HG Wells is arguably one of the greatest and most influential works of science fiction ever written. It thrilled audiences when it was published at the end of the 19th century, and terrified a nation in 1938 when Orson Welles’ […]

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Lucrezia Borgia: Fiend or Scapegoat? – C.W. Gortner

Centuries after their spectacular rise and fall, the Borgias continue to enthrall historians, film-makers, and novelists alike. They are perhaps the most famous, if misunderstood, family in history—their grisly deeds and glamorous personalities giving rise to a myth which can be traced to the lack of information we have about what went on behind their […]

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From the Archives: Editors’ Choice: A Time of Changes by Robert Silverberg

This week’s Editors’ Choice is Robert Silverberg‘s wonderful A Time of Changes. In the far future, humanity has spread across the galaxy to worlds that began as colonies, but now feel like home, each with its own long history of a thousand years or more, and each with its own unique culture. One of the […]

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