The Improbable Adventures of Miss Emily Soldene by Helen Batten
Published by Allison & Busby on 23 September 2021 in hardback at £16.99 and as an eBook
The fascinating biography of an almost forgotten star of the Victorian stage brought back to life by the Sunday Times bestselling author of Sisters of the East End. From humble working-class beginnings, Emily Soldene rose to become a celebrated leading lady, director and formidable impresario creating one of the era’s most celebrated opera companies. Her career took her across America and Australia, as well as throughout Great Britain, before reinventing herself as a journalist and writer in her fifties. She wrote a weekly column for the Sydney Evening News, as well as a novel and a memoir, and scandalised the capital with her revelations. A darling of London’s music halls and theatre land, Emily counted Charles Dickens and the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood as friends and mingled with the Rothschilds, Oscar Wilde and aristocrats.
Dreamtime by Venetia Welby
Published by Salt on 23 September 2021 as a Paperback Original at £12 and as an eBook
‘A host of dazzling second novels in the offing … Venetia Welby’s exquisite and hallucinogenic Dreamtime is set in a near future in which we have lost the battle against climate change’ Alex Preston, OBSERVER Fiction to look out for in 2021
Venetia Welby paints a terrifying and captivating vision of our near future and takes us on a vertiginous odyssey into the unknown. Dreamtime reads like a modern reimagining of a classic adventure novel, centred around themes such as the climate crisis, sexual abuse, migration, virtual reality and the US–China geopolitical rift. Utterly terrifying and unputdownable.
Skin Taker by Michelle Paver
Published by Head of Zeus on 2 September 2021 in paperback at £8.99 and as an eBook
Queen of the Stone Age, Michelle Paver takes us back to the wild Stone Age forests of the Wolf Brother series in SKIN TAKER, an epic, magical and exhilarating adventure whose themes of survival, resilience and friendship, will resonate with children far and wide. In the Dark Time of midwinter, disaster strikes the Forest. Chaos rules. Bears woken from their dens prowl the shadowy valleys. Desperate clans battle for survival. Only demons thrive. With their world in turmoil, Torak, Renn and Wolf are tested as never before and as a new evil haunts the devastated land, Torak must risk his sanity, his life and even his souls to save everything he loves…
White Spines by Nicholas Royle
Published by Salt Publishing on 15 July 2021 as a Paperback Original at £9.99 and as an eBook
‘So far up my street it feels like it was written with me in mind. There’s a history of Picador and a quest to collect books, but really it is a relaxed saunter around second-hand bookshops…I didn’t want it to end’ – CATHY RENTZENBRINK
A mix of memoir and narrative non-fiction, White Spines is a book about Nicholas Royle’s passion for Picador’s fiction and non-fiction publishing from the 1970s to the end of the 1990s. White Spines explores the bookshops and charity shops, the books themselves, and the way a unique collection grew and became a literary obsession. Above all, it is a love song to books, writers and writing.
The Painting by Alison Booth
Published by RedDoor on 15 July 2021 as a Paperback Original at £8.99 and as an eBook
A young Hungarian woman confronts her family’s past in an engrossing quest for a stolen painting.
When Anika Molnar flees her home country of Hungary not long before the break-up of the Soviet Union, she carries only a small suitcase – and a beautiful and much-loved painting, of an auburn-haired woman in a cobalt blue dress, from her family’s hidden collection. Arriving in Australia, Anika moves in with her aunt in Sydney, and the painting hangs in pride of place in her bedroom. But one day it is stolen in what seems to be a carefully planned theft, and Anika’s carefree life takes a more ominous turn. Sinister secrets from her family’s past and Hungary’s fraught history cast suspicion over the painting’s provenance, and she embarks on a gripping quest to uncover the truth.
Woman of a Certain Rage by Georgie Hall
Published by Head of Zeus on 8 July 2021 in hardback at £18.99 and as an eBook
‘Georgie Hall has created a brand new, funny and brilliantly honest voice in this hugely relatable book. I loved the mix of comedy, warmth and frank reality – it made me laugh and flinch in equal measure’ – SOPHIE KINSELLA
A smart and funny novel about love, life and a second shot at freedom for rebellious women of a certain age.
Scandalous Alchemy by Katy Moran
Published by Head of Zeus on 10 June 2021 in hardback at £18.99 and as an eBook
‘Katy Moran’s passionate, smart and action-packed novels set in a world where Napoleon won the battle of Waterloo – are stuffed full not just of heart-pumping romance but also clever one-liners’ THE GUARDIAN
In a Bridgerton-style Regency world, three people are caught in a web of passion and deceit..
Fontainebleau in 1825 is a glittering international court, rich with intrigue, passion and simmering violence. Lieutenant Colonel Kit Helford must navigate these treacherous waters to deliver the beautiful, self-destructive Princess Royal to her prospective husband. Kit’s childhood friend, Clemency Arwenack, is tasked with safeguarding her royal mistress’s reputation as the princess awaits a marriage she is dreading.
The Seven Necessary Sins For Women and Girls by Mona Eltahawy
Published by Tramp Press on 22 April 2021 as a Flapped Trade Paperback at £11.99 and as an eBook
‘Shocking, brave, gloriously unfeminine, and right on time’ GLORIA STEINEM, writer and feminist activist
Mona Eltahawy identifies seven ‘sins’ women and girls are socialised to avoid – anger, attention, profanity, ambition, power, violence and lust. With essays on each, she creates a stunning manifesto encouraging women worldwide to defy, disobey and disrupt the patriarchy. Drawing on her own life and the work of intersectional activists from around the world, #MeToo and the Arab Spring, her work defines what it is to be a feminist now.
The Golden Treasure of the Entente Cordiale by Michel Becker, Vincenzo Bianca, Stephen Clarke and Pauline Deysson
Published by Editions De La Chouette D’Or® on 8 April 2021 as a hardback at £24.99
A brand-new Treasure Hunt book for the whole family with an amazing prize for the winner worth over £650,000.
The Pioneering Life Of Mary Wortley Montagu: Scientist and Feminist by Jo Willett
Published by Pen & Sword on 30 March 2021 as a hardback at £25 and as an eBook
‘Brilliantly written biography of a fearless woman who changed the course of history. Hard to imagine a more timely account of a woman who should be a role model for a generation. Put her on every twenty-pound note until she is’ ANNE SEBBA, author of That Woman: The Life of Wallis Simpson
The fascinating biography of Mary Wortley Montagu – a key player in the race to halt the spread of smallpox in the West by vaccination. Acclaimed author and poet, she was best friends with Alexander Pope, an 18th century ‘It Girl’ and early feminist.
The Spy Who Inspired Me by Stephen Clarke
Published by pAf on 12 November 2020 as a Paperback Original at £8.99 and as an eBook
For legal reasons, The Spy Who Inspired Me does not mention J*mes B*nd. Which is a shame, because it is a comedy based on the idea that I*n Fl*ming’s famously macho spy might have been inspired by a woman…
Published by ITV News on 1 October 2020 in hardback at £18.99 and as an eBook
A compelling set of 59 specially commissioned essays by ITV News journalists that paints a picture of the most remarkable period in modern times – when the coronavirus put the UK into lockdown and swept around the world. ITV News’ correspondents, presenters and producers, at both national and regional level, write about their personal experiences covering the pandemic.
Death of a Mermaid by Lesley Thomson
Published by Head of Zeus on 7 May 2020 in hardback at £18.99 and as an eBook
‘Lesley Thomson is a class above’ Ian Rankin
‘One of our leading crime writers’ Elly Griffiths
Bestselling crime writer Lesley Thomson returns with a heart-stopping standalone thriller.
Curse the Day by Judith O’Reilly
Pblished by Head of Zeus on 2 April 2020 in hardback at £18.99 and as an eBook
‘Fast-paced and packed with action … A series hero to watch’ – Mick Herron on Killing State
An AI device witnesses the murder of its creator in this intelligent, action-packed conspiracy thriller set in near future Britain from Sunday Times bestselling author Judith O’Reilly.
Virgin & Child by Maggie Hamand
Published by Barbican Press on 2 April in hardback at £16.99
‘This is a strange and strangely touching novel – written with great elegance and authority’ – Sara Maitland
What happens when everything you know is thrown into doubt…and you’re the Pope? Highly acclaimed novelist Maggie Hamand returns with a beautifully written, emotionally engaging and compulsive literary thriller which explores questions of gender, sexuality, morality and faith.
Fashionopolis by Dana Thomas
Published by Head of Zeus on 6 February 2020 in paperback at £9.99, as an eBook and as on audio
‘I hope this book will open the eyes of both consumers and the fashion industry to make a must-needed change’ – Stella McCartney
An investigation into the damage wrought by the colossal clothing industry – and the grassroots, high-tech, international movement fighting to reform it by New York Times bestselling author and journalist Dana Thomas.