Elizabeth Chadwick’s THE WINTER CROWN published in the UK today

Elizabeth Chadwick’s second novel in her Eleanor of Aquitaine trilogy is published in hardback by Sphere today.

Winter 1154: Eleanor, Queen of England, is biding her time. Married now to England’s King Henry II, he battles for land across the channel, while Eleanor fulfils her duty as acting ruler and bearer of royal children. But she wants to be more than this - if only Henry would let her. Instead, Henry belittles and excludes her leaving Eleanor side-lined and angry. As her sons become young men, frustrated at Henry's hoarding of power, Eleanor is forced into a rebellion of devastating consequences.

The first in the trilogy, THE SUMMER QUEEN, was published by Sphere in 2013, and was featured in Bloggers Recommend as one of the 22 must reads for July 2014, and was the July Top Pick on RT Book Reviews, who called it “realistic, emotional, vibrant, exciting and unputdownable.”

Rights to both books have been sold in the US (Sourcebooks), Germany (Blanvalet), Latvia (Kontinent) and Czech Republic (Euromedia).

Praise for Elizabeth Chadwick:

'The best writer of medieval fiction currently around.' -- Historical Novel Review

'The author blends authentic period details with modern convention for emotional drama.' -- Elizabeth Buchan, Mail on Sunday


'Elizabeth Chadwick... brings history to life so vividly it is as if we are witnessing it ourselves and not simply reading it on the page.' – Kate Atherton, For Winter Nights


 ‘Engrossingly written and well researched, this is the first in a promised trilogy on Eleanor of Aquitaine… one of the medieval period’s wealthiest and most influential women.’ – Choice Magazine

‘Sucked me right in from the start, and refused to let me go ... one of my favourite reads of the year, and I may even go as far as to call it one of the best historical fiction novels I’ve ever read.’ – A Thousand and One Books

Liz Fenwick & Sue Moorcroft shortlisted for Romantic Reader Awards

Liz Fenwick’s  A CORNISH STRANGER (Orion, 2014) and Sue Moorcroft’s THE WEDDING PROPOSAL (Choc Lit, 2014) have both been Shortlisted for the 2014 Festival of Romance Romantic Reader Awards. Both Sue and Liz are past recipients of the award – Liz Fenwick in 2013 for A CORNISH AFFAIR (Orion, 2012) and Sue Moorcroft in 2011 for LOVE AND FREEDOM (Choc Lit, 2011).

The Romance Reader Awards are judged by a team of volunteer readers who may have no commercial or other interest in writing or publishing, and the winner will be announced this Saturday, 13 September at the Festival of Romance in Leighton Buzzard.


Praise for Liz Fenwick:

‘A CORNISH AFFFAIR is touched with intrigue and romance, a bewitching, escapist read that is certain to delight readers.' – Jera’s Jamboree

Praise for Sue Moorcroft:

‘I love all of Sue Moorcroft’s books!’ Katie Fforde

A chance to look INSIDE CHARLIE’S CHOCOLATE FACTORY with new Lucy Mangan book out today

Grab your golden ticket for a chance to explore the world of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory with Lucy Mangan’s new book, INSIDE CHARLIE’S CHOCOLATE FACTORY, published by Penguin today. The book is released to celebrate the fifty year anniversary of Roald Dahl’s classic children’s novel.

Look out for Lucy on your TVs and Radio sets – she has already appeared on BBC News on Friday to talk about Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and will be on BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme. She was featured in an article for BBC News Website, as well as writing an article in The Guardian, who also featured a recovered chapter that didn’t make the actual book and a quiz! An extract from the book appeared in The Independent today.

Lucy Mangan is a columnist for Guardian Weekend magazine and Stylist, and author of MY FAMILY AND OTHER ANIMALS, THE RELUCTANT BRIDE and HOPSCOTCH AND HANDBAGS. Lucy is now working on BOOKWORM, a personal history and celebration of children’s literature, to be published by Square Peg (October 2015). 

Cormac James and the search for the Franklin Expedition

THE SURFACING, a striking Arctic-set historical novel by Cormac James, is published this month by Sandstone Press, and the timing could not be better. THE SURFACING tells the story of the Impetus and her crew, setting out in 1850 towards the Northwest passage in search of the lost Franklin expedition. And, in 2014, the search continues, as a Canadian expedition has recently set sail to find the missing ships.

Cormac James was recently featured on the Today Programme talking about the Franklin expedition, the new search for the ships, and how it relates to his book. If you have access to BBC iPlayer, you can hear him at 08.50. Bookbrunch have also published a feature on THE SURFACING’s topicality.

The Irish Times gave a great review to THE SURFACING, writing: 'The cool precision of James’s writing draws you on as surely as if you’re there... Plenty of bitchy, scrappy dialogue adds a blackly comic note, but James’s overarching storyline is measured, stately, assured... great start to the new reading season.'

Rights to this powerful novel have already been sold in the US to Bellevue Literary Press, in Australia to Text publishing, and in Romania and Slovakia. You can see the three stunning English Language covers next to each other on our Pinterest board.