THE EYE OF THE DAY BY DENNISON SMITH PUBLISHED TODAY

THE EYE OF THE DAY by Dennison Smith is published in the UK today by Periscope. It was published in Canada in 2014 by HarperCollins Canada.

When a brutal explosion in a summer-cottage town in Vermont brings together Amos, a disfigured handyman, and Aubrey, the cosseted son of a wealthy New England family, neither has any idea that this one event will shape them forever. THE EYE OF THE DAY is a masterly evocation of friendship; peace, love and loss; and a profound meditation on the compromises exacted by life.

You can read an extract from the novel on Periscope’s Facebook page. Dennison wrote about ten reasons an author should get a PhD for the FemaleFirst blog.

Dennison will be launching her novel with UEA in Norwich on the 10th June and will be reading at a special UEA Live event for the Norwich World’s Festival on 18th June.

Dennison’s first novel, SCAVENGER, was published by Insomniac Press and presented in play form as DESERT STORY. She is the author of two books of poetry: ANON NECESSITY and FERMATA. Originally from Chicago, she now divides her time between a small island in Canada and her home in London.

You can learn more about Dennison on her website

Praise for THE EYE OF THE DAY:

‘A wonderful novel, from one of Canada’s most exciting new authors. Exceptionally bold, beautiful, original and humane.’ – Joanna Kavenna, author of THE BIRTH OF LOVE

‘A remarkable coming-of-age story, told in a stunning voice that beguiles and enchants on every page.’Ruth Ozeki, author of A TALE FOR THE TIME BEING

‘Surprisingly beautiful … a riveting narrative of survival, self-knowledge, and the possibility of second chances.’ — Quill & Quire 

Peter James’ YOU ARE DEAD No.1 in the Bestseller Chart this weekend!

Peter James’ latest Roy Grace novel YOU ARE DEAD will be No.1 in the fiction hardcover Bestseller Chart this weekend. It was published on 21st May by Macmillan and has shot straight to number one, knocking Paula Hawkins’ THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN off the top spot.

Hundreds gathered to celebrate the publication at a launch party at Brighton Racecourse last Thursday.


Peter is longlisted for the Dagger in the Library Award 2015. The shortlist will be announced on 8th June. Earlier this year, Peter James was voted the ‘Best Crime Writer of All Time’ in a public poll run by WH Smiths. Peter won the poll ‘by a landslide’, beating crime heavyweights including Ian Rankin, James Patterson and even the classic Agatha Christie.

The designer of Peter’s spectacular new covers, Neil Lang, recently told us all about the redesign – see his story here on the Blake Friedmann Blog.

The Roy Grace novels are translated into more than three dozen languages.

Praise for Peter James

'Peter James is one of the best crime writers in the business.' -- Karin Slaughter

'Exceptional, knock-your-socks-off.' -- Washington Post

HOLD ON TO YOUR DREAMS and THE FORGOTTEN FAMILY by Beryl Matthews published yesterday

Two of Beryl Matthew’s novels, HOLD ON TO YOUR DREAMS and THE FORGOTTEN FAMILY were published in the UK yesterday by Allison & Busby. The books are available as paperbacks and ebook. Beryl has previously published 12 novels in hardback with Severn House.

Beryl Matthews is an accomplished novelist, writing in the genre that Catherine Cookson made her own, but with stories set in London. As a young girl her ambition was to become a professional singer but lack of funds drove her into an office, where she worked her way up from tea-girl to credit controller. After she retired, she began to pursue her dream of becoming a published author.

HOLD ON TO YOUR DREAMS is the story of Gertrude Melrose. She is concerned for her brother, Edward, who seems intent on squandering his inheritance at the gaming tables. Her fears are justified when Edward's debts threaten to destroy the Melrose family's prosperity.

THE FORGOTTEN FAMILY is set in Whitechapel, London 1890. Queenie Bonner is only two when she is taken from her large family in the slums to a big house in the country. She is frightened and confused, begging to be taken back, but she is told that this is now her home. As time passes Eleanor forgets about her other family. But fifteen years later, she sets about tracing her forgotten family. The search holds pleasure, distress and even danger as she discovers what has happened to her siblings over the years. Eight are traced, but one remains missing. She knows she will never rest until he is found.

Allison & Busby are giving these re-issued novels a fresh cover style, and are committed to publishing at least 4 more titles.

YOU ARE DEAD out in hardback today!

Peter James’ 11th Roy Grace novel, YOU ARE DEAD, is published in hardback today in the UK by Macmillan.

The last words Nick hears from his fiancée Logan, are in a terrified mobile phone call from her. She has driven into the underground car park beneath their apartment and seen a man acting strangely.  She screams, the phone goes dead.  The police are on the scene within minutes, but Logan has vanished, leaving behind her neatly parked car and telephone.  This is the beginning of what becomes a tortuous case for Roy Grace and his team, leading to the discovery of bodies of young women, and a terrifying chase to find the murderer, and Logan, dead or alive.  Surprising twists and chilling discoveries deliver a breath-taking read.

Peter was recently longlisted for the Dagger in the Library Award 2015. The shortlist will be announced on 8th June.

Earlier this year, Peter James was voted the ‘Best Crime Writer of All Time’ in a poll run by WH Smiths. Peter James won the poll ‘by a landslide’, beating crime heavyweights including Ian Rankin, James Patterson and even the classic Agatha Christie.

The designer of Peter’s spectacular new covers, Neil Lang, recently told us all about the redesign – see his story here on the Blake Friedmann Blog.

The Roy Grace novels are translated into more than three dozen languages.

Praise for Peter James

'Peter James is one of the best crime writers in the business.' -- Karin Slaughter

'Exceptional, knock-your-socks-off.' -- Washington Post