Ann Granger's DEAD WOMAN OF DEPTFORD will be published tomorrow by Headline

Ann Granger’s THE DEAD WOMAN OF DEPTFORD will be published on Thursday June 30th by Headline. It is the sixth Inspector Ben Ross mystery set in Victorian London by much-loved crime writer Ann Granger.

On a cold November night in a Deptford yard, dock worker Harry Parker stumbles upon the body of a dead woman. Inspector Ben Ross is summoned from Scotland Yard to this insalubrious part of town, but no witness to the murder of this well-dressed, middle-aged woman can be found. Even Jeb Fisher, the local rag-and-bone man, swears he's seen nothing.

Meanwhile, Ben's wife Lizzie is trying to suppress a scandal: family friend Edgar Wellings has a gambling addiction and no means of repaying his debts. Reluctantly, Lizzie agrees to visit his debt collector's house in Deptford, but when she arrives she finds her husband is investigating the murder of the woman in question. Edgar was the last man to see Mrs Clifford alive and he has good reason to want her dead, but Ben and Lizzie both know that a case like this is rarely as simple as it appears...

Ann Granger is the author of the internationally acclaimed Meredith and Markby and Fran Varady detective series. The first novel in her Victorian crime series, A RARE INTEREST IN CORPSES was published by Headline in 2006. 

Entering the top 5 of the German bestseller list with each novel, she has also contributed to several short story volumes, licensed internationally. Headline has published 29 of her crime novels.

She has worked in British embassies in France, Germany, Czechoslovakia and Yugoslavia.

Praise for Ann Granger:

'One of the most reliable practioners of the crime fiction genre — her usual impeccable plotting is fully in place.' - Good Book Guide

'You can always count on Ann Granger.' - Kölner Express

 'Fans of Anne Perry's Thomas Pitt series will find much to like.' - Publishers Weekly


Deon Meyer to be Crime & Thriller Book Weeks Author in the Netherlands in 2017

The CPNB, the promotional organisation for book trade in The Netherlands, is happy to announce that bestselling South African author Deon Meyer will be writing the gift book for the 2017 Crime & Thriller Book Weeks.

Meyer, who has been described by the Times as “One of the sharpest thriller writers around”, broke through in the Netherlands in 2012 with Thirteen Hours, which was awarded the VN Thriller of the Year award. He has received international praise and his books have been translated into 25 languages. He is published in the Netherlands by A.W. Bruna Uitgevers. The Crime & Thriller Book Weeks will run from Friday 9 through Sunday 25 June 2017. During this period, bookshops will give away a free copy of Meyer’s book to every customer who spends at least €12.50 on books in Dutch.

The central theme of the 2017 Crime & Thriller Book Weeks is the thriller as holiday book. For 40% of Dutch people, holidays provide an opportunity to read more books than normal. On average, we take six books with us when we travel. Thrillers are the most-read fiction genre, and in the run-up to the spring and summer holidays, they make up 37% of the total turnover from fiction sales (source: KVB-SMB/GfK).

Previous authors for this campaign include Stephen King, Henning Mankell, Ian Rankin, Minette Walters, Dick Francis, Frederick Forsyth, Elizabeth George, Dean Koontz, Robin Cook, Karin Slaughter, Tess Gerritsen and James Ellroy.

“It is a great honour to be the Crime & Thriller Book Weeks gift book author for 2017”, says Deon Meyer about his commission to write the gift book. “I appreciate what the CPNB stands for and feel privileged to be able to promote the genre in which I write. It gives me a great deal of pleasure – and also scares me somewhat – to be following in the footsteps of authors I have admired for many years.”

Deon Meyer lives and works near Cape Town. After a career as, among other things, a reporter, press information officer, copywriter and creative director, he switched to focusing fully on writing. In 2012, Meyer’s second thriller in the series about Inspector Bennie Griessel, Thirteen Hours, was named Thriller of the Year by the Vrij Nederland Detective & Thrillergids (a guide to mystery books and thrillers), heralding his ultimate breakthrough in the Netherlands and Flanders. To date, A.W. Bruna Uitgevers have published ten of his crime thrillers and several of his short stories. Meyer combines the socially critical themes and extremely human characters that typify Scandinavian crime literature with the rapid, plot-driven action of the American thriller tradition. All of this is set against the background of present-day South Africa, with its broad diversity of communities, cultures and languages.

Deon’s new novel KOORS (FEVER in English) will be published in South Africa in Afrikaans in August 2016 by Tafelberg, with a major press campaign. It will be published in English and translation elsewhere in translation from 2017.

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Aardvark Bureau signs two-book deal with prize-winning South African author Henrietta Rose-Innes

Aardvark Bureau has acquired UK and BC rights (ex Canada and Southern Africa) to the novels NINEVEH and GREEN LION by acclaimed South African author Henrietta Rose-Innes. The deal was brokered by Isobel Dixon of Blake Friedmann.

NINEVEH was shortlisted for South Africa’s most prestigious literary award, the Sunday Times Fiction Prize, in 2012. GREEN LION is currently a finalist for the same award, with the winner due to be announced this weekend.

Both novels convey a strong sense of the Cape Town where Rose-Innes grew up, with Table Mountain looming physically and symbolically large. They explore the tensions between the natural and man-made worlds, and the ways in which we perceive the animal kingdom – beguiling, semi-mystical, endangered and dangerous, familiar and unknowable.

NINEVEH, to be published simultaneously in November 2016 by Aardvark Bureau in the UK and BC and by Unnamed Press in the USA, tells the story of Katya Grubbs, Cape Town’s only ethical pest removal specialist. When called to tackle a mysterious infestation at a new luxury housing development on the fringes of the city, Katya finds herself having to deal with unwelcome intrusions from the past.

In GREEN LION (autumn 2017), Con steps in as the keeper of Sekhmet, the world’s last remaining black-maned lioness, when his school friend is mauled at a breeding zoo. Drawn to the powerful creature, he finds himself testing the boundaries that separate the animal and human worlds, and reliving dark moments of his own history.

Jane Aitken says: In these two masterful novels, Henrietta Rose-Innes’s beautiful prose intrigues, entrances and entertains. We are thrilled to bring Rose-Innes to the UK market.

Henrietta Rose-Innes says: I'm tremendously excited to introduce my books to readers in the UK and elsewhere – and I can't think of a better home for them than Aardvark Bureau, with its fresh and adventurous list of global titles.

Praise for Henrietta Rose-Innes:

‘Henrietta Rose-Innes writes an admirably taut, clean prose. … A welcome addition to the new South African literature.’ – J M Coetzee

‘GREEN LION sees humanity’s longing for the wildness of animals as a desire for what remains most alien in our rational selves ... Poignant and unsentimental, this is an urgent story of quiet, lurking terror.' – Patrick Flanery, author of Absolution

‘A gripping, thrilling allegory of a troubled nation, NINEVEH is executed with wit, panache, precision and something that I can only call wounded love for the country the author calls her home.’ – Neel Mukherjee, author of The Lives of Others

‘Rose-Innes’s writing is as entertaining as it is subtle – a rare combination.’ – Steven Amsterdam, author of Things We Didn’t See Coming

‘Henrietta Rose-Innes is a master of the beautifully thought-out metaphor. Her prose is elegant and liquid.’ – Cape Times

‘Rose-Innes is a writer almost in the Virginia Woolf mould – lateral of mind and poetic in her style of narration.’ – SA Sunday Times

‘With its crisp style, infused with caustic humour, NINEVEH places Henrietta Rose-Innes without contest among the most important voices of the new South African literature.’ – Le Monde

‘A compellingly enigmatic story, [2008 Caine Prize winner] POISON’s few pages are also an eloquent vignette of the “new” South Africa.’ – The Guardian

About the author:

Henrietta Rose-Innes is a novelist and short story writer from Cape Town, currently living in the UK while completing a PhD at the University of East Anglia. She won the Caine Prize for African Writing 2008 and the HSBC / PEN Short Story Prize 2007 and was runner-up in the BBC Short Story Award 2012. Her work is included in the Granta Book of the African Short Story (2011) and has been published in a number of languages, including French, Spanish and German.

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THE DAY WILL COME by Beryl Matthews Published Today in Paperback

Beryl Matthews’ 16th novel, THE DAY WILL COME, is published in paperback today by Allison & Busby. THE DAY WILL COME is already available in hardback and as an eBook. Allison & Busby have also reissued 6 of Beryl’s novels in paperback and Beryl has previously published 12 novels in hardback with Severn House.

Set in London during the 1940s, the war is raging across Europe and twenty-three-year-old Grace is devastated by the loss of her husband at Dunkirk after only a year of marriage. Her secretarial job at a law firm keeps her mind from dwelling on her sorrow but when her boss enlists in the air force Grace is left without work. Alongside her best friend, the two young women join the War Office in a move that will change their lives forever. As Grace throws herself into the war effort, she must find the courage and strength to start her life afresh and find love again.

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.


Toby Fountaine of Blue Mark Books has acquired UK and British Commonwealth rights (excluding Southern Africa) to a haunting autobiographical novel which Elizabeth Gilbert describes as ‘a jewel of a tale’. BITTER EDEN is based on the late Tatamkhulu Afrika’s experiences as a WWII prisoner of war after being captured in North Africa after the fall of Tobruk and its quiet power has touched many readers – from its first publication by Arcadia in 2002, shortly before the death of its octogenarian author, through its US debut and European translations, most recently Presses de la Cite’s French edition last year.

As Andre Aciman wrote: ‘This book will haunt you, and stay with you, and won’t ever let go.’ US publisher Stephen Morrison returned to the book time and time again over a decade before being in a position to acquire it for Picador US, where it was published to many accolades in 2014. He wrote an eloquent essay on his journey with the book for Publisher’s Weekly, which also forms part of the introduction to the American edition. The San Francisco Chronicle Review praised the ‘gorgeously written’ BITTER EDEN as ‘a small masterpiece’ and The New York Times described it as ‘a gripping study of the dehumanising effects of war and an empathetic portrait of illicit love’.

This frank and beautifully written novel deals with three men who see themselves as ‘straight’, but must negotiate the emotions that are brought to the surface by the physical closeness of survival in the male-only prison camps. The book reveals the complex rituals of camp life and the diversion of the POW theatre (in which, in real life, the author played Lady Macbeth and frequently shared a stage with fellow prisoner Denholm Elliot). It lays bare the terrible cruelties, but also the strange loyalties and deep bonds the men know will never be replicated on civvie street. BITTER EDEN is a tender, bitter, powerful book, of lives inexorably changed, of a war whose ending does not bring peace. More than simply ‘war’ literature, or ‘gay’ literature, this is a deeply moving, human work about the meaning of love, what it is to be a man.

Blue Mark Books will publish in hardback in November 2016 and publisher Toby Fountaine says: ‘The unequalled bonds formed between fighting men has been explored in great literature before; but this story, about how that bond becomes a deeper love, has not. It is hauntingly written and unforgettable.’

Isobel Dixon of Blake Friedmann remembers how the near-blind writer’s handwritten letter arrived by post, along with the photocopy of a manuscript typed by a friend: ‘I knew Tatamkhulu Afrika’s name then as a poet and anti-apartheid activist, but nothing could prepare me for the enduring impact of this slow-simmering story. It is one of the great pleasures of championing an author to see others fall in love with a book too and BITTER EDEN is a novel so many people become absolutely passionate about. I am glad that Toby is one of that discerning number.’