Edward Wilson Lee’s much-acclaimed SHAKESPEARE IN SWAHILILAND: In Search of a Global Poet is out in paperback in the US today from Farrar Straus & Giroux. Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o described it as ‘a masterly literary detective adventure’ and ‘a compelling read.’

First published by William Collins in the UK and FSG in the US in 2016, the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, SHAKESPEARE IN SWAHILILAND was one of The Bookseller’s Top 6 Shakespeare picks of 2016, and was highlighted in previews of ‘the most significant Shakespeare books’ in The Times, The Financial Times and The Wall Street Journal. It will be published in German by btb in 2018.

Investigating the literary culture of the early interaction between European countries and East Africa, Edward Wilson-Lee uncovers an extraordinary sequence of stories in which explorers, railway labourers, decadent émigrés, freedom fighters, and pioneering African leaders made Shakespeare their own in this alien land.

SHAKESPEARE IN SWAHILILAND is the first book by Edward Wilson-Lee, a Fellow in English at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge. In a narrative that is part travelogue, part memoir, a satire, an ode to Shakespeare and a potted history of East Africa, Wilson-Lee aims to find the holy grail of literary studies – an answer to how and why Shakespeare is acclaimed as a global poet and why his writings should be so universally adored. 

SHAKESPEARE IN SWAHILILAND takes Wilson-Lee back to the lands of his childhood (he grew up in Kenya) to dig through mouldering archives to recover the unknown story of the part played by Shakespeare’s works in the region’s history. His story is a literary adventure that throws high culture and the wild together in celebration of Shakespeare’s legacy as a poet of the world.

With its incredible series of stories and momentous travels from Zanzibar, through Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Ethiopia and Sudan, this literary adventure throws high culture and the wild together in celebration of Shakespeare's legacy as a poet of the world.

Edward Wilson- Lee’s new book THE CATALOGUE OF SHIPWRECKED BOOKS, will be published by Collins in May 2018. It tells the riveting story of Christopher Columbus’ illegitimate son, Hernando Colon, and his quest to build the first universal library of print. He personally scoured the bookshops of Europe in an attempt to acquire a copy of every book, and bringing them back to his library in Seville – where he drove himself mad attempting to devise how best to navigate and organise the world of print.

Edward Wilson-Lee is a Fellow in English at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, where he teaches medieval and Renaissance literature and Shakespeare. After growing up in Kenya and Switzerland, he went to university in London, New York, Oxford and Cambridge, living briefly in Mexico and New Orleans in between.


‘Edward Wilson-Lee goes in search of Shakespeare in Africa and finds him entwined in every twist and turn of the drama of colonization and decolonization of the continent from the 17th century to the present. The result is a masterly literary detective adventure. A compelling read.’ – Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o,

'There will be many books published to mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. Few will be bolder than Shakespeare in Swahililand: Adventures with the Ever-Living Poet, in which Edward Wilson-Lee gets out of the seminar room and treks through Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Ethiopia and Sudan to discover how Shakespeare has been constantly reinvented in Africa.' – Matthew Reisz, Times Higher Education

'Wilson-Lee’s account of his East African Shakespeare-hunt is vivid and full of insights. What we learn about colonial power relationships and historical currents is as convincing as any general explanations of Shakespeare’s universalism, but that, perhaps, is partly the point: it’s the very fact that Shakespeare is so read and performed, with these multiple interactions each revealing something, that demonstrates his boundless potential.' - Daniel Hahn, The Independent

‘SHAKESPEARE IN SWAHILILAND is an attempt to understand whether the great playwright’s work speaks across cultural boundaries to a shared humanity. … It has successfully told a lesser-known story of Africa, and it is a story worth knowing.’ – The Economist

‘This book evinces a remarkable familiarity with Africa, filtered through the lens of that most-English poet and playwright… Wilson-Lee shows the Bard to be a man for all continents.’ – Critic’s Choice, The New Criterion

 ‘Compelling and affecting" – Tim Black, Spiked!

'✭✭✭✭' - Michael Kerr, Telegraph Travel

‘I thought nothing could surprise me about the impact of England’s greatest cultural figure, but this fascinating, readable book about his influence in East Africa certainly did.’ – The Lady

‘A glorious melange of travel, biography, history and satire’ – The Times, South Africa

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THE PEARLER’S WIFE, an epic historical debut, sold to Penguin Random House Australia and Harper Impulse UK


Lynne Drew, Publishing Director at Harpercollins, has acquired UK and Commonwealth rights, ex Canada and ANZ, in THE PEARLER'S WIFE, a stunning historical debut by Roxane Dhand, from Hattie Grunewald at Blake Friedmann. Australian rights were sold to Beverley Cousins at Penguin Random House Australia in a heated auction. Publication is scheduled for March 2018, in ebook and audio in the UK, and trade paperback in Australia, with the UK paperback scheduled to follow in Summer 2018.

Opening in 1912, this compelling novel follows 19-year-old Maisie Porter as she sails from England on the SS Oceanic. Her destination is Buccaneer Bay in Australia's far north-west; her fate, marriage to a distant cousin, Maitland Sinclair.

When Maisie arrives in the unfamiliar country she is shocked at her new husband's callous behaviour towards her. Drawn into Maitland's pearling business, she is thrown together with the intriguing William Cooper, a British diver who travelled out at the same time, and inhabits a world across the social divide. But Maisie's husband is harbouring secrets - deadly secrets. As Cooper and the divers sail out to harvest the pearl-shell, they are in great danger - and not just from the unpredictable and perilous ocean...

Maisie's story is based on true stories of the pearl shell industry and this unique trade in the early twentieth century. It is a story of passion against the rules of society and a portrait of a frontier town clinging to strict class rules, as well as the racial tensions of a multi-cultural continent.

Roxane Dhand was born in Kent and entertained her sisters with imaginative stories from a young age. She was educated at James Allen's Girls' School in SE London and studied English and French at London University. After university, she had a career in public relations in both Switzerland and London before teaching French in both the maintained and private sectors. She now writes full time and lives in Winchester, England.

Lynne Drew says:
'This is the kind of page-turning, vivid and evocative historical fiction that readers are crying out for. The Pearler's Wife introduces a fierce, brave heroine who is unforgettable in adversity and the book's basis in a true story leaves you fascinated and intrigued. Roxane Dhand has a real talent for creating memorable characters and this will launch a formidable career.'

Lithuanian rights have also sold to Baltos Lankos.

Eve Kalinik’s ground-breaking BE GOOD TO YOUR GUT published by Piatkus today


The first cookbook from nutritional therapist Eve Kalinik, BE GOOD TO YOUR GUT, is published today by Piatkus. The book is already a #1 Amazon bestseller in the Food Allergies category, and Eve’s work has attracted praise from Nick Barnard, founder of Rude Health, who calls Eve 'The most relevant and provocative nutritionist I've ever met'.

In BE GOOD TO YOUR GUT: The Ultimate Guide to Gut , nutritional therapist Eve Kalinik shows you the path to better digestion and reveals the far-reaching effects of good gut health - from a stronger immune system and balanced hormones to a greater resilience to stress and reduced inflammation.

The real work on getting your gut to be as healthy and happy as it can be starts with what you feed it. Eve's advice is complemented with over eighty enticing, nourishing recipes you'll want to eat over and over again, including Miso Cod with Wasabi Broccoli, Chocolate Chia Fudgy Pancakes, Matcha Banana Bread, Turmeric Chicken with Laksa Zoodles, Amandino Ice Cream and Happy Cow Burgers.

If you simply want to improve your gut health and overall wellbeing but don't know where to start, or you are looking for further insight into digestive conditions such as IBS, the advice in BE GOOD TO YOUR GUT will help you feel fantastic, and proves that being good to your gut is great for your taste buds, too.

BE GOOD TO YOUR GUT was serialised in Stella magazine this weekend, including recipes for a celeriac and sauerkraut rosti, cauliflower polenta and a matcha banana bread. Eve has also featured in Red magazine, talking about why it’s so important to look after your gut, and you can find more recipes in Psychologies Magazine and on

Eve is a BANT and CNHC registered Nutritional Therapist with a BA in Psychology. Following a 13 year career in fashion & editorial, Eve left the wonderfully crazy corporate world to follow a passion in all things naturopathic; being a true foodie, nutrition was the obvious path. Eve doesn’t believe in diets, but rather in an individually-tailored approach focused on eating beneficial and therapeutic foods for optimum health and wellness. Eve is a columnist for Psychologies and at Matches. She contributes regularly to newspapers and magazines, runs nutrition masterclasses and is a consultant for leading naturopathic brands. She has also contributed to books promoting health and wellness.

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Praise for Eve Kalinik:

'Each page oozes wisdom and insight, mirrored with realistic tips and advice on nurturing your digestive health' – Get the Gloss

'In a world of food fads, Eve's approach is grounded, sensible and do-able' –  Suzy Greaves, Editor, Psychologies

'Eve is smart and practical; her advice is spot on and her recipes are distinctive and easy to make' – Ian Marber, nutritional therapist and author

Elizabeth Chadwick’s Eleanor of Aquitaine trilogy draws to a close as THE AUTUMN THRONE is published in paperback today

THE AUTUMN THRONE is published in paperback today by Sphere, concluding the glorious retelling of the life of one the most powerful women in medieval Europe, Eleanor of Aquitaine, by one of the most-loved historical writers today, New York Times bestseller Elizabeth Chadwick.

Chadwick’s ELEANOR OF AQUITAINE trilogy opened with THE SUMMER QUEEN and was followed by THE WINTER CROWN, and was described by Choice Magazine as ‘engrossingly written and well researched.’ The beloved trilogy is being published in the UK, the USA, Germany, Portugal, Poland, Latvia, the Czech Republic, Bulgaria and Russia, with more languages expected.

England, 1176. Imprisoned by her husband, King Henry II, Eleanor of Aquitaine, Queen of England, refuses to let her powerful husband bully her into submission, even as he forces her away from her children and her birthright.

Freed only by Henry's death, Eleanor becomes dowager Queen of England. But the competition for land and power that Henry stirred up among his sons has intensified to a dangerous rivalry.

Eleanor needs every ounce of courage and fortitude as she crosses the Alps on horseback in winter to bring Richard his bride, and travels medieval Europe to ransom her beloved son. But even her indomitable spirit will be tested to its limits as she attempts to keep the peace between her warring sons, and find places in the centres of power for her daughters.


‘Fluid and entertaining… a novel packed with incident, interest and emotional depth. The medieval world she has created is rounded and convincing, the fruit of years of research… Highly recommended.’ – Historical Novel Society

‘THE AUTUMN THRONE completes Elizabeth Chadwick’s superb and, I would argue, definitive trilogy on the life of one of the most (if not THE most) astonishing female figures in medieval history. I’ve always said that reading an Elizabeth Chadwick novel is not like reading history at all, it’s experiencing it… I feel that I’ve been allowed into Eleanor’s thoughts and given a chance to see and know her as I imagine she may well have been. Eleanor was a truly remarkable woman, her story is the stuff of legend, and Elizabeth Chadwick has done her justice.’ – For Winter Nights

Praise for Elizabeth Chadwick and the ELEANOR OF AQUITAINE series

‘An author who makes history come gloriously alive.’ – The Times

‘Picking up an Elizabeth Chadwick novel, you know you are in for a sumptuous ride. Beautifully strong characters and a real feel for time and place.’ – The Daily Telegraph

‘A magnificent woman’s story told by a brilliant historical novelist; realistic, emotional, vibrant, exciting and unputdownable.’ – RT Book Reviews, July Top Pick

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