Plotting to kill Hitler

Did you know that on 28 September 1938 a group of heavily armed storm troopers were holed up in apartments in Central Berlin waiting for the order to seize the Reich Chancellery and arrest Adolf Hitler?  That the Commander-in-Chief of the Wehrmacht was prepared to issue the order to army units surrounding Berlin to occupy the city and disarm the SS?  That the British Prime Minister knew about these plans and yet chose to ignore them?  And finally that the coup, due to be launched at 2pm, was called off at noon when Hitler finally agreed to Chamberlain’s suggestion that a conference be calle

Worlds are complicated

A. J. (Tony) Smith has been an avid player of fantasy role-playing games for many years, since he could swing a sword and cast a fireball. He created the world of THE BLACK GUARD over many games and epic plotlines, testing its architecture and characters through interaction with his players, before writing it all down. He tells us why…

Worlds are complicated. Our own is so filled with contradictions, mysteries, conflicts, beauty and general chaos that to summarise it would seem simplistic and possibly naïve.

The pen is bloodier than the sword: CrimeFest 2013

I spent last weekend at CrimeFest in Bristol – a convention for crime and mystery writers and readers, “where the pen is bloodier than the sword”, to quote their tagline.

I’ve been going there ever since it started, and I always love it. Mixing with mystery writers and readers from all over the world, entertained by a varied programme of panels and author interviews, catching up with old friends and making new ones, and talking about books and writing till the cows came home…what better way to spend a long weekend?

Now a Major Motion Picture...

Behind the Candelabra, reportedly the film that was 'too gay' for Hollywood, reportedly the final film from director Steven Soderbergh, premieres at the Cannes film festival on 21 May, on HBO in the US on 26 May, in cinemas in the UK on 7 June. And just to prove that you can't have too much of a good thing, the book on which the film is based is out from HoZ on the 7 June too.

From The Cab

January at five-forty-five in the morning. I arrived at Earls Court station to meet the District line train driver. Transport for London had warned me that if I was late he would go. Of course he would – him and his train would leave without me. I was an hour early.  

Getting Gazumped by Dan Brown

Ever wondered what it is like to be gazumped by Dan Brown? Our Publishing Director, Laura, spills all in her latest Huffington Post blog.

And there are more amusing words to come as Laura has taken up a regular spot writing for the Huffington Post on 'Notes from a small publisher'. Her next blog focuses on women in publishing. Keep your eyes peeled!