Mark Oldfield on his CWA Steel Dagger award shortlist

When I decided to be a writer at the age of twenty two, I set off to Paris, installed myself in a garret with a typewriter that cost me £19 from Argos and two bottles of wine from the Algerian store on the corner. I even got some writing done, though it mainly consisted of letters to home asking for money. For a long time I imagined being a writer. For a long time it didn’t happen.

HoZ buys The Swimmer

HoZ have snapped up one of the hottest pre-Frankfurt books, Swedish debut The Swimmer by Joakim Zander. Editorial Director Laura Palmer bought UK and Commonwealth rights at auction as part of a two-book deal from Astri Von Arbrin Ahlander at The Ahlander Agency.

Rights to this much talked about debut novel were recently sold at auction in 18 countries, including HarperCollins US who bought the book for a seven-figure sum.

Did you love The Thorn Birds?

The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough was published in 1977. 

In 1983 it was adapted into a TV mini series starring Richard Camberlain and Rachel Ward.

It is one of the biggest and bestselling books of all time with over 30,000,000 copies sold worldwide.

McCullough has gone on to write more than twenty books including the Masters of Rome series. 

In November 2013 she returns to the genre that made her a star with Bittersweet.

A Darker Shade; 17 Swedish Stories of Murder, Mystery and Suspense

Head of Zeus announced today that they will be the UK publishers of the much-talked about anthology of Swedish crime stories, A Darker Shade, edited by John-Henri Holmberg.

A landmark anthology, this will be the first collection of Swedish crime stories translated into English. It features unpublished fiction from international phenomenon Stieg Larsson and his long-term partner Eva Gabrielsson as well as bestsellers Henning Mankell, Per Wahlöö, Maj Sjöwall and more.

Time Machine Arrives Earlier than Expected

We weren't expecting it until next week, but with intrepid chrononauts Ann & Jeff VanderMeer at the helm, we shouldn't be surprised that THE TIME TRAVELLER'S ALMANAC: The Ultimate Treasury of Time Travel Stories has arrived early. Nearly 1,000 pages long and containing over a century's worth of literary travels into both past and future, what a magnificent beast it is too. We unleash the Almanac on the 1 November in both hardback and ebook form, but in the meantime, read on for the full contents listing.

HoZ pre-empts debut novel by Nadine Dorries MP

HoZ Senior Editor Rosie de Courcy has pre-empted the rights to three novels by Nadine Dorries MP.

De Courcy acquired world rights in a three-book deal for a major six-figure sum brokered by Piers Blofeld at Sheil Land on behalf of Vicki Field of TCA.

Nadine Dorries is MP for Mid Bedfordshire and in 2012 appeared on ITV's 'Im A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here'.

Signed by Victoria Hislop

One of the nation's favourite novelists, Victoria Hislop, was at Faber today signing copies of The Story.

Picked by Stylist as a Must Read for September and celebrating the art of the short story, this is the complete anthology of short stories written by women for women.

Six weeks on...

It is six weeks on and Lesley Thomson’s brilliant crime novel is still number 1 on kindle. We’ve sold over 250,000 copies to date and going strong. But the best news is that it is a really intelligent, beautifully crafted and cunningly plotted story, which deserves awards for literary merit as well as for it’s page-turning qualities.

The King in the North launch

A large crowd gathered at Bede World, Northumberland, last week to celebrate Max’s Adam’s fantastic new book, The King in the North.

Oswald Whiteblade, Christian warlord and founder of Lindisfarne monastery, was the first great English monarch.  His return from exile to reclaim his birthright was famously the inspiration for J. R. R. Tolkien’s Aragorn in The Lord of the Rings.