Here at Head of Zeus, we're gearing up for the launch of James Naughtie's debut novel The Madness of July which comes out later this month. 

A sophisticated political thriller set during the Cold War, the novel draws on Naughtie's decades of experience as a political insider in Westminster and Washington. Listen to him introduce the plot and characters here:

"Clever, fast-paced and beautifully written, this is a sophisticated and hugely satisfying thriller that grips from the first page to the last. A tour de force." Kate Mosse

Check out some early reader reviews on

"Put your life on hold - this is a one sitting, page turning book that will keep you captivated. Remember to breathe.Judith Smith

"An intriguing journey into both past and present loyalties and rivalries, not only political but personal.Maureen Evans

The Madness of July is published on 27th February 2014 and will be available in both hardback and ebook formats.