he by John Connolly

he John Connolly (www.johnconnollybooks.com) Hodder & Stoughton (www.hodder.co.uk) £16.99 In Santa Monica’s iconic Oceana Apartments, an old man lives out the last days of his life, reminiscing on the many years that brought him to this point. Furthermost in his mind is his best friend, a man he knew as Babe, and whom he loved […]

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LEOPARD AT THE DOOR by Jennifer McVeigh

LEOPARD AT THE DOOR Jennifer McVeigh (www.jennifermcveigh.com) Viking (www.penguinrandomhouse.co.uk) £7.99 Eighteen-year-old Rachel Fullsmith has returned to Kenya after a six-year exile following the death of her mother. But the colony to which Rachel is returning is significantly changed from when she was twelve. Her father is now living with another woman and her son; her […]

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An Interview with ANTONIN VARENNE

Name: ANTONIN VARENNE Author of: BED OF NAILS (2012)                       LOSER’S CORNER (2014)                       RETRIBUTION ROAD (2017) Antonin Varenne was awarded the Prix Michel Lebrun and the Grand Prix du Jury Sang d’encre for Bed of Nails, his first novel to be translated into English. His second, Loser’s Corner was awarded the Prix des Lecteurs […]

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RETRIBUTION ROAD by Antonin Varenne

RETRIBUTION ROAD Antonin Varenne Translated by Sam Taylor (samtaylorwriter.wixsite.com/sam-taylor-writer) MacLehose Press (www.maclehosepress.com) £18.99 Sergeant Arthur Bowman is a fifteen-year veteran of the East India Company’s private army when he and his team are taken prisoner in Burma in 1852. Six months of torture leave him mentally and physically scarred when he is released along with […]

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THE ARRIVAL OF MISSIVES Aliya Whiteley (aliyawhiteley.wordpress.com) Unsung Stories (www.unsungstories.co.uk) £9.99 The Great War is a not-too-distant memory, and England is still in the process of recovering from the horror and loss that it wreaked. Teenager Shirley Fearn lives in the small village of Westerbridge, where she attends the local school taught by Mr Tiller […]

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GUEST POST: The Arrival of Opportunity by ALIYA WHITELEY

Name: ALIYA WHITELEY Author of: THE BEAUTY (2014)                  THE ARRIVAL OF MISSIVES (2016) On the web: aliyawhiteley.wordpress.com On Twitter: @AliyaWhiteley Aliya Whiteley’s second novella, The Arrival of Missives, goes on sale on Monday 9th May. To celebrate the book’s launch Reader Dad is very pleased to welcome Aliya back to talk about the book’s […]

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An Interview with ZEN CHO

Name: ZEN CHO Author of: SORCERER TO THE CROWN (2015) On the web: zencho.org On Twitter: @zenaldehyde Zen Cho is a Malaysian writer of SFF and romance. She was born and raised in Selangor, read law at Cambridge, and currently lives in London. Her debut historical fantasy Sorcerer to the Crown is out now in […]

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SORCERER TO THE CROWN Zen Cho (zencho.org) Macmillan (www.panmacmillan.com) £16.99 Regency London in a time of magical upheaval. The Sorcerer Royal is dead, his staff passed on to his successor, but his familiar gone. His successor has split opinion within the Royal Society of Unnatural Philosophers: Zacharias Wythe is Sir Stephen’s son in all but […]


FALL OF MAN IN WILMSLOW by David Lagercrantz

FALL OF MAN IN WILMSLOW David Lagercrantz (www.davidlagercrantz.se) Translated by George Goulding MacLehose Press (maclehosepress.com) £18.99 On a wet morning in early June 1954, Detective Constable Leonard Corell finds himself investigating the death of a mathematician in the sleepy Cheshire town of Wilmslow. Preliminary investigation points towards suicide, the man having died after eating a […]

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