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By Catriona Ward

She comes in the night.
She looks into your eyes.
One by one, she has taken us all.

For generations they have died young.
Now Iris and her father are the last of the Villarca line.
Their disease confines them to their lonely mansion on Dartmoor; their disease means they must die alone.
But Iris breaks her promise to hide from the world. She dares to fall in love.
And only then do they understand the true horror of the Villarca curse.

From Victorian ghost story to anti-war polemic and back again: I raged, wept and hid under the bed covers. As full of science as it is the supernatural, this is a hauntingly brilliant virtuoso performance.Gloriously dark and claustrophobic, Rawblood is a haunting gothic novel of intelligence and complexity. It has many echoes of the classics but is entirely its own book.The story crosses generations, from Victorian England to World War I, and is told by a number of different voices, going back and forth in time and drawing the reader into their thrall. With a ghostly face at the window, inexplicable events and a sense of menace hanging over every page, this is one chilling gothic novel

For fans of Daphne du Maurier, Susan Hill and Hilary Mantel's Beyond Black, a chilling ghost story set on Dartmoor.
'Hauntingly brilliant' Emma Healey, author of Elizabeth Is Missing

Catriona Ward was born in Washington DC and grew up in the US, Kenya, Madagascar, Yemen and Morocco. She now lives in London where she works as a writer and researcher for Bianca Jagger's human rights foundation. Rawblood is her first novel.


Rawblood has all the ingredients of a classic ghost story: a creepy house; screams in the night; rumours of a curse; an innocent girl caught in the middle; thwarted love; horrible deaths; mists on the moors; a terrifying denouement... and blood. Lots and lots of blood.RAWBLOOD combines a blockbuster plot with haunting, literary writing.Very well-connected, London-based author who is eligible for all major prizes.This book has the potential to appeal to book club and literary readers as well as genre readers.To be promoted through genre communities as well as standard channels and backed by an extensive publicity campaign.

Ridley Road

By Jo Bloom

A dark love story set in the Swinging Sixties

SUMMER, 1962. Twenty-year-old Vivien Epstein, a Jewish hairdresser from Manchester, arrives in London following the death of her father. She has travelled to the city to make a new start, and quickly finds herself swept up in a city buzzing with life. Landing a job at Oscar's salon, she thrives amid the vibrant café culture of Soho and the warm camaraderie of the other hairdressers.
But beneath the surface, Vivien is desperate to find Jack Fox, a man she had a brief but intense romance with some months before. Her search leads to confront the dark resurgence of fascism, countered by the Jewish community in street battles around Ridley Road in the East End of London. Amid the growing tensions, can her love survive?

'A tale of love and morality set in the dark side of the Swinging Sixties' The Lady
'Convincingly evocative of an exciting era' Daily Mail

Bloom has uncovered an episode in London's history that deserves to be better known, and her research has thrown up some appalling events...the subject matter alone makes for a thought-provoking readA vivid, cinematic and exciting debutWell-researched, convincingly evocative of an exciting era and covers events of which most people will have little awareness. It's also a timely warning against the dangers of the insidious rhetoric against people of a different race or nationality, which is rearing its ugly head againA stirring story of the darker side of the 60sThe 62 Group were a real organisation, as were the two fascist groups mentioned in the novel. It's a little-known aspect of Britain's history and it brings a great deal of drama to Bloom's story, as well as social interest. These are unpleasant and shocking politics to explore, but they are handled well. At the lighter end of the social history scale, Ridley Road also conjures a great picture of Soho's early-Sixties jazz-and-caffeine buzzThe tumultuous 1960s is the setting for Jo Bloom's insightful novel Ridley Road - an exploration into an important, interesting and crucial narrative in British history, the Jewish community and fascism that hasn't yet received due attention in fiction... Readers too are likely to have their eyes opened by this fascinating novel, which although fictitious, obviously takes inspiration from real contexts and situations. While the love story draws readers into the novel, it is the growing tension and drama of the political and social contexts that make this a really gripping readThis is a superb debut from Jo Bloom. Brilliantly researched, informative, shocking and extremely moving I can't recommend this novel enoughThe contrast between the innocence of Vivien and the hatred and evil of the fascists, combined with the strength of feeling and bravery of those who fought against it is startling and makes for compelling, and enlightening reading. Ridley Road contains an important story, very well told by an excellent author who writes so well. Her characters are rounded and well developed, the sense of place and era are very real and the plot is full of surprising and shocking twists and turns. A great novel, I enjoyed this one very muchAn exploration of a fascinating slice of British history all wrapped up in a thriller and a love story. Bloom handles the tensions within her story well but what lifts her book above the crowd is its context. Her novel grew out of a lift given to an elderly man she'd met at a funeral she'd attended. Listening to her father and Monty talking about their memories of the 62 Group, she became fascinated by what they were saying, researching it for several years before writing Ridley Road. It's a tribute to Bloom's lightness of touch that her story is so absorbingBloom captures the vibrant '60s London scene brilliantly: the music, the clubs and the fashions... Bloom blends the facts with the fiction to create a fast-paced story which is part-romance and part-thriller Ridley Road is a really interesting and thought-provoking read. It is a work of fiction but it is inspired by true events - fascists really did try to make a comeback less than 20 years after the end of the Second World War. If you like books set in the sixties, this is definitely worth a look; there are a lot of novels set in London in this period, but Ridley Road felt like a story I hadn't come across before. I'll be looking out to see what Jo Bloom writes about next.A tale of love and morality set in the dark side of the Swinging SixtiesThe novel presents a vivid portrait of London in 1962 ... this heartening picture of ordinary, bustling life acts as a foil to the dark seam of the National Social Movement's fascist activity, whose horrors are increasingly exposed throughout the novel ... a compelling, worthwhile read, as well as a fitting homage to the bravery of the 62 GroupThe many twist and turns made for a real page-turner and I found the book difficult to put down.A beautifully written love story set in 1960s Soho amid the revival of fascism. Includes reading-group notes.

Jo Bloom has worked as a freelancer in the communications field for the past fifteen years with a focus on arts publicity and e-learning. She also contributed to the book review section of Time Out, London for a few years. Prior to this she lived and worked in Prague and New York. She was inspired to write Ridley Road when she met a Jewish anti-fascist who'd lived in the East End all his life and participated in numerous street battles with the fascists alongside both the 43 Group and the 62 Group. She lives in Brighton with her husband and young son. Follow her on Twitter @missiejobloom or visit her website

A lovely commercial read, perfect for fans of CALL THE MIDWIFE and the 'nostalgia' genre.RIDLEY ROAD is a great reading-group choice, and the paperback will include reading-group notes.Based on real people and events, this is a book full of vivid detail about London in the sixties, which draws many parallels with life today.The paperback cover is being tweaked in order to make it appeal more to the women's fiction market.

When her beloved father dies, Vivien Epstein - a 22 year old hairdresser from Manchester - leaves her hometown for London in the hope of finding Jack Fox - a man she had a brief, but intense, love affair with some months ago.

All Vivien has to go is one letter Jack sent to her father, the address of a boarding house scribbled hastily on the back, and very soon her hopes of finding him are dashed. Resigned to this fact, she settles into London life, working in Oscar's - a hairdressing salon in Soho - and spending her nights at home with her motherly landlady. But still, she pines for Jack.

That is, until she becomes involved in the resurgence of anti-facism through the owner of Oscar's, Barb, and her husband Alan. When Alan takes her to a rally in Trafalgar Square and amidst the crowds Vivien finally spots Jack. At long last they lock eyes. And here their story begins again.


X Platoon

By Steve Heaney, MC, Damien Lewis

For three decades one of the most secretive units in the British military has been a mystery force known as X Platoon.

Officially there was no X Platoon. The forty men in its elite number were specially selected from across the Armed Forces, at which point they simply ceased to exist. X Platoon had no budget, no weaponry, no vehicles and no kit - apart from what its men could beg, borrow or steal from other military units.

For the first time a highly decorated veteran of this specialised force - otherwise known as the Pathfinders - reveals its unique story. Steve Heaney became one of the youngest ever to pass Selection, the gruelling trial of elite forces, and was at the cutting edge of X Platoon operations - serving on anti-narcotics operations in the Central American jungles, on missions hunting war criminals in the Balkans, and being sent to spy on and wage war against the Russians.

The first non-officer in the unit's history to be award the Military Cross, Steve Heaney reveals the extraordinary work undertaken by this secret band of brothers.

The untold story of the Pathfinders, one of the most secretive units in the British military.

Steve Heaney joined the Parachute Regiment Juniors at sixteen, then passed Parachute Regiment selection and joined 3 PARA in 1987. Three years later he successfully undertook selection into X Platoon - more formally known as the Pathfinders. He went on to serve with that unit for over a decade, working with almost every Special Forces unit with which the British military has links.

In 1999 he was promoted to Platoon Sergeant. The following year, he was the first non-officer in the unit's history to be awarded the Military Cross for his leadership and courage during Operation Mayhem. He was also awarded the Commanding Officer's Commendation for finding arms caches in Northern Ireland.

Sergeant Heaney left the British military in 2001. Since then he has worked in the Middle East as a senior military advisor to one of Britain's key allies.

Damien Lewis worked as a war- and conflict-reporter for major broadcasters across Africa, South America, the Middle and Far East, and has won numerous awards for his journalism. In 2001 he wrote his first book, an international number-one bestseller translated into over thirty languages and made into a film and stage play. His Special Forces books OPERATION CERTAIN DEATH, ZERO SIX BRAVO and CHURCHILL'S SECRET WARRIORS were SUNDAY TIMES bestsellers, as were his co-authored military books, FIRE STRIKE 7/9 and IT'S ALL ABOUT TREO.

Several of his elite forces books are in the process of being made into movies or TV dramas.

X Platoon is a little-publicized unit, and the stories of these missions remain untold.There are many opportunities for cross-endorsement of the books by those known to the authors.The unique nature of this bespoke 'black' unit lends itself to a band-of-brothers presentation, wherein the stories of a tight-knit group of warriors are woven together around Steve Heaney's military career and life story. X PLATOON features a number of the same characters from OPERATION MAYHEM: Wag, The White Rabbit, Scaley, H. and others were all long-standing members of the unit.The book includes a foreword by General Sir Peter Wall, a highly respected officer in the British army, who recently retired after four years as Chief of the General Staff.

Legion: Skin Deep

By Brandon Sanderson

Following the success of Legion, Legion: Skin Deep charts another fast moving and gripping adventure for Stephen Leeds, AKA Legion. Leeds is a genius, his mind contains too much information. And to cope it has split his skills off into individual personalities. They crowd his head and he lives with them in a vast empty mansion. While he can call on any one of them to solve a problem he also walks a line across an all-consuming madness.

In development for television Brandon Sanderson's Legion stories are gripping psychological thrillers, perfect for any fan of speculative fiction. They will resonate particularly strongly with fans of stories about that other tortured crime-fighting genius: Sherlock Holmes.

Legion: Skin Deep is an all-new, action-packed novella starring one of the most fascinating and charismatic heroes ever.

A man with a multitude of personalities, a personality for every expertise. A madness that makes him a nightmare for criminals everywhere.Brandon Sanderson is the internatioanally bestselling author of the Stormlight Archive, The Reckoners series, the Mistborn books and the Alcatraz novels. He completed Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time before becoming a number one New York Times and number two Sunday Times bestselling author with his own Stormlight Archive books. He lives in the USA with his wife and familyBrandon Sanderson is a New York and Sunday Times Bestselling author750,000 Brandon Sanderson books sold in the UK alonePerfect for fans of Stormlight Archive and The ReckonersPerfect for fans of Sherlock Holmes

The Nature of Sex

By Dr Carin Bondar

Thought about sex today?

Of course you have! It's about the most natural thing any animal can do. But have you ever wondered how human sex compares to that of other beasts?

It's far from merely inserting part A into slot B. The sex lives of our animal cousins are fiendishly difficult, infinitely varied and often violent. They involve razor sharp penises, murderous cannibals and chemical warfare in an epic battle between the sexes.

Like us, animals must first find the perfect partner. You think we have it tough? Try having to do it while being hunted down by predators, against a backdrop of unpredictable or life-threatening conditions. Then, sperm and egg must successfully meet. Can you imagine doing this when your partner is intent on killing you or when other disgruntled singles are determined to throw you off your game? The next task is to ensure that the resultant offspring reach sexual maturity in order to keep the cycle going. The myriad ways in which this is accomplished is ingenious.

Join Carin Bondar on a fascinating journey from puberty to old age across the entire animal kingdom - it will forever change your idle daydreams about the nature of sex.

A brilliantly engaging guide to the reproductive habits of creatures great and small.

Dr Carin Bondar is a biologist with a PhD in population ecology from the University of British Columbia.

She is an online and TV host for Discovery, the Science Channel, Animal Planet and National Geographic. The Nature of Sex is based on her independent web series, which has amassed over 30 million views on YouTube.

Dr Bondar currently holds and adjunct faculty position in the department of biology at the University of the Fraser Valley and can been seen on Stephen Hawking's Brave New World, Outrageous Acts of Science, World's Weirdest and Badass Animals.

Visit her website at

Dr Bondar writes with insight and clarity, and furthermore has a keen eye for the weird and wonderful aspects of animal sex.Carin Bondar's TED talk on the subject has received over 1.5 million views:

Fathomless Riches

By Richard Coles

The memoir of popular BBC Radio 4 SATURDAY LIVE presenter and former member of the Communards, the Reverend Richard Coles.

'I love @RevRichardColes SO MUCH' Caitlin Moran

FATHOMLESS RICHES is the Reverend Richard Coles's warm, witty and wise memoir in which he divulges with searing honesty and intimacy his pilgrimage from a rock-and-roll life of sex and drugs in the Communards to one devoted to God and Christianity. The result is one of the most unusual and readable life stories of recent times, and has the power to shock as well as to console.

One of the most immensely readable - and redeemable - memoirs of the year. His book is an engaging account of eccentricity, curiosity and a profound spiritual journey. I give it a screamingly camp, happy-clappy thumbs upSex, drugs, death, religion, more sex, many more deaths - it has got it all. Like a sparkling old style chasuble worn by a Spanish priest, it is difficult to ignoreHe writes with charm and erudition and his take on 1980s Britain is fascinatingBeautifully written, disarmingly frank and utterly charmingRichard's devastating honesty makes his journey from gay pop-star to celibate parish priest comprehensible even to of the most readable memoirs of 2014.It is a tale of redemption and of a sinner come to transformation... The Church of England is all the better for having such a priest within its ranks.Full of wit and humour about finding god, and Jimmy Somerville.Richard Coles has achieved a rare thing in writing an astonishingly honest autobiography, which, alongside the sex and drugs, presents Christian faith in a way that will surely be invitingly intriguing to an audience well beyond the church. ..An immensely enjoyable memoir, whether a reader's primary interest is the music industry, the impact of AIDS, the Church of England, or a wonderfully Anglican combination of all three.Witty, honest and - no pun intended - irreverent, it is very much a personal and at times hearbreaking account about what it was like ot be day during the period with a bit of pop-world gossip thrown in as well. Readable to say the least.The memoir of popular BBC Radio 4 SATURDAY LIVE presenter and former member of the Communards, the Reverend Richard Coles.

The Reverend Richard Coles is the presenter of Saturday Live on BBC Radio 4. He read Theology at King's College London, and after ordination worked as a curate in Lincolnshire and subsequently at St Paul's, Knightsbridge, in London. He is the author of Fathomless Riches and Lives of the Improbable Saints. He lives in his parish of Finedon, Northamptonshire.

BBC Radio 4 provides a regular platform for Richard Coles each Saturday, and he has also appeared regularly on Radio 3's NIGHTWAVES, BBC TV's NEWSNIGHT REVIEW and HAVE I GOT NEWS FOR YOU.Richard Coles was an inspiration for the character of Adam Smallbone (played by Tom Hollander) in BBC2's sitcom REV, and is one of the inspirations for Bridget's gay friend Tom in BRIDGET JONES'S DIARY.Richard Coles has more than 85,000 followers on Twitter.The book has sold over 15,000 copies in hardcover to date (Bookscan).Following feedback from Consumer Insight, we have come up with a fresh new cover look for the paperback.