‘Miss Blaine’s Prefect and the Golden Samovar’ by Olga Wojtas

Miss Blaine’s Prefect and the Golden Samovar was published to coincide with the centenary of the birth of The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark, but don’t let anyone tell Wojtas’ protagonist that! Fifty-something Shona Ferguson is a member of the crème de la crème, as she likes to remind the reader from […]

‘The Rasputin Dagger’ by Theresa Breslin

In The Rasputin Dagger, award-winning author Theresa Breslin returns with an epic tale of love, friendship and loss set against the backdrop of the Russian revolution. With a care for historical detail and accuracy evidenced by her other books such as The Medici Seal and Remembrance, Breslin’s skill for evoking the details of everyday life […]

‘Riverkeep’ by Martin Stewart

Martin Stewart’s debut novel Riverkeep, a gripping account of a young man’s quest to save his father, draws on several Gothic elements to create a dark and brooding tale that has been compared to the work of Patrick Ness, Philip Pullman, and Ursula Le Guin. Publisher Penguin acquired the manuscript based on a 2000-word short […]


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