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Best Sellers & Awards SUNDAY TIMES NUMBER 1 BESTSELLER Wilde Like Me Louise Pentland Maestra L. S. Hilton


SUNDAY TIMES NUMBER 2 BESTSELLER Mothering Sunday Rosie Goodwin Good Friday Lynda La Plante


IRISH NUMBER 1 BESTSELLER Mothering Sunday Rosie Goodwin Little Bones Sam Blake


SUNDAY TIMES TOP 10 BESTSELLER Nomad James Swallow Exile James Swallow Domina L. S. Hilton


SUNDAY TIMES TOP 15 BESTSELLER Corpus Rory Clements TOP 50 (ALL GENRES) NATIONAL PRINT BESTSELLER Stasi Child David Young My Husband’s Son Deborah O’Connor Evil Games Angela Marsons Bicycles and Blackberries Sheila Newberry The Shock Marc Raabe KINDLE TOP 10 BESTSELLERS Lies T. M. Logan The Last Thing I Remember Deborah Bee Maestra L. S. Hilton Nomad James Swallow The Gingerbread Girl Sheila Newberry Stasi Child David Young Island of Secrets Patricia Wilson Don’t Wake Up Liz Lawler



t’s hard to believe that Bonnier Zaffre has only been publishing for eighteen months and it is a tribute to our talented authors that so many have achieved so much in so short a time – as you can see from the list of bestsellers and awards opposite. We are delighted that our forthcoming publishing programme includes second – and in some cases third – novels from authors who have been with us from the very beginning, but excited, too, to be introducing new names to the list. 2018 marks a step change for our publishing with the arrival of the world’s bestselling epic novelist Wilbur Smith, whose remarkable memoirs we publish in June. The eagerly anticipated sequel to his phenomenal War Cry will follow in the autumn. The success of Lynda La Plante’s Good Friday will be followed by the fourth in the Jane Tennison thriller series, Murder Mile, and we will also be publishing a revised version of her groundbreaking classic Widows, ahead of the Steve McQueen film of the same name. Acclaimed author Harry Sidebottom joins us with his pulse-racing thriller The Last Hour – 24 set in Ancient Rome – as do seasoned crime writers Martyn Waites and J. S. Carol. Celebrated vlogger Louise Pentland, whose debut Wilde Like Me stormed the bestseller lists in 2017, confirms her status as a major new fiction talent with her second novel, and Anton Du Beke, best-loved star of Strictly Come Dancing, proves his phenomenal abilities extend beyond the ballroom with his enchanting first novel due next autumn. Our year begins with a truly remarkable book. Shared with our sister company Echo, part of Bonnier Publishing Australia, The Tattooist of Auschwitz tells a heartbreaking story of love and survival. It speaks of the very best of humanity in the very worst of circumstances and is not easily forgotten. We are proud to be publishing it. Yours sincerely,

Kate Parkin Executive Director, Adult Fiction




Eyes Like Mine SHEENA KAMAL A dark, female-driven suspense novel, for fans of Paula Hawkins, Renee Knight, Jeffery Deaver and Gillian Flynn ’A brave, unflinching heroine and brave, unflinching writing adds up to an extraordinary debut – highly recommended’ Lee Child It’s late. The phone rings. The man on the other end says his daughter is missing. Your daughter. The baby you gave away over fifteen years ago. What do you do?

’Suspenseful, atmospheric and often deeply moving, one of the most complicated and fascinating protagonists I’ve come across in a long time. I’d follow Nora Watts (and her dog) anywhere’ Alison Gaylin HOME • £7.99 • B FORMAT PB • 9781785764455 EXPORT • £6.99 • A FORMAT PB • 9781785764448

Sheena Kamal holds an HBA in Political Science from the University of Toronto, and was awarded a TD Canada Trust scholarship for community leadership and activism around the issue of homelessness, which inspired her debut Eyes Like Mine.

Introducing Nora Watts, a character who will stay with you for a long, long time



Nucleus RORY CLEMENTS The eve of war: a secret so deadly, nothing and no one is safe ’Dramatic . . . pacy and assured’ Daily Mail ’Political polarisation, mistrust and simmering violence’ The Times ’A standout historical novel and spy thriller’ Daily Express June, 1939. England is partying like there is no tomorrow, gas masks at the ready . . . but the good times won’t last. The Nazis have invaded Czechoslovakia, in Germany, Jewish persecution is widespread, and closer to home, the IRA has embarked on a bombing campaign. But perhaps the most far-reaching event goes largely unreported: in Germany, Otto Hahn has produced man-made fission. An atomic bomb is now possible. German High Command knows that Cambridge’s Cavendish Laboratory is also close; they must discover its secrets before it is safe to wage war. When one of the Cavendish’s finest brains is murdered, Professor Tom Wilde is drawn in to the investigation. In a conspiracy that stretches from Cambridge to Berlin, from the US to Ireland, the fate of the world comes to depend on the recovery of a kidnapped child. Can Tom Wilde discover the truth before it is too late? HOME • £12.99 • HB • 9781785763717 HOME • £7.99 • B FORMAT PB • 9781785764523 (JULY) EXPORT • £12.99 • TPB • 9781785763724 EXPORT • £6.99 • A FORMAT PB • 9781785764516 (JULY)

Rory Clements is a Sunday Times bestselling author. He won the Ellis Peters Historical Award for his second novel Revenger and a TV series of his John Shakespeare books is currently in development. Rory lives in Norfolk with his family.


The gripping new spy thriller from Sunday Times bestseller Rory Clements


The Tattooist of Auschwitz HEATHER MORRIS Heartbreaking, human, inspirational. For readers of Schindler’s List and The Man Who Broke into Auschwitz This novel is based on the true story behind one of the most potent symbols of the Holocaust – the blue numbers tattooed on prisoners’ arms. When Lale Sokolov, a Slovakian Jew, was given the job of tattooist in Auschwitz, he used his infinitesimal freedom of movement to help keep fellow victims alive. If caught, he would have been killed; many prisoners owed him their survival. Terrible though this story is, it is also one of hope, of courage – and of love. Waiting in line to be tattooed, was a terrified and shaking young girl. For Lale it was love at first sight, and he was determined he and Gita would survive. Their story, fact-checked against all available documentary evidence and untold for over seventy years, will make you weep, but will also uplift you. It shows the very best of humanity in the very worst of circumstances. HOME • £12.99 • HB • 9781785763649 EXPORT • £12.99 • TPB • 9781785763656

Born in New Zealand, Heather Morris lives and works in Melbourne, Australia. In 2003, she met Lale Sokolov, a meeting that changed both their lives. As their friendship grew, he entrusted her with the task of telling the world the innermost details of his life during the Holocaust.


Based on an unforgettable true story of love and survival amidst the horrors of Auschwitz


Know Me Now CJ CARVER For readers of Peter May, Simon Kernick and Sharon Bolton A thirteen-year-old boy commits suicide. A sixty-five-year-old man dies of a heart attack. Dan Forrester, ex-MI5 agent, is connected to them both. But when he discovers that his godson and his father have been murdered, he teams up with DC Lucy Davies to find answers – and together they discover a terrible secret. £7.99 • PB • 9781785760310

A suicide. A murder A conspiracy Digging up the past can be deadly



C J Carver lived in Australia for ten years before becoming a travel writer and long-distance rally driver. Spare Me the Truth, the first ‘Dan & Lucy’ book, is a finalist for the Ngaio Marsh Best Crime Novel Award.


A Mother’s Grace ROSIE GOODWIN Perfect for fans of Dilly Court, Katie Flynn and Catherine Cookson ‘A moving, heart-warming and incredibly consuming, uplifting read’ Readers’ Digest ‘An absorbing story . . . A vibrant page-turner with entrancing characters’ Margaret Dickinson Some sins are impossible to forgive. Pious young Grace Kettle escapes the world of her unsavoury and bullying father to train to be a nun. But when she meets the dashing and devout Father Luke her world is turned upside down. Her faith is tested and she is driven to make a scandalous and lifechanging choice – one she may well spend the rest of her days seeking forgiveness for. £12.99 • HB • 9781785762376 £7.99 • PB • 9781785762390 (JUL)

Rosie Goodwin is the author of over twenty bestselling novels, selling more than half a million books. She is the first to be allowed to write sequels to three Catherine Cookson trilogies and was a #2 Sunday Times bestseller with her latest novel Mothering Sunday.


The riveting and heartwarming new saga from the Sunday Times bestseller



In Deep Water SAM BLAKE Good intentions can be deadly . . . Cat Connolly is back at work after the explosion that left her on life support. When her best friend, Sarah Jane Hansen, goes missing, Cat comes face-to-face with a professional killer. In the world of missing persons every second counts, but can Cat find Sarah Jane before it’s too late? £7.99 • PB • 9781785760808

No Turning Back

For fans of TENNISON and MISSING, PRESUMED comes the gripping follow-up to the number 1 bestseller, LITTLE BONES

Before We Say Goodbye MADELEINE REISS With only months left together, can he heal his mother’s heart? Josie Hudson’s whole life has been dedicated to one thing: keeping her son Scott alive. But when Scott, now nineteen, finds out that his heart is once again failing – with no hope of a transplant – Josie’s world comes crashing down. Determined to give meaning to their final months, Scott decides to find a match for his mum: someone to be there for her when he will no longer be. Can he transform his mum’s future?

SAM BLAKE Even perfect families have secrets A hit-and-run. A suicide. A possible terrorist threat. It’s just another day in the office for Detective Garda Cat Connolly. For fans of Susie Steiner and Angela Marsons, No Turning Back is a gripping read that has enough twists and turns to keep readers guessing until the very end.

£7.99 • PB • 9781785764196

Madeleine Reiss was born in Athens. She worked for some years in an agency for street performers and comedians and then as a journalist and publicist. She has two sons and lives in Cambridge with her husband and her younger son.

£12.99 • TPB • 9781785760563 (APR)

Sam Blake is a pseudonym for Vanessa Fox O’Loughlin, Ireland’s leading literary scout and the founder of TheInkwell Group publishing consultancy and the hugely popular national writing resources website Writing.ie

A devastatingly beautiful novel about love, family and letting go. Perfect for fans of Jojo Moyes




A Darker State DAVID YOUNG For the Stasi, it’s not just the truth that gets buried When the body of a teenage boy is found weighted down in a lake, Karin Müller, newly appointed Major of the People’s Police, is called to investigate. But her power will only stretch so far, when every move she makes is under the watchful eye of the Stasi. Then, when the son of one of Müller’s team members goes missing – and another body is discovered – it quickly becomes clear that there is a terrifying conspiracy at the heart of this case, one that could fast lead Muller and her young family into very deep water . . . Can she navigate this complex political web and find the missing boy before it’s too late?

‘Masterful . . . intricate, absorbing page-turner’ Daily Express ‘Reminded me of Robert Harris at his best’ Mason Cross HOME • £7.99 • B FORMAT PB • 9781785760709 EXPORT • £6.99 • A FORMAT PB • 9781785763939

David Young was born near Hull and studied Humanities at Bristol Polytechnic. His debut novel Stasi Child won the CWA Historical Dagger, with the follow-up, Stasi Wolf, longlisted for the Theakston Crime Novel of the Year Award. Follow David @djy_writer


The gripping new thriller from the award-winning, bestselling author of STASI CHILD


Kiss Me, Kill Me J. S. CAROL She thought she could trust him. She was wrong When Zoe meets Dan she can’t believe her luck. He’s everything she is looking for in a man – intelligent, charming, supportive. Until they’re married. Then Zoe realises that Dan is controlling, aggressive, paranoid. And there’s no way out. Or is there? When Zoe discovers that she’s pregnant, she realises that the only way she can keep her baby is to leave Dan. But that’s harder than you think. And Dan has plans of his own – plans that don’t necessarily include Zoe. But then, even the best laid plans can go awry, and you really need to be careful about who you trust . . . £7.99 • PB • 9781785763946

J. S. Carol is the author of The Killing Game which has been shortlisted for the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award. As James Carol, he has also written the bestselling ‘Jefferson Winter’ series, the first of which, Broken Dolls, was an Amazon #1.


A twisting psychological thriller for fans of MJ Arlidge, Angela Marsons and TM Logan


The Last Hour HARRY SIDEBOTTOM Jason Bourne meets Gladiator – a thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat ‘Think of The Killing crossed with Andy McNab, crossed with Mary Beard’ Evening Standard A lone figure stands silhouetted atop the Mausoleum of Hadrian. Behind him, the sun is setting over the centre of the known world. Far below, the river is in full flood. The City of Rome lies on the far bank. Footsteps pound up the stairs. He’s been set up; he is cornered. He jumps. Bruised and battered, he crawls out of the raging river. Alone, unarmed, without money or friends, the City Watch has orders to take him alive; other, more sinister, forces want him dead. He has only twenty-four hours to expose a deadly conspiracy, and save the leader of the world. If the Emperor dies, chaos and violence will ensue. If the Emperor dies, so will every single person he loves. He must run, bluff, hide and fight his way across the Seven Hills. He must reach the Colosseum, and the Emperor. He must make it to the last hour. HOME • £12.99 • HB • 9781785764219 £7.99 • B FORMAT PB • 9781785764257 (NOV) EXPORT • £12.99 • TPB • 9781785764226

Harry Sidebottom teaches Ancient History at Oxford. His foray into fiction began with his Warrior of Rome series, which has sold over half a million copies. The Last Hour, his tenth novel, introduces us once again to Marcus Clodius Ballista, hero of the Warrior of Rome books.


one man A thousand enemies 24 hours to stay alive


29 Seconds T. M. LOGAN A dangerous offer. A terrible choice When Sarah Haywood rescues a young girl in trouble, she is placed in the debt of a powerful and dangerous man. He lives by his own brutal code, and all debts must be repaid – in the only way he knows how. He offers Sarah a way to solve an impossible situation with her intolerable boss. A once-in-a-lifetime deal that could turn her life around and make all her problems disappear. No consequences. No comeback. No chance of being found out. All it takes is a 29-second phone call. Because everyone has a name to give. Don’t they? ‘A tense and gripping thriller’ BA Paris, bestselling author of Behind Closed Doors £7.99 • PB • 9781785770807

T. M. Logan studied at Queen Mary and Cardiff universities before becoming a national newspaper journalist. He now lives in Nottinghamshire with his wife and two children. Follow him @TMLoganAuthor



The sensational new page-turning thriller from the number 1 bestselling author of LIES





Anything for Her G. J. MINETT

In the race to stop a deadly attack, just pray she’s not too late

You’d do anything for the one that got away, wouldn’t you?

March, 1976. The height of The Troubles.

She asks him for help faking her own suicide. But then she disappears for good.

When Detective Constable Jane Tennison survives a deadly explosion, she finds herself in the middle of a media storm. Minutes before the blast, she caught sight of the bomber. Too traumatised to identify him, she is nevertheless a key witness. As work continues round the clock to unmask the terrorists, the Metropolitan police are determined nothing will disrupt their annual Good Friday dinner. Hundreds of detectives will be present. Then Jane has a flashback. She knows she can identify the bomber, knows how very close to her the IRA is. Jane must convince her senior officers that her instincts are right before there’s another bloodbath. HOME • £7.99 • B FORMAT PB • 9781785763304 EXPORT • £6.99 • A FORMAT PB • 9781785763342

Lynda La Plante is the author of 26 international bestsellers and creator of the award-winning TV series Prime Suspect. Her first breakthrough TV series Widows will be a major movie in 2018. Lynda was awarded a CBE for services to Literature, Drama and Charity in 2008.

A devilish psychological thriller for fans of THE GIRL BEFORE and LIE WITH ME

When Billy Orr returns home to spend time with his dying sister, he bumps into his ex-girlfriend Aimi, the love of his life. He’d do anything for her then, and he’d do anything for her now. When Aimi tells him that she wants to escape her abusive husband, Billy agrees to help her fake her own death. But is she still the Aimi that Billy remembers from all those years ago? Sometimes trusting the one you love is the wrong thing to do. £7.99 • PB • 9781785763885

G. J. Minett studied for an MA in Creative Writing at the University of Chichester, and won the 2010 Chapter One Prize for unpublished novels with the opening chapter of his debut novel, The Hidden Legacy.

JANE TENNISON, star of ITV series Prime Suspect, is back as we’ve never seen her before




The First Dance CATHERINE LAW To find what she has lost, she must go back to the beginning 1924. The First World War is over and eleven-year-old Alexa is growing up on the idyllic Cornish coast with her best friend Harvey. But she soon discovers there are secrets at the heart of her family that have been hidden for years. 1931. Alexa flees Cornwall for the intoxicating city of Venice. But her new glamorous life is not what she hoped for and, with dark shadows closing in on her, Alexa will question everything she thought she wanted. £7.99 • PB • 9781785760518

Catherine Law was born in Harrow in 1965 and trained as a secretary at the BBC before becoming a journalist. She now lives in Margate, Kent. Follow her @cathmarialaw


A spellbinding tale of mysteries and secrets and a love that will last forever _ for fans of Santa Montefiore


Ultima L. S. HILTON First there was Maestra. Then there was Domina. Now there is Ultima Can a fake set Judith Ashleigh free? Brutal, frank, entirely uncompromising, there’s only one threat she hasn’t conquered. Love. For readers of Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train, this is 2018’s ultimate glossy summer read for seekers of high-octane thrills.

‘I want the next L. S. Hilton with an aching, selfish yearning I do not feel for the Man Booker list’ Stephen Bayley, The Amorist ‘Murderous and provocative’ The Times ‘A rip-roaring read. Sharp and extremely well written’ Daily Mail HOME • £12.99 • HB • 9781785760891 £7.99 • B FORMAT PB • 9781785760846 (AUG) EXPORT • £12.99 • TPB • 9781785760914 EXPORT • £6.99 • A FORMAT PB • 9781785764028 (AUG)

L. S. Hilton grew up in England and has lived in Key West, New York City, Paris, and Milan. After graduating from Oxford, she studied art history in Paris and Florence. She has worked as a journalist, art critic and broadcaster, and is presently based in London.


The last high-end art thriller in the darkly erotic Maestra trilogy



The Women of the Castle JESSICA SHATTUCK In war they made impossible choices. Now can they live with them? ‘Surprises and devastates’ New York Times Bavaria, 1945. The Third Reich has fallen. The Russian army is coming. Marianne von Lingenfels’s husband was executed for his part in the plot to assassinate Hitler. After Germany’s brutal defeat, she is left with nothing but the crumbling castle where she once lived and the determination to survive. She rescues her dearest friend’s widow, Benita, from sexual slavery to the Russian army, and Ania from a work camp, certain their shared pain will bind them together. All three women must grapple with the realities they now face in these terrifying days. Can they ever overcome the consequences of decisions each made in the darkest of times? £7.99 • PB • 9781785763625

Jessica Shattuck lives with her husband and three children in Massachusetts. The novel is based on seven years of research, writing and delving into Jessica’s own family history.

The New York Times bestseller, perfect for fans of All the Light We Cannot See

The Assassin of Verona BENET BRANDRETH ‘Entertaining and ebullient’ Elizabeth Buchan, Daily Mail Venice, 1586. William Shakespeare is disguised as a steward to the English Ambassador. He and his friends Oldcastle and Hemminges possess a deadly secret: the names of the catholic spies in England who seek to destroy Queen Elizabeth. Before long the Pope’s agents will begin to close in on them and fleeing the city will be the players’ only option. Events will converge in the forests around Verona as a multitude of plots are hatched and discovered, players fall in and out of love and disguises are adopted and then discarded. Will Shakespeare and his friends escape with their secrets – and their lives?

’Playful and inventive’ The Times £7.99 • PB • 9781785762154

Benet Brandreth is a Shakespearian expert, a rhetoric coach, a lawyer, a performer, a martial artist, and now an author too.

A thrilling new novel of conspiracy, intrigue and rapier-sharp wit





The Curious Heart of Ailsa Rae STEPHANIE BUTLAND Ailsa Rae is learning how to live ‘Intriguing and touching’ Sunday Express Just months after a life-saving heart transplant, Ailsa Rae is finding that ordinary life is hard. It should be a joyful adventure, but . . . Her relationship with her mother is at breaking point. She knows she needs to find her father. She’s missed so much that her friends have left her behind. And then there’s Lennox, best friend and lover. He was sick too. He didn’t make it. And now she’s supposed to face all of this without him. But her new heart is a bold heart. She just needs to learn to listen to it . . .

Smart, compelling and irresistible, perfect for fans of ELEANOR OLIPHANT IS COMPLETELY FINE

First to Die ALEX CAAN Somewhere in the crowd is a killer ‘Kept me guessing right until the end. I loved it’ Crime Thriller Girl on Cut to the Bone Bonfire Night and St James’s Park is filled with thousands of Anonymous protesters in a stand-off with the police. When a cloaked, Guido Fawkes mask-wearing body is discovered the following morning, Kate Riley and Zain Harris from the Police Crime Commissioner’s office are called in. The corpse has been eaten away by a potentially lethal and highly contagious virus. The autopsy reveals the victim was a senior civil servant, whose work in international development involved saving lives. So why would anyone want him dead? £7.99 • PB • 9781785761881

£7.99 • PB • 9781785764400

Stephanie Butland is the author of the acclaimed Lost for Words. She lives in Northumberland where she writes in a studio at the bottom of her garden, and loves being close to the sea. www.stephaniebutland.co.uk; @Under_blue_sky

Alex Caan was born in Manchester. He works in Information Systems Security and is currently specialising in Terrorism Studies.

An up-to-the-minute procedural thriller. For fans of Sarah Hilary and Eva Dolan




Wilde Like Me LOUISE PENTLAND ‘Warm and engaging’ Sophie Kinsella ‘I’m smitten’ Lindsey Kelk ‘Gorgeous, witty, reassuring’ Daisy Buchanan ‘Funny, heartfelt, tender and empowering!’ Giovanna Fletcher

THE NUMBER 1 SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER! Perfect for fans of Sophie Kinsella and Lindsey Kelk

Robin Wilde is an awesome single mum. She’s great at her job. Her best friend Lacey and bonkers Auntie Kath love her and little Lyla Blue to the moon and back. From the outside, everything looks just fine. But behind the mask, things sometimes feel grey. And lonely. After 4 years (and 2 months and 24 days!) of single-mum-dom, it’s time for Robin Wilde to Change. Her. Life! A little courage, creativity and help from the wonderful women around her go a long way, as Robin embarks on an unforgettable adventure . . . HOME • £7.99 • B FORMAT PB • 9781785763038 EXPORT • £6.99 • A FORMAT PB • 9781785764325

Louise Pentland is a #1 Sunday Times bestselling author, a Global UN Ambassador for Gender Equality and a beauty and lifestyle blogger with 3.7m YouTube followers, 2.1m Twitter followers and 2.4m Instagram followers. This is her debut novel. Robin Wilde returns in 2018.




Mister Peacock’s Possessions LYDIA SYSON 1873. An intrepid family of British settlers are determined to make a deserted Pacific island their own ‘Syson brings history alive’ Observer ‘Beautifully written’ Guardian But hope crumbles and what, to them, is a bountiful paradise, quickly turns dark and frightening as the horrific history of the island makes itself known. A vulnerable boy goes missing at the same time as party of indentured young men from a neighbouring island arrive to work. The dark recent past of the place is brought to the fore as two cultures clash. The young men, the missing boy’s teenage sister, and their charismatic, domineering father must choose their allegiance. Making the wrong choice will have fatal consequences . . . HOME • £12.99 • HB • 9781785761867 EXPORT • £12.99 • TPB • 9781785764882

Before turning to writing Lydia Syson was a BBC radio producer. She has written three acclaimed YA novels and non fiction, and this is her first novel for an adult audience. She is a Royal Literary Fellow for the Courtauld Institute. Visit www.lydiasyson.com and follow Lydia on Twitter: @lydiasyson


A novel of possession, power and loss of innocence, for fans of MISTER PIP and THE POISONWOOD BIBLE



Don’t Make a Sound DAVID JACKSON The darkest, most sensational thriller you will read this year Meet the Bensons. A pleasant enough couple. They keep themselves to themselves. They wash their car, mow their lawn and pass the time of day with their neighbours. And they have a beautiful little girl called Daisy. There’s just one problem. Daisy doesn’t belong to the Bensons. They stole her. And now they’ve decided that Daisy needs a little brother or sister. D. S. Nathan Cody is about to face his darkest and most terrifying case yet.

This incredible breakout novel will keep you gripped right to the end HOME • £12.99 • HB • 9781785763915 £7.99 • PB • 9781785763908 (NOV) EXPORT • £12.99 • TPB • 9781785763960

David Jackson is the bestselling author of Cry Baby. His debut novel, Pariah, was Highly Commended in the Crime Writers’ Association Debut Dagger Awards. He lives on the Wirral peninsula with his wife and two daughters. Follow David @Author_Dave.


The sensational new thriller from the bestselling author of CRY BABY




Villa of Secrets



‘Outstanding. An extraordinary recreation of ancient Rome. Miss this at your peril’ Ben Kane

The secret history of the wartime occupation of Rhodes will not stay hidden . . .

In a darkened cell, a brutally deposed dictator lies crippled – deprived of his power, his freedom – and his eyes. His only companion is the young boy who brings him his meagre rations. Ten years later, the new ruler’s son watches uneasily over his father’s empire as a wealthy senator arrives with his young, angry ward. The senator is witty but inscrutable, generous with his time and money to a leader in desperate need of a friend – and he wears a bandage over his blinded eyes . . .

‘Marvellous . . . an astonishing tale’ Sunday Express £7.99 • PB • 9781785763052

David Barbaree is a lawyer and a graduate of the Curtis Brown Creative Writing School. He lives in Toronto with his wife and daughter.

After years of trying to conceive a child, Rebecca Neumanner’s dream is no closer to coming true and her once-happy marriage is near collapse.

A rich, compelling and stunningly beautiful read, perfect for your summer holiday

When she receives news from her estranged grandmother in Rhodes, it seems like the perfect escape. The beautiful countryside, stunning sea and charming community hold the promise to heal her battered heart, but once she arrives she realises how little she knows about her grandmother. From freedom fighting during the Second World War to the secrets that tore a family apart, this is the story of three women who must come together to unite a family divided. £7.99 • PB • 9781785764394

Patricia Wilson was first inspired to write when she dug up a WWII machine gun in her garden in the Cretan village of Amiras. She now lives on Rhodes. Her first novel Island of Secrets sold 130k copies. This is her second novel.

More gripping than Game of Thrones and more ruthless than House of Cards _ a stunning new thriller of power, treachery and revenge




Ghost JAMES SWALLOW ‘Unputdownable. A must-read’ Wilbur Smith on Nomad When betrayal strikes at the heart of the Rubicon team, Marc Dane uncovers the plot of a deadly cadre of black-hat mercenary hackers – to use an unstoppable virtual weapon against vulnerable civilian targets. Is their plan to spread chaos and to sell their skills to the highest bidder? Or is there a deeper, more personal agenda at work? As attacks unfold across the world – crippling power grids, crashing trains, sowing panic and worse – Marc must call on all his skills and ingenuity to track down the mysterious ‘Madrigal’ before the ruthless hacker’s plans bring the world to the brink of war. HOME • £12.99 • HB • 9781785763748 £7.99 • B FORMAT PB • 9781785763779 (DEC) EXPORT • £12.99 • TPB • 9781785763755 EXPORT • £6.99 • A FORMAT PB • 9781785764875 (DEC)

James Swallow is a scriptwriter and veteran author with over 750,000 books currently in print around the world. He was BAFTA-nominated for his writing on the critically acclaimed video game Deus Ex: Human Revolution.


The explosive new Marc Dane action thriller from the international bestselling author of NOMAD and EXILE


On Leopard Rock WILBUR SMITH The first ever memoirs from the Number One global bestselling adventure author From being attacked by lions to close encounters with deadly reef sharks, from getting lost in the African bush without water to crawling the precarious tunnels of gold mines, from marlin fishing with Lee Marvin to near death from crash-landing a Cessna airplane, from brutal school days to redemption through writing and falling in love, Wilbur Smith tells us the intimate stories of his life that have been the raw material for his fiction. Always candid, sometimes hilarious, and never less than thrillingly entertaining, On Leopard Rock is testament to a writer whose life is as rich and eventful as his novels are compellingly unputdownable. £20.00 • HB • 9781785765308

‘I’ve been writing novels for over fifty years. I was lucky enough to miss the big wars and not get shot, but lucky enough to grow up among the heroes who had served in them and learn from their example. I have lucked into things continuously. I have done things which have seemed appalling at the time, disastrous even, but out of them have come another story or a deeper knowledge of human character and the ability to express myself better on paper, write books which people enjoy reading. Along the way, I have lived a life that I could never have imagined. I have been privileged to meet people from all corners of the globe, I have been wherever my heart has desired and in the process my books have taken readers to many, many places. I always say I’ve started wars, I’ve burned down cities, and I’ve killed hundreds of thousands of people – but only in my imagination!’


Wilbur Smith has lived an incredible life of adventure, and now he shares the extraordinary true stories that have inspired his fiction


Shelter SARAH FRANKLIN A woman’s life torn apart by war. What price will she pay for her freedom?

‘A wonderful, affecting debut’ Red Spring, 1944. Connie Granger has escaped her bombed-out city home, finding refuge in the Women’s Timber Corps. For her, this remote community must now serve a secret purpose. Seppe, an Italian Prisoner of War, is haunted by his memories. In the forest camp, he finds a strange kind of liberty. Their meeting signals new beginnings. As the war rages on foreign shores, old certainties are crumbling, and both must now make a life-defining choice. Is the price they’ll pay for freedom too great? £7.99 • PB • 9781785762826

Sarah Franklin is a judge for the Costa Prize, lectures in publishing at Oxford Brookes University and has written for the Guardian, Psychologies magazine, The Pool, the Sunday Express and the Seattle Times. She lives near Oxford with her family. @SarahEFranklin

‘Its characters pulse with life and energy . . . vividly rendered’ Daily Mail



‘Life affirming and compelling’ Clare Mackintosh


The Old Religion MARTYN WAITES Welcome to the dark heart of Cornwall He was running from his past. She was running from her future. Sometimes helping a stranger is the last thing you should do . . . The Cornish village of St Petroc is the sort of place where people come to hide. Tom Killgannon is one such person. An ex-undercover cop, Tom is in the Witness Protection Programme hiding from some very violent people. When Lila, a seventeen-year-old runaway, breaks into Tom’s house, she takes more than just his money. His wallet holds everything about his new identity. He also knows that Lila is in danger from the travellers’ commune she’s been living in. Something sinister has been going on there and Lila knows more than she realises. But to find her he risks not only giving away his location to the gangs he’s in hiding from, but also becoming a target for whoever is hunting Lila. HOME • £12.99 • HB • 9781785764318 EXPORT • £12.99 • TPB • 9781785764141

Martyn Waites trained at the Birmingham School of Speech and Drama and appeared in Inspector Morse, Spender and The Bill. Following critical success with his Martyn Waites titles, he then enjoyed commercial success with the books written under the pseudonym of Tania Carver.


Peter May and Ann Cleeves meet The Wicker Man in this dark and chilling thriller


Widows LYNDA LA PLANTE Facing life alone, they turned to crime together ‘A rare ring of authenticity’ Sunday Telegraph ‘Satisfyingly full of twists and turns’ Independent on Sunday When a security van heist goes disastrously wrong, three armed robbers are burnt to death. Their widows – Dolly Rawlins, Linda Perelli and Shirley Miller – are left to cope with the aftermath. But then Dolly discovers her husband’s bank deposit box. It contains a gun, money and detailed plans for the hijack that just went so terribly wrong. Dolly has three options: she could hand over Harry’s ledgers to Detective Inspector Resnick. She could hand them over to the bunch of thugs who want to take over Harry’s turf. Or, she and the other widows could finish the job their husbands started. As they rehearse the raid until it is pitch perfect, the three women realise that Harry Rawlins’ plan required four people and recruit hooker Bella O’Reilly. But only three bodies were discovered in the carnage of the original hijack. So who was the fourth, and where is he now? £7.99 • PB • 9781785763328

Lynda La Plante is the author of 26 international bestsellers and creator of the award-winning TV series Prime Suspect. Her first breakthrough TV series Widows will be a major movie in 2018. Lynda was awarded a CBE for services to Literature, Drama and Charity in 2008.


A revised new edition of the groundbreaking heist thriller, set to be a major movie in 2018


The Helicopter Heist JONAS BONNIER A race against time to pull off the ultimate heist Four men gather in Stockholm, preparing to steal millions from the largest cash facility in the country. The plan is foolproof. Every contingency is covered, every detail planned perfectly. But not everyone is as they seem. They each have a secret. And one might just sabotage the biggest robbery the country has ever seen.

A pulse-racing thriller about a spectacular real-life robbery. Perfect for readers of James Patterson and James Swallow £7.99 • PB • 9781785764271

Jonas Bonnier is a novelist, screenwriter and journalist. He was the CEO & President of the Bonnier Group from 2008 until 2014. Jonas Bonnier lives with his wife and two children in Miami.


A page-turning thriller based on an incredible true story


It All Falls Down SHEENA KAMAL Nora Watts is being hunted ‘Utterly compelling. Will stay with you for a long, long time’ Jeffery Deaver on Eyes Like Mine The suspenseful thriller featuring ’ a brave, unflinching heroine’ (Lee Child), Nora Watts is ’a fresh and original character who grips the reader with her grit and courage’ (Sarah Ward, Crimepieces). When Nora Watts is approached by a man claiming to know her late father, she is thrown into turmoil. Struggling with the imminent death, from cancer, of her friend and mentor Sebastian Crow, she is unprepared for the memories that this encounter brings back. What happened to her father that made him kill himself and abandon Nora and her sister? Heading to Detroit to try and find some answers about his life there, Nora expects to discover a reason behind his suicide. Instead, she finds more questions than answers. But trouble always follows Nora, and it’s found her in Detroit, a city that is as broken as she is. HOME • £12.99 • HB • 9781785764097 EXPORT • £12.99 • TPB • 9781785764103

Sheena Kamal holds an HBA in Political Science from the University of Toronto, and was awarded a TD Canada Trust scholarship for community leadership and activism around the issue of homelessness, which inspired her debut Eyes Like Mine.


For fans of Sharon Bolton and Peter Swanson comes another gripping read from the author of Eyes Like Mine


The Anomaly MICHAEL RUTGER They sought the truth. They found a nightmare A TV crew arrive in the Grand Canyon led by Nolan Moore, amateur archeologist and host of The Anomaly Files, a web-based show dismissed by the experts but adored by conspiracy theorists. Following the trail of a turn of the century explorer, the team seek proof of a hidden cave within the canyon, filled with ancient treasures. At first, it seems that, once again, the crew will be returning to LA empty-handed. But then their luck turns. They find a cave – and artifacts beyond their wildest imagination. But soon the team’s elation will descend into a nightmare as they become trapped within the cavern’s dark passages with little possibility of escape. Then events take an even more terrifying turn.

An utterly gripping action adventure, The Anomaly will leave you breathless until the final page has been turned HOME • £12.99 • HB • 9781785763984 EXPORT • £12.99 • TPB • 9781785763991

Michael Rutger is the pseudonym for an internationally bestselling thriller writer. He lives in LA.


An adventure thriller that grips like a vice Indiana Jones meets Michael Crichton

Killing It ASIA MACKAY Prepare to meet Lex Tyler. A badass, uncompromising, compelling heroine for our times It’s her first day back at work after maternity leave. Her suit is too tight and she worries about the separation from her daughter as she leaves her with the nanny – but it’s normal to worry, right? But Lex isn’t a ‘normal’ mother. She’s an elite-trained killer who works for a covert department within Her Majesty’s Secret Service. She’s just been given the assignment of her life, but can she juggle motherhood with her dangerous career and prove to everyone, including herself, that she’s still the best? Her world just isn’t ready for an operational new mother, but no one tells Lex Tyler ‘you can’t’ £7.99 • PB • 9781785764530

Asia Mackay lives in London with her husband, four children and two dogs. She can’t remember the last time she had a full night’s sleep.

James bond meets Nikita, for the unmumsy mum generation





Robin Wilde – Book 2 LOUISE PENTLAND ‘Warm and engaging’ Sophie Kinsella ‘I’m smitten’ Lindsey Kelk ‘Gorgeous, witty, reassuring’ Daisy Buchanan ‘Funny, heartfelt, tender and empowering!’ Giovanna Fletcher ‘Hilarious, moving and extremely well written’ Style Magazine Robin Wilde is back! Join Robin Wilde and Lyla, Lacey and Auntie Kath once again in this hilarious, a little heartbreaking, and completely unforgettable brand new novel by number one bestseller Louise Pentland. HOME • £12.99 • HB • 9781785764622 EXPORT • £12.99 • TPB • 9781785764639

Louise Pentland is a #1 Sunday Times bestselling author, a Global UN Ambassador for Gender Equality and a beauty and lifestyle blogger with 3.7m YouTube followers, 2.1m Twitter followers and 2.4m Instagram followers.


From the #1 Sunday Times bestselling author Louise Pentland: Robin Wilde is back!


Murder Mile LYNDA LA PLANTE The fourth of the Sunday Times bestselling Jane Tennison series, Murder Mile is set at the height of the ‘Winter of Discontent’. Can Jane Tennison uncover a serial killer? Prime Suspect meets Ashes to Ashes as we see Jane Tennison starting out on her police career February, 1979. Economic chaos has led to widespread strikes across Britain. Jane Tennison, now a Detective Sergeant, has been posted to Peckham CID, one of London’s toughest areas. As the rubbish on the streets begins to pile up, so does the murder count: two bodies in as many days. There are no suspects and the manner of death is different in each case. The only link between the two victims is the location of the bodies, found within a short distance of each other near Rye Lane in Peckham. Three days later another murder occurs in the same area. Press headlines scream that a serial killer is loose on ‘Murder Mile’ and that police incompetence is hampering the investigation. Jane is under immense pressure to catch the killer before they strike again. Working long hours with little sleep, what she uncovers leaves her doubting her own mind. HOME • £18.99 • HB • 9781785764660 EXPORT • £12.99 • TPB • 9781785764677

Lynda La Plante is the author of 26 international bestsellers and creator of the award-winning TV series Prime Suspect. Her first breakthrough TV series Widows will be a major movie in 2018. Lynda was awarded a CBE for services to Literature, Drama and Charity in 2008.


Lynda La Plante: Queen of Crime Drama


The much-anticipated sequel to the global bestseller War Cry WILBUR SMITH An epic tale of war, passion and of two people’s determination to find each other amidst the ruins of Europe – and build a new world together. Wilbur Smith is a global phenomenon: a distinguished author with a large and established readership built up over fifty-five years of writing with sales of over 120 million novels worldwide. Born in Central Africa in 1933, Wilbur became a full-time writer in 1964 following the success of When the Lion Feeds, and has since published over thirty novels, including the Courtney series, the Ballantyne series, the Egyptian series, the Hector Cross series and many successful standalone novels, all meticulously researched on his numerous expeditions worldwide. His books have now been translated into twenty-six languages. The establishment of the Wilbur & Niso Smith Foundation in 2015 cemented Wilbur’s passion for empowering writers, promoting literacy and advancing adventure writing as a genre. The foundation’s flagship programme is the Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize. For all the latest information on Wilbur visit www.wilbursmithbooks.com or www.facebook.com/WilburSmith


Announcing the brand new Courtney series novel from the legendary Wilbur Smith


The Debut Novel by ANTON DU BEKE London, 1936. Late evening Inside the spectacular ballroom of an exclusive hotel the rich and powerful, politicians, films stars, even royalty, rub shoulders with the talented dancers from all around the world, who must enchant them, captivate them, and sweep away their cares. From behind plush curtains and discreet doors, the unseen staff of the hotel dream and listen – and watch . . . The storm clouds of war are gathering, and beneath the glitz and glamour lurks a world of scandal and secrets.

Let’s dance . . . HOME • £20.00 • HB • 9781785764806 EXPORT • £12.99 • TPB • 9781785764813

Anton Du Beke is one of the most instantly recognisable dancers today, best known for his role on Strictly Come Dancing and has 185k Twitter followers. Known as Mr Debonair, Anton brings all the wit, charm and style he’s famous for to his debut novel.

If you love Downton Abbey, Mr Selfridge, The Halcyon and Belgravia, you’ll adore this


Autumn 2018: Be sure to make a date with Anton Du Beke Prepare to be swept off your feet



The Little Angel ROSIE GOODWIN

Monday’s child is fair of face . . . ‘The new Catherine Cookson’ Coventry Evening Telegraph

Perfect for fans of Dilly Court, Katie Flynn and Catherine Cookson

‘Rosie writes such heart-warming sagas’ Lyn Andrews

The only dedicated online community for saga fans Memory Lane engages those many thousands of readers who delight in the heart-warming and often courageous stories of ordinary women’s lives throughout the years. Readers sign up to receive seasonal newsletters full of lifestyle features, exclusive sneak peeks at future publications, puzzles, giveaways and much more! Plus extra bonus emails when their favourite authors publish new titles. This is a chance for readers to share memories, photographs, recipes and stories from their own families’ history and discover the very best of saga writing from authors old and new.

1896, Nuneaton. Left on the doorstep of Treetops Children’s Home, young Kitty captures the heart of her guardian, Sunday, who has never been blessed with a child of her own. Kitty brings sunshine and joy, and grows into a beguiling young girl. But then Kitty is summoned to London by her birth mother. At first London offers Kitty excitement and adventure. With her delicate beauty and the voice of an angel, she attracts a promising singing career and some dashing suitors. But those now close to Kitty are not what they seem. If Kitty is to have any chance of happiness, this little angel must protect herself from devils in disguise . . . and before it’s too late. FEB • £7.99 • PB • 9781785762369

A Mother’s Grace ROSIE GOODWIN

Tuesday’s child is full of grace . . . ‘A moving, heart-warming and incredibly consuming, uplifting read’ Readers’ Digest

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‘An absorbing story . . . A vibrant page turner with entrancing characters’ Margaret Dickinson Some sins are impossible to forgive. Pious young Grace Kettle escapes the world of her unsavoury and bullying father to train to be a nun. But when she meets the dashing and devout Father Luke her world is turned upside down. Her faith is tested and she is driven to make a scandalous and life-changing choice – one she may well spend the rest of her days seeking forgiveness for. FEB • £12.99 • HB • 9781785762376 JUL • £7.99 • PB • 9781785762390

 osie Goodwin is the author of over R twenty bestselling novels, selling more than half a million books. She is the first to be allowed to write sequels to three Catherine Cookson trilogies and was a #2 Sunday Times bestseller with her latest novel Mothering Sunday. 66



Keep the Home Fires Burning S. BLOCK The war was not won on the battlefield . . . 1940, Great Paxford, Cheshire. In Britain’s darkest hour, an extraordinary community of women strives to protect the Home Front. When an enemy plane crashes into the village, every one of their lives will change forever . . .

JAN • £6.99 • PB • 9781785763601

S. Block, the creator and writer behind the Home Fires TV series watched by over six million viewers, is a BAFTA award-winning writer. He’s worked on TV shows such as New Tricks, Lewis, Wire in the Blood, Hotel Babylon and The Inspector Lynley Mysteries.


The Crofter’s Daughter EILEEN RAMSAY She never knew her strength . . . until she had no choice 1914. With her men at war, Mairi has an almost insurmountable task. Can she keep her family farm going? What will be left of her, her home and the men she loves when the war is over? MAY • £6.99 • PB • 9781785762284

The G.I. Bride EILEEN RAMSAY They came to fight the Nazis, but will they stay for love? After the Blitz took her parents, April decided to leave London for Cornwall. Training as a nurse, she finds hope in the new friends she makes and the American G.I.s that arrive. But when a bomb lands close to home she’ll need courage she never knew she had. AUG • £6.99 • PB • 9781785762437

Eileen Ramsay, recent chair of the Romantic Novelists’ Association, spent a number of years teaching abroad in the US, but now lives in her native Scotland, writing sagas full time.






The Girl With No Home

The Essex Girls

Time to Say Goodbye




‘Gloriously nostalgic, a perfect example of her talent’ Maureen Lee

1964, Colchester. Sexual liberation is only the beginning

1888. Abandoned by her mother, Jerusha marries a reliable farmer from Kent, believing she’s found her home. Until he dies tragically.

Best friends Sandra and Linda live on a Essex housing estate. They are mods: they have the clothes, a milk bar with a juke box and Ready Steady Go! on television on a Friday night.

A young woman’s journey through adversity, to break your heart and put it back together again

Could the arrival of the mysterious Joe Finch, a traveller seeking work on her farm and a home for his daughter, give Jerusha the happy ending she’s been waiting for? MAR • £6.99 • PB • 9781785764561

Mince Pies Under The Mistletoe SHEILA NEWBERRY ‘Warm and cosy. You can feel the love and care put into every juicy morsel’ Diane Allen 1894. When young Tilly becomes maid to the Searle family in a draughty cottage on the Isle of Sheppey, she believes she’s finally found somewhere to belong.

But the world around them is changing fast. Against the backdrop of the Ban-the-Bomb marches and clashes between mods and rockers, Linda and Sandra have some difficult choices to make . . . APR • £6.99 • PB • 9781785764424

Elizabeth Woodcraft grew up a mod on an Essex housing estate. She worked for the National Women’s Aid Federation before being called to the Bar, where she represented Greenham Common Peace Protesters, Anti-Apartheid demonstrators and Clause 28 activists. Now she is a full time writer.

1947. Lizzie Wood, now Lizzie Carter, thought she left her troubles behind when she escaped her family for the bright lights of London and a marriage to the man she loves. But temptation and trouble are never far away, and Lizzie finds her dramatic past isn’t ready to let her go. MAY • £7.99 • PB • 9781785763632

Melody Sachs started out as an actress in West End cabaret, before marrying beloved Fawlty Towers actor Andrew Sachs. She went on to study antique textiles and design with her creations frequently featured in Tatler, Brides and Wedding magazines. This is her second novel.

But with war approaching, trouble lies ahead for Tilly and her new family, and her happy ending proves difficult to hold on to. NOV • £6.99 • PB • 9781785764554

Sheila Newberry was born in Suffolk and spent a lot of time there both before and during the war. She is the author of over sixteen saga novels, including the bestselling Bicycles and Blackberries and The Gingerbread Girl.



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