Coming Soon: PARIS, BLOCK BY BLOCK by Cierra Block


On May 30th, Welbeck Publishing is due to publish the latest art book by Cierra Block, PARIS, BLOCK BY BLOCK! Written and illustrated by Block, here’s the synopsis…

Paris is seen the world over as one of the most beautiful, romantic and iconic cities you can visit, and it has more places to eat and things to see than you could manage in a lifetime. Paris, Block by Block is the essential guide to the unmissable places to go, covering everything from restaurants to boutiques, galleries to parks, all illustrated with 50 of Cierra Block’s distinctive maps. Each map starts with an idea – it might be, Where’s the best croissant in Paris? What is the place everyone should visit in the Latin Quarter? Or, where can you lose hours people-watching? From there, Cierra has curated a list of the best places from Montmartre to The Marais, Champs Élysées to St-Germain, and has painted a charming accompanying map. Patisserie to fashion, the most impressive views to Seine-side activities, there really is something for everyone.

The follow-up to 2022’s London Block by Block and 2023’s New York Block by Block, this book will be an inspiration for all, whether it’s your first visit to the city, a seasoned traveller or an all-your-life local. That’s the wonderful thing about Paris – there’s always more to explore!

As mentioned in the synopsis, above, Cierra Block has also created two other books: LONDON BLOCK BY BLOCK and NEW YORK BLOCK BY BLOCK — they are both out now, also published by Welbeck Publishing!

Gary Wigglesworth’s THE BOOK LOVER’S QUIZ BOOK 2 is Out Now!


THE BOOK LOVER’S QUIZ BOOK 2, Gary Wigglesworth‘s acclaimed new book, is out now! Published by Robinson, here’s the synopsis…

Put your bookworm reputation on the line and prove your literary knowledge with this collection of quizzes for book whizzes.

Book lovers can answer questions by themselves or host a quiz among friends with twenty-four quizzes to keep you guessing with a variety of question styles including:
– ‘Blankety Books’, where you must fill in the missing word in each title
– Anagrams to decipher
– ‘Two of a Kind’, where you must identify a character and author who share the same initials
– Guess the book with ‘Say What You See’ pictures and badly drawn covers
– ‘Book Bingo’

The quizzes are carefully weighted so avid bookworms will get a workout, while more casual readers can still have lots of fun having a go. All questions are designed to aid guessing, with multiple-choice answers and hints, and make the reader smile with amusing wrong answers, clever red herrings, little-known facts and footnotes.

Robinson also published the first Book Lover’s Quiz Book, which Val McDermid called ‘The perfect gift for quizzers’. Be sure to follow Gary’s Twitter account for news and updates about upcoming quizzes he’s running!

Here are just a few of the early reviews for the new quiz book…

‘A delightful book that leads to yet more delightful books – there are no wrong answers, because every time you can’t answer the question you’ll be excited that has led to a book that you need to get to know. Best read near a library’ — Robin Ince

‘For someone like me who loves books and loves quizzes, this is perfection. But I’m struggling to answer the question, “Is this a book about quizzes or a quiz about books?”‘ — Charlie Higson, writer, comedian and actor

‘An entertaining challenge for all book-lovers’ — Claire Fuller, award-winning author of Unsettled Ground

‘Delightfully twisty questions to find out whether you’re the greatest of the book nerds’ — Ben Aaronovitch

‘There aren’t many sequels that outdo the original — The Godfather II. Home Alone 2. Aliens. To that limited list we need to add THE BOOK LOVER’S QUIZ BOOK 2. Bookworms rejoice! It’s even wittier, wiser and more challenging than the excellent original’ — Peter Hanington, author of the William Carver novels

‘The questions are brilliantly funny, wide-ranging and surprising’ — Bethan Roberts, author of My Policeman

‘Perfect for the home, the pub or waiting in a queue, THE BOOK LOVER’S QUIZ BOOK 2 will remind you of your favourite books and give you a list of new ones to search out. The questions range from “I know that!” to ones that will make your brain attempt a desperate bid for freedom. In other words, an absolute delight of a book’ — Johnny Mains, award-winning editor and creator of Dead Funny: Horror Stories By Comedians

Cierra Block’s NEW YORK BLOCK BY BLOCK Out Tomorrow!


Cierra Block‘s latest, gorgeous art book, NEW YORK BLOCK BY BLOCK is out tomorrow! To be published by OH Editions, a division of Welbeck Publishing, here’s the synopsis…

Whether you’re a fast-talking, swift-walking local or a tourist visiting the Big Apple for the first time, this book is for you.

Arguably the most iconic city in the world, New York has more places to eat and things to see than you could manage in a lifetime. In New York Block by Block, artist Cierra Block reveals the best of the city, covering everything from secret leafy streets to inspiring bookstores, world-class museums to the best pizza, all accompanied by 40 vibrant maps. Featuring the most notable places to eat, what to see, where to walk and what to do, this is a guide like no other. Wander around Brooklyn like a local, grab the best bagels in town or see priceless masterpieces; the possibilities are endless. That’s the wonderful thing about New York – there’s always more to explore!

Block’s first book, LONDON BLOCK BY BLOCK is also published by OH Editions — out now in the UK and in North America. The book is also available in Spain, published by Lunwerg Editores as LONDRES SIN SECRETOS.

Gary Wigglesworth’s THE BOOK LOVER’S QUIZ BOOK 2 Out Next Month!


Gary Wigglesworth‘s THE BOOK LOVER’S QUIZ BOOK 2 is out next month! Due to be published by Robinson, on October 5th, it’s the second volume in the author’s acclaimed quiz series! Here’s the synopsis…

Put your bookworm reputation on the line and prove your literary knowledge with this collection of quizzes for book whizzes.

Book lovers can answer questions by themselves or host a quiz among friends with twenty-four quizzes to keep you guessing with a variety of question styles including:
– ‘Blankety Books’, where you must fill in the missing word in each title
– Anagrams to decipher
– ‘Two of a Kind’, where you must identify a character and author who share the same initials
– Guess the book with ‘Say What You See’ pictures and badly drawn covers
– ‘Book Bingo’

The quizzes are carefully weighted so avid bookworms will get a workout, while more casual readers can still have lots of fun having a go. All questions are designed to aid guessing, with multiple-choice answers and hints, and make the reader smile with amusing wrong answers, clever red herrings, little-known facts and footnotes.

Robinson also published the first Book Lover’s Quiz Book, which Val McDermid called ‘The perfect gift for quizzers’. Be sure to follow Gary’s Twitter account for news and updates about upcoming quizzes he’s running!

Here are just a few of the early reviews for the new quiz book…

‘A delightful book that leads to yet more delightful books – there are no wrong answers, because every time you can’t answer the question you’ll be excited that has led to a book that you need to get to know. Best read near a library’ — Robin Ince

‘For someone like me who loves books and loves quizzes, this is perfection. But I’m struggling to answer the question, “Is this a book about quizzes or a quiz about books?”‘ — Charlie Higson, writer, comedian and actor

‘An entertaining challenge for all book-lovers’ — Claire Fuller, award-winning author of Unsettled Ground

‘Delightfully twisty questions to find out whether you’re the greatest of the book nerds’ — Ben Aaronovitch

‘There aren’t many sequels that outdo the original — The Godfather II. Home Alone 2. Aliens. To that limited list we need to add THE BOOK LOVER’S QUIZ BOOK 2. Bookworms rejoice! It’s even wittier, wiser and more challenging than the excellent original’ — Peter Hanington, author of the William Carver novels

‘The questions are brilliantly funny, wide-ranging and surprising’ — Bethan Roberts, author of My Policeman

‘Perfect for the home, the pub or waiting in a queue, THE BOOK LOVER’S QUIZ BOOK 2 will remind you of your favourite books and give you a list of new ones to search out. The questions range from “I know that!” to ones that will make your brain attempt a desperate bid for freedom. In other words, an absolute delight of a book’ — Johnny Mains, award-winning editor and creator of Dead Funny: Horror Stories By Comedians

Rebecca Brownlie’s ABANDONED IRELAND Out Next Week & Nominated for Irish Book Award!


We’re very happy to report that, not only is Rebecca Brownlie‘s ABANDONED IRELAND is due to be published next week by Merrion Press, but it is also nominated for an Irish Book Award! Specifically, the book is nominated for the TheJournal.ie Best Irish Published Book of the Year 2022.

Many congratulations to Rebecca!

Here’s the synopsis for the book…

Abandoned Ireland travels the length and breadth of the island of Ireland visiting and documenting our forgotten buildings, highlighting their social importance, and bringing their stories back to life through the medium of photography.

From Big Houses to humble cottages, schools to prisons, churches to dance halls, these buildings may now be abandoned, but they are far from empty. As a photographer, Brownlie’s instincts are remarkable. In the seemingly ruined and mundane she finds diamonds in the rough; her images of the ordinary ephemera of past lives – dusty love letters, rusting spectacles, photographs yellowed and curled with age – paint the pictures of real people and full lives.

Rebecca Brownlie’s photography reverberates with the echoes of our ancestors. Bursting with engaging and often surprising details, each haunting photograph is an invitation to immerse yourself  in history, and an Ireland long gone.

Upcoming Tobias Capwell Events & New Publication!


We’re very happy to report that Tobias Capwell has a rather busy schedule for the next couple of months! First of all, he has contributed a chapter to the new book, THE FUNERAL ACHIEVEMENTS OF HENRY V AT WESTMINSTER ABBEY: THE ARMS AND ARMOUR OF DEATH, which is published by Boydell & Brewer. The author’s chapter is ‘The Funerary Helm of King Henry V: A Helm for the Joust of Peace, c.1390-1420’. Here’s the book’s synopsis…

Ground-breaking new studies of Henry V’s chapel, tomb and funeral service have new revelations and insights into the time.

Before Henry V set out in 1415 on the campaign which culminated in victory at Agincourt, he made a will laying down precise instructions for a chantry chapel to be constructed in Westminster Abbey after his death, so that he could be buried close to his saintly ancestor Edward the Confessor. Seven years later the king died at Vincennes, and his body was brought back for burial in the Abbey; the elaborate funeral took place on 7 November 1422. His chapel was probably finally completed in the 1440s, and remains a distinctive feature of Westminster Abbey to this day.

This book, stimulated by the 600th anniversary of the death of this iconic king, sheds new light on his funeral service and the design of his ornate chantry chapel and tomb. It also considers each of the “funeral achievements” — saddle, helm, shield and sword – traditionally associated with him. Drawing on up-to-date research by experts in each field, with exciting input from new technologies, it investigates the construction and form of the arms and weapons, as well as providing fascinating insights into the material culture and commemoration of royalty in the fifteenth century and beyond.

Capwell will also be taking part in a number of events in October and November. Fans of Tobias’s work should definitely add the following dates to their calendars…

Monday 24 October, 18:00- 20:00 — Wallace Collection, ‘In Conversation’ series — Capwell will be interviewing Philippa Langley, discoverer of the grave and remains of Richard III.

In 2012, Philippa Langley led the successful search for the grave of King Richard III through her ‘Looking For Richard Project’. Following seven and a half years of enquiry, she identified the likely location of the church and grave, leading to the sensational discovery of the remains of Richard III – a story told in the new feature film from Pathé, The Lost King, directed by Stephen Frears.

Tuesday 25 October, 18:00-20:00 — THE FUNERAL ACHIEVEMENTS OF HENRY V: THE ARMS AND ARMOUR OF DEATH book launch at Westminster Abbey.

Sunday 30 October, 18:00: Interview at the Riverside Cinema in Woodbridge, about his work on THE LOST KING film — a live event introducing the cinema’s first showing of the film.

1-4 November — Capwell will be in Lisbon, speaking at the Institute for Medieval Studies.

Monday 7 November, 18:00-20:00 — Wallace Collection, ‘In Conversation’ series — Capwell will be interviewing author and historian Dan Jones about Richard III, and also discuss the new film THE LOST KING.

Must history be transformed into mythology in order to be remembered? How can we tell the difference? Join curator Tobias Capwell and internationally bestselling author and historian, Dan Jones, as they discuss how the real history of King Richard III has become intertwined with myth and misconception.

Saturday 12 November — Capwell and six of his knights will ride in full plate armour in the Lord Mayor’s Show in London, to mark the 700th anniversary of the Worshipful Company of Armourers and Brasiers (Capwell is a Freeman of the Company).

Monday 21 November, 18:00-20:00 — Wallace Collection, ‘In Conversation’ series — Capwell in conversation with armourer Fred Ryall and historical costumier Ninya Mikhaila — they discuss THE LOST KING, and their work on the film.

Richard III is one of only two English medieval kings to be slain in battle. His image as a warrior dominates our view of him today – an image reimagined many times in popular culture. Now, a new portrayal has been created for the feature film from Pathé, The Lost King, directed by Stephen Frears. 

Cierra Block’s LONDON BLOCK BY BLOCK Out Now in North America!


The North American edition of Cierra Block‘s LONDON BLOCK BY BLOCK is out today! Published by OH! Editions, the book is based on Block’s popular Instagram account, which she launched in 2018. Featuring fantastic, highly-detailed illustrations of some of the best and most interesting spots in London, here’s the synopsis…

For anyone who loves London – whether you’re visiting for the weekend or are a die-hard local – this is the book for you.

Artist Cierra Block loves to create maps, and this compilation will have you uncovering the best things London has on offer. Featuring the most notable places to eat, what to see, where to walk and what to do, this is a guide like no other.

Vibrantly illustrated, Cierra lists all the top addresses and areas to explore. Find out where to indulge in the best afternoon tea and festive mince pies; jump on a bike and take a spin around Shoreditch or Hampstead like a local; or follow in the footsteps of the Suffragettes.

From haunted spots for true-crime lovers, to the best bookshops, romantic strolls and coffee pit-stops, London, Block by Block will make your next visit to London the most memorable one yet.

The book is also available in the UK (published last week), and Spanish rights have been sold to Editorial Planeta SA.

Cierra Block’s LONDON BLOCK BY BLOCK Out Now in the UK!


The UK edition of Cierra Block‘s LONDON BLOCK BY BLOCK is out today! Based on the author’s popular Instagram account, featuring highly-detailed illustrations of some of the best and most interesting spots in London, it is published by OH! Editions. Here’s the synopsis…

For anyone who loves London – whether you’re visiting for the weekend or are a die-hard local – this is the book for you.

Artist Cierra Block loves to create maps, and this compilation will have you uncovering the best things London has on offer. Featuring the most notable places to eat, what to see, where to walk and what to do, this is a guide like no other.

Vibrantly illustrated, Cierra lists all the top addresses and areas to explore. Find out where to indulge in the best afternoon tea and festive mince pies; jump on a bike and take a spin around Shoreditch or Hampstead like a local; or follow in the footsteps of the Suffragettes.

From haunted spots for true-crime lovers, to the best bookshops, romantic strolls and coffee pit-stops, London, Block by Block will make your next visit to London the most memorable one yet.

The book will also available in North America from next week (September 20th – also published by OH! Editions). Spanish rights have been sold to Editorial Planeta SA (we’ll share cover and more details as soon as we have them).

Next Week: LONDON BLOCK BY BLOCK!


This is just a reminder that Cierra Block‘s LONDON BLOCK BY BLOCK is out next week in the UK! Due to be published by OH! Editions, the book is based on Block’s popular Instagram account of the same name. A fantastic illustrated guide to some of the best and most interesting spots in London, here’s the synopsis…

For anyone who loves London – whether you’re visiting for the weekend or are a die-hard local – this is the book for you.

Artist Cierra Block loves to create maps, and this compilation will have you uncovering the best things London has on offer. Featuring the most notable places to eat, what to see, where to walk and what to do, this is a guide like no other.

Vibrantly illustrated, Cierra lists all the top addresses and areas to explore. Find out where to indulge in the best afternoon tea and festive mince pies; jump on a bike and take a spin around Shoreditch or Hampstead like a local; or follow in the footsteps of the Suffragettes.

From haunted spots for true-crime lovers, to the best bookshops, romantic strolls and coffee pit-stops, London, Block by Block will make your next visit to London the most memorable one yet.

The book will available in North America next week (also via OH! Editions), and Spanish rights have been sold to Editorial Planeta SA.

Announcing LONDON BLOCK BY BLOCK!


We’re very happy to report that Stevie Finegan has sold World Rights to Cierra Block‘s LONDON BLOCK BY BLOCK to OH! Editions, in a two-book deal. The deal was announced by The Bookseller and BookBrunch late last week. The book — which will be out in September — is based on Block’s popular Instagram account, which she launched in 2018, and features highly-detailed illustrations of some of the best and most interesting spots in London. Here’s the book’s synopsis…

For anyone who loves London – whether you’re visiting for the weekend or are a die-hard local – this is the book for you.

Artist Cierra Block loves to create maps, and this compilation will have you uncovering the best things London has on offer. Featuring the most notable places to eat, what to see, where to walk and what to do, this is a guide like no other.

Vibrantly illustrated, Cierra lists all the top addresses and areas to explore. Find out where to indulge in the best afternoon tea and festive mince pies; jump on a bike and take a spin around Shoreditch or Hampstead like a local; or follow in the footsteps of the Suffragettes.

From haunted spots for true-crime lovers, to the best bookshops, romantic strolls and coffee pit-stops, London, Block by Block will make your next visit to London the most memorable one yet.

The book is due to be published in the UK on September 15th, and in North America on September 20th. Spanish rights have also sold to Editorial Planeta SA.

Associate publisher of OH! Editions Kate Pollard had this to say of the books…

‘Cierra’s maps are not just beautiful to look at, they contain addresses of hidden gems that even London locals might not know about. I’m thrilled to have worked with Cierra on this project, and I must confess that I myself have discovered some new haunts and rediscovered some areas of London I’d forgotten about during lockdown. I’m very much looking forward to working with her on her next instalment.’

DEFYING THE DRAGON Out Tomorrow in North America!


DEFYING THE DRAGON, the latest book by Stephen Vines, which examines the origins and legacy of the popular protest movement in Hong Kong, is out tomorrow in North America! Published by Oxford University Press, here’s the synopsis…

Defying the Dragon tells a remarkable story of audacity: of how the people of Hong Kong challenged the PRC’s authority, just as its president reached the height of his powers. Is Xi’s China as unshakeable as it seems? What are its real interests in Hong Kong? Why are Beijing’s time-honoured means of control no longer working there? And where does this leave Hongkongers themselves?

Stephen Vines has lived in Hong Kong for over three decades. His book shrewdly unpacks the Hong Kong-China relationship and its wider significance — right up to the astonishing convergence of political turmoil and international crisis with Covid-19 and the 2020 crackdown.

Vividly describing the uprising from street level, Vines explains how and why it unfolded, and its global repercussions. Now, the international community is reassessing relations with Beijing, just as Hong Kong’s rebellion and China’s handling of the pandemic have exposed the regime’s weakness. In a crisis that has become existential all round, what lies ahead for Hong Kong, China and the world?

The book is also available in the UK, published by Hurst Publishers. DEFYING THE DRAGON has already received a number of prominent endorsements. Here are just a few examples…

‘One of the most important stories of our times of the fight against authoritarian regimes. The best way to understand China is through the lens of Hong Kong’s struggles.’Nathan Law, leading democracy activist

‘A definitive, compelling account of a drama that has gripped the world. Vines interweaves frontline reporting, insights from key players and a local’s knowledge to chronicle Hong Kong’s defiant challenge to the might of Xi Jinping’s China.’Philip Sherwell, Asia correspondent, Sunday Times

William Gibson’s DISTRUST THAT PARTICULAR FLAVOR Now Available in UK Audio!


William Gibson‘s acclaimed collection of essays, DISTRUST THAT PARTICULAR FLAVOR is now available in the UK as an audiobook! Published by W. F. Howes, here’s the synopsis…

Distrust That Particular Flavor — an acclaimed nonfiction collection by William Gibson, bestselling author of NEUROMANCER William Gibson was writing fiction when he predicted the internet. And as his stories bled into reality so he became one of the first to report on the real-world consequences of cyberspace’s growth and development.

Now, with the dust settling on the first internet revolution, comes Gibson’s first collection of non-fiction — essays from the technological and cultural frontiers of this new world. These and many other pieces, collected for the first time in Distrust that Particular Flavour, are studded with revealing autobiographical fragments and map the development of Gibson’s acute perceptions about modern life. Readers of Neal Stephenson, Ray Bradbury and Iain M. Banks will love this book.

The print and eBook editions of DISTRUST THAT PARTICULAR FLAVOR are published in the UK by Penguin.

Here are just a few of the great reviews the collection has received…

‘Gibson is a prophet and a satirist, a black comedian and an astounding architect of cool. He’s also responsible for much of the world we live in.’Spectator

‘William Gibson’s collected essays mark him out as a remarkable visionary.’ — Guardian

‘Gibson is, of course, one of our greatest science-fiction writers, exalted for his talent for depicting futures that are just around the corner… Gibson’s writing enters the bloodstream like a drug, producing a mild hallucinogenic effect that lasts for hours… Such is the power of his prose that when I glanced up from the pages of this book and surveyed the street-side around me, I felt as if I were wearing Gibson-glasses…’ — New York Times

‘While his dark and glittering novels still provide the best introduction to his work for newcomers, anyone already in thrall to his sidelong perspective on the world will find lots to enjoy here.’ The Telegraph

‘William Gibson is one of our finest science fiction authors, because he knows that people are the strangest products science has ever produced. And his new essay collection, DISTRUST THAT PARTICULAR FLAVOR, gives us insight into how he came to understand that so well, when many other SF authors struggle to see it. DISTRUST does not disappoint: Gibson completists will definitely need the book, but I also recommend it for Gibson newbies who want to get a grip on where he’s coming from. Fans of Gibson’s voice will recognize in his non-fiction the luminous, open-ended sound of his novels. Part of that sound comes from the nature of his ideas; the rest, from his skill in bringing the dream-state of our culture to us in lucid yet elusive prose… Gibson’s fiction is in some ways deeply autobiographical: after reading this collection of lovely essays, it’s clear where his characters get their joy for art, music, The Footage, and blue jeans of inscrutable provenance.’ io9.com

‘… it’s a testament to Gibson’s clinical skills as a writer (and first-class observer) that he can make a fleeting, long-ago first impression sound like a revelation, albeit one on a very deliberately small scale… for all Gibson’s self-effacement, he has highly evolved powers of observation… Though he’s often lauded as a big-picture man, these pieces make one thing clear: He’s even better with the little details.’ — Onion AV Club

Zeno represents William Gibson in the UK and Commonwealth, on behalf of Nell Pierce at Sterling Lord Literistic.

Anniki Sommerville’s HOW TO BE A BOSS AT AGEING is out now in the UK!


Anniki Sommerville‘s new non-fiction book, HOW TO BE A BOSS AT AGEING is out now! Published by Thread Books, it’s available in print and digital editions. The title may be familiar, because the author also hosts a podcast of the same name — so, if you’re a fan of the podcast, you should definitely check out the book, and vice versa. Here’s the synopsis…

Do you find yourself fighting the urge to go to bed at 8pm? Do you look at your laughter lines and wonder what was ever so funny? Do you listen to the charts and not have a clue who’s singing? Do images of celebrities over forty in swimsuits just make you want to drink more wine?

If you answered yes to any of the above, then this is the book for you.

Funny, honest, and packed with advice, this is a must-read for any woman experiencing – and not particularly relishing – the effects of ageing. Anniki Sommerville shares her own experiences with those of other women as well as advice from experts – Sali Hughes, Cariad Lloyd, Meg Mathews, Emma Gannon and Dr Karen Gurney among others – to help you navigate this journey including:

  • Demystifying the menopause and how to deal with fluctuating moods and hormones.
  • Breaking the taboo of cosmetic surgery and why we need to start having honest conversations about ageing and beauty.
  • Exploring the reality of fertility treatment and motherhood including what happens when you’re peri-menopausal and parenting small kids.
  • How feeling bad about our bodies can often be a barrier to feeling good about sex and tips on how you can change that.
  • Why ambition is not a dirty word in middle age and how to stop feeling invisible in the workplace.
  • How to deal with grief and losing loved ones as we age.

How to be a Boss at Ageing will show you how not to give up when ageing creeps up. It’s time to rip up the rule book on what it means to grow older as a woman and embrace midlife. There’s no need to retire into cardigans and comfy slacks just yet.

Sommerville is also the author of MOTHERWHELMED, published by One Chapter More. The author’s next novel, HANG ON, is also out later this year (due to be published by One Chapter More) — we’ll share more information soon.

DEFYING THE DRAGON by Stephen Vines Out This Week in the UK!


DEFYING THE DRAGON, the latest book by Stephen Vines, is out this week in the UK! Published by Hurst Publishers on March 25th, it examines the origins and legacy of the popular protest movement in Hong Kong. Here’s the synopsis…

Defying the Dragon tells a remarkable story of audacity: of how the people of Hong Kong challenged the PRC’s authority, just as its president reached the height of his powers. Is Xi’s China as unshakeable as it seems? What are its real interests in Hong Kong? Why are Beijing’s time-honoured means of control no longer working there? And where does this leave Hongkongers themselves?

Stephen Vines has lived in Hong Kong for over three decades. His book shrewdly unpacks the Hong Kong-China relationship and its wider significance — right up to the astonishing convergence of political turmoil and international crisis with Covid-19 and the 2020 crackdown.

Vividly describing the uprising from street level, Vines explains how and why it unfolded, and its global repercussions. Now, the international community is reassessing relations with Beijing, just as Hong Kong’s rebellion and China’s handling of the pandemic have exposed the regime’s weakness. In a crisis that has become existential all round, what lies ahead for Hong Kong, China and the world?

The book is due to be published in North America by Oxford University Press, in May. DEFYING THE DRAGON has already received a number of prominent endorsements. Here are just a few examples…

‘A detailed chronicle of Hong Kong’s fight in the face of repression. Anyone who cares about Hong Kong and China will definitely want to read this book.’Joshua Wong, Hong Kong’s most famous democracy advocate

‘A superb book about Beijing’s ruthless and depressing efforts to stamp out Hong Kong’s freedoms, erode its rule of law and attack its identity as an open society. Vines, a brave and distinguished journalist, sets this sad story of a great international city within the brutal politics of the Chinese regime.’Lord Chris Patten, last British governor of Hong Kong

‘A definitive, compelling account of a drama that has gripped the world. Vines interweaves frontline reporting, insights from key players and a local’s knowledge to chronicle Hong Kong’s defiant challenge to the might of Xi Jinping’s China.’Philip Sherwell, Asia correspondent, Sunday Times

‘One of the most important stories of our times of the fight against authoritarian regimes. The best way to understand China is through the lens of Hong Kong’s struggles.’Nathan Law, leading democracy activist

Three Weeks: HOW TO BE A BOSS AT AGEING by Anniki Sommerville


In three weeks, Thread Books are due to publish Anniki Sommerville‘s new non-fiction book, HOW TO BE A BOSS AT AGEING! The author also hosts a podcast of the same name, so there’s plenty of bonus content for readers who want more (or vice versa — fans of the podcast should definitely check out the book). Here’s the synopsis…

Do you find yourself fighting the urge to go to bed at 8pm? Do you look at your laughter lines and wonder what was ever so funny? Do you listen to the charts and not have a clue who’s singing? Do images of celebrities over forty in swimsuits just make you want to drink more wine?

If you answered yes to any of the above, then this is the book for you.

Funny, honest, and packed with advice, this is a must-read for any woman experiencing – and not particularly relishing – the effects of ageing. Anniki Sommerville shares her own experiences with those of other women as well as advice from experts – Sali Hughes, Cariad Lloyd, Meg Mathews, Emma Gannon and Dr Karen Gurney among others – to help you navigate this journey including:

  • Demystifying the menopause and how to deal with fluctuating moods and hormones.
  • Breaking the taboo of cosmetic surgery and why we need to start having honest conversations about ageing and beauty.
  • Exploring the reality of fertility treatment and motherhood including what happens when you’re peri-menopausal and parenting small kids.
  • How feeling bad about our bodies can often be a barrier to feeling good about sex and tips on how you can change that.
  • Why ambition is not a dirty word in middle age and how to stop feeling invisible in the workplace.
  • How to deal with grief and losing loved ones as we age.

How to be a Boss at Ageing will show you how not to give up when ageing creeps up. It’s time to rip up the rule book on what it means to grow older as a woman and embrace midlife. There’s no need to retire into cardigans and comfy slacks just yet.

Sommerville is also the author of MOTHERWHELMED, published by One Chapter More. The author’s next novel, HANG ON, is also out later this year (due to be published by One Chapter More) — we’ll share more information soon.