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Philip Kazan’s THE BLACK EARTH was recommended by Antonia Senior in The Times (Saturday 14th April) as her historical fiction Book of the Month, calling it ‘… (a) stunning novel…’and that … (Kazan) ‘… has triumphed with this tale of the Second World War.’ She concludes that ‘… This is the novel I will be pressing on family and friends over the summer’. THE BLACK EARTH – published April 19th by Allison & Busby

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The second book in Robert Radcliffe’s gripping Airborne Trilogy tells the extraordinary story of a young soldier, a new regiment, and how, together, they changed the course of a war. “Radcliffe movingly evokes the desperate camaraderie and permanent threat of death… The tribute to courage and endurance remains memorable.” The Sunday Times “Racliffe writes with knowledge and skill… there is humour, as well as horror, in this fascinating and convincing novel.” The Times “A born storyteller.” Sunday Telegraph Radcliffe strips the well-worn genre bare and builds it into something quite unexpected – a historical journey with an all-too human edge.” Scotsman

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WeAreTheCity, the professional women’s networking website are serialising Marcello: Love in the City by Marcello. A perfect lighthearted romantic beach read or for your working commute to set you up for the day, you can see the first piece here: https://www.wearethecity.com/marcello-love-city-1-wanted-king-dating-bloggers For more posts by this author and to buy the book, see here: https://www.wearethecity.com/marcello-love-city

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Kate Bradley has signed UK Commonwealth rights, excluding Canada, for two books by debut adult fiction author Cathy Hopkins from Christopher Little at the Christopher Little Literary Agency LLP in association with Curtis Brown. THE KICKING THE BUCKET LIST, tells the story of three estranged sisters thrown together by the terms of their mother’s will. HarperCollins will publish in Spring 2017.

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CITV have announced that Michael Rosen, former children’s laureate and writer of ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’, and Cathy Hopkins, author of books for teens including the ‘Mates, Dates’ and ‘Million Dollar Mates’ series of books will join Peter Andre on the judging panel for this year’s Share a Story. Share a Story not only gives kids from 5 to 12 years old the chance to have their story turned into a short animation and get it shown on the CITV channel – the lucky winners will also join Peter for a day at CITV in MediaCityUK, directing the animators and doing their very own voiceover. Friday 1st May 2015 at 6pm is the deadline for entries – for more information see here: http://www.itv.com/citv/share-a-story Cathy says: “Having seen the impressive results from previous years, the standard of work submitted by entrants and what a fantastic opportunity the winners get to see their story made into film, I am delighted to be part of the process this year. It’s going …

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