Free book giveaway
Thanks to everyone who entered our free book giveaway. The lucky winner of a Special Edition of Nick Cave's And the Ass Saw the Angel, drawn from the hat by newest author Martyn Downer (see below), was Dmitri Marine from Quebec. We will be giving away free books from time to time: if you want to know about these treats, befriend us on Facebook. We will be doing these offers only through this.
Coming Out Soon in Paperback
Martyn Downer on Horace de Vere Cole, the great prankster who invented himself as, among other things, The Sultan of Zanzibar. But Cole was much more than just a joker. He was an old Etonian who, like many of his class, was drawn to the Bohemian world of London's demi-monde. He was heir to a fortune but spent his final years in dire poverty. He was the great joker of his day, but had in his character an undercurrent of violence and discontent. His background was privileged yet he had strong socialist sympathies which expressed themselves in his pranks. Downer skilfully brings him to life.
Alexander Baron is a writer who deserves more recognition than he has had recently. He was once a bestseller, with major film adaptations of his work, and he is still as good as ever. We are doing two of his best novels, From the City, From the Plough and The Lowlife. The first of these was acclaimed when it was first published in the late forties as the first fictional representation of the ordinary soldier under the strains or war, and during the preparations for it. Baron was himself a soldier in D-Day, and the book's realism is unmistakeable. This new edition has an introduction by Sean Longden, author of To the Victor the Spoils and Dunkirk: The Men They Left Behind. The Lowlife is the story of a feckless but semi-respectable Jewish gambler, Harryboy. His rackety life is uneventful, and he keeps himself to himself, until a new family moves into his building in Hackney, triggering a chain of events are triggered that move Harryboy into dangerous and life-threatening territory.