The Sunday Times printed a spectacular review of Robert Winder's The Last Wolf: The Hidden Springs of Englishness in yesterday's paper. Calling the book a "spirited, provocative and thoroughly entertaining investigation of Englishness", Dominic Sandbrook tells us that "In his final pages, he produces as convincing a description of Englishness as any I have read. Forget all the stuff about “values”, he says. Englishness is an “approach”, a “knack” of “negotiating a path between extremes”: land and sea, city and countryside, earnest and frivolous, new and old. To be English is to flirt with excess, but always to return to the “sensible middle ground”."

Read the full review, here.

Published on 3rd August, The Last Wolf asks, what sort of a place is England? And who are the English? As the United Kingdom turns away from its European neighbours, and begins to look increasingly disunited at home, it is becoming necessary to ask what England has that is singular and its own.

It is often assumed that the national identity must be a matter of values and ideas. But in Robert Winder's brilliantly-written account it is a land built on a lucky set of natural ingredients: the island setting that made it maritime; the rain that fed the grass that nourished the sheep that provided the wool, and the wheat fields that provided its cakes and ale. Then came the seams of iron and coal that made it an industrial giant.

In Bloody Foreigners Robert Winder told the rich story of immigration to Britain. Now, in The Last Wolf, he spins an English tale. Travelling the country, he looks for its hidden springs not in royal pageantry or politics, but in landscape and history.

Medieval monks with their flocks of sheep . . . cathedrals built by wool . . . the first shipment of coal to leave Newcastle . . . marital contests on a village green . . . mock-Tudor supermarkets - the story is studded with these and other English things.

And it starts by looking at a very important thing England did not have: wolves.

Robert Winder was literary editor of the INDEPENDENT for 5 years. He has written two novels.

Pre-order the book here.

Scribner to publish Nancy Campbell's 'THE LIBRARY OF ICE'

We're very pleased to share that Simon & Schuster imprint, Scribner is set to publish Nancy Campbell's debut non-fiction title, The Library of Ice.

Scribner's Rowan Cope said that the book “demonstrate[s] the vibrancy of British narrative non-fiction at the moment”. 

Nancy Campbell

Nancy Campbell

The Library of Ice combines memoir with scientific and cultural history. The poet and writer spans the northern reaches of Greenland and the British Museum via the ice houses of Calcutta and the ice hockey rinks of the Middle East as well as offering insights into Arctic communities and European archives of ice.

A spokesperson said: “The Library of Ice evokes the interplay of people and their environment on a fragile planet, and a writer’s quest to define the value of her work in a disappearing landscape.”

Cope acquired world English language rights from Kirsty McLachlan here at DGA, and it is due to be published in hardback in late 2018.

Cope said: “All of us here are delighted to welcome Nancy Campbell [...] to Scribner." "Nancy demonstrate[s] the vibrancy of British narrative non-fiction writing at the moment.

"[She also shows the] power of the personal narrative to illuminate issues – such as [...] the environmental crises we face – that can have deep resonance and urgency for us all."

Congratulations Nancy!

M G Leonard wins the Branford Boase Award!

We're delighted to share that M G Leonard and her editors, Barry Cunningham and Rachel Leyshon of Chicken House have won the 2017 Branford Boase Award for Beetle Boy! The award is given annually to the author and editor of the outstanding debut novel for children.

On a shortlist that reflects the current boom in original, inventive, well-written books for children aged 8 – 12, M G Leonard’s thrilling adventure of a boy and his beetle, and the array of wonderfully villainous adults lined up against them, stood out for its humour, characters and plotting and because of Leonard’s special understanding of her young audience.

Beetle Boy fuses science and sleuthing. When Darkus’s dad goes missing a giant beetle called Baxter comes to his rescue, but can the two solve the mystery of his dad's disappearance, especially when links emerge to cruel Lucretia Cutter and her penchant for beetle jewellery?

The book is already an international bestseller with rights sold in more than 30 different countries and has thousands of young fans in the UK who love this rollicking adventure.

On winning the award Leonard said: 

‘My heart is brimming over with joy and delight that Beetle Boy has won the Branford Boase Award. I would never have dreamed such a prestigious award was within my reach, because my literary beginnings were extremely humble. I wrestled unsuccessfully with the English language at school and didn't get to university until my late twenties, doing my first degree with the Open University. My route into higher education, writing and storytelling was provoked and inspired by my love of the theatre.

The language of entomology was new to me when I began writing Beetle Boy, and the vocabulary alien. I worked for the best part of a decade, researching coleoptera, writing and rewriting the story to introduce the reader to this new language without alienating them. I love my subject, I love my characters and I'm over the moon that the award will help put the book into the hands of more children. I hope the story will inspire children to go outside, turn over a stone, or look amongst the flowers and marvel at the wonder of the insect world.

I am particularly happy that this award is shared with my editors Barry Cunningham and Rachel Leyshon. Everyone who writes a book knows it is a team effort. My editors have taught me a great deal, and helped me to develop confidence in my writing. I am excited about our partnership and what stories we might bring into the world together in the future.’

Last year’s winner, Horatio Clare, a judge for the 2017 award said: ‘Beetle Boy is a wonderfully funny, energetic and involving story. It combines classic story-telling with a tremendous sense of fun and excitement. I expect children will be reading it with huge pleasure and interest for many years to come.’ He added, ‘This win is good news for books and beetles!’

Chair of the judges, children’s literature expert Julia Eccleshare said, ‘The UK children’s book market is booming, and our shortlist reflected all the new vigour and excitement in the market. M.G. Leonard is a classic storyteller, in the tradition of Roald Dahl or Dodie Smith, but an original voice. We predict that once again the Branford Boase Award judges have recognized an author who will be thrilling young readers for decades to come.’

The Branford Boase Award is the only award to recognise the role of the editor in nurturing new talent.

Winning editors Rachel Leyshon and Barry Cunningham said: ‘We were so lucky to find in Maya one of the best debut authors we’d ever come across – one who knew the story she wanted to write, and who was then so willing and able to beetle away on it, editorially speaking. We are thrilled that she has received this hugely important recognition of her talent and originality, and feel sure that this marks not just a celebration of one book, but also the launch of a famous career.’

The 2017 winners of the Award were announced on Wednesday 5 July at a ceremony at Walker Books in London. Frances Hardinge, who won the Branford Boase in 2006 and went on to win the Costa Book of the Year Award, presented M.G. Leonard with a cheque for £1,000 and both Maya and Barry Cunningham and Rachel Leyshon received a unique, hand-crafted silver-inlaid box.

Happy Publication day Clementine Beauvais

A very happy publication day to Clementine Beauvais whose children's book, Piglettes, is released today from Pushkin Press

The summer three girls found love, friendship and sausages...

Awarded the Gold, Silver and Bronze trotters after a vote by their classmates on Facebook, Mireille, Astrid and Hakima are officially the three ugliest girls in their school, but does that mean they’re going to sit around crying about it?

Well… yes, a bit, but not for long! Climbing aboard their bikes, the trio set off on a summer roadtrip to Paris, their goal: a garden party with the French president. As news of their trip spreads they become stars of social media and television. With the eyes of the nation upon them the girls find fame, friendship and happiness, and still have time to consume an enormous amount of food along the way.

Clémentine Beauvais (born 1989) is a French children's author living in the UK. She started reading children's books early, and somehow never stopped. Now she writes her own, in both French and English, for a variety of ages, and is a lecturer in English and Education at the University of York. Piglettes won four prizes in France, including the biggest children's book prize, the Prix Sorcières. Film and stage versions are also in production. Now Clémentine has translated her book into English!

Make sure you grab a copy, here, today.

Firefly Press acquire two titles from Jennifer Killick

Wales-based children’s and YA publisher Firefly Press has acquired world rights to two new middle-grade stories by Golden Egg Academy alumna Jennifer Killick, from Kirsty McLachan at DGA following the launch of her May 2017 debut Alex Sparrow and the Really Big Stink which was a selected title for the Summer Reading Challenge 2017. The second in the series, Alex Sparrow and the Furry Fury will publish in spring 2018 and a third title, Mo, Lottie and the Junkers, in 2019.

Firefly publisher Penny Thomas said she was "delighted" to have acquired Jennifer's books, "Jennifer has a real comic talent and Alex Sparrow is proving hugely popular with readers..."

Firefly Press has also launched a writing and drawing competition with new children's magazine, Scoop for children aged 7-12 to create an animal character who will appear in Alex Sparrow and the Furry Fury. The winner will see their animal character written into the book, an advance signed copy, their name in the acknowledgements in the book and a school visit from the author. The deadline for entries is 29 September 2017. For further details visit

Jennifer has always wanted to be a writer, but really got started when she applied for a Creative Writing MA at Brunel University, which is where she first got the idea for Alex Sparrow and the Really Big Stink. She lives in Uxbridge, in a house full of children, animals and Lego. 

Firefly Press is an independent children’s and YA publisher based in Cardiff and Aberystwyth. Set up in 2013, Firefly is one of the only dedicated children’s publishers in Wales and publishes quality fiction for 5-19 years olds. Firefly Press was shortlisted for IPG Best Newcomer Independent Publisher Awards 2017.

Arundhati Roy flys high in Italian book charts

We at DGA have had a fantastic couple of weeks watching Arundhati Roy's The Ministry of Utmost Happiness rise up bestseller charts across the world. The news has just arrived that it's in the top ten in Italy. The book appears in the top ten bestselling books of three of the main newspapers, La Repubblica, the Corriere della Sera and La Stampa. Congratulations Arundhati!

Arundhati Roy, Amazon's 'Best Book of the year so far'

The Amazon (US) Editors have chosen Arundhati Roy's bestselling second novel, The Ministry of Utmost Happiness as their '#1 pick for the best book of 2017 so far' and we love to see it up in lights as a banner. 

"To read The Ministry of Utmost Happiness is to immerse yourself in years of India’s religious, political, and cultural changes and to feel it all through the narrative of an incredible cast of characters. What becomes apparent throughout their individual stories is that power and belief are malleable, that suffering does not end but merely changes hands, and what is revered can easily become reviled. The latter shows up most clearly for Anjum, formerly Aftab, who becomes a famous Hijra in Delhi, only to later find herself keeper of a graveyard sanctum for others who are no longer welcome in the new society. Yes, there is a lot of violence and heartbreak in this novel, but Roy also suffuses it with humor, irony, and --more than anything-- the ability of love and acceptance to heal the broken. Even when, or perhaps,especially when, it comes from places one would never expect. The Ministry of Utmost Happiness is complex and compassionate, and the heart and soul that Arundhati Roy so obviously gave to it is worth every one of the many years it’s taken to give us another fictional masterpiece." --Seira Wilson, The Amazon Book Review

The book has now sold in 34 territories and counting.

Congratulations Arundhati!

Richard Fortey wins Richard Jefferies Literary Prize

Congratulations go to the fantastic Richard Fortey, who has won the Richard Jefferies Society & White Horse Bookshop Literary Prize!

The prize is awarded annually to the author of the publication considered by the judging panel to be the most outstanding nature writing published in a given calendar year. The winning work will reflect the heritage and spirit of Jefferies’ countryside books.

An annual prize of £1,000 is awarded to the winner and nominations may be made by anyone. This year the prize was awarded to British palaeontologist, natural historian, writer and broadcaster Richard Fortey for The Wood for the Trees (William Collins) which best met the criterion of reflecting themes or topics broadly consistent with Jefferies’ writing.

John Price, Chairman of the Richard Jefferies Society said: “With a strong sense of place in Fortey's recording of the passage of the year in the woodland, we felt that the book was a worthy successor to Jefferies' writing.”

Angus Maclennan, Manager of The White Horse Bookshop added: “In this golden era for nature writing we are delighted to award Richard Fortey for his intimate portrait of our environment and our place within it. It strikes the perfect balance between science and sensibility.”

Following his retirement, Fortey bought 4 acres of ancient beech and bluebell woodland in the Chilterns, near Henley. The book chronicles, month by month, his developing relationship with the wood, investigating the range of species living in his territory, then expanding to consider the socio-economic history of the area, and issues involved in the maintenance of the woodland as a thriving ecosystem. The author's academic background allows for scientific accuracy in recording species, and the holistic approach to describing the woodland echoes Jefferies' approach to writing about the area around Coate, near Swindon.

Jefferies (1848 – 1887) last published work was an introduction to Gilbert White's Natural History of Selborne. He wrote: “I did not come across Mr. White's book till late in the day, when it was in fact, too late, else it would have been of the utmost advantage to me.” John Price said: “We feel that this could also apply to Richard Fortey's book, so all budding naturalists, and would-be nature writers should be alerted. White, Jefferies, and Fortey, all demonstrate the enormous interest that can be obtained from the study of a relatively small area of land over an extended period.”

Congratulations Richard! Get hold of a copy of the book here.

Lara Pawson shortlisted for the PEN Ackerley Prize 2017

We're so pleased to share that Lara Pawson's This Is The Place to Be (CB Editions) has been shortlisted for the PEN Ackerley Prize 2017, a prize for memoir and life writing.

The PEN Ackerley Prize was established in memory of Joe Randolph Ackerley (1896-1967), the author and long-time literary editor of The Listener magazine. The prize is awarded annually to a literary autobiography of outstanding merit, written by an author of British nationality and published in the UK in the previous year. The PEN Ackerley prize is judged by biographer and historian Peter Parker (chair), writer and painter Colin Spencer, author Georgina Hammick and writer and critic Claire Harman. The winner receives a cheque for £3,000.

Peter Parker, chair of judges, said:

The judges called in 36 books published in 2016, from which they drew up an extremely varied longlist of eight titles. Although the Prize is open to British writers only, we travelled long distances with our authors, visiting amongst other places the Soviet Union, Libya, the Orkneys, New York, Jamaica, and Angola and Vietnam during the wars there. And that was only for the longlist.

We ended up, unusually, with an all-women shortlist – three compelling, fearlessly honest and wonderfully written books.

Lara shares the shortlist with Amy Liptrot's The Outrun (Canongate) and Decca Aitkenhead's All at Sea (4th Estate).

The winner will be announced on Wednesday 5 July 2017 at a special prize event at the Free Word Centre. Congratulations Lara!

Happy Publication Day Arundhati Roy - The Ministry of Utmost Happiness released today

We'd like to wish Arundhati Roy a very, very happy publication day. Her second novel in 20 years, The Ministry of Utmost Happiness is out today!

'Roy's second novel proves as remarkable as her first' - Financial Times

'A great tempest of a novel... which will leave you awed by the heat of its anger and the depth of its compassion' - Washington Post

The first novel in 20 years from the Booker-prize winning author of The God of Small Things

The Ministry of Utmost Happiness takes us on a journey of many years-the story spooling outwards from the cramped neighbourhoods of Old Delhi into the burgeoning new metropolis and beyond, to the Valley of Kashmir and the forests of Central India, where war is peace and peace is war, and where, from time to time, 'normalcy' is declared.

Anjum, who used to be Aftab, unrolls a threadbare carpet in a city graveyard that she calls home. A baby appears quite suddenly on a pavement, a little after midnight, in a crib of litter. The enigmatic S. Tilottama is as much of a presence as she is an absence in the lives of the three men who loved her.

The Ministry of Utmost Happiness is at once an aching love story and a decisive remonstration. It is told in a whisper, in a shout, through tears and sometimes with a laugh. Its heroes are people who have been broken by the world they live in and then rescued, mended by love-and by hope. For this reason, they are as steely as they are fragile, and they never surrender. This ravishing, magnificent book reinvents what a novel can do and can be. And it demonstrates on every page the miracle of Arundhati Roy's storytelling gifts.

'A novel that demands and rewards the reader's concentration, this is a dazzling return to formIndependent

'This novel is a freedom song. Every page has the stamp of Roy's originality. Such brutality, such beauty' Amitava Kumar, the author of Immigrant, Montana

'Intricately layered and passionate, studded with jokes and with horrors... This is a work of extraordinary intricacy and grace' Prospect Magazine

'Ambitious, original, and hauntingPublishers Weekly starred review

'A masterpiece. Roy joins Dickens, Naipaul, García Márquez, and Rushdie in her abiding compassion, storytelling magic, and piquant wit. An entrancing, imaginative, and wrenching epicBooklist starred review

Buy the book here, today.

Congratulations Arundhati!

Tracey Thorn to be published by Canongate

We're thrilled to share that Canongate is set to publish singer and writer Tracey Thorn after publishing director Francis Bickmore acquired world rights to Another Planet.

The book is an exploration of suburbia generally and a portrait of growing up on the urban outskirts in the 1970s and 1980s. In it, Thorn looks at how and why she didn’t fit in, ideas of conventionality, repression and secrecy – the way in which suburbia is built on secrets and lies, on things being hidden and not spoken of. She examines the suburban code of behaviour which taught her to repress everything, in contrast with her discovery of art and music, which helped Thorn to escape, to find herself and her voice.

The deal was brokered through Kirsty McLachlan at David Godwin Associates. Thorn has previously published two books with Virago - Naked at the Albert Hall: The Inside Story of Singing and Bedsit Disco Queen: How I grew up and tried to be a pop star.

Bickmore said: "Tracey’s unique voice and way of seeing the world will make this exploration into the conscious and unconscious of suburbia a must-read. Caitlin Moran called Tracey 'the Alan Bennett of pop memoirists' and Another Planet will have some of that understated wit. But this will also be a provocative book about creativity, influence, youth and age and the links all of these have to environment. As a Goldsmiths and Baileys Prize judge, Tracey very much has her finger on the pulse of modern writing and we’re thrilled to welcome her to Canongate."

Thorn added: "The new book is a portrait of growing up in suburbia in the 1970s, based partly on my diaries from 1976–1981 – which tell a story of a story of teenage frustration and unrelenting routine – intercut with writing from the present day in which I try to work out what suburbia means, how it formed me and how I escaped. I’m really excited to be working with Canongate, who have published some of my favourite books of the last couple of years."

Canongate will publish in hardback in spring 2019. Congratulations Tracey!

Clover Stroud's THE WILD OTHER on Wainright Prize Longlist

We're so pleased to share the news that Clover Stroud's beautiful memoir, The Wild Other, is on the longlist for the Wainright Prize.


Now in its fourth year, The Wainwright Golden Beer Book Prize, is awarded annually to the book which most successfully reflects the ethos of renowned nature writer Alfred Wainwright’s work, to inspire readers to explore the outdoors and to nurture a respect for the natural world.

The judging panel for the 2017 prize will be chaired by TV presenter Julia Bradbury. Joining Julia on the judging panel are: fellow TV presenter Matt Baker; editor of the National Trust Magazine, Sally Palmer; chair of both Gardener’s Question Time and the Wainwright Society, Eric Robson; Mail on Sunday journalist, Sarah Oliver; and ex-Chairman of the Campaign to Protect Rural England, Peter Waine.

The Wainwright Golden Beer Book Prize celebrates the resurgent genre of nature writing and the 2017 longlist is proof that British nature and travel writing is in good health.

Chair of judges, Julia Bradbury comments; “I’m delighted to be chairing the judging panel for the Wainwright Golden Beer Book Prize this year, it really is a thought-provoking prize. The books that my fellow judges and I have longlisted capture many different aspects of the natural world whilst displaying the strength and variety in nature writing in the UK today. I’m excited that through this prize, we are helping to celebrate these books and the natural landscapes and creatures that have inspired them.”

A powerful and beautifully written memoir from journalist Clover Stroud, about grief, motherhood, depression and the healing power of nature and horses.

'There is so much richly evoked life here... beautifully written.' Cathy Rentzenbrink, The Times

'This redemptive memoir will steal your heart; it will return it bruised but emboldened.' Mail on Sunday

'Beautifully written...I love this book.' India Knight

'Compelling and candid, deftly weaving together past and present... a heart-wrenching story told in haunting, lyrical prose.' Tatler

'I have huge admiration for the spirit of this memoir, and its author: full of heart, bravery and adventure. A moving, gripping read.' Amy Liptrot, author of The Outrun

Clover Stroud's idyllic childhood in rural England was shattered when a horrific riding accident left her mother permanently brain-damaged.

Just sixteen, she embarked on a journey to find the sense of home that had been so savagely broken. Travelling from gypsy camps in Ireland, to the rodeos of west Texas and then to Russia's war-torn Caucasus, Clover eventually found her way back to England's lyrical Vale of the White Horse.

The Wild Other is a grippingly honest account of love, loss, family and the healing strength of nature. Powerful and deeply emotional, this is the story 

of an extraordinary life lived at its fullest.

Clover Stroud is a writer and journalist writing for the Daily MailSunday TimesDaily Telegraph, and Conde Nast Traveller, among others. She lives in Oxfordshire with her husband and five children.


A perfect summer's day to celebrate the publication of Postcard From the Past. Tom Jackson has gathered a collection of the funniest, weirdest and most moving real messages from the backs of old postcards and curated them into a wonderful, touching book. It also includes a foreword by Mark Haddon.

The interplay between the images and words has a wonderfully wistful, nostalgic effect, offering a tantalizing glimpse into the lives of the people who wrote the cards, and cumulatively, the project forms a kind of alternative social history. It has been called 'lovely' by Mark Haddon, 'sad and sweet' by Holly Walsh and 'a masterclass in dialogue writing' by Jason Hazely, author of the Adult Ladybird series.






Happy Publication day to Cathy Scott-Clark and Adrian Levy

A very happy publication to Cathy Scott-Clark and Adrian Levy, whose fantastic book, The Exile is now out in the world for all to read. 

The book is an extraordinary look at inside story of Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda in the years after 9/11.

Following the attacks on the Twin Towers, Osama bin Laden, the most wanted man in the world, eluded intelligence services and Special Forces units for almost a decade. Using remarkable, first-person testimony from bin Laden's family and his closest aides, The Exile chronicles this astonishing tale of evasion, collusion and isolation.

In intimate detail, The Exile reveals not only the frantic attack on Afghanistan by the United States in their hunt for bin Laden but also how and why, when they found his family soon afterm, the Bush administration rejected the chance to seize themhim. It charts the formation of ISIS, and uncovers the wasted opportunity to kill its Al Qaeda-sponsored founder; it explores the development of the CIA's torture programme; it details Iran's secret shelter for bin Laden's family and Al Qaeda's military council; and it captures the power struggles, paranoia and claustrophobia within the Abbottabad house prior to the raid.

A landmark work of investigation and reportage, The Exile is as authoritative as it is compelling, and essential reading for anyone concerned with history, security and future relations with the Islamic world. 

Get hold of a copy here. 

Hodder & Stoughton to publish Dr Fern Riddell

We're thrilled to share news that Hodder & Stoughton have acquired a biography of little-known suffragette Kitty Marion by historian Fern Riddell. The book will be based upon never before published diaries written by Kitty herself. There are only three copies of this diary in existence – two in the UK and one in New York. Fern chanced upon the diaries in the Museum of London archive and quickly realised they contained a shocking story that has been grievously overlooked and written out of history up until now. A Dangerous Woman will tell the incredible story of Kitty’s life – including the extreme acts she performed in the name of the suffragette cause. The book will be published in June 2018 to coincide with the 200th anniversary of women gaining the right to vote.

Fern Riddell is a cultural historian specialising in sex, suffrage and entertainment in the Victorian and Edwardian eras. She appears regularly on TV and radio, and writes for the Guardian, Huffington Post, and Times Higher Education among others, and is a columnist for BBC History Magazine. In May 2017 she completed her PHD on the life of Kitty Marion.

Editor Maddy Price said: ‘I was so excited when I started to read Fern’s telling of Kitty’s story, because it turns all of our assumptions about the suffragettes upside down. Fern’s passion for her subject and flair for vivid historical writing have fuelled my excitement further, and I am thrilled to be publishing her.’

Fern Riddell said: ‘We are still marching for the things Kitty was fighting for – rights over our bodies, not to be sexually assaulted, and for our voices to be heard. This is why Kitty’s story is so important, and why I’m excited to be sharing her experiences with readers.’

A Dangerous Woman by Fern Riddell will be published in hardback, trade paperback and ebook in June 2018.

Happy Publication Day Sarah Fraser

Sarah Fraser's The Prince Who Would Be King is also out today from HarperCollins. Congratulations Sarah!

Henry Stuart’s life is the last great forgotten Jacobean tale. Shadowed by the gravity of the Thirty Years’ War and the huge changes taking place across Europe in seventeenth-century society, economy, politics and empire, his life was visually and verbally gorgeous.

Henry Stuart, Prince of Wales was once the hope of Britain. Eldest son to James VI of Scotland, James I of England, Henry was the epitome of heroic Renaissance princely virtue, his life set against a period about as rich and momentous as any.

Educated to rule, Henry was interested in everything. His court was awash with leading artists, musicians, writers and composers such as Ben Jonson and Inigo Jones. He founded a royal art collection of European breadth, amassed a vast collection of priceless books, led grand renovations of royal palaces and mounted operatic, highly politicised masques.

But his ambitions were even greater. He embraced cutting-edge science, funded telescopes and automata, was patron of the NorthWest Passage Company and wanted to sail through the barriers of the known world to explore new continents. He reviewed and modernised Britain’s naval and military capacity and in his advocacy for the colonisation of North America he helped to transform the world.

At his death aged only eighteen, and considering himself to be as much a European as British, he was preparing to stake his claim to be the next leader of Protestant Christendom in the struggle to resist a resurgent militant Catholicism.

In this rich and lively book, Sarah Fraser seeks to restore Henry to his place in history. Set against the bloody traumas of the Thirty Years’ War, the writing of the King James Bible, the Gunpowder Plot and the dark tragedies pouring from Shakespeare’s quill, Henry’s life is the last great forgotten Jacobean tale: the story of a man who, had he lived, might have saved Britain from King Charles I, his spaniels and the Civil War with its appalling loss of life his misrule engendered.

Happy Publication day Meena Kandasamy

We're having a wonderfully busy week here at DGA as we wish Meena Kandasamy a very happy publication day too, as her second novel When I Hit You is released into the world today by Atlantic Books. 

It would take Carol Ann Duffy, Caroline Criado-Perez, Arundhati Roy and Salman Rushdie to match Kandasamy's infinite variety - Independent

Revelations come to Kandasamy frequently and prophecies linger at her lips. Older by nearly half a century, I acknowledge the superiority of her poetic vision - Kamala Das

Seduced by politics, poetry and an enduring dream of building a better world together, the unnamed narrator falls in love with a university professor. Moving with him to a rain-washed coastal town, she swiftly learns that what for her is a bond of love is for him a contract of ownership. As he sets about reducing her to his idealised version of an obedient wife, bullying her and devouring her ambition of being a writer in the process, she attempts to push back – a resistance he resolves to break with violence and rape.

At once the chronicle of an abusive marriage and a celebration of the invincible power of art, When I Hit You is a smart, fierce and courageous take on traditional wedlock in modern India.