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Kate Shugak — in under 4 minutes!

THE HEROINE

Kate Shugak is a native Aleut who lives on an 160-acre homestead in a national park, on one of the world’s last great frontiers. Her roommate is a half-wolf, half-husky dog named Mutt. Kate can shoot a rifle, butcher a moose, overhaul an engine and survive in remote regions of the Alaskan wilderness. (more…)

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Halloween Two-Heat Chile Con Carne

Some-like-it-hot, some not. This version of chile con carne has proper chunks of meat and Mexican flavours, including their dried chillies, or chiles, as they call them in Mexico. Just before the meat goes in the oven, you can divide it into two pots, one hot with chillies and the other with the great fiesta of Mexican flavours, but without the heat, or with less, to suit all palates. If possible, make the dish a day in advance of eating, as the flavours improve with time.

SERVES 10

2-4 chipotle chilles (depending on heat levels & the number of people who want a hot chile

̈- 2 ancho chillies

̈- 2 tbsp dripping or 
good lard or 3 tbsp 
olive or vegetable oil

̈- 3 large red onions, 
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Greece’s Syriza: a well-oiled machine or a slippery slope?

Greece has been in the headlines again this week following the re-election of Alexis Tsipras, leader of the left-wing party Syriza, as prime minister. After an unexpected victory in snap elections, Tsipras was sworn in by Prokopis Pavlopoulos, president of the republic, for the second time pledging to serve his country and his people. He emphasised his intention to lift Greece out of the economic crisis it has struggled with for the last five years and is preparing a new government for the difficult path that lies ahead.

To mark the occasion, Head of Zeus is publishing The Full Catastrophe by James Angelos: a good-humoured, informative and revealing account of the background to Greece’s dire troubles, reported through the stories of the people that define the country today.  …

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Every Dress Tells a Story

Author Kate Kerrigan asks women to share the stories behind their favourite dresses, and talks about the inspiration for her new novel, The Dress.

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The Three-Body Problem: what is it?

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Digital Business of the Year.

We were thrilled to be named Digital Business of the Year at The Bookseller Industry Awards last night.

Praised for our sales growth, impressive profitability, as well as digitally savvy marketing and balancing of digital and print, the judges said: “Head of Zeus has a simple but brilliant plan that it executes consistently well.”

The Bookseller commented: “Digitally led but with print very much in mind, Clerkenwell-based Head of Zeus might just be setting the template for trade publishers of the future to follow.”

The awards, presented at the Hilton Park Lane in London and hosted by Mariella Frostrup, celebrate the achievements of individuals and organisations across publishing.

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Homeland meets Stieg Larsson

On a remote Swedish island, a little girl, Klara, grows up without a father. Now, twenty years later, working as an EU Parliament aide in Brussels, Klara discovers a secret: a secret that powerful men will kill to keep hidden.

Meanwhile, in Virginia, an old spy hides from his past. Once, he was a man of action, an operative so dedicated that he abandoned his infant daughter to keep his cover.

When Klara is thrown into a terrifying chase across Europe, there is only one man that can save her. But time is running out…

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Your Story, Her Words

We are joining forces with national charity The Reading Agency to launch an exciting competition. We hope ‘Your Story Her Words’ will encourage everyday people to share their own stories.

The competition offers everyone who enters the chance to have his or her own personal, extraordinary story be the inspiration for bestselling author Amanda Prowse’s next story, and become a real-life literary hero or heroine!

All entrants need to do is write a sort description of their story, describing the sacrifices they have made for love. These personal stories can be submitted via their local library, by emailing it to the Reading Agency or visiting the competition page on Amanda’s website. …

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Pickles or Jam; Mary Gibson on the life of Factory Girls

‘Wot’ll yer go fer – pickles or jam?’ This is the Hobson’s choice presented by one young factory girl to another in the 19th century Bermondsey novel, ‘Polly of Parker’s Rents’. For to choose office work or school teaching rather than factory work was unthinkable for the majority of Bermondsey girls at that time. Instead they would join the huge pool of unskilled, poorly paid female labour which kept ‘London’s Larder’ stocked.

There was no choice; but there was certainly variety. Crammed within the 1300 acres of Bermondsey, pickle and jam factories abounded: Crosse & Blackwell’s, Southwell’s, Hartley’s, Lipton’s, but there was also Pearce Duffs for custard and blancmange; …

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Histories and Stories: author Ian Ross on the background of the Twilight of Empire novels

One of the joys of writing – and reading – historical fiction is the sense of tracing the thread of a single life through the broader fabric of the past, and discovering the ways that individual people are affected by historical events. To describe the experiences of one man or woman, especially in a dramatic and volatile period, and follow them over the course of a novel or a continuing series of novels, is to sense the motion of the past and the ways that the great events and towering personalities of history influence and impact human lives.

The early fourth century AD, the setting for the Twilight of Empire novels, was certainly dramatic and volatile. This was the moment when the ancient classical civilisation of Rome, …

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A Conspiracy of Silence; Amanda Prowse on PND

As a novelist, I use fiction to explore subjects that are often difficult or taboo like domestic control, racism and now post-natal depression. I must confess that as I sat on the side of the bath, crying at 3 a.m. silently begging my baby boy to go back to sleep, I wondered if I was the only one, the only mother that felt looking after a new born was just too difficult. I was exhausted and can now see that exhaustion, coupled with hormones running haywire and no immediate support, meant I was being gripped by the tentacles of the baby blues monster.

I was a mum who was struggling, and I didn’t know where or how to ask for help. …

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Pickles or Jam; Mary Gibson on the life of Factory Girls

‘Wot’ll yer go fer – pickles or jam?’ This is the Hobson’s choice presented by one young factory girl to another in the 19th century Bermondsey novel, ‘Polly of Parker’s Rents’. For to choose office work or school teaching rather than factory work was unthinkable for the majority of Bermondsey girls at that time. Instead they would join the huge pool of unskilled, poorly paid female labour which kept ‘London’s Larder’ stocked.

There was no choice; but there was certainly variety. Crammed within the 1300 acres of Bermondsey, pickle and jam factories abounded: Crosse & Blackwell’s, Southwell’s, Hartley’s, Lipton’s, but there was also Pearce Duffs for custard and blancmange; Peek Frean’s and Jacobs for biscuits; …

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