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Drummond Moir

Drummond Moir grew up in Edinburgh and studied at St Anne's College, Oxford and Daiichi Keizai University in Fukuoka, Japan. He has worked in publishing since 2006 and is currently Editorial Director at Sceptre.

Chapter One

COME SUNDAY, by Isla Morley

Read the first chapter of Isla Morley's COME SUNDAY.

Kevin Powers wins

Guardian First Book Award

Iraq veteran and poet Kevin Powers' unforgettable depiction of the psychological impact of war has won the Guardian First Book Award. Editor Drummond Moir says: 'It's a wonderful moment for Kevin and everyone here is absolutely thrilled.'

Hodder & Stoughton

The Great Northern Cookbook

Sean Wilson
Authors:
Sean Wilson

"This journey has given me the exciting opportunity to bring my cooking life full circle, and to introduce you to the very best recipes from the North of England. I've been able to delve deep into the diverse cultures, histories and traditions of the North and, of course, Northern food. The results of my travels, my many tastings, meals and experiments, are presented here, in a book that revels in its Northernness!"SEAN WILSONBritain is a nation built on its food, and nowhere has a richer heritage than the North of England. In The Great Northern Cookbook, Sean Wilson - former Coronation Street actor now award-winning cheese-maker and chef - is our guide to the culinary highlights of the North. A proud Lancastrian, Sean serves up timeless recipes and reveals the history behind the foods you love.In The Great Northern Cookbook you'll find homely hotpots and pies, alongside beef stew with melting dumplings, and a recipe for the soft, warm oven-bottom muffins. With soups to feed an army, traditional sweet treats, delicious Northern curries, and of course timeless Yorkshire puddings with mushy peas and gravy, Sean serves up the greats from Lancashire, Yorkshire, Cumbria and Northumberland.Embrace the Northern passion for simple food, made with good, authentic ingredients. Tying in to a new TV series, The Great Northern Cookbook is packed with delicious and affordable recipes you'll want to eat and share

The Shortlist for the Sceptre Writing Prize has been Announced

Writing the future for Scottish novelists

Coronet

Deathlist

Chris Ryan
Authors:
Chris Ryan

John Porter, hero of the original Strikeback novel and TV series returns in an exciting adventure, when old enemies attack the SAS. 1999. A bitterly cold morning in the Brecon Beacons, and the soldiers trying out for SAS Selection are preparing to face their toughest test yet. Overseeing the soldiers is John Porter: once a promising young Blade, now a broken man and a drunk, seeing out his days in the Regiment Training Wing. But before the Fan Dance can begin, six masked gunmen carry out a devastating attack. Dozens of soldiers are killed. In the aftermath of the massacre, and with a government desperate for action, Porter and another surviving operator, John Bald, are taken to a secretive briefing in London. Their orders - to hunt down and kill those responsible for the attack. What follows is a deadly game of kill or be killed as Bald and Porter lead a Strike Team across Europe on a blood-soaked mission of revenge. But as they draw closer to their ultimate target, the men discover that there is a greater threat - much closer to home...

John Murray

Four Princes

John Julius Norwich
Authors:
John Julius Norwich

'Never before had the world seen four such giants co-existing. Sometimes friends, more often enemies, always rivals, these four men together held Europe in the hollow of their hands.' Through the interlocking stories of its four great princes, John Julius Norwich offers a short, vivid history of the Renaissance and the making of early modern Europe. Author of acclaimed books about the papacy and the Mediterranean, Norwich is a great popular historian and Four Princes fairly rattles along. Packed with gossipy stories and colourful asides (whether it is Henry VIII getting the Venetian ambassador to feel his thigh to see how strong he is or the fat queen who had a plum named after her), the sixteenth century, along with its heroes and villains, comes alive again on the page.

Sceptre

The Rules: The Way of the Cycling Disciple

The Velominati
Authors:
The Velominati

THE WAY OF THE CYCLING DISCIPLERule #6: Free your mind and your legs will follow.Rule #9: If you cycle in bad weather, it means you are a badass. Period.Rule #12: The correct number of bikes to own is n+1, where n is the number of bikes currently owned.THE VELOMINATI embrace cycling not as a pastime, but as a way of life, as obsessed with style, heritage, authenticity and wisdom as with performance.THE RULES is their Bible. It is an essential part of every cyclist's arsenal - whether you're grudgingly cycling to work in the rain or gearing up to be the next Bradley Wiggins, Chris Hoy or Victoria Pendleton.velominati.comtwitter.com/velominatifacebook.com/velominativelominati.tumblr.com/youtube.com/velominati

Hodder & Stoughton

The Last Confession of Thomas Hawkins

Antonia Hodgson
Authors:
Antonia Hodgson

Spring, 1728. A young, well-dressed man is dragged through the streets of London to the gallows at Tyburn. The crowds jeer and curse as he passes, calling him a murderer. He tries to remain calm. His name is Tom Hawkins and he is innocent. Somehow he has to prove it, before the rope squeezes the life out of him.It is, of course, all his own fault. He was happy with Kitty Sparks. Life was good. He should never have told the most dangerous criminal in London that he was 'bored and looking for adventure'. He should never have offered to help Henrietta Howard, the king's mistress, in her desperate struggles with a brutal husband. And most of all, he should never have trusted the witty, calculating Queen Caroline. She has promised him a royal pardon if he holds his tongue but then again, there is nothing more silent than a hanged man.Based loosely on actual events, Antonia Hodgson's new novel is both a sequel to The Devil in the Marshalsea and a standalone historical mystery. From the gilded cage of the Court to the wicked freedoms of the slums, it reveals a world both seductive and deadly. And it continues the rake's progress of Tom Hawkins - assuming he can find a way to survive the noose...

I. The Bride for Whom We Dance. The Eleventh Year of the Era of Kansei. 1799.

THE THOUSAND AUTUMNS OF JACOB DE ZOET, by David Mitchell

Read the first chapter of David Mitchell's brilliant THE THOUSAND AUTUMNS OF JACOB DE ZOET.

Sceptre

Scarp

Nick Papadimitriou
Authors:
Nick Papadimitriou

AN INDEPENDENT BOOK OF THE YEAR An extraordinary book by a man with a unique and inspiring perspective, SCARP will change the way you view the places and spaces around you, and reveal a forgotten London you never knew existed.Nick Papadimitriou has spent a lifetime living on the margins, walking and documenting the landscapes surrounding his home in Child's Hill, North London, in a study he calls Deep Topography. Part meditation on nature and walking, part memoir and part social history, his arresting debut is first and foremost a personal inquiry into the spirit of a place: a 14-mile broken ridge of land on the fringes of Northern London known as Scarp. Conspicuous but largely forgotten, a vast yet largely invisible presence hovering just beyond the metropolis, Scarp is a vast storehouse of regional memory. We join the author as he explores and reimagines this brooding, pregnant landscape, meticulously observing his surroundings, finding surprising connections and revealing lost slices of the past. SCARP captures the satisfying experience of a long, reflective walk. Whether talking about the beauty of a bird or a telegraph pole, deaths at a roundabout or his own troubled past, Papadimitriou celebrates the poetry in the everyday. His captivating prose reveals that the world around us is alive and intrinsically valuable in ways that the trappings of day-to-day life lead us to forget, and allows us to re-connect with something more authentic, more immediate, more profound.

Sceptre

The Teleportation Accident

Ned Beauman
Authors:
Ned Beauman

NED BEAUMAN HAS BEEN NAMED AS ONE OF GRANTA MAGAZINE'S BEST OF YOUNG BRITISH NOVELISTS 2013LONGLISTED FOR THE 2012 MAN BOOKER PRIZEAN OBSERVER BOOK OF THE YEARA DAILY TELEGRAPH BOOK OF THE YEARAN EVENING STANDARD BOOK OF THE YEARThe fantastically inventive, ingenious and hilarious second novel from Ned Beauman, author of the acclaimed and prizewinning BOXER, BEETLE.HISTORY HAPPENED WHILE YOU WERE HUNGOVERWhen you haven't had sex in a long time, it feels like the worst thing that could ever happen to anyone.If you're living in Germany in the 1930s, it probably isn't.But that's no consolation to Egon Loeser, whose carnal misfortunes will push him from the experimental theatres of Berlin to the absinthe bars of Paris to the physics laboratories of Los Angeles, trying all the while to solve two mysteries: whether it was really a deal with Satan that claimed the life of his hero, the great Renaissance stage designer Adriano Lavicini; and why a handsome, clever, charming, modest guy like him can't, just once in a while, get himself laid.From the author of the acclaimed BOXER, BEETLE comes a historical novel that doesn't know what year it is; a noir novel that turns all the lights on; a romance novel that arrives drunk to dinner; a science fiction novel that can't remember what 'isotope' means; a stunningly inventive, exceptionally funny, dangerously unsteady and (largely) coherent novel about sex, violence, space, time, and how the best way to deal with history is to ignore it.LET'S HOPE THE PARTY WAS WORTH IT

Sceptre

The Crime Writer

Jill Dawson
Authors:
Jill Dawson
John Murray

Unmentionables

Ralph Keyes
Authors:
Ralph Keyes

We say a lot about ourselves by what we don't say. Words and phrases like 'collateral damage', 'wardrobe malfunction', 'vertically challenged', and old favourites like 'unmentionables' (trousers, apparently) or 'lady of the night' - all are ways of not using particular words. UNMENTIONABLES is a rollicking exploration of the history of euphemistic usage, looking at how taboos connected to sex, death, religion, war, politics, business and matters of status have produced an extraordinary linguistic creativity, and how euphemistic speech has changed over the centuries. It looks at how euphemisms are born, and how they die (or 'experience a negative outcome') and it explores why it is that we create euphemisms, and the different purposes - from the benign to the sinister - that they serve. (Is 'euphemism' a euphemism for lying?)Lively, entertaining, and crammed with fascinating nuggets of information, UNMENTIONABLES is a celebration of the richness of language. Why have just one word for something when you can have ten other words instead?

Mulholland Books

The Judas Factor

Ted Allbeury
Authors:
Ted Allbeury

Even in the murky world of espionage there are rules. Tad Anders has broken them all. Too violent and too unpredictable, he let his feelings affect his ability to do his duty. The spymasters looked at his file, talked discreetly amongst themselves and quietly pensioned him off as too dangerous for regular use. But now the other side is breaking the rules: KGB-organised assassinations, the ruthless hunting down of defectors, kidnappings - in Vienna, Paris, Cologne and now London. A revenge operation is called for. An East Berlin abduction under the noses of the Russians, done by an agent who can be disowned if anything goes wrong...Tad Anders is needed again.

Hodder & Stoughton

Never Eat Shredded Wheat

Christopher Somerville
Authors:
Christopher Somerville
Teach Yourself

Writer's Guide to Good Style: Teach Yourself

Katherine Lapworth
Authors:
Katherine Lapworth
John Murray

Are You Speaking My Language?

Susie Dent
Authors:
Susie Dent

John Murray

The Adventures of Herge

Michael Farr
Authors:
Michael Farr
Hodder & Stoughton

Every Good Endeavour

Timothy Keller
Authors:
Timothy Keller

In today's increasingly competitive and insecure economic environment, we often question the reason for work: why am I doing this? Why is it so hard? And what can I do about it? Work may seem just a means to an end: we do it to earn the money to enjoy life outside the workplace. Here, Timothy Keller argues that God's plan is radically more ambitious: he actually created us to work. We are to work together to make the world a better place, to help each other, and so to find purpose for our lives. Our faith should enhance our work, and our work should develop our faith.With deep insight, Timothy Keller draws on essential and relevant biblical wisdom to address our questions about work. There is grace available if we have taken the wrong attitude, idolising money and using our careers to glorify ourselves rather than God. Keller shows how through excellence, integrity, discipline, creativity and passion in the workplace we can impact society for good.Developing a better attitude to work releases us to serve others humbly, to worship God everyday, and leaves us deeply fulfilled.