Thursday, 18 December 2014

Peter James wins e-Book of the year 2014

·Popular British crime and thriller writer, author of the first ever eBook, wins public vote
·Tenth book in bestselling Roy Grace™ series picks up eBooks by Sainsbury’s award
·Peter James pips Dani Atkins and Robert Galbraith to the post

Peter James’ gripping psychological thriller Want You Dead has been crowned eBooks by Sainsbury’s eBook of the Year 2014. The bestselling author emerged victorious following a month-long national competition to uncover the UK’s favourite digital read.

In its second year, the eBook of the Year award is designed to let readers decide their stand-out “screen turner” of the year - the eBook that has kept them glued to their eReaders. The public was given a longlist of over 150 titles to choose from, spanning a range of genres; from biographies to women’s fiction and thrillers to non-fiction; and eBooks by Sainsbury’s has spent the last month collecting the votes.

Author of Want You Dead, Peter James, also authored the world’s first eBook. The gripping thriller saw off esteemed literary talent in the shape of The Story of Us by Dani Atkins, Robert Galbraith’s The Silkworm, Broken Homes by Ben Aaronovitch and Lee Child’s Personal to win the prize.
The tenth novel in Peter James’s Brighton-based detective series, which has sold over 15 million copies worldwide, is a transfixing and harrowing tale recounting how a promising online romance turns sour. For the protagonist, Red Westwood, infatuation becomes terror as she begins to see an increasingly darker side to the man she has let into her life. It becomes evident that he is not only obsessed with her, but determined to destroy everything and everyone she has ever known and loved. 

Peter James said: “I’m really thrilled to have won this award from such a brilliant retailer. Over the past few years Sainsbury’s has established their books division as a major platform of the book trade. It means a very great deal to me to have won this highly prestigious award, and I believe that the support of Sainsbury’s is an invaluable endorsement of the importance of books and reading to us all.”

More information Peter James and his books can be found on his website.  You can also follow him on Twitter @peterjamesuk or find him on Facebook.

Monday, 15 December 2014



Vintage is delighted to announce it is bringing back into print golden age crime writer Margery Allingham’s complete series of Mr Campion books, beginning this December with an exclusive Waterstones edition of the first in the series, The Crime at Black Dudley.

Joseph Knobbs, Crime Buyer at Waterstones, says: 'We are thrilled to have Allingham's first Mr Campion mystery back in print, exclusively for Christmas.  Our customers love a good mystery - and it's always a treat to find something from crime fiction's golden age that we can bring to a new generation.'

A queen of the golden age of crime writing, Agatha Christie called Margery Allingham ‘a shining light’ of the genre, and in an event at the Theakstons Old Peculiar Crime Writing Festival this year J.K. Rowling declared that Allingham was her favourite golden age crime writer, and Mr Campion novel Tiger in the Smoke her particular favourite.  Vintage will publish a new edition of The Tiger in the Smoke in May 2015 with an introduction by bestselling crime writer Susan Hill, and over the next two years will publish twenty Mr Campion books in a bold new series look.

Alongside Margery Allingham, the Vintage Murder Mysteries list is proud to publish a host of classic crime writers including Gladys Mitchell, Nicholas Blake and Edmund Crispin. 

Notes for editors

The Crime at Black Dudley by Margery Allingham exclusive Waterstones edition is available now, published by Vintage price £8.99.

Publication dates for the new Margery Allingham titles are as follows:

The Crime At Black  Dudley (exclusive to Waterstones)

MAY 2015:
The Tiger In The Smoke (with a new introduction by Susan Hill)
The Crime at Black Dudley (general edition)
Dancers in Mourning
Death of A Ghost
Look To The Lady

Mystery Mile
Police at the Funeral
Sweet Danger

Flowers For The Judge
The Case Of The Late Pig
Mr Campion & Others

Coroner’s Pidgin
The Fashion in Shrouds
The Traitor’s Purse

MAY 2016:
Hide My Eye
The Beckoning Lady
More Work for the Undertaker

AUGUST 2016:
Cargo of Eagles
The China Governess
The Mind Readers

The Vintage Murder Mysteries logo, featuring on all titles, is the distinctive emblem of the Death’s Head Hawkmoth which has for centuries been a bringer of doom and an omen of death. The perfect companion then, for the Vintage Murder Mysteries sleuths, for whom sinister occurrences are never far away and murder is always just around the corner.

For further information please contact Bethan Jones on 0207 840 8543 or

Bethan Jones
Publicity Director, Harvill Secker and Yellow Jersey Press
Penguin Random House

20 Vauxhall Bridge Road, London SW1V 2SA
0207 840 8543 / 07500120270

Sunday, 14 December 2014

Sissel-Jo Gazan on The Difficulty of Sequels

Danish born Sissel-Jo Gazan is a biology graduate from the University of Copenhagen. Her major public break-through came with The Dinosaur Feather in 2008, with which she stepped into the realm of crime and suspense. The book  was named the best Danish crime novel 2000-2010.

I think everyone will understand what I mean when I talk about ‘the difficult sequel’. The difficult sequel is the novel you would really, really like to write after the novel that finally earned you success, gave you a big reading audience and the acknowledgement you had worked towards for years. This is the difficult novel to write, and this is where performance anxiety really kicks in. Because how do you do it again? How do you repeat the success without repeating the actual novel?

These were my thoughts in autumn 2008. I had just published my fourth novel and first crime novel in Danish, the scientific thriller The Dinosaur Feather, and I was submerged in success and acclaim. The novel was the talk of the town, it won several prestigious literary prizes in Denmark, was climbing the book charts and stayed in the Top 3 for weeks and weeks. Was I happy? Of course! Ecstatic! But I also began feeling the pressure, and slowly but surely I began lying awake at night. How could I ever live up to my own success?

My biggest worry was my own ambition: I wanted to write a sequel as scientifically well-researched as The Dinosaur Feather, which, back when I wrote it, had been based on my own biology thesis. But in the meantime I had got my degree and left university; in fact I had moved to Berlin and was writing book reviews for a woman’s magazine, very far from the scientific world. So how would I ever be able to follow up the success of The Dinosaur Feather, when I no longer spent every hour of the day with my head buried in science, when I no longer had a bunch of senior scientists sitting two offices away whom I could bother with all my investigating questions, and without 24-hour access to a huge online university library? It simply seemed impossible, and I began to think that The Dinosaur Feather had not only been the peak of my writing career, but also the end.

Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks’, they say, and one day I mentioned my ‘crisis’ to a journalist, who subsequently wrote a very interesting piece on how the period following success can be almost paralyzing for a creative person. And then something magical happened! The article was read by a Danish doctor, a professor and critical vaccination-researcher working at the Danish Serum Institute. She was also in a crisis.

For years she and her fellow colleagues had done research in West Africa, and for years they had been able to show how vaccinations have both positive and negative non-specific effects, meaning that some vaccines, for instance measles and BCG-vaccines, do more good than just protect against measles and tuberculosis, but in fact give the child an overall immune-system boost, so that the mortality rate drops considerably. Whereas others, like the DTP vaccine, do the opposite, by weakening the child’s immune system, increasing mortality. For years the doctor and her team had tried to persuade WHO, the World Health Organization, to look further into these alarming observations, but without any luck.
Only a few days after she read my interview in the newspaper, she contacted me to pitch the situation: a scientific controversy that had reached deadlock. Maybe for a future novel? Oh yes, please! And this was the beginning of a wonderful and challenging journey that led to The Arc of the Swallow, my latest novel out in the UK right now.

For the next two years I followed the group’s work in West Africa.  I was given total insight into their research, and was allowed to ask as many questions as I desired. I read scientific articles about immunology until I was blue in the face, and finally I was ready to write the sequel I had feared so much; as a matter of fact more than ready! The police officer, Søren Marhauge, whom I introduced in The Dinosaur Feather, was revived and so was his hot-headed girlfriend, Anna Bella. They both play more supporting roles in The Arc of the Swallow, giving way to a brand-new protagonist: the intelligent, but somewhat oppressed young immunologist, Marie Skov, whose controversial supervisor and mentor, Kristian Storm, is found hanged at the start of the novel. Suicide, the police claim, but Marie doesn’t believe it. After years of research Storm was finally ready to publish the scientific article of his life, in which, once and for all, he would prove the severe problems connected to some vaccinations. To Marie it makes no sense that Storm would kill himself. Desperate to prove the police are wrong, Marie begins her own investigation, which not only makes her realize someone is willing to kill to cover up the truth, but also leads her to discover some rather unpleasant truths about her own family. Police investigator Søren Marhauge has suspicions and private problems of his own, and it doesn’t take long for the two to join forces.

Readers tell me I have – once again – written a 3-in-1 novel, where I mix my three biggest passions: natural sciences, crime fiction and family secrets. Can I do it again? Only time with tell, but I am definitely less afraid now.

You can find more information about the author on her Facebook page and you can also follow her on Twitter @SisselJo

THE ARC OF THE SWALLOW by Sissel-Jo Gazan is published by Quercus, hardback, £16.99.