Historical fiction debut from John Fletcher:
1937. China is at war.
Wuhan today might be synonymous with Covid-19. But in 1937, it was the centre of another global storm. Soldiers of the Empire of Japan swept through the country, killing and displacing millions. As vast swathes of the country fell to the invaders, Wuhan, an industrial city in the centre of China, was appointed wartime capital.
While the rest of the world looked the other way, the citizens of Wuhan stood alone against a whirlwind of violence - transforming militarily, educationally, medically and culturally.
Weaving together a multitude of narratives, Wuhan is a historical fiction epic that pulls no punches.
John Fletcher is a Neoplatonist and an anarcho-syndicalist. Over the course of his life he has been many things, including a construction worker, a shepherd, a white van driver, a gravedigger, a steelworker, a cleaner, a teacher, a broadcast journalist, and a writer. Wuhan is his first novel.
'A book so vivid and evocative it is like a kind of time travel'Adam LeBor
'Wuhan takes us to the very heart of a collective agony - an extraordinary achievement for a debut novelist'Graham Hurley
New trilogy from Adrian Tchaikovsky:
Eighty years ago, Earth was destroyed by an alien enemy.
Though many escaped, millions more died. So mankind created enhanced humans - like Idris - who could communicate mind-to-mind with our aggressors. Then these ‘Architects’ simply disappeared and Idris and his kind became obsolete.
Now, Idris and his crew have found something strange, abandoned in space. It’s clearly the work of the Architects – but are they really returning? And if so, why?
LOCUS AWARDS nominee:
'Further evidence that Paul McAuley may just be the best SF writer we have'SFX
New from Carol Birch:
Praise for Carol Birch:
‘Carol Birch’s fiction continues to stretch bodies and minds to breaking point… marvelous and terrifying.’Sunday Times
‘Her prose has an irresistible vigour… her words sing on the page.’Financial Times
We are sad to report the death of the much loved author Sharon Penman, one of the great historical novelists of our times.
Her obituary in The New York Times can be read here.
New from Adrian Tchaikovsky:
WELCOME TO HELL CITY, MARS
Jimmy Martin has a sore head.
He's used to smuggling illegal data in his headspace. But this is the first time it has started talking to him. The data claims to be a distinguished academic, author and civil rights activist.
It also claims to be a bear.
The Times book of the month - January 2021
A Head of Zeus book.
'An unashamedly thrilling escapade'The Times
'A rousing good read'Guardian
Goldsmiths Prize winner:
'A literary masterpiece'Guardian