A feast of historical fiction

Dec 30th, 2014 | By

Top Hat Books strives to publish historical fiction that is slightly different to the mainstream norm. If you’re looking for a Tudor romance with a headless woman on the cover, you won’t find it on our shelves. You will find stirring tales of the political machinations of the woman behind Sparta, re-imaginings of how Britain

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Images to tell a story

Nov 28th, 2014 | By

Elizabeth Hopkinson shares 12 enigmatic images that connect to her novel Silver Hands

After Macbeth

Nov 24th, 2014 | By

by Nimue Brown I’ve read Macbeth a number of times and seen it live as well, including an amazing production in the ruins of Ludlow Castle. If you come at is just as a reader of fiction, it seems to exist in that ancient never never time of mystery and maybe was and probably wasn’t…

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Trailer – Heir To A Prophecy

Nov 16th, 2014 | By

Release Date Dec. 12, 2014 Mercedes Rochelle’s debut Historical Fiction novel Heir To A Prophecy asks what happens after Macbeth, and reveals how the witches’ prophecy reflects real British history.  You can read an excerpt on the author’s website: www.MercedesRochelle.com. eBook £4.99 || $7.99 Dec 12, 2014. 978-1-78279-753-1. BUY Paperback £13.99 || $24.95 Dec 12,

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Heir to a Prophecy

Nov 1st, 2014 | By

Mercedes Rochelle picks up the story where Shakespeare’s Macbeth leaves off. What happens to Fleance? Shakespeare’s Witches tell Banquo, “Thou Shalt ‘Get Kings Though Thou Be None”. Though Banquo is murdered, his son Fleance gets away. What happened to Fleance? As Shakespeare’s audience apparently knew, Banquo was the ancestor of the royal Stewart line. But the

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The Intended – a Pirate’s Confession

Oct 12th, 2014 | By

by Sten Eirik Historical background The historical framework for my book is two-fold:  The assassination of the Swedish monarch Gustav III and the founding of a Swedish colony in the West Indies during the 18th century. When King Gustav was a boy, all his French tutors were dismissed and taken away. New ones were appointed,

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Intended, reviewed

Oct 6th, 2014 | By

Sten Eirik ‘s novel The Intended has not long been out, but is already attracting great reviews. 5.0 out of 5 stars An absorbing, swashbuckling pirate tale, September 26, 2014 By Lindsay McCoy This review is from: The Intended (Kindle Edition) The title of this unique pirate tale comes from Joseph Conrad’s “Heart of Darkness:” “There remained only

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Silver Hands

Jul 6th, 2014 | By

An extract from Silver Hands by Elizabeth Hopkinson… “And so you read the Bible and your father’s account book?” Mr. Van Guelder took a sip of ale. I felt my face flush. I did indeed read both those venerable texts, but I had the distinct feeling that Mr. Van Guelder was testing me and I didn’t

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Little Grandmother

Jun 30th, 2014 | By

A classic fairy story… re-worked by author and story teller Robin Herne “Little Grandmother?” Vasilisa looked up at the monstrous sack of bones that filled the doorway of the ramshackle hut. The bulldog jaw yawned open revealing teeth like broken glass and a voice clawed up from the icy caverns of the Netherworld. “Yes?” The

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On Offer: The Bookseller’s Sonnets

Jun 24th, 2014 | By

From now until June 30th, the ebook version of The Bookseller’s Sonnets is offer at £2.99 / $4.99 across all available platforms. Prices vary from platform to platform. A mysterious package from an anonymous artifact donor arrives on the desk of Jill Levin, the senior curator at a Holocaust museum: a secret diary, written by the

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