Posts Tagged ‘ novels ’

Pets in Books – Celebrating National Love Your Pet Day

Feb 20th, 2018 | By

  February 20th, 2018 is International Love Your Pet Day and it got us thinking about how often pets feature as a key character in fiction… From Nana the nurse dog in Peter Pan, Scabbers the Rat in Harry Potter, Tintin’s Snowy to Bill Syke’s Bulls-Eye in Oliver Twist. They are the constant and often closest

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Historical drama on the high seas & a modern-day Witch. All New Scottish Fiction

Oct 26th, 2017 | By

Whether it’s the rugged Highlands and Islands or the gritty cosmopolitan city of Glasgow, Scotland always provides a fantastic backdrop for a story. This month JHP is proud to be publishing two very different but both brilliantly entertaining reads with atmospheric Scottish settings. With No Safe Anchorage author Liz McCrae Shaw delivers a hard to

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Writing about books

Feb 21st, 2016 | By

For about a year now, I’ve been looking after this blog, posting wonderful excerpts and articles from other fiction authors, sharing news and new releases, and sprinkling this with my own observations about the book industry and the business of writing. It’s been a really interesting time, but at the end of February, I’ll stop

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Author Shelfie – Nimue Brown

Jan 15th, 2016 | By

What does a bookshelf say about a person? well, firstly there’s the shelf itself – this bookcase belonged to my great grandmother. It still has the price chalked onto the back. I inherited it after my grandmother died. My great grandfather on that side worked in a factory, my great grandmother, like most women on

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Author Shelfie – Andrew Cairns

Dec 7th, 2015 | By

My trail of books shows the kind of writing which inspires me: strange, imaginative and original. Paul Auster: Amazing, sparse, modern and poetic writing style which brings the characters to life. His stories are very moving and thought-provoking. Iain Banks: His debut novel ‘The Wasp Factory’ was witty, bizarre and gripping. I’ve read most of

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Facts and fictions

Nov 29th, 2015 | By

By Nimue Brown If a book is just facts, it’s not a novel. But, imagine a novel that didn’t have any facts in it. Nothing real. It’s not an easy thing to envisage and I’m prepared to bet such a book would be totally unreadable. There are things we depend on – causality being key

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What makes a good horror novel?

Nov 3rd, 2015 | By

By Krystina Kellingley So you want to write a horror novel, and, when it’s finished, having invested considerable time and effort, perhaps sacrificing other things, like any kind of life outside of your ‘garret’, you’d like it to be good. You’d like those who know you (and who may have sacrificed certain things alongside you)

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Why do I write?

Oct 3rd, 2015 | By

By Jennifer Kavanagh Why do I write? Because I can do no other. I usually say that I only started writing 13 years ago – when I wrote my first book. But that’s not strictly true. Like many others, I wrote stories and poems as a child. I nearly had it driven out of me

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Books on Facebook

Sep 7th, 2015 | By

Keep up with all your favourite authors and book news from JHP via social media. There’s a JHP Fiction Facebook page  and you can also follow authors on their own pages… David Haworth, author of historical novel The Hidden Crown. David Haworth was born in Lancashire in 1978. He grew up in the fells of

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Short stories versus novels

Jul 5th, 2015 | By

By Nimue Brown. Let’s start with the obvious; that what divides short stories from novels, is the length. However, there’s a lot more to it than that, as a consequence of the size differences. A flash fiction short story can be as short as you like. Somewhere around the 20-30,000 word mark, you have a

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