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New Crime Ebooks from Melodie Johnson Howe

Posted on 22 Oct 2014 - 12:35

Mother ShadowElliott & Thompson has just released four fantastic murder mysteries, exclusively on ebook. From the suspenseful City of Mirrors which brings the cynical world of Hollywood vividly to life, to the thrilling Mother Shadow, where the streets of New York can prove deadly, Melodie Johnson Howe's books are must-reads for crime fans. A former actress who worked with such illustrious names as Clint Eastwood, James Caan and Alan Alda, she left acting to pursue her love of writing and Elliott and Thompson are very pleased to be published these four terrific novels on ebook in the UK.

Her debut Mother Shadow was nominated for an Edgar Award. It tells the story of Maggie Hill, who teams up with private detective Claire Conrad to thwart the greedy Beauty Diesambitions of the relatives of her newly deceased coin-collecting employer. Beauty Dies is another mystery with Claire and Maggie, as they are forced to investigate the claims that a recent New York model's suicide was in fact murder!

In City of Mirrors, Diana Poole is trying to make ends meet in Hollywood after the death of her husband, so she returns to acting. The business hasn't changed; young City of Mirrorsstarlets will do anything to get ahead, and Diana seems to find bodies around every corner. In the collection of short stories, Shooting Hollywood, Diana Poole continues to stumble across Hollywood murders whilst trying to make her comeback, and has to use ever inch of her guile to stay one step ahead of the game.

Crime author Michael Connelly described City of Mirrors as "deftly written and smart. On top of that, it's entertaining as hell." Fellow crime writer Simon Brett echoed that sentiment, describing the book as "a fine crime novel with an engagingly cynical edge."

All four books are available for Kindle via Amazon and for other ebook readers via all good e-retailers.Shooting Hollywood

American Caddie longlisted for William Hill!

Posted on 30 Sep 2014 - 16:32

Elliott & Thompson is delighted to announce that Oliver Horovitz's brilliant memoir of his time caddying on the world-famous Old Course at St Andrews has been longlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year 2014. An American Caddie in St Andrews is funny, original and a cracking read - congratulations to Oliver, it couldn't be more deserved!

E&T to publish Lebensborn memoir

Posted on 18 Sep 2014 - 08:45

Elliott & Thompson is delighted to announce its forthcoming publication of Hitler’s Forgotten Children: My Life Inside the Lebensborn by Ingrid von Oelhafen and Tim Tate. Publisher Jennie Condell bought UK & Commonwealth rights from Andrew Lownie at Andrew Lownie Literary Agency.

A powerful first-person account, Hitler’s Forgotten Children relates an incredible story that has not been told fully in any publication in English before now. In 1942 Erika, a baby girl from Sauerbrunn in Yugoslavia, was taken for a ‘medical’ examination by the Nazi occupiers. Declared an ‘Aryan’, she was removed from her mother and held in a children’s home; her true identity erased, she became Ingrid von Oelhafen.

The Lebensborn programme was the brainchild of Himmler: an extraordinary plan to create an Aryan master race. Later, as Ingrid began to uncover her true identity, the full scale of the scheme became clear – including the kidnapping of up to half a million babies like her, and the deliberate murder of children born into the programme who were deemed ‘substandard’.

Her research took her to little-known records of the Nuremberg Trials, and, ultimately, to Yugoslavia, where an extraordinary discovery revealed the full truth behind her story: the Nazis had substituted ‘Ingrid’ with another child, who had been raised as ‘Erika’ by her family.

Condell said: ‘Ingrid’s quest to discover her true identity is relayed in a gripping narrative that takes readers into the heart of the Lebensborn programme and the secrets of Germany’s past. It is a moving story, written with insight and compassion, but is also a powerful meditation on the personal legacy of Hitler’s vision for a master race. We are delighted to be working with Ingrid and Tim to bring this story to a wide audience.”

Hitler’s Forgotten Children: My Life Inside the Lebensborn will be published as a hardback in May 2015, the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War.

Ingrid von Oelhafen is a former physical therapist living in Osnabruck, Germany. For more than 20 years she has been investigating her own extraordinary story and that of Lebensborn. She is in contact with other Lebensborn survivors and has been invited to give talks in schools about the programme and its effects on those who were part of it.

Tim Tate is a multi-award-winning documentary filmmaker and author. In 2013 he produced and directed Lebensborn: Children of the Master Race, which was broadcast on Channel 5. He is the author of twelve books, including the best-selling Slave Girl (2009).

New book about wartime heroism in France, Andree's War, is available now

Posted on 15 Sep 2014 - 17:09

Andrees WarAndrée's War, an engaging tale of heroism in Paris in the Second Wolrd War is now available. Andrée Griotteray White was only nineteen when the Germans invaded Paris but throughout the war she defied the Nazis, aided the Resistance and recorded her exploits in her diary. Now her story is brought to life by her daughter, a story told in English for the first time.

Andrée was awarded the Croix de Guerre, the Legion d'Honneur and the Medaille de la Resistance for her actions, but was always modest about her actions in the war. After the Germans invaded, her younger brother Alain set up a Resistance cell and Andrée helped without hesitation. Whilst working at the Police Headquarters, she printed and distributed an underground news sheet and stole blank ID cards to help mena and women trying to escape France. Based on Andrée's diaries from the time and conversations over the years, Francelle Bradford White recounts her mother's incredible story: the narrow escapes and moments of terror alongside a typical teenager's concerns about food, fashion and boys.

For more information about Andrée's War, or to purchase a copy with free UK P&P, visit the dedicated website: http://www.andreeswar.com/.

People in London exhibition coming to the Royal Geographical Society

Posted on 29 Aug 2014 - 17:45

People in London bookRichard Slater's forthcoming book People in London: One Photographer. Five Years. The Life of a City is a stunning photographical portrait of the people of a city, captured over five year and showing ordinary Londoners from all walks of life. The book looks at the length and breadth of London's denizens, from the city's various tribes – whether identified by class, wealth, or taste; the extraordinary number of faith groups; the population’s diversity of race and ethnicity; the creative and political life of London’s streets; the numerous festivals and celebrations that take place throughout the year; and, finally, the many surprises that lie hidden within the metropolis.

Accompanying the book is a major exhibition of the photographs at the Royal Geographical Society. Running from the 8th of September to the 17th of October, the exhibition has been mentioned in the Evening Standard and Time Out. The exhibition is free, so go along for a taster before getting your copy of People in London.

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