Competition: Win copies of great E&T stocking fillers

Posted on 8 Dec 2014 - 16:52

Christmas LogoWe've got copies of some of Elliott and Thompson's best titles available to win in our special 'stocking filler' competition. There's something for everyone - if quirky humour is your thing, we've got John Rentoul's Listellany, a collection of eclectic top tens from 'Great Bands With Terrible Names' to 'Most English Remarks of All Time'. To whet your appetite, you can find a sample of the lists at

Golf fans should jump at the chance to get Oliver Horovitz's An American Caddie in St Andrews. A witty account of Ollie's training to become a caddie on the most prestigious course in the 'Home of Golf', no golfer should be without a copy this Christmas.

For classical music aficionados, there's the Classic FM Quiz Book by Darren Henley and Tim Lihoreau. With questions ranging from 'what did Tchaikovsky study at university' to whose last words was simply "MOZART!", this book will test even the most knowledgeable music maestros.

For those with a penchant for scientific trivia, David Bradley's Deceived Wisdom offers some terrific dismantlings of 'oft-cited truths' and 'received wisdom'. Looking at everything from whether drinking tea can cool you down to why your mobile phone won't give you cancer, Deceived Wisdom is chock full of these falsehoods which Bradley expertly debunks in a clear and witty style.

Finally, Robert Hutton's Would They Lie To You is the essential guide to 'uncommunication', those vital life skills that involve navigating that grey area between the truth and an outright lie. Boris Johnson called it 'the irresistible vade mecum of every prangmeister and cock-up artist.'

For your chance to win one of these gems, email your name, address and email address to info at eandtbooks dot com (subject: Stocking%20Fillers) with the subject line 'Stocking Fillers'. Five lucky winners will be chosen at random on the 19th of December and their chosen book will be posted in time for Christmas. Have a look at these and other perfect Christmas ideas on the E&T books page.

Showdown: The Inside Story of the Gleneagles Ryder Cup

Posted on 18 Nov 2014 - 17:43

ShowdownIain Carter's fascinating account of the Ryder Cup in Gleneagles is already out, only a month after the event itself. Showdown: The Inside Story of the Gleneagles Ryder Cup recounts the gripping contest between the US team, whose players had a higher overall average and were led by the legendary Tom Watson, and the European team, led by the controversial choice of Paul McGinley but who ensured victory in front of the extraordinary home crowds.

Amateur Golfer magazine wrote that "Iain Carter has vividly brought all this to life in his book which I thoroughly recommend to all golfers of whatever age. A great read I'd suggest you go out and get a copy before it sells out!” Meanwhile the Daily Record said that the book was "a terrific insight into this year’s Ryder Cup". Iain also appeared on the Simon Mayo show on BBC Radio 2, speaking about the book and the tournament. Perfect for all golf fans, this is the definitive guide to a contest that will not be soon forgotten.

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).