A short story from P. J. Brackston, author of the Brothers Grimm Mysteries

On 4th June we release a magical series from P. J. Brackston — the Brothers Grimm Mysteries (Pegasus Books). Each story follows detective Gretel (Hansel’s bright and dauntless sister) as she solves a new mystery in 18th Century Bavaria. Brackston is the author of The Winter Witch, “a sensitive, beautifully written account of life in 19th-century rural Wales” (The Guardian); The Midnight Witch and The Witch’s Daughter among other books.

Brackston’s short story “Detective Gretel” is below. …

A ticket for the Jubilee, featuring an image of the Shakespeare statue intended for an exterior alcove on the Town Hall. Each ticket was signed by George Garrick as a guard against forgery. (Shakespeare Birthplace Trust)

The Jubilee That Made Shakespeare

This September marks the 250th anniversary of Shakespeare’s Jubilee in Stratford-Upon-Avon. Andrew McConnell Stott’s new book What Blest Genius? (out 23rd April) relives this unique cultural moment from the dual perspectives of actor David Garrick, who masterminded the Jubilee, and biographer James Boswell, who attended it. Was Shakespeare not so much a “genius” but the right man at the right time? Would he have become the global literary icon he is today without the Jubilee? …

Three Women at the Hour of Reckoning

Next month, we publish a new book by Victoria Shorr about a critical, life-changing moment in each of the lives of Jane Austen, Mary Shelley and Joan of Arc.

Midnight focuses on Jane Austen’s marriage proposal, where she must decide between financial security and her writing career; Mary Shelley’s temporary estrangement from her husband Percy Bysshe Shelley (who has yet to return from stormy seas); and the final days in the life of Joan of Arc before she is burned at the stake. Each woman must make a choice or confront a profound truth about themselves. …

A miniature portrait of Nur Jahan, to be worn as a jewel, 17th century, Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum

A fascinating new biography on India’s greatest empress

This month, we publish Empress, Ruby Lal’s definitive biography on Nur Jahan, the twentieth and favourite wife of the Emperor Jahangir who ruled the Mughal Empire. Lal explores Nur Jahan’s own power as a politician, her talent for architecture and dress design, her skills in archery (she was known as a “tiger-slayer” after all!) and much more. She rescues Nur Jahan from patriarchal and Orientalist clichés of romance and intrigue, and explores the lives of women and girls in the Mughal Empire, even where scholars claim there are no sources.

Amanda Foreman, author of Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire, describes Empress…

A new and definitive biography of the iconic twentieth-century photographer, modernist, author and inventor.

Next month, we publish Berenice Abbott: A Life in Photography by Julia Van Haaften, “an insightful biography of a pioneering photographer whose work over six decades helped define the modernist tradition…” (BBC Culture). Van Haaften was the founding curator of the New York Public Library’s photography collection and she organised a Berenice Abbott retrospective for the library that subsequently toured to four prominent museums. After the retrospective, Abbott told Van Haaften there was no one she’d rather write her life.

And this is the definitive portrait of Abbott’s life, written with cinematic intensity. Van Haaften explores Abbott’s captivating photographs of…

Intimacies from Writers

From Sioux Falls to Khartoum, from Kyoto to Darwin; from the panchayat forests to the Giant’s Causeway; in taxis and at bus stops, in kitchens and sleigh beds, haystacks and airports — people are kissing one another. The sublime kiss. The ambiguous kiss. The broken kiss. The kiss that changes a life. Far from the scripted passion of Hollywood, this uniquely human gesture carries within it the possibility for infinite shades of meaning and it does not stop for anything — not war, revolution or natural disaster.

For Valentine’s Day, we publish an anthology of kisses — short stories, essays…

A short story taken from a new ekphrastic anthology: ALIVE IN SHAPE AND COLOR

This month we publish an exciting new collection of short stories which are all inspired by various artistic masterpieces — Le Beaux Jours by Balthus, The Garden of Earthly Delights by Hieronymous Bosch, Hokusai’s The Great Wave, and Rodin’s sculptures among them — and which lend a compelling narrative to something so iconic in the art world. Alive in Shape and Color from Pegasus Books is out now, just in time for Christmas.

The editor, Lawrence Block, previously turned to ekphrasis (the transformation of art into literature) as the theme of In Sunlight or in Shadow which we published last…

A phenomenal new addition to the Norton Annotated series ahead of the monster’s 200th birthday

Mary Shelley’s iconic gothic novel Frankenstein turns 200 next year. To celebrate, we are thrilled to be publishing the New Annotated Edition, edited by Leslie S. Klinger of the Sherlock Holmes Annotated Series, The New Annotated Dracula and The New Annotated H. P. Lovecraft.

Of the Annotated H. P. Lovecraft — thought to be the “definitive” (New Statesman) edition of Lovecraft’s stories— the Times Literary Supplement praised Klinger’s virtuosity in restoring the magic of the original classics: “Lovecraft will now garner increased critical attention because of Leslie S. Klinger’s sumptuous The New Annotated H. P. Lovecraft….Klinger has supplied a sensitive…

A new biography by John Pfordresher explores the parallels between Charlotte Brontë and her iconic heroine

On the publication of her gothic novel Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë famously tried to distance herself from her work under the pseudonym Currer Bell. In his enthralling new book, John Pfordresher exposes the similarities between Charlotte and her passionate, forthright protagonist and the reasons she might not have wanted these to be so transparent. Pfordresher provides a thoroughly researched history of Charlotte’s life, including her time at Cowan Bridge School as a “solitary, endangered, independent” child; her later years as a governess; and her troubled relationship with her imperious, demanding father. But why would Charlotte vehemently deny her “tale of…

Prog Rock fans, this is the book for you…

Welcome back, my friends
to the show that never ends.
We’re so glad you could attend!
Come inside! Come inside!

“The Show That Never Ends” is the titular lyric from the second live album of English progressive rock band Emerson Lake and Palmer. It’s also the title of David Weigel’s new book on the rise and fall of this music genre — a fitting title too for the bands which produced some of the lengthiest, most complex, existential, self-indulgent (verging on pretentious) musical tracks in the 1970s. …

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