Set in Reformation Europe, Q begins with Luther’s nailing of his 95 theses on the door of the cathedral church in Wittenberg. Q traces the adventures and conflicts of two central characters: an Anabaptist, a member of the most radical of the Protestant sects and the anarchists of the Reformation, and a Catholic spy and informer, on their thrilling journey across Germany, Italy & the Netherlands. The four young writers who shelter behind the pseudonym Luther Blissett have created a world of intrigue, violence and intense political & religious passion.

  Far from the traditional example of historical fiction, Q is the stuff of which cults are made. Available in … More

Sugar Money recounts Lucien and his older brother Emile’s near-impossible mission to bring back slaves left behind on Grenada, some forty people who are now enslaved by the British. Lucien and the other slaves are owned by les Freres de la Charite who want slaves to replace those who are sickening and dying, in order to tend the sugar plantation and start a distillery.

Unwilling to risk their own lives, they send the brothers. And so begins what Lucien hopes will be an adventure … More

Overlooked classics of American literature: Cloudsplitter by Russell Banks. Owen Brown is the last surviving son of America’s most famous political terrorist, John Brown, who in 1859 raided the federal arsenal at Harpers Ferry, Virginia, intending to galvanise the Southern slaves into rebellion. Now Owen tells John’s story. This incredible novel recreates pre-Civil War America, when slavery was tearing the country apart, and tells of one man’s passage from abolitionist to guerrilla fighter &, finally, martyr.

Deeply researched, brilliantly plotted, and peopled with a cast of unforgettable characters both historical and wholly invented, Cloudsplitter is dazzling … More