‘It was rather apt that the launch of Fire Child and Heat by Sally Emerson, a new series of Rediscovered Classics from Quartet, was in candlelight. As a literary crowd, including Howard Jacobson, Simon Callow
‘Fire Child’s heroine Tessa is still my dark friend, as dear to me as the sweetest of my acquaintances, because it isn’t just the good people who make up the texture and the clamour of our lives but the bad people too, and our own dark sides – the people like Tessa and her lo
The Sunday Times gives a sparkling review of Fire Child by Sally Emerson. Get your copy here on publication date this Thursday!
“Going back to these books is like recovering different parts of my life. None of the characters seemed like strangers, they were still all part of me. I am almost more of a stranger to myself now because I’ve known them longer. As life goes on you change in all sorts of ways but e
'It is always interesting, and in Matty, Welby has created a memorable protagonist in the brilliant setting of Soho. I am intrigued to see where she goes next.' Shiny New Books reviews Mother of Darkness by Venetia Welby. You can read the full review here and get your copy o
‘Venetia Welby is not your bog standard author. She’s a writer to watch. A writer who is gifted beyond description. The research that went into this book would have been extensive, the effortless way in which she flips between such different writing styles left me speechless.
Venetia Welby answers questions for Portobello Book Blog. To read the Q&A session go here and to get your copy of the book go here.
Tribune Magazine review The Orwell Essays by Brian Sewell. This brilliant selection of Orwell-Prize winning journalism is available here.
‘Howard Jacobson has written that there is “a deceptive matter-of-factness about Jacobs’s writing which masks an exquisite sadness. His is the art of the refined miniaturist.” Jacobs deploys this skill to paint a moving triptych of joy and pain, as experienced by generations