Congratulations to Patrick Latimer

We’re delighted to see that Patrick Latimer has been longlisted for the Klaus Flugge Prize for newcomers in children’s book illustration.

Patrick has been nominated for his illustration of Woolf, which he created alongside his brother Alex.

A wolf and a sheep fall in love. They have a son that they call Woolf – he’s half wolf, half woolly sheep! This is Woolf’s story. It s not easy being different not quite fitting in with one group or another. When Woolf tries to impress the wolves, he finds it fun for a while, but they’re a bit too wild. When he tries to follow the sheep, he finds it all a bit, well, boring. Can Woolf find his own way in life and make his own friends that like him for who he is, not who he’s trying to be?

The shortlist for the Klaus Flugge Prize will be announced on 16th May, and everyone at Bell Lomax Moreton is wishing Patrick and the wonderful Woolf the very best of luck!

Woolf is available here, and you can stay up to date with Patrick and his amazing illustrations on Twitter @patricklatimer.

Pilgrim’s War hits shelves today!

Pilgrim’s War, the first installment in a new and enthralling Crusader series by the master of historical fiction, Michael Jecks, is released today – and we’re very excited!

France, 1096. Crowds gather in Sens to hear the man known as the Hermit speak. He talks of a pilgrimage to the city of Jerusalem, one filled with promise for the Christian soldiers who march with him.

Sybille knows the perils of the road ahead, but she has no choice. Her husband is a reckless gambler, easily swayed by the Hermit’s words. She must follow her husband and join the great pilgrimage. For Odo, the pilgrimage is all. It provides him an opportunity to demonstrate his faith and piety. His brother Fulk seeks relief from boredom and the restraints of apprenticeship. He craves adventure and excitement. Jeanne and Guillemette have been treated badly by the men in their life but this is their chance for redemption and a brighter future. But life on the road for two women alone will be perilous . . .

On the long road to Jerusalem, right and wrong, love and hate, virtue and sins will become blurred. Each must survive as best they can. Who will live to reach it – and will the sacrifices they must make to get there be worth the price they all must pay?

Michael Jecks’ bestselling Knights’ Templar Mysteries have entertained readers for thirty two books of Baldwin de Furnshell’s adventures, and Pilgrim’s War looks set to be the start of another gripping and fantastic series for fans of historical fiction.

You can buy your own copy of Pilgrim’s War here . . .

. . . and you can stay up to date with Michael and his writing on Twitter @MichaelJecks

Happy book birthday to I Say Ooh, You Say Aah!

It’s blue skies all around today, and the brightest blue is the cover of John Kane’s I Say Ooh, You Say Aah, which is published today!

‘There’s something very important that I need you to remember. When I say Ooh, you say Aah. Let’s try it.’

Ooh the donkey has lost his pants. Readers must help him find them!

I Say Ooh, You Say Aah is filled with giggles and guaranteed to make readers of all ages want to help Ooh the donkey find his pants again and again.

You can get your copy of I Say Ooh, You Say Aah here . . .

. . . and you can see more of John’s drawings and hear news about his books on Twitter @johnkanebooks!


A Place Called Perfect shortlisted for Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2018

Helena Duggan’s A Place Called Perfect has been shortlisted in the Young Fiction category for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2018.

Published last year, A Place Called Perfect tells the story of Violet, who hates living in Perfect. Why does everyone have to wear special glasses to stop them going blind? What are the strange noises in the night and why is Mum acting so weird? Then Dad disappears and Violet is determined to uncover the truth with the help of the mysterious Boy. But returning normality to Perfect is a battle they never imagined…

A Place Called Perfect was also included in Tom Fletcher’s inaugural W H Smith book club in September, and was shortlisted for the Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Awards in November.

You can get your own copy of A Place Called Perfect here . . .

. . . and stay up to date with Helena on Twitter @heldideas for more exciting news about all things Violet and Perfect!