History and Mystery in East Kent

East Kent is full of history. It is the part of England closest to the Continent; on a clear day, the coast of France can be clearly seen. Across the narrow stretch of water that separates England from France have passed Romans, Saxons, Vikings and Normans, traders and soldiers and sailors, smugglers and spies and revolutionaries task management tools. In the sixteenth century the Spanish Armada sailed up the English Channel; in the twentieth, Admiral Ramsay stood on the gallery of the underground bunkers at Dover and directed the Dunkirk evacuation, and a little later the Battle of Britain was fought in the skies overhead. The period on which we have concentrated is the mid-1790s. The Body on the Doorstep takes place in May and June of 1796, at a time of high tension. The French Republic, now a quasi-dictatorship ruled by a small group of men known as the Directory, had repelled all attacks by foreign powers, Britain included. Now, France was flexing its muscles. Invasion armies were gathering, and it was known that the Directory had plans to […]

Published 24 Aug 2016 More »

Messing About In Boats

I love book clubs. I first started one almost twenty-five years ago, when they were a new import from America (and like the one my American friend was in back then, the tradition was that the host served dessert and chose the next month’s title) and I’ve been in several lovely book clubs since then, in various parts of the country. The latest one I’ve joined is a newly formed group in the beautiful Surrey village of Elstead, but I also try to keep up with the one in Oxford that I’ve been part of for well over a decade now. Through the ups and downs of life, book clubs have been a constant: an opportunity to think about and talk about something beyond work, children and the daily grind (though all that usually gets quite substantial billing too). Like most book club devotees, I’ve read many, many books I’d never have opened without the imperative of the next meeting looming over me (every book club needs someone who ALWAYS finishes the book in good time, and is just scary […]

Published 01 Aug 2016 More »

News just in: Film deal for Zaffre’s first acquisition

We’re enormously excited to announce that our first acquisition, Maestra by L.S. Hilton, has been signed up in a major Hollywood film deal. The novel is a dark and gripping thriller, and has been described by a leading international publisher as “an erotic Talented Mr Ripley” and by a Hollywood magazine as “the hot book on the street . . . a sexy thriller with a Gone Girl vibe”.Watch Full Movie Online Streaming Online and Download Read on for more information – Maestra will publish in January 2016 in paperback and ebook. Judith Rashleigh works as an assistant in a prestigious London auction house, but her dreams of breaking into the art world have been gradually dulled by the forces of snobbery and corruption. To make ends meet she moonlights as a hostess in one of the West End’s less salubrious bars – although her work there pales against her activities on nights off. When Judith stumbles across a conspiracy at her auction house, she is fired before she can expose the fraud. In desperation, she accepts an offer from one […]

Published 10 Mar 2016 More »