Lion Fiction offers Christian fiction of a different sort, aiming to reach both religious and secular readers by relying on narrative thrust, believable characters, and boundary-crossing context to create an imaginative awareness of spiritual truths without battering-ram preachment. “We’re trying to offer spirituality in fiction form but without an agenda, because most books on the Christian faith have something to sell, and that compromises the integrity of the novel,” explains publisher Tony Collins, also publisher of Lion Hudson’s Monarch imprint,
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Pam Rhodes is among BBC’s hymn-based Songs of Praise most recognizable and enduring presenters, a job she juggles with that of busy novelist. Her new trilogy, “The Dunbridge Chronicles,” features the very human fumbling and gradual maturing of Neil Fisher, the fresh-from-training new curate of St. Stephen’s church.
Albert, Edoardo. Edwin: High King of Britain: The Northumbrian Thrones, Bk. 1. Apr. 2014. 320p. ISBN 9781782640332. pap. $14.99. HISTORICAL Journalist Albert, who coauthored Northumbria: The Lost Kingdom with archaeologist Paul Gething, debuts as a fiction writer with a historical novel set in seventh-century Northumbria, where Christianity had its start in England. The deposed king, […]
Anthony Marra exploring the erotic inner life of Downton Abbey’s upstanding Mr. Bates, Elizabeth Fremantle writing from the perspective of Anne Boleyn’s dog, Brad Meltzer and A.J. Jacobs co-writing a story whose characters argue about the last words they’ll utter, and Gabrielle Zevin impersonating a former best-selling author struggling to figure out Twitter—these are some […]
Alas, I wasn’t able to provide a galley guide for the Public Library Association conference this year, but that won’t keep us from hunting for galleys, will it? Aside from the intriguing works I’ll be introducing at our PLA Author Party, here are some titles I’d recommend, both from personal passion and from the conviction […]
Eight Women Writers, from Best Sellers (Gray, Gregory) to Newcomers (Simpson, Zourkova) | Fiction Previews, Sept. 2014, Pt. 1
Crombie, Deborah. To Dwell in Darkness. Morrow. Sept. 2014. 384p. ISBN 9780062271600. $25.99. THRILLER In the latest Duncan Kincaid–Gemma James outing, Duncan investigates a lethal bombing in famed St. Pancras Station after having been transferred to the London borough of Camden from Scotland Yard headquarters. Postponed from April; with a 100,000-copy first printing and a […]
All work and no play is as bad for Public Library Association attendees as it is for anyone else, which is why Library Journal is offering a PLA Author Party on Wednesday, March 12, from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. at the Alexander Hotel, 333 S Delaware Street, Indianapolis. Yes, there will be plenty of food, […]
Amy Bloom, Robert Galbraith, Mary Gordon, John Scalzi, & More | Barbara’s Fiction Picks, Aug. 2014, Pt. 3
Bloom, Amy. Lucky Us. Random. Aug. 2014. 256p. ISBN 9781400067244. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780812996005. CD: Penguin Random Audio. LITERARY Bloom, a New York Times best-selling author as well as a National Book Award and National Book Critics Circle Award finalist, here offers a tale of two half-sisters. It’s the 1940s, and Iris is dreaming of […]