Posted by: Sarah | July 7, 2006

The Needle in the Blood and Snowbooks

I see from the Member News page on The Historical Novel Society’s website that my HNS chum Sarah Bower’s novel is to be published in 2007 (hurrah!):

SARAH BOWER, former UK coordinating editor for the Historical Novels Review, has signed a deal with Snowbooks for publication of her first novel, The Needle in the Blood, which is a tale of sexual obsession and the redemptive power of love set against the making of the Bayeux Tapestry. The book will come out in summer 2007.

Snowbooks is an enterprising and energetic new small publishing company whose business model seems remarkably like the old publishing model (only better). Read about it here. In May it won The Small Publisher of the Year Award jointly with Profile Books (publisher of Eats, Shoots and Leaves).

As well as having a small but interesting catalogue of new fiction and non-fiction, it has also published The London Scene, a collection of lost essays by Virginia Woolf, The Idle Thoughts of an Idle Fellow by Jerome K Jerome and The Sunny Side by A A Milne, a collection of “short stories and poems for proper grown-ups”.

I shall probably graduate to the latter when I finally stop reading the Winnie The Pooh books and Eeyore’s Little Book of Gloom, which never fails to cheer me up with its simple wisdom and rollicking humour.

A falling Pooh Bear will land on a gorse bush, but a falling Tigger will land on an Eeyore.

The Wrong Answers are the ones you go looking for when the right answer is staring you in the face.


  1. Glad to hear about Sarah Bower’s success. Like the sound of Eeyore’s Book of Gloom, and will at the very least ask for a copy for Christmas. Buddhism for Sheep is quite good too …

  2. I shall look forward to buying Sarah Bower’s novel. The Snowbooks website wasn’t working when I tried it, but I’ll try again.

    I was planning to use The Idle Thoughts of an Idle Fellow as the name of my blog if I ever set one up, but I suppose someone’s already taken it.

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