In 2019 Cranthorpe Millner accomplished great things as a small, independent publishing house. We’re proud of all our authors and their accomplishments!
Tony Estrella: Comatose
“Great storytelling and interesting plot”
“Mind-twisting suspense from the first page intertwined with both a legitimate and yet futuristic vision of technology in healthcare”
“Cinematic quality, visually full of delicious details”
Tony is a healthcare investor and board director and this is his first novel. He travels all over the world giving talks within his professional field and selling books. He attended the Singapore Writers Festival and his book has been featured by the BBC! Check out www.tonyestrella.com for more info on his appearances.
Alex Schnee: Shakespeare’s Lady
“I expected this to be simply a romance novel … but I found it to be so much more than that”
“I had not heard about Emilia Lanier before reading this, but if she’s anything like she is in the novel then she shouldn’t just be known for being attached to Shakespeare. She … paved the way for all female writers that came after her.”
Alex Schnee first published Shakespeare’s Lady at the age of 20. She has written for a number of publications such as The Huffington Post, USA Today, and many others. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in English while working as a travel writer. You can find out more about her at www.thewayfaringvoyager.com.
Jacky Rom: The Sandra Bernstein Chronicles and The Amazing Adventures of Starr
Jacky’s exciting news is that her documentary, Method of Murder, is finally getting its UK release on Amazon Prime! Keep an eye out for it on the 21st Jan! She also recently started a podcast – The Life of a Crime Novelist, which you can find on Spotify. Check out www.jackyrom.com for more info!
Mike Read: A Thousand Years of a London Street: Denmark Street
“This is an excellent tome … worthy of a serious audience … a really excellent history and I look forward to more of them” – Sir Tim Rice
Mike’s had an impressive year and his latest book has been really well received. Described as a ‘triumph’ and a ‘top read, Mr Read’ – readers and reviewers alike have been loving it. Mike has attended signings and literary festivals around the country and we’re looking forward to what 2020 may bring!
Julie Anne Gates: Storms and Shadows
“A great new and talented author. Having been recommended Storms and Shadows by a friend I was not disappointed”
“Gripping – an undeniably good read”
Julie doesn’t claim to be a historian but no one who reads her book can deny she has done a spectacular job of researching her story and her setting and maintaining an absorbing world and narrative throughout. We were so delighted to give this book a revamp and re-release it, and we’re excited to see what she does next!
Tai Le Grice: Smoke and Water
“An unexpected story that made my heart hurt”
“Eike and Damon are so precious … but it wasn’t just about the romance, it also dealt with some intense themes such as homophobia and grief.”
“A gem of exploration into the world of love across class and barriers … the development of the main protagonist from beaten, almost broken, battered, hospitalised wreck to defined, champion of martial arts and mentally disciplined is a tour de force”
“The story soon takes on a mind of its own. It’s more than a love story. It’s a story about overcoming adversity … It was charming, emotional, well written, and I found it empowering to see the characters go through trauma and come out the other side stronger than ever. It was also wonderfully inclusive. Eike’s Korean heritage is a huge part of his life but it isn’t his defining feature, nor is his sexuality. And that is something I hope to see in many more romance novels to come.”
“The narrative explores the levels of courage that both Eike and Damon needed to discover in order to persevere in their lives and in their love. The story is filled with clearly drawn characters of several generations. It is a moving and well-written Coming of Age saga that speaks to its intended Youth Adult audience and beyond … it is an inspiring tale of courage against tough odds, with characters surviving despite being thrown into the proverbial deep end of the pool”
We were totally overwhelmed by the outstanding response everyone had to Tai Le Grice’s latest novel! Her bookstagram tour reached thousands of people and the kind words and adoration for her came soaring in from all over the world. We can’t congratulate Tai enough on this exceptional achievement and success.
Johanna Nield: New Beginnings
“Johanna Nield’s ‘New Beginnings’ cuts to the core of the human condition as readers are embroiled in the fierce heartstring tug-of-war between a young woman and her recently-widowed boss. It’s a love she so desperately wanted but, now it has come, is starting to resist. While fiction, the novel ultimately empowers readers to put their own life choices on a pedestal, as well as consider the modern phenomenon of pouring one’s soul out online…”
“The format makes it a fast but well-paced read … the storyline was engaging and thought-provoking”
“Classy, page-turning tale of love amid loss”
Keep an eye on Johanna Nield, because this is only the first in a trilogy! Johanna’s blog tour was a huge success and we just loved reading all the glowing reviews.
Chris Tetreault-Blay: It’s a Long Way to the Moon
“what a lovely children’s book … I really hope he writes many more, an ideal bedtime story”
Chris’ first foray into writing for children has been a resounding success. He was featured in newspapers, Christmas gift guides, competitions, giveaways, and the reviews have been wonderful to read. He has all sorts of amazing events lined up for the beginning of this year as well so keep an eye out!
Alex Connor: Artemisia
“A beautifully written book and once I started I could not put it down”
“Very enjoyable thriller and telling of the story of Artemisia Gentileschi ; it really brings her exceptional story to life.”
Alex’s bookstagam tour was a success, reaching thousands of people. There is an exhibition on Artemisia in the National Gallery opening this year, be sure to give this title a read if you plan on visiting!
Sheldon Baverstock: One Black Ear
“I thought the book a pretty good description of rural life in a small town, many of which are much the same today. I also felt the story was a very good description of how many people are doing their best to cope with what, at times, is a very difficult situation”
“The author’s reflections on the previous apartheid system and it’s unavoidable effects on the people, going forward, are astute and, as a fellow South African, resonated with me. It was a page turner for me and I devoured it in one day. The language is beautifully descriptive and took me back to areas of the country I have long missed. I could smell those old familiar country farm smells and envision the spectacular sweeping views in that part of the world. All in all, it was a positive uplifting story of the courage it takes to march to the beat of your own drum and live your best life. Definitely worth a read!”
Sheldon wrote a feature for The Big Issue after they saw this book on how South Africa is adapting to its new identity, and on his own connection to and love for the country, which reached a wide audience. Ever since, we’ve had a lot of love for this title which deals with some difficult topics in a graceful and personal way, which so many readers are responding to.
But that’s not all! We’ve signed some fabulous authors too, not to mention re-signing both Tai Le Grice and Chris Tetreault-Blay for their second books with us. Keep an eye out for –
Jo Painter: Good Enough
Sandy Kendall: A Dazzle of Poplars
Sam Catling: Seems Like Smooth Sailing
Mark Dutton: The Dancing Spy
Vaughn Feighan: The Pitfall Experiments
Parker Duncan: Winds of the Immortals
Jack Salva: Dybbuk’s Asylum
Ash Watson: Because Japan
Claire Hastie: Guardians of the Athame
Chris Tetreault-Blay: It’s a Long Night for Santa
Tai Le Grice: Between Dusk and Dawn
We can’t thank you enough for all your continued support, and we can’t wait to bring you even more success stories!
A handful of photos of Cranthorpe Millner’s year –