Through the Keyhole: March

Take a peek through the Keyhole to discover what we have coming up in March…


We are excited to be publishing this brilliant series for younger readers –by children’s TV producer turned author Cas Lester!

‘Hugely original and wildly funny, a true page turner that will delight any child.’ Jaqueline Wilson

Harvey Drew is an ordinary eleven-year-old who dreams of great adventures in outer space. The Toxic Spew is an intergalactic waste disposal ship. The two are on a collision course for chaos!

After Harvey unwittingly responds to an alien signal, he is transported to the flight deck of The Toxic Spew by the ship’s bad-tempered computer, who promptly loses his return address. Even though none of the crew have even heard of Earth, let alone met an Earthling, Harvey becomes Captain of the stroppy, pizza-obsessed, brave (but grubby) crew, and almost immediately has to save them from poisonous pink maggots, dangerous exploding space-rubbish and a multiple spaceship pile-up on Hyperspaceway B16. Luckily, leading his rabble crew out of danger isn’t so different from captaining his football team, and it turns out Harvey is just the boy to save the day!

Cas Lester will be touring the UK with fun space rubbish themed workshops at festivals and bookshops …. the Toxic Spew will be coming to a town near you very soon!


Amnesty International has endorsed this powerful blend of fantasy, romance and revenge that covers a variety of human rights issues including the right to freedom, equality, life, education and many more!

Amanda Craig described TRIBUTE as ‘thrilling and beautifully written … I was drawn into the story from the first page.’

Zara is a mage, one of the elite in a world where magic is power, and the non-magical majority are oppressed and enslaved. When her Tribute slave and best friend is killed for the crime of literacy, Zara vows revenge by spying for the rebel Knowledge Seekers. But her bravery and magical skill are tested to the limit when a hostage from the other side of the Wall arrives at her palazzo. Sensing a kindred spirit, she promises to help him – but before she can, her secret is discovered. Hunted by her own kind, she must convince the Knowledge Seekers she is really on their side. But can she convince herself? Pain, romance, defiance and revenge combine in this powerfully written – and breathtakingly envisioned – YA fantasy.


Alison Rattle’s follow up to The Quietness is a thrilling Victorian tale of dangerous obsession and betrayal.

Sixteen-year-old Marnie lives in the idyllic coastal village of Clevedon, North Somerset. Despite being crippled by a childhood exposure to polio, she seems set to follow in her mother’s footsteps, and become a ‘dipper’, escorting fragile female bathers into the sea. Her life is simple and safe. But then she meets Noah. Charming, handsome, son-of-the-local-Lord, Noah. She quickly develops a passion for him – a passion which consumes her.

As Marnie’s infatuation turns to fixation she starts to lose her grip on reality, and a harrowing and dangerous obsession develops that seems certain to end in tragedy. Set in the early Victorian era when propriety, modesty and repression were the rule, this is a taut psychological drama in which the breakdown of a young woman’s emotional state will have a devastating impact on all those around her.

Alison will be doing a number of events in the West Country, please contact if you would like to book an event.