A Q&A with Jonathan Ames

Jonathan Ames is the author of ten books including Wake Up, Sir!, The Extra Man and You Were Never Really Here, all published by Pushkin Press. He also created the hit HBO comedy Bored to Death, starring Ted Danson, Zach Galifianakis and Jason Schwartzman, as…

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Susan Steinberg: On Writing

Posted 9th June 2021 by Susan Steinberg

As jagged as it is beautiful, as poetic as it is furious, Machine by Susan Steinberg is a propulsive story of communal guilt in the wake of a young girl’s drowning. Out now in paperback, we asked author Susan Steinberg…

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‘Writing is Alchemy’: Susie Bower on Alchemy and The Three Impossibles

Posted 3rd June 2021 by Susie Bower

When eleven year old Mim meets the last living Alchemist—Trismegistus MacWhisker—she asks him what Alchemy is. He replies: ‘Alchemy is the art of Transformation. Its goal is to set right what is wrong; to change what is inferior or imperfect…

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Five Books That Inspired Three-Fifths

Posted 20th May 2021 by John Vercher

Crime drama. Thriller. Even mystery. Each one of these classifications were applied to my debut novel at one time or another before and after publication. While these labels apply to Three-Fifths to varying extents, I never set out with the…

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‘We can each make a difference through our individual actions’: Ele Fountain on MELT

Posted 29th April 2021 by Ele Fountain

Sometimes a phrase becomes so ubiquitous it begins to lose its impact. I sincerely hope that never happens to the phrase climate change. It’s simply too important. But there is an enormity to it, which naturally makes people wonder what…

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Sarah Blau’s Top 5 Thrillers

Posted 23rd April 2021

Next week, Pushkin Vertigo publishes Sarah Blau’s wickedly entertaining thriller, THE OTHERS (tr. Daniella Zamir). When Sheila’s old classmates start to be murdered, an old pact simmers to the surface: one in which they swore to never have children. Now,…

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Extract: The Passenger by Ulrich Alexander Boschwitz

Posted 30th March 2021

This week, Pushkin Press are publishing The Passenger by Ulrich Alexander Boschwitz (tr. Philip Boehm), a gripping novel of a life lived under the Nazi regime. Ahead of publication, we wanted to share with you an extract from the thrilling…

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Everything You Need to Know About… Ivy Compton-Burnett

Posted 18th March 2021

Ivy Compton-Burnett has always provoked strong reactions. Along with much critical success, she consistently elicited shock or dismay with each successive novel. Our new edition of Compton-Burnett’s A House and Its Head is ‘[t]he merriest tale of human depravity you…

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Extract: My Brother by Karin Smirnoff

Posted 9th March 2021

My Brother by Karim Smirnoff is a taut, suspenseful novel of hidden family secrets, abuse, trauma and resilience. It follows Jana as she returns to her family home in the remote rural north of Sweden, where she unravels the horrific experiences…

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Maxine Mei-Fung Chung’s female-led thriller recommendations for International Women’s Day

Posted 8th March 2021 by Maxine Mei-Fung Chung

by Maxine Mei-Fung Chung It is International Women’s Day and we are buzzing to have just published the electric psychoanalytic thriller THE EIGHTH GIRL by Maxine Mei-Fung Chung. We asked Maxine to recommend her favourite psychological thrillers and suspense from…

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