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21 June 2013



JOHN MADELEY's novel Let Live: A bike ride, climate change and the CIA covers some very important issues. David Fulshaw, an environmental journalist, undertakes a bicycle journey in Africa. As he rides, he becomes so incensed by the effects of climate change on people's lives that he uses his writing skills to bring these to wider attention. In doing so, he strongly criticises the United States and other Western policies, and, as a result, riles the CIA, which decides that he needs to be silenced (Longstone Books, £8.99; 978-0-9568344-1-6).

Lion Hudson launched a new fiction imprint this spring. The publishing house has produced fiction previously, but under different imprints; now they are all brought under one umbrella, Lion Fiction. The titles already published include the following:

A new edition of Stephen Lawhead's Avalon: The return of King Arthur (£7.99 (£7.20); 978-1-78264-014-1), which was previously published in the United States. Set in the future, this book begins with the death of the king, bringing the British monarchical line to an end. Power struggles are the order of the day, when a young Scot, James Stuart, lays his claim to be the Once and Future King.

Fishers of Men (£7.99 (£7.20); 978-1-78264-000-4) by Pam Rhodes. Neil Fisher begins his curacy in Dunbridge, but it's not all straightforward. Neil's progression through his first year has some tricky moments, not least when it comes to coping with four women (his mother, his training incumbent, his neighbour, and Wendy of the church music group) who all have their own ideas about him.

The Reichenbach Problem (£7.99 (£7.20); 978-1-78264-016-5) by Martin Allison Booth tells the story of a jaded Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, who escapes to a mountain village in search of privacy. While there, he becomes involved in the investigation into the death of a fellow tourist, and even finds himself under suspicion.

Another death provides the material for Donna Fletcher Crow's An Unholy Communion (£7.99 (£7.20); 978-1-78264-004-2). Ascension Day celebrations are disrupted when the body of a former student falls from the top of the tower at the College of the Transfiguration. Later on, a youth-group pilgrim, Felicity, at whose feet the body landed, and her fiancé find themselves caught up in a sinister mystery.

The Screwtape Letters by C. S. Lewis were published first in 1942. Magnificent Malevolence (£7.99 (£7.20); 978-1-78264-018-9) lets readers know what has been happening in hell since then. Derek Wilson has edited the diaries of Crumblewit, Order of the Sons of Darkness, First Class, which chart his career as a devil.

Humans, angels and demons find themselves at war, after the corruption of a European businessman who has sold his soul to evil, and whose aim is to bring down the G8. Disaster is averted in Angelguard: Not all the spirits are good (£7.99; 978-1-78264-002-8) by Ian Acheson, but the war continues in a planned sequel Angelguard: Wrestling with Shadows.

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