Yorkshire Writers – 2018 Publications, by Fiona Gell

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I’m sure there are many more books either set in Yorkshire or written by Yorkshire writers that are being published in 2018. Here are just a few. I’ll be updating this calendar from time to time so please get in touch via Facebook/BigBookend or Twitter/@Bigbookend if you are publishing this year and want to be included in the next update. 


Claire Patel-Campbell, (Stairwell Books), Abernathy. A literary murder mystery set in rural northern Wisconsin. The book launch is on 3 February.

Si Smith, (Valley Press), How to Disappear Completely. A debut graphic novel set in Leeds, published on 14 February.

The book launch is at OK Comics, Leeds on Thursday 22nd February, 5pm-8pm. Full details here.

Michael Yates, (Armley Press), 20 Stories High. A collection of 20 short stories – “A rich and rewarding assortment of treats…these immensely satisfying stories are stylish, spirited, wise, playful and entirely compelling.” (Jim Crace).

There will be a launch on Thursday 22 February at 7pm in the Yard Bar, Henry Boons, 130 Westgate, Wakefield WF2 9SR. Free event, all welcome.

Amanda Huggins, (Chapeltown Books), Brightly Coloured Horses. The first flash fiction collection from  Amanda Huggins, twenty-seven tales of betrayal and loss, of dreams and hopes, of lovers, liars and cheats, available in eBook.


Chris Nickson, (Severn House), The Tin God. The long awaited sixth novel in the Tom Harper series is published on 29 March. It will be launched at a free event at 1pm on 5 May at Leeds Central Library as part of a new exhibition, The Vote Against The Vote.


Andrea Hetherington, (Pen & Sword), British Widows of the First World War. This is the first full length study published which investigates the experiences of Britain’s First World War widows.

Paul Holbrook, (Unbound), Domini Mortum. A dark, fast paced adventure which rattles through the cobbled streets of Victorian London and York.

David Peace, (Faber), Patient X. This is Peace’s tenth novel and is inspired by the life and stories of the great Japanese writer Ryunosuke Akutagawa.


Ali Harper(Harper Collins, Killer Reads), The Disappeared. The eBook of Harper’s debut thriller novel is published on 18 May with the paperback out in August.

The Walter Swan Short Story Anthology, (Valley Press). This will be launched at the Leeds Library on Tuesday 22 May. More information to follow.


Clare Fisher, (Influx Press), How The Light Gets In. This is Clare’s first short story collection and comes after her hugely successful debut novel, All the Good Things, (2017, Viking Penguin). The collection explores the spaces between light and dark and how we find our way from one to the other.

Amanda Huggins, (Retreat West Books), Separated From the Sea. This is the debut short story collection from award-winning author, Amanda Huggins. Crossing oceans from Japan to New York and from England to Havana, these stories are filled with a sense of yearning, of loss, of not quite belonging, of not being sure that things are what you thought they were. 

Caryl Phillips, (Random House/Vintage), A View of the Empire at Sunset. A biographical novel of the life of Jean Rhys, the author of Wide Sargasso Sea, it will be published in the UK  on 21 June.


Eli Allison, (Unbound), Sour Fruit. A dark dystopian novel set in northern Britain, in a river city called Kingston. In a not too distant future, people are split into either Citizens with rights or VOIDs with nothing. Forced to live in the former port, the VOIDs have adapted to the floods; the brutal nature of life outside of society, however, is not so easy. The novel explores ideas about what is home, how friendship can come from strange places and the debts we can’t ever pay back.

Anna Lickley, (Unbound), Senseless. A novel which is at heart an illustration of the messy unpredictability of love and life and the resilience of the human spirit.


Kate Atkinson, (Doubleday), Transcription. Juliet Armstrong is recruited as a young woman by an obscure wartime department of the Secret Service. In the aftermath of war she joins the BBC, where her life begins to unravel, and she finally has to come to terms with the consequences of idealism.

Candace Robb, (Pegasus), A Murdered Peace. This is the third novel in the Kate Clifford series set in 14th and early 15th century York.


Tim Atkinson, (Unbound), The Glorious DeadA story of love, war and betrayal among the ruins of Ypres – a WW1 tale with a twist.

Frances Brody’s tenth Kate Shackleton mystery will be published this month. More information to follow.


Daniel Ingram-Brown, (Our Street Books), The Firebird Chronicles: Through the Uncrossable Boundary. The final part of this unmissable adventure featuring Scoop and Fletcher, Apprentice Adventurers from Blottings Academy, will be published on 30 November.

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