Today I’m sharing some beautiful books I’ve received from publisher Head of Zeus.  A huge thank you to Jade and Amy from the publisher for copies of these amazing books.  I’ve actually just received one more book from this publisher when writing this, but I haven’t taken pics yet so I’ll share more about that book another time.  In this selection there are three non-fiction books and one fiction proof copy.  The non-fiction books I’m so excited for, especially one which I’ve had my eye on (on NetGalley) for months.  The non-fiction books have all been published now and below what I have are finished copies, but wow don’t they all look so good, especially the history book I’ve been obsessing over (the one with queens).  🙂  Let’s start by taking a look at the non-fiction books first (and get ready for some long book blurbs)…

March book haul Head of Zeus non-fiction books
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Forest School for Grown ups by Richard Irvine – Forest Schools need not be just for children. Here is the ultimate guide for how adults can enjoy the benefits of outdoor learning too.
Have you always wanted to know how to start a campfire, forage for (the right) fungi, or know how to tie a good knot? Or would you like to expand your horizons – and lower your stress levels – by building a dry stone wall, fashioning a bow and arrow, or beachcombing for shells?
Forest schools for kids originated in Scandinavia as outdoor, play-based learning groups and, as the benefits of nature play became internationally recognised, quickly became established around the world.
But why should kids have all the fun? Connecting with green spaces, trees and plants can lift our spirits, improve stress and relax our brains – in short, playing outside is good for everyone.
Forest School for Grown Ups shows you can learn new skills and practise forgotten ones from finding your way in the woods to whittling utensils and carving sculptures; from trapping and smoking game to making and using a divining rod, from building a bird box, or insect house, to simply just climbing trees.
Beautifully designed and illustrated, Forest School for Grown Ups provides the perfect resource for anyone wanting to enjoy spending quality time outdoors.

The Vanished Collection by Pauline Baer de Perignon – It all started with a list of paintings. There, scribbled by a cousin she hadn’t seen for years, were the names of the masters whose works once belonged to her great-grandfather, Jules Strauss: Renoir, Monet, Degas, Tiepolo and more. Pauline Baer de Perignon knew little to nothing about Strauss, or about his vanished, precious art collection.
But the list drove her on a frenzied trail of research in the archives of the Louvre and the Dresden museums, through Gestapo records, and to consult with Nobel laureate Patrick Modiano. What happened in 1942? And what became of the collection after Nazis seized her great-grandparents’ elegant Parisian apartment?
The quest takes Pauline Baer de Perignon from the Occupation of France to the present day as she breaks the silence around the wrenching experiences her family never fully transmitted, and asks what art itself is capable of conveying over time.

The Dark Queens by Shelley Puhak – Brunhild was a Visigothic princess, raised to be married off for the sake of alliance-building. Her sister-in-law Fredegund started out as a lowly palace slave. And yet – in sixth-century Merovingian France, where women were excluded from noble succession and royal politics was a blood sport – these two iron-willed strategists reigned over vast realms for decades, changing the face of Europe.
The two queens commanded armies, developed taxation policies, established infrastructure and negotiated with emperors and popes, all the time fighting a gruelling forty-year civil war with each other. Yet after Brunhild and Fredegund’s deaths, their stories were rewritten, their names consigned to slander and legend.
From the tangled primary evidence of Merovingian sources – the works of the chronicler Gregory of Tours and the Latin poet Venantius Fortunatus – award-winning writer Shelley Puhak weaves a gripping and intricate tale, its characters driven by ambition, lust and jealousy to acts of treachery and murderous violence. The Dark Queens resurrects these two women in all their complexity, painting a richly detailed portrait of a shadowy era and dispelling some of the stubbornest myths about female power.


All of the above books come from the Apollo imprint and below now is the fiction proof of a book coming out in April as part of the Aria imprint.  This oue sounds good too and has a lovely cover. 🙂 …

March book haul Head of Zeus fiction proof with extra paper
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This book comes with a lovely sort of bookmark-like paper.  The proof has some quotes of reviews on the front cover and the back cover shows what the final book cover will look like.  Doesn’t it look lovely? The blurb is below…

March book haul Head of Zeus fiction proof back of
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Six Days by Dani Atkins – He loves me… He loves me not… He loves me…
Gemma knows that she and Finn are destined to be together. They are soulmates. But then, on their wedding day, he never arrives at the church.
Gemma is convinced Finn wouldn’t abandon her like this, even though he has disappeared once before. But back then he had a reason. She feels sure something terrible has happened, but no one else is convinced. Even the police aren’t concerned, telling Gemma most people who disappear usually turn up in a week… assuming they want to be found, that is.
For the next six days Gemma frantically searches for Finn, even though every shocking revelation is telling her to give up on him. Before long, even she begins to doubt her own memories of their love.
How long can she hold on to her faith in Finn if everyone is telling her to let him go?


All of these books sound so interesting and I can’t wait to begin reading them.  I hope you like the books here and do tell me what books you are reading right now or looking forward to reading.  Of course reviews of these books will be appearing on the blog, but a couple of them are quite long reads so it may take me a bit of time. 🙂

What do you think of these books?  Are you reading any contemporary fiction or non-fiction books at the moment?  Let me know what you think in the comments below 🙂