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Lessons on Life from a French Mountain Village

James Thornton is CEO of the not-for-profit environmental law firm ClientEarth, as well as being a poet and a Zen Buddhist priest. His new collection Notes from a Mountain Village collects poems drawn from twenty-five years of observing French mountain life. In this new era of working-from-home, James shares lessons he learned …

Interview with Colin W. Sargent on Red Hands

Red Hands is a compelling read. You get pulled in to the story of a young girl’s life, and then find yourself led through the excesses and collapse of a whole Communist State. As the book’s editor, I know that such a vivid read only comes out of a tough …

William Barry, thoughts on Red Hands

Bill Barry, who reviewed The Boston Castrato for The Maine Sunday Telegram, offers this bright review of Colin W. Sargent’s Red Hands, with its whole array of wider reflections.  Taken at face value, Red Hands is a unique insider’s view of the rise and fall of the dystopian regime of Romania’s Nicolae and …

Welcome to Barbican Press

Barbican Press – your passport to Europe

You know how books can take you to somewhere you’d rather be?

For readers weary of Brexit and isolationism, join us on a remarkable European journey. Each of our new titles looks outward.

Come to Ireland and Italy, with Maggie Hamand’s theological thriller Virgin & Child.  Let James Thornton’s poetry insinuate you into the life of a French valley in his Notes from a Mountain Village. And then turn to Italy and Provence in Peter Thornton’s upcoming new verse translation of Petrarch’s love notes to Laura and landscape, Scattered Rhymes.

Colin Sargent opens up recent Romanian history in Red Hands, a compelling ‘true story’ of a famous mother fleeing the revolution with her infant son. And let Miranda Miller take you back to the 18th century for her own true life novel of another extraordinary woman’s life, the portrait painter Angelica Kauffman, in Miranda’s Angelica, Paintress of Minds.

The leading Czech writer Martin Vopenka jumps forward a century to populate a Czech Republiic and Greece embattled by climate change in My Brother the Messiah.

England is part of Europe too, of course, so follow Chris Westoby’s journey into a mind wracked by anxiety in his true tale, The Fear Talking. What’s teenage Briatin like? It’s like this.

And it won’t stop there. Martin Goodman’s novel of 1970s Berlin,

On Bended Knees, will lead you back into a postwar era when Europe was divided by walls and barbed wire. And Sarah Walton will beguile you with a Mallorca of hidden war guilts and dark sexual passions in her compelling The Silk Pavilion.

This focus on Europe wasn’t conscious on our part. But it’s clearly where we needed to go. We think you do too. Welcome to our site, and come travel with us!



New & Noteworthy

Virgin & Child

Maggie Hamand

Red Hands

Colin W. Sargent