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New Vopenka is the ‘Science Fiction Book of the Month’ – The Times

The Times crowns a great launch week for Martin Vopenka, making his MY BROTHER THE MESSIAH their Science Fiction Book of the Month. This is a HARD book to grapple with in a short piece, but we’re impressed how well reviewers have taken to the task. Simon Ings grapples with …

A Writer’s Journey to discover Angelica Kauffmann – Miranda Miller

Writing fiction about a real person is a big responsibility. As I researched my novel about the painter Angelica Kauffmann (1741 – 1807) I worried that I wasn’t bringing her to life vividly enough. During the fifteen years she lived in London she was so successful that a word was …

James Thornton Poetry Reading

For 25 years James Thornton has spent a good portion of each year nestled in a  Pyrenean mountain village. Like the house martins that flock to the valley, it was part of his migratory journey. Each year, he observed the flow of villagers and the natural world and wrote what …

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!