Classic Black Friday-to-Monday Sale!
Buy one Classic, get another free!
From Friday 23 November to the end of Monday 26 November, when you buy a Handheld Classic through our website you can choose another one for no extra cost. The rest of the retailing world calls this Black Friday. We’d prefer to call it a Classic Weekend offer, celebrating a year of publishing. Choose your Classics here!
Ernest Bramah, What Might Have Been: speculative thriller of political resistance and flying machines.
John Buchan, The Runagates Club: Super short stories of classic adventure from a master storyteller.
Una L Silberrad, Desire: early feminist novel about a woman’s right to work, and family values in the Potteries.
Gerald O’Donovan, Vocations: two Irish sisters enter the convent, for all the wrong reasons.
Sylvia Townsend Warner, Kingdoms of Elfin: Neil Gaiman loves these dark stories of fairies, and so will you.
Zelda Fitzgerald, Save Me The Waltz: dancing and drinking through the Jazz Age, based on Zelda’s own life with Scott (pre-order only: will be posted in early January).
Go to our website, and order the book you want to buy through the Paypal link on each dedicated book page. (You can pay by Visa with Paypal too, no need for a Paypal account).
When you fill in your name and address, use the ‘instructions to merchant’ box to say which free Classic you’d like as well. Easy! We’ll do the rest.
Kingdoms of Elfin selling like elegantly spiced hot cakes
Sylvia Townsend Warner’s Kingdoms of Elfin is absolutely our best seller to date, doing very nicely in the shops and in direct sales through our website. The reviews are very flattering: see them all here.
Kate has also written an article about Kingdoms, to be published online in The Bottle Imp, the free online magazine of the Association of Scottish Literary Studies. You can find it here from the end of November in issue 24.
So Lucky is out!
So Lucky, Nicola Griffith’s excellent thriller about multiple sclerosis and monsters in the mind is published today, and we are very proud. We spent the morning crawling around the house and office taking photos for a re-enactment of the plot for a Twitter thread. We’ve no idea if this will do any good, but it was fun to do, and we’ve mopped up all the spilt milk now.
The first review of this UK edition comes out in Diva magazine this week, to join all the rapturous reviews from the other side of the pond.
Vocations in The Dublin Review of Books
It’s taken a few months, but we were delighted to see an epic review of Vocations in the Dublin Review of Books by the novelist Pauline Hall, very aptly titled ‘Skimming the cream off the orphans’ milk’.
Handheld is now on Instagram
Extending our reach across social media, Handheld now has an Instagram manager. With slightly awkward timing she has also just started a new full-time job as an SEN teaching assistant, but we are assured that @handheldpress will be instagramming all the photos and links we can send her, thrice weekly if not more often. Do follow, if you’re into that kind of thing.
Shiny new interview
Handheld has been profiled by Shiny New Books, about how we began, our daily routine, and the kind of books we like, and could consider commissioning. This may lead to a run of submissions of novels about eating cheese on a boat, but that’s fine, there can’t be too many like that.
Thanks for reading!
Kate & David