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New this Year - 2013


Adult Fiction:

Published by Headline Review July 2013


The latest adventure in the Nathan Peake series of historical naval fiction.

And for Children and Young Adults:

SPOOKED: The Haunting of Kit Connelly




The Flag of Freedom - published by Headline in July 2012 - is the fifth and latest in the series of historical naval adventures set during the Wars with Revolutionary France and featuring Nathan Peake, captain of His Britannic Majesty's frigate Unicorn.  Written as Seth Hunter and published by Headline in the UK and McBooks Press in the US, they have received wide acclaim from critics...

 The Winds of FollyThe Tide of WarThe Time of Terror


 'A more natural storyteller’s eyethan Patrick O’Brian… well wrought and deftly told’ Sunday Telegraph

‘This book has it all … will be welcomed by lovers of historical naval fiction’ Daily Mail

‘The action is handled with complete assurance and all matters nautical carry the requisite salty whiff of authenticity… Hunter keeps the plot continually on the boil’ Yorkshire Evening Post

‘I’m already looking forward to the next instalment.  A highly compelling read.’ Historial Novels Review

A compelling read, imaginative, knowledgeable, fast-moving... full of twists and turns' Naval Review

'will exceed expectations of lovers of historical fiction. Anyone who appreciates excellent prose, witty anecdotes, complex action, intertwining plots, and all-round great writing will anxiously await the next installment' ForeWord Reviews

Hunter delivers another slick nautical adventure in the Patrick O'Brian tradition... The rousing naval battles, twisty plot, and muscular prose lift Hunter's nautical yarn a few notches above the competition - Publishers Weekly





      The Used Women’s Book Club, Bloomsbury, June, 2003


A satire on contemporary sexual mores and a guided tour to the city’s murderous past tied by literary threads and haunted by ghosts…. Bryers writes with freshness, wit and a lively appreciation of a city’s dark history. Chris Petit, The Guardian 


Bryers gives his smart sex comedy a black but hopeful heart and a sharp sense of what it’s like to live in contemporary London…. Witty, acerbic, 99.9 per cent excellent.  Literary Review.           


      Erudite and witty but always gripping, Bryers has produced a top-drawer thriller. Good Book Guide.   

The Prayer of the Bone, Bloomsbury, Random House 


An elegant and unearthly literary mystery… told lyrically by Bryers, a careful stylist who selects even the simplest words with the discriminating eye of a shore walker gathering small, smooth stones washed up from the sea.   New York Times


Stylish, intricate…Bryers’s novel has the same atmospheric intensity as Snow Falling on Cedars, replacing David Guterson’s Amero-Japanese culture clash   with 350 years of suspicion between colonised and English colonisers” – Sunday Times.


In A Pig’s Ear, Bloomsbury, Farrar Strauss and Giroux 


Bubbling with rare charms and full of spell-binding irony, In A Pig’s Ear, foams away like a magic potion - potent, effervescent, intoxicating.  Its heady cocktail of legends past and modern grotesques forms a rapturous tale, rich in symbolism, disturbing in humour. TLS

      Also published by Bloomsbury

Coming First

The Adultery Department  

‘A rollicking Metropolitan comedy of manners... genuinely laugh-aloud funny’ Independent on Sunday 


Absorbing and well-written… Bryers may well be the best of his type now operating’ Nick Hornby, Sun Times 


‘A literate, sympathetic modern comedy and a satisfyingly accurate picture of these sinning times’ GQ 


‘As near as anything I’ve seen to being the Lucky Jim of the eighties,’ Stanley Reynolds, Sunday Mirror 


‘Shrewd satirical observation and a good deal of excellent slapstick,’ Observer 


‘A very funny novel... full of jokes and consistently enjoyable’ Daily Telegraph 


‘As a storyteller Bryers is superb’ Time Out




'Part His Dark Materials with some of Harry Potter's darker moments... Paul Bryers takes the reader on a page-turning ride as enthralling as it is fantastic'  BookBag




 'A gripping fantasy tale told by a master of his art... a fabulous book.'
 Teach Primary

'As a storyteller, Paul Bryers is superb.'  Time Out













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