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Bookouture is the UK’s leading digital publisher. We publish entertaining, thrilling, emotional stories that effortlessly transport readers to another world and keep them turning the pages.

Our authors come from around the world and have had many different routes into publishing. We connect stories and readers globally, publishing books that reflect the diversity of the societies we live in.

We accept both unagented and agented submissions, and are open to fiction of any genre. Submit to us at: https://submit.bookouture.com/.

Book Reviews

When the Nightingale Sings, by Suzanne Kelman

When the Nightingale Sings, by Suzanne Kelman

When the Nightingale SingsIn 1930s London, by pure chance, Judy Morgan meets Hedwig Kiesler. Judy Morgan has just finished her studies of Physics at Cambridge University. Hedwig Kiesler has just left her beloved home in Austria to escape from her ex-husband. Hedwig dreams of becoming a ...
The Orphan’s Secret, by Shirley Dickson

The Orphan’s Secret, by Shirley Dickson

Shirley Dickson’s latest novel, The Orphan’s Secret, is a beautifully crafted tale about an orphaned baby and a heart-breaking lie. Set in 1940s England, with the war raging on, Lily Armstrong has married John Radley and must quickly say goodbye as he leaves to fight for his country. As the war
A Letter From Pearl Harbor, by Anna Stuart

A Letter From Pearl Harbor, by Anna Stuart

December 1941: the tropical warmth of the Honolulu sun beats down on Virginia or ‘Ginny’ Martin. A young, courageous and determined flying instructor posted in Hawaii from her hometown of Tennessee. Ginny is enjoying sipping on Mai Tai’s with her brother Jack and her friend Lilinoe, dancing the
The Hidden Village, by Imogen Matthews

The Hidden Village, by Imogen Matthews

The Hidden Village is set in a small town in Holland during WW2. The story focuses in on a group of likeable and courageous characters that are faced with a seemingly impossible task. The community has gathered their forces together to protect the people in danger. Those descending on this ...
Souvenirs from Kyiv, by Chrystyna Lucyk-Berger

Souvenirs from Kyiv, by Chrystyna Lucyk-Berger

Chrystyna Lucyk-Berger’s collection of short stories, Souvenirs from Ukraine, which are based on true events, shows the turmoil of the Ukrainian people during the Second World War. It is heart-breaking and captivating to read.The first story tells the tale of a seamstress, Larissa, whose ...
The Girl with the Diary, by Shari J. Ryan

The Girl with the Diary, by Shari J. Ryan

When the Nazis entered Prague in 1942, little did Amelia know how her life would change forever. However, she soon discovered that she could not let their hatred bend her, or even her tiniest hope of surviving Nazi cruelty would become a victim of their homicide will.Fast forward to 2017, ...
The Girl from Jonestown, by Sharon Maas

The Girl from Jonestown, by Sharon Maas

On the 18th of November 1978, the Peoples Temple Agricultural Project – better known as Jonestown – made headline news around the world through the mass murder-suicide of over 900 of its inhabitants, orchestrated by cult leader Jim Jones. In her latest novel, The Girl from Jonestown, Sharon ...
The Last Restaurant in Paris, Lily Graham

The Last Restaurant in Paris, Lily Graham

Lily Graham’s latest novel, The Last Restaurant in Paris, begins in 1980s France, where living memories of World War Two are slowly fading to just the older generations of the population. Yet when a young librarian, Sabine Dupris, inherits a restaurant from her biological grandmother that she ...
The Woman Who Risked Everything, by Ellie Midwood

The Woman Who Risked Everything, by Ellie Midwood

Immediately the tone of The Woman Who Risked Everything is introduced as one that is tense and threatening. The Prologue takes the reader to a point in the future, demonstrating how the novel will escalate. The tension in this small section is built effectively as our protagonist, Margot, hears

Articles

Two Women Whose Inventions Changed the Course of World War Two

Two Women Whose Inventions Changed the Course of World War Two

When the Nightingale Sings is a novel based on the true story of Joan Curran, a Welsh physicist, and Hedy Lamarr, a Hollywood movie star whose scientific contributions changed the course of history and World War Two.Joan Curran (represented in the story as the fictitious character Judy ...
The Forgotten Army of WW2

The Forgotten Army of WW2

Starting to write a new novel is both an overwhelming and, contrarily, exciting experience for me as I never know which path the book will take me. In my latest novel, The Orphan’s Secret, Lily Armstrong, enlists in the Women’s Timber Corps – something of which I had no knowledge. But I soon ...
Women Aviators at Pearl Harbor

Women Aviators at Pearl Harbor

Early on the morning of Sunday December 7th 1941, with the first rays of the sun glinting off the wings of her Interstate Cadet monoplane, Cornelia Fort, aviatrix and flight instructor, had the misfortune to be the first person in Pearl Harbor to catch sight of the incoming Japanese planes. The
The Forgotten Story of the Hidden Village

The Forgotten Story of the Hidden Village

I clearly remember the time I was cycling through the leafy Veluwe woods, some 50 miles from Amsterdam, when I came across an extraordinary place I never knew existed in all the years I’d been taking family holidays in the area. I never realised it at the time, but this chance discovery set me ...
Souvenirs from Kyiv

Souvenirs from Kyiv

"Glory to Ukraine!"In 1991, 2004 and 2014, the Maidan in Kyiv was the stage for three major events that etched Ukraine into the European consciousness. These were the fall of the Soviet Union, the Orange Revolution and the Euromaidan respectively, the last of which ended in bloodshed but ...
The Story Behind The Girl with the Diary

The Story Behind The Girl with the Diary

Sometimes in life when realization hits, making us aware that we don’t know exactly who we are or how we got there. For some, a life-changing event is the only window to a view of our world in a different light. This is where my story began.A person who had been a part of my life from the ...
Jonestown: Living through History

Jonestown: Living through History

On the morning of the 19th November 1978 I entered my classroom at the Alliance Française in Paris, where I was attending a course in advanced French. A few minutes later our teacher, M. Beaulieu, strode in. Instead of his usual jovial ‘Bonjour, bonjour tout le monde’ he looked straight at me, ...
The Rosenstraße Protests

The Rosenstraße Protests

When I first read about the Rosenstraße protests, the only successful event that lasted for several days and resulted in the protesters’ victory, I just knew I had to write the story of these incredible women. Yes, it was mostly women who gathered in front of the Rosenstraße holding center ...
Ona Judge Is Her Name

Ona Judge Is Her Name

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” For many, these are perhaps the most famous, easily recognizable words of the ...
Paris & Her Secrets

Paris & Her Secrets

As much as any of the characters in the book, Paris has her own story to tell. During WW2, her citizens suffered enormously under German occupation, with food being severely restricted and even the leather for their shoes reserved for German troops so they had to make do with wooden clogs. In ...

Interviews

When the Nightingale Sings: Suzanne Kelman Interview

When the Nightingale Sings: Suzanne Kelman Interview

Suzanne Kelman, what first of all drew you to write about Hedy Lamarr?I've always been captivated by the golden age of Hollywood, and the '30s and '40s are my favourite period in film history. So, it has been fascinating to connect the timeline of World War II with what was happening in ...
Orphan’s Secrets: Shirley Dickson Interview

Orphan’s Secrets: Shirley Dickson Interview

Shirley Dickson, your story has its main protagonist, Lily Armstrong, join the Lumberjills, what were they?Lumberjills (known as the forgotten army) were women who ‘did their bit’ during WW2 by recruiting to The Women’s Timber Corps and working in Forestry. With men called away to fight in ...
A Letter from Pearl Harbor: Anna Stuart Interview

A Letter from Pearl Harbor: Anna Stuart Interview

How did you find the research for A Letter from Pearl Harbor in comparison to your other novels: The Berlin Zookeeper or The Secret Diary? Following on from that, do you have a set research and writing approach to a novel in general?Perhaps the big feature of my research for A Letter from ...
The Hidden Village: Imogen Matthews Interview

The Hidden Village: Imogen Matthews Interview

Imogen Matthews, I understand that you wrote The Hidden Village based on Aart Visser’s book, Het Verscholen Dorp as well as some stories from your mother and your own background. Could you tell us a bit more about how your background, family stories and Visser came together to translate into ...
Souvenirs From Kyiv: Chrystyna Lucyk-Berger Interview

Souvenirs From Kyiv: Chrystyna Lucyk-Berger Interview

Chrystyna Lucyk-Berger, you grew up in Minneapolis, Minnesota in a Ukrainian community that you’ve stated had many factions within. Do you know how those factions would view the Russian invasion?I don’t know a single Ukrainian in America, or Ukrainian-American, who views the invasion as a ...
Shari J Ryan on The Girl with the Diary

Shari J Ryan on The Girl with the Diary

Shari J Ryan, many congrats on the new book. How hard was it to find inspiration for the plot of The Girl with the Diary amid the horrors and misery of the holocaust?Thank you so much! It wasn’t hard for me to find inspiration for the plot of The Girl with the Diary. My grandmother and ...
Sharon Maas on The Girl From Jonestown

Sharon Maas on The Girl From Jonestown

Sharon Maas, congratulations on the new novel, which deals with an incredibly tragic event, that is the Jonestown mass-suicide.  What impact did it have on you?I was living in France at the time, so the initial reports trickled through only slowly – this was before the Internet age, so I ...
Lily Graham on The Last Restaurant in Paris

Lily Graham on The Last Restaurant in Paris

Lily, congratulations on your new novel, The Last Restaurant in Paris. It’s set in Occupied Paris during WW2. Why did you want to write about it?Thank you so much. I love Paris, it’s architecture, food, history and joie de vivre and I’ve always been fascinated by its past, particularly ...
Ellie Midwood on The Wife Who Risked Everything

Ellie Midwood on The Wife Who Risked Everything

Ellie Midwood, many congratulations on the new novel. What inspired you to write about the Second World War?Thank you so much, and as for the inspiration, it was family history mostly. As a child, I preferred my grandfather’s war stories to normal kiddie fairy tales and I guess you can say ...
Suzette D. Harrison on My Name Is Ona Judge

Suzette D. Harrison on My Name Is Ona Judge

Suzette D Harrison, many congratulations on your new novel, My Name Is Ona Judge. It’s based on the experience of Ona Judge, enslaved to the Washington family. How did you find out about her?I’ve a passion for African American History, so much so that my undergraduate degree is in Black ...
Suzanne Goldring on The Woman Outside the Walls

Suzanne Goldring on The Woman Outside the Walls

Suzanne Goldring, congratulations on your new book! How much research do you tend to carry out for your novels, and was The Woman Outside the Walls different?All my books require research which I carry out either by visiting the locations involved or by reading non-fiction books on the ...
Amanda Lees on Paris at First Light

Amanda Lees on Paris at First Light

Amanda Lees, congratulations on Paris at First Light. This is the 2nd part, coming hot on the heels of The Silence Before Dawn. The French Resistance during the Nazi occupation is an extraordinary story – why did you want to write about it?I wanted to write in particular about the ...