Books On The Hill – Part Two

Hopefully you will have seen my post earlier this month about the Books on the Hill Kickstarter (if you missed it you can read it HERE). I am back today to tell you all about the team behind the campaign, and share my review of another of the books.


Books on the Hill is Alistair Sims. He is the manager and commander-in-chief of the bookshop (though his partner, Chloe and his mother, Joanne, who set up the bookshop with him, may disagree with this description ). Alistair is dyslexic and has a PhD in history and archaeology. Alistair could not read until he was 13 and is passionate about helping anyone who has difficulty reading. He is the driving force behind BOTH Press and has been involved in every step in this project, from finding award winning authors to contribute, the cover design, and the road to publication, including setting up for distribution.

Books on the Hill are collaborating with Chrissey Harrison, who is also an local author and member of North Bristol Writers Group. Chressey and Alistair have designed the book-covers together, with Chrissey creating the finished product we now look on at awe with. Nearly all the design work has been done by Chrissey, and she is also in charge of the printing process, typesetting. We are so proud and appreciative to be working with her.

Special mention must go to Harrison Gates, who runs Nine Worthy, and who has dedicated his time and expertise to produce our print catalogue for us free of cost.

Joanne Hall is an author, editor and formerly the Chair of BristolCon, Bristol’s premier (and only) science fiction and fantasy convention. We must give a huge thank you to Jo for proof reading the stories free of cost.

Vicky Brewster has edited all the new stories by the authors. She specialises in editing and beta reading long-form fiction. Vicky is a great professional editor.


We are launching a Kickstarter beginning in April 2nd 2021 for 30 days, with the focus on paying for the printing of our books and giving us starting capital to continue to print more titles.

There will be many ways you can be involved in this. You can contribute on the Kickstarter website itself. There will be a number of different options of donating money, in which you will receive rewards, such as ebooks of a title or a paperback of one or more of the titles to be published. In addition a unique reward from authors who are contributing to the project.

You can still contribute outside the Kickstarter. We are happy to receive your help in the shop, where we will have a donation box available.

For my second review of the books involved in this campaign, I will be looking at Sherlock Holmes and the Four Kings of Sweden by Steven Savile.


Summoned by the Swedish royalty, the Great Detective must solve a seemingly unsolvable riddle – how can the King be in three places at once? What devilry is it that has thousands of eye witnesses placing the monarch at cities a thousand miles apart? Witchcraft? Sorcery? Why? And how does this tie in to a string of crimes that seem to hound the King’s footsteps?


I must confess, I have never read a single Sherlock Holmes story, although they are on my TBR pile and I have recently downloaded the audiobooks narrated by Stephen Fry which I am very much looking forward to listening too. That said, I am a fan of a couple of the screen incarnations of the famous detective, and so I was keen to read this book.

I am pleased to report that my first experience of reading a Sherlock Holmes story did not disappoint. In fact, I absolutely loved it! It was fast-paced and twisty, and put me very much in mind of the Robert Downey Jr and Jude Law pairing. I thoroughly enjoyed trying to unravel the mystery as I read, but as always I remained totally bewildered until Holmes and his superior intellect revealed the truth in a suitably dramatic fashion.

This was a great fun read, and I heartily recommend it.







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