At Hookline Books we bring together new writers and serious readers. 


We consult with book group readers in choosing the novels that go to print. Book groups or individual readers who would like to participate in reading manuscripts can view the "Discover new authors" page. 


We accept manuscripts only from students and graduates of MA writing courses - new writers who have sacrificed time and money to learn their craft. To help decide the novels we should put to print, we consult with book groups from around the UK.  

Please see our submissions page

A Coin for the Hangman by Ralph Spurrier

Booksellers never know what they might find in an estate sale. When our man finds the tools of England’s last hangman, along with the diary of a condemned man he executed, he knows he has a mystery to solve. Was there a miscarriage of justice? Did the wrong man die at the noose? And just who is telling the truth?


'A fiendishly clever plot set in the aftermath of World War II. I thoroughly enjoyed it." Minette Walters.

'A compelling book, superbly plotted.' Peter Lovesey.

'Twists devastatingly between history, places, people and death.' CM Thompson.


The BBC took a look at how Hookline Books works with book groups:

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Bookline & Thinker Ltd

#231, 405 King's Road, London SW10 0BB

Tel: 0845 116 1476