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Justin HillJustin Hill has been likened to a George Orwell, a boxer, and Tolstoy.  He attended the same school as Guy Fawkes - St Cuthbert’s Society, Durham - and then spent seven years as a volunteer with VSO (Voluntary Service Overseas) in rural China and Africa. 

His first novel, The Drink and Dream Teahouse was chosen by the Washington Post as one of the Top Novels of 2001.  It won the 2003 Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize, a 2002 Betty Trask Award, and has been banned by the government in China. 

His second novel, Passing Under Heaven, won the 2005 Somerset Maugham Award and was shortlisted for the Encore Award. 

Ciao Asmara, a factual account of his time in Eritrea, was shortlisted for the 2003 Thomas Cook Travel Book Award. 

In 2001, Justin was listed in the Independent on Sunday's Top 20 Young British Writers.  In October 2005 he was awarded the Xiaoxiang Friendship Award by the Governor of Hunan Province, for his services to China. 

His work has been translated into fourteen languages.

His new fiction is set in 11th century England and culminating in the battle of Hastings in 1066. Little, Brown, published the first book, Shieldwall in 2011 to critical acclaim and it was named a Sunday Times Book of the Year. The sequel, Viking Fire, will appear in 2017.

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David AmbroseThe year is 1016 and England burns while the Viking armies blockade the great city of London. King Ethelred lies dying and the England he knew dies with him; the warring kingdoms of Mercia, Wessex and Northymbria tremble on the brink of great change. One man lives to bear witness to the upheaval: Godwin, barely out of boyhood and destined to become one of his country’s great warriors.

When Ethelred’s son Edmund takes the throne, determined to succeed where his father failed, he plucks Godwin from domestic peace to be right-hand man in his loyal shield wall. Godwin must traverse the meadows, wintry forests and fogbound marshes of Saxon England, raising armies of monks, ploughmen and shepherds against the Viking invader. With epic courage and ferocity, Godwin and Edmund repel the butchering Danes in three great battles. But an old enemy, the treacherous Earl Eadric, dogs Godwin’s footsteps, and as the final battle approaches, around the valiant English the trap begins to close.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: Shieldwall, Little Brown, 2011; Passing Under Heaven, Abacus, 2005, Ulpius_Haz, Budapest (Hungary), SIA Apgads Atena (Latvia), Difel Difusao Editorial,SA (Portugal); Ciao Asmara. Abacus, 2002, FBE Edizioni (Italy); The Drink and Dream Teahouse, Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 2001, Rosinante Forlag (Denmark), De Bezige Bij, (Holland), Ediizioni Frassinelli (Italy), Edicions Bromera, (Spain (Catalan)), Verslagsgruppe Bertelsmann GmbH (Germany), Editions Gallimard (France), Ediciones Maeva (Spain), Difel Difusao Editorial (Portugal), Psichogios Publications (Greece), Pax Forlag (Norway); A Bend in the Yellow River, Phoenix House 1997.