“This is high octane, on-the-edge stuff, at which Walters excels…engrossing reading.” The Times
“Full of menace and tension.” Marie Claire
“Walters has succeeded in uniting the traditional crime narrative with a distressing and effective account of the private cruelties that can flourish amid general mayhem…she takes the genre to a deeper level.” The Independent
“Topical and disturbing.” Books Quarterly
“Thoughtful and accomplished thriller.” Daily Telegraph
“Skilful plotting…it’s hard not to empathise with [Connie Burns] as the tension builds to a gripping climax.” The Sunday Telegraph
"The Devil's Feather is another Walters tour de force. The combination of fast-moving thriller and acute exploration of the psychotic mind makes this a knockout." Peter Guttridge, The Guardian
“One of her best, with atrocities from the Iraq war overshadowing a foreign correspondent now hiding in Dorset. It’s first rate.” Sarah Broadhurst, The Bookseller
“A new novel by crime writer par excellence…[a] tense psychological thriller.” Red, Book of the Month
“A multi-layered novel with sharply-drawn characters both good and evil and a wonderfully ambiguous twist in the tail.” Birmingham Post
“This is certainly another page-turner that will be accompanying many people as the nights draw in.” CrimeSquad.com
“Psychological thrillers don’t come better than this…set to be an instant bestseller, this is Walters at her terrifying best.” Sainsbury’s Magazine, Book of the Month
“A gripping psychological thriller, it’s the kind of page-turner Minette Walters does so well.” Choice, Book of the Month
“The kind of psychological thriller that Walters has made her own.” Time Out
“The story is so involving, with its graphic accounts of mind control and sensitive observations about victim psychology, that you hardly realize how skilfully Walters has worked her unifying theme into three intersecting plot lines…[Walters] takes the suspense novel into new territory.” New York Times
“Walters delivers an intense, engrossingly structured tour de force about survival and the secret of freedom, courage.” Starred Review, Publishers Weekly
“The latest of her masterful thrillers…Genteel and horrifying as ever.” Starred Review, Kirkus
“Walters…really knows how to write convincing, ever-escalating psychological suspense.” Booklist
“[Walters] maintains a focus on strong characterisation. Her skilful prose makes The Devil’s Feather wholly appropriate for the Booker longlist.” Myslexia
“War correspondent Connie Burns tangles with a dangerous mercenary in this chilling adventure.” People magazine
“Walters’ strength is her pacing and structure – she doles out sufficient info to keep the reader hooked, but leaving you desperate for more. THE DEVIL’S FEATHER is a book destined to remain in your mind for a long time after you’ve closed it and set it aside.” Reviewingtheevidence.com
“If you need more evidence that crime fiction is at its best when it deals with character and contemporary themes, then you need look no further than Minette Walters.” Peter Robinson, The Globe and Mail
“[THE DEVIL’S FEATHER] is both suspenseful and satisfying, Walters in fine, new form indeed.” The Calgary Herald
“The inevitable dramatic climax is masterfully done and the surprise ending satisfying.” The Toronto Sun
“Walters has succeeded in uniting the traditional crime narrative with a distressing and effective account of the private cruelties that can flourish amid general mayhem. In doing so, she takes the genre to a deeper level.” The Canberra Times
“Every Minette a thrill...the queen of mood produces a chilling psychopath.” The Courier Mail
“Chilling stuff…a fulfilling read.” Richmond Times
“Walters gracefully balances crowd-pleasing theatrics with a wickedly ambiguous ending.” Entertainment Weekly
“With a casual, easy-to-read writing style, Walters is a rare breed: the kind of author who can concoct believable characters and set them down in the middle of entertaining plots that address timeless moral issues.” Denver Post
“It's a rich mixture - imagine a contemporary version of Rogue Male, as rewritten by Daphne du Maurier. Though the plot has a tendency towards rococo elaboration, the research is reassuringly solid, which lends authenticity to its less plausible elements, and its underlying themes are timeless. Sly stabs of wit vary the tone.
Psychologically, Walters never puts a foot wrong. The novel revolves around two strong but damaged women, Connie and Jess, who need to find their own ways of healing themselves if they are to survive. The result is a thriller that really does thrill - partly because we care about its protaganists, and partly because Minette Walters has an enormous talent for old-fashioned story-telling.”
Nick Frost to play Captain Pugwash in Live Action Film
LIVE-ACTION CAPTAIN PUGWASH FILM CASTS NICK FROST IN THE TITLE ROLE
Atticus Pictures, Carnaby International and Co-Star Media team up to bring Britain's favourite pirate captain to a new generation.
LONDON, 17th May 2017: Nick Frost (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, Paul and Snow White and the Huntsman) has signed on to play the infamous, bumbling and cowardly pirate, Captain Pugwash.
Captain Pugwash's creator, the late John Ryan, entertained three generations with hundreds of episodes of animated cartoons and two dozen best-selling books.
Pugwash is set in the Golden Age of Piracy. Cowardly con-artist Pugwash is put on a boat to Botany Bay but soon escapes and has the good fortune to find himself at the helm of The Black Pig on a mission to rescue Cabin Boy Tom's father who has been marooned on a volcanic island with a hoard of treasure protected by an army of angry ghosts. And if this didn't make things difficult enough for our diminutive hero, Pugwash soon finds he has the infamous pirate Cut-Throat Jake hard on his tail...
Jason Flemyng (Lock Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels, X-Men First Class and Snatch) will also be joining the Black Pig on its maiden voyage with other key casting announcements expected soon, most notably who will be playing Cut-Throat Jake.
Pugwash will be produced by Elliot Jenkins and Justin Johnson for Atticus Pictures, Andrew Loveday & Sean O'Kelly for Carnaby International and Jiang Jun for Costar Culture & Media.
Pugwash has been written and directed by two-time EMMY and Berlin Bear winner, John Hay, who has specialised in making family entertainment with credits such as There's Only One Jimmy Grimble and Stig of the Dump to his name. More recently he made Lost Christmas, starring Eddie Izzard for the BBC, winning himself and his producing partner, Elliot Jenkins, a second EMMY.
Co-Producer Justin Johnson says: 'Today's audiences are going to love our funny, fresh, indie take on Pugwash. It will be as if Peter Cook had run into Blackadder at a party, had a few too many rums and set off on a mad voyage together. In fact a lot of the time we think it will be adults who will be dragging their kids along to see what we've made of their childhood hero.'
Producer Elliot Jenkins continues: 'Nick just has funny bones and he's perfect to bring our pompous, cowardly, pugnacious, fun-loving hero to life. What's more I know he wants to give the role a really fresh, modern spin.'
Nick Frost responds by saying: "I'm absolutely thrilled to be involved in this project. Besides Winston Churchill and Henry VIII, Captain Horatio Pugwash seems like a role I was born to play. I cannot wait to get going."
Chinese producers Costar Culture & Media will be financing with Carnaby International.
Captain Pugwash will be launched in Cannes with Tania Sarra selling for Carnaby International.
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