What others are saying about Holland House Books…


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Five  Selves, by Emanuela Rubenstein:


‘These stories are brilliant and highly original. They movingly depict the inner lives of the characters, and the impact is as gripping and dramatic as any thriller.’

Miriam Gross


‘The stories are important in the way they portray the intricate formation of an Israeli identity, and shed new light in the complexity of Israeli life; yet they go beyond this, revealing a profound understanding of wider human – and humanistic – themes and a fresh, significant artistic voice.’

Aharon Appelfeld


American Blues, by Evan Guilford-Blake:

‘The content of these stories may be uncompromisingly specific (sexual abuse, incest, sadomasochism, racist assault and murder are all unflinchingly confronted), but the humanity and tenderness with which they are imbued (jazz playing a crucial role here – ‘a great skein of notes woven into a crazy quilt of such otherwise-inexpressible beauty that it can only exist because he weaves it’) render them universally relevant and American Blues is, as a consequence, a compellingly readable evocation of a hard, unforgiving world fitfully illuminated not only by art, but also by small acts of solidarity and kindness.’

London Jazz News


The Most Distant Way, by Ewan Gault:


‘an unflinching, painful study of the lives of young people striving for greatness, and an unveiling of the brutality that often lies beneath the surface, and its devastating consequences.’

The Most Distant Way on www.guttermag.co.uk


‘A gripping tale of two talented young British runners struggling to come to terms with the enigma of living and training in Kenya’s Rift Valley. You can almost taste the dirt on your teeth as they race by.’

Adharanand Finn


The Absent Woman, by Marlene Lee:

‘I couldn’t put down The Absent Woman. I relished every scene, every word. It’s one of the most compelling novels that I’ve read…’

Ella Leffland (author of Rumors of Peace and The Knight, Death, and the Devil.)


‘Lee spins a yarn both poetic and full of slowly gathering mystery . . . an illuminating insight into how we often try to untangle someone else’s story to make sense of our own realities.’

Jill Renae Hicks (Columbia Daily Tribune)







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