• Kati Hiekkapelto wins top Finnish crime award

    Kati Hiekkapelto wins top Finnish crime award

    We are thrilled to announce that our amazing author Kati Hiekkapelto has received the coveted Clew of the Year Award for her stunning thriller The Defenceless – sequel to her debut novel The Hummingbird. This award is presented by the Finnish Whodunnit Society for the best Finnish crime novel of the year. On top of this, we’ve now learned that The Defenceless was one of the top-ten bestsellers in Finland, across all genres, in 2014. Is the Glass Key next? The Defenceless marks the return of police investigator Anna Fekete and her partner Esko, who are led on a deadly trail where illegal immigration, drugs, gangs and, ultimately, murder threaten not only their beliefs, but their lives. Chilling, disturbing and terrifyingly believable, The Defenceless is an extraordinary, vivid and gripping thriller by one of the most exciting new voices in crime fiction. Read More

  • 10-part TV series for Gunnar Staalesen’s Varg Veum thrillers

    10-part TV series for Gunnar Staalesen’s Varg Veum thrillers

    A brand-new Varg Veum series (10 episodes) is being made for TV! The 60-million-krone series will start filming in Bergen in 2016/17, and air in 2018, with worldwide distribution. Once again, the extraordinary Trond Espen Seim (pictured below) will play the role of private investigator Varg Veum. This marks the third series of films based on Gunnar Staalesen’s exceptional crime thrillers and his latest three books (We Shall Inherit the Wind, No One Is So Safe in Danger and Where Roses Never Die), all translated by Don Bartlett and published by Orenda Books in 2015, 2016 and 2017 respectively, will feature in the films. Congratulations to Gunnar Staalesen! You can see him at CrimeFest, Edinburgh International Book Festival and Bloody Scotland. Read More

  • Debut author Louise Beech is signed by Orenda

    Debut author Louise Beech is signed by Orenda

    OK, so this is exciting!  I was sent Louise Beech’s novel How To Be Brave in December last year. Like every other publisher, we have a lot of submissions. However, within five pages of reading this extraordinary book, I knew it was absolutely right for Orenda. Why so late in commissioning? I am publishing six books a  year and every single one of them has to be perfect. I really mean that. Every Orenda book has to be something I have to love and believe in from deep inside. I’d signed five incredible authors and their books (many with sequels). The last slot. A little like the last ticket on the bus. I nervously asked the opinion of some trusted colleagues. There was no doubt. Everyone shared my enthusiasm. Before making an offer,  I actually read the entire book again. To be sure. I am sure. Read More

  • The Abrupt Physics of Dying BLOG TOUR starts 16th Feb!

    The Abrupt Physics of Dying BLOG TOUR starts 16th Feb!

    A fabulous 10-day blog tour for Paul E. Read More

  • AUTHOR VIDEOS now on the website!

    AUTHOR VIDEOS now on the website!

    This is the most FANTASTIC way for you to get to know the amazing Orenda authors! All five of them have produced a short video, which I used today at my sales conference, to introduce themselves and their books. Read More

  • The Abrupt Physics of Dying is IN!

    The Abrupt Physics of Dying is IN!

    Completely thrilled to announce that Orenda’s ‘debut’ title, by fabulous debut author Paul E. Hardisty has arrived in house! Early reviews for The Abrupt Physics of Dying have been tremendous, and we hope that you enjoy this page-turning, beautifully written thriller! Review copies have gone out, so shout if you don’t get yours! Coming soon is Orenda’s second title, The Last Days of Disco, by David. F. Ross – a gorgeously heartwarming, hilarious tribute to 1980s Ayrshire. Read More

  • USA/Canadian sales & distribution confirmed!

    USA/Canadian sales & distribution confirmed!

    I’m thrilled to announce that Orenda books will be sold and distributed in North America by Trafalgar Square Publishing in Chicago! I’ll keep you posted with details as I get them, but the first Orenda titles will be out in the Autumn! I’ve already had six emails from various members of the team – an impressive start! Only a few territories to sort and then Orenda will be fully international. Read More

  • *Exclusive* Short Stories by Orenda Authors

    *Exclusive* Short Stories by Orenda Authors

    It is our great pleasure to present an exclusive and previously unpublished short story from every one of our extraordinary authors! Many of the authors are writing outside their usual genres, and each provides a little insight into their mesmerising talents. Read More