Latest News

Liberty Bazaar: an enthralling tale of spying and love

“David Chadwick’s Liberty Bazaar is an enthralling tale of spying and love against the background of the war tearing America apart” says the Liverpool Echo in their lovely interview with David.

Interviewed by Alistair Houghton David shares insights into the research he undertook for his debut novel.

Read the full interview and review of David’s debut novel, Liberty Bazaar.

David’s LiveDavid Chadwickrpool-set American Civil War novel has been getting wonderful reviews…

“Tells of Liverpool’s secret role in a conflict that still divides the US … brings the teeming streets of Empire-era Liverpool to vivid life.” Liverpool Echo

“Shades of Dickens … offbeat, refreshingly absorbing.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review for ‘books of exceptional merit’)

“Much to please both thinker and those demanding entertainment.” The Book Bag (5-star review)

“Chadwick’s prose is brilliant. Liberty Bazaar is a wonderfully written story.” Readers’ Favorite 5-star review

 “Chadwick’s historical thriller is compassionate and exceedingly smart.” Joshua Potts, The Skinny, 4-star review

 “A very enjoyable read.” Nudge Book

 “A thrilling account of intrigue, deception, violence – and forbidden love” James M McPherson, Professor of History at Princeton University and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Battle Cry of Freedom

“The sights and smells of dockside Liverpool come alive in ways reminiscent of Dickens.” Richard Blackett, Professor of History at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, and author of Divided Hearts: Britain and the American Civil War

 “Written with a strong sense of place and sensitive to the era’s economic, political and moral complexities.” Martin Crawford, Emeritus Professor of Anglo-American History at Keele University, Staffordshire.

 First class storytelling. An addictive novel with love and gun smoke and a tremendous feel for its time and its settings.” Paul Du Noyer, founder of MOJO magazine and author of Liverpool: Wondrous Place

“Those who want to know why the Confederate flag came down in Charleston in 2015 should read David Chadwick’s book.” Andrew Lees, author of Liverpoool – The Hurricane Port

 “A fascinating story combining events from American and Liverpool history.” Fred Lawless, writer on EastEnders and writer of BBC Radio 4’s Close Enough to Touch

“A historical drama with nail-biting moments. I couldn’t put it down.” Larry Neild, Liverpool Radio City Talk

“Brings to light Liverpool’s involvement with the American Civil War and how real events could have changed the outcome. A cracking novel.” Sean Styles, BBC Merseyside

“Historical intrigue with the suspense of a spy thriller.” Stephen Gallagher, writer on Silent Witness and creator of Eleventh Hour

“A political page-turner that transcends the genre of historical fiction” Livi Michael, Faber Prize-winning author of Their Angel Reach and Succession

“Vivid description, elegant sentences, diligent research. David Chadwick is the real deal, a serious writer with a serious talent.”

Nicholas Royle, author of First Novel and Regicide

“This is an immersive, powerful historical novel – one impossible to put down.” Sherry Ashworth, author of Good Recipes and Bad Women and Mental

Avi Sirlin off to Southeast Asia

We’re thrilled that Avi Sirlin is speaking at Ubud Writers Festival on his biographical novel published by Aurora Metro, The Evolutionist, about Alfred Russel Wallace.

He is participating in two panels, one on Indonesian travel and one on historical fiction plus an hour’s talk on Wallace.

Ubud hthe-evolutionistas become Southeast Asia’s largest and most renowned cultural and literary event. It is being held October 28 – November 1, 2015, and will celebrate the theme 17,000 Islands of Imagination.

Ubud Writers Festival

Great Review for Four Short Plays for Young People

The Stage, the leading industry newspaper for theatre professionals has given Rachel Barnett’s collection of ‘Four Short Plays for Young People‘ a fabulous review.

“It’s never easy to find inclusive, meaty plays suitable for youth theatres or schools so this contribution from well established children’s playwright Rachel Barnett (whose adaptation of Gorilla is currently enjoying a revival at Polka Theatre) is very welcome. Rocketfuel is a nicely balanced piece about risk taking and boundaries commissioned for gap year students to perform in secondary schools. LOL: Laughing Out Loud, Crying Inside is about cyberbullying and the role of bystanders, intended for performance to 11-14 year olds by slightly older students. Three Shoes and Noah make up the quartet. All four plays are fine, thoughtful pieces likely to inspire discussion. Commissioned and successful in their original settings, they are now being made available for more widespread use.” The Stage, 24 August 2015

Gorilla opens at Polka Theatre

Rachel Barnett’s adaptation of Gorilla is running at the Polka Theatre from 17 July – 16 August.  Rachel’s new collection of plays out now.

HannGorillaah loves gorillas, but she’s never seen a real one… It’s the night before Hannah’s birthday and something amazing is about to happen. When her toy gorilla comes to life, dressed in her father’s coat and hat, they embark on a thrilling, moonlit adventure.

Meet the world’s friendliest gorilla this summer as Polka’s sell-out show returns.

Adapted for the stage by Rachel Barnett, the classic award-winning picture book by former Children’s Laureate Anthony Browne comes to life with puppetry, music and a giant sprinkling of Polka magic!

We’ve just published Rachel’s play collection Four Short Plays for Young People

Rachel Barnett’s work has been performed at theatres in the UK and abroad, including The Royal Court, Theatre 503, and The Arcola Theatre, also at Chichester Festival Theatre, Royal and Derngate, Latitude Festival, Manhattan Theatre Source in New York, Live Girls in Seattle, Key City Public Theatre in Washington and Auroville in India.
Following a BA in English Literature from Cardiff University and an MA in Writing for Performance from Central School of Speech and Drama she has specialised in working with young people, people with disabilities and community groups. Rachel shares her time between playwriting, producing, workshop leading, lecturing, copywriting, company management, fundraising, project management and consultancy.
 Writing projects to date include original work, adaptations, translations, theatre in education projects, pieces for young audiences and young performers, and dramaturgy of collaborative devised work.

Counterculture cover design revealed

Check out this fabulous cover design by Joe Webb for our forthcoming Counterculture UK – a celebration.

Edited by Rebecca Gillieron and Cheryl Robson this is the first comprehensive exploration of counterculture in the UK – from illegal raves to street art, subversive comedy and agit theatre to LGBT clubs, pop-up galleries, guerilla gigs, flash dance, digital publishing, disability arts and much more…

Counterculture UK front 060715 (1)








Joe Webb uses vintage magazines and printed ephemera that he has collected to create simple but elegant hand-made collages, no Photoshop manipulation is allowed. Webb re-imagines the imagery with concise edits, transforming the original scene into something altogether more surreal.

Mary Hamer speaking at The Kipling Festival, Rottingdean

Talk by Kipling & Trix author on Saturday 27 June

Mary Hamer, author of the historical novel Kipling & Trix, and chair of the The Kipling Festival is speaking at the Kipling Festival in Rottingdean which starts on 25 June.

Mary’s talk ‘Kipling in India and India in Kipling’ will be on Saturday 27 June.

The novel took ten years to research and write and was the winner of Aurora Metro’s 3rd Virginia Prize for Fiction in 2012. kipling-trix

Find out more about Kipling & Trix

We are are now accepting submissions for the 4th Virginia Prize for Fiction


The River’s Song gets a Kirkus Blue Star

The River’s Song by Suchen Christine Lim has been awarded a rare Kirkus Blue Star (‘Awarded to Books of Exceptional Merit’)

Kirkus star and caption

“A fine, deeply felt saga of lives caught up in progress that’s as heartbreaking as it is hopeful.”
Read the full Kirkus Review here. 

Just under 3% of books Kirkus reviews are given this honour, and Christine has now joined fellow Aurora Metro author debut novelist David Chadwick who gained a blue star review for Liberty Bazaar in May (read their review here).

We are thrilled that two of our authors have been honoured in such a way, and are now eligible for the prestigious Kirkus Prize.


Read more The River’s Song

Watch an interview with Suchen Christine Lim




Exciting Opportunities for Women Writers

We are thrilled that we now have the opportunity to publish even more novels by women through our Virginia Prize for Fiction.  The winner will receive £1,000 and their novel will be published by Aurora Metro Books in both print and e-book versions. For the first time we will also publish runners-up as e-books.

The closing date is 31st October 2015 so you have a few months to get cracking on finishing that novel! We look forward to reading it.

Click here for more information. 

Download the 2015 Catalogue

Buy our books on Amazon:
powered by: