It wasn’t long ago that the written word was written off, considered to be far too old-fashioned for the 21st century. Books, they said, are dead. Who’ll want to read books when there are so many new and exciting alternatives? They were wrong.

Now books are selling better than ever. Why? Because books can do so many things that other media can’t.

Thorn Wood Books is a small publishing house set up to prove that a well written novel can be more than just a journey filler or sleep inducer. These are books doing what books do best: transporting you to far flung places, to other times, stirring emotions, making you think, use your imagination.  Books that tease, intrigue, challenge, that are full of passion (both emotional and physical), that might annoy you but are very unlikely to bore you.

Stories you'll go back to again. And again.
Thorn Wood Books.
Books that get under the skin.

Jan Mazzoni will be speaking at the Appledore Book Festival
September 29th 2011
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Also at Bath Writers Workshop October 19th 2011
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I thought I’d give them a go and put out a small pile of each book. They were snatched up like hot cakes. I don’t know what made them so appealing, but within a couple of days I was ordering more. It was absolutely amazing.
The Corsham Bookshop, Wilts


THE SNOW FOX DIARIES... utterly compelling and beautifully written... I found myself drawn deep into their (the characters) predicaments and empathising with each... when they were sad, I was sad; what mattered to them mattered to me too... The observations of the fox family were no less moving... It is quite rare for me to get so involved in a book as I did with this, which is a credit to the excellent narrative style the author has... Not a light-hearted read by any stretch, but a thought-provoking and absorbing read... highly recommended.
The Self Publishing Magazine

It would be an injustice to label THE SNOW FOX DIARIES as merely a book about wildlife. It's a great deal more complex than that. It covers relationships, family dynamics, and the enormous difference that exists between attitudes to life in the city and in the country.
The Bath Chronicle

STONES OF THE MADONNA... set on the Amalfi Coast, this cracking tale of love, betrayal and shocking secrets is perfect holiday reading fare... a gripping and enjoyable read...
The Italian Magazine

If you have ever had a love affair with Italy, then read this book (STONES OF THE MADONNA.) it was like being back in Italy, and I never wanted it to end.
Amazon Reviewer

I loved THE SNOW FOX DIARIES…towards the end I couldn’t put it down, and enjoyed all the twists in the story… I thought it was very skilfully written.
Christine Last, Radstock

One of the best books I’ve come across in a long time… I read THE SNOW FOX DIARIES in one day… STONES OF THE MADONNA was completely different, but I enjoyed it very much too… Can’t wait for the next one to come out!
Pat Newman, Bath

I found it (STONES OF THE MADONNA) an emotional and gripping story that brought vividly to life the carefree world of the international bohemian set in pre-war Italy… the detailing was excellent.
Molga Salvalaggio, London

So well written I could feel the sun on my face and smell the flowers... I would thoroughly recommend both these books to anyone who enjoys a good read.
L. Carter, Corsham

Written by someone with a deep love of nature... I couldn't help but share the heroine's sympathy for the fox, and her over-whelming desire to protect that which is beautiful but cannot protect itself... a wonderful book.
Cheryl Hitchen, Parracombe

... brought to mind the stories of Daphne du Maurier... R. Chambers, Lynton

Snow Fox Diary
Stones of the Madonna