Parmenion Books was set up to help people find those hard to fnd books, and also to help people get hold of signed 1st edition copies of the books they love by the great authors out there.

If you need to find a book or get a signed book then email me, come visit the shop www.parmenionbooks.com (** NEW shop URL )

If you want to hear about great books, upcoming books and other items of interest by great authors then read the blogs and the reviews on the main web site.

My review ratings tend to be recommended or highly recommended:

I also use the amazon 1-5 star rating
5* does not mean its a perfect book

1- I hate it
2- Didnt like it
3- Its OK
4- I like it
5- I love it

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  1. Hi Robin, Parmenion Books, I saw your review of ‘Wool” by Hugh Howey and wondered if I could ask you to review my book ‘The Slowers’? I know you review ancient Rome and other historical works though mine is Sci-Fi. I have a copy of Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T.E Lawrence somewhere. It is an original hardback with pages individually cut – a proof version. Thank you for your consideration, Joski Cottee.

    • Hi
      Have to say that i think the book will be one i will not do justice to, im not a scifi fan, its one of the few genres i avoid (sorry) one of my friends has a blog, forwinternights and she loves scifi, and TBH is a better reviewer than me. I am very very jealous of your TE Lawrence, i would love to own a 1st edition of that book.I really hope kate can help… and if you even want to sell the lawrence… keep me in mind
      (and good luck with the book)

  2. Jan Hyatt

    Hi – I’m writing this because I saw your tweet on Twitter about the new version of Yahoo Mail. My name is Jan Hyatt and I’m the organizer of an online petition to persuade Yahoo to bring back the old version of Yahoo Mail and would love your support. Please ignore this if you aren’t interested, but if you are, please sign the petition and send it to as many people as you can.

    I started this petition because of my own experience with the new version, but since I started it, I’ve been contacted by thousands of people whose businesses are affected, many who have lost email and contacts, some who are unable to even see the email system because they have visual impairments – the response has been overwhelming. Many of us are looking at other alternatives, but don’t want to change.

    We need really big numbers if we want Yahoo to pay attention, so if you can help us it would be tremendous. Thanks so much for your time – you can find the petition at https://www.change.org/petitions/yahoo-bring-back-the-old-version-of-yahoo-mail.

    Jan Hyatt
    Severna Park, MD, USA

  3. If I were looking to get a review, to where would I inquire? I found your “Emperor of Thorns” review and thought you might be interested in my Dark Fantasy novel, “The Lonely Man: The Witch’s Price.”


  4. Glynn Holloway


    My book, 1066: What Fates Impose has just been published in paperback. It is a piece of historical fiction so it might be your kind of thing. It deals with the fall of Anglo Saxon England in the 20 years running up to the Battle of Hastings.

    With thanks

    Glynn Holloway

  5. As a medievalist and author may I point you in the direction of “The King’s Jew”.

    It would suite your ‘up and coming’ section maybe?

    Best wishes to you and yours.
    PS It is the fastest rising book on the Authonomy site

    Darius Stransky

  6. Dear Robin,

    Some of my earlier novels were reissued in January this year by my new publisher, Thistle Publishing, together with some new ones.

    I can see you’re snowed under with books TBR, but I wonder whether you would be interested in looking at any of these? In particular, there are two historical novels: “Gabon” is about a young Frenchman exiled to equatorial Africa in 1899, and “Marcellus” is about a Roman lawyer who replaces Pontius Pilate in Jerusalem.

    Please let me know if you’d like a review copy or two. And forgive me if this is an intrusion.

    Best wishes,

    Marius Gabriel

  7. And when and after you absolutely love Darius Stransky’s book above (superb!) you will almost certainly not regret considering ‘St Bartholomew’s Man’, also heading nicely up the Authonomy rankings. First chapter is here’..
    If you can spare time to review it, I’ll happily email you a Kindle ready copy.

    Many thanks, Jon Delorme. (Son of the author).

  8. Daye

    Dear Parmenionbooks,

    I’m Jeffrey Perren’s publicist and I’m acting on his behalf.

    I came across your fine blog, I’ve read about your range of interests and some of your reviews, and I liked them because they are insightful. So, I want to ask you if there is any possibility you could review any of his novels.

    One is an historical mystery set in Ireland called “Clonmac’s Bridge.” It was released in March 19/14. Several chapters flashback to the period near 804 AD, even though the main story is set in contemporary Ireland.
    Here’s a short blurb to whet your appetite:

    “Based on a real-life discovery, a marine archaeologist raises a medieval monastery span from the River Shannon mud, sunken for 1200 years… and finds it perfectly preserved.

    What could account for this astounding longevity? Why are his colleagues, the Irish government, and the Church so desperate to prevent him learning the secret?

    Griffin Clonmac will go through hell to find out.”



    The other one is “Cossacks In Paris,” an historical fiction set in the Napoleonic era. The hero in this novel, Breutier, was inspired by a real solider who participated in the Battle of Paris in 1814 and ended up chased by Cossacks during the conflict. It’s not the traditional story focused on battles, it’s more of a love story and rescue story with historical background.




    I’ll be happy to send you whatever eBook format you prefer.

    *There is no profanity or explicit sex; only suggestive, very discreet lovemaking once, of the sort you would see in a 1950’s mainstream women’s novel.

    Thank you very much indeed for your time and consideration. I know you are very busy and have many requests like this one. I’m grateful for taking time with mine.



    • Hi Daye
      thank you for the kind words, and the offer, Unfortunately my TBR is enormous, enough to keep me reading 24/7 for the next few years so its unlikely i would get to this anytime soon and would hate to give a false impression.

  9. Daye

    Hello Parmenionbooks,
    Thanks for your reply.

    I wish you the best.

  10. Dear Robin,

    I hope you don’t mind me contacting you out of the blue, but I’m looking for people who might be interested in reading and reviewing my new novel ‘Leofric: Sword of the Angles’, an adventure story set in Denmark in AD 520. Based on other books you’ve reviewed on Amazon, I think it’s something you’ll enjoy.

    Currently it’s only available through Amazon as an ebook. You can find it using this link: http://geni.us/1nqd or go to Amazon direct.

    ‘Leofric: Sword of the Angles’ will be free to download from 1st July to 3rd July, but if you miss this promotion I’d be happy to email you a copy.

    (Amazon free book promotions run from midnight to midnight on Pacific Standard Time, which is 8 hours behind GMT.)

    I hope you’ll take up this offer. In such a crowded market it can be difficult for a new book to stand out and reader reviews can make all the difference.

    I realise that your TBR stack much reach to the moon by now, but if you could fling Leofric on the pile I’d be very grateful.

    If you’d like to find out more about me and my books, please visit my author site http://www.sjarnott.com or drop me a line.

    Thanking you in advance.

    Best wishes,


  11. Dear Robin
    Have been reading your reviews and feel they’re fair, lucid and informing. I wondered, your tbr stack not withstanding, if you’d be interested in reading and reviewing my debut book The Cracked Amulet. It’s solid epic fantasy the first of the Wefan Weaves trilogy. It’s available as e and paperback, on Amazon and Barnes&Noble, etc. I could get you a copy if you like.
    If you’re at all interested you can check me out on wordpress: https://rbwatkinson.wordpress.com/
    Let me know and all the best
    PS sorry if I’m faux pas (ing) in any way, still new at this promoting stuff 🙂

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