Wolves of Winter

The epic sequel to Essex Dogs from Sunday Times bestseller and historian Dan Jones

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Pub Date 12 Oct 2023 | Archive Date 01 Nov 2023
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'A convincing picture of hard men in a hard time, Dan Jones’ fiction rings with the authority of his scholarly history.' PHILIPPA GREGORY
'Absolutely fabulous. A raucous, swaggering charge through the medieval underworld. I had such a good time reading it that I never wanted it to stop.' ANTONIA FRASER
'Superb historical fiction as fresh, vivid and vital as this morning's headlines... proves once again that nothing really changes, be it a soldier's life – or great storytelling.' LEE CHILD


1347. Bruised and bloodied by an epic battle at Crécy, six soldiers of fortune known as the Essex Dogs pick through the wreckage of the fighting – and their own lives.

Now a new siege is beginning, and the Dogs are sent to attack the soaring walls of Calais. King Edward has vowed no Englishman will leave France til this city falls. To get home, they must survive a merciless winter in a lawless camp deadlier than any battlefield.

Obsessed with tracking down the vanished Captain, Loveday struggles to control his own men. Romford is haunted by the reappearance of a horrific figure from his past. And Scotsman is spiralling into a pit of drink, violence and self-pity.

The Dogs are being torn apart – but this war is far from over. It won’t be long before they lose more of their own…

From a vast siege camp built outside Calais' walls, to pirate ships patrolling the harbour, and finally into the darkest corners of oligarchs’ houses inside a starving city, this captivating and darkly comic story brings the fourteenth century vividly to life. A searing tale about merchants, money and the medieval ‘deep state’, this is a must-read for fans of Bernard Cornwell and Conn Iggulden.

'Wolves of Winter is a horrible joy to read: horrible because of the vivid, random bloodshed, and a joy because of the easy authenticity of his prose... If you’ve ever enjoyed a Ridley Scott film, go and buy this book!' ALICE WINN

'Recalls Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall novels with its masterly control, period details, and understated humor.' KIRKUS STARRED REVIEW

'Dan Jones tackles The Hundred Years' War and puts faces and personalities, drug habits and fighting in an urgent light. I feel like I’m there . . . Simply stunning.' DUFF McKAGAN, New York Times No1 bestselling author of It’s So Easy, and founder member of Guns N' Roses

'Finding hints of light amid the darkness of war, Wolves of Winter captures the humanity at the heart of our history.' DR MICHAEL LIVINGSTON

'Wolves of Winter is another brilliant book by Dan Jones. I’m constantly amazed at how prolific Dan is, and also how he keeps his standards so high.' CHARLES SPENCER

'Nobody but Dan Jones could write this story... It captures the grime, blood, sweat and friendship of medieval war brilliantly.' GARETH RUSSELL

'An enthralling, captivating, and thrilling chronicle... Truly wonderful and truly fascinating!' GENERAL DAVID PETRAEUS

Praise for Essex Dogs:

'Reminds me of Cornwell at his best.' CONN IGGULDEN
'This is the Hundred Years' War as directed by Oliver Stone with a historian's eye for detail' ELODIE HARPER

'A convincing picture of hard men in a hard time, Dan Jones’ fiction rings with the authority of his scholarly history.' PHILIPPA GREGORY
'Absolutely fabulous. A raucous, swaggering charge through the...

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More wonderful tales of derring-do featuring Loveday and his indomitable dogs of war as they are part of the besieging Calais.

A teasing taste of what is to come when the book is published later in the year.

I can’t wait to read it

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As always, Dan Jones captivates me with his writing abilities. I loved "Essex Dogs", and I love what I've read so far. He managed to keep historical facts straight, while giving it a sense of humor and very humanised characters.
All in all, an amazing book from an amazing author. Looking forward to it!

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As good as I expected and left me eager for the full release and an easy recommendation for book club.

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EEEEEEEK!! Loved the first three chapters and can't wait for the rest! I don't want to really say much becuase it is only the first three, but believe me in that it starts off with a bang and I have no doubt that the rest will be just as fantastic as Essex Dogs.

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Loved The Essex Dogs' first outing, and this sample just leaves me wanting more. Great stuff. Looking forward to publication date.

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A tantalizing snippet of this new novel, picking up where we left off, with a brand new female character. I can't wait for October to read more of the latest adventure with the Essex Dogs.

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Like many I was hooked from the first book so having to wait out the lead time for the next Essex Dogs. This taster confirms worth the wait and rarely have I looked forward to a book with such anticipation.

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This book is based around the Siege of Calais in the mid 14th century and it is brutal, crude, blasphemous, bloodthirsty, and more! I enjoyed reading the Historical Notes and matching them to the fictitious plot. Dan Jones writes a good story and I shall read the third book but I didn't enjoy this one as much as I did the first book.

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Another brilliant book by Dan Jones. As a follow up to Essex Dogs, the story centres on the siege of Calais. The middle section of the book is a bit slow but does reflect atmosphere of a siege. The language is very course but is realistic of the period. Despite being full of blood, guts and profanities, it's an enjoyable read. Highly recommended.

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