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How I got to see Hewitt, Roddick and Murray yesterday…

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009

I was not in the office yesterday. I was at Wimbledon. I made the executive decision to take the day off and together with my boyfriend, Anthony, I set off at noon on Sunday to camp out for tickets. When we arrived at the queue we knew we’d already missed out on Centre Court (only […]

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“Crime at the Castle” with Kate Charles & Martin Edwards

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009

Wednesday 19 August, 7.00pm (for 7.30pm start)    LUDLOW CASTLE Come and enjoy the second annual ‘Crime at the Castle’ evening, which will see some of the most distinguished names in crime-writing gathering at Ludlow Castle. Kate Charles will be moderating the panel of authors including Martin Edwards, Laura Wilson, Andrew Taylor, Natasha Cooper, Suzette Hill […]

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Alanna Knight at the Islay Book Festival

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009

Sunday 6th September, 11.30am – 12.30pm        PORT ELLEN PRIMARY SCHOOL The “Femmes Fatales” – Alanna Knight, Lin Anderson and Alex Gray – combine their talents in an event described in the Edinburgh Evening News as “intriguing, quirky and highly enjoyable”. As part of the two-day Islay Book Festival, held at the Port Ellen Primary […]

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A doubly memorable evening

Friday, June 26th, 2009

Yesterday evening, we had the pleasure of celebrating the launch of actress Susan Wooldridge‘s debut novel The Hidden Dance at Hatchard’s. It was a wonderful and star-studded affair, and it was of course a special delight to be mingling with literary celebrities and marvellous actors I’ve watched on film and TV screens over the years. […]

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Top Brit thriller writers touring UK airports

Thursday, June 25th, 2009

Just came back from a Publishing Publicity Circle (PPC) meeting with various editors from the Observer including Jane Ferguson on the Review, Oliver Marre on the Books Desk (standing in for Books Editor Will Skidelsky – where were you, Will? I was hoping to finally meet you in person), and Louise, editor of the Woman […]

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UK top thriller writers at East Midlands Airport

Thursday, June 25th, 2009

Richard J Parker has joined the Curzon Group and will be touring UK airports this summer as part of the group’s Take a Brit to the Beach Campaign.

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Proof that gym is not good for you.

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

Today’s a little cooler than yesterday and I felt it was just about comfortable enough to hit the gym – I’ve been rather lazy of late and it’s starting to show. So, after my workout and feeling absolutely exhausted I headed for the change rooms. But it seems someone had a more hectic session than […]

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Priscilla Masters Book Launch in Leek

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

Thursday 13 August, 7pm    THE GALLERY, LEEK Crime author Priscilla Masters will be celebrating the launch of her new book Grave Stones at The Gallery, 17 Broadstreet, Leek. Come and enjoy a glass and wine and nibbles with her and get your copy signed. For more information call 01538 384337.

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The inside scoop from Wimbledon

Monday, June 22nd, 2009

Today is the first day of this year’s Wimbledon Tennis Championship. I happen to live in Wimbledon and this weekend I passed Jamie Murray in the vegetable aisle at Sainsbury’s. I thought it was Andy at first, but then noticed the bigger hair. Anyway, he was chatting to a man I can only assume was […]

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Beauty talk

Friday, June 19th, 2009

I’ve just had a lovely tea with Australian beauty guru Tali Shine (of Tali Shine Cosmetics for Girls on the Go)  who is friends with another Australian beauty guru,  Zoë Foster, the author of the debut chick-lit novel Air Kisses we’re publishing this August.  (My, that was a mouthful.) And may I digress for a […]

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Maggie Craig at the Aberdeen Ladies Lunch

Friday, June 19th, 2009

Tuesday 15 September, 12noon – 3.30pm     ABERDEEN Maggie Craig, author of One Sweet Moment, will be speaking at the Aberdeen Ladies Lunch taking place at the Marcliffe at Pitfodels. Drinks will be served from 12noon with a sit down lunch at 12.30pm, followed by a lighthearted talk by the guest speakers. Maggie Craig will […]

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A couple of reasons why a person might buy a magazine

Thursday, June 18th, 2009

On Tuesday I got to the office early to find I had left my office keys at home. I hate moments like this. There I am, crouching by the front door, swearing profusely at myself, with the entire contents of my A&B bag strewn across the pavement  – it’s not a pretty sight. Then some […]

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A must-see for art lovers

Wednesday, June 17th, 2009

The celebrated British artist Keith Coventry held a private view of his work last night at Haunch of Venison in Mayfair which I was lucky enough to attend.  I particularly loved his Echoes of Albany series which takes as its inspiration the mysterious Albany apartments in Burlington Gardens which have been home to numerous distinguished […]

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Maggie Craig at the North Lanarkshire Book Festival

Wednesday, June 17th, 2009

Tuesday 20th October, time TBC   Coatbridge Library As part of the Words 2009 North Lanarkshire Festival of Books & Writing, Scottish author Maggie Craig (whose father grew up in Coatbridge during the Depression) will be talking about her writing, including her latest book One Sweet Moment – out in paperback in October. For more […]

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Summer events

Monday, June 15th, 2009

Summer is upon us and after the hibernation of a long and snowy winter, so is the party season! It’s one weekend after the other of birthdays, weddings, hen nights, baby showers and just-becauses. And then there’s the work parties… The lovely Victoria Connelly popped in to the office last week. She’s very excited about […]

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Mad for Muddy Boots & Silk Stockings!

Friday, June 12th, 2009

I write this blog in haste because I probably have about another 5 minutes before the phone starts ringing again. Today, from the moment we stepped into the office, we’ve been inundated with calls from readers wanting to buy a copy of Muddy Boots & Silk Stockings, by Julia Stoneham which featured in this month’s […]

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Zoë Sharp nominated for Short Story Dagger

Monday, June 8th, 2009

Zoë Sharp’s story Served Cold has been nominated for the Short Story Dagger this year.

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Come and meet June Francis at Crosby Library

Monday, June 8th, 2009

Friday 10th July, 2 – 4pm     LIVERPOOL Enjoy an afternoon of nostalgia and meet author June Francis as she talks about her wonderful book set in Liverpool and Chester at Crosby Library, Crosby Road North, Liverpool. You will also get a chance to get a signed copy of her brand new paperback Tilly’s Story.

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Happy Birthday to Marshall Karp!

Thursday, June 4th, 2009

Today is Marshall Karp‘s birthday. I could break out into song but no one would probably ever return to this blog again. So I’ll simply say, on behalf of everyone here at A&B: He’ll be celebrating something else later this month – the UK release of Flipping Out, the next book in his acclaimed Lomax […]

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My Favourite Things (in Cambridge)…

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

This coming weekend I’ll be popping over to see some friends in Cambridge – one of my favourite places in the UK or indeed the world. My favourite places there include the wide open space of Parker’s Piece, the cafés and restaurants at Magdalene bridge, the impossible-to-scale-whilst-riding-a-bike-bridge behind Trinity Hall and, predictably if you know […]

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