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Is this Molly’s car??

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

The heroine in one of our books, Molly’s Millions, is a florist who loves yellow gerberas and drives a yellow WV Beetle. Do you think this creation was inspired by the book?? Ok, so it’s actually a Chevrolet Matiz, not a Beetle but let’s not pick at details…Click here and scroll through the pictures for […]

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Prints by Mick Wiggins

Monday, September 28th, 2009

Christina (our Art Editor) currently has this image saved on her desktop and when I spotted it, I decided it would look very nice as a print in my living room. I asked her where she found the image and as it turns out, the illustrator happens to be Mick Wiggins, the man who did the artwork […]

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Something to procrastinate with…

Friday, September 25th, 2009

Bored? Try this for some lighthearted release: http://www.deanjackson.dj/nameanagram/index.php?n=Lara+Crisp Kind regards, Rip Rascal (Lara Crisp, Managing Editor)

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Another recommendation from Oz

Thursday, September 24th, 2009

My favourite restaurant in Sydney has got to be the Doyles in Watson Bay – a well-known but unpretentious restaurant perched next to a lovely little suburban beach, from where you have a lovely view of the Harbour Bridge in the distance as you tuck into fresh seafood. I can’t say I have explored much the menu – simpy because […]

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Fancy making an audiobook?

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

I’ve come across an interesting site – Librivox.com. A site which aims to make all public domain books available as free audio books (that means books published before 1923…) and what’s more, you can release your own recordings. So if you’ve ever fancied reading chapters for audio yourself, here’s your chance – become a volunteer […]

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Liking this new Etihad airline

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

A blog from Down Under. Yes, I’m writing this from Sydney, Australia (and before you ask yourself what in God’s name I am doing on a computer when I am in this gorgeous city and on holiday – the answer is: jet lag. It’s 5am and options are limited. It’s either whiling away time on […]

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Thoughts on The Shawshank Redemption play

Monday, September 21st, 2009

In my blog post a few blogs ago, I said I was going to see Shawshank Redemption at the theatre. Well, I saw it, and it did not disappoint. I was worried that I would simply be seeing the film replicated on stage (and a poorer version at that) but I was very impressed with […]

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I love Weebirdy.com

Thursday, September 17th, 2009

Today I’d like to share my favourite blog with you. It’s called Weebirdy.com. If you think London’s a grey place to be, think again. Weebirdy introduces you to the cool and the quirky, the colourful and the mad. I’m in love. I could try to sum it all up in wordy fashion but I think […]

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Anyone else planning to strike?

Wednesday, September 16th, 2009

Seriously – what is it with all the strikes at the moment? Royal Mail has been fizzling on and off like a reluctant light bulb and I’ve just had an email from National Express saying there’s likely to be another train strike for all of next week. Watch this space, I may have intrepid adventures […]

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Victoria Connelly & Kate Harrison in Abingdon

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

Tuesday 20th October, 7.30pm MOSTLY BOOKS, ABINGDON “Vampires or Nice Guys?” Celebrating fictional heroes, romantic novelist Victoria Connelly will be speaking at Mostly Books, 36 Stert St, Abingdon, with author Kate Harrison. For more information call the bookshop on 01235 525 880.

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Romantic Novelists Talk about Love at Waterstone’s, Uxbridge

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

Saturday 10th October, 2.00pm WATERSTONE’S, UXBRIDGE A Let’s Talk About Love Event. Join four romantic novelists, including Victoria Connelly, Juliet Archer, Janet Gover and Jean Fullerton, as they share all their secrets about love, relationships and writing. For more information contact the bookshop on 01895 272800.

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Edward Marston at Wellington Literary Festival

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

Wednesday 21 October, 7pm WELLINGTON Come and meet historical crime-writer, Edward Marston – author of the hugely popular Railway Detective series. He will be talking about ‘Crime on the Railways’at the Civic Centre as part of the Wellington Literary Festival in Shropshire. For more information call 01952 382382 or visit the festival website here.

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Edward Marston speaking at Boldemere Library

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

Wednesday 21st October, 10.30-11.30am   SUTTON COLDFIELD Come and meet historical fiction master Edward Marston, author of the hugely popular Railway Detective series. He will be speaking at Boldemere Library, Sutton Coldfield. Coffee will be served from 10.15am. Pick up your free ticket at the library or call 0121 464 1048 for more information.

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How will The Shawshank Redemption suit the stage?

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

The Shawshank Redemption is my all-time favourite movie. I have watched it countless times. I have read the novella it is based on by Stephen King – called Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption and to be found in the collection Different Seasons. I have bought the original screenplay which is interesting since (unlike many screenplays you buy […]

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The first of the A&B ebooks!

Monday, September 14th, 2009

Trumpets! Confetti! General jubilation! Congratulate us one and all for Allison & Busby has just put a toe in the digital book waters with the release of five titles as ebooks – all available from Waterstones.com and ebooks.WHSmith.co.uk. The five books are: Glass Houses by Rachel Caine Lord of Misrule by Rachel Caine Mariana by […]

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Mixed emotions watching 9/11 documentary

Friday, September 11th, 2009

It’s been eight years to this day since the horrific events of 9/11. In the run up to this tragic anniversary Channel 4 have been running several documentaries to mark and remember that fateful day and I caught the middle of 9/11 – Phone Calls from the Towers. Listening to the voices of those trapped in […]

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A £1million laughing matter…

Thursday, September 10th, 2009

News has it that Penguin (Michael Joseph) has signed up an autobiographical book by Michael McIntyre – the man of the moment in the UK comedy circles. Personally I think he’s hilarious. I saw him live at The Lyric in Hammersmith (before he hit stardom), I bought the DVD Live and Laughing and I series-linked […]

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Laurie R King at Oxford Central Library

Thursday, September 10th, 2009

Friday 18 September, 2 pm OXFORD CENTRAL LIBRARY Bestselling crime-writer Laurie R King will be talking about her writing including her latest book The Language of Bees at Oxford Central Library, Westgate Center, Oxford. For more information, please call the library on 01865 792422

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Only on the internet…

Wednesday, September 9th, 2009

No one will argue that there is a lot of random stuff floating about the internet. And such an example is this: a website that tells you when you can safely duck out to the loos during a movie so that you won’t miss much! If you don’t believe me – click here. Taking some […]

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June Francis at Atherton Library, Manchester

Tuesday, September 8th, 2009

Tuesday 20th October, Time TBC ATHERTON LIBRARY, MANCHESTER Renowned Liverpool author June Francis will be speaking with her son at Atherton Library, York Street, Manchester. With the aid of photographs and readings from her son’s own research she will give an interesting presentation on how Liverpool and Chester have inspired her novels. For more information […]

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