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Judging a book by its cover

Monday, November 30th, 2009

I’ve been reading The Man from Saigon, by Marti Leimbach (and if you followed the Currently We are Reading section last week, you’ll know I’m throughly enjoying it) and noticed that on Amazon the cover appears as pictured here – featuring a man wearing a Vietnamese hat. However, on the actual printed version of the […]

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Susan Wooldridge at Hornsey Library, London

Monday, November 30th, 2009

Come and meet actress Susan Wooldridge who will be talking about her debut novel “The Hidden Dance” at Hornsey Library, tonight Tuesday 8th December.

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Available for weddings, bar mitzvahs…and environmental portraiture.

Friday, November 27th, 2009

Our talented Art Editor, Christina Griffiths, has had her photography reviewed by The Guardian. Never one to toot her own horn, she did not broadcast the news (I only found out today), so I feel compelled and delighted to do the tooting for her. Her ‘portofilio of environmental portraiture’ is described as ‘stylishly executed’. The photos are praised for being ‘wonderfully […]

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Maggie Craig book signing in Aberdeen

Wednesday, November 25th, 2009

Thursday 10th December, 7pm WATERSTONE’S, ABERDEEN Maggie Craig will be signing copies of her latest book One Sweet Moment, together with fellow Scots Diane Morgan and Paul Smith, at Waterstone’s 3-7 Union Bridge, Aberdeen. For more info call the shop on 01224 592440.

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Top toys for Christmas

Wednesday, November 25th, 2009

After a mini-panic last week I have begun my Christmas shopping in earnest, seizing upon ideas with the same desperation that usually strikes this time of year. I came across the usual ‘top 10 toys for Christmas’ list the other week, and it made me wish I was buying for more kids than grown-ups. So […]

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It seems Bill Gates has a strange sense of humour

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009

Be thankful your boss doesn’t make you do this! I doubt whether even David Brent would have come up with anything this mortifying!  Staff in a Microsoft store have been asked/persuaded/forced/blackmailed (slightly regaining respect as we go on) to take part in this little party trick. In a routine that would make Billy Ray Cyrus […]

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Life’s funny little coincidences

Monday, November 23rd, 2009

Last night, I had dinner with my mum, and our conversation veered onto my late American grandmother – her life and upbringing.  Of all the titbits of information I learned, I was astounded to hear that my great grandmother had packed them up (my gran and her siblings) and taken them to Europe for a […]

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Zoë Sharp at Collectormania, London

Monday, November 23rd, 2009

Crime author Zoë Sharp will be signing copies of her books at London Olympia’s Collectormania event this weekend 28th – 29th November

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Murder mystery evening with Martin Edwards

Monday, November 23rd, 2009

Friday 4 December, 7.00pm    CHESTER LIBRARY Join popular crime-writer Martin Edwards for an inter-active Victorian mystery  evening at Chester Library, Northgate Street, Chester. Listen to the clues and see if you can find out who killed George Hargrave – there are prizes for the best solutions! Tickets £5 (including refreshments). For more information call the […]

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Maggie Craig speaking in Kinross

Monday, November 23rd, 2009

Tuesday 8th December, 2.30-3.45pm KINROSS Author Maggie Craig will be talking about her work and new book One Sweet Moment at the new Loch Leven Community Campus Library in Kinross. Free tickets are available from the new library and the AK Bell Library in Perth. Call 01738 477016 for more information.

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Maria-Xuan designs

Friday, November 20th, 2009

Last night I attended a private sale of a new collection of jewellery and accessories by a young designer, Maria-Xuan. We were invited through some old friends and it was an absolute delight to be privy to this girl’s talent. I can’t add cut and paste any of the pictures of her designs on this […]

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The 4th book?

Thursday, November 19th, 2009

Stieg Larsson never had the chance to see his books achieve their phenomenal success. He was the second bestselling author of 2008, beaten only by Khaled Hosseini and according to The Times (this came as a welcome surprise to me) he has now ‘outsold the whole Dan Brown oeuvre in paperback in Britain’. But would […]

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Authors talking about books (and not their own)

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

Call me insular, but I love books about, well, books. Which is why I loved Nick Hornby’s The Complete Polysyllabic Spree – witty entries about the wonderfully diverse books he was reading – and why I’ll be adding Susan Hill’s Howards End is on the Landing – an epic journey through her plentifully stocked bookshelves […]

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Vampire mania hits again…

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

The new Twilight film New Moon premiered last week which saw screaming fans flock to Battersea Evolution – most of them, no doubt, there to catch a glimpse of heart-throb Robert Pattison (or R-Pat to use the current teen lingo…) The movie hits cinemas across the country this Friday 20 November – and so yes, […]

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Need a (dance) kick this Monday morning?

Monday, November 16th, 2009

Here is something that’s bound to bring a little ounce of joy on a Monday morning, when we could all use an extra boost. I came across this video over the weekend, which took me down memory lane. I’ve been a Fred Astaire fan since I was little. I used to record his films on […]

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Creative marketing

Friday, November 13th, 2009

I´ve been thinking lately about creative marketing –  the kind that gets people talking or forwarding on the message or video or whatever to everyone they know, without it being an obvious sell of the product. I loved, for example, Honda´s “Hate Something, Change Something” advert – and I couldn´t stop singing that tune for the rest of […]

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TANIA CROSSE UP FOR THE SUE RYDER CARE WOMEN OF ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Thursday, November 12th, 2009

Thursday 19th November, 7.00pm  Henley-on-Thames Tania Crosse, author of  numerous novels including Lily’s Journey, has been nominated for the Sue Ryder Care Women of Achievement Awards 2009 in the Arts category. The awards celebrate the success of women from across Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire and the winner will be announced at the Awards evening with […]

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iPhones (and Apps) – a justifiable extravagance?

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

A reprise from Chiara’s post last week about Apple Macs Vs. PCs: I am currently on the horns of a dilemma. To buy iPhone, or not to buy iPhone? Can I survive impending family Christmas with not only my brother but my sister-in-law-to-be showing off the latest  apps that they have downloaded? Can I bear […]

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Foggy Tuesday (time for a free trip to Paris!)

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009

I think we’ve seen the last of the fireworks (a brilliant display nearby our offices last night which we watched out of our skylight) and the end of the mild weather is now official. But before we descend into blueness and think hibernation is our only option, consider this little special which is sure to […]

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Finding inspiration in mundane things

Monday, November 9th, 2009

The other day came across this quirky blog, Shopping Losts, that turns people’s shopping lists into a little gem of design. As I admired these small pieces of work, I couldn’t help wondering who had owned each shopping list. Did it belong to a man or a woman? What kind of person likes pizza, frozen […]

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