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Friday, January 29th, 2010

Never one to shy away from any kind of excuse for festivity, I am happy to broadcast that today is my birthday. On this note, I confess that I am terrible at remembering other people’s birthdays. And when I do remember it’s usually on the actual day and too late to be able to send a proper […]

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Love is in the air?

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

How cool – this coming Valentines weekend I will be toasting some very good friends tying the knot ‘up north’. I’m usually terrible at remembering days like this and, unlike my other half, am much more likely to be the one picking up some tired looking ‘gift’ in the corner shop than he is. So, […]

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Happy Australia Day!

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

G’day cobbers – today is Australia Day! I am always reminded of this since my Aussie boyfriend never lets this day pass without due fanfare. In fact, we had a pre-Aussie day BBQ this weekend – replete with bottles of Crown Lager, marinated prawns on the barbie, Aussie snacks such as Burger Rings, Shapes and In a Biskit Dixie Drumsticks, as […]

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Do you know your book covers?

Monday, January 25th, 2010

Copies of The Bookseller take a ridiculously long time to circulate in the A&B office (I’m one of the worst culprits – I think I may have a December copy still lurking in my intray somewhere). In the ‘latest’ edition (dated 8th January) that has just crossed my desk, I found a great competition for […]

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Word-play and word-rewind…

Friday, January 22nd, 2010

I love clever word games, play on words etc – and this video takes the biscuit. A palindrome reads the same backwards as forward. This video reads the exact opposite backwards as forward. It was submitted by a 20-year-old in contest entitled “u @ 50” (run by AARP ) and I think it is simply brilliant. (Make sure […]

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Rebecca Tope booksigning in Moreton-in-Marsh

Thursday, January 21st, 2010

Saturday 13th February, 10.30am THE COTSWOLD BOOKSTORE, MORETON-IN-MARSH Rebecca Tope, author of the bestselling Cotswold mstery series, will be signing her new paperback, Slaughter in the Cotswolds, at the lovely Cotswold Bookstore, 20 High Street, Moreton-in-Marsh GL56 0AF. For more information call the bookshop on 01608 652666.

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Alanna Knight at Reader’s Day, Bedford Library

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

Saturday 12th June, 10.00am-4.00pm    BEDFORD CENTRAL LIBRARY As part of the Bedford Literary Festival, acclaimed author Alanna Knight will discuss crime-writing in general and her popular Inspector Faro and Rose McQuinn mysteries – including her latest releases Murder in Paradise and Quest for a Killer – at the Reader’s Day at Bedford Central Library, […]

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Alanna Knight speaking at Bedford Library

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

Monday 7th June, 2.15pm    BEDFORD CENTRAL LIBRARY Come and meet Scottish crime-writer Alanna Knight who will be discussing historical crime at the Bedford Literary Festival. She will be talking about her acclaimed mysteries featuring Inspector Faro and Rose McQuinn, including her latest releases Murder in Paradise and Quest for a Killer , at Bedford […]

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‘Crime in the City’ with Alanna Knight, in Edinburgh

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

RESCHEDULED! New Date TBC    BLACKHALL LIBRARY, EDINBURGH Come and meet Scottish crime-writer Alanna Knight who will be discussing historical crime set in Edinburgh and her own books, including her latest release Quest for a Killer, at Blackhall Library 56 Hillhouse Road, Edinburgh, EH4 5EG. For more information contact the library on 0131 529 5595.

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In the jungle…

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

There must be something in the water – following hard on the heels of Chiara’s trip to see Chicago, I went to see The Lion King and came bounding out of the Lyceum theatre on Saturday with a whole raft of Disney’s best songs ricocheting around my head. And when I’m not fully-conscious of it, […]

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When Customer Service fails…

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

I should have had Broadband up and running in my house by now. I spent over two hours on the phone with Talk Talk‘s Customer Service last night to find out why it had not been installed as yet. It was a call which involved being passed round every one of their departments, sitting in […]

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Sarah Grazebrook at WI event in Whitstable

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

Wednesday 17th November 10.30am    UNITED REFORMED CHURCH, WHITSTABLE Author Sarah Grazebrookwill be meeting members of the Women’s Institute at the United Reformed Church Hall, High Street, Whitstable, CT5 1AY.  She will be talking about and reading from her novel Crooked Pieces, which revolves around the suffragette movement and the Pankhurst women, and also signing […]

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Sarah Grazebrook at WI event in Ringwould

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

Monday 13th September 3.00pm    RINGWOULD VILLAGE HALL, KENT Author Sarah Grazebrookwill be meeting members of the Women’s Institute at Ringwould Village Hall, CT14.  She will be talking about and reading from her novel Crooked Pieces, which revolves around the suffragette movement and the Pankhurst women, and also signing copies of the book. If you […]

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Sarah Grazebrook at WI event in Wye

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

Monday 12th July 8.00pm    WYE VILLAGE HALL, KENT Author Sarah Grazebrookwill be meeting members of the Women’s Institute at Wye Village Hall, Kent.  She will be talking about and reading from her novel Crooked Pieces, which revolves around the suffragette movement and the Pankhurst women, and also signing copies of the book. If you […]

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Sarah Grazebrook at WI event in Ashford

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

Thursday 1st April 10.30am    ASHFORD BAPTIST CHURCH Author Sarah Grazebrook will be meeting members of the Women’s Institute at the Ashford Baptist Church, Saint John’s Lane, Ashford, TN23 1PS. She will be talking about and reading from her novel Crooked Pieces, which revolves around the suffragette movement and the Pankhurst women, and also signing […]

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Sarah Grazebrook at WI event in Brenzett

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

Monday 8th February, 8.00pm    BRENZETT VILLAGE HALL Author Sarah Grazebrook will be meeting members of the Women’s Institute at Brenzett Village Hall, Brenzett, TN29 9UN. She will be talking about and reading from her novel Crooked Pieces, which revolves around the suffragette movement and the Pankhurst women, and also signing copies of the book. […]

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Sleep Talkin’ Man

Monday, January 18th, 2010

“I’m baking pillows. Burn them slowly, keeps them fluffy! Mmmmmm, pillows.” During a dinner with friends on Friday night we somehow got on to the topic of sleeptalking. My friend’s boyfriend insists that she laughs in her sleep, sometimes so much that she wakes herself up. I thought that makes a nice change from the […]

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Why delete one of the best songs?

Friday, January 15th, 2010

Last week I went to see the musical Chicago at the Cambridge Theatre (and now consequently break out into renditions of Mr Cellophane and All that Jazz when feeling bored). I’d recently rewatched the movie version so the songs were all familiar to me – except for one that is,  the one about ‘class’. And it’s probably my […]

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What do you mean?

Thursday, January 14th, 2010

Sometimes the written word can be misread or misinterpreted. And there are some things that really shouldn’t be left open to interpretation. When my Yahoo News bulletin flashed up an article from SkyNews about a Japanese student who was arrested after driving for four miles with the body of an 80-year-old pensioner lodged in her […]

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Worms on order

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

One of my friends bought me this book for Christmas and considering the snowy weather keeping us indoors all weekend, I got to reading. We had a fairly successful summer last year of growing a few of our own vegetables and tomatoes – even now some of our herbs seem to be resolutely battling through […]

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