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Wednesday Cover Story: The Devil’s in the detail…

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

There are definitely times when I’d happily hang a book cover on my wall or I take to displaying it front cover outwards on the bookshelf and The Children’s Book by A.S. Byatt is definitely one of those. Not only does it ‘fit’ so well with the story inside, of an Edwardian mother and author […]

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The Jedward craze continues

Monday, March 29th, 2010

It’s coming up to Easter – a time to celebrate new life. Spring time means saying goodbye to the old and embracing the new. This would be easier if some things weren’t so persistent. It seems Jedward, the tune-challenged twins from the X Factor, are not only here to stay but they’re branching out into […]

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Long live the independent bookshop!

Friday, March 26th, 2010

These days we are sadly more accustomed to hearing the news of yet another independent bookshop closing, so it’s always heartening to hear news of ones that are thriving, relaunching or opening! This month saw the launch of the Slightly Foxed bookshop on Gloucester Road (formerly known as The Gloucester Road Bookshop). Like the quarterly […]

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Turn your spring cleaning into cash!

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

It’s that time of the year when the daffs are out, the mornings are brighter and the sunshine streaming through the windows convinces you it’s truly spring – and also highlights the need to clean the windows…  Yes, it’s Spring Cleaning Time. Now, I’m a complete hoarder and it takes a lot to convince me […]

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KIDNAPPING RONNIE LOOKS SET TO BE A MAJOR FILM

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

Optimum Releasing, the distributors for the Oscar-winning film The Hurt Locker, have taken a second option on the film rights for Kidnapping Ronnie, by Patrick King & Tudor Gates.

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Wednesday Cover Story: Remarkable Creatures, by Tracy Chevalier

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

I have a soft spot for book covers. I’m the first to admit that I’ve been coaxed into reading a book purely on the basis of its cover.  Or indeed been put off by it. And I know I’m not the only one.  So, I’ve decided to run a regular slot each week: Wednesday’s Cover […]

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Chips with everything!

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

About this time last year, when the snow was thick on the streets of London, I walked to work through some eerily quiet streets – pleasant crunching of white underfoot. Until that is, I neared Tottenham Street and my path onward was hampered by tape and a policeman directing me back the other way. Gigs, […]

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Recommending War Horse

Thursday, March 18th, 2010

Last night I went to see War Horse.  If you enjoy the theatre and haven’t seen it yet, all I can say is: Go see it.  It is so wonderfully original, so very moving, and of course, there are the wonderful horses. These beasts, made of wire, paper and wood, are brought to life on […]

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Talk on the Tradition of British Thriller Writing

Thursday, March 18th, 2010

Friday 19th March, 7.00pm – 9.00pm. Thriller writers Richard Jay Parker, Zoë Sharp and Matt Lynn will be discussing the return of the great British thriller at Allestree Library.

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Actress Susan Wooldridge at St John’s Wood Library, London

Thursday, March 18th, 2010

Wednesday 16th June, 7.00pm – 8.00pm St JOHN’S WOOD LIBRARY, LONDON NW8 British actress Susan Wooldridge will be discussing her debut novel at The Hidden Dance, at St John’s Wood Library, 20 Circus Road, London, NW8 6PD. For more information contact the libarary on 020 76411300

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Actress Susan Wooldridge at East Sheen Library, London

Thursday, March 18th, 2010

Friday 14th May, 3.00pm – 4.30pm EAST SHEEN LIBRARY, LONDON SW14 British actress Susan Wooldridge will be talking about her debut novel, The Hidden Dance, at East Sheen Library, Sheen Lane Centre, London SW14 8LP. Tickets £1 including refreshments. Booking essential via any Richmond Library or call 020 8876 8801.

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Mike Ripley at the Reading Festival of Crime Writing

Thursday, March 18th, 2010

Saturday 18 September, 4pm READING TOWN HALL Mike Ripley, author of the popular Angel crime series, will be speaking on a Comedy Panel at the Reading Festival of Crime Writing (16 – 19th Sept) in the Victoria Hall, Reading Town Hall, Blagrave Street, Reading RG1 1QH. For more information contact Madeleine Bentley on 0118 9015946.

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The Curzon Group trio at the Reading Festival of Crime Writing

Thursday, March 18th, 2010

Sunday 19 September, 3pm    READING TOWN HALL Thriller writers Richard Jay Parker, Elizabeth Corley, and Zoë Sharp (all members of The Curzon Group) will be speaking at the Reading Festival of Crime Writing (16 – 19th Sept) in the Waterhouse Room, Reading Town Hall, Blagrave Street, Reading RG1 1QH. For more information contact Madeleine Bentley […]

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Rebecca Tope at the Reading Festival of Crime Writing

Thursday, March 18th, 2010

Friday 17 September, 3.15pm READING TOWN HALL Rebecca Tope, author of the bestselling Cotswold mystery series, will be speaking with Ann Granger at the Reading Festival of Crime Writing (16 – 19th Sept) in the Waterhouse Room, Reading Town Hall, Blagrave Street, Reading RG1 1QH. For more information contact festival organiser Madeleine Bentley on 0118 […]

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Crimefest event: Criminal Mastermind Quiz

Thursday, March 18th, 2010

Sunday 23rd May, 12.30pm – 1.30pm BRISTOL MARRIOTT ROYAL HOTEL Criminal Mastermind Quiz! Test your knowledge of crime by joining authors Martin Edwards, Cara Black, Ali Karim and other crime writers for Crimefest’s popular quiz, led by quizmaster Maxim Jakubowski. For more information visit www.crimefest.com

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Crimefest Event: The Good, the Bad & the Ugly of Writing Crime

Thursday, March 18th, 2010

Sunday 23rd May, 10.00am-10.50am  BRISTOL MARRIOTT ROYAL HOTEL (Room 2) Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll: The Business of Telling Lies – the Good, the Bad & the Ugly of Writing Crime. Panel includes: Martin Edwards (author of the Lake District series), Joan Brady, Peter Guttridge and Yrsa Sigudardottir. Moderator: Anne Zouroudi. For more […]

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Crimefest Event: Page to Screen

Thursday, March 18th, 2010

Sunday 23rd May, 10.00am – 10.50am      BRISTOL MARRIOTT ROYAL HOTEL (Room 1) Transmission: Page to Screen – Authors With Experience of Both. Panel includes: Cath Stincliffe (author of the Blue Murder series which was featured on ITV), Mike Hodges, Bill James and Girogio Faletti. Moderator: Simon Brett. For more information visit www.crimefest.com

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Crimefest Event: Debut Authors

Thursday, March 18th, 2010

Saturday 22nd May, 10.00am – 10.50am BRISTOL MARRIOTT ROYAL HOTEL (Room 1) All the Young Punks: Debut Authors. Panel includes: Richard Jay Parker (author of the debut Stop Me), Mike Hodges, Diane Janes, and Tim Weaver. Moderator: Marcel Berlins. For more information visit www.crimefest.com

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Crimefest & Bristol Festival’s Special Screening of Get Carter

Thursday, March 18th, 2010

Friday 21st May, 7.30pm      ARNOLFINI CONTEMPORARY ARTS CENTRE, BRISTOL The Bristol Festival of Ideas & Crimefest will present a special screening of Get Carter, with screen-writer Mike Hodges in conversation. It will take place at the Arnolfini Contemporary Arts Centre, 16 Narrow Quay, Bristol BS1 4QA. For more information visit www.crimefest.com

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Crimefest Event: Grimly Fiendish

Thursday, March 18th, 2010

Friday 21st May, 11.20am – 12.10am BRISTOL MARRIOTT ROYAL HOTEL (Room 1) Grimly Fiendish: whatever that means! Panel includes: Zoë Sharp (author of the popular Charlie Fox series), Chris Ewan, Helen Fitzgerald, Steve Mosby. Moderator: Donna Moore. For more information visit www.crimefest.com

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