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Everyone wants a little Happiness At Work…

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

Tomorrow marks the opening of a new exhibition at the Print House Gallery in Dalston, featuring work by past and present members of the studio Happiness At Work, and including work from illustrator Harriet Russell… She also happens to be one of our authors… ‘Author of what book?’, I hear you ask… Author of Envelopes: […]

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Wednesday Cover Story: Pink is only for girls…?

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

There are two books in my house which stand out on our livingroom bookshelf for the mere fact that they are –  pink.  One is the book One Hundred Shades of White, by Preethi Nair – with a beautiful hardback cover that evokes the vibrant colours of Indian saris… and yes, that luscious pink, inequivocally […]

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An Olympic Job?

Monday, October 25th, 2010

As I go back and forth each day out of Liverpool Street station I have seen the stadium for London 2012 taking shape. I’ve been more interested in the progress of the Aquatics centre myself, as a regular(ish) paddler, and because it looks like it’s going to be a very cool building. What I’m not […]

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Halloween starts October 23rd…

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

I know it’s over a week until the 31st but in London at least, Halloween’s starting early…specifically in my case on Saturday 23rd October. I’ve already marked the date for Dr Dale‘s return to London with his hit comedy-seminar How to Survive a Zombie Apocalypse RELOADED – back at the Riverside Studios in Hammersmith this […]

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Wednesday Cover Story: Revamping the Republic

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

The acclaimed Republic trilogy, by Jack Ludlow – including The Pillars of Rome (a Top Ten bestseller), The Sword of Revenge and The Gods of War – has been a great success for us. Now the Romans are getting a revamp and so far, the first two books in the trilogy have been released with […]

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The Rise of the Fake Autobiography

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

Traditionally Christmas book promotions have been all about the celebrity memoir but over recent years their popularity seems to have waned. With a few notable exceptions – Peter Kay, Sharon Osbourne, Frankie Boyle etc – most big name autobiographies seem destined to bomb, hitting publishers extremely hard if you are to believe the insane advances […]

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Brave new book world

Monday, October 18th, 2010

You may already have spotted the news that Allison & Busby’s ebooks will very shortly be distributed by a new collaboration of independent publishers – The Faber Factory.  It’s an exciting and fast moving time for publishing, but I stumbled upon the most intriguing recent example of this the other day with a mention of […]

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Foodie forces at work today

Friday, October 15th, 2010

Today has been a bit of a food-themed day. Granted, seeing as my mind is generally food-obsessed, that probably doesn’t differentiate it from any other day, but let’s just say there were more external factors feeding into this today. I spent my morning preparing extracts from The South African Illustrated Cookbook for House & Home […]

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ZOMBIE SHOW – HARLECH

Friday, October 15th, 2010

Friday 19th November, 7.30pm THEATR, HARLECH Would you survive the rising of the undead? Catch Dr Dale (author of Dr Dale’s Zombie Dictionary) and his team of experts on their autumn tour of How to Survive a Zombie Apocalypse RELOADED – the brilliant award-winning spoof seminar (a mix of sketches, improvisation and audience question and […]

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ZOMBIE SHOW + BOOK SIGNING – HAMMERSMITH, LONDON

Friday, October 15th, 2010

Saturday 23rd October, 8.00pm    RIVERSIDE STUDIOS, LONDON Would you know how to survive the rising of the undead? Catch Dr Dale (author of Dr Dale’s Zombie Dictionary) and his team of experts, on their autumn tour of How to Survive a Zombie Apocalypse RELOADED – the brilliant award-winning spoof seminar (a mix of  sketches, improvisation […]

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ZOMBIE BOOK SIGNING – LEICESTER

Friday, October 15th, 2010

Wednesday 11th November, 10.00am-11.30am    WATERSTONE’S, LEICESTER Come and Meet Dr Dale, leader of the hit comedy seminar How to Survive a Zombie Apocalypse and author of Dr Dale’s Zombie Dictionary. Ask him anything you want about zombie survival and get a signed copy of his book at Waterstone’s, 26 Market Street, Leicester LE1 6DP. For […]

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ZOMBIE BOOK SIGNING – PRESTON

Friday, October 15th, 2010

Wednesday 27th October, 11.00am-1.00pm    WATERSTONE’S, PRESTON Come and Meet Dr Dale, leader of the hit comedy seminar How to Survive a Zombie Apocalypse and author of Dr Dale’s Zombie Dictionary. Ask him anything you want about zombie survival and get a signed copy of his book at Waterstone’s, 3-5 Fishergate, Preston PR1 3LJ. For more […]

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From knitting basics to yarn bombing

Thursday, October 14th, 2010

This past week I have been far too pleased with myself for finishing my first knitting project that is fit for human wardrobes. Granted, the recipient is about 11 weeks old, so she doesn’t have much of a voice yet in sartorial decisions regarding herself, but that hasn’t diminished my pleasure. However, a recent piece […]

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A GOODBYE TO FORMER ALLISON & BUSBY AUTHOR, CLAIRE RAYNER

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

Britain’s much-loved agony aunt, and former Allison & Busby author, Clare Rayner has passed away – leaving a legacy of achievements including the novel The Burning Summer which Allison & Busby published back in 1972.

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Wednesday Cover Story: The Finkler Question

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

So there you have it. The Finkler Question, by Howard Jacobson has just won the Man Booker Prize. (Congratulations!).  And looking back at our earlier blogs this week, perhaps we should have seen this coming?? On Monday, Lara blogged about attending a recent Man Booker author-reading event, and whilst she said she had her money […]

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Rachel Caine – What were your inspirations for Morganville?

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

Q. Hi Rachel! I’d just like to know what inspired you to do the Morganville series? I am a huge fan and I absolutely adore Claire, Eve, Micheal and Shane! Who inspired the characters? What inspired you to have the setting in Texas? I thought the bullet in The Dead Girls Dance was really clever […]

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Allison & Busby in Faber Factory partnership

Monday, October 11th, 2010

Faber has launched an exciting new digital alliance with independent publishers – The Faber Factory – of which Allison & Busby is delighted to be a part of. It aims to provide independent publishers with a comprehensive digital service which will allow them to reach a wide market.

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Betting on the Booker

Monday, October 11th, 2010

Is it me or has this year’s Man Booker prize had more publicity than usual? With controversial topics covered in Christos Tsolkias’s The Slap and Emma Donoghue’s Room, not to mention the drama last week when Ladbrokes ceased betting on the prize when it looked like Tom McCarthy’s C was getting all the attention, this […]

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Publishing is a mad business

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

Publishers are a bit of a crazy bunch. And if proof was needed that this is indeed the case, take the following three exhibits: 1) The Bloomsbury hit video If you didn’t catch this the other week – shame on you for not following our Tweets! (If you wish to rectify this, follow us Twitter […]

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Adrian Magson visits Old Hall Books, Bracknell

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

Friday 8th October, 11.00am   OLD HALL BOOKS, BRACKNELL Adrian Magson, author of Death on the Marais – the first book in a brand new Lucas Rocco Series set in rural France in the 1960s – will visiting Old Hall Books (32 Market Place, Brackley, Northants, NN13 7DP) together with fellow local author Tom Macauley. They […]

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