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Zombies at the office

Monday, January 31st, 2011

Having spent a good few weeks of my autumn working away on Dr Dale’s Zombie Quiz app, an accompaniment to his hilarious book Dr Dale’s Zombie Dictionary, I feel like my eyes and brain have been attuned to the rather gorier tid-bits one finds on the internet, I’m attracting stuff like a magnet now! And […]

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A tribute to translators

Friday, January 28th, 2011

Today I saw the longlist for The 2011 BTBA Fiction Longlist. I am lucky in that I know four languages – the perks of coming from an international background (or, how my other-half ‘endearingly’ puts it, “being a mutt”). And I do love languages, all with their own unique rhythms, inflections, tones and expressions. So […]

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War and Peace: A Summary (Book Two)

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

And so we continue now with my précis of War and Peace, by Leo Tolstoy. BOOK TWO Peace shifts to War in Book Two, and so there is much parading of troops and inspections by generals, and many assurances that the Russian troops are not only confident in their ability to defeat the enemy, but […]

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Wednesday Cover Story: Extra! Extra! Read all about it!

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

We are very impressed with the innovative design for these obscure H G Wells titles recently republished by Orion in hardback. (Georgina spotted them at The British Library on the weekend). The title and author name features as a newspaper headline and the usual details on the back cover (bar code, price, publisher etc) are […]

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Happy Burns’ Night

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

Burns’ Night (today 25 January) isn’t really my kind of shindig. There’s whisky for one thing, of which I love the smell but can’t stomach at all, and then there’s haggis (repress shudder and move on). And while a raucous célidh might be tempting, I’ll take pity on any prospective dance partners’ toes and bow […]

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Campaign to Save Our Libraries continues

Monday, January 24th, 2011

As the Save Our Libraries campaign continues, celebrities too have shown their support. Everyone from Tony Christie, Joanna Trollope and Philip Pullman are up in arms at the cuts, and big names such as Julian Fellowes and Kate Mosse (author, not supermodel) are putting together a Save our Libraries Campaign film. It’s heartening to see […]

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The Devil makes work for idle hands…

Friday, January 21st, 2011

Well, in this case, the little Devil is rather ingenious. I’m a huge fan of the likes of Stomp and Tap Dogs, and now have come across this brilliant video by the Up and Over It dance duo (who have toured with the likes of the Riverdance troupe) with their innovative take on Irish Dance.  […]

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SPOTLIGHT ON THE LAND GIRLS

Friday, January 21st, 2011

The award-winning series Land Girls returned to BBC1 with five new episodes. Missed it? Catch any of the episodes on BBCiplayer, or delve into more Land Girl drama with Julia Stoneham’s acclaimed books.

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War and Peace: A Summary (Book One)

Thursday, January 20th, 2011

Following my public declaration that I would read the epic tome War and Peace, by Leo Tolstoy and summarise it for others in our blog, here is proof that I have not given up on my 2011 resolution (yet) and proudly present you with the first installment: BOOK ONE It is 1805, and to the […]

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Wednesday Cover Story: Sneak preview of Alice’s Girls cover

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

Here’s a sneak-peek at the upcoming cover to Alice’s Girls (out in hardback March 2011) – the third book in a series about a group of Land Girls on a Devonshire farm. Written by Julia Stoneham, whose mother ran a Land Army hostel in Devon, the book follows Muddy Boots & Silk Stockings and The […]

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The scent of an e-book…

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

The e-book revolution is well and truly underway with Amazon reporting that the Kindle is its best selling product of all time (read article in the Guardian) – yes, that includes the final Harry Potter. But there are still those who have not bought in to the hype. They are the ones who stand by […]

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A bestselling birthday…

Monday, January 17th, 2011

What do The Return of the Jedi, The Name of the Rose and Jane Fonda’s Workout Book all have in common? Not a lot you would be right in thinking, except for the fact that they all graced the New York Times Bestseller lists the week I was born. Was I born under an (in)auspicious […]

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Introducing the gorgeous Linnea Design diaries

Friday, January 14th, 2011

What a nice Friday treat – my 2011 Linnea Design Diary arrived in the post for me today! You wouldn’t think a diary could bring someone so much pleasure, but these limited edition diaries are always gorgeous and this year’s edition is particularly beautiful. Each page shows a full month (which I find very useful) […]

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Adrian Magson on BBC Radio Oxford

Friday, January 14th, 2011

Tuesday 18th January, 1.00pm  BBC RADIO OXFORD Catch crime author Adrian Magson live on BBC Radio Oxford 92.5fm with presenter Jo Thoenes for an interview about career as a writer and his new book Death on the Marais, the first in a brand new Lucas Rocco series set in rural France in the 1960s.

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Zombie Expert Dr Dale at SFX Weekender 2

Thursday, January 13th, 2011

Thursday 3rd – Saturday 5th Feb      SFX WEEKENDER 2, CAMBER SANDS Amongst the galaxy of guests, panels and signings at 2011’s SFX Weekender 2, you will find the one man who might actually save your bacon one day. Dr Dale, author of Dr Dale’s Zombie Dictionary will be running his award-winning How To Survive […]

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Wednesday Cover Story: Was the old man a winner or loser?

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011

A few months ago we featured the four covers to Stephen King’s new book Under The Dome and questioned which book would have the most appeal. Well, I set about buying a copy as a gift just before Christmas and walked into Waterstone’s High Street Kensington only to find they only had the cover with […]

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Anna Dean runs workshop in Kendal

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

Thursday 10th February, 101.45am – 3.15pm   CUMBRIA COUNTY RECORD OFFICE, KENDEL Historical mystery writer Anna Dean, author of the acclaimed Dido Kent series, will be leading a workshop in the Cumbria County Record Offices, Kendal, LA9 4RQ. The workshop will explore eighteenth and nineteenth century letters and diaries, and examine the ways they can […]

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Anna Dean at Ulverston’s Word Market Festival

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

Saturday 5th February, 7.00pm            LANTERN HOUSE, ULVERSTON Anna Dean, author of the Dido Kent mysteries will be appearing at Ulverston’s Word Market Festival, at the Lantern House, Ulverston, Cumbria, LA12 0AA. She will be talking about how interesting letters and diaries found in local archive collections have influenced her work. For more information call […]

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Bookie-quiz for a rainy lunchtime…

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

On a rainy lunchtime, while eating one’s BLT (uninspired and in danger of being trampled underfoot in Tescos at lunchtime, I made an autopilot lunch grab) what one needs is a bit of mental stimulation to chase the cobwebs away. And while browsing The Bookseller’s website I found just the thing – Bent’s Invisibooks (second […]

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The Mystery & Crime Weekend at St Hilda’s, Oxford

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

Friday 19th – Sunday 21st August  ST HILDA’S COLLEGE, OXFORD Come and mingle with top-notch crime authors at the annual St Hilda’s crime conference whose theme this year in The Anatomy of Justice. Amongst the writers speaking at the event are Martin Edwards, Edward Marston, Penelope Evans and Cath Staincliffe. The conference takes place at […]

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