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Save Oliver Twist’s Workhouse!

Monday, February 28th, 2011

Our office is just down the road from one of the few remaining Georgian workhouses in London – the Cleveland Street Workhouse.  However, it is currently under threat, as plans are in place to have it demolished. University College London Hospital wants to knock it down and erect an 11-storey modern building in its place. […]

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To invest or not invest in Art?

Friday, February 25th, 2011

Today, on my usual lunch-time wander, I passed the Rebecca Hossack Gallery on Charlotte Street. who happened to be having a one-day sale of some of their artists’ work. The display included a few pieces from Adam Barrow‘s limited edition Letters and Months series – quirky collages made up of postage stamps and iconic images […]

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Catrin Collier speaking at Cwmavon Library

Friday, February 25th, 2011

Wednesday 16th March, 2.00pm CWMAVON LIBRARY Catrin Collier, author of the upcoming book, Bobby’s Girl, will be talking about her writing at Cwmavon library, Depot Road, Cwmavon, Port Talbot, West Glamorgan. For more information call 01639 896 532.

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ADRIAN MAGSON SHORTLISTED FOR EAST MIDLANDS BOOK AWARD

Friday, February 25th, 2011

Thriller writer Adrian Magson has been shortlisted for the East Midlands Book Award 2010 for ‘Death on the Marais’, the first book in his new crime series set France in the 1960s and featuring Inspector Lucas Rocco.

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Anna Dean speaking at the Stockport Culture Feast

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

Saturday 22nd May, 9.30am-1.00pm STOCKPORT COLLEGE As part of this year’s Culture Feast, Stockport Libraries have organised a wonderful opportunity to hear well-known writers talk about their books and how they find the writing experience! Come and meet Anna Dean (author of acclaimed Dido Kent mystery series), Stephen Booth and Anne Chilvers and get your […]

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Adrian Magson workshop at York Festival of Writing

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

Saturday 26th March, 10.10am-11.10am UNIVERSITY OF YORK Crime and espionage novelist Adrian Magson, author of Death on the Marais, leads a workshop entitled: What’s the difference between a crime novel and a thriller? as part of the York Festival of Writing. The crime and thriller market is a huge area of sales, but has its […]

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CRIMEFEST: Panel with Zoë Sharp

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

Saturday 21st May, 11.10am–12noon CRIMEFEST: BRISTOL MARRIOTT ROYAL HOTEL Zoë Sharp, author of the acclaimed Charlie Fox thriller including the latest release Fifth Victim, joins Simon Conway, Don Winslow and Charlie Charters on a panel entitled: The Grass Is Greener: Thrillers – UK vs US. Moderated by Nick Sayers. For more info visit Crimefest.

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CRIMEFEST: Panel with Adrian Magson

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

Saturday 21st May, 10.00am-10.50am CRIMEFEST: BRISTOL MARRIOTT ROYAL HOTEL Adrian Magson, author of Death on the Marais and spy novel Red Station, joins Rory Clements, Simon Conway, Jeremy Duns on a panel entitled: Suspicion – Spies Coming in From the Cold?, moderated by Michael Ridpath. For more info visit Crimefest.

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CRIMEFEST: Panel with Rebecca Tope

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

Friday 20th May, 9.00am-9.50am CRIMEFEST: BRISTOL MARRIOTT ROYAL HOTEL Rebecca Tope, bestselling author of the Cotswold mystery series including the latest release A Grave in the Cotswolds, joins Suzette Hill, Lynn Shepherd and Roz Southey on a panel entitled: Father Goose – Unusual Job For A Sleuth. Moderated by Christine Pulson. For more info visit […]

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CRIMEFEST: Panel with Adrian Magson & Martin Edwards

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

Thursday 19th May, 4.50pm–5.40pm  CRIMEFEST: BRISTOL MARRIOTT ROYAL HOTEL Adrian Magson, author of Death on the Marais, joins Peter Guttridge, Sarah Rayne and Caroline Todd on a panel entitled: In Name Only – Forgotten Authors. Moderated by fellow A&B author Martin Edwards. For a full programme visit Crimefest.

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CRIMEFEST 2011 – THE BRISTOL CRIME CONVENTION

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

Thursday 19th – Sunday 22rd May   BRISTOL MARRIOTT ROYAL HOTEL, BRISTOL Mingle with top-notch crime writers at CRIMEFEST 2011 in Bristol for four days of talks, book signings, workshops and more killer events at the Bristol Marriot Royal Hotel, College Green, Bristol BS1 5TA. Amongst the guests are: Zoë Sharp, Martin Edwards, Rebecca Tope and […]

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War and Peace: A Summary (Book Five)

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

My summary of War and Peace, by Leo Tolstoy continues… Book Five (A time for slow reflection) Being the observant little pumpkin that he was, Tolstoy could not help but notice the tendency of couples rendered asunder to recover from their sundering in very different ways. We consequently have Helene, abandoned by chubby hubby Pierre […]

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Films and Books – do the kids rule the roost?

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

Apparently Hollywood films are being dumbed down. For every Black Swan or The King’s Speech that makes it to our screens there are far more Meet the Fockers, Twilight sagas or Toy Story empires. Kids (teens especially) make up a huge number of filmgoers (and they often go and see something more than once) so […]

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Crowdfunding – what project would you pick?

Monday, February 21st, 2011

While washing up one evening last week (not glamorous I know, but occasionally one has to take time out from the giddy social whirl) my ears perked up while listening to Radio 4’s Front Row. No, Mark Lawson was not hilariously upsetting any more touchy Hollywood stars as he memorably did last spring, instead some […]

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How to Bag a Prince

Friday, February 18th, 2011

As much as it pains me to recommend another publishers’ book, I have to give credit where credit is due. In amongst all the awful tat that is circulating with the run-up to the Royal Wedding (dishcloths, commemorative china – ho hum) Penguin has outdone itself.  Introducing the Royal Wedding: William and Kate Dress-up Dolly […]

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War and Peace: A Summary (Book Four)

Thursday, February 17th, 2011

My summary of War and Peace, by Leo Tolstoy continues… Book Four In Book Four, it is 1806, and Tolstoy’s military menfolk return from their thrashing by Bonaparte at Austerlitz to a hero’s welcome (no severe denial syndrome there), and soon find themselves thrown into a whole heap of troubles, poor darlings. Pierre’s new bride […]

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Wednesday Cover Story: A page of book covers…

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

Anna Jacobs, author of Cherry Tree Lane – the first book in her Wiltshire Girls series – has just launched her new website. Amongst the features on the website is a page simply displaying all and only her book covers –  a most colourful array of book covers I might add. Check out Anna Jacobs […]

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Close, but no cigar

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

There’s something a bit unnecessary about life-time achievement awards, or am I the only one who thinks that? A few weeks ago, Bruce Forsyth picked up a special recognition gong at the National Television Awards, which seemed to do nothing but more firmly cement to his ‘national treasure’ tag. Great actors and writers don’t always […]

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FOURTH DAY SHORTLISTED FOR BARRY AWARD

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

Fourth Day, by Zoë Sharp – the latest book in the acclaimed series featuring female bodyguard Charlie Fox – has been shortlisted for a Barry Award for Best British Novel 2011. This is the second time Sharp has been nominated for this award.

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I Was Here (reading…)

Monday, February 14th, 2011

I am back from a fabulous week of skiing and snowboarding in the Dolomites. But it wasn’t all about speeding down the slopes, hitting the Sella Ronda circuit and trying not to stack it on the way down the piste. There was also time to relax and enjoy the mountain setting… I Was Here reading […]

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