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Morganville Vampires: The Big Picture…

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

There’s nothing I like more than a visit to the cinema. Big comfy seat, a bag full of my vice of choice (chocolate covered raisins) and a story unfolding on a huge screen – perfect. However, I might be slightly odd in that my favourite part of the cinema experience is usually the 20 minutes […]

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How good is your eyesight? Spot the book!

Friday, May 27th, 2011

It’s always a little thrill to see our books featured in unusual places – caught on camera behind a TV presenter, in a poster that we didn’t commission… in a photograph promoting the launch of a new optometrist office… Yes, that’s right. We just got word that Stop Me, by Richard Jay Parker has featured […]

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Victorian Murder Mystery Evening in Douglas

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

Saturday 25th June, 7.30pm NOBLES PARK PAVILLION, DOUGLAS Here’s a chance to see your Lake District mystery author doing something a little bit different… Come and enjoy an evening performance of Martin Edwards’ terrific Victorian Murder Mystery: Who Killed George Hargrave. There will also be a Q&A between Martin and local Manx Radio presenter Bob […]

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REBECCA TOPE’S COTSWOLD TOUR

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

Rebecca Tope, author of the bestselling Cotswold mystery series will be going on a mini tour of the Cotswolds this June. Come and find her at Waterstone’s Chelthenham, Witney, Gloucester and Worcester.

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Wednesday Cover Story: Using the old to inspire the new…

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

In March 2001 Allison & Busby republished the classic novel Absolute Beginners, by Colin MacInnes – first published in 1959 and now required reading in many undergraduate literature courses. The cover to that edition can be seen below – and the strong red, white and blue colouring and bullseye shape was cleverly reused on the […]

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Carol Anne Davis book signing in Weston-Super-Mare

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

Saturday 4th June, 1.00pm-3.00pm  WATERSTONE’S, WESTON-SUPER-MARE Come and meet Carol Anne Davis, author of the bestselling Who Kill series, who will be signing copies of her books including her latest release Doctors Who Kill, at Waterstone’s, Sovereign Centre, Weston-Super-Mare, BS23 1HL. For more information call the bookshop on 01934 642 588.

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Sugar and spice and all things nice…

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

Anyone who has met up with me in the past few months will be more than aware of the fact that I am a very proud Auntie. I am taking my responsibilities extremely seriously and understand that this involves me badgering complete strangers to look at cute pictures and, most important of all, assembling a […]

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Veg out on veg this week

Monday, May 23rd, 2011

It is a fairly recognised fact that plant-based foods are the healthiest foods for our bodies and I try to incorporate quite a few vegetarian meals into my culinary week. So, whilst leafing through Morrisons’ free magazine, which I happened to pick up over the weekend, I was delighted to come across a snippet of […]

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Bloody Brilliant Marketing

Friday, May 20th, 2011

One evening last week, following a blood donation appointment, a vivid splatter of blood caught my eye on the undergound. Don’t worry, I wasn’t being picked off à la Morganville after ‘paying my taxes’, it was this rather bold poster advertising Charlaine Harris’ latest Sookie Stackhouse novel, Dead Reckoning. And in a nice little touch, […]

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War and Peace: A Summary (The Epilogues)

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

My summary of War and Peace, by Leo Tolstoy continues… The Epilogues Well, my Tolstoyan brethren, it has taken three months of reading and five months of blogging. But now, at last, the inkwell has run dry, the poor paper-merchant is made redundant, and Mrs Tolstoy’s pleas for attention may finally be satisfied: for it […]

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Catrin Collier at the Cowbridge Literary Festival

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

Saturday 21st May, 10.00am – 11.00am    OLD HALL, COWBRIDGE Catrin Collier, author of the upcoming book Bobby’s Girl, will be speaking at the Old Hall Adult Education Centre in Cowbridge, as part of the Cowbridge Literary Festival (20 – 22 May) Tickets £4. For more information visit the Cowbridge Literary Festival website.

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Wednesday Cover Story: Why change cover design mid-series?

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

We recently received the comment below from one of our readers, in light of the new cover design for Gale Force, Book 6 in the Weather Warden series, by Rachel Caine and we thought our Wednesday Cover Story would be a good place to address this issue. From Sammy (reader and fan of the Weather […]

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Martin Edwards speaking at Gladstone’s Library

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

Thursday 28th July, 8.00pm    GLADSTONE’S LIBRARY, HAWARDEN Come and meet Martin Edwards, author of the acclaimed Lake District mysteries, as he celebrates the launch of his new book, The Hanging Wood, at Gladstone’s Library, Church Lane, Hawarden, Flintshire, CH5 3DF. He will be giving a talk and reading, taking questions from the audience and signing […]

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Anna Dean and Zoë Sharp speaking at Kendal Library

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

Wednesday 15th June, 7.30pm     KENDAL LIBRARY As part of National Crime Writing Week Cumbrian crime-writers Anna Dean (author of the Dido Kent mysteries), Zoë Sharp (author of the Charlie Fox thrillers), Diane Janes and Matt Hilton will be talking about their books and the importance of libraries within our communities at Kendal Library, Strickland […]

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Adrian Magson book signing in Northampton

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

Saturday 25th June, 11.00am – 1.00pm (approx)  WATERSTONE’S, NORTHAMPTON Come and meet crime-writer Adrian Magson, author of Death on the Marais (the first book in the new Lucas Rocco series) who will be mingling with customers and signing copies of his books at Waterstone’s, 17-19 Abington Street, Northampton, NN1 2AN. For more info contact the […]

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A nostalgic day out exploring classic war stories for children

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

This weekend my cousin and his family are coming to visit. He has two little angels of 8 and 10 years old. Well, they are little angels until boredom/hunger sets in – but then again, the same could be said about me. So in an effort to keep them entertained, and also avoid traipsing through […]

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Adrian Magson at the Witney Book Festival

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

Saturday 18th June, 7.00pm    THE CORN EXCHANGE, WITNEY Celebrate the Witney Book Festival (17 – 19 June) and come and meet crime writer Adrian Magson, author of Death on the Marais (the first book in the captivating new Lucas Rocco series). He will be interviewed by crime and mystery reviewer, Ayo Onatade, and be signing […]

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Alex Wheatle at the Stoke Newington Literary Festival

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

Sunday 5th June, 2.00pm  ABNEY PUBLIC HALL, LONDON N16 As part of the Stoke Newington Literary Festival (3 – 5 June), Alex Wheatle, author of the cult classic Brixton Rock and Island Songs will be giving a talk with Courttia Newland at Abney Public Hall, 73a Stoke Newington Church Street, London N16 0AS. Together, they […]

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Rebecca Tope’s Cotswold Tour – Worcester Literary Festival

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

Friday 24th June, 12noon     WATERSTONE’S, WORCESTER As part of the Worcestershire Literary Festival (17th – 27th June),  Rebecca Tope, author of the bestselling Cotswold mystery series, will be signing copies of her books at Waterstone’s, Unit D, City Arcade, The Shambles, Worcester, WR1 2QJ. For more information call the bookshop on 0843 290 8705.

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Rebecca Tope’s Costwold Tour – Gloucester

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

Friday 17th June, 7.00pm    WATERSTONE’S, GLOUCESTER Come and meet Rebecca Tope, author of the bestselling Cotswold mystery series, for a crime-filled evening as she gives a talk and reading, and signs copies of her books at Waterstone’s, 13-15 Eastgate Street, Gloucester GL1 1NS. For more information call the bookshop on 01452 422 464.

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