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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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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, […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


More from Anthony Burgess

Monday, May 16th, 2011

If you’re a big fan of an author who is now longer with us there’s that disappointing moment when you realise that there is nothing, nada, rien, more to read by them and nothing more in the pipeline. The metaphorical bookshelf has been ransacked and is empty. So good news for devotees of Anthony Burgess […]


Could The Hoff be anything but The Hoff?

Friday, May 13th, 2011

I believe it is a universal fact that everyone will have some kind of reaction to the mention of two simple words. And the words are: The Hoff. Whether you can bear to admit it or not, the man has become an icon. Yes, I watched Knightrider. Yes, I watched Baywatch (the early series), yet […]


Wednesday Cover Story: Sneak peek of last Lake District Mystery reprint

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

Anyone who is a fan of Martin Edward’s Lake District mysteries will know they’ve recently been given a revamp with striking new covers (very neon colouring – I love it!). The new look for The Serpent Pool prompted the redesign of the previous titles in the series beginning with The Coffin Trail and the The […]


Have you got a better title?

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

There’s something of an occupational hazard to working in the publishing industry – it becomes harder to treat a work of fiction as a complete, inviolable entity.


Happy Birthday Eeyore!

Monday, May 9th, 2011

I spent last weekend scouring Winnie-the-Pooh books looking for catchy phrases to use for a friend’s baby shower, her nursery theme being that of the AA Milne classic. There was a fair amount to choose from, not all of it quite right for writing on the little hunny pot party favours, but I still spent […]


Writers and a Wage

Friday, May 6th, 2011

I won’t be the first to say that for many authors, writing is not a very profitable line of work. When a book really works, it REALLY works but the number of books published every year (151,969 in 2010 according to Nielsen), nay every week, point us to a more accurate picture. Which is why […]


War and Peace: A Summary (Books Thirteen to Fifteen)

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

My summary of War and Peace, by Leo Tolstoy continues… Books Thirteen to Fifteen The French are in Moscow and the Russians are without, vacillating between activity and lethargy, apparently on the brink of disintegration, suddenly propelling themselves uncompelled into attacks on the invaders. Kutusov is not a happy pensioner. His commanders delay when they […]


Wednesday Cover Story: How we came to talk about The Postmistress covers

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

Working in book publishing and in open plan office, it is natural that at some point in the week (possibly day) we will talk about a cover to a book – one of ours or one from another publisher.  Exactly how we might end up talking about a particular cover may vary… It could be […]


French Summer Plans?

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

With the May bank holiday break behind us (and the inevitable post-holiday blues) it’s time to look forward towards the summer. If you’re planning a summer escape and fancy something away from the thronging hordes and lager louts, perhaps the south of France is for you? I’m currently inspired by the upcoming women’s fiction title, […]


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