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Thursday, June 30th, 2011

In our weekly meeting debating hyphens and curly apostrophes, I’m afraid to admit I switched off for a minute and daydreamed about the proofreading ‘effort’ required for this book: Currently outselling Dan Brown’s Da Vince Code and JK Rowling’s Order of the Phoenix (admittedly neither book are exactly at their peak at the moment), What […]

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Wednesday Cover Story: Working the Trend

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

It a very very common current trend to play with parched-paper/sepia-like backgrounds and the dark sillhouette of a figure, in order to create an evocative book cover. Let’s take Jed Rubenfeld’s The Interpretation of Murder, and the Shadow of the Wind, by Carlos Ruiz Zafón to name but a few.  But there’s one cover following […]

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Optimism, it’s a beautiful thing

Monday, June 27th, 2011

Tube advertising isn’t often the most riveting of art forms, particularly if you travel the same route day in and day out, and fall into the habit as I do of getting on and off in pretty much the same points on the platforms. So it’s nice when something does jump out at you among […]

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Escape to the Italian countryside…

Friday, June 24th, 2011

I’ve just come back from four days in and around Perugia in Umbria scouting out possible wedding venues and I have to say, it is the perfect excuse to go visit some gorgeous places you might otherwise never have had reason to come across.  In fact, forget the wedding, I now have a list of […]

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Embrace an indie!

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

While Independent Booksellers’ Week is in full flow, the Guardian are flagging up the humble/brave/nimble (choose your favourite adjective – mine, ‘nimble’) small publishers and presses out there also doing their thang. Read the article here… And it just so happens that last night saw me speaking at the IPG Digital Quarterly meeting at Faber […]

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Wednesday Cover Story: Would you agree with Dazed and Confused?

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

We have recently republished the great classic Absolute Beginners, by Colin MacInnes and it was picked up by Dazed and Confused magazine who featured our rerelease in their July issue (currently on sale). We get top marks from the mag – ‘big-ups and all kudos to A&B’ – for bringing this London ‘yoof novel‘ back […]

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Knight, Patriot, Physician & Man of Letters…

Monday, June 20th, 2011

A friend who is searching for a unique name for her baby, has decided to eschew the usual baby name books, and instead decided on a slightly less conventional approach: visiting graveyards for inspiration! When visiting the The New Forest last weekend, she convinced me to accompany her on one of her graveyard visits, her […]

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The A&B should-be-reading holiday reads

Thursday, June 16th, 2011

I spent last week lazing away on holiday. I know, lucky me, but one day back in the office and it feels like I never left. I think the tan faded as soon as I saw my inbox. But back to the holiday. In an effort to switch off I did as little as possible, […]

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Wednesday Cover Story: Jacqueline Winspear’s Maisie Dobbs series

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

Time for a bit of a trumpet fanfare as we are now the proud publishers of Jacqueline Winspear and her New York Times bestselling Maisie Dobbs series! We will be publishing The Mapping of Love and Death (the 7th book in the series) in hardback this November, followed by A Lesson in Secrets in March […]

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The Gender Question again…

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

Lesley-Anne’s blog and VS Naipaul‘s rather silly claim that he can tell, from just a few paragraphs whether the words were written by a male or female hand, reminded me of one of the Washington Post‘s brilliant competitions, where people were asked to assign a gender to specific nouns (in the way foreign languages have […]

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Take the Naipaul test…

Monday, June 13th, 2011

While I was on holiday the other week I came across an article about VS Naipaul’s recent comments about women writers. That he had the infinite gall to say that writing by women is ‘unequal’ to him is bad enough, but that he picked on Jane Austen in particular was sure to get my goat. […]

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The legacy of Olga da Polga

Friday, June 10th, 2011

One of my most memorable moments working for Allison & Busby was a lunch we had with Michael Bond, author of the Monsieur Pamplemousse crime series, but better-known as the creator of Paddington Bear. However, whilst his Paddington Bear fame would instill awe in any former child, the real thrill for me came when, through […]

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Wednesday Cover Story: Ah, those 70′s covers…

Wednesday, June 8th, 2011

I spent an enteraining half-hour at my parents house recently, browsing their library for something to read. I ended up homeing in on a shelf of old 70s paperbacks and amusing myself for a while looking at their covers.  The cover that took the biscuit was that of The Navigator, by Morris West (pictured below) […]

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Inspired by the railways…

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

This morning saw us talking about trains. Now, this would usually mean we were talking about author Edward Marston and his hugely popular Railway Detective series, but in this instance the subject arose because Susie had found herself watching an episode of Time Shift on BBC4 last night, entitled Between the Lines – Railways in […]

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An appetite for books

Monday, June 6th, 2011

Working in publishing, it’s safe to assume that my love affair with books has been a long-standing one. From a very early age, I devoured every book that was made available to me. I was on first name terms with the ladies at my local library and read, borrowed and stole (from my parents’ shelves) […]

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Athletes, Seinfeld and Friday Laughs

Friday, June 3rd, 2011

I found out this week that I have failed to get any Olympic tickets. Ok, I did go for some very popular heats (swimming finals, gymnastic finals, athletics etc) but I figured I’d at least get a good shot at getting some to table tennis. But no. Nada. So, whilst I have failed in my […]

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Wednesday Cover Story: One Day it’ll be over…

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011

Is it just me, or is anyone else getting just a tad weary of seeing One Day, by David Nicholls everywhere? Granted, I’m sure that if we published the book, I’d have no issue with this at all and would find it simply marvellous to spot it in yet another commuter’s hands. But seeing as […]

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  • Currently we are...

  • …loading up

    Lesley: on books for the long weekend. Please can someone schedule decent sunshine to read in too?

  • …Reading

    The Luminaries, by Eleanor Catton
    Sophie: Yes, regular readers of the blog might remember that this one cropped up before, I'm still making my way through. At nearly 800 pages I think I’ll still be reading it at Christmas. But it’s so good I don’t think I care.

  • …Tweeting