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What to look forward to this autumn…

Friday, September 30th, 2011

It’s the end of September, which means one thing – summer is officially drawing to a close. We seem to have hit an incredible heat-wave in London, but inevitably the wind and rain will come. I know a lot of people get very upset as the nights draw in and the sunshine wanes, but in […]

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Bring Maine into your kitchen

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

After six days Maine, I have finally enjoyed my first taste of the local Clam Chowder. Together with the local lobster, this is a must-have dish up here. So, in an attempt to have you share in this culinary delight, here’s the traditional New England recipe for it. CLAM CHOWDER RECIPE Ingredients 5 cups bottled/canned […]

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Wednesday Cover Story: Reel Cuisine, Reely appetising?

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

I recently spotted the book Reel Cuisine (a recipe book based on meals from films) in The Bookseller. Aside from my obvious love of books, I am also known for being both a film buff and a food-lover, so this is the kind of book that would immediately attract someone like me. Sadly, however, the […]

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Love this bookshelf. Must buy now.

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

We have blogged about interesting bookshelves in the past, but I have now discovered a new favourite – here in my aunt’s house in Maine. And I didn’t even realise it was a bookshelf at first – simply a stack of books precariously piled on top of each other…. But no, it is in a […]

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Stephen King Country

Monday, September 26th, 2011

So here I am, blogging from Maine, USA – otherwise known as the home of Stephen King (pictured above). In fact, I passed through his birthplace, Portland, on my way up from Boston, and looked out for the guy, before remembering he actually now lives further north in Bangor. As I drove through the streets […]

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Martin Edwards book signing in Grasmere

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

Saturday 22nd October, 4.00pm    SAM READ, GRASEMERE Crime writer Martin Edwards, author of the acclaimed Lake District series, will be signing copies of his book, including his new hardback The Hanging Wood, at Sam Read, Broadgate House, Grasmere, LA22 9SY. For more information contact the bookshop on 015394 35374.

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Martin Edwards book signing in Ambleside

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

Saturday 22nd October, 3.00pm    FRED HOLDSWORTH, AMBLESIDE Crime writer Martin Edwards, author of the acclaimed Lake District series, will be signing copies of his book, including his new hardback The Hanging Wood, at Fred Holdsworth, Central Buildings, Ambleside, Cumbria, LA22 9BS. For more information contact the bookshop on 01539 433388.

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Martin Edwards book signing in Kendal

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

Saturday 22nd October, 1.00pm    WATERSTONE’S, KENDAL Crime writer Martin Edwards, author of the acclaimed Lake District series, will be signing copies of his book, including his new hardback The Hanging Wood, at Waterstone’s, 7 Westmoreland Centre Kendal LA9 4LR. For more information contact the bookshop on  0843 290 8417.

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Martin Edwards book signing in Lancaster

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

Saturday 22nd October, 11.00am    WATERSTONE’S, LANCASTER Crime writer Martin Edwards, author of the acclaimed Lake District series, will be signing copies of his book, including his new hardback The Hanging Wood, at Waterstone’s, 4-6, Cornmarket, Marketgate, Lancaster LA1 1AL. For more information contact the bookshop on 01524 842561.

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‘Reader, I saw the film…’

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

In the next few weeks I will be making a point of visiting my local cinema to see the latest adaptation of Jane Eyre starring Mia Wasikowska and Michael Fassbender. What I’ve heard of it so far, particularly how it has been structured, with much of the early portion of the story told in flashbacks, […]

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Tania Crosse book signing in Reading

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

Saturday 5th November 10.30am – 1.00pm     WATERSTONE’S, READING Come and meet author Tania Crosse who will be signing copies of her books, including her latest paperback Hope at Holly Cottage at Waterstone’s, 89a Broad Street, Reading RG1 2AP. For more information call the bookshop on 0843 290 8563.

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Tania Crosse book signing in Basingstoke

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

Saturday 22nd October 10.30am – 1.00pm      WATERSTONE’S, BASINGSTOKE Come and meet author Tania Crosse who will be signing copies of her books, including her latest paperback Hope at Holly Cottage at 35 Wesley Walk, Basingstoke RG21 7BE. For more information call the bookshop on 0843 290 8137.

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Tania Crosse book signing in Saltash

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

Saturday 8th October  10.00am – 12noon     THE BOOK SHELF, SALTASH Come and meet author Tania Crosse who will be signing copies of her books, including her latest paperback Hope at Holly Cottage at The Bookshelf, 96 Fore Street, Saltash PL12 6JW. For more information call the bookshop on 01752 845 804.

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Tania Crosse book signing in Tavistock

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

Friday 7th October, 10.30am – 2.00pm    THE BOOK STOP, TAVISTOCK Come and meet author Tania Crosse who will be greeting customers and signing copies of her books, including the latest paperback Hope at Holly Cottage at The Book Stop, 3 Market Street, Tavistock, Devon, PL19 0DA, UK. For more information call the bookshop on 01822 […]

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A Wicked weekend in the West End

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

I know I’ve been in the big city for a while now, but I’m still in the phase of doing touristy London things – there’s just so much to see! Going to a West End show was one of the things missing from my list, so when I stumbled across some cheap tickets to Wicked […]

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Wednesday Cover Story: That woman again…

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

Last year we posted a blog about this image of a woman from a picture library that almost found her way on to one of Rachel Moore‘s books, and did get used on both the cover of The Island and The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.  These copycat covers were highlighted by Horace […]

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B & B & B (bed and breakfast and books)

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

What would you say was the mark of a good hotel? Excellent food? Impeccable service? A choice selection of reading material? I’m just back from a week off which included a few nights at the very comfortable Lake Country House Hotel, north of the Brecon Beacons. Tucked away in the countryside and replete with not […]

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MARSHALL KARP & JAMES PATTERSON PROVE TO BE A #1 BESTSELLING DUO

Monday, September 19th, 2011

The new book KILL ME IF YOU CAN, co-written by Marshall Karp (author of the acclaimed Lomax & Biggs series) and James Patterson, has hit #1 on the New York Times Bestsellers List.

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Happy Talk Like a Pirate Day!

Monday, September 19th, 2011

Today is International Talk like a Pirate Day! (I’ve not made this up, it’s actually official.) If you entered Laurie R King’s Parrot King Competition, you can check out all the other artistic submissions on her website here and keep your eyes peeled as the winner will be announced today! Then, get into the spirit […]

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Introducing an inspiring new blog

Friday, September 16th, 2011

Today I have the pleasure of introducing a new blog by Jacqueline Winspear, the author of the acclaimed Maisie Dobbs mystery series. For those who are not familiar with her books, they are set in 1930s London, featuring the young psychologist and investigator Maisie, and infused with an emotional undercurrent, where the impact of the […]

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