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Feeling the heat with Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet!

Friday, March 30th, 2012

We’ve already been enjoying the fact that Hotel on the Corner of BItter and Sweet, by Jamie Ford has climbed to the #2 spot on the Small Publishers Bestsellers List this week, but have just now seen (causing a combined squeal from the all of us in the office) that Hotel has hit the Heatseekers […]


Those peculiar little QR Codes…

Thursday, March 29th, 2012

Do you remember when QR Codes came into your life? I’m not sure when it happened.  All I know is that now they are everywhere.  We’ve got one (above) on our London Underground poster for Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, I spotted two codes in the Evening Standard last night, and as […]


Wednesday Cover Story: The Success of The Summer House

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

When we first published Mary Nichols‘ charming novel The Summer House, little did I expect it to be one of the stand-out sellers on our list.  Not that it doesn’t deserve its success, let me quickly add, but when we started to see it climbing Amazon‘s charts, I did wonder what had prompted such a […]


Smell-a-vision books!

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

I was reading through The Bookseller the other day and came across this article about scented books coming to a store near you soon. It made me think back to the heady days of my childhood when smell-a-vision swept the nation. I think it was a Comic Relief night that particularly sticks in my memory. […]


The literary history around the A&B office…

Monday, March 26th, 2012

Today I discovered the impressive literary history of The Fitzroy Tavern, a pub just around the corner from our office which I have passed many times. The tavern is famous for its history as a meeting place for London’s artists and intellectuals, from the 1920s to the 1950s. How could I have overlooked this, having […]


Friday Fun: What’s another word/phrase for AUTHOR?

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

Men sweat, women perspire or glow (though the latter I feel surely takes things a bit far); a friend of mine protested that she was merely ‘lamenting’ the fact her husband never brought her flowers, whilst he retorted she should stop ‘whining’ about it; parents will deny they are ‘passing judgment’ and only ‘voicing concern’ […]


Catch Susan Wooldridge at the theatre

Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

Some of our authors do not dedicate themselves to writing full-time, but amazingly find the time to write novels whilst enjoying another successful career. For example, there’s Martin Edwards (author of the Lake District mysteries) who is a partner in a national law firm, Elizabeth Corley (author of the DCI Fenwick crime novels) who is […]


Wednesday Cover Story: Having a yellow moment

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

I think this blog warrants a soundtrack… (hit play) It’s fair to say that our Art Editor, Christina, seems to be going through a ‘yellow’ phase. We’ve just released Monsieur Pamplemousse and the Militant Midwives (£2 off this month!) and today we received advance copies of The Stationmaster’s Farewell (the new hardback in the Railway […]


Do you always want the happy ending?

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

Recently I read this article on The Guardian website, which made me actually want to post an argumentative comment underneath it (don’t worry, I didn’t – I know it would only be a downward spiral from there). In her blog post entitled ‘Sob stories: classic books I’m too cowardly to finish’, Imogen Russell Williams claims […]


Spot our HOTEL posters on the London Underground!

Monday, March 19th, 2012

Today, I began my commute to the office buzzing with excitement, which is not that usual (however much I like my job) for a Monday morning. The reason? Our posters for Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, by Jamie Ford, have now officially gone up across London underground stations! It’s our first-ever tube […]


A Michael Bond moment

Friday, March 16th, 2012

As I leafed through the Metro this morning, I read the news that Paddington Bear has been named Britain’s Favourite animated character. It was announced at the British Animation Awards following an online public vote. Lovely news for our author Michael Bond, who brought Paddington Bear into our world back in 1958 with his wonderful […]


Books and the Olympics

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

It’s certainly no surprise that there are plenty of new book releases jumping on the Olympic bandwagon. Commemorative photography books, books on inspirational athlete stories… there’s bound to be a new Usain Bolt book coming out soon (a quick Google and low and behold – yes, the paperback release of his autobiography Usain Bolt: The […]


Wednesday Cover Story: The Girl on the Beach

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

A little anecdote for the day. The editor of Booksmonthly, Paul Norman, recently requested a copy of The Girl on the Beach, by Mary Nichols for review. I dutifully set about sending him one. And, as life and its little coincidences would have it, whilst waiting for this copy to materialise in the post, he […]


More favourite literary gifts…

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

I’ve just discovered the perfect gift shop – The Literary Gift Company – and hoped to delight my fellow colleagues with such a discovery, only to fine I’m actually a bit late off the mark, as the other A&B girls were well aware of this online treasure trove (and blogged about it too here, before […]


Stop Press! Library OPENS!

Monday, March 12th, 2012

Before I moved out of London, I lived in a house-share in Rotherhithe, East London. A place that recommended itself to me for its links to central London (I particularly liked the bus routes which took in London and Tower Bridges and the old wharf buildings), relatively cheap rent and proximity to then-boyfriend. What I […]


Friday Fun: Classic phrases from reviewers…

Friday, March 9th, 2012

‘It’s the first great novel of the new millemium…of our post-9/11 age… of the new year…of the month…since lunch.’ Ron Charles, Fiction Editor at The Washington Post had me chuckling (and choking on my cereal this morning) with his video-quip about standard phrases used by reviewers. So, following on from yesterday’s blog post, if you […]


Would you like to rival Anthony Burgess?

Thursday, March 8th, 2012

We love hearing about writing competitions and whilst we see plenty for budding novelists and short story writers, here’s one that’s a little out of the norm. A competition for wannabe art review critics – launched by the International Anthony Burgess Foundation in associationg with The Observer. Anthony Burgess, who died in 1993, was (and […]


Wednesday Cover Story: When more is more

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

I was making a list over the past few weeks of books I’d seen in The Bookseller or around town that I might want to stock up on for holiday reading. Of course, when I actually went into Waterstone’s I managed to completely ignore said list and was lured up, down, and side to side […]


March is Maisie Month!

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

This March has been named Maisie Month, in honour of Maisie Dobbs, the character in Jacqueline Winspear‘s acclaimed mystery series set in and around London in the 1930s.  Not only can you celebrate the release of two new books in the series, The Mapping of Love and Death (paperback) and A Lesson in Secrets (hardback), […]


India keeps inspiring us…

Monday, March 5th, 2012

This week sees the release of new film Trishna, an adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s Tess of the D’Urbervilles set in India. I’m interested to see this one and to find out how close they’ve kept to the book, and it also got me thinking about the rising influence of Indian book-to-film adaptations here in the […]


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