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Notes from the weekend press

Monday, April 30th, 2012

The abysmal weather made it a particularly good day to sit indoors reading the weekend papers and on Saturday it was lovely to see two pieces about Allison & Busby authors, Jessica Mann and Michael Bond. In Saturday’s Guardian, Jessica Mann – author of the bestelling non-fiction book about child evacuees Out of Harm’s Way, […]


Not an average day in the office

Friday, April 27th, 2012

Two hours ago we got a text from A&B editor, Lara Crisp (currently on maternity leave) which read, “You all ok? Just seen the news.”  Which, of course, prompted us to suddenly notice the sound of a helicopter above us, stop whatever we were doing and to check Twitter (#TCR) and the BBC News online […]


Would you like a hat à la Maisie Dobbs?

Thursday, April 26th, 2012

Last week, Jacqueline Winspear (author of the acclaimed Maisie Dobbs mystery series) came into the office for lunch and to sign copies of her new hardback A Lesson in Secrets.  As I passed watched her sign the pile of books, I caught myself thinking (as I looked at the drawing of Maisie Dobbs on the […]


Wednesday Cover Story: Where would you find Barnard’s mansion?

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

A few days ago, reader John Milner from Essex, submitted this review about Mansion and Its Murder, by Robert Barnard and the following comment about the cover: ‘An enjoyable book, mainly as a result of the highly unusual life, personal and professional, given to the main character and narrator. A deft touch with the changing […]


“Lurverly books, two for a paaand”

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

Shockingly bad Mockney accent à la Dick Van Dyke aside, I am the bearer of great news. The news being of a  brand new, Sunday market for new and second hand books. “Oooooo” I hear you coo, and rightly so. There’s something lovely about picking up fruit, veg, flowers etc from an outdoor market (weather […]


It’s UK Coffee Week!

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

These days every week of the year seems to have some kind of special theme – and this week, I’ve discovered, is UK Coffee Week. My first thought was that it’s probably all organised by Starbucks in an attempt to herd more highly-caffeinated commuters into their stores, but when I checked the UK Coffee Week […]


More reflections on LBF2012

Friday, April 20th, 2012

London is a great city. It’s even greater when there aren’t hailstones bouncing off your head and you aren’t being eviscerated by pointy elbows on the tube, but that’s beside the point. In a similar way, the London Book Fair is a great gathering of bookish minds made superlative when you remember to grab a […]


Quotes from a day at the London Book Fair

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

So yesterday was my day at the London Book Fair – a slightly more subdued experience than usual given it was the first time I had attended on the last day of the fair. You can feel a palpapal difference on the last day. The fair kicks off with a buzz of adrenalin (something akin […]


Marking the 100th anniversary of the Titanic tragedy

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, and many of you may have watched the commemorations this past Sunday morning (the ship hit the iceberg at 23.50 on 14 April 1912). There are plenty of things marking the centenary, including the launch of The RMS Titanic Centenary £5 coin, the […]


Personal picks from the upcoming World Shakespeare Festival

Monday, April 16th, 2012

Earlier in the year I mentioned the World Shakespeare Festival, which forms part of the ‘cultural Olympiad’ taking place across the UK. Now, as the beginning of the Festival nears – it launches on 23rd April – there’s much more information available on the events. Below are a few of my highlights (see here for […]


A lighter note on gender equality…

Friday, April 13th, 2012

Gender equality remains a constant topic of discussion and debate.  Last month the Insitute for Public Policy Research revealed that women still do more houswork than men, this week’s Stylist ran a feature on the gender gap including how women get paid less for the same job (Women: Is it time to strike?) and recently […]


Exploring Chinese publishing

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

Next week publishers across London will be flocking to Earl’s Court to attend the London Book Fair. Each year the LBF chooses a country for its ‘Market Focus‘ programme, with the aim of establishing international publishing links. This year the chosen market is China. Until I did a little reading, I have to say that […]


Sneak peek: New look for Charlie Fox

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

This summer sees the launch of the new paperback in Zoë Sharp‘s Charlie Fox series, Fifth Victim. And with this new release comes a brand new look for the cover. Our heroine, Charlie – ex-Special Forces soldier turned bodyguard – continues to excite critics and readers in the know, who constantly proclaim her to be […]


Space to read / advertising space

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

Anyone who spends time on Facebook will have an inkling of the way targeted advertising is headed. One small tweak of a relationship status and you’ll find your page overflowing with ad boxes for bridal hair, hen party ideas and rings. I understand that FB isn’t slow on the uptake when new parents use the […]


COOK(ing the)BOOKS…

Thursday, April 5th, 2012

In a week where we’ve had book-sized blocks of chocolate everywhere around the office (see Sara’s post), I now have come across a mention of an actual edible cookbook in my Emerald Street email.  Click on the picture below and click through to see the stages of ‘composition’. How utterly wonderful is that? It has […]


Wednesday Cover Story: Narcopolis, by Jeet Thayil

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

Yesterday I tweeted the link to 10 books featured on Flavorwire. They were highlighted as must-reads for April, but to me, they were mostly interesting because of their original covers. And one cover in particular stood out the most for me: Narcopolis, by Jeet Thayil. This is the hardback American edition (very different to the […]


A chocolate-themed blog

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

As we’re approaching the Easter weekend, I thought I’d write my blog this week on what, to me, is the most important aspect of the holiday: chocolate. Chocolate has invaded our lives lately (not that we’re complaining). Recently we girls in the office were lucky enough to each receive a free, and very large, bar […]


A few results of our ‘What’s another word for AUTHOR?’ competition

Monday, April 2nd, 2012

On our blog (Friday 23rd March) we posted a competition to come up with another word or phrase to denote the term AUTHOR. We’ve had some lovely entries including these favourites below: A life injector of paper Samantha Wesley, Blandford (our runner-up) Ink Wizard Stacey Corrin, Tiverton Imagination in Use Steph Meakin, Derby Wordician Kelly […]


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