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A Day at CrimeFest

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

Last Friday saw me head over to Bristol and specifically to the Marriott Royal Hotel to enjoy a day at CrimeFest, the first of this year’s UK international crime festivals (the Harrogate crime festival is coming up in July). And it was a pleasure to see our attending authors including Adrian Magson, who was up […]

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Wednesday Cover Story: New cases (and covers) for Sherlock Holmes

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

Sherlock Holmes has certainly been enjoying a revival of late. And it’s no surprise as why should we ever tire of great characters? We’ve played our own part in keeping Holmes’ spirit alive by publishing Laurie R King‘s acclaimed Mary Russell & Sherlock Holmes series (The Pirate King, and the long-sought-after earlier title, O Jerusalem, […]

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Stationery magpie

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

Like a magpie is attracted to shiny things, so am I drawn to lovely, clean, crisp stationery. Oooo notepads; aaahhhh fountain pens; an excuse to write or receive a greetings card – sign me up! Paperchase’s flagship store on Tottenham Court Road is sometimes far too close for my bank account’s comfort. So, an item […]

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Rebecca Tope launch and book signing in Tavistock

Monday, May 28th, 2012

Friday 15 June, 11.00am        BOOK STOP, TAVISTOCK Rebecca Tope, author of the bestselling Cotswold mystery series will be celebrating the relaunch of her West Country mysteries (set in Devon), including four new paperbacks Dark Undertakings, A Death to Record, Death of a Friend and A Dirty Death at Book Stop, 3 Market Street, Town […]

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Time to celebrate Brit fashion!

Monday, May 28th, 2012

Recently, while wandering around a lovely Waterstones in Kensington, this book caught my eye: 100 Years of Fashion by Cally Black.  The cover is so beautiful – I’m a big Audrey  Hepburn fan – that I immediately wanted to pick it up and take it home. Wouldn’t it look lovely on your coffee table? Desperately […]

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Competition: How good is your Gujarati?

Friday, May 25th, 2012

Yesterday, I received a copy of Garavi Gujarat, which I understand is one of the oldest and biggest selling weekly Indian magazines published outside India.  I was delighted to read the covering letter which flagged up the fact that they had reviewed Death on the Marais, by Adrian Magson (the first book in the Lucas […]

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What the Dickens? Part 3

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

You may have seen me coming and going on the London underground this past week. Yes, that was me bowed under the weight of my library copy of Charles Dickens: A Life (it needed a bag all of its own) and trying to read it in cramped tube conditions. I’d had the book ‘reserved’ at […]

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Wednesday Cover Story: How do you illustrate a book about God?

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

Some book covers work because they are sumptuous, colourful and detailed. Others work because of their simplicity. And none more sothan this design which I came across yesterday. So how do you illustrate a book about God? The answer is, you don’t. I can’t think of a better design for a biography about God.  Those […]

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Books about zoos…

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

Following Sara’s blog post yesterday heralding the importance of children’s books, and the fact I took my 3-year-old nephew to the London Zoo over the weekend, it brought to mind the fact that you can usually find children’s books to compliment real-life experiences. So I feel compelled to bring you a little selection of wonderful […]

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Here’s to children’s books!

Monday, May 21st, 2012

Last week I accompanied author Rachel Caine to an event at Peters Books in Birmingham, and I was very impressed by the place. Peters is the country’s leading children’s library supplier, and getting a tour around their showroom was fantastic. In amongst life-size crocodile, gorilla and giraffe soft toys were 24,000 different children’s books – […]

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Literary spotlight on Charlotte Street

Friday, May 18th, 2012

I’ve been reading a little about Danny Wallace new debut novel entitled Charlotte Street. I don’t know much about Danny Wallace myself, aside from the fact that he’s also a journalist, but the title of his book caught my eye. Because there is in fact a Charlotte Street just around the corner from the office […]

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Adrian Magson book signing in Market Harborough

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

SATURDAY 2 JUNE, 10.30am    WATERSTONES, MARKET HARBOROUGH Crime writer Adrian Magson, author of the acclaimed Lucas Rocco series will be signing copies of his books, including Death on the Marais and Death on the Rive Nord, at Waterstones, 9 The Square, Market Harborough, LE16  7 PA. For more information call the bookshop on 0843 […]

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Creative highlights from Rachel Caine’s book tour

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

Rachel Caine, author of the bestselling Morganville Vampire series, continues her mega tour of the UK meeting her legions of fans and signing copies of her new book Black Dawn. And we’re absolutely loving the fabulous effort and creativity so many bookshops and fans have put into making the events so memorable.  Here are a […]

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Wednesday Cover Story: The unveiling of the upcoming Hatton & Roumande book covers

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

This summer we will be launching an exciting new Victorian crime series featuring London’s first forensic detectives. Devoured, by D E Meredith is the first book in the Hatton & Roumande series and will be out in August, to be followed by The Devil’s Ribbon next year. The likes of CSI and forensics may be […]

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An afternoon with Kimberly Derting

Tuesday, May 15th, 2012

This Saturday just gone, YA fans flocked to Foyles, Charing Cross in London for a chance to meet Kimberly Derting (author of the new dystopian fantasy The Pledge published by us, and The Body Finders series published by Headline) where she was giving a talk and reading with fellow YA authors Tanya Byrne, James Dawson […]

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What’s app?

Monday, May 14th, 2012

The app-loving literary public has been spoiled of late, in my opinion.  The Waste Land app in particular has made me very jealous of Faber & Faber’s archives and ingenuity. And then at the recent London book fair one of the few seminars I managed to get to was titled ‘What’s App? The Relevance of […]

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Friday browsing: The most beautiful libraries in the world

Friday, May 11th, 2012

Today, I came across this wonderful link to the most beautiful libraries in the world. Any place that is packed with books holds a world of inspiration within, no matter what size, shape or form it may take. But if your idea of a library is of a dated, boring or ugly hall with old […]

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What’s your favourite first line?

Thursday, May 10th, 2012

There seems to be a trend in the book world lately for ‘best first lines’. I first came across this article from the Guardian listing ten of the best opening lines, including of course ‘It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of […]

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Mary Nichols at Trumpington Park & Read Launch

Thursday, May 10th, 2012

Saturday 12 May, 10.00am – 12.30pm   TRUMPINGTON PARK & RIDE To celebrate Adult Learning Week and the relaunch of the Park & Read initiative come and meet Mary Nichols, acclaimed author of historical sagas including The Girl on the Beach, Rosy Thornton and staff from the Cambridgeshire libraries who will be talking about the Park […]

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Coffee morning with Mary Nichols in Church Stretton

Thursday, May 10th, 2012

Monday 16th July, 10.30am    CHURCH STRETTON LIBRARY Acclaimed author of historical sagas, Mary Nichols, will be talking about her work and her latest book, The Girl on the Beach, set in the wake of World War II, at a coffee morning event Church Stretton Library, Church Street, Church Stretton, Shropshire SY6 6DQ. For more information […]

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