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Twittering about Trains

Friday, June 29th, 2012

London transport is cottoning on to the twittersphere it would seem. Bashtagging, where disgruntled customers voice their concerns on Twitter using appropriate (or arguably inappropriate) hashtags, has become the most direct way of complaining – and getting a response. South West trains has embraced this new wave of information sharing and harnessed it in order […]

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The Hollow Crown

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

I’ve been getting prepped for the BBC’s season of Shakespearean history plays which kicks off this Saturday. The Sky+ is set just in case and lord help the other half if he wants to watch something else. There has been a great deal of attention paid to the casting, which reads like a who’s who […]

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Julia Stoneham at The Telegraph Ways with Words Festival, Devon

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

Wednesday 11th July, 10.30 am. Come along to hear Julia Stoneham speak about dramatising novels for radio and then sign copies of her own three novels Muddy Boots and Silk Stockings, The Girl at the Farmhouse Gate and Alice’s Girls. Tickets priced £6, for full details, visit www.wayswithwords.co.uk

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Wednesday Cover Story: Don’t Judge a Reader by Their Book Cover

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

So the Fifty Shades of Grey phenomenon rages on. For two days running now we’ve had a hot and heavy discussion in the office about people reading it in public. What happens when commuting readers get to a naughty bit? Do their pupils dilate? Do they blush and start squirming in their seats? Have you […]

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Bodies in the Bookshop 2012, Cambridge

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

Saturday 14th July, 10 am – 6 pm, The Cambridge Union Enjoy a day packed with talks and discussions and a chance to meet your favourite crime authors including Adrian Magson, Rebecca Tope, Nicola Upson, Jim Kelly, Catriona McPherson and more. Hosted by Heffers, the event will take place this year at the Cambridge Union, 9a […]

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Love Charing Cross Road

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

Occasionally we need reminding that we live in a culturally vibrant city. Someone must have shared this idle thought of mine as a new festival day is launching on Saturday 30th June celebrating the area around Charing Cross Road. If you’re not familiar with this part of London, it’s a hive of booksellers of all […]

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Decades in Literature (Part 4): the 1980s

Monday, June 25th, 2012

The 1980s was a time when many of the huge sellers, still immensely popular today, were at their peak – Stephen King, John le Carré, Danielle Steel, Tom Clancy . . . the list goes on. But alongside these conventional American and British authors, there were some (in my opinion) much more interesting and diverse […]

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Surprise Endings

Friday, June 22nd, 2012

I’ve just finished reading one of my favourite author’s new manuscripts (to see the rest of her oeuvre see here). I loved it – which is not surprising. What is surprising is that there was a surprise ending. Nothing odd there you might say, but usually don’t you have at least an inkling that a […]

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Any good suggestions for good reads whilst on safari?

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

A brief summary of my current To Do List looks something like this: Pick up wedding order of service booklet from the printers Buy binoculars Pack far-too-small suitcase for a 3-week holiday Get married in Umbria (near my 104-year-old gran who always deserves a mention) Head off to African for honeymoon Avoid looking at bank […]

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Wednesday Cover Story: Silhouettes and Circuses

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

“Roll up, roll up! Come, take a seat, turn the page and discover what astounding stories await you behind these two covers…” My last two reads were The Somnambulist by Essie Fox and The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. One is tied to the Victorian Music Halls of East London, the other to a mysterious […]

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Margaret Busby writes obituary for friend and old A&B author Rosa Guy

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

Author and activist Rosa Guy has died. Her acclaimed debut novel Bird at My Window was published by Margaret Busby at A&B in 1985 and her obituary recently appeared in The Guardian.

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Decades in Literature (Part 3): The 1970s…

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

If it was possible to pity a decade, I would feel sorry for the 1970s. It doesn’t come across as very glamorous – all the brown-and-cream kitchenware and oddly coloured jumpers didn’t help, I suppose – and it never really gets a look in when compared to the ‘wild’ 60s. The same goes for the […]

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Could you take on 8 hours of Gatsby?

Monday, June 18th, 2012

Many of you reading this blog will have studied The Great Gatsby, by F Scott Fitzgerald at school or read the book for pleasure and indeed may even have read it several times as one tends to do with classic books – rediscover them later in life to read them with a different perspective. You […]

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Book Launch: D E Meredith in Central London

Friday, June 15th, 2012

CHANGE OF DATE: Wednesday 26 September, 6.30pm      GOLDSBORO BOOKS, LONDON Come and celebrate with D E Meredith as she launches her debut Devoured, the first book in the exciting new Hatton & Roumande Victorian mystery series, at Goldsboro Books, 23 – 25 Cecil Court, London WC2N 4EZ. For more information call the bookshop on 020 […]

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Afternoon Tea with Mary Nichols in Pontesbury

Friday, June 15th, 2012

Monday 16th July 2.30pm – 3.30pm Another chance to hear acclaimed author of historical sagas, Mary Nichols, who will be talking about her work and her latest book, The Girl on the Beach, set in the wake of World War II, at an afternoon tea event at Pontesbury Library, Bogey Lane, Pontesbury, Shrewsbury SY5 0TD. […]

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Decades in Literature (Part 2): The 1960s…

Friday, June 15th, 2012

This week, I’m taking a look at literature in the 1960s – that most rebellious of decades which makes me think of Mad Men-esque outfits, revolution and being all at one with nature. (For some reason when I imagine the 60s, even in Britain, it’s always sunny – very unrealistic.) It was arguably a decade […]

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Edward Marston & Judith Cutler at the West Cork Literary Festival

Thursday, June 14th, 2012

Come and meet husband-and-wife crime duo Edward Marston and Judith Cutler who will be comparing writing historical and modern crime fiction in their highly entertaining talk Murder Ancient and Modern.

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Edward Marston & Judith Cutler at St John’s Wood Library

Thursday, June 14th, 2012

Tuesday 26 June, 5.00pm     ST JOHN’S WOOD LIBRARY, LONDON Come and meet husband-and-wife crime duo Edward Marston and Judith Cutler who will be comparing writing historical and modern crime fiction in their highly entertaining talk Murder Ancient and Modern. They will also be taking questions from the audience and signing copies of their books, […]

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Alex Wheatle celebrates Jamaican Independance in Lewisham

Thursday, June 14th, 2012

Monday 6 August, 7.00pm – 8.30pm     LEWISHAM LIBRARY Come and celebrate 50 years of Jamaican independence with acclaimed author Alex Wheatle who will be talking about his Jamaican roots and inspiration for his novel Island Songs, at Lewisham Library, 199-201 Lewisham High Street, London SE13 6LG. He will be joined by fellow author Yvonne […]

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June Francis at the Southport Flower Show Book Festival

Thursday, June 14th, 2012

Thursday 16 August, 1.15pm – 2.15pm  SOUTHPORT FLOWER SHOW BOOK FESTIVAL Come and meet Liverpool’s much-loved saga writer June Francis at the Southport Flower Show (16 – 19th August), Victoria Park, Southport, PR8 2BZ. She will be joined by fellow writer Lyn Andrews as they talk about life as novelists, take questions from the audience […]

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