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Wednesday Cover Story: The Moving Picture…

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

I am, if I may be frank, not the biggest fan of book trailers – or at least not the most common kind that feature a running stream of static images alternating with text about the book.  So unless you make your book trailer look like the preview to Skyfall (ie. not look like a […]

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Embrace the zombie this Halloween!

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

What with it being Halloween tomorrow and the weather getting steadily more wintry, we’re all in a spooky mood. And I think there’s one scary trend that might be getting steadily bigger – I mean, of course, zombies. Yes, the undead theme has been around for a while now, but I think it’s still going […]

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Friday Fun: Beats David Attenborough’s voiceover…

Friday, October 26th, 2012

It’s a miserably grey day, complete with intermittent spits of rain which means venturing outside the office walls for lunch is less than appealing. So lunch is at my desk today, but since our server is down at the moment, access to email and certain drives are off limit, restricting the scope for a hugely […]

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Fly on the wall in the A&B meeting…

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

I’ve just come out of our inaugural A&B weekly meeting. As a small team, meetings have always been rather redundant as, previously working all together on one floor, there was never any real need for formal meetings, we all just knew what was happening and group discussions would take place in impromptu ways. Now, however, […]

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Wednesday Cover Story: Our Maisie Dobbs e-books introduces a new favourite…

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

We’ve just released, exclusively in e-book format, two more titles in Jacqueline Winspear’s hugely acclaimed Maisie Dobbs mystery series: An Incomplete Revenge and Among the Mad.                     Now we’ve mentioned the Maisie Dobbs covers in our blog before (most recently here) in light of the images […]

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Anyone for a soggy commute?

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

Since the move to our new offices, we’ve all been adjusting our commute morning and evening. Some of us have had to factor in a couple of extra minutes power-walking to make our train, some of us are negotiating new tube connections. None of us are Boris Bike users (I personally think being a pedestrian […]

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John Wilcox book signing in Salisbury

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

Tuesday 20th November, 11.00am        WATERSTONES, SALISBURY Come and meet historical novelist John Wilcox (author of the acclaimed Simon Fonthill series) who will be signing copies of his new and moving novel, Starshine, set during the First World War, at Waterstone’s, 7-9 High Street, Salisbury SP1 2NJ. For more information call the bookshop on  01722 […]

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A tribute to Sylvia Plath

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

Recently Stylist published an article on Sylvia Plath, pointing out that if she was still alive, she would have been eighty years old this month. Despite the preconceptions of her poetry being overly angst-ridden, I’m not ashamed to say I’m a big fan of Plath – it’s a difficult choice, but she might just be […]

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We say goodbye to Lara Crisp…

Friday, October 19th, 2012

After over 8 years at Allison & Busby (time does fly) today is Lara’s last day the office. We are, of course, still in denial, and will probably remain so for a little while. Seeing as in this new office, we are separated over two floors, at least Susie, Lesley and I (who sit on […]

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What’s in a name?

Thursday, October 18th, 2012

I read a thought-provoking article the other day in Stylist, on a crime writing prize judged by grande dame herself Ruth Rendell.  What was fascinating to me were the trends that evolved from the entries. Firstly, many of the protagonists were red-haired (or flame-coloured, crimson, ruby, scarlet, auburn, burgundy – depending on the thesaurus to hand.) […]

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Wednesday Cover Story: The Danish take on Mercenaries…

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

Whilst some cover designs get replicated across editions worldwide (as in the case of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, which was sold in over 30 countries, most of which published their edition using the same cover image) every country tends to have its own style. So it’s always interesting to see how […]

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Winners of a signed copy of Yew Tree Gardens

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

Finf out if you were one of the two lucky winners!

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What poems do you turn to for comfort?

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

Given the amount of time I spend trying to think of blog topics, I can’t believe I forgot National Poetry Day the other week. One of my favourite features was from The Guardian: a question and answer session entitled Poetry Prescriptions, where those writing in with the usual agony aunt complaints were prescribed some apt […]

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It’s just another manic Monday…

Monday, October 15th, 2012

It’s 5.30pm and I’ve probably only spent about one hour at my desk today – just long enough to have a quick scroll-down and speed-read of my always-bulging inbox, post our Today’s Pick (did you see? Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, By Jamie Ford has been shortlisted for the Book of the […]

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Ten years on at The Globe

Friday, October 12th, 2012

A lot can change in a decade. Back in 2002 it’s fair to say that the Royals were at something of a low ebb: the Queen Mum had passed away and the interview process for their next National Treasure™ (a.k.a. Kate Middleton) had only just begun. The shiny, new, and optimistic Euro was in the […]

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Victorian Murder & Mystery evening with D E Meredith in Windsor

Friday, October 12th, 2012

Celebrate the Thames Balley Festival of History by joining novelists D E Meredith, Essie Fox and Lynn Shepherd at Windsor Guild Hall as they talk about murder and mystery and their passion for the Victorian era on Tuesday 13th November, 7.30pm.

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D E Meredith talks Blood, Butterflies and Beasts at Teddington Library

Friday, October 12th, 2012

Wednesday 12th December, 7.00pm – 8.00pm, £2, TEDDINGTON LIBRARY Come and meet, crime writer D E Meredith who will be giving a fascinating talk entitled Blood, Butterflies and Beasts about 19th Century science, forensics, evolution and the Victorian imagination! It all ties in with her novel Devoured, the first book in a brand new crime […]

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D E Meredith speaking at Kew Library

Friday, October 12th, 2012

Come and meet debut novelist D E Meredith, who will be talking about Devoured, the first book in a brand new Victorian crime series set in London at the dawn of forensic science at Kew Library on Tuesday 4 December, 6.30pm.

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Catherine Law speaking at Chesham Library

Friday, October 12th, 2012

Come and enjoy a coffee morning with author Catherine Law who will be talking about and signing copies of her new book The September Garden, at Chesham Library on Wednesday 12th December, 10.00 am.

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Art, Film, TV… and Books (of course) for the Autumn

Thursday, October 11th, 2012

Autumn has come around so quickly this year – it seems incredible that we’re already in October. And with the recent heavy downpours, storms and flood warnings, it doesn’t look like we’re going to get that Indian summer everyone’s been hoping for. But don’t worry – particularly if you’re in the city of London, there […]

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