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Good things come in small packages Vs. Big is beautiful

Friday, November 30th, 2012

We all know that the size of a book is no indication of how good a read it’s going to be, although there is something deeply satisfying about settling into a chunky read and breaking the spine: you’re committed to that book from that point on, in my opinion. But with Christmas approaching, I’m on […]

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An Ode to Bardem

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

So I finally jumped on the James Bond bandwagon and saw Skyfall this week. I’ve never been a huge Bond fan, the narrative always follows the same formula: explosions, close shaves and saving the day. But Skyfall has completely won me over. I have gone to the Bond side. And it’s wasn’t Daniel Craig looking […]

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D E Meredith at the Richmond Literature Festival

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

Come and enjoy Richmond’s annual Victorian fair and the Richmond Literary festival and meet Victorian crime writers D E Meredith, Essie Fox and Lynn Shepherd who will be speaking at the Old Town Hall, Friday 30 November, at 7pm.

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Wednesday Cover Story: Shopping inspiration from The Firebird

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

Early copies of The Firebird, by Susanna Kearsley (out Jan 2013) came in this week and we have all been fawning over the cover – my favourite now amongst all of Kearsley’s books. (And a nice chunky hardback it is too.) And I must confess there’s probably another reason I’ve been gazing at the cover […]

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It’s Scottish Book Week!

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

This week we celebrate Book Week Scotland 2012, so what better excuse than to explore some our our books, set in Scotland and/or by Scottish authors! You could kick things off with some Scottish crime-fiction and the brand new release, Evil for Evil, by Aline Templeton. It’s the latest installment in the acclaimed series featuring […]

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A Day in the Life of a Writer

Monday, November 26th, 2012

Do you ever wonder what the working day of a full-time writer might look like? Or perhaps you write yourself, and have some peculiar routines that help get you in the mood? Recently I came across an article on the daily routines of famous American writers, and some of their confessions fascinated me. Take Joan Didion, who […]

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Any one fancy a bucket of tea?

Friday, November 23rd, 2012

I am currently sat at my desk with a pint of tea. Yes, a pint. Somehow I have acquired the biggest mug of all time. It is bigger than my face. It takes two hands to drink from and I feel like I am falling headfirst into a well. The mug (pictured above) was sent […]

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How to make Pecan Pie (Happy Thanksgiving!)

Thursday, November 22nd, 2012

Today is Thanksgiving. And at home, my American mother has been busy since yesterday cooking up a storm which involves a turkey, a sweet potato casserole, a spinach-quiche-sort-of-thing, sautéed artichokes and an obligatory Pecan Pie. I’m salivating as I write this. The fact that my mother lives in Spain, will be cooking for Italian and […]

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Wednesday Cover Story: The first ever A&B Catalogue (from 1969)!

Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

We’re currently working on our January – June 2013 catalogue which always gets us a bit extra excited about the gems we have in store for you next year. And of course, we have to pick a cover for it. The covers to last year’s catalogues were inspired by the covers to our Monsieur Pamplemousse […]

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Once upon a time, in a land far far away…

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

My theme for this week is fairytales. Everywhere I’ve looked a big, bad wolf or a witch with a malevolent gleam in her eye has caught mine. First off, I picked up Philip Pullman’s retelling of Grimm’s Tales, an author I admire greatly for His Dark Materials trilogy. Check out a beautiful animation of the […]

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Book Signing: June Francis in Liverpool

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

Saturday 1st December, 2:30pm, FORMBY BOOKS, LIVERPOOL Come and meet Liverpudlian author June Francis who will be celebrating the launch of her new book The Pawnbroker’s Niece,  a romantic saga set in the Great Depression, at Formby Books, Derbyshires, 22-24, Chapel Lane, Formby, Merseyside, L37 4DU. It’s free entry so stock up on your Christmas […]

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Book Launch: June Francis in Liverpool

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

Saturday 1st December, 12:30pm, ACADEMY OF ARTS, LIVERPOOL Come and meet Liverpudlian author June Francis who will be celebrating the launch of her new book The Pawnbroker’s Niece,  a romantic saga set in the Great Depression, at the Liverpool Academy of Arts, 32 Seel Street, L1 4BE. It’s free entry so join her for tea […]

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Book Launch: Aline Templeton in Edinburgh

Monday, November 19th, 2012

Come and celebrate the launch of Aline Templeton’s new crime novel, Evil for Evil, at Blackwell’s, Edinburgh on Wednesday 28th November, 6.30pm

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Book Launch: Ruth Dudley Edwards in Belfast

Monday, November 19th, 2012

SATURDAY 1st DECEMBER, 3.00 – 4.30pm    NO ALIBIS BOOKSTORE, BELFAST Come and celebrate the launch of Killing the Emperors, the new satirical crime novel by award-winning novelist and journalist Ruth Dudley Edwards, which attacks the world of conceptual art. Meet the author as well as Jim McDowell, Northern Editor at Sunday World, who will be […]

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Twitter Favourites: Scraps from the Slush Pile

Monday, November 19th, 2012

There’s been a Twitter revolution in the A&B office. For years, as the phenomenon grew, most of us refused to get involved, convinced it would be a Facebook-esque time waster. But gradually, over the last few months, the Twitter accounts have trickled through and now all but one of us are Tweeting away (@SusieAandB, @AandBChiara, […]

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A picture’s worth a thousand words

Friday, November 16th, 2012

At the beginning of November I finished a book that gave me the heebie-geebies: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. I didn’t set out to read an unsettling book in the run up to Halloween, I freely admit to being a wuss on the scary movie front, but while browsing in my local Waterstones I […]

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10 Crime Writers including Ruth Dudley Edwards at Cambridge event

Thursday, November 15th, 2012

The Mystery People invite you to Christmas Chrime event and a chance to meet Ruth Dudley Edwards, author of the satirical crime novel Killing the Emperor, and nine other crime writers,at Heffers in Cambridge on Thursday 13 Decemeber, 6.30pm.

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Little Literary Gems

Thursday, November 15th, 2012

When the days get darker, colder and the London underground grows ever more cramped, sometimes we need wonderful literary quotations to uplift and inspire us. Every now and then when I am reading a book, I come across a few lines of literary brilliance, whether for their wit, illumination or sheer distinctiveness. They are the […]

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Wednesday Cover Story: The Budd Schulberg Dilemma

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

In our office meeting this morning, we discussed the new covers for three Budd Schulberg titles we are republishing in April next year: boxing novel The Harder They Fall (also made into a movie starring Humphrey Bogart);  The Disenchanted (the thinly disguised novel about Scott Fitzgerald’s stab at writing a script for Hollywood) and On […]

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Why doesn’t everyone have a library card?

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

I adore my library. I really would be in financial straits if I’d actually purchased all the books I’ve read this past month alone. Which is why I was truly perplexed to read in the Guardian that visits by UK adults to libraries have dropped almost 10% in the past five years. Errr, hello people: […]

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