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Christmas reading: The Radio Times

Thursday, December 20th, 2012

This Christmas time I have accumulated a tottering (or should that be teetering?) TBR pile. And that’s before I get my itchy fingers on any of the obvious books-shaped parcels underneath the tree. But I don’t hold out much hope of crossing many of these beauties off before the end of January for the simple […]

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Alternative ways to pick your next reads…

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

I have spent an amazing few weeks here at Allison & Busby (a huge thank you to all theA&B women) and wanted to leave you with this.  CBC Radio has a brilliant show called the Vinyl Café hosted by Stuart Maclean.  Nearly every episode features as its highlight a story about a couple called Dave […]

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A Book for Winter

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

Some books are just better in winter. They portray the cold dark nights and frosty winds that keep us huddled indoors. Nothing does this quite the book I am reading now:  Miss Smilla’s Feeling for Snow, by Peter Høeg. Set in snowy Denmark, the protagonist Smilla Jasperson investigates the death of a young boy using […]

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Three Houses is BBC Radio 4’s Xmas Book of the Week

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

The delightful memoir, Three Houses, by Angela Thirkell will be read by actress Sian Thomas on BBC Radio 4’s Book of the Week beginning on Christmas Eve (24 – 28 December)

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Make Your Envelopes Festive!

Monday, December 17th, 2012

So, it’s my last blog entry before Christmas, and I feel obliged to include some festive cheer. One thing that got me in the sleigh-bells-and-twinkly-lights mood recently was seeing the new Christmas stamps unveiled by Royal Mail, which I discovered on the BBC website. They’ve been illustrated by Axel Scheffler, famous for his drawings in classic […]

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Lost or Made in Translation?

Friday, December 14th, 2012

I’ve been mulling over a conversation that cropped up in the A&B office a few weeks ago; the issue of translated books. There is the long debated question of whether meaning is lost in translation. It’s not something I can personally testify about since I unfortunately only speak English and rather broken German. But I […]

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Have yourself a Dickens little Christmas

Thursday, December 13th, 2012

As we reach the end of 2012, the bicentennial year of Charles Dickens’ birth, we’re in the true Dickensian season: there’s hoar frost on the trees and people are scurrying through the city’s streets desperate to reach a cosy corner. If Dickens is the man for putting you in the mood for the festive season, […]

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Wednesday Cover Story: Unforeseen misinterpretations…

Wednesday, December 12th, 2012

I was browsing through The Bookseller earlier this week and my eyes happened upon the thumbnail for the cover of Foursome, by Jane Fallon. The American Kindle cover, to be exact – which is pictured below. And, I stopped to look at it because, and this can only be due to my half-Italian blood, but […]

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A Library Beyond the Arctic Circle

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012

As winter draws in, I am reminded of the time I spent earlier this year above the Arctic Circle near the end of the Dempster Highway in Inuvik,  Canada, where despite the glorious sunshine the lingering snow meant it was still mostly -11° during the days.  As such, you could only be outside for so […]

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Celebrating the Illustrated Book

Monday, December 10th, 2012

Last week the Guardian website published a list of writers’ favourite classic book illustrations, as part of a joint campaign with the Folio Society to celebrate beautiful books. Many of the illustrations were from children’s books, and I remember a few from my own childhood – it’s surprising what memories they can evoke. This one, […]

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Aline Templeton at the Essex Book Festival

Friday, December 7th, 2012

Thursday 28 march, 7.45pm  ESSEX BOOK FESTIVAL,  WITHAM LIBRARY In an engaging talk called ‘Five Red Herrings and a Flock of Hens’ Aline Templeton talks about following in the footsteps of Dorothy L Sayers with her DI Marjory Fleming crime series set in Galloway, and her latest book Evil for Evil. Part of the Essex […]

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Wonders of the Web

Friday, December 7th, 2012

The internet is full of wonderful, interesting things. You can literally spend hours just surfing from one website to the next. And I currently have two websites that keep me entertained on a rainy Sunday afternoon: Stumble Upon and Life in Publishing. The first, Stumble Upon, is a website where you join for free and […]

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I’m dreaming of a Nordic Christmas…

Thursday, December 6th, 2012

If I look on Twitter I’m surprised that #Scandinavian is not trending at the moment, because recently everything I come across has a Scandivanian bent.  And it’s not suprising, because, let it be said, the Scandinavians truly know how to do Christmas. I had the fortune to spend six years of my childhood in Copenhagen […]

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Wednesday Cover Story: Our Budd Schulberg reissues

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

A few weeks ago I blogged about our Budd Schulberg Dilemma and now I am delighted to present to you the new designs for our three Schulberg classics, to be published in April next year. You can see how, in the end, we solved the issue with Brando and On the Waterfront…       […]

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A literary soundtrack

Tuesday, December 4th, 2012

If someone was to ask you what the soundtrack to your childhood was, what would you answer? In my case, a motley collection of Take That, Michael Jackson and one-hit wonders from the Now albums would vaguely conjure up the atmosphere of my early years, and give you an inkling of my under-developed music tastes. […]

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Jaqueline Winspear at The Lady Luncheon in London

Monday, December 3rd, 2012

Tuesday 4 December, 12.30pm – 4.00pm Enjoy a champagne reception and delicious three-course lunch in the company of three bestselling authors. Hosted by The Lady, the luncheon will take place in the elegant and historic Cavalry and Guards Club, 127 Piccadilly, Mayfair W1J 7PX, and feature guest speakers Jaqueline Winspear (author of the acclaimed Maisie […]

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The Mystery Book Sculptor

Monday, December 3rd, 2012

As Chiara mentioned in an earlier blog post, last week was Scottish Book Week, prompting us all to ponder on our favourite Scottish books and authors. Since then I’ve come across a Scottish literature celebration of a different kind. Scotland’s mystery book sculptor, who I somehow missed in the news when she first turned up […]

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