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Highlights from the RoNA Awards

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

This Tuesday I had the pleasure of attending the Romantic Novelist Association‘s Awards ceremony – a wonderfully jolly evening as romance novelists, publishers and agents, gathered at the RAF Club to support the nominees, applaud the winners and salute the genre in general. This year the awards were given out by none other than TV […]

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Wednesday Cover Story: Judging Covers – UK vs US

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

It’s often interesting to compare the book covers produced by UK and US publishers; no matter how similar, there are always some subtle differences which perhaps say something about the disparity in our culture and attitudes each side of the pond. US literature website The Millions has recently posted its annual Judging Books by Their […]

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A surprising new literary voice…

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

I have an on-off relationship with poetry. I disliked it for most of my school days, thinking it was a bit stuffy and pretentious. Then I discovered the right poems and devoured as much as I could in my sixth form and university days. Now, though, I must confess that my poetry reading is in […]

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Follow the Bitter Greens Blog Tour

Monday, February 25th, 2013

Today marks the launch of Bitter Greens, by Kate Forsyth – a captivating novel that weaves together history and fairy tale in a unique retelling of the story of Rapunzel. The hardback is so beautiful, you may be tempted just to stare at it. But open the cover and you’ll delve into a world of […]

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Friday Lunch with Authors

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

This week we’ve had some lovely author visits. Yesterday we enjoyed a lovely tea with Emily Winslow and today we had the pleasure of an office lunch with authors Judith Cutler and Edward Marston. Conversation covered all manner of topics from cricket to cruises to capital punishment, as well as the new BBC documentary Penguins […]

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Second Chances

Thursday, February 21st, 2013

So I am reading the final chapters of Colum McCann’s Dancer and I am utterly awe-struck. I remember picking this book up when I was thirteen years old. I was going to dance classes three times a week and was obsessed by anything dance related. But unfortunately the setting of the Soviet Union in 1943 […]

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Wednesday Cover Story: Bitter Greens, by Kate Forsyth

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

On Monday the final copies of Bitter Greens arrived from the printers. And as we removed the hardbacks from the boxes, the office was soon filled with the squeals and guttural sounds that would usually be associated with, say, watching Ryan Gosling remove his shirt in Crazy, Stupid, Love (or is that just me?) or […]

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Swat up on your Nordic crime…

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

If your knowledge of Scandinavian crime fiction is limited to Stieg Larsson and Jo Nesbø, then a new guide, Nordic Noir, by crime fiction expert Barry Forshaw (editor of Crime Time and reviewer for countless publications including the Independent and The Good Book Guide), looks to change all that. Whilst we regularly mention books from […]

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Meet the Author: Adrian Magson in Banbury

Monday, February 18th, 2013

Thursday 28th February, 7:30pm, MIDDLETON CHENEY LIBRARY, OX17 2PD Join A&B author Adrian Magson to chat about all things crime-related and his fantastic Inspector Lucas Rocco series, Death on the Marais, Death on the Pont Noir and the upcoming Death on the Rive Nord. Adrian has also written stories for BBC radio and has been […]

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Journeying with a book

Monday, February 18th, 2013

There are times when I can’t physically read a book (at the gym; squashed like a sardine on the train or tube; the radio is even on as I fall asleep) but, easily bored person that I am, I must have an audio book or similar on the go at these times. Almost as good […]

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Today’s pick from the web

Friday, February 15th, 2013

The weekend draws near, and for the next two days I will try to avoid looking at a computer. But before I shut off from the online world I’ll leave you with my top three picks from the web today: #1 The New York Times  – Maurice Sendak’s posthumous book My favourite books as a […]

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How’s THIS for a Valentine’s gift?

Thursday, February 14th, 2013

Today, we lunched with author D E Meredith, and conversation turned (inevitably) to Valentine’s Day. Some people celebrate it (eg. Susie and Lesley) and others don’t (eg. D E Meredith and I), but we agreed that it’s definitely a more female-led celebration. (Spot the panic-stricken faces of men across of the country as they question […]

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Wednesday Cover Story: A hair-raising tale…

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

There’s been lots of commentary in the past week over the new Faber edition of The Bell Jar. Sara contributed with her post here and Faber posted a very evenhanded response. Another week, and another cover controversy dawned, proving again how fiercely readers hold books and characters dear to them. Do you remember Anne of […]

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A Different Way to Celebrate Pancake Day

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

This week most people are either looking forward to Valentine’s Day or trying to ignore it. Me, I’m looking past it at something much more important – today is Pancake Day. I really hope someone reading this blog has forgotten this fact and now joyfully realises they have an excuse to gorge themselves on sweet […]

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Edward Marston & Judith Cutler at the Festival of Crime Writing

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

Wednesday 20th March, 7:30pm, MAIDENHEAD LIBRARY Join two of A&B’s celebrated authors, Edward Marston and Judith Cutler at the Festival of Crime Writing 2013 at St Ives Rd  Maidenhead, SL6 1QU. Edward Marston, the master of historical crime fiction, has written over 70 novels including the bestselling Railway Detective series and the brand new Home front […]

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Bookcase Dilemma

Monday, February 11th, 2013

I am approaching a very special time in every girl’s life – the moment she purchases her first bookcase. My book collection has been very neatly stacked in my grandmother’s beautiful tapestry suitcases and positioned around the room. But my books just seem to be multiplying and now they’re creeping around the room forming mischievous […]

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We’re celebrating fabulous news!

Friday, February 8th, 2013

The champers is out!! Today we celebrate the wonderful news that Glass Houses, by Rachel Caine – the first book in the bestselling Morganville Vampire series, has been voted the most popular book with school children in the UK! Read more here…   What a wonderful way to end the week! Chiara Priorelli, Publiicty & […]

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GLASS HOUSES VOTED MOST POPULAR CHILDREN’S BOOK IN UK

Friday, February 8th, 2013

Glass Houses, by Rachel Caine – the first book in the Morganville Vampire series – has officially been voted the most popular book with children in the UK today.

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Would you be reading that book if it wasn’t an e-book?

Thursday, February 7th, 2013

E-books, e-books, e-books. It’s unsurprisingly the biggest topic in the publishing industry at the moment, with more books being published only in e-book format, the ongoing debate about 20p e-book offers, and the natural worries of how e-books will affect the future of the bookshop… My question to you e-book readers out there is, are […]

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Mary Nichols in Cambridgeshire

Thursday, February 7th, 2013

Thursday 11th April, 8pm, VILLAGE HALL WITCHAM Join A&B historical novelist Mary Nichols as she talks about her latest book, Escape by Moonlight and her life as a best selling romantic writer. Mary has been shortlisted for various awards and has written over twenty novels as well as articles for newspapers and magazines. Grab yourself […]

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