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Literary Dinner Party

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

After watching a cringy, yet hilarious episode of Come Dine With Me, I began thinking about dinner parties. I often have friends round for dinner but I wouldn’t go as far to call it a dinner party. It’s not quite as refined as that. More fajitas and margaritas, than canapés and champagne. But that got […]

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Wednesday Cover Story: Setting the scene…

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

This month’s issue of Booksmonthly features a review of the latest paperback in The Rose McQuinn series by Alanna Knight, Deadly Legacy, set in Edinburgh in 1901. The review says:  ‘The atmosphere is superbly created and executed – the cover image sums up the narrow, lonely back streets that Alanna describes, and the story is […]

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Chocolate + Charity: The best combination ever…

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

With Easter on the way, and having attended the South Bank’s annual Chocolate Festival (also in Bristol on 30th and 31st March) on the weekend, I’m craving some chocolatey goodness. And it turns out there’s good reason to indulge yourself this April; The Sick Children’s Trust, a charity that provides families of sick children with […]

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Another reason to revisit Point Blank

Monday, March 25th, 2013

Earlier this month, Sir Michael Caine celebrated his 80th birthday, and as the publishers of Alfie and Get Carter, it was appropriate we highlighted it on our blog (speaking of which, there’s still time to enter our Michael Caine giveaway). Now we hear that the director John Boorman has also turned 80 years old this year […]

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Friday Fun: Paper is not dead…

Friday, March 22nd, 2013

Following our Wednesday Cover Story this week and the ongoing e-book v physical book debate, I couldn’t help but laugh at this French video I came across on YouTube. Tweeted it the other day, but I feel it deserves to be shared here, on our Friday Fun slot… Chiara Priorelli, Publicity & Marketing Manager

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The Germans are good at everything…

Thursday, March 21st, 2013

Every type of food, that is. Some people go on holiday to sight see. I go on holiday to eat. And I feel that’s okay as I am now a member of a foodie-filled office. I’ve just back from a lovely four days in Berlin; the city was beautiful, covered in snow and with the […]

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Wednesday Cover Story: The beautifully packaged book v The e-book

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

Earlier this week, over dinner with friends, I was asked the all-too-common question: will e-books eventually kill the book? Won’t everyone ultimately opt for the cheapest possible bargain? I proceeded to explain that undoubtedly, e-books have made a dent in the sales of physical books, especially mass market paperbacks. Unless you are averse to reading […]

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Coming to a tunnel near you?

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

I’m all in favour of the technology that has made me a more frequent library user. Online catalogue, check. Online reservation for when I spot a review, check. I would never read half of what I hear about otherwise. And, of course, online renewal – thank goodness, otherwise I’d have been beggared by overdue fines. […]

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Winner of our Fairy Tale Bundle

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

Find out who won our beautiful hardback Bitter Greens and some gorgeous bookends!

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Thanks Ireland – and not just for the Guinness…

Monday, March 18th, 2013

St Patrick’s Day, which took place yesterday, is for many probably just an excuse to get down the pub and have a pint of Guinness while inventing spurious Irish ancestors and enjoying the general craic. Perhaps it’s also a good time, however, to think about what great contributions Ireland has made to our literature. For […]

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Yes, that’s right, we’re working in our pyjamas.

Friday, March 15th, 2013

It’s not every day you get to work at the office in your pj’s. And it’s not that surprising seeing as I kept having to fight the urge to curl up under my desk for a kip. But today, we could, and we did. So, give it up for some Red Nose Carpet fashion from […]

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Happy Birthday Sir Michael Caine!

Thursday, March 14th, 2013

Today, revered actor Sir Michael Caine celebrates his 80th birthday, and, considering he’s something of a national treasure, it’s a milestone that is getting some deserved attention. A new exhibition launches today at the Museum of London featuring never-before-exhibited photographs of the iconic actor, as well as footage from his cult classics films like Alfie, […]

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Winners of Sir Michael Caine’s 80th Birthday Giveaway!

Thursday, March 14th, 2013

Who won our two classic novels that became iconic films featuring Sir Michael Caine. Was it you?

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Book Signing: Rebecca Tope in the Cotswolds

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

Saturday 20th April, 11am-12pm COURTYARD BOOKS, BISHOP’S CLEEVE A&B’s crime writing extraordinaire Rebecca Tope will be signing copies of her new books Malice in the Cotswolds and Shadows in the Cotswolds. Rebecca has written twenty novels in her career as well as working as a bee keeper, antenatal teacher and funeral director. Join her at Courtyard […]

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Wednesday Cover Story: The Changing Face of Lolita

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

As our weekly Wednesday Cover Stories prove, book covers are always an intriguing (and sometimes controversial) topic. It’s particularly interesting to take a book and look at all the different packages it’s come in over the years. That’s precisely what this site does, with one book – Lolita, by Vladimir Nabokov. The site showcases 185 […]

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Ding, dong the book is far from dead

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

It seems fair to say that it’s the sign of a good book when it inspires countless spin-offs and adaptations, so by that reckoning L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is a stonkingly-good read. I must admit I haven’t read the original story but feel like I’ve done the literary equivalent of osmosis […]

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Find yourself a Book Buddy

Monday, March 11th, 2013

I went to Oxford last weekend to see my long time book buddy and university friend, Daisy. I never really realised we were book-mates until recently. We chat about everything under the sun, but the conversation always takes a literary turn. Every time we meet we swap books, tell of exciting new titles, moan bitterly […]

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Crimefest 2013: Panel with Ruth Dudley Edwards

Monday, March 11th, 2013

Saturday 1st June, 12:30-13:20pm CRIMEFEST: BRISTOL MARRIOTT ROYAL HOTEL Satirical crime writer Ruth Dudley Edwards will be joining a panel entitled Violence, is It Ever Too Much? Ruth, the author of the hilarious and scathing satire Killing the Emperors, will be discussing the topic with M.R Hall, Simon Kernick and Kevin Wignall. For more information […]

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Crimefest 2013: Panel with Zoe Sharp

Monday, March 11th, 2013

Saturday 1st June, 9:00 – 9:50am, CRIMEFEST: BRISTOL MARRIOTT ROYAL HOTEL A&B’s Zoe Sharp will be joining a panel called Guns For Hire: The Modern Adventure Thriller. She will be discussing the topic with fellow authors Jeremy Duns, M. R Hall and Simon Toyne. Zoe’s books feature the enigmatic ex-Special Forces soldier Charlie Fox in […]

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Friday Fun: Vote for the Oddest Book Title of the Year

Friday, March 8th, 2013

It’s that time again: time to pick the Oddest Book Title of the Year. There have been some wonderful entries for the Diagram prize in the past (see here, here and here) and this year doesn’t disappoint.  There’s the usual mention of at least one animal and one body part, but this year I found […]

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