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A Different Kind of Trip

Friday, May 31st, 2013

On Monday evening I was having a nice run around Tooting Bec common; the sun was shining, the weather was warm-ish, and people were basking in the lush green surroundings. All was going well until I tripped up. Not a little scuffle, but a full blown arms splayed and landing spread-eagled on the ground kind […]

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You know you’ve made it when…

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

It’s not all that often that a new book will permeate the general culture so much that the characters’ names become common parlance or the newspapers will borrow plot twists to illustrate their point. I know when a book has hit the big time when my dearly beloved, but not-precisely-a-bookworm other half knows anything about […]

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Wednesday Cover Story: Sneak peek of new Lake District mystery

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

The new Lake District mystery by Martin Edwards, The Frozen Shroud, will be out in June and advance copies came in the other day. We originally started printing this series with matte covers but gave the last book, The Hanging Wood a glossy finish instead to make the yellow tone more vibrant and eye-catching. It […]

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Meet the author: Rebecca Tope in Oddington

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

Thursday 20th June, 7.30pm Women’s Institute, ODDINGTON A&B’s Rebecca Tope, author of the cosy crime books, Shadows in the Cotswolds and The Windermere Witness, will be chatting about her life at the Women’s Institute, The Village Hall, GL56 0UR. As well as speaking about her career as a successful writer, Rebecca will be selling some […]

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London Lines

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

If you’re a book lover who lives in or near London, you may already know that the London Literature Festival is currently underway. Taking place on the South Bank, this annual celebration of all things literary offers a huge array of events to keep bookworms busy. One that’s particularly caught my eye is London Lines, […]

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The Next Big Thing

Friday, May 24th, 2013

I had a very excited email last week from a friend telling me she’d finished her novel. I paused for a second and thought, what an astonishing sentence. We studied literature and creative writing together at university and she went on to do a Masters in the latter at Oxford. Now at the young age […]

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Adrian Magson at Winchester Writer’s Conference

Thursday, May 23rd, 2013

Saturday 22nd June, 10am – 6pm, UNIVERSITY OF WINCHESTER Crime writer extraordinaire Adrian Magson will be attending the Winchester Writer’s Conference, Sparkford Road Winchester, SO22 4NR. He will be giving lectures including ‘How to Get a Literary Agent’ in discussion with his own agent, David Headley as well as ‘It’s the Seconds that Count’ discussing […]

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Larger than life – Falstaff

Thursday, May 23rd, 2013

The description ‘larger than life’ is one of those potential jellyfish, back-handed compliments that I know I wouldn’t be all that enthused to receive. But it’s a phrase we used in the blurb for one of our books in the past year, and is aptly applied to the character of Shakespeare’s Falstaff. Not only does […]

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Wednesday Cover Story: Making hardbacks extra beautiful…

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

During the Fall of Night Book Tour, after Rachel Caine had finished signing books for fans at Waterstones in Bournemouth, I was admiring the cover to A Delicate Truth, by John le Carré (with its embossed gold foil) and chatting to the manager about how much effort is going into hardbacks now. Gone are the […]

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Old Favourites

Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

Last week I found a treasure I didn’t even know had been written. Carlos Ruiz Zafon’s The Prisoner of Heaven from his series set in the Cemetery of Forgotten Books in 19th century Barcelona. I read the first two in the series, The Shadow of the Wind and The Angel’s Game about six years ago […]

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The best books you’ve never heard of

Monday, May 20th, 2013

The other week I attended my first literary awards bash – the Clarke Award, one of Britain’s most prestigious award for Science Fiction novels, set up with a grant from Arthur C Clarke. It was held at the Royal Society and open to the public for, I think, the first time this year. After a […]

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Authors make for good travel agents…

Friday, May 17th, 2013

I’m heading off to San Francisco tomorrow morning (I know, lucky me) and whilst this holiday has been in the pipeline for some time, what with the excitement of the Fall of Night Book Tour which has seen me travelling around the country with Rachel Caine (author of the Morganville Vampires series) this San Fran […]

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Meet the Author: Rebecca Tope at Burford Literary Festival

Friday, May 17th, 2013

Thursday 13th June, 7:30pm BURFORD LIBRARY Meet crime writer extraordinaire Rebecca Tope at the Burford Literary Festival. Rebecca is the author of three successful crimes series including the Cotswolds Mysteries, such as Shadows in the Cotswolds, and the West Country Mysteries. She will be discussing her life as a writer and her latest books at […]

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And the winner is…

Thursday, May 16th, 2013

We seem to have had a pretty good year for publishing. Despite the tricky times on the high street, 2012 saw positive growth in both digital and print markets, and it wasn’t all EL James making a splash. Hilary Mantell’s critically lauded Bring up the Bodies has now attained incredible popular reach currently sitting at […]

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Wednesday Cover Story: The thought-process behind the cover to A Little Murder

Wednesday, May 15th, 2013

Sometimes, after reading a book or manuscript, I can conjure up my own ideas of what could go (or could have gone) on the cover. And then there are other times where I wouldn’t know where to start. This, of course, is why our cover designs are left to our talented Art Editor, Christina… A […]

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Book Talk: Rebecca Tope in West Sussex

Wednesday, May 15th, 2013

Thursday 6th June, 7:30pm STEYNING LIBRARY Join one of A&B’s best selling crime authors, Rebecca Tope as she chats about her career as a writer and her latest books, The Windermere Witness, Malice in the Cotswolds and the newest instalment, Shadows in the Cotswolds. Rebecca is currently the membership secretary of the Crime Writers’ Association […]

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Dial ‘M’ for Merthyr

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

Last week, as part of Rachel Caine’s UK tour to celebrate the launch of Fall of Night, I was excited to find myself back in my home country (well, technically ‘principality’) of Wales. After a brilliant event at Howell’s School Llandaff, and a quick hop on the train to an equally great book signing at […]

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Holiday Reads

Monday, May 13th, 2013

It’s that time of year again when I am scouring bookshelves for potential holiday reads. I have two weeks to find two/three great books to keep me entertained on the plane and the beach. But my criteria are quite specific so I probably should’ve started my search earlier. I definitely want a print book rather […]

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Rachel Caine visits Renaissance Learning

Friday, May 10th, 2013

Yesterday I had the chance to go along to a special event with bestselling author Rachel Caine, hosted by Renaissance Learning, a company who works with schools to encourage reading. They were also the organisers of the recent nationwide What Kids Are Reading poll which saw Glass Houses (the first book in Rachel’s Morganville Vampire […]

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Having a Ball with Jane Austen

Thursday, May 9th, 2013

If you’re a fellow Janeite (a fan of Jane Austen, for anyone who hasn’t read Persuasion too many times), you’ll be happy to know that this Friday 10th May, at 9pm, BBC Two will be showing Pride & Prejudice: Having a Ball. The programme will involve a team of experts staging an authentically Austen-esque ball, much […]

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