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Plan for the weekend: book shopping!

Friday, June 28th, 2013

What do you have planned for this weekend? Watching Wimbledon? Walking the dog? Catching up on some shut-eye? Well, add this to your diary: this Saturday is the launch of Independent Booksellers Week. So, why not pop along to your local indie, or seach here if you’re not sure where they are, and pick up […]

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Rediscover the magic of the fairy tale . . .

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

Did you know that this week is National Bookstart Week? This means that thousands of free events will be taking place for preschool children and their families, in the hopes of getting some young ‘uns hooked on books! And to mark the start of this celebration, which this year has a fairy-tale theme, five of […]

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Wednesday Cover Story: It All Begins with a Letter

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

I recently discovered something extremely gorgeous, expensive and what I have no need for at all. Which means I must have them. Yes, plural. I am talking about these: These are the Penguin Drop Caps – a series of twenty-six collectible hardcover editions of fine works of literature, each featuring on its cover a specially […]

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Review of World War Z (the film, not the book)

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

Over the weekend I went to see  World War Z, the new zombie blockbuster starring Brad Pitt, loosely based on the 2006 novel by Max Brooks. ‘Loosely based’ being something of an understatement, as apparently, apart from sharing the same title, the film bears little resemblance to the book.  Read more about the differences here… […]

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Freda Lightfoot at the RNA Conference

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

Friday 12th – 14th July, UNIVERSITY OF SHEFFIELD Freda Lightfoot, who’s My Lady Deceiver was published in paperback in April, will be attending this year’s annual Romantic Novelists Conference at Sheffield University. She will be leading a discussion group on the ebook, covering topics such as places your ebook needs to be and how to […]

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Edward Marston & Judith Cutler at Chichester Festival

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

Tuesday 2nd July, 7.30pm CHICHESTER LIBRARY The husband and wife team of Edward Marston and Judith Cutler have written over 80 crime novels between them, including Peril on the Royal Train and Shadow of the Past. Edward’s speciality is historical crime, with series such as The Home Front Detective, while Judith’s focus is on the […]

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A day at the Charing Cross Road Fest

Monday, June 24th, 2013

I saw last minute that the second edition of the Charing Cross Road Fest was taking place at the weekend, so on Saturday, intrigued, I decided to step into the belly of the London tourist beast. At Trafalgar Square, there was something I hadn’t even realised was happening, West End Live. This turned out to […]

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Fly on the wall at Emily Winslow’s Book Launch

Friday, June 21st, 2013

On Tuesday this week, Susie and I headed to Cambridge to celebrate the launch of The Whole World and The Start of Everything by Emily Winslow at Heffers Bookshop. It was a lovely family affair with kids invited along and whisked happily away to the children’s section where fellow author Helen Moss enraptured them talking […]

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The Lost Pictures of Childhood

Thursday, June 20th, 2013

I discovered on Twitter that it was Judith Kerr‘s ninetieth birthday last week. Writer and illustrator of such children’s classics as The Tiger Who Came to Tea and the Mog series, Kerr’s words and pictures will doubtless both endure for a long time yet, given how familiar people of many generations are with her books. […]

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Wednesday Cover Story: The Not-So-Brilliant Cover…

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

The same day the advance copies of the upcoming Kate Forsyth novel The Wild Girl came into the office last week (and everyone collectively swooned at its cover – have a look), I got home to find a delivery of a book I’d ordered for a university class next year; The Man Who Loved Children […]

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Martin Edwards in Cheshire

Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

Saturday 13th July, 10.30am WINSFORD LIBRARY Join crime writer Martin Edwards as he talks about his latest book in the Lake District Cold-Case mysteries, The Frozen Shroud. Martin will be reading from the book, talking about his writing as well as answering questions at Winsford Library, High Street, Cheshire, CW7 2AS. The event is free […]

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The End of a Popular Era

Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

I recently read in The Bookseller that Penguin will be dropping their Popular Classics list and couldn’t help but feel a little sad. As a child my parents house was littered with them; I remember my mother’s beloved copy of Pride and Prejudice and taking the popular classics edition of Macbeth to school for English […]

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Colourful Reading…

Monday, June 17th, 2013

The skies may have stubbornly been deaf to my requests to change from a very dull grey to a more mediterranean blue, so I will try to inject a little colour into everyone’s day by sharing this interesting piece I found via twitter last week. Jaz Parkinson is a graphic designer who has begun a […]

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HELP KICKSTART THE MORGANVILLE VAMPIRES WEB TV SERIES!

Friday, June 14th, 2013

Following the huge demand for the #1 bestselling Morganville Vampires series to be turned into a film or TV show, author Rachel Caine has launched a Kickstart initiative to have the books adapted for a Web TV series in partnership with award winning producer/director Blake Calhoun (Loud Pictures).

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Rediscovering a neglected literary art form…

Friday, June 14th, 2013

Once the literature of the masses (back when the novel was considered a lightweight, ‘feminine’ art form) but now often ignored, I’ve found myself unintentionally rediscovering poetry recently. And as I’m living and breathing novels at A&B, it’s interesting to look at something a bit different… Like most of us, I can’t say I’ve sat […]

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Edward Marston & Judith Cutler in Gloscestershire

Thursday, June 13th, 2013

Tuesday 25th June, 7.30pm – 9pm EMERSON GREEN LIBRARY Edward Marston is the author of over 40 historical crime novels, including The Home Front Detective series and the best selling Railway Detective mysteries. His series cover very dramatic periods in history: from the Elizabethan theatre to the home front during the Great War. Judith Cutler, […]

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A crime-filled holiday

Thursday, June 13th, 2013

I’ve just returned from sunny Mykonos where I indulged in questionable amounts of feta cheese and devoured several wonderful books. While lounging on the beach I was kept entertained by Germans and their bumbags, people’s faces when they ventured into the unexpectedly cold sea and two great authors, master of the art Gillian Flynn and […]

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Rebecca Tope at Ludlow Fringe Festival

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

Saturday 29th June, 10am-11am LUDLOW Rebecca Tope has published eighteen crime novels since 1999, set in various areas of rural England. Her main series is the Thea Osborne murder mysteries, which are all set in real villages in the Cotswolds. A new series began in 2012 with ‘The Windermere Witness‘, in which a florist named […]

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Wednesday Cover Story: The Wonders of 3D

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

It was only about a week ago that I saw my first movie in 3D. Yes, finger on the pulse, that’s me. It was Star Trek: Into Darkness, Benedict Cumberbatch was in fine form and it was an enjoyable couple of hours.  The 3D effect took a little bit of getting used I must say, […]

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Ruth Dudley Edwards at Chipping Barnet Crime Writers’ Panel

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

Friday 28th June, 6.30pm – 7.30pm CHIPPING BARNET LIBRARY Chipping Barnet library are hosting a crime writers’ panel featuring best-selling authors Ruth Dudley Edwards,  author of Killing the Emperors, and Ali Knight. The authors will be discussing their work and the writing process, and there will be a chance to ask your own questions. Entry is free […]

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