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Wednesday Cover Story: One Book, Two Looks

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

Recently I was lucky enough to receive a copy of R.J. Palacio’s Wonder, courtesy of a lovely friend at Random House, its publishers. I’m looking forward to reading this, which has had great success and brilliant reviews – in case you haven’t heard of it, it’s the frank, moving, and (I hear) sometimes funny story […]

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Adrian Magson at Bookmarks Festival, Helmdon

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

Sunday 25th August, 3pm HELMDON Bestselling crime writer Adrian Magson will be appearing at Bookmarks Festival in Helmdon, Northamptonshire. Whilst there, Adrian will be reading from his latest Lucas Rocco mystery, Death at the Clos du Lac, taking part in a Q&A as well as signing copies of the book. The event is part of […]

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Judith Flanders joins A&B’s fiction list

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

Allison & Busby is thrilled to welcome Judith Flanders to their fiction list. The two-book deal will see Flanders’ novel WRITER’S BLOCK published in hardback in spring 2014.

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Popcorn-worthy theatre

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

We’re living in an age of sequels, prequels and strange spin-offs. Monsters’ University? Man of Steel? Give me strength. Though, having wondered through Leicester Square the other week, I found myself in the right place at the right time to high-five Hugh Jackson. So, I will be making an exception for The Wolverine. He is […]

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Unexpected Gifts

Monday, July 29th, 2013

My older brother Matthew turned twenty-nine last week and as usual I struggled to find the perfect book. (We are an entire family of book-givers) He works as a journalist/tour guide in Berlin so loves anything based on German history or culture. But Matthew’s birthday was fast approaching and my lack of German history titles […]

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Does the future of print books lie with children?

Friday, July 26th, 2013

As part of the debate surrounding print books vs. eBooks, new figures from Nielson have suggested that fiction eBooks will be set to overtake print books in 2014. After the success of the Kindle since its first launch in 2007, followed by the phenomenon of shame-free public-transport reading of Fifty Shades of Grey, you might […]

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D E Meredith at Richmond Literary Festival

Thursday, July 25th, 2013

Thursday 28th November, 7.30pm EAST SHEEN LIBRARY As part of Richmond Literary Festival, D.E. Meredith will be taking part in a discussion with fellow authors Essie Fox and Lloyd Shepherd at East Sheen Library, Sheen Lane, SW14 8LP. She will do a reading from her latest Victorian crime novel The Devil’s Ribbon as well as […]

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Our tenner gets a literary revamp!

Thursday, July 25th, 2013

So, it’s official – Jane Austen is to appear on the next £10 note. It’s a shame she’s replacing Darwin (can’t they make room for him somewhere else?) but it’s brilliant that we finally have a great woman writer on our cash. I’m not too sure about the design concept, though – it all looks […]

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Wednesday Cover Story: Sneek peek of Over a Hot Stove

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

I spent many happy hours as a child sitting with my family watching Upstairs, Downstairs, and now am counting the weeks until Downton Abbey returns to our TV screens again. And here in the A&B office we’re equally excited about the upcoming release of Over a Hot Stove, by Flo Wadlow – a delightful memoir […]

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Martin Edwards at Gladfest

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

Saturday 7th September, 8pm GLADSTONE LIBRARY Join crime writer Martin Edwards in an interactive lecture called ‘Who killed George Hargrave?’ and solve the Victorian mystery with Martin as your guide. Winner of the CWA Short Story Dagger, Martin writes the bestselling Lake District mysteries and his latest and sixth installment, The Frozen Shroud is out […]

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Martin Edwards at Gladstone Library

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

Tuesday 13th August, 7.30pm GLADSTONE’S LIBRARY Best-selling crime writer Martin Edwards will be launching his latest book, The Frozen Shroud which is the sixth edition to his award-winning Lake District crime novel series, at Gladstone’s Library, Church Lane, CH5 3DF. Martin will read from The Frozen Shroud as well as take questions about the novel […]

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D E Meredith at Thames Valley History Festival

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

Saturday 9th November, 7.30pm VENUE TBC A&B’s D E Meredith will be joining a panel entitled The English and The Exotic to discuss the English exploration of exotic lands – a theme which features in D E Meredith’s Victorian crime novel Devoured. Tickets are £7.50 and will go on sale in early October. Check back […]

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The Boy, the bandwagon and the bets…

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

Kate finally popped! So the third in line to the throne is a boy. And we wait with baited breath for a name. I wonder if there’s one already chosen or if they’re trying to decide from a few shortlisted names. We can scoff and imagine they’ll call him something like Bartholomew, but I think […]

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You wait ages and then three queens come along at once…

Monday, July 22nd, 2013

Have you been watching The White Queen? After what I thought was a good start (Janet McTeer gets thumbs up from me and not just for her Princess Leia hair-do, though that helps) I’ve found that later episodes have dragged a little. Mostly because characters are having to carry the weight of exposition, and keep […]

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‘BITTER GREENS DESERVES TO WIN THE BOOKER’

Friday, July 19th, 2013

Self-proclaimed ‘book addict’ Simon Savidge of Savidge Reads has nominated Bitter Greens, by Kate Forsyth as one of the top 5 novels that he believes deserves to win the Booker.

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Take a break from technology this weekend

Friday, July 19th, 2013

Earlier this week I spent a few lovely (and luckily sunny!) days camping in Pembrokeshire. We camped at Lleithyr Farm, a brilliant site and a truly secluded countryside spot; my only complaint might have been the occasionally noisy sheep! Although I of course took my smartphone along with me (who can be separated from theirs […]

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Do you really know who wrote that book you’re reading?

Thursday, July 18th, 2013

In an attempt to write without the pressure of Harry Potter hype, it was revealed this week that JK Rowling had published a crime novel under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith. The result being that reviewers had – in contrast to her previous venture into adult literature The Casual Vacancy – unwittingly judged the book on […]

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Wednesday Cover Story: The Morganville font strikes again

Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

Last year we spotted the Gothic font used on our brilliant Morganville Vampire covers on the signage for Sweet Revenge – a cupcake store in Kingston. Now I’ve spotted it in South Wimbledon, this time on the signage for a tattoo parlour, Collector’s Ink. A tattoo parlour certainly fits in with a Morganville-esque theme. Tattoos […]

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Alex Wheatle at Literary Bites

Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

Wednesday 31st July, 7pm – 9.30pm LONDON Literary Bites is a new initiative by Words of Colour Productions, connecting aspiring scribes with published writers over great food. At each event, an established author, such as A&B’s Alex Wheatle will read from and discuss their work over a carefully sourced and quality menu that is affordably […]

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Bringing Down a Giant

Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

Last week I read an article title that made me feel a little smug. Young book-buyers ‘put off Amazon’. A survey from the Booksellers Association showed that over 70% of 16 – 24 year olds said recent revelations about internet-only booksellers’ tax affairs made them less likely to shop for books online, as did 59.5% […]

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