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Morganville Residents – competition winners announced

Friday, February 28th, 2014

Rachel Caine fans do you still have your Morganville I.D. on your person at all times? Watch out, Amelie might be planning spot checks, but you didn’t hear that from us. Anyway, as well as giving you some slight protection from getting it, err, in the neck from the Founder, these Morganville I.D. cards were […]

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The Wild Girl Competition

Friday, February 28th, 2014

Your chance to win a fairy tale pamper day at the Athenaeum Hotel, London.

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The Other Side of the Story

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

At the weekend I had some friends visiting so we played tourists and ventured out to see Wicked, the West End musical. While I’ve seen quite a few plays, this was my first musical and I wasn’t disappointed. The two female leads had incredible voices and their characters were quite hilarious as polar opposites. Acting […]

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Wednesday Cover Story: Top That!

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

Yesterday finished covers for our second book with Fiona McIntosh, The French Promise, arrived from the printers. Doesn’t it look gorgeous? The French Promise follows on from the story of The Lavender Keeper, returning to the characters of Luc and Lisette as they try to put their demons to rest in the years following the […]

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The Theme Park’s Afoot!

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

Fans of 221b Baker Street resident Sherlock Holmes are in for a treat or a shock depending on your perspective. The deerstalker-wearing detective is about to get the same kind of treatment that has so far been reserved for that most magical (and bankable) literary hero Harry Potter: a theme park. Yes, coming soon to […]

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Documentaries: Part 2

Monday, February 24th, 2014

I said last week that I would let you know my thoughts on the Gore Vidal documentary: Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia that I was seeing, courtesy of DocHouse. So, fulfilling my promise I would like to say that I am reeeeling from Thursday’s screening at the ICA and have come away from […]

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The Wild Girl competitions

Friday, February 21st, 2014

Going up around the London Underground right now are some beautiful posters. Well, I would say that as they feature Kate Forsyth’s fairy tale-inspired books Bitter Greens and The Wild Girl. To celebrate the release of The Wild Girl in paperback, we’re running a competition to win a very swish Champagne spa day for two […]

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Thought Criminals welcome

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

Do you feel the itchy glare of CCTV cameras as you walk down the street? Do you wonder, post-Snowden, who else might be reading your emails and tweets? For anyone who enjoys a little Orwellian paranoia, there’s a new stage production for one of the earliest and possibly best dystopian novels out there: 1984. And […]

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Dress Envy

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

This morning the jackets for Mary Nichols’ A Different World arrived from the printers: The woman holding her hat and looking up instantly makes me think of her searching the sky for planes – such a simple image that manages to convey quite a lot about the book. Not only is it a great image, but […]

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Jane Eyre: The Book that Just Keeps Giving

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

How many of you had to study the same text at school year in year out? I suppose English teachers fall back on the classics for a reason. But Jane Eyre was amongst those that I never grew tired of studying and similarly, as an adult, I love watching a brand new TV/film production when […]

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A night of storytelling in swish surroundings

Monday, February 17th, 2014

I do like putting on an audiobook from time to time, although it isn’t my go-to reading format. But it’s rare these days that storytelling is an event, a night out, which is why the mention in a weekend paper of Pin Drop Studio jumped out at me. The Pin Drop Studio hosts authors and […]

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Are you lying comfortably? Then I’ll begin…

Friday, February 14th, 2014

I was astounded the other week to learn that one of my favourite childhood reads: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory turns a whopping fifty years old this year.  Isn’t it wearing well, isn’t it? I do hope that copies of Roald Dahl’s classic are having surreptitious / riotous after-hours parties on bookshelves around the world. […]

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A Literary Memory Lane

Thursday, February 13th, 2014

Last week I became an auntie for the very first time to a beautiful little girl called Rowan. With a new member of the family comes lots of things to look forward to: cute baby clothing, learning first words, birthdays and many more. But something I’m really looking forward to is story time. I can’t […]

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Wednesday Cover Story: Under the Covers

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

In April we have a title coming out that is sure to put a little ‘spring’ in your step: Writing the Garden: A Literary Conversation Across Two Centuries. The author is Elizabeth Barlow Rogers, the first person to hold the title of Central Park Administrator in New York who now writes history of landscape design […]

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A fine performance from Fiennes

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

Ralph Fiennes has a talent for giving me to heebie-geebies. I recall seeing him in The English Patient (ouch – those burns), he was the creepy and conflicted Amon Goeth in Schindler’s List, and let us not forget his turn as the nasally challenged He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named. But he might be about to break his freaking me […]

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The Wonderful World of Documentary

Monday, February 10th, 2014

Whilst ploughing my way through most of this years’ film awards-season offerings, I’ve also been enjoying some fantastic documentaries lately. Last weekend I was invited to Open City Docs Fest’s ‘History of Documentary Weekend’, by a friend (who is way more in the know about these things). We headed to UCL for a screening of […]

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Prince of Shadows giveaway

Friday, February 7th, 2014

Win a set of PRINCE OF SHADOWS goodies.

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With the benefit of hindsight…

Friday, February 7th, 2014

What do The Bell Jar and Where the Wild Things Are have in common? Very different books of course, but they were both published in 1963. Literary web magazine and blog Bookslut have decided to step in and right the wrongs of book awards past, creating the Daphnes or ‘The Corrections‘, choosing the best book […]

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National Storytelling Week

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

We’re in the midst of the fourteenth annual National Storytelling Week. As a publisher it’s not surprising that this initiative to promote the oldest artform appeals to us here at A&B. Why not see if there’s an event happening near you, like Stories by Candlelight at the Polar Museum, Cambridge tomorrow (Friday) or the Anti-Valentine […]

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Wednesday Cover Story: Changing Covers

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

For a while now I’ve had my eye on The Other Typist by Suzanne Rindell. I saw the eye-catching hardback in Waterstones and immediately picked it up. Something about the title, together with the woman on the front, made me think of the 1920s Jazz age. And I wasn’t far off. Set in New York […]

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