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Delectable scenes in children’s fiction

Wednesday, December 31st, 2014

As we’re all now feeling rather festively plump having eaten our way through the Christmas week – here’s a round-up of some of the best fictional feasts in children’s books, as featured in the Guardian. Do you have a favourite scene of mouth-watering feasts to add to the list? 1)    The Inspector’s recipe for a […]

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Festive Reads

Monday, December 22nd, 2014

As Christmas approaches, I find myself searching bookshops for those cosy holiday reads that I want to curl up on the sofa with. So on my lunch break I popped into Gower Street Waterstones and found a ready-made selection of ‘Festive Reads’. The table was piled high with titles such as Christmas at Cold Comfort Farm and […]

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Did you collect all of the Banquet Comp clues?

Sunday, December 21st, 2014

CONGRATULATIONS! You have made it to feast and may enter the banquet. Pull up a chair by the fire and tell us the answers you’ve collected over the last few posts. Click here for a reminder of the clues, or if you’re ready to fill in your details and answers, click here.

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Book Banquet Competition: Day 5

Sunday, December 21st, 2014

Since the 17th Dec, we’ve featured a different book for every day of the week, each revealing a foodie clue to an component of our Christmas Banquet. Click here for more details and read on for the fifth and final clue! Day 5 Read the following extract from The Mischief of the Mistletoe and keep a note […]

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Book Banquet Competition: Day 4

Saturday, December 20th, 2014

From the 17th-21st December, we will be featuring a different book for every day of the week, each revealing a foodie clue to an component of our Christmas Banquet. Click here for more details and read on for clue 4! Day 4 Read the following extract from Starting Over, One Cake at a Time and keep a […]

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Book Banquet Competition: Day 3

Friday, December 19th, 2014

From the 17th-21st December, we will be featuring a different book for every day of the week, each revealing a foodie clue to an component of our Christmas Banquet. Click here for more details and read on for clue 3! Day 3 Read the following extract from The Provence Cure for the Broken Hearted and keep a […]

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Book Banquet Competition: Day 2

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

From the 17th-21st December, we will be featuring a different book for every day of the week, each revealing a foodie clue to an component of our Christmas Banquet. Click here for more details and read on for clue 2! Day 2 Read the following extract from The Care & Management of Lies and keep a […]

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Book Banquet Competition: Day 1

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

From the 17th-21st December, we will be featuring a different book for every day of the week, each revealing a foodie clue to an component of our Christmas Banquet. Click here for more details and read on for your first clue! Day 1 Read the following extract from Hot Sun, Cool Shadow and keep a […]

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The A&B Christmas Book Banquet

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

To celebrate this Christmas, A&B would like to invite you to a feast… From tomorrow until the 21st December, we’ll be featuring a different book for every day of the week, each revealing a foodie clue to part of our Christmas Feast. For the chance to win the Banquet Hamper full of books and goodies, […]

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Lawrence Scott blogs on Immigration for Commonwealth Writers

Monday, December 15th, 2014

A&B author Lawrence Scott left Trinidad in 1963, aged nineteen,in order to seek God in a Benedictine monastery in the Cotswolds. Antony Gormley’s ‘Another Place’ As part of a new Commonwealth Writers project, Lawrence has contributed to a thread of brief stories in which writers tell of their own migrations, as human beings.  These are not […]

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Unfinished Business

Friday, December 12th, 2014

Technology seems to be getting smarter by the day. Now it seems Kobo can collect data about its users and their reading habits. Interestingly, new data shows that, although The Goldfinch was the 37th bestselling ebook of the year for the retailer, it was completed by just 44.4% of Kobo’s British readers. Perhaps the mammoth 800+ […]

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The A&B Christmas Book Banquet

Thursday, December 11th, 2014

To celebrate this Christmas, A&B would like to invite you to a feast… From the 17th-21st December, we’ll be featuring a different book for every day of the week, each revealing a foodie clue to part of our Christmas Feast. For the chance to win the Banquet Hamper full of books and goodies, keep an […]

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It’s a Small World

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

We’ve all heard of the six-degrees of separation; that any two people on Earth can be connected to one another in fewer than six human links, but we in the A&B office are sure the world feels even smaller sometimes.  Back in July, we published the wonderful Fair Girls and Fair Horses by the Pullein-Thompson sisters – […]

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Re-covered Books #2 – Harry Potter

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

Every now and then I revisit The Fox is Black website to take a peak at their re-covered books contest and I am never disappointed. The latest one to impress me was the re-design of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. It’s a much-loved book for both adults (me) and children so I was excited […]

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Book Your Ticket

Friday, December 5th, 2014

Anyone spot the article in last week’s Grazia, in which the magazine told us that literature is ‘getting immersive’ and that ‘being a bookworm never felt so sexy’? “Well that’s obvious”, you say, “I’ve been immersed in books forever and even the word bookworm is enough to send a shiver down my spine”. But have […]

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Jekyll and Hyde – one not to watch alone

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

Reading Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, alone in a damp student dorm with single-glazed, rattling windows on a Newcastle winter evening, is a thrill I’ll never forget and will soon be reliving (in London this time but still with single-glazing). I’m so excited to hear author and comedian […]

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Fun in Fitzrovia

Monday, December 1st, 2014

A&B receive constant reminders of how lucky we are to work in beautiful Fitzrovia. Highlights for us include the miniature ice cream van in Fitzroy Square on summer afternoons (it’s really got to be the smallest in the world), working within very close proximity to some of the best restaurants and cocktails bars in the […]

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