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34 Songs for a Road Trip: Guest Post from Jessica Brockmole

Tuesday, August 8th, 2017

Today we’re thrilled to welcome author Jessica Brockmole to the blog. Her latest book, Woman Enters Left, is out today! It follows two women making road trips across America, and in honour of that, Jessica shares a road trip playlist.  Some days I give myself a theme song. Really good writing days deserve Pat Benatar’s […]

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The Bigger Picture – a guest post from Jill McGivering

Saturday, June 24th, 2017

Today we’re welcoming Jill McGivering to the blog, to discuss some of the inspiration behind her latest book, Daughters of India, which came out this week.  When I was based in India as a journalist some years ago, a visiting British colleague told me a story. She’d just been to the office of an Indian […]

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Writing What You Know – a guest post by Susanna Bavin

Tuesday, June 20th, 2017

We’re delighted to welcome to the blog author Susanna Bavin, whose debut saga novel The Deserter’s Daughter is released this week! Researching family history can cause weird feelings. Not long ago, I found a discussion about my great-great-grandmother Charlotte on an online message-board. It was wonderful – I found out one or two things that […]

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The Memories on a Bookshelf

Monday, June 5th, 2017

Many bibliophiles have books which always remind them of a particular place or time. As I moved house recently, packing up then unpacking my shelves, I was reminded of some of mine, and since this is my first blog post since joining the team, I thought it would be a good introduction! I could list […]

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The Cinderella Service on iPlayer

Tuesday, March 21st, 2017

Author Julia Stoneham was inspired to write Muddy Boots and Silk Stockings after writing the radio series The Cinderella Service. We’re very excited that the BBC have recently aired the series again and you can listen to it on iPlayer now! You can find the first episode (of three) here.       Devon, England, 1943: Alice […]

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Missing Manuscripts

Wednesday, June 10th, 2015

Last night we heard the news that the new Fifty Shades of Grey manuscript was stolen just days before the book’s release. Police have launched an investigation amid fears that copies of the manuscript could be made and sold on the black market, or that extracts could be sold off to media outlets ahead of […]

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London Book Fair Roundup

Friday, April 17th, 2015

We’ve been out of the office for the past few days, enjoying some sunshine in Kensington Olympia. This year’s London Book Fair was a runaway success, and all of us enjoyed meeting up with authors, agents, publishers and booksellers, as well as saying hello to lots and LOTS of bookworms. It’s always lovely to meet […]

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Wednesday Cover Story: Menna van Praag

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

Two beautiful covers to reveal to you today and we really can’t choose between them! A&B are incredibly excited about new author, Menna van Praag’s April release, The House at the End of Hope Street. This is a book for book-lovers, a richly told tale of lives less ordinary, with fantastic, strong female characters. Menna’s second […]

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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 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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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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Wednesday Cover Story: Seeing Double with Paddington

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

It seems some things really do translate across the ages. Both the Michael Bond Paddington series and his brilliant Monsieur Pamplemousse adult books, published by A&B, have ended up with very similar covers… Paddington Bear Series Monsieur Pamplemousse Series We’d be very happy to have both sets side by side on our shelves. And not […]

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The Launch of The Silk Tree PLUS Julian Stockwin’s latest blogpost

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

Julian Stockwin plus family, friends and the whole A&B team, greatly enjoyed the launch of his new book The Silk Tree last Thursday night. It’s always fun to celebrate an exciting new venture and, as both Julian and Susie said on the night, we hope there are many more A&B/Stockwin books to come! The book’s official […]

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From Proof to Perfection: Murder at the Brightwell

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

Ever since we caught a glimpse of it’s proof-copy baby sister, we’ve been waiting with baited breath… And the time has come- just LOOK at this beautiful and stylish hardback, hot off the press! Murder at the Brightwell, by Ashley Weaver, is a witty new crime debut in which we meet Amery Ames (best name ever) […]

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Sand on the Shelves

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

With the arrival of the Kindle, we thought that we’d finally solved the problem of bulky bags full of holiday reads, costing an arm and a leg to check in. But isn’t it true that some of us miss the sand between the pages experience of holding an actual book? Fear not traditionalists, because there’s […]

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A fond farewell…

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

I can scarcely believe it. But today is my last day at Allison & Busby. After many happy years here, the time has come for me to leave this lovely home and its large family of authors. I’ve followed A&B around London, from the humble pad in Brixton, to the lovely offices in Charlotte Mews […]

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Friday Giveaway: The perfect way to deal with winter…

Friday, January 17th, 2014

There is really only one way to deal with a cold and chilly winter. 1. Stay indoors and get comfortable under your favourite blanket. 2. Choose a pertinent novel set in the dead of winter (pun intended) so you don’t lose the wintry atmosphere but can feel doubly snug and smug at the fact that […]

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Revisiting an important time in history

Monday, January 6th, 2014

As we gear up for the Academy Awards season, the talk of the moment is 12 Years a Slave – a film which will hit UK cinemas on 28 January and  follows the story of Solomon Northup, who was kidnapped and sold into slavery in the 1840s.  Already nominated for seven Golden Globes, critics appear […]

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On the Twelfth Day of Christmas…

Friday, December 20th, 2013

My true love sent to me… Today’s snippet from The Mischief of the Mistletoe: “of the effigy.” Now you should have the complete quote! (Read the previous posts if you are missing any clues) and you can  enter our 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway now to win all twelve books!

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