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Christmas Wishlist

Friday, November 21st, 2014

With the John Lewis advert now on our screens and mince pies appearing in every supermarket, it’s safe to say Christmas is on the way. I’ve spent the last week trying to scramble together a Christmas list to circulate with family but, since I am no longer five and in want of new toys, it’s […]


Wednesday Cover Story: Helen Cadbury

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

Helen Cadbury is a York based writer whose debut novel, To Catch a Rabbit, was joint winner of the Northern Crime Award. A&B are thrilled to be republishing this title in January, with a brand new, second Sean Denton book to follow in the summer. If you haven’t seen it already at the cover for […]


Good things come in small packages.

Monday, November 17th, 2014

Last week, Underwire Film Festival was underway in Hackney, showcasing some of the best emerging female talent in the film industry. Underwire was curated based on awards – best director, best composer, etc – which meant a good variety of shorts for each night. I went along for two of the evenings and was lucky […]


National Novel Writing Month

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

It’s officially National Novel Writing Month! A fun and organised approach to creative writing, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by the end of November and track their progress in NaNoWriMo’s online community. There’s an inspiration section and pep-talks from well-know authors, including New York Times bestselling author Hugh Howey, to help […]


Wednesday Cover Story: L C Tyler Covers

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

A few months ago we gave you a sneak peak of the cover for L C Tyler’s Crooked Herring, released in September. With great reviews coming in for the first book, we knew you’d be interested to see the beautiful covers for the rest of the series. We can’t wait to see them in the flesh… […]


‘Who Are You?’ asks Grayson Perry

Monday, November 10th, 2014

Grayson Perry’s stunning ceramics and loud, colourful tapestries have always been a favourite of mine. And fourteen of his portraits of individuals, families and groups are currently on display at the London Portrait Gallery in an exhibition that asks Who Are You? I don’t want to give too much away but one of the many […]


Girls on Film: The Bechdel Test

Friday, November 7th, 2014

Here at A&B we love reading about great female characters and have been inspired by the likes of Freya Stark, Shifting Colours‘ Miriam, and Charlotte-Rose de la Force, of Bitter Greens. So we were interested to hear of the Bechdel Test- a three-step rule to see if a film has two named female characters who have a […]


Spelling mistakes, typos and howlers

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

This morning an article on the BBC website caught my eye: Why Typos and Spelling Mistakes Really Don’t Matter. Author and FT columnist Lucy Kellaway, a journalist with a self-confessed ‘flair for typos’, believes we should not be overly obsessed with these little mistakes that often crop up in writing. Working in an editorial department in […]


Buy 1 get 1 free on Winter Warmers

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

The weather’s on the turn and we’re making you a wintry offer. Purchase any of these titles and receive the cheapest book free! It’s enough to make you feel warm inside…  Prince of Shadows, Dead of Winter, In Falling Snow, Over a Hot Stove, Season of Storms, The Frozen Shroud, The Frost Fair, Dark Undertakings. […]


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 […]


WIN: Morganville Goodies Plus a Kindle

Friday, October 31st, 2014

Please note that this competition is now closed To celebrate Rachel Caine’s visit to the UK and the launch of the Morganville Digital Series, we’re running a spooky competition… Two runners up will win a special edition signed copy of Daylighters and some Halloween goodies, plus one lucky winner will also receive the latest Kindle, with a cover signed by the author and […]


Spooky Reads

Friday, October 31st, 2014

It’s that time of year again where pumpkins and fake blood start to appear in supermarkets – Halloween. And what better time to ponder our favourite scary reads? For an especially frightening read, I always return to Stephen King’s Nightmares and Dreamscapes. Nothing is quite as terrifying as the short story ‘The Ten o’clock People‘ […]


Sherrinford Holmes and his trusty sidekick, Ormond Sacker

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

Doesn’t quite have the same ring to it, does it? However, an early manuscript of A Study in Scarlet shows its author still sketching out the names for what became the infamous duo, Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson . This weekend I stepped behind the wall of books and into the world of Sherlock Holmes […]


Book Walks

Monday, October 27th, 2014

If you haven’t stepped out on one already, why not try a literary stroll around London this month? Every year (usually in October) Footprints of London hosts a Literary Festival. Highlights include a literary history of Covent Garden- a walk following Mrs Dalloway as she goes to buy flowers for her party, a walk around literary […]


Ahead of trend with Forsyth’s fairytale retellings

Friday, October 24th, 2014

Fairytales with a new twist are still very much in vogue, heightened by the success of blockbusters such as Snow White and the Huntsman and Maleficent. Authors such as Neil Gaiman and Russell Brand are reinventing the fairytale with gangsta rats, werewolves and warrior queens. If you’re looking for an utterly captivating reinvention, check out […]


A Night in the Bookshop

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

After an American tourist got locked in one of their bookshops, Waterstones have invited ten lucky people to join them for a sleepover in their flagship Piccadilly store. (Their marketing team must be looking pretty smug right now!) But what a brilliant idea! Perhaps more bookshops around the country could get involved. We could gather round […]


Read Yourself Well

Monday, October 20th, 2014

Whilst books might not provide a medical antidote to health problems, there are emerging schemes that might go some way to helping those faced with challenging health problems. A new scheme promoting book-based therapy for dementia sufferers will be launched in libraries in England in January 2015. The ‘Books on Prescription‘ scheme comes from The […]


Bookshops from around the world

Friday, October 17th, 2014

An article in The Guardian caught my eye recently: Weird and Wonderful Bookshops from around the World and I was pleased to see that one of my favourites, Barter Books, had made the list. It’s a beautiful secondhand bookshop housed in a converted railway station in Alnwick. The list features lots more I’d like to visit […]


Have Kindle converts returned to the bookshop?

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

A lover of thumbing through pages of a riveting read, the feel of an embossed cover and the smell of a new book – I never converted to e-book reading. But, with it’s light-weight transportable convenience, many did and for a while it looked to be the end of printed books. However, last November, statistics […]


Prizes for Perry

Monday, October 13th, 2014

The Turner Prize is rolling round again (for a tongue in cheek read on the subject, try Ruth Dudley Edwards’ Killing the Emperors) and putting art at the forefront of peoples’ minds. This weekend I saw a great exhibition by an artist who fully deserves their Turner Prize-winner title, Grayson Perry. ‘The Vanity of Small Differences’ […]


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