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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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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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Buy 1 Get 1 Free on Christmas Gift Books

Monday, December 1st, 2014

Spreading a little festive cheer and making your Christmas shopping a bit easier – we have a buy 1 get 1 free offer on great gift books this month. Choose from The South African Illustrated Cookbook, The Silk Tree, Battles of WW1, Battles of WW2, The Mike Hammer Omnibus vol. 1, Dr. Dale’s Zombie Dictionary, […]

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A&B Inside Story – Susie’s Google Play Interview

Friday, November 28th, 2014

Earlier this month, Susie shared the A&B story, as well as tips for those just starting out in the industry, in Google Play’s Partner Newsletter. Have a read through the interview below! How did your publishing experience start? I joined William Collins (later HarperCollins) in the late 1980s as the secretary to a sales manager […]

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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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Create your own children’s book!

Monday, November 24th, 2014

While looking for a Christmas present for my young niece, I came across a brilliant concept at Lostmy.name.  By typing in the gender and name of a child, you can create a personalised story book. Each book tells the story of a child who has lost his or her name, and bravely sets off to track down […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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… […]

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