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High Rise in Film

Friday, January 23rd, 2015

It’s always a good day when you find out one of your favourite books is being made into a film. This week’s revelation is J. G. Ballard‘s High Rise. The director has already started tweeting cryptic photos of the set and an early teaser poster has been released: Copyright Jay Shaw Starring actor-of-the-moment Tom Hiddleston and Sienna […]

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Bitter Greens Takes Another Captive

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

This week I began reading Bitter Greens by Kate Forsyth and, at the risk of appearing biased, have been totally captivated by it. What we know as the fairy tale, Rapunzel, is traced back to its origin, any glossing-over or ‘Disneying’ forgotten. The stories of the three central female characters are cleverly woven together: Charlotte […]

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Slow and steady…

Monday, January 19th, 2015

It’s the perfect weather to be tucked up inside with a book at the moment and yet I don’t seem to be getting through any of the three reads I have on the go with much pace. But there’s a new reading craze that tells me I’m not alone in this and neither should I […]

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Should we fictionalise real people?

Friday, January 16th, 2015

It cannot be denied that stories from the past, recent or distant, are incredibly popular with modern audiences. From success of television drama The Tudors, telling of Henry VIII’s reign, to the feature-length Titanic, we are intrigued by historical events. However, to what extent is fictionalising the past misleading audiences and is it ethically correct […]

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New Favourites

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

Last weekend I went to one of my favourite exhibitions of the year: Wildlife Photographer of the Year at the National History Museum. Now in its 50th year, the exhibition ‘provides a global showcase of the very best nature photograph’. I always find myself astonished by the ‘Young Photographer of the Year’ award as some […]

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Perfume psychology with our favourite authors

Monday, January 12th, 2015

I thoroughly enjoyed Emerald Street’s article last week matching famous authors to their comparative perfumes. Based on nothing more than their writing and a passing knowledge of their lives, here are some speculative suggestions for the preferred scents of our favourite writers. Anaïs Nin Mitsouko features frequently in Anaïs Nin’s writing, including Henry And June. […]

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Leave Frankenstein Alone

Friday, January 9th, 2015

It saddens me that production companies feel compelled every few years to churn out yet another Frankenstein remake. With their reputation for all-star casts and their textual inaccuracy –it is unforgivable to confuse the name of the creator with the created –it needs to stop. In the same year as the National Theatre stage production […]

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Buy 1 Get 1 Free on Best of 2014

Thursday, January 8th, 2015

It’s the New Year and we’re having a bit of a retrospective! Buy one get one  free on some of our favourite titles from 2014 including: The Wild Girl / Leaving Everything Most Loved/ Sweet Smell of Decay/ Love & Death / Peril on the Royal Train / Songs of Willow Frost Please note that the […]

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A Year in Books

Wednesday, January 7th, 2015

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerburg has set himself the challenge of reading a new book every two weeks for the entirety of 2015. The project, called A Year in Books,  was shared on Facebook on January 3rd and has since gathered over 180,000 followers. Zuckerburg’s mission statement  says ‘Our books will emphasize learning about new cultures, beliefs, histories and […]

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The A&B Forecast

Monday, January 5th, 2015

Whilst thinking about my New Year’s resolutions and upcoming schedules, I’m also looking forward to some fab new books coming out of the A&B factory in the next few months. Take a look below at my recommendations for some of our exciting new titles, and see what the rest of the A&B office is waiting […]

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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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