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Reading on the Road

Friday, May 29th, 2015

Our author Emily Winslow told me, last week, about a brilliant and dedicated group of book lovers – ‘Books Afoot’. The Books Afoot group are part of the Book Group at Minnesota Women’s Press. They believe, quite rightly, that literature and travel make a rewarding combination. Reading the literature from a place illuminates your exploration of it, and […]


New Old Fairy Tales

Thursday, May 28th, 2015

Last month saw the publication of a new collection of fairy tales: The Turnip Princess and Other Newly Discovered Fairy Tales by Franz Xaver von Schönwerth. But considering they were first recorded in the 1800s, ‘new’ may not be the best way to describe them… Franz Xaver von Schönwerth was a civil servant in Bavaria. […]


Literary Homes

Friday, May 22nd, 2015

It was announced this week that F. Scott Fitzgerald’s home is now up for sale in Long Island. The manor home is twenty miles outside New York and Fitzgerald and his wife Zelda are believed to have lived there between 1922 and 1924. The Mediterranean style home features seven bedrooms, six bathrooms, a music room and […]


Whose Line is it Anyway? LIVE!

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

This year is proving itself to be full of delightful arts-related news. First, it was announced that a sequel of To Kill a Mockingbird has been discovered and will be published in July (yes, I have already pre-ordered my copy), and now my dreams have come true: Whose Line is it Anyway?, a hilarious improvisational […]


CrimeFest Bristol: A Roundup

Monday, May 18th, 2015

Susie and I have just returned from a trip to Bristol, for this year’s CrimeFest. It was a weekend of celebration as Catherine Aird was announced as the recipient of this year’s lifetime achievement, ‘Diamond Dagger Award’, and L C Tyler collected the Goldsboro Last Laugh Award, for Elsie and Elthered mystery, Crooked Herring. There were also […]


Laurie Aaaarrrrgggghhhh! King and the Pirates

Friday, May 15th, 2015

If you’re lucky enough to have a ticket to ENO’s Pirates of Penzance, on at the Coliseum at the moment, we’re VERY jealous. Directed by the wonderful Mike Leigh, the production runs until the 4th July. A&B favourite, Laurie R King’s book Pirate King is set around the set of a film by the same title, […]


Reintroducing The Literary Gift Company

Wednesday, May 13th, 2015

A while ago now, I wrote a post introducing The Literary Gift Company, whose innovative book-related products are guaranteed to make any book lover smile. Well, now I have inevitably been drawn back into their fold, and have found a selection of items which are destined for my birthday wish list. The first being an […]


Sharing Suzette A. Hill at Gladstone Library Talk

Monday, May 11th, 2015

Back in February, Suzette A. Hill gave a talk about her books and her writing to a lucky few at Gladstone Library – did you manage to catch it?! For those who weren’t able to head along, we’d like to share a recording of Suzette’s talk – via this link. The author of A Little […]


What’s in a Title?

Friday, May 8th, 2015

Sometimes book titles can be incredibly obscure and give nothing away about its content. Like Shadow in the Wind or A Bend in the River. They hint at something mysterious and literary without actually making much sense at all. On the opposite side of the spectrum, there are some book titles that get straight to […]


Katharine Moore

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015

We’re very proud of the reissues of three Katharine Moore titles, in e-book format this year – Summer at the Haven, Moving House and The Lotus House were all made available in March. And as we look forward to a three generation, literary celebration (in June Katharine’s daughter, the poet Jane Kingshill, will be joined […]


Mr Darcy – reveal yourself!

Friday, May 1st, 2015

Having recently written a blog in which guinea pigs are to star as Pride and Prejudice characters (I still can’t quite believe this is real), Jane Austen is at the forefront of my mind. So news that Dr Susan Watson may have found the ‘real’ Mr Darcy has me both pleased and intrigued in equal […]


Do You Believe the Hype?

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

Every now and again a book appears that everyone is raving about; the critics love it, readers can’t recommend it enough. But sometimes I find it almost puts me off – what if I don’t like it? Am I then somehow wrong in my judgement? For example, The Deaths by Mark Lawson, eventually fell a […]


Knowledge is Beautiful

Friday, April 24th, 2015

On a day-to-day basis we are bombarded with information, facts and figures and it can be hard for our minds to digest it all. So author, designer and data journalist David McCandless has set out to make it all a little easier for us. His book, Knowledge is Beautiful, uses colourful infographics to ‘ visualise captivating and […]


Wednesday Cover Story: Alternative Alanna

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

We recently requested some old editions from our author, Alanna Knight, for scanning, and just look what we received… These editions from the late 70’s really show how covers change over time! I quite like them actually, they remind me of surreal anime books, and I’ve decided the one on the far left looks a […]


A Maisie Dobbs Announcement…

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

For immediate release TELEVISION AND PUBLISHING DEALS ANNOUNCED FOR BESTSELLING SLEUTH MAISIE DOBBS SLAM TV has acquired the option to develop a TV series based on the Maisie Dobbs historical mysteries by award-winning New York Times bestselling author Jacqueline Winspear. SLAM TV is a new UK-based production company headed by actors Stephen Mangan (Episodes) and […]


Pride and Prejudice Finds Another Face

Monday, April 20th, 2015

Few of us can ever un-see the iconic image of Colin Firth as Mr Darcy slowly emerging, dripping wet, from a lake in the BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice. Over the years, Jane Austen’s classic has been adapted for the big and small screen, also re  imagined as other novels. Recently we have seen the […]


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 […]


We Won’t Pick Up a Penguin

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

At the risk of appearing to write a politically-motivated blog, which is not my intention, I have decided to share an article featured on the BBC News website this week. It speaks of library books that have received the most complaints, one of the most recent additions being a tale of two male penguins that […]


Looking forward to a CrimeFest

Monday, April 13th, 2015

We hope that we will be seeing some of you at next month’s CrimeFest, in Bristol? CrimeFest is a convention for people who like to read an occasional crime novel as well as for die-hard fanatics. Many of our authors attend each year, as the festivals sees top crime novelists, readers, editors, publishers and reviewers […]


Living the Dream

Friday, April 10th, 2015

A job advert went viral last week that has to be one of the most enviable in the world: a Police Constable on the Isle of Scilly -where the number of crimes last year was twenty-four. Sergeant Colin Taylor wrote that required attributes would be ‘unflinching confidence’ to know what to do when alerted to […]


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