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Spring in your Step

Friday, March 6th, 2015

I’ve seen daffodils this week, which means it’s nearly time to stop wearing my woollies. I’m enjoying being out and about more now that the evenings are getting lighter and the rain has (for now at least) stopped. And so when I spotted these London audio walking tours on the Guardian website, I decided I’m […]


World Book Day is back!

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

This Thursday welcomes back World Book Day! Many of us will remember being given our £1 book tokens while at school. For me, it is incredibly nostalgic. This year children’s laureate Malorie Blackman, perhaps best known for her ‘Noughts and Crosses’ series is to launch WBD Teenfest ( The site will be live from 4th-5th […]


Buy One, Get One Free on Mother’s Day & Easter Gifts

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

Treat family and friends to some extra presents this Mothering Sunday and Easter. Buy one, get one free on a bright bunch, including: Air Kisses / Promises to Keep / The Girl on the Beach / To Catch a Rabbit / The Affair of the Bloodstained Egg Cosy and Julia’s Chocolates. Please note: discount applied at […]


Harry Potter Secrets to be Revealed

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

My weekend was considerably lightened once again by bookish revelations: further Harry Potter secrets are to be revealed by Philip Errington in his comprehensive work J.K. Rowling: A Bibliography 1997-2013.  As well as providing up-to-date bibliographic details of all of Rowling’s work, the author also includes fascinating behind-the-scenes information, gathered by interviewing staff at Bloomsbury and accessing […]


The Bookshop Band

Friday, February 27th, 2015

How great are these guys! Combining a love of music and books – two things no one ever minds combining – they’ve been performing literary-inspired songs together, for five years.  Titles including For an Ending (based on A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness) and How not to Woo a Woman (based on the Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry). […]


Rereading Anthony Burgess

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

Did anyone see the article on Anthony Burgess in last weekend’s Guardian? It reminded us here at A&B HQ, that this brilliant author was not only the creator of two of our favourite fiction titles – ‘Nothing Like the Sun‘ and ‘Kingdom of the Wicked‘, but that somewhere on our archive was a book that […]


Breaking News for Sherlock Holmes Fans

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

My weekend was cheered immensely by the news that a long-lost Sherlock Holmes story has been discovered. Found by historian Walter Elliot, it’s the first unseen Sherlock story unearthed in eighty years. The 1,300-word tale starring the famous detective in a collection of short stories written for a local bazaar. The wooden bridge in the Scottish town of […]


Tube Poetry

Friday, February 20th, 2015

Travel Better London and TFL are partnering up for a poem competition about travel etiquette in London. Passengers who pen the best poem will see their masterpiece and a cartoon of themselves on a poster in a special campaign across the network. The poem must be 4 – 6 lines long and feature any of the […]


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 […]


Checking out A&B talent

Monday, February 16th, 2015

Lists released by the British Library’s Public Lending Right reveal Allison & Busby authors’ books are some of the most borrowed in the UK! Superstar, Anna Jacobs was the sixth most borrowed author (adult fiction) of 2013-14, with Heir to Greyladies a top title. Take a look at the full series here and keep an eye out […]


The TBR Pile

Friday, February 13th, 2015

I’ve decided to jump on Guardian Books bandwagon and discuss my To Be Read pile. Mainly because I always look forward to starting something new and because I have a long weekend off work so there’s lots of time to get stuck into something! I’m currently halfway through the masterpiece that is The Little Friend […]


An older and wiser Sherlock hits the big screen

Wednesday, February 11th, 2015

Can you imagine how the unbeatable Sherlock Holmes will cope as he reaches his elderly years and has to face the mundane battles, such as memory loss and dementia, as well as coming up against the fantastical criminals in his day-to-day detective work? New film, Mr Holmes, directed by Bill Condon offers a vision of Sir […]


Reading in Rude Health

Monday, February 9th, 2015

The University of Liverpool has conducted a study that shows people who read regularly for pleasure have greater levels of self-esteem, are less stressed, and can cope better with difficult situations than lapsed or non-readers. After reading about this, I came across the below infographic comparing reading and other stress-relieving activities. I was quite surprised […]


Be a Good SAMaritan

Friday, February 6th, 2015

Veering off books and all things cultural for one moment – today I came across a brilliant new app that will potentially save thousands of lives. Despite my general dislike of our over-reliance on our smartphones, this new app, called GoodSAM, has proved that technology can save the day. The app lets you flag up […]


Happy News for Harper Lee fans

Wednesday, February 4th, 2015

Yesterday, arguably the most exciting literary announcement was made: Harper Lee is to release a second novel! Since the release of To Kill a Mockingbird, her beloved first novel, 55 years ago, Harper Lee has lived away from the spotlight. This new novel is expected to be a ‘sequel’ to her first. Unknown to some, […]


Alice Gets A Makeover

Monday, February 2nd, 2015

All time favourite children’s book, the bonkers and brilliant Alice in Wonderland is to celebrate it’s 150th Anniversary this year. The festivities are already underway and include a BBC documentary exploring the life and imagination of Lewis Carroll, a postal stamp set, featuring ten scenes from the book and – my favourite – a 150th […]


The Anatomy of Crime

Friday, January 30th, 2015

The Wellcome Trust are launching a new exhibition in February, perfect for any crime fans out there: ‘Forensics: The Anatomy of Crime‘. Using real-life case studies,  the exhibition ‘travels from crime scene to courtroom, across centuries and continents, exploring the specialisms of those involved in the delicate processes of collecting, analysing and presenting medical evidence. […]


Get ready for your favourite books making the big-screen in 2015

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

We’re all aware of the hotly anticipated film adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey, due to hit screens in February. But what of the other book-to-screen productions coming up in 2015?     A huge fan of Gone Girl, the book and the film, I’ll be saving space in my diary for the next Gillian […]


National Readathon Day Roundup

Monday, January 26th, 2015

On Saturday 24th January, Penguin Random House, together with Goodreads, Mashable and the National Book Foundation, celebrated National Readathon Day by encouraging people all across the world to read between noon and 4pm in their respective time zones. Their aim was to highlight how fortunate those with the power of literacy are, compared to that […]


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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