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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’ […]


‘Lost’ Sherlock film discovered

Friday, October 10th, 2014

A silent Sherlock Holmes film made in 1916, thought to have been lost forever, and featuring the only screen performance by William Gillette with his trademark pipe has been found in the French film archive.     Read the full article here:   Lydia Riddle, Editor


Change of Season

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

We’re now officially into autumn which means darker mornings and drizzly weather. But it’s not all doom and gloom: it’s not to hard to love this change of season when our parks and cities look like this –  check out these beautiful autumn pictures: Do you have any great seasonal photos to share? Sophie. Editorial […]


The Adventure Continues for Holmes-ians

Friday, October 3rd, 2014

Fans of our Sherlock Holmes pastiches will be delighted to hear that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s original manuscript of the late Holmes story The Adventure of the Illustrious Client will be on display for the first time, at the Museum of London, from 17th October. Famous for never revealing the true identity of the ‘illustrious […]


Buy 1 Get 1 Free on Film Tie-Ins

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

We’re offering you buy one get one free on a bunch of A&B titles that can also be enjoyed on screen. Choose from Get Carter, Alfie, Point Blank, Amistad, Thank you for Smoking, Young Bess, Absolute Beginners, Little Children, On the Waterfront and The Trouble With Harry.


From Proof to Perfection: Murder at the Brightwell

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

Ever since we caught a glimpse of it’s proof-copy baby sister, we’ve been waiting with baited breath… And the time has come- just LOOK at this beautiful and stylish hardback, hot off the press! Murder at the Brightwell, by Ashley Weaver, is a witty new crime debut in which we meet Amery Ames (best name ever) […]


The Read for Speed

Monday, September 29th, 2014

Apparently, I could read the entire Game of Thrones collection in 166 days. (Interestingly, it’s taken me over a year to watch 2.5 series). That’s reading for about 25 minutes a day, which is incidentally about the length of my tube journey. Find out your reading ‘potential’ using this Daily Mail test- just think how many wonderful […]


Which poem do you know by heart?

Friday, September 26th, 2014

I’m proud to say I can still recite William Blake’s The Tiger on request, thanks to my GCSE English teacher who ruthlessly ordered me and my fellow classmates to stand up in front of the class and deliver it from memory. Over the next year, Cambridge University are conducting a poetry and memory survey, in which academics are going to […]


From Print to Screen

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

The time has finally arrived! Next week David Fincher’s adaptation of Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn hits our cinemas. And I couldn’t be more excited. I remember last year the sea of black books with fluorescent typeface on the tube. Finally intrigued, I picked up a copy and didn’t put it down for a week. […]


A Murder of Magpies

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

With the upcoming paperback release of Judith Flanders’ hilarious caper crime, A Murder of Magpies (originally called Writers’ Block), we’re on the lookout for the best animal collectives.  See the American edition cover, below. This weekend in the Guardian we spotted an article on ten of the best collective nouns. It missed out a ‘worship of writers’, which […]


The House that Blake Built

Friday, September 19th, 2014

Plans to create a museum within the house that poet William Blake lived in from 1800 – 1803 are being backed by a crowdfund campaign, launching next week. To celebrate, we are running a special offer on the hardback edition of Beryl Kingston’s Gates of Paradise, a charming love story, set against the historical events of Blake’s stay […]


The Monster’s Wife

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

We all have one or two books that we read and that stay with us forever – for me one of those titles is Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. The creature”s ability to be at once terrifying and vulnerable captured my imagination. I even wrote my dissertation on it. So I was extremely excited to learn that Kate […]


Suzette A Hill’s Short Story Challenge

Monday, September 15th, 2014

It was quite a challenge the Royal Over-Seas League Magazine put to our author, Suzette A Hill; to write a short story in just 50 words is no mean feat! But the author readily accepted the commission and it was challenge accomplished. We love the heartwarming photo, don’t you?! England – August 1940 Suzette A Hill That […]


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