John Wilcox – on Starshine

17 July, 2014

Q. The novel is set at the time of World War 1. What sparked your interest in the Great War? My father and all his (older) six brothers all served throughout what was later called the Great War.  They were all rifle and bayonet infantrymen and amazingly they all survived, albeit with various wounds.  Uncle Ernest […]

Writing the Garden – RHS Membership Competition

14 May, 2014

Win a year’s membership to the RHS with Writing the Garden

The Wild Girl competitions – WINNERS!

7 April, 2014

During March we were celebrating all things fairy tale following the publication of The Wild Girl in paperback. There were competitions with fantastic prizes and, in true fairy tale tradition, there were a magical three winners. In our main competition we were offering the chance for one lucky winner and a friend to enjoy a […]

Morganville Residents – competition winners announced

28 February, 2014

Rachel Caine fans do you still have your Morganville I.D. on your person at all times? Watch out, Amelie might be planning spot checks, but you didn’t hear that from us. Anyway, as well as giving you some slight protection from getting it, err, in the neck from the Founder, these Morganville I.D. cards were […]

The Wild Girl Competition

28 February, 2014

Your chance to win a fairy tale pamper day at the Athenaeum Hotel, London.

Prince of Shadows giveaway

7 February, 2014

Win a set of PRINCE OF SHADOWS goodies.

Win a SIGNED copy of Dead of Winter

17 January, 2014

Win a signed copy of the chilling thriller by Elizabeth Corley

The 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway

4 December, 2013

Follow our blog for some festive fun and a chance to win 12 lovely books!

Author of the Week

4 November, 2013

This new feature is coming soon!

A Goodbye to Literary Agent Dot Lumley

8 October, 2013

We were all so sorry to hear that Dot Lumley of the Dorian Literary Agency has passed away after a long battle with cancer. She was wonderfully warm and friendly, and a delight to work with. She will be much missed by her loyal authors and her many publishing friends and colleagues.

Crime-writer Robert Barnard dies, aged 76.

23 September, 2013

Revered crime-writer Robert Barnard has died, aged 76. He spent over 40 years penning countless crime novels and short stories, and was the recipient of numerous awards, including the CWA Cartier Diamond Dagger, in recognition of a lifetime’s achievement in crime writing.

A Farewell Favour

21 August, 2013

One month ago, after much deliberation, I handed in my notice and made the official decision to leave my job at Allison & Busby. It wasn’t an easy choice, as I’ve absolutely loved my time here, but I was keen to take the leap and disappear off to Continental Europe for some travelling (while I’m […]

The Wonders of Spine Poetry

16 August, 2013

A spur-of-the-moment reading of the Waterstones blog recently introduced me to a completely new concept: spine poetry. I clicked from Twitter to a guest post by author Tracy Guzeman, and was immediately intrigued. Spine poetry, it turns out, is a way of arranging the books on a shelf so their spines create some sort of mood or […]

Jane Austen…and Sea Monsters?

5 August, 2013

I’ve been on a light-hearted reading spree lately. After finishing David Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas, which was great but I must admit quite long and serious, I turned to R.J. Palacio’s Wonder. Not really a light-hearted subject, I admit (the book centres on a boy born with a facial abnormality), but it does have the advantage […]

Adrian Magson at Bookmarks Festival, Helmdon

31 July, 2013

Sunday 25th August, 3pm HELMDON Bestselling crime writer Adrian Magson will be appearing at Bookmarks Festival in Helmdon, Northamptonshire. Whilst there, Adrian will be reading from his latest Lucas Rocco mystery, Death at the Clos du Lac, taking part in a Q&A as well as signing copies of the book. The event is part of […]

Judith Flanders joins A&B’s fiction list

30 July, 2013

Allison & Busby is thrilled to welcome Judith Flanders to their fiction list. The two-book deal will see Flanders’ novel WRITER’S BLOCK published in hardback in spring 2014.

D E Meredith at Richmond Literary Festival

25 July, 2013

Thursday 28th November, 7.30pm EAST SHEEN LIBRARY As part of Richmond Literary Festival, D.E. Meredith will be taking part in a discussion with fellow authors Essie Fox and Lloyd Shepherd at East Sheen Library, Sheen Lane, SW14 8LP. She will do a reading from her latest Victorian crime novel The Devil’s Ribbon as well as […]

Our tenner gets a literary revamp!

25 July, 2013

So, it’s official – Jane Austen is to appear on the next £10 note. It’s a shame she’s replacing Darwin (can’t they make room for him somewhere else?) but it’s brilliant that we finally have a great woman writer on our cash. I’m not too sure about the design concept, though – it all looks […]

Martin Edwards at Gladfest

24 July, 2013

Saturday 7th September, 8pm GLADSTONE LIBRARY Join crime writer Martin Edwards in an interactive lecture called ‘Who killed George Hargrave?’ and solve the Victorian mystery with Martin as your guide. Winner of the CWA Short Story Dagger, Martin writes the bestselling Lake District mysteries and his latest and sixth installment, The Frozen Shroud is out […]

Martin Edwards at Gladstone Library

24 July, 2013

Tuesday 13th August, 7.30pm GLADSTONE’S LIBRARY Best-selling crime writer Martin Edwards will be launching his latest book, The Frozen Shroud which is the sixth edition to his award-winning Lake District crime novel series, at Gladstone’s Library, Church Lane, CH5 3DF. Martin will read from The Frozen Shroud as well as take questions about the novel […]

D E Meredith at Thames Valley History Festival

23 July, 2013

Saturday 9th November, 7.30pm VENUE TBC A&B’s D E Meredith will be joining a panel entitled The English and The Exotic to discuss the English exploration of exotic lands – a theme which features in D E Meredith’s Victorian crime novel Devoured. Tickets are £7.50 and will go on sale in early October. Check back […]