Books that inspired Bloomsbury Girls – a guest post by Natalie Jenner

17 May, 2022

To celebrate the publication of Bloomsbury Girls by Natalie Jenner, we are pleased to share a list of books that inspired Natalie with her writing of her novel…. Let’s have a look at what books inspired Natalie, in her own words… 84, Charing Cross Road a book by Helene Hanff. (bookshop.org): Hanff’s classic epistolary work […]

How I first became a published author – A guest post from Anna Jacobs

21 April, 2022

Anna Jacobs is our Author of the Month for February 2022. To celebrate the publication of Sarah’s Gift we are pleased to share a guest blog from Anna herself, describing how she became the prolific author that she is. I came away from my Grammar School in 1959 secure in my understanding of English grammar, […]

The background to The Fire Portrait – A guest post from Barbara Mutch to celebrate the paperback publication of her latest novel

13 January, 2022

Barbara Mutch, author of The Fire Portrait and The Girl from Simon’s Bay, is our Author of the Month for January 2022. To celebrate the paperback publication of The Fire Portrait this month we invited Barbara to share the background to her latest novel. I began to write soon after my family are I were […]

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Why the ‘bond’ of marriage meant freedom for Regency ladies – a guest post from Sophia Holloway to celebrate the publication of Kingscastle

29 November, 2021

To celebrate the recent publication of Kingscastle by Sophia Holloway, and the end of the Kingscastle blog tour, we invited Sophia to share some thoughts on how marriage liberated women in the Regency era… Human nature does not change, but social attitudes do. The Regency romance in the twenty first century sits less easily than […]

A Walk in the Woods – a guest post from Kevin Sullivan

2 August, 2021

Kevin Sullivan, author of The Figure in the Photograph and The Art of the Assassin, is our Author of the Month for August 2021. To celebrate the paperback publication of The Art of the Assassin in August we invited Kevin to reflect about his experience walking the West Highland Way and from Sarjevo to Visegrad. […]

My Writing Routine – a guest post by Beryl Matthews

11 November, 2019

November can be a busy time as we find ourselves hurtling towards Christmas, but even more so for aspiring writers who may have set themselves a #nanowrimo writing challenge. We’re delighted to have author Beryl Matthews on the blog today to share the process that works for her. Beryl’s latest novel Friends and Enemies is […]

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Jim Eldridge talks Museum Mysteries

11 March, 2019

The Museum Mysteries series features a detective duo who at first might appear completely mismatched: Daniel Wilson, a former detective sergeant with the Metropolitan Police, is from a working class background and rose through the ranks to become right-hand man to the famous Chief Inspector Frederick Abberline during the Jack the Ripper investigation; and Abigail […]

Spooky Reading Recommendations

9 October, 2018

It’s that time of year where you want to sit by the fire, turn on all the lights to chase away the dark, and dive into a creepy story. We’ve picked out four suggestions to get you started.   What Falls Between the Cracks by Robert Scragg Did she slip through the cracks, or was […]

Why London? A Guest Post From Robert Scragg

11 September, 2018

Robert Scragg’s debut novel What Falls Between the Cracks comes out in paperback this month! We caught up with him to hear more about why he picked London as the setting.  One of the most common questions I’ve been asked so far is why I chose London as the setting for my Porter & Styles […]

Life in Rural Sussex: A Guest Blog by Rosie Howard

8 August, 2018

Today we’re pleased to welcome author Rosie Howard to the blog! Rosie’s latest book, The Homecoming, is the first in her new Havenbury series, and is available now in paperback – perfect summer holiday reading. Set in the lush Sussex countryside, where Rosie herself lives, the area is brought to life through the eyes of […]

The Black Earth picked as a Times top summer read

10 July, 2018

The Black Earth by Philip Kazan has been chosen by The Times as one of the best historical fiction books to read this summer! You can read their full list of recommendations here, and order your copy now from our website, here.

Allison & Busby Signs Exciting Crime Debut

30 May, 2018

Allison & Busby have acquired a standout crime novel by Swedish debut author Elizabeth Norebäck that has sold in 33 languages, and has been shortlisted for the Crimetime Specsavers Award for best debut. Publishing Director Susie Dunlop secured the UK & Commonwealth rights from Penguin Random House in the USA, following an enthusiastic reading from A&B’s […]

Apprentices in WWII: A Guest Post from Jacqueline Winspear

1 March, 2018

Today we’re welcoming Jacqueline Winspear to the blog! Jacqueline is the author of the exciting Maisie Dobbs series, which is set in the aftermath of WWI. Her latest novel in the series, To Die But Once, is released this month.  Over to you, Jacqueline!  To Die But Once opens in May 1940. The British expeditionary […]

The Medieval Sniper: Guest Post by Sarah Hawkswood

15 February, 2018

Today we’re handing over the blog to author Sarah Hawkswood, whose third book in the Bradecote & Catchpoll series, Marked to Die, comes out in paperback today. Read on to learn about how a medieval archer compares to a modern sniper…  You might say that there is no mystery whatsoever to Marked to Die, since […]

Alanna Knight celebrates: published for 50 years!

8 February, 2018

Alanna Knight, author of the popular Inspector Faro and Rose McQuinn crime novels, launched her latest book, Murder Lies Waiting, in January. The launch turned in to a double celebration, as 2018 marks 50 years since Alanna’s first book was published! She was given a beautiful cake featuring the cover of Murder Lies Waiting: Many […]

Blog Tour for Traitor by David Hingley

9 January, 2018

The latest book in David Hingley’s Mercia Blakewood series has arrived! To celebrate the launch of Traitor, we’re holding a blog tour. Each day of the tour will see the book featured on a different blog or Instagram page. Follow along on the tour to hear all about it!  

Christmas Books For Every Taste

1 December, 2017

As the calendar turns to December, the Christmas season has officially begun! Today we wanted to share three Christmas-themed books with you, covering a variety of genres, so there’s something for everyone! The Feel-Good Favourite Mr Dickens and His Carol, by Samantha Silva This festive treat is an imagining of the story behind Charles Dickens […]

Book recommendations for Anna Jacobs fans

20 November, 2017

So you know a fan of Anna Jacobs (or maybe you are one yourself) and you want to give them a book, but they’ve read all her books already – so what do you give them? Allow us to come to the rescue with a few humble suggestions.   Beryl Matthews Beryl Matthews was born in […]

Jealousy and Grief in ‘Look For Her’: Guest Post by Emily Winslow

19 October, 2017

Today we welcome Emily Winslow to the blog, to celebrate the release of her latest book, Look For Her, which comes out today!   Look For Her begins with an incongruous jealousy. Anna Williams, in a counselling session with her therapist, admits to envying famous murdered teenager Annalise Wood. Not that she wishes to be […]

Writing What You Know & What You Don’t! Guest post with Sylvia Hunter

21 September, 2017

Today we’re excited to welcome Sylvia Hunter, author of The Midnight Queen trilogy to the blog. As the books are released in paperback this autumn, with book two, Lady of Magick, out today, Sylvia shares some of her inspiration for the series. 1. On Code-Switching I was raised by multilingual people with linguistics degrees, so […]

Three Crime Series to Try

15 September, 2017

Today, September 15th, is Agatha Christie’s birthday! Here at the A&B offices, we’re big fans of the queen of crime. To mark the occasion, we wanted to share three crime series which you can get stuck in to right now. The Amory Ames series, by Ashley Weaver Thrilling and stylish, Christie fans will love these. […]