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Taking it on the chin: A guest post from Liz Webb

18 January, 2023

To celebrate the publication of Liz Webb’s The Daughter in paperback this week, we asked Liz to reflect on her experience as a debut author. Taking it on the chin: even in a sea of 5-star reviews, a 1-star review still stings! If you look up any book you love, there will be 5-star reviews, […]

Across the Open Moor or Down a Twisty Lane: A Guest Post from Stephanie Austin

5 January, 2023

Stephanie Austin is our author of the month for January 2023. To celebrate the publication of Death Comes to Dartmoor this month, we are pleased to share a guest post from Stephanie on the significance of the idyllic countryside in her work. The big event of January for me is undoubtedly the publication of my […]

The ‘Gift’ of Regency Romance: A Guest Post from Sophia Holloway

12 December, 2022

To celebrate the publication of Isabelle this week, we asked Sophia Holloway to reflect on the spirit of Christmas in her novels. Not only does Sophia vividly represent the spirit of the festive period, but her regency romances are intrinsically linked to the act of giving associated with Christmas celebrations. Isabelle is the third of […]

From Screen, to Page, to Stage: Mr Dickens and His Carol – A Guest Post from Samantha Silva

10 November, 2022

To coincide with our November E-Book of the Month, Mr Dickens and His Carol by Samantha Silva, we asked the author to share her experiences of channelling the centrality of Christmas across different mediums … Most people who read Mr. Dickens and His Carol don’t know that it began life as a screenplay – one […]

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 […]

Celebrate the publication of Kingscastle

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. […]

Alanna Knight – Mystery at the World’s Edge

18 May, 2021

This month Allison & Busby publishes the final book from our long-time author, friend and popular novelist Alanna Knight who passed away in late 2020. Mystery at the World’s Edge demonstrates again the range and versatility Alanna demonstrated, as she published romantic and historical fiction, non-fiction and even a play throughout the course of her […]

How I came to The Straits of Treachery – guest post by Richard Hopton

10 June, 2020

As we enter the summer months, most of us will have to be content with armchair travelling. With that in mind, Richard Hopton’s The Straits of Treachery, set on the beautiful island of Sicily, is just one of our recent releases that can take you away to sunnier, and more thrilling, climes. We’re delighted to […]

Mothers and Daughters – a guest post from Sylvia Broady

20 March, 2020

This month, as we publish Daughter of the Sea by Sylvia Broady, we are pleased to host Sylvia to share some thoughts on the relationship between mothers and daughters, one she is often drawn to in her writing… Mothers and daughters have a special relationship. I speak from experience, both personally, and as a writer. […]

Me, the Supernatural and Ghost Stories – a guest post from S.M. Hardy

20 March, 2020

As part of #TheEvilWithin blog tour, we’re delighted to host author S.M. Hardy (a.k.a Sue Tingey) on the A&B blog with some back story to the creation of her first supernatural mystery The Evil Within. Check out the other stops for reviews and interviews with Sue this week. Even from an early age I had […]

Ted Lewis 2020 – a guest post by Monty Martin

3 February, 2020

We are delighted to welcome Monty Martin, Chair of the Ted Lewis Group, to the A&B blog as we start a special year for fans of the godfather of British Noir. Allison & Busby, publishers of the ground-breaking 1969 classic noir novel Get Carter (formerly Jack’s Return Home), are celebrating 2020 as the 50th anniversary […]

Haven’t we met before? A guest post by L.C. Tyler

23 January, 2020

This month we are proud to publish the paperback of The Maltese Herring by L.C. Tyler, the eighth instalment in the Herring Mysteries series featuring crime writer Ethelred Tressider and his agent Elsie Thirkettle. Over the course of the series, Ethelred has solved a number of crimes and has been shot at, kidnapped, arrested, menaced, […]

‘An eternity of winter’ – a guest post by Jim Kelly

17 December, 2019

As we near the start of the Christmas holidays, we’re delighted to welcome author Jim Kelly to the blog for his seasonal, crime fiction reflections. Sometimes a single line of fiction can change your life. For me it was this, on the third page of my (American first edition) of Dorothy L Sayers’ Fen masterpiece […]

The characters that take you by surprise – a guest post by Susanna Bavin

3 December, 2019

Our latest guest post comes from acclaimed saga writer Susanna Bavin, whose latest novel, The Poor Relation, is now out in paperback. For Susanna, an unexpected character from the book has been embraced by her readers… When a writer starts getting feedback on a new book, there can be some surprises. For example, there might […]

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 […]

Fear on the Phantom Special – a Railway Detective guest post by Edward Marston

16 October, 2019

Today we are delighted to welcome author Edward Marston to the blog as we prepare for the publication of the latest Railway Detective novel, Fear on the Phantom Special. Edward recently spent the day signing copies of a special edition with red sprayed page edges (fancy!) for Waterstones. Treat yourself or a loved one by […]

Changing Lara – a guest post by Anna Jacobs

18 September, 2019

She’s continually writing and often travelling, so we are delighted that reader-favourite Anna Jacobs has found time to write for the A&B blog. Changing Lara (currently a Book of the Month with £2 off) is officially released in paperback today and before too long fans will also be able to get hold of Change of […]

Dyslexia Research Project – guest post by Kelly Smith

8 August, 2019

Today we welcome our very own Editor, Kelly Smith, onto the A&B blog as she nears the finish line of her MA in Publishing Studies. The topic of her dissertation was publishing for dyslexic readers. As an industry perhaps we take for granted an eager enjoyment and consumption of books, and pay too little attention […]