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War and Peace: A Summary (Books Eleven & Twelve, Part II)

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

My summary of War and Peace, by Leo Tolstoy continues… Books Eleven & Twelve, Part II Last week, as you may recall, another one of our gallant heroes snuffed it. The ranks of our epic are thinning, and the survivors are bunching together for protection. Before Prince Andrei had the decency to succumb to his […]


Wednesday Cover Story: Designing with apps

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

A while ago I came across the article about how the cover to The New Yorker had been designed using Brushes, a new app on the iPhone. This week, I see that the cover to the Annual issue of Creative Review – which always involves a different treatment of the letter ‘A’ – has also […]


Pondering the future model of the e-reading experience…

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

One of the handful of LBF seminars I managed to squeeze into this year was entitled ‘Beyond eBook Novels – What Publishing Can Learn from the World of Entertainment and Digital Marketing’ and had some very eloquent contributors from EA Games, Fever Media and Arkstone Publishing. Numerous interesting ideas were bandied about, among them: direct […]


War and Peace: A Summary (Books Eleven & Twelve, Part 1)

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

My summary of War and Peace, by Leo Tolstoy continues… Books Eleven & Twelve (Part 1) Having thrashed the French at the Battle of the Borodino, the Russian army sportingly decides to retreat, and now finds itself at the beginning of book 11 with its back pressed hard against the shuddering walls of Moscow. Quite […]


Wednesday Cover Story: When Crafts and Books Collide

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

Art Editor, Christina, has been beavering away at finishing off book jacket designs for the rest of the year’s titles. There are some beautiful new looks coming up – sneak peak of Book 11 in the Morganville Vampire series, Last Breath (out November 2011) which Christina just finished today, below! – so keep an eye […]


Easter Entertainment

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

I’m in a bit of a quandary at the moment. I can’t help but be a bit suspicious of the beautiful sunshine we’ve been having – and cynical about how long it’s likely to last. Do I pack the winter coats and scarfs away? Or will Mother Nature wait until the day I do so […]


What will Kate and Will do for us?

Monday, April 18th, 2011

So, roughly a month to go until Kate and Will’s big day, a.k.a. THE DAY THAT LONDON STOOD STILL™ and for lack of anything else to write about, journalists around the country are unpicking every teeny-weeny detail that is available about the nuptials. For instance, Kate has commissioned three wedding dresses to throw people off […]



Monday, April 18th, 2011

Susanna Kearsley’s acclaimed novel Sophia’s Secret has won the RT Book Reviews Reviewer’s Choice Award for best Historical Fiction novel for 2010 beating Philippa Gregory’s The Red Queen.


Marathons and other challenges

Friday, April 15th, 2011

The London Book Fair is now behind us. With three full days of back-to-back meetings, the frantic grabbing at cups of coffee, the wading through the crowds and the racing to seminars, the exhaustion by the end of the day… it is, effectively, the publishing equivalent of a marathon. Except the women wear heels and […]


Wednesday Cover Story: Modernising the classics with the new Penguin Essentials

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

On Monday, Georgina (our Editorial Administrator) flagged up the fact she was loving the covers to the new reprints of the Penguin Essentials. Then yesterday at the London Book Fair, Joe Pickering, publicist at Penguin, mentioned them in passing (nicely done, Joe) in the seminar Tweet Success about social media. (Yes, this one of the […]


Time for some fiction quizzes…

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

I’m sure by now everyone has had a go at the BBC’s book list challenge. If you are suitably impressed by your score and want another challenge, try this quiz by The Guardian, put together in honour of the Grand National last weekend: Horses in Fiction quiz. Apart from Animal Farm and Black Beauty, I […]


Things to remember for the LBF

Monday, April 11th, 2011

Last week went by in a blur of catalogue printing, poster printing and filling and hauling about various boxes of goodies destined for our stand at the London Book Fair – which kicks off today.   And here are a few personal tips based on a few years of experience… Prepare for the unexpected: does Eyjafjallajökull […]


The Kennedys – why all the fuss?

Friday, April 8th, 2011

Last night The History Channel screened the first episode of the apparently controversial four-part drama The Kennedys (with Katie Holmes and Greg Kinnear playing the presedential couple). I don’t have The History Channel so will have to wait until it comes to BBC2 later this spring, but I am definitely interested in watching it. This […]


War and Peace: A Summary (Book Ten)

Thursday, April 7th, 2011

My summary of War and Peace, by Leo Tolstoy continues… Book Ten Summer, 1812. As the French army advances like an unstoppable steam roller across Russia, it is clear that Napoleon means business. At least that is clear to any reasonable creature, but not, inevitably, to that cantankerous old troublemaker Prince Bolkonski, who refuses to […]


Wednesday Cover Story: The 19th Century Poster Look

Wednesday, April 6th, 2011

I’ve just come across the book Bloody Winter, by Andrew Pepper, due out next week. It’s the latest Pyke Mystery and I’m loving the series look which hints at a 19th century poster rather than a book cover – where the text takes centre stage rather than an image.  And I particularly like the use […]


My vote for one of the best book blogs

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

There are millions of book blogs and websites out there, full of reviews both devastatingly crushing and over the top exalting. And, in the same way that I marvel at a well-written restaurant review, I take my hat off to those who manage to think up an original way of praising or criticizing a book […]


Lost for words

Monday, April 4th, 2011

When it’s early on a Monday morning I’m often at a loss for words, until I get a cup of tea usually. Not so the good people at OED who are continually adding to their compendium and giving new words and phrases recognition. And among the latest batch to get the official Oxford English Dictionary […]


The long wait for Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

Friday, April 1st, 2011

Since 9am this morning we have been impatiently waiting for the delivery of the finished copies of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, by Jamie Ford. If you have yet to hear about this book, I must gush and tell you that this debut has been a worldwide word-of-mouth sensation…  After approximately two […]


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