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A Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to All!

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

And so, here we find ourselves again – at the end of another year.  In 2011 we’ve welcomed some wonderful new authors to our list, introducing you to a whole new array of reading choices. For our crime-fiction lovers we brought you inter-war mysteries from Jacqueline Winspear, Swedish police procedural from Kjell Eriksson, and medieval […]


More literary inspired Xmas shopping

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

Ever since I wrote a blog confessing that I just didn’t understand the acclaim for Jack Kerouac’s On the Road (which, by the way, my brother was scandalised at – it’s his favourite novel), the author seems to be haunting me. First there was the news story about the discovery of a lost Kerouac book, […]


The sights, sounds and smell of Christmas…

Monday, December 19th, 2011

So the wind is howling, the office has collective sniffles and the economy has moved beyond the toilet bowl to somewhere around the u-bend, but still, there are still some nice Christmassy sights, sounds and even smells to enjoy. Here’s my recent tally. 1. Twinkly Lights. It doesn’t have to be Oxford Street’s, my own […]


Barnard hailed by US indie booksellers

Sunday, December 18th, 2011

Robert Barnard, veteran crime-writer and winner of the CWA Cartier Diamond Dagger, an award in recognition of a lifetime’s achievement in crime writing, has now been included in the American “Great Reads from Booksellers You Trust”, nominated by indie booksellers.


Wisdom from a Xerox machine

Friday, December 16th, 2011

Today our printer starting acting strange. Sara was printing off a manuscript and rather than printing the whole 420 pages in one go (as per usual) it started printing off 20 pages or so at a time. It would spit out one set of 20 pages, then stop and pause for a few minutes, and […]


A Marginal Error

Thursday, December 15th, 2011

I recently had the great pleasure of visiting Skoob, the massive second-hand bookstore in London that not even Oxford’s traditional charity bookshops can compete with. After two hours of feverishly scouring the shelves for the best bargains, I triumphantly presented my winnings – five pounds for ten tattered, ancient, dust-cloth books. These are the kind […]


Wednesday Cover Story: Get your Fix of cover stories…

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

For this, our last Wednesday Cover Story for 2011, I thought I would leave you with the discovery of another website-cum-blog that devotes, not just Wednesday’s, but Any Day to the subject that is The Book Cover.  And so, to ensure that over the festive holidays you still get your fill of cover stories, I present […]


Authors are for life, not just for Christmas.

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

Ah, the joys of Christmas shopping. Whether it’s the cut and thrust of elbows on Oxford Street or the anxiety over curiously delayed internet purchases, nothing quite raises the blood-pressure like it. And in an effort to distract me from my far-from-complete list, I’ve compiled something of a Christmas shopping list for aspiring writers out […]


Meet & Greet with Cassandra Clark in Windsor

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

Come and meet Cassandra Clark, author of the acclaimed medieval mystery series featuring Abbess Hildegard of Meaux on Sunday 18th December, from 11am to 4pm at Waterstone’s in Windsor.


My Top 5 Christmassy Films

Monday, December 12th, 2011

It’s the last full week in the office before the Christmas holidays begin, and I’ve started to consider what festive things I’ll be doing this year. I’ll be heading home to Wales for a family Christmas, so of course there will be lots of eating, getting too competitive playing charades, and watching my little nephew […]


Where does that phrase come from?

Friday, December 9th, 2011

Today I discovered the origin of the phrase ‘rain cheque’, which I had never bothered to ponder before. Apparently a rain cheque was originally a voucher issued to baseball fans so they could view a later game if it rained. Hence the common phrase of postponement, ‘I’ll take a rain cheque’. It set me thinking […]


Can you crack it?

Thursday, December 8th, 2011

Over the past few months I’ve been pleasantly surprised to see a resurgence of interest in the story of Bletchley Park, 2011 having been the 70th anniversary of the capture of the Enigma machine and codebooks. Back during my A-Levels I read Robert Harris’ Enigma in one breathless weekend, and the subject makes rich pickings […]


Wednesday Cover Story: A topsy-turvy idea…

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

We’ve recently reprinted Paul Magrs novel To the Devil – a Diva! with a brand new cover. I saw earlier today that the author had highlighted this news on his own website here (and was happy to see he thinks the new cover is ‘excellent’). But as I scrolled down the page my eye was […]


What would be your word of the year?

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

The Oxford English Dictionary annually chooses a Word of the Year, and last week they announced their 2011 choice. Except, as Will Gompertz of the BBC pointed out, it’s not even a word; it’s an expression. And if you ask me, it’s not a very catchy one. ‘Squeezed middle’. That’s the word the OED feel […]


At least the NHS doesn’t have to deal with The King’s Evil

Monday, December 5th, 2011

I’m not sure a piece about all the different and bizarre things Londoners died from in the 17th Century is quite in tune with the Christmas spirit, but one bit of news hitting the papers today is a new exhibition at The Royal Society displaying various books that have never before been on public display. […]


Your Movember book covers and the winning mo-hunter!

Friday, December 2nd, 2011

It’s is now December and officially the end of Movember. For those of you who supported the cause by growing your own tache, the time has come to, well – shave. No matter what your friends tell you, it really wasn’t a good look.  And for those of you that supported the cause by entering […]


Possibly the greatest Morganville Vampire fan?

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

For today’s post, I feel I simply must take this opportunity to highlight the existence of another blogger – Siobhan from Totally Bookalicious. And why am I giving said blogger this special spotlight? Because, not only did she just recently give Last Breath, by Rachel Caine one of the most enthusiastic reviews – I could […]


Julia Stoneham book signing at Totnes Library

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

Come and meet Julia Stoneham, author of the Land Girls trilogy, including the latest release, ‘Alice’s Girls’, who will be signing copies of her books at Totnes Library at 11am on Friday 9th December and Saturday 10th December.


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