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How to mark this last day of summer

Friday, August 31st, 2012

There you have it. Today is the end of the summer. There’s a new chill in the air, we’re past the last bank holiday of the year (no more quick summer escapes) and it’s the 31st August so you can’t really argue the point. So, how might you mark this last day of summer? 1. […]


More than just a simple read…

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

Are we sitting comfortably? Then I’ll begin… I’m cool auntie Lesley, don’t you know? Well, my two-year-old niece hasn’t officially given me that title, and it may now be in doubt, but I’m hoping that it’s only a matter of time. When she visited over the bank holiday weekend I was deluded enough to think […]


Wednesday Cover Story: Word on the street about Devoured cover

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

We’ve said this a million times over how lovely it is to hear from our readers who take the time to tell us how much they enjoyed one of our books. And whilst the focus is usually the content of the book, it’s a thrill when we get told how much they love the packaging […]


Food inspired by books…

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

This week in my hunt for interesting book-related tidbits, I came across Fictitious Dishes, an art project by Dinah Fried which consists of five photos of meals from famous literature (below, her Moby Dick inspired meal – click on image to view more as featured in Bon Appetit). A very strange but also very original […]


Catrin Collier book signing in Newport

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

Saturday 15 September, 1.00pm – 2.00pm   WATERSTONES, NEWPORT Come and meet acclaimed author Catrin Collier who will be chatting to customers and signing copies of her new paperback set in Pontypridd, Bobby’s Girl, at Waterstones, 159 Commercial Street, Newport, NP20 1JQ . For more information contact the store on 0843 290 8507.


The Seven Year Itch

Friday, August 24th, 2012

We are moving offices soon so there’s a great deal of ruthless clearing out and decluttering going on at A&B. We have been at Charlotte Mews for almost seven years now and we love this area (Susie, for its proximity to The Groucho; Chiara for the amazing foodie spots in the area, Christina for the […]


Cake: a fixed point in a crazy, mixed-up book world.

Thursday, August 23rd, 2012

This summer has been oddly full of excitement and exertion of various kinds. We’ve win enough Olympic medals to fill a double scull, Fifty Shades of Grey has gotten the nation more than a little hot under the collar and there have been unconfirmed sightings of even myself at the gym. But sanity does seem […]


Wednesday Cover Story: A little about the image for Elegy for Eddie

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

We’ve already waxed lyrical about illustrator Andrew Davidson who produces the beautiful woodcut artwork for Jaqueline Winspear‘s  Maisie Dobbs covers. But we have a new favourite now – the sombre tone and striking image for the cover to Elegy for Eddie (out next month). We had the extra pleasure, in this case, of seeing his […]


Bradley Cooper is The Elephant Man

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

In an office made up of women, it’s probably not suprising that Bradley Cooper  should come up in conversation. But before you think our discussion didn’t evolve past the word “Yum”, I will quickly say that our conversation did not, in fact, involve any lascivious comments (akin to those spoken by men watching beach volleyball […]


Books coming soon to a cinema near you…

Monday, August 20th, 2012

At the moment I’m reading Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina, and have just realised that the new film adaptation is out on 7th September. Being only halfway through the (massive) book, I need to get a move on! I’m determined to finish before watching the film, which looks promising – with a cast of Keira Knightley, Aaron […]


Does your book match your bikini…?

Friday, August 17th, 2012

For me, now travelling avec enfant, there are other considerations that affect my search too. Trendy hotspots Mykonos, Ibiza and Puerto Banus are now off the list. There’ll be no more hobnobbing with celebs, dancing till dawn and… matching my bikini to my reading list as the Huffington Post recommends here: Book Bikini Matching. But […]


Getting lost (quite literally) in books…

Thursday, August 16th, 2012

The upcoming release of Killing the Emperors (the new satirical crime novel by Ruth Dudley Edwards featuring in the line of fire: the world of conceptual art) has had us girls in the office talking about the value, or lack of, (therein lies the debate) of modern art, the likes of Damien Hirst, the Turner […]


Wednesday Cover Story: Garment of Shadows cover revealed! (And the winner is…)

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

Two weeks ago we asked you to guess the colour of the border on the cover to the upcoming Mary Russell & Sherlock Holmes book Garment of Shadows, by Laurie R King – to get in with a chance of winning a copy of the book. Since then we’ve been inundated with a diverse range […]


Literary Everests…

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

We’ve been spoiled for Team GB achievements these past weeks: our cup of golden glory runneth over. And it’s in the light of this success that I read some of the responses online to the ‘official’ ten most difficult books as proposed by literary site The Millions on Publisher’s Weekly. If you like scaling the […]


Female Literary Legends…

Monday, August 13th, 2012

Over the past two Olympic weeks we’ve seen Team GB collect a hoard of gold medals, and I was pleasantly surprised to find that many were won by women – according to The Guardian, 36% of all medals (at the time of writing) were collected by female athletes. Still not the 50% we’re striving for, […]


Olympic Art

Friday, August 10th, 2012

‘Write about what you know’ they always say. Pfft. Look at me, I’m going to write about art about which I know next to nothing. Our author Ruth Dudley Edwards knows quite a bit about it though, and in her upcoming book Killing the Emperors (available in November) she courts controversy with a very unforgiving […]


Literature at the Fringe

Thursday, August 9th, 2012

Everyone’s talking so much about the Olympics, and Great Britain’s gold run, that they’ve forgotten about another of GB’s gems that’s going on right now – the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. London’s not the only capital to have seen a sudden influx. But while we’ve got all the athletes, Edinburgh’s got all the thespians.  I greatly […]


Anna Dean book signing in Carlisle

Wednesday, August 8th, 2012

Come and meet Anna Dean, author of the acclaimed Dido Kent mystery series, who will be signing copies of her books, including her new hardback A Place of Confinement at Waterstones in Carlisle on Saturday 8th September, 11am – 1pm.


Catrin Collier book signing in Pontypridd

Wednesday, August 8th, 2012

Come and meet acclaimed author Catrin Collier who will be signing copies of her new paperback Bobby’s Girl (set in Pontypridd) at WHSmith in Pontypridd on Saturday 25 August, 12noon – 1.30pm


Alanna Knight, Alex Gray & Aline Templeton at Stirling’s Bloody Scotland Festival

Wednesday, August 8th, 2012

PART OF BLOODY SCOTLAND – Scotland’s International Crime Writing Festival, 14 – 16 September STIRLING HIGHLAND HOTEL Saturday 15 September, 10.30 – 11.30am Alex Gray has always wanted to weave in the life of a female pathologist ever since her first visit to Glasgow City Mortuary. Her initial experience of a post mortem examination and […]


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