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Wednesday Cover Story: Arnaldo Putzu’s Legacy

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

Bring the proud publishers of Ted Lewis’ cult novel Get Carter (about a ruthless gangster who was immortalised on screen by Michael Caine), today we must pay tribute to the great illustrator Arnaldo Putzu, renowned for painting book and magazine covers and, most famously, film posters, including the one for the 1970s Get Carter movie […]


Post-it Love…

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

Books, fax machines, photocopiers are all being packed up around us as we prepare for the Great Office Move. I’m hesitating over what to pack up and what not to. Is that file important? Will I need that dictionary? Can those samples be packed up? As my office stationery dwindles I’ve come to the conclusion […]


Oxford brings books to life

Monday, September 24th, 2012

I spent a few nights in Oxford last week and the city certainly was enjoying a healthy business in the its literary connections. There were Alice in Wonderland books, tea towels, chess sets, river cruises, sweets and tea cups among other items. And while stopping in at the Eagle and Child pub I raised a […]


They say things always come in threes…

Friday, September 21st, 2012

Yesterday I enjoyed a very jolly evening at Goldsboro Books who were hosting their annual History in the Court event which sees historical writers (of both non-fiction and fiction titles) flocking to the store to mingle with their fellow-writers and fans. I had the pleasure of chatting to our A&B authors Sangeeta Bhargava, Adrian Magson […]


Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet to hit the stage

Friday, September 21st, 2012

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, by Jamie Ford has been made into a stage production by Book-It Repertory Theatre and will run from 22 September to 28 October at The Centre Theatre in Seattle.


Alanna Knight & Alex Gray at Mayfield Library, Edinburgh

Friday, September 21st, 2012

Thursday 29th November, 7pm – 9pm     MAYFIELD LIBRARY, EDINBURGH Come and meet Scottish crime writers Alanna Knight (author of the acclaimed Inspector Faro and Rose McQuinn series) and Alex Gray, who will be talking about and signing copies of their books at Mayfield LIbrary, 1 Stone Avenue, Dalkeith, Edinburgh EH22 5PD. For more information […]


Zoë Sharp speaking at Sheffield’s Off the Shelf festival

Friday, September 21st, 2012

Wednesday 7th November, 11.00am    CENTRAL LIBRARY, SHEFFIELD Come and meet Zoë Sharp at Sheffield’s Off the Shelf book festival as she talks about her unconventional route into writing, (she opted out of mainstream education at age twelve and wrote her first novel when she was fifteen) and the creation of her best-selling Charlie Fox series. […]


Inspired by the book-loving man in Manila

Thursday, September 20th, 2012

We’ve heard about pop-up libraries and phone-booths that have turned into mini-book exchanges. But this story on the BBC today has to top it all: a man in Manila, Philippines, who turned his own home into a free public library. It began as a simple concept:  sharing his personal stash of books with his community, […]


Wednesday Cover Story: The Home Front Detective gets a new look for paperback

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

We’ve talked in the past about how paperback covers are often completely different from the respective hardback covers. Designs that work well for a hardback book won’t always transfer well to a smaller paperback edition. And here is a perfect example. The cover to A Bespoke Murder, by Edward Marston (the first in his new […]


Is an unread book easier to ignore on a Kindle?

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

While we can still go away outside of school holiday times we’re making the most of it. So last week while everyone else was manically sewing on labels and dusting off blazers, we were packing up for a blissful week in northern France. At least that was our plan. Unfortunately we took along an unwelcome […]


The Hunger Games: Film v Book

Monday, September 17th, 2012

This weekend, I watched The Hunger Games.  I was in the mood for a bit of action-drama, but not the stereotypical blockbuster (the testosterone-laden, shoot-em-up, blow-em-up, beat-em-up style movie), so this instantly appealed. I will immediately point out that I had not read the books (and still haven’t), knew little about the intricacies of the plot (still don’t, other than what I […]


History in the Court evening in Central London

Saturday, September 15th, 2012

Enjoy a glass of wine and mingle with writers of historical fiction and non-fiction as they flock to Goldsboro Books off Charing Cross Road this Thursday 20 September.


Friday Fun: How a Book is Born

Friday, September 14th, 2012

So you want to write a book? Well, before you put pen to paper and dream of a world where you think of a story, write it down, send it  to publisher, publisher prints it,  book goes into bookshops, and book sells millions, perhaps a reality check is in order. And no better one than […]


A new way to work

Thursday, September 13th, 2012

Our broadband has been down since yesterday morning – hence the silence on the emailing, blogging, tweeting, Facebooking front. (Don’t get me started on the reasons why our broadband is down, I’ve spent enough time yelling at the relevant Customer Services people and am trying a new Zen approach – which largely involves denial.) Fact is, it has become incredibly apparent […]


Friday night – just as I like it

Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

I like surprises, which is just as well as last Friday I was treated to two. Firstly a friend wasn’t well enough to use her tickets to see As You Like It at the Globe so I was the lucky one making use of them, peering down from the Gods. I’ve been well and truly […]


The next books on the To Be Read list…

Monday, September 10th, 2012

Currently I find myself in the rare situation of having nothing to read. I usually have a stack of unread books at home which I gradually deplete until the next stack arrives with my birthday, Christmas, or an unfortunate spending splurge in a bookshop. My most recent buys were Anna Karenina and On Chesil Beach, […]


Friday Shot of the Day

Friday, September 7th, 2012

Given that almost everyone owns a mobile phone these days, public phone booths will soon become obsolete. But I think we’ve already found a perfect use for them. Leave them be and turn them into public bookswap libraries. It’s already started you know…   Chiara Priorelli, Publicity & Online Marketing Manager


The little things that inspire an author…

Thursday, September 6th, 2012

“How did you come up with that idea?”, “Is your main character based on anyone you know?”, “Why did you pick that setting?”. These are common questions authors get asked. And whilst, of course, a novel is for the most part the result of an author’s imagination, the building blocks often begin with little snippets of […]


Wednesday Cover Story: An Agatha Christie Moment

Wednesday, September 5th, 2012

Stylist has alerted us to the fact that it is Agatha Christie week in Devon from the 9-16th September and has featured a nice article about her iconic cover art. Cover art being a daily discussion in the A&B office (depending on how it’s going the discussion can either end in much despair or a […]


Reaching a reader…98 years late

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

Got an idea? Want to ask a question? Today it only takes a few keystrokes into Twitter, Facebook or an email to reach a mind-boggling number of people on the other side of the world instantly. Which is probably why I like this story about a record-breaking message in  a bottle so much. Stumbling upon […]


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