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A season of plenty good theatre…

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

‘you may convey your pleasures in a spacious plenty’ (Macbeth, IV, 3) Shakespeare’s Globe and its aptly named ‘Season of Plenty’, delivered on its promise. With its three main productions of The Tempest, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Macbeth, alongside the touring company productions of King Lear, Venus & Adonis, As You Like It and […]


Wednesday Cover Story: Illustrated Covers

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

I never thought of myself as a lover of illustrated covers, but now I definitely am. I was trying to find a special birthday present for a friend and found the Folio Society’s website, whose philosophy is that ‘Great books should be outstanding not only in literary content but also in their physical form.’ And […]


This Book Will Save Your Life (or help you cope with wind…)

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

I’ve spotted a trend in the sphere of self-help. Yes, certain perma-tanned men are still going to sell shed-loads of books, CDs etc with varying promises that they can make you a better/slimmer/non-smoking person, but there’s a more cultured option out there. First of all, there’s the new release Art as Therapy by Alain de […]


A Yak’s Lesson on How to Rope a Reader in…

Monday, October 28th, 2013

For those who complain that they have no time to read a whole novel, I’ve come across a lovely little site called YakTale (great name) – where you can take your pick of short stories (from known and unknown writers) listed with the amount of time it takes to actually read it – anywhere between […]


This weekend, make a care package for a stranger…

Friday, October 25th, 2013

It’s almost November, and November is a month for caring. Poppy’s adorning coats and lapels , the growing (across the face) trend for moustaches, as the gentlemen-folk of London raise awareness of testicular and prostate cancer, oh comely magazine’s care package project – wait… that’s a new one?! Yup, it’s not quite so renowned (yet!) […]


We’ve come a long way from book burnings…

Thursday, October 24th, 2013

I find myself quite regularly on the 259 bus towards the city centre, which takes you past HM Prison Pentonville. Not being a native speaker, it took me a second to figure out that HM stands for ‘Her Majesty’s’. It made me question why other important institutions like the British Library and Museum and the […]


Wednesday Cover Story: First peek at the Chronicles of Harry Lytle

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

Arson, murder, treason and the stench and decay of Restoration London during the Great Plague… Such is the setting for Paul Lawrence‘s novels in The Chronicles of Harry Lytle. We’ll be releasing the new book in the series, Hearts of Darkness in hardback in January, together with the previous two books, The Sweet Smell of […]


Splitfish Poetry Launch

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

So it turns out a friend of a friend is an amazing poet. Last night I went to the launch of Kiran Milwood Hargrave‘s latest poetry collection, Splitfish. I was given the collection for my birthday earlier this month and decided to start reading it at the weekend to get a taste before the launch. […]


Who Do You Think You Are?

Monday, October 21st, 2013

On Saturday I visited one of my favourite cultural spots in Central London: The National Portrait Gallery. I went with a friend to check out the Elizabeth I and Her People exhibition and would recommend it highly. There were of course a range of striking portraits of Elizabeth, many that I weren’t familiar with, made […]


Bookish gifts for the literary-afflicted…

Friday, October 18th, 2013

Yesterday, a friend of mine told me gleefully that she had gone to Lidle for her first yearly haul of German Christmas gingerbread. This reminded me that the time in nigh to start thinking about Christmas presents in order to avoid the panicked run to random department stores the week before. Which brings me to […]


Salty Dog Tales

Thursday, October 17th, 2013

The dramatic covers for David Donachie’s upcoming maritime books show you that Donachie means business. As an imposing ship rides determinedly over the icy looking waters of A Sea of Troubles and A Divided Command, you are at once guaranteed all the thrills and the terrors that the sea promises, as well as the mystery […]


Wednesday Cover Story: Choose your favourite Nicholas Bracewell cover…

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

We’re waiting expectantly for the next three books in the Nicholas Bracewell series to arrive from the printers. I’m actually looking forward to the act of unpacking and placing them on the bookshelf next to the other titles in the series. This probably borders on book-fetishism but the attractive packaging is immediately heightened when the […]


Say Goodbye to Emails

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

I turned 24 at the start of October and had some wonderful celebrations and presents with my family and friends. My older brother lives in Berlin so his gift took a little longer to arrive. But oh it was worth the wait. I arrived home late on Friday to find a large, very heavy parcel […]


A good place to be a reader

Monday, October 14th, 2013

Iceland has been on my holiday to-do list for a number of years now. Firstly, there’s the attraction of the northern lights. I mean, just look at the picture here, who wouldn’t like to have something that gorgeous on their holiday snaps? I’ll just brush aside the fact that when I see the northern lights […]


Hibernation is for Bears, not People

Friday, October 11th, 2013

With temperatures dropping and dismal weather expected for the weekend, I found myself wondering what to do in the coming months when going for walks in the park and exploring London on foot might become rather unpleasant. Of course, there is the all-time favourite of curling up with a book and a cup of tea […]


Jane Austen: Tough as Old Boots

Thursday, October 10th, 2013

Jane Austen is a tough old bird. I hasten to add that I say that with the greatest admiration and respect. How many 200+ year old ladies (I’ll draw a veil over her exact age) could withstand the silliness, albeit pleasant silliness, that attaches itself to her? I was in Bath last month during part […]


Wednesday Cover Story: So, what’s the deal with orange covers?

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

There are some months where we don’t see any of our authors and others where we have the pleasure of enjoying the company of many. In the past two weeks we’ve lunched with Kate Forsyth, partied with Caro Fraser, mingled with John Wilcox and D E Meredith, and today we had a visit from Edward […]


Globe to Globe

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

At the weekend I went to see a production of King Lear at The Globe performed in Belarusian. The Globe has been running a Globe to Globe festival all summer,  celebrating the international interpretations of Shakespeare, from a South African Venus & Adonis to an Indian Tempest. While so far, Venus & Adonis has been my […]


A Goodbye to Literary Agent Dot Lumley

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

We were all so sorry to hear that Dot Lumley of the Dorian Literary Agency has passed away after a long battle with cancer. She was wonderfully warm and friendly, and a delight to work with. She will be much missed by her loyal authors and her many publishing friends and colleagues.


Celebrate Children’s Book Week!

Monday, October 7th, 2013

Today marks the start of Children’s Book Week – with special events and activities taking place in bookshops and libraries across the country, aimed at encouraging children to explore the joys of reading… and an excuse for us adults to think about our favourite childhood reads. You can find out more about the celebrations on […]


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