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Staying Alive with poetry

Friday, May 30th, 2014

Sometimes it’s nice to branch out of your ordinary reading habits. I recently did so myself after finding a poetry anthology in Waterstones Wandsworth. I was heading to the check out when I noticed a stand of books to one side: Staying Alive, Being Alive and Being Human. They are three anthologies, each consisting of […]


‘It’s a sin to kill a mockingbird…’

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

I studied To Kill a Mockingbird many years ago for GCSE English. I recall that I applied what was my standard then of close studying, of labouring maybe the themes of the novel with long passages picked out in the relevant luminous highlighter pen. Quotable sections were flagged up with a torrent of post-it notes […]


The Power of Fandom (and a free eBook!)

Monday, May 26th, 2014

In someways an article I read recently about the emerging power of fandom states the obvious. When you consider that the fans are those not only consuming content, buying and reading the books or tuning into the shows, but also engaging with the content in a way that brings in further fans, it seems obvious […]


Why choose just one? #ThisBook

Friday, May 23rd, 2014

The #ThisBook campaign launched by Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction is a great idea. But quite a difficult one. I struggled for about half an hour before finally being able to decide that Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein was the book that the most impact one me. I struggled, not for mere lack of choice, but for […]


Wednesday Cover Story: A smorgasbord of covers

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

The other week we received copies of Mary Nichols’ new German edition of The Girl on the Beach. The cover that might have been consciously designed with fans of Downton Abbey in mind. After all, she says adopting a Through the Keyhole drawl, who would live in a stately pile like this? The arrival of […]


Late Night Learning

Monday, May 19th, 2014

Museums in this country do a fantastic job. It’s rare, nowadays, that one will be found sitting still and lifeless in the middle of the city, a dusty house for archaic relics and prim museum assistants. Luckily, we’re encouraged to make the most of the excellent museums and galleries all around the country, and they have […]


Get Sleuthing

Friday, May 16th, 2014

Murder mystery is most definitely having a ‘moment’. With all the Sherlock mania lately, the nation is fascinated with cracking cases. And now everyone can have a go at sleuthing with UCL’s Museum Murder Mystery night tonight, as part of the Museums at Night programme of events. A murder has taken place in one of […]


Writing the Garden – RHS Membership Competition

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

Win a year’s membership to the RHS with Writing the Garden


Criminal Activities

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

It seems May is a month for misbehaving and crime is all around us! But fear not, it’s organised (in the least Mafioso sense of the word) and under control. No laws will be broken during this month of criminal activities. First up, a trip to Bristol between the 15th -18th May will place you […]


Storytelling and great apes

Monday, May 12th, 2014

After watching an episode of Monkey Planet recently in which a Bonobos built a fire and toasted marshmallows (the fire was started with a match, granted, but that’s about my level of Bear Grylls skill), you might wonder like what exactly does separate us from our ape cousins. After some thought, I’d argue that storytelling […]


Mr & Mrs Smith’s Social Book Salon

Friday, May 9th, 2014

A social book salon with cocktails and canapes? That sounds like a great evening. And that’s just what The Reading Agency are doing. On Sunday 11th May, they are hosting an evening at The Zetter Townhouse with showgirl and author Immodesty Blaize, Richard Kilgarriff, and agent Laetitia Rutherford  and more with drinks, canapes and ‘sparkling conversation’.  Tickets are […]


Books for the Beach

Thursday, May 8th, 2014

I’m very excited to be off on holiday for the next week, and am pleased to have a growing pile of books to take with me for the train, plane and hopefully some lazy afternoons on the beach. Some of the A&B eye-catching titles we’ve had into the office recently are definitely worthy of being […]


Wednesday Cover Story: Angela Thirkell

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

There’s nothing quite like running into an old friend you haven’t seen for donkey’s years and re-discovering how much you like and admire them. And for fans of Angela Thirkell, Virago have run even more of her backlist through their Gok Wan-style reissue process and sent them back out into the world to see old […]


Internship musings…

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

Working with the team at A&B these past three weeks has been a great experience. For such a small team they really do amazing things! Yet even in this short amount of time I’ve noticed a few recurring side effects of gaining an editorial publishing placement, and feel that it’s only my duty to make […]


Spring cleaning at Foyles

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

Spring traditionally prompts us to fling wide the windows and scour the dust and previous season from our homes’ nooks and crannies. Foyles, however, is going one better this year with a brand new, shiny, cathedral-like store at 107 Charing Cross Road. Those last two adjectives are speculative I admit, but I’m confident that those […]


Wartime Secrets

Thursday, May 1st, 2014

Cityread 2014 is now drawing to a close, and we hope that you managed to visit some of the events from the festival, including those appearances from our A&B authors. Check here (but be quick!) for a programme for the last few days’ events… If you have been lucky enough to get involved in Cityread […]


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