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An unfortunate event for a library

Monday, June 30th, 2014

Through the wonder of twitter I have seen a few fabulous pictures of people’s mini free libraries around the country and the world. Whether in disused phone boxes, as we highlighted in last week’s blog, in other nooks and crannies or in little bird-box-like constructions, there’s a growing variety out there. Check out this blog […]


Middle Eastern Delights

Friday, June 27th, 2014

Fitzrovia’s  beloved restaurant Honey & Co. have finally got their own book. It was only a matter of time. The tiny cafe on Warren Street has a religious following of foodie fans (I am one of them) and now I can experiment with the recipes at home. In their debut book, the restaurant owners share […]


Browning Ribs on the BBQ

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

How did you enjoy the beautiful weather last weekend? I was at a friend’s flat-warming BBQ, eating some great food and relaxing in her courtyard garden (very exciting, as private outdoors space in London is still a novelty for most of us). I had just eating my seventh chargrilled king prawn (jealous yet?) when I […]


Fonts in the flesh

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

As you might expect in an office filled with bookish types, we’re partial to a good font at A&B. In fact, spotting the ‘Morganville Vampires’ font has become something of an office game, with our former colleague Chiara the current champion with most far-flung points. The picture below was taken a suburb Sydney. But I […]


Literary Ink

Friday, June 20th, 2014

I’m not what you’d call squeamish in the stereotypical sense of the word but when I think about to pain and permanence of tattoos I do a whole body shiver. And, as it happens, tattoos have been cropping up quite a bit this week. Firstly, I’m currently reading Salt and Storm, and have just finished […]


Unlikely Libraries

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

Over the years the rise of the mobile phone has left many phone boxes falling into disrepair. Often vandalised, they appear on street corners looking rather forlorn and neglected. But BT stepped in and launched their Adopt a Kiosk scheme.  Then a group of innovative volunteers in Brockley, Lewisham decided to repair, renovate and turn their phone […]


Happy Families

Monday, June 16th, 2014

The Father’s Day celebration over the weekend got me thinking about the parent-child relationships in some of our favourite A&B titles. See below my pick of the most functional and dysfunctional of Allison and Busby’s fictional families: Tom Perrota: Little Children This comical bestseller is a classic that proves that mums and dads come in […]


“We’re all going on a literary holiday…”

Friday, June 13th, 2014

Are you eagerly anticipating a summer holiday soon? If you’re like me, your idea of heaven is doing a lot of not very much on a beach somewhere with a very good supply of reading material and cocktails. But, while they sound far more active than my usual getaway, I admit to being tempted by […]


Literary Nooks & Crannies

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

Book lovers are always on the look-out for all things book related. Everything from literary mugs to bookish wallpaper is of interest to me. And imagine my delight when I found The Fable bar. It’s a bar/restaurant in Holborn, London inspired by the fantasy world of fairy tales where every detail tells a story. To be […]


Poetry in Motion

Monday, June 9th, 2014

Did any one else read Sophie’s blog post last week and agree that poetry tends to fall off the average reader’s radar (and that we should probably make more effort to head to the poetry section next time we’re searching out books)? Since then, it seems that the wonderful world of the interweb has been […]


In defence of fairy tales – FRIDAY GIVEAWAY

Friday, June 6th, 2014

Yesterday there was a bit of a furore over comments Richard Dawkins allegedly made at the Cheltenham Science Festival about the ‘pernicious’ effect of fairy tales on children. Dawkins now says he was misquoted and that fairy tales are probably, on balance (10/10 for the eloquent, equivocating science-speak), ‘beneficial’, see Bookseller article. Just as well, […]


Back from the Dead

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

I am currently reading Look Who’s Back by Timur Vermes – a hilarious political satire where Hitler wakes up alive and well in Berlin, 2011. People think he’s a flawless impersonator and it’s not long before he gets his own TV show. It’s a such a simple and brilliant idea for a book. And it […]


Everything in its Rightful Place

Monday, June 2nd, 2014

I was happy to see last week that another independent bookshop is showing its determination and canny, in order to save itself from closing down. I was especially pleased to see that it was October Books, based in Southampton, very close to where I grew up. After 37 years in the business, the cooperative-run bookshop […]


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