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WIN: Morganville Goodies Plus a Kindle

Friday, October 31st, 2014

Please note that this competition is now closed To celebrate Rachel Caine’s visit to the UK and the launch of the Morganville Digital Series, we’re running a spooky competition… Two runners up will win a special edition signed copy of Daylighters and some Halloween goodies, plus one lucky winner will also receive the latest Kindle, with a cover signed by the author and […]


Spooky Reads

Friday, October 31st, 2014

It’s that time of year again where pumpkins and fake blood start to appear in supermarkets – Halloween. And what better time to ponder our favourite scary reads? For an especially frightening read, I always return to Stephen King’s Nightmares and Dreamscapes. Nothing is quite as terrifying as the short story ‘The Ten o’clock People‘ […]


Sherrinford Holmes and his trusty sidekick, Ormond Sacker

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

Doesn’t quite have the same ring to it, does it? However, an early manuscript of A Study in Scarlet shows its author still sketching out the names for what became the infamous duo, Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson . This weekend I stepped behind the wall of books and into the world of Sherlock Holmes […]


Book Walks

Monday, October 27th, 2014

If you haven’t stepped out on one already, why not try a literary stroll around London this month? Every year (usually in October) Footprints of London hosts a Literary Festival. Highlights include a literary history of Covent Garden- a walk following Mrs Dalloway as she goes to buy flowers for her party, a walk around literary […]


Ahead of trend with Forsyth’s fairytale retellings

Friday, October 24th, 2014

Fairytales with a new twist are still very much in vogue, heightened by the success of blockbusters such as Snow White and the Huntsman and Maleficent. Authors such as Neil Gaiman and Russell Brand are reinventing the fairytale with gangsta rats, werewolves and warrior queens. If you’re looking for an utterly captivating reinvention, check out […]


A Night in the Bookshop

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

After an American tourist got locked in one of their bookshops, Waterstones have invited ten lucky people to join them for a sleepover in their flagship Piccadilly store. (Their marketing team must be looking pretty smug right now!) But what a brilliant idea! Perhaps more bookshops around the country could get involved. We could gather round […]


Susan Kelly on the Gregory Summers Novels

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

Q. I have read the full series of the Gregory Summers novels and thoroughly enjoyed their many layered plots. I was wondering if you will be writing anymore in the series or any other novels or stories you are working on. Also, have you a website or blog that I can follow. Thanks and best wishes. Kath, Leicester […]


Read Yourself Well

Monday, October 20th, 2014

Whilst books might not provide a medical antidote to health problems, there are emerging schemes that might go some way to helping those faced with challenging health problems. A new scheme promoting book-based therapy for dementia sufferers will be launched in libraries in England in January 2015. The ‘Books on Prescription‘ scheme comes from The […]


Bookshops from around the world

Friday, October 17th, 2014

An article in The Guardian caught my eye recently: Weird and Wonderful Bookshops from around the World and I was pleased to see that one of my favourites, Barter Books, had made the list. It’s a beautiful secondhand bookshop housed in a converted railway station in Alnwick. The list features lots more I’d like to visit […]


Have Kindle converts returned to the bookshop?

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

A lover of thumbing through pages of a riveting read, the feel of an embossed cover and the smell of a new book – I never converted to e-book reading. But, with it’s light-weight transportable convenience, many did and for a while it looked to be the end of printed books. However, last November, statistics […]


I D Roberts on Research & Wassmuss

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

Q. My husband and I really enjoyed your book and would like to know how long it took you to research it? We investigated ourselves about the real life character, Wassmuss, who we found fascinating. Diedre, London. Hi Diedre, Many thanks for your kind words about, and interest in, Kingdom Lock. I’m delighted you and […]


Prizes for Perry

Monday, October 13th, 2014

The Turner Prize is rolling round again (for a tongue in cheek read on the subject, try Ruth Dudley Edwards’ Killing the Emperors) and putting art at the forefront of peoples’ minds. This weekend I saw a great exhibition by an artist who fully deserves their Turner Prize-winner title, Grayson Perry. ‘The Vanity of Small Differences’ […]


‘Lost’ Sherlock film discovered

Friday, October 10th, 2014

A silent Sherlock Holmes film made in 1916, thought to have been lost forever, and featuring the only screen performance by William Gillette with his trademark pipe has been found in the French film archive.     Read the full article here:   Lydia Riddle, Editor


Change of Season

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

We’re now officially into autumn which means darker mornings and drizzly weather. But it’s not all doom and gloom: it’s not to hard to love this change of season when our parks and cities look like this –  check out these beautiful autumn pictures: Do you have any great seasonal photos to share? Sophie. Editorial […]


The Adventure Continues for Holmes-ians

Friday, October 3rd, 2014

Fans of our Sherlock Holmes pastiches will be delighted to hear that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s original manuscript of the late Holmes story The Adventure of the Illustrious Client will be on display for the first time, at the Museum of London, from 17th October. Famous for never revealing the true identity of the ‘illustrious […]


From Proof to Perfection: Murder at the Brightwell

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

Ever since we caught a glimpse of it’s proof-copy baby sister, we’ve been waiting with baited breath… And the time has come- just LOOK at this beautiful and stylish hardback, hot off the press! Murder at the Brightwell, by Ashley Weaver, is a witty new crime debut in which we meet Amery Ames (best name ever) […]


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