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The Bookshop Band

Friday, February 27th, 2015

How great are these guys! Combining a love of music and books – two things no one ever minds combining – they’ve been performing literary-inspired songs together, for five years.  Titles including For an Ending (based on A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness) and How not to Woo a Woman (based on the Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry). […]


Rereading Anthony Burgess

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

Did anyone see the article on Anthony Burgess in last weekend’s Guardian? It reminded us here at A&B HQ, that this brilliant author was not only the creator of two of our favourite fiction titles – ‘Nothing Like the Sun‘ and ‘Kingdom of the Wicked‘, but that somewhere on our archive was a book that […]


Breaking News for Sherlock Holmes Fans

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

My weekend was cheered immensely by the news that a long-lost Sherlock Holmes story has been discovered. Found by historian Walter Elliot, it’s the first unseen Sherlock story unearthed in eighty years. The 1,300-word tale starring the famous detective in a collection of short stories written for a local bazaar. The wooden bridge in the Scottish town of […]


Tube Poetry

Friday, February 20th, 2015

Travel Better London and TFL are partnering up for a poem competition about travel etiquette in London. Passengers who pen the best poem will see their masterpiece and a cartoon of themselves on a poster in a special campaign across the network. The poem must be 4 – 6 lines long and feature any of the […]


Wednesday Cover Story: Menna van Praag

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

Two beautiful covers to reveal to you today and we really can’t choose between them! A&B are incredibly excited about new author, Menna van Praag’s April release, The House at the End of Hope Street. This is a book for book-lovers, a richly told tale of lives less ordinary, with fantastic, strong female characters. Menna’s second […]


Checking out A&B talent

Monday, February 16th, 2015

Lists released by the British Library’s Public Lending Right reveal Allison & Busby authors’ books are some of the most borrowed in the UK! Superstar, Anna Jacobs was the sixth most borrowed author (adult fiction) of 2013-14, with Heir to Greyladies a top title. Take a look at the full series here and keep an eye out […]


The TBR Pile

Friday, February 13th, 2015

I’ve decided to jump on Guardian Books bandwagon and discuss my To Be Read pile. Mainly because I always look forward to starting something new and because I have a long weekend off work so there’s lots of time to get stuck into something! I’m currently halfway through the masterpiece that is The Little Friend […]


An older and wiser Sherlock hits the big screen

Wednesday, February 11th, 2015

Can you imagine how the unbeatable Sherlock Holmes will cope as he reaches his elderly years and has to face the mundane battles, such as memory loss and dementia, as well as coming up against the fantastical criminals in his day-to-day detective work? New film, Mr Holmes, directed by Bill Condon offers a vision of Sir […]


David Donachie on Tested by Fate

Monday, February 9th, 2015

Q. I am a huge fan of your writing style,  having read all of the John Peace series. I have enjoyed them so much that I have a beautiful hardcover collection in my library. I am looking for a hardcover edition of Tested by Fate, as that 3 part series is my next read. Any ideas […]


WIN: A set of Laurie R King’s Mary Russell series and beekeeper goodies

Monday, February 9th, 2015

WIN: Laurie R. King beekeeper goodies and a series set!


Reading in Rude Health

Monday, February 9th, 2015

The University of Liverpool has conducted a study that shows people who read regularly for pleasure have greater levels of self-esteem, are less stressed, and can cope better with difficult situations than lapsed or non-readers. After reading about this, I came across the below infographic comparing reading and other stress-relieving activities. I was quite surprised […]


Be a Good SAMaritan

Friday, February 6th, 2015

Veering off books and all things cultural for one moment – today I came across a brilliant new app that will potentially save thousands of lives. Despite my general dislike of our over-reliance on our smartphones, this new app, called GoodSAM, has proved that technology can save the day. The app lets you flag up […]


Happy News for Harper Lee fans

Wednesday, February 4th, 2015

Yesterday, arguably the most exciting literary announcement was made: Harper Lee is to release a second novel! Since the release of To Kill a Mockingbird, her beloved first novel, 55 years ago, Harper Lee has lived away from the spotlight. This new novel is expected to be a ‘sequel’ to her first. Unknown to some, […]


Alice Gets A Makeover

Monday, February 2nd, 2015

All time favourite children’s book, the bonkers and brilliant Alice in Wonderland is to celebrate it’s 150th Anniversary this year. The festivities are already underway and include a BBC documentary exploring the life and imagination of Lewis Carroll, a postal stamp set, featuring ten scenes from the book and – my favourite – a 150th […]


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