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Do You Believe the Hype?

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

Every now and again a book appears that everyone is raving about; the critics love it, readers can’t recommend it enough. But sometimes I find it almost puts me off – what if I don’t like it? Am I then somehow wrong in my judgement? For example, The Deaths by Mark Lawson, eventually fell a […]


Knowledge is Beautiful

Friday, April 24th, 2015

On a day-to-day basis we are bombarded with information, facts and figures and it can be hard for our minds to digest it all. So author, designer and data journalist David McCandless has set out to make it all a little easier for us. His book, Knowledge is Beautiful, uses colourful infographics to ‘ visualise captivating and […]


Wednesday Cover Story: Alternative Alanna

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

We recently requested some old editions from our author, Alanna Knight, for scanning, and just look what we received… These editions from the late 70’s really show how covers change over time! I quite like them actually, they remind me of surreal anime books, and I’ve decided the one on the far left looks a […]


A Maisie Dobbs Announcement…

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

For immediate release TELEVISION AND PUBLISHING DEALS ANNOUNCED FOR BESTSELLING SLEUTH MAISIE DOBBS SLAM TV has acquired the option to develop a TV series based on the Maisie Dobbs historical mysteries by award-winning New York Times bestselling author Jacqueline Winspear. SLAM TV is a new UK-based production company headed by actors Stephen Mangan (Episodes) and […]


Pride and Prejudice Finds Another Face

Monday, April 20th, 2015

Few of us can ever un-see the iconic image of Colin Firth as Mr Darcy slowly emerging, dripping wet, from a lake in the BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice. Over the years, Jane Austen’s classic has been adapted for the big and small screen, also re  imagined as other novels. Recently we have seen the […]


London Book Fair Roundup

Friday, April 17th, 2015

We’ve been out of the office for the past few days, enjoying some sunshine in Kensington Olympia. This year’s London Book Fair was a runaway success, and all of us enjoyed meeting up with authors, agents, publishers and booksellers, as well as saying hello to lots and LOTS of bookworms. It’s always lovely to meet […]


We Won’t Pick Up a Penguin

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

At the risk of appearing to write a politically-motivated blog, which is not my intention, I have decided to share an article featured on the BBC News website this week. It speaks of library books that have received the most complaints, one of the most recent additions being a tale of two male penguins that […]


Looking forward to a CrimeFest

Monday, April 13th, 2015

We hope that we will be seeing some of you at next month’s CrimeFest, in Bristol? CrimeFest is a convention for people who like to read an occasional crime novel as well as for die-hard fanatics. Many of our authors attend each year, as the festivals sees top crime novelists, readers, editors, publishers and reviewers […]


Living the Dream

Friday, April 10th, 2015

A job advert went viral last week that has to be one of the most enviable in the world: a Police Constable on the Isle of Scilly -where the number of crimes last year was twenty-four. Sergeant Colin Taylor wrote that required attributes would be ‘unflinching confidence’ to know what to do when alerted to […]


Letters Live

Wednesday, April 8th, 2015

I am lucky enough to be starting my bank holiday weekend with Benedict Cumberbatch. On Friday 3rd April, I’m going to see LETTERS LIVE: inspired by Letters of Note, the bestselling anthology compiled by Shaun Usher, and To the Letter by Simon Garfield, LETTERS LIVE is a series of curated, live events that celebrate the […]


Colouring Makes a Comeback

Wednesday, April 8th, 2015

This week I read an article in The Guardian that made me think, thank goodness it’s not just me. Yes, the colouring book has made a comeback. Currently topping the Amazon bestseller list, many adults are indulging in an activity that is both relaxing and nostalgic. I first brought the colouring back into my life […]


Another One (sadly) Bites the Dust

Monday, April 6th, 2015

I was saddened to see the news that the Forest Bookshop in the Forest of Dean will shortly close it’s doors after 40 years of match-making readers and books. In an article in The Bookseller, owner Douglas McLean said ‘the past 40 bookselling years have seen the happiest of times. We’ve had some wonderful events, […]


Wednesday Cover Story: Alfie Across the Sea

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

Bill Naughton’s well-loved classic, Alfie, has been enjoyed in both book and film forms for generations. Whether you’re a Michael Caine or Jude Law fan, the Casanova will charm and amuse you. It’s always great to see our favourite book covers interpreted by other publishers accross the seas. Take a look at the below, which […]


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