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The Road to Publication – guest post from What Falls Between the Cracks author Robert Scragg

Wednesday, October 4th, 2017

We are delighted to welcome Robert Scragg to the Allison & Busby blog today. We will publish his debut crime novel, What Falls Between the Cracks, next April, but read on for an insight into the road to publication and an early sampler of the book… A severed hand is found in the freezer of […]


A love of letters – Guest Post by Menna van Praag

Tuesday, April 4th, 2017

Dear Readers, We are delighted to welcome author Menna van Praag onto the A&B blog today. If you share a passion for letters and stationery, read on. For the rest of April, Menna’s latest letter writing-inspired novel, The Lost Art of Letter Writing, is just 99p on Kindle UK. Why not treat yourself! Yours sincerely, […]


He Kills Because He Cares: Guest Post from author Peter Laws

Thursday, March 9th, 2017

We’re delighted to welcome author Peter Laws to the A&B blog for a glimpse inside the mind of the murderer… There are lots of ways to dispatch somebody. Guns and knives are incredibly popular, and efficient too, but let’s be honest: they’re a little passé. You’ve seen (or read) them a thousand times. Dropping a […]


Travels to America – guest post from author David Hingley

Thursday, January 19th, 2017

We’re delighted to welcome to the blog author David Hingley, especially as it is publication day for the paperback edition of his debut historical crime novel Birthright (currently a Book of the Month with £2 off!) and its follow-up Puritan in hardback. If you’re in the mood for some adventure, travel and mystery, why not join David’s heroine Mercia Blakewood now… It […]


Writing about the past – guest post from author June Tate

Thursday, December 1st, 2016

We’re delighted to welcome June Tate onto the blog today to give us some insight into how she constructs an authentic sense of period in her novels. To coincide with this post we’re also offering her ebooks The Reluctant Sinner, Born to Dance, Brides of War and The Docklands Girls at the special price of […]


Ladies Pond – guest post from Swimming Home author Mary-Rose MacColl

Thursday, September 8th, 2016

To celebrate the release of Mary-Rose MacColl’s latest novel, Swimming Home, in ebook, we’re delighted to share the author’s writing about her visit to Kenwood Ladies’ Pond on Hampstead Heath this summer. Come on in – the water’s lovely! The water will be cold. While it’s summer and what Londoners call a hot day, the nights are […]


Second Child – guest blog post from author Fiona Sussman

Wednesday, August 24th, 2016

Fiona Sussman joins us on the A&B blog to discuss her ‘second child’, The Last Time We Spoke, and the family resemblances with her debut Shifting Colours. We’re running a giveaway right now for four sets of signed copies for UK entrants. Enter at the bottom of the blog post – good luck! At first […]


‘Beam me up, Scotty’: the novel as transport to another world – guest post by Sarah Hawkswood

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016

As we’re now in the season of holiday reading, we’d like to invite you to getaway for a moment with author Sarah Hawkswood’s thoughts on escaping into a good book. Sarah’s novel Ordeal by Fire is published 22nd September and is available to pre-order now. As a reader, I have always sought books which enable […]


The Girl from Simon’s Bay by Barbara Mutch

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016

Allison & Busby is delighted to announce the acquisition of The Girl from Simon’s Bay, a second novel from Barbara Mutch, author of The Housemaid’s Daughter and ‘born storyteller’ (Sydney Morning Herald). The deal was brokered with the author’s agent Judith Murdoch for World English rights. The Girl from Simon’s Bay is a love story […]


A Mind to Murder: a personal tribute to PD James by Mandy Morton

Wednesday, November 25th, 2015

When someone famous dies we are treated to a glut of views and tributes from people who knew them, worked with them or were inspired by them. With these insights, we build up a lasting understanding of who they were and the imprint they have left behind. After the death of PD James in November last year, the expected tributes were fast and […]


Bletchley Park – guest post by author Mary Nichols

Wednesday, November 4th, 2015

We’re delighted to feature this post from our author Mary Nichols. If it whets your appetite for what is on display at Bletchley Park, we’re offering subscribers to our monthly customer Books Bulletin the chance to win a family ticket. Scroll down to sign up now! In the interests of research for We’ll Meet Again, […]


‘Freedom is a powerful drug’: A&B author Sarah Grazebrook talks Suffragettes

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015

Next month sees the release of the eagerly anticipated Suffragette movie starring Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham-Carter, Meryl Streep and many more names of note. It inspired us to ask A&B author Sarah Grazebrook, who wrote about the suffrage movement in her novel Crooked Pieces, what is so inspiring about this moment in history. ‘Man is […]


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 […]


A Kitchen Maid’s Story

Monday, March 23rd, 2015

There’s been much talk of stately homes and English heritage in the papers recently, and whilst politicians argue it out over mansion taxes and constitutional reforms across the kingdom, we’re finding a little light relief in remembering Britain’s past through the eyes of Flo Wadlow, in her kitchen maid’s story. Over a Hot Stove is a vivid […]


Did you collect all of the Banquet Comp clues?

Sunday, December 21st, 2014

CONGRATULATIONS! You have made it to feast and may enter the banquet. Pull up a chair by the fire and tell us the answers you’ve collected over the last few posts. Click here for a reminder of the clues, or if you’re ready to fill in your details and answers, click here.


Book Banquet Competition: Day 4

Saturday, December 20th, 2014

From the 17th-21st December, we will be featuring a different book for every day of the week, each revealing a foodie clue to an component of our Christmas Banquet. Click here for more details and read on for clue 4! Day 4 Read the following extract from Starting Over, One Cake at a Time and keep a […]


Book Banquet Competition: Day 1

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

From the 17th-21st December, we will be featuring a different book for every day of the week, each revealing a foodie clue to an component of our Christmas Banquet. Click here for more details and read on for your first clue! Day 1 Read the following extract from Hot Sun, Cool Shadow and keep a […]


The A&B Christmas Book Banquet

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

To celebrate this Christmas, A&B would like to invite you to a feast… From tomorrow until the 21st December, we’ll be featuring a different book for every day of the week, each revealing a foodie clue to part of our Christmas Feast. For the chance to win the Banquet Hamper full of books and goodies, […]


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 […]


Wednesday Cover Story: Jewels of India

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

We’ve got our hands on the Indian edition of three June Thomson, Sherlock Holmes books – don’t they look great? A very different take than the A&B covers, but dark alleyways and shadowy figures… exactly what we like in a good detective book. My favourite’s The Secret Journals cover (far left). It looks like it has […]


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