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Articles by Susie

A&B Inside Story – Susie’s Google Play Interview

Friday, November 28th, 2014

Earlier this month, Susie shared the A&B story, as well as tips for those just starting out in the industry, in Google Play’s Partner Newsletter. Have a read through the interview below! How did your publishing experience start? I joined William Collins (later HarperCollins) in the late 1980s as the secretary to a sales manager […]


Six Degrees of Literary Separation

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

Who doesn’t love Angela Lansbury?  I adore her in everything from Bedknobs & Broomsticks to Murder She Wrote, and I’m hoping to catch her during her run as Madame Arcati in Coward’s Blithe Spirit at the Gielgud Theatre in London. There is an interesting interview with her in the current issue of The Lady, and […]


Where were the Fifty Shades readers in sunny Marbella?

Tuesday, August 7th, 2012

Having just spent a week in Marbella, home away from home to TOWIE ‘stars’ and WAGs, I was fully expecting to see acres of Fifty Shades books on the beach.  In past years the beautiful, and much-maligned, Costa del Sol town has been a great guage of what the world is reading.  Two summers ago […]


The fascination with the Crusades

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

I’m a bit of a sucker for documentaries on the Beeb and honestly think no-one does them better, so I’m getting super-excited about the 3-parter that starts on BBC 2 tonight at 9.30pm.  And to make my life complete, it’s all about the Crusades.  A truly mesmerising period in history that has spawned a gazillion […]


Save Oliver Twist’s Workhouse!

Monday, February 28th, 2011

Our office is just down the road from one of the few remaining Georgian workhouses in London – the Cleveland Street Workhouse.  However, it is currently under threat, as plans are in place to have it demolished. University College London Hospital wants to knock it down and erect an 11-storey modern building in its place. […]


Dedicated to…

Thursday, November 18th, 2010

Have you ever wondered who is behind the dedications that authors add to their books?  And who would you mention if you were to publish a book? I’ve often thought about it and always enjoy hearing the stories associated with the named individuals.  So, it’s with very great pleasure, that I introduce young Imogen Rose […]


Have you got the Fever?

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009

Hi Sushi in Camden certainly had when it hosted the launch party for Cosplay Fever on Tuesday night, and I can honestly say it was a first for me – sipping my wine and chatting to a griffin … The book is the latest venture from cult graphic novelists Pete ‘The Artist’ Lumby and Rob […]


A must-see for art lovers

Wednesday, June 17th, 2009

The celebrated British artist Keith Coventry held a private view of his work last night at Haunch of Venison in Mayfair which I was lucky enough to attend.  I particularly loved his Echoes of Albany series which takes as its inspiration the mysterious Albany apartments in Burlington Gardens which have been home to numerous distinguished […]


Christmas starts early at A&B

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009

It seems so odd to be thinking about Christmas given I’m sitting here in short-sleeves with the sunshine pouring into the office … but think about it I must.  Two lucky members of the A&B team need to know when we’ll be shutting-up-shop as they will be spending the holidays on the other side of […]


Do we really want to be available 24-7?

Monday, April 27th, 2009

Someone asked me at last week’s London Book Fair why didn’t I have a Blackberry so I could spend all my waking hours hunched over it, fingers feverishly tapping… and I thought to myself, how blissful it is that I don’t have one and so can’t be found 110% of the time!   And then someone […]


Back from the Easter break

Tuesday, April 14th, 2009

Back to work after a lovely, sunny week away relaxing by the pool and doing nothing but eating, drinking and reading.   No telly to watch (other than at the bar where I got to see Chelsea’s marvellous trouncing of Liverpool) so it was a great chance to catch up on reading some of the manuscripts […]


From the book to the silver screen…

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

I must be the only person in the UK who hasn’t read The Kite Runner.  Something about it just doesn’t appeal to me although I know so many people have loved it.  But I have seen the film and loved it so much I promptly bought it for my Mum.  My sister has both read […]


The A v B format paperback question…

Friday, March 13th, 2009

I grew up with small format paperbacks that neatly fit in your pocket and that’s what everyone took on their annual holiday.  Those were the days … Then along came the large Penguin paperbacks, the King Penguins, which were so gorgeous and covetable.  Do you remember Perfume first time round?  It was absolutely stunning.  So […]


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