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Spooky Reading Recommendations

Tuesday, October 9th, 2018

It’s that time of year where you want to sit by the fire, turn on all the lights to chase away the dark, and dive into a creepy story. We’ve picked out four suggestions to get you started.   What Falls Between the Cracks by Robert Scragg Did she slip through the cracks, or was […]

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Why London? A Guest Post From Robert Scragg

Tuesday, September 11th, 2018

Robert Scragg’s debut novel What Falls Between the Cracks comes out in paperback this month! We caught up with him to hear more about why he picked London as the setting.  One of the most common questions I’ve been asked so far is why I chose London as the setting for my Porter & Styles […]

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Life in Rural Sussex: A Guest Blog by Rosie Howard

Wednesday, August 8th, 2018

Today we’re pleased to welcome author Rosie Howard to the blog! Rosie’s latest book, The Homecoming, is the first in her new Havenbury series, and is available now in paperback – perfect summer holiday reading. Set in the lush Sussex countryside, where Rosie herself lives, the area is brought to life through the eyes of […]

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The Black Earth picked as a Times top summer read

Tuesday, July 10th, 2018

The Black Earth by Philip Kazan has been chosen by The Times as one of the best historical fiction books to read this summer! You can read their full list of recommendations here, and order your copy now from our website, here.

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Allison & Busby Signs Exciting Crime Debut

Wednesday, May 30th, 2018

Allison & Busby have acquired a standout crime novel by Swedish debut author Elizabeth Norebäck that has sold in 33 languages, and has been shortlisted for the Crimetime Specsavers Award for best debut. Publishing Director Susie Dunlop secured the UK & Commonwealth rights from Penguin Random House in the USA, following an enthusiastic reading from A&B’s […]

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Apprentices in WWII: A Guest Post from Jacqueline Winspear

Thursday, March 1st, 2018

Today we’re welcoming Jacqueline Winspear to the blog! Jacqueline is the author of the exciting Maisie Dobbs series, which is set in the aftermath of WWI. Her latest novel in the series, To Die But Once, is released this month.  Over to you, Jacqueline!  To Die But Once opens in May 1940. The British expeditionary […]

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The Medieval Sniper: Guest Post by Sarah Hawkswood

Thursday, February 15th, 2018

Today we’re handing over the blog to author Sarah Hawkswood, whose third book in the Bradecote & Catchpoll series, Marked to Die, comes out in paperback today. Read on to learn about how a medieval archer compares to a modern sniper…  You might say that there is no mystery whatsoever to Marked to Die, since […]

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Alanna Knight celebrates: published for 50 years!

Thursday, February 8th, 2018

Alanna Knight, author of the popular Inspector Faro and Rose McQuinn crime novels, launched her latest book, Murder Lies Waiting, in January. The launch turned in to a double celebration, as 2018 marks 50 years since Alanna’s first book was published! She was given a beautiful cake featuring the cover of Murder Lies Waiting: Many […]

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Blog Tour for Traitor by David Hingley

Tuesday, January 9th, 2018

The latest book in David Hingley’s Mercia Blakewood series has arrived! To celebrate the launch of Traitor, we’re holding a blog tour. Each day of the tour will see the book featured on a different blog or Instagram page. Follow along on the tour to hear all about it!  

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Christmas Books For Every Taste

Friday, December 1st, 2017

As the calendar turns to December, the Christmas season has officially begun! Today we wanted to share three Christmas-themed books with you, covering a variety of genres, so there’s something for everyone! The Feel-Good Favourite Mr Dickens and His Carol, by Samantha Silva This festive treat is an imagining of the story behind Charles Dickens […]

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Book recommendations for Anna Jacobs fans

Monday, November 20th, 2017

So you know a fan of Anna Jacobs (or maybe you are one yourself) and you want to give them a book, but they’ve read all her books already – so what do you give them? Allow us to come to the rescue with a few humble suggestions.   Beryl Matthews Beryl Matthews was born in […]

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Jealousy and Grief in ‘Look For Her’: Guest Post by Emily Winslow

Thursday, October 19th, 2017

Today we welcome Emily Winslow to the blog, to celebrate the release of her latest book, Look For Her, which comes out today!   Look For Her begins with an incongruous jealousy. Anna Williams, in a counselling session with her therapist, admits to envying famous murdered teenager Annalise Wood. Not that she wishes to be […]

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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 […]

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Writing What You Know & What You Don’t! Guest post with Sylvia Hunter

Thursday, September 21st, 2017

Today we’re excited to welcome Sylvia Hunter, author of The Midnight Queen trilogy to the blog. As the books are released in paperback this autumn, with book two, Lady of Magick, out today, Sylvia shares some of her inspiration for the series. 1. On Code-Switching I was raised by multilingual people with linguistics degrees, so […]

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Three Crime Series to Try

Friday, September 15th, 2017

Today, September 15th, is Agatha Christie’s birthday! Here at the A&B offices, we’re big fans of the queen of crime. To mark the occasion, we wanted to share three crime series which you can get stuck in to right now. The Amory Ames series, by Ashley Weaver Thrilling and stylish, Christie fans will love these. […]

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34 Songs for a Road Trip: Guest Post from Jessica Brockmole

Tuesday, August 8th, 2017

Today we’re thrilled to welcome author Jessica Brockmole to the blog. Her latest book, Woman Enters Left, is out today! It follows two women making road trips across America, and in honour of that, Jessica shares a road trip playlist.  Some days I give myself a theme song. Really good writing days deserve Pat Benatar’s […]

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The Bigger Picture – a guest post from Jill McGivering

Saturday, June 24th, 2017

Today we’re welcoming Jill McGivering to the blog, to discuss some of the inspiration behind her latest book, Daughters of India, which came out this week.  When I was based in India as a journalist some years ago, a visiting British colleague told me a story. She’d just been to the office of an Indian […]

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Writing What You Know – a guest post by Susanna Bavin

Tuesday, June 20th, 2017

We’re delighted to welcome to the blog author Susanna Bavin, whose debut saga novel The Deserter’s Daughter is released this week! Researching family history can cause weird feelings. Not long ago, I found a discussion about my great-great-grandmother Charlotte on an online message-board. It was wonderful – I found out one or two things that […]

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The Memories on a Bookshelf

Monday, June 5th, 2017

Many bibliophiles have books which always remind them of a particular place or time. As I moved house recently, packing up then unpacking my shelves, I was reminded of some of mine, and since this is my first blog post since joining the team, I thought it would be a good introduction! I could list […]

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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, […]

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