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Ted Lewis 2020 – a guest post by Monty Martin

Monday, February 3rd, 2020

We are delighted to welcome Monty Martin, Chair of the Ted Lewis Group, to the A&B blog as we start a special year for fans of the godfather of British Noir. Allison & Busby, publishers of the ground-breaking 1969 classic noir novel Get Carter (formerly Jack’s Return Home), are celebrating 2020 as the 50th anniversary […]

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Haven’t we met before? A guest post by L.C. Tyler

Thursday, January 23rd, 2020

This month we are proud to publish the paperback of The Maltese Herring by L.C. Tyler, the eighth instalment in the Herring Mysteries series featuring crime writer Ethelred Tressider and his agent Elsie Thirkettle. Over the course of the series, Ethelred has solved a number of crimes and has been shot at, kidnapped, arrested, menaced, […]

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‘An eternity of winter’ – a guest post by Jim Kelly

Tuesday, December 17th, 2019

As we near the start of the Christmas holidays, we’re delighted to welcome author Jim Kelly to the blog for his seasonal, crime fiction reflections. Sometimes a single line of fiction can change your life. For me it was this, on the third page of my (American first edition) of Dorothy L Sayers’ Fen masterpiece […]

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The characters that take you by surprise – a guest post by Susanna Bavin

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2019

Our latest guest post comes from acclaimed saga writer Susanna Bavin, whose latest novel, The Poor Relation, is now out in paperback. For Susanna, an unexpected character from the book has been embraced by her readers… When a writer starts getting feedback on a new book, there can be some surprises. For example, there might […]

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My Writing Routine – a guest post by Beryl Matthews

Monday, November 11th, 2019

November can be a busy time as we find ourselves hurtling towards Christmas, but even more so for aspiring writers who may have set themselves a #nanowrimo writing challenge. We’re delighted to have author Beryl Matthews on the blog today to share the process that works for her. Beryl’s latest novel Friends and Enemies is […]

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Fear on the Phantom Special – a Railway Detective guest post by Edward Marston

Wednesday, October 16th, 2019

Today we are delighted to welcome author Edward Marston to the blog as we prepare for the publication of the latest Railway Detective novel, Fear on the Phantom Special. Edward recently spent the day signing copies of a special edition with red sprayed page edges (fancy!) for Waterstones. Treat yourself or a loved one by […]

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Changing Lara – a guest post by Anna Jacobs

Wednesday, September 18th, 2019

She’s continually writing and often travelling, so we are delighted that reader-favourite Anna Jacobs has found time to write for the A&B blog. Changing Lara (currently a Book of the Month with £2 off) is officially released in paperback today and before too long fans will also be able to get hold of Change of […]

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Dyslexia Research Project – guest post by Kelly Smith

Thursday, August 8th, 2019

Today we welcome our very own Editor, Kelly Smith, onto the A&B blog as she nears the finish line of her MA in Publishing Studies. The topic of her dissertation was publishing for dyslexic readers. As an industry perhaps we take for granted an eager enjoyment and consumption of books, and pay too little attention […]

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It’s never too late to achieve your dream – a guest post by Margaret Kaine

Friday, June 21st, 2019

Today is officially the First Day of Summer and to celebrate we are making available Margaret Kaine’s perfect summer read The Black Silk Purse ebook for just £2.99. To coincide with this, we are also delighted to welcome Margaret to the A&B blog to shed some light onto her path to publication and upcoming book. […]

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Fiction and History: Victorian Novels and the Colditz Dentist – A Guest Post by Heather Cooper

Monday, May 13th, 2019

This month we’re delighted to be publishing Stealing Roses, Heather Cooper’s sweeping historical debut novel set on the Isle of Wight. Ahead of publication, and with an exhibition honouring her father Eric Cooper a.k.a. ‘The Colditz Dentist’, just opened, we checked in with Heather for her thoughts on history, memory and family. We are all […]

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Jim Eldridge talks Museum Mysteries

Monday, March 11th, 2019

The Museum Mysteries series features a detective duo who at first might appear completely mismatched: Daniel Wilson, a former detective sergeant with the Metropolitan Police, is from a working class background and rose through the ranks to become right-hand man to the famous Chief Inspector Frederick Abberline during the Jack the Ripper investigation; and Abigail […]

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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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