Letters to the Lost

Letters to the Lost. 1943, in the ruins of Blitzed London… Release Da...


What’s that I hear you say? ‘It’s too hot’?! Well, forget about the scorching summer heat and lose yourself in this magical winter wonderland!

9781471164859We are thrilled to share with you the wonderful cover for Heidi Swain’s new Christmas novel, Sleigh Rides and Silver Bells at the Christmas Fair. Isn’t she a beaut? I for one am hugely looking forward to the cooler months when we’ll be able to snuggle down in front of the fire and read Heidi’s latest – it’s out on October 5th in all good bookstores. We can’t wait!!!

The new Christmas bestseller from the author of Mince Pies and Mistletoe at the Christmas Market!

When Anna takes on the role of companion to the owner of Wynthorpe Hall, on the outskirts of Wynbridge, she has no idea that her life is set to change beyond all recognition.

A confirmed ‘bah humbug’ when it comes to Christmas, Anna is amazed to find herself quickly immersed in the eccentric household, and when youngest son Jamie unexpectedly arrives home it soon becomes obvious that her personal feelings are going all out to compromise her professional persona.

Jamie, struggling to come to terms with life back in the Fens, makes a pact with Anna – she has to teach him to fall back in love with Wynthorpe Hall, while he helps her fall back in love with Christmas. But will it all prove too much for Anna, or can the family of Wynthorpe Hall warm her heart once and for all…?

Join Anna for a festive journey that is festooned with sleigh rides and silver bells and help her discover her happy ever after.

Pre-order it now in paperback and/or eBook!



“The world needs more great broads like Jackie Collins” Jojo Moyes

“That smart, talented, and gorgeous woman paved the road for so many of us so that we could experience a much smoother journey … with or without heels. Heaven … watch out!” Sandra Bullock

“She was a true inspiration, a trail blazer for women in fiction and a creative force. She will live on through her characters but we already miss her beyond words.“ Jilly Cooper

“I’ve always loved Jackie Collins. She really knew how to tell a story. Growing up, my friends and I would loan her books from the library and swap them.” Dorothy Koomson

“I seek to emulate Jackie Collins’ work ethic, her down-to-earth attitude, her glamour — and the fact that she seemed to really bloody enjoy life.” Jessie Burton

“RIP Jackie Collins.  I always loved our interviews.” Oprah Winfrey

“She was the definition of a class act. Everyone who met her was lucky.” Graham Norton

“Jackie Collins. A super lady who ‘did it her way” Boy George

“I think I have achieved everybody’s dream.  Everybody wants to write a book, and I sat down and actually did it.  Not only did I do it, I became No. 1 at it, and there is nothing more exciting than that”  Jackie Collins


From chic New York and the exclusive Hamptons to the hungry heart of L.A., this high-suspense tale pulses with deadly obsessions and relentless desires in the seemingly perfect world of a gorgeous film actress. She could have any man – but the one she can’t resist is a mysterious lover with a shadowed past. As their jolting affair skyrockets with electric passion, shocking secrets break through their hidden traps – in a brilliantly twisting story that sparks with the explosive Jackie Collins touch!

On 19th September 2015 we were heartbroken to hear of the passing of our dear Jackie Collins – a true trailblazer for women and a warm, wise and witty friend to many of us here at BATC HQ.  It doesn’t seem possible that nearly two years have passed since we lost her…. but to celebrate all that Jackie was to the so very many people who loved her, we will be publishing a stunning hardback celebration edition of Thrill! on 21st September, complete gold sprayed edges – the PERFECT gift for Jackie fans and new readers alike.

“Thrill! will take you on a wild ride filled with passion and excitement. I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed writing it”  Jackie Collins

And then on 4th October, everyone here at BATC HQ will be raising a glass to wish Jackie a ‘Happy Birthday’ – so why not get involved with us on twitter, using the hashtag #GetYourJackieCollinsOn.  There will be prizes for the most awesome, kick-ass leopard print outfit/glass-raising combo photos, and if you need any cocktail recommendations, here is a word from the lady herself.



9781471155581 (1)

November brings a very exciting publication in the BATC calendar with the publication of The Betrayal by Kate Furnivall. I have just finished reading the script and I can’t stop raving about it to everyone else – it is absolutely brilliant and the best thing Kate has written. I am so excited for everyone else to read it as well!

We also have a truly stunning cover to reveal – ta dah! Look out for it everywhere in the run up to Christmas – maybe a little treat for yourself as you shop, or the perfect gift for anyone who loves spellbinding historical fiction. Twin sisters, divided by their loyalties but bound by a terrible secret. Who will be betrayed? 

Stay tuned for further updates – including a new column from Kate, exclusive to BATC …

Love, Jo x












We are delighted to announce that we’re publishing the perfect novel for readers everywhere who are embracing the Danish art of hygge – we give you Hygge and Kisses by Clara Christensen, the first warm, wise and romantic hygge novel, coming in #DigitalOriginals eBook on 21st September and paperback on 30th November!

Hygge and Kisses3

Bo, 26, has always been careful, cautious. However, she’s just been made redundant and her life plan is beginning to unravel. Before she starts immediately applying for other jobs in a panic, her friend Kirsten persuades her to take a holiday, to visit Kirsten’s mother’s house in North Jutland, a part of Denmark Bo is ashamed to admit she has never heard of.

‘What’s the weather going to be like?’ she asks Kirsten hopefully, scrolling her cursor over the budget airlines webpage. ‘Terrible,’ Kirsten replies, ‘London is positively Mediterranean by comparison, and of course it’s November so it’ll be dark seventeen hours a day. But no one goes to Denmark to get a tan. You need a change of scene and to blow away the cobwebs, and trust me, Skagen will do that. Besides, the summerhouse is cosy whatever the weather, and you never know who else will be around.’

A few clicks later and there is no going back. And Bo’s life plan is about to be entirely rewritten.

Curl up under a blanket, light some candles and turn off the phone – immerse yourself in a feel-good treat and feel your worries drift away …

We are very excited about this novel, so stand by for more news coming your way soon …and in the meantime why not download a couple of sample chapters via NetGalley!

Hygge and Kisses SamplerReviews1

Hygge and Kisses SamplerReviews2

Hygge and Kisses SamplerReviews3

Hygge and Kisses SNOW


Woman at number24 review

Woman at number24 1

Woman at number24 7

Woman at number24 11

Woman at number24 12


Santangelo cover photocropped

Thank you to our friends at Grosvenor House Hotel who kindly audio recorded the Jackie Collins Literati event on 8th September 2015 – Jackie’s last public appearance.  Do have a listen.  As you would imagine, she was warm, wise and witty.  Everyone here at Books and the City is devastated by her loss. We will miss her every day.


masterclassOn Saturday 15th November 2014 we held our very first (but hopefully not our last!) Creative Writing Masterclass here at Books and the City HQ, aimed specifically at writers of commercial women’s fiction.  The day was split into two, with morning one-to-one sessions with editors Jo Dickinson and Clare Hey and afternoon panels for a wider audience with uber literary agent Lizzy Kremer, bestselling author Milly JohnsonPeter Saxton (Publisher Liaison Manager at Waterstones Head Office), Isabelle Broom (Book Reviewer at Heat Magazine) and Lindsey Mooney (Content Lead UK & Ireland  from Kobo).

We all had a fabulous time, our Panel Sessions were brilliant – with some cracking hints, tips and advice from the very best in the business, all topped off with fizz and cake at the end of the day.  Perfect.  Here are just a few of my favourite snaps from the day…






Select a category:
GET READY FOR #DigitalOriginals #ONEDAY – 15th July 2016
2016/06/15  |  Features  |  Comments are off

What do Andy Jones, Heidi Swain, Holly Hepburn, Juliet Ashton and Penny Parkes have in common.  All lovely people?  Natch.  All smart?  Totes.  And funny?  Yes, YES.  All writers?  Absolutely.  All five publishing/published under our #DigitalOriginals programme? BOOM! So here’s the news… for the third year running (on 15th July), we are throwing away, ripping up, laughing …