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    Digital Originals: A Year On
    by by Clare Hey
    2015/07/15  |  Features  |  

    On this day a year ago, all of us at Team BATC were holding our collective breath and watching our inboxes. Because on 15 July 2014 we held our first ever Books and the City Open Submission Day, with the hope of finding a brilliant new author to publish on …

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    Summer is here! Take time out to play
    by Abby Clements
    2015/06/29  |  Features  |  

    The sun’s out, fragrant jasmine is blooming in the streets of our neighbourhood and the city is emerging from its slow-starting Spring slumber. In London in June it’s out with that traditional British reserve and in with Pimms, picnics, outdoor cinema, lunchtime ice cream and splashing with jeans rolled up …

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    #OneDay On!
    by Heidi Swain
    2015/06/17  |  Features  |  

    As anyone following me on Twitter or Facebook knows, 16 July 2015 will be one of the most monumental days of my life as Books and The City are publishing my debut novel, The Cherry Tree Café. Flicking back through the pages of my writing diary it is hard to …

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    SWIPED – Date no. 6 The dream boat and the sinking ship…
    by Dating Confessions of a PR Girl
    2015/06/02  |  Features  |  

    There is an urban legend that once upon a time – a time after we stopped eating soot and killing wild animals with our bare hands, when people used to ride around on penny farthings and watch black and white TV and poke people on Facebook (sure, the social history …

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    Inspirations behind ‘Afternoon Tea at the Sunflower Cafe’
    by Milly Johnson
    2015/06/01  |  Features  |  

    I love sunflowers.  They are my favourite flower (obviously not counting the old white rose, which goes without saying). So writing a book featuring them so heavily was a delight.  Ever since I read about the first sunflower, I’ve had a soft spot for them.  For those of you who …

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    Eight Years and Ten Books Later…
    by Paige Toon
    2015/05/20  |  Features  |  

    I can barely believe The Sun in Her Eyes is my tenth book! The last eight years have flown by – not least because I’ve had two children and two house moves during this time.  I’ve loved writing every single one of my books, but I can honestly say that …

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    SWIPED – DATE No. 5 – Dead-eyed Ed….
    by Dating Confessions of a PR Girl
    2015/05/18  |  Features, SWIPED, SWIPED  |  

    SO having blacklisted Svetlanka and Tomos from my rolodex and taken a European mini break to a place where the men have ponytails, ride mopeds, smoke Marlboro reds and have decidedly loose morals, what else was there to do but get back to swiping/resume the search for T1…with Summer just …

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    Eleanor Moran’s LA Diary – Day 5!
    by Eleanor Moran
    2015/05/15  |  Features  |  

    So today is my last day in LA, and I’m finding it hard to say goodbye. Today I went to the offices of someone VERY FAMOUS (sadly the very famous person was NOT there doing the photocopying) and had one of those hilarious LA moments where I had to wade …

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    Eleanor Moran’s LA Diary – Day 4!
    by Eleanor Moran
    2015/05/14  |  Features  |  

    Welcome to Part 4 of Eleanor Moran’s LA Diary, written exclusively for Books and the City. Eleanor Moran’s novel A Daughter’s Secret is out this July. So I’ve worked out what the worst thing in LA is. Not the lax attitude to gun control, not the Kardashians – no, it’s the OTHER …

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    Eleanor Moran’s LA Diary – Day 3!
    by Eleanor Moran
    2015/05/13  |  Features  |  

    Welcome to Part 3 of Eleanor Moran’s LA Diary, written exclusively for Books and the City. Eleanor Moran’s novel A Daughter’s Secret is out this July. It’s Mother’s Day in the US today and, as with all things, our transatlantic cousins like to do it bigger and better than us. This is …