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    Text, email, write, ring, pop round for a cuppa….
    by SJV
    2015/08/03  |  Features  |  

    Today is the 13th anniversary of my dad’s death.  It’s not a day to be celebrated, but definitely a day to mark in some way, so I have.  With a bottle of gin, a packet of plain chocolate digestives and 20 fags.  I know he would have approved. You didn’t …

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    Why I Chose to Write YA!
    by by Paige Toon
    2015/07/30  |  Features  |  

    When people ask me why I decided to write YA (books for young adults), this is the answer that I used to give: I was thinking about penning two books a year, and my friend and fellow author Ali Harris suggested YA as a change from my yearly chick-lit. I …

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    Summer In The City
    by by Eleanor Moran
    2015/07/29  |  Features  |  

    Are you reading this on a beach, all squinty eyed from the blazing sun with creamy fingerprints smeared all over your iPad? If you are, I have absolutely NO sympathy. I’m finishing a novel, promoting another one and casting bunnies – yes, you did read that last one right – …

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    A Daughter’s Secret….
    by by Eleanor Moran
    2015/07/23  |  Features  |  

    A Daughter’s Secret is my most personal book to date. Mia, my heroine, is a thirty something psychotherapist who specialises in working with children and teens. On the surface she’s got it all sussed – she’s got a wealthy older boyfriend, a thriving career – but the secrets of her …

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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…
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    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 …