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    LBF 2016
    by Sara-Jade Virtue
    2016/05/17  |  Features  |  

    For those of you that engage in the thrilling world of social and follow/are friends IRL with publishing chaps, you will have seen that many of our timelines last week were chock-a-block with ever more exciting updates from the industry annual trade show, the London Book Fair. You will have seen the tote …

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    Romantic Novelists’ Association Awards 2014
    by Sara-Jade Virtue
    2016/05/12  |  Features  |  

    In March 2014 Books and the City took to the RoNA Awards  with our two shortlisted authors Milly Johnson and Susan Elliot Wright, held at The Gladstone Library at One Whitehall Place. Susan’s first novel, The Things We Never Said, was up for the Contemporary Romantic Novel award, and Milly’s It’s …

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    Spring Blogger Evening 2016
    by Sara-Jade Virtue
    2016/05/12  |  Features  |  

    On 16th March 2016, Meeting Room 1 here at @TeamBATC HQ was full to the brim, full to bursting point, fuller than it is legally allowed to be, with authors, friends, bloggers, book lovers and lots and lots of cheese straws – as we held our second Spring Blogger Evening. We spent …

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    Notes From The Cotswolds – Numbers versus Words – A writer’s perspective
    by Penny Parkes
    2016/04/11  |  Features  |  

    Lately I have been thinking a lot about numbers and, as an author, this has thrown me a little. These days, I am all about the words – a neat turn of phrase, a humorous analogy, a lovely alliteration. But the numbers kept creeping into my head and rather than …

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    What is True Love?
    by Juliet Ashton
    2016/04/05  |  Features  |  

    What is True Love? Those capitals are important, because True Love is much more important than common or garden love. Apparently. I’m not sure I agree. Love is one of those commodities you’re just glad to have, like cheese or diamonds; why is there a pecking order? Is everyday love …

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    Treat Yourself to a Bookation
    by SJV
    2016/03/23  |  Features  |  

    Where and when do you do your very best reading? You know, the hunker down, turn off the TV, look away from twitter, ignore the door bell, ignore your friends reading? The #commute? Sunday? In the bath (and before you judge, yes, it’s a thing….), in bed? On the beach? …

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    Summer Nights at the Moonlight Hotel
    by Jane Costello
    2016/03/02  |  Features  |  

    As someone who fell hopelessly in love with the Lake District many years ago, I’ve always known that I’d write a novel set there sooner or later. There’s something about its rugged landscape, clean air, shimmering lakes and abundance of action men in climbing gear that made it ideal territory …

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    Nailing the TBR Pile of Dreams
    by SJV
    2016/02/29  |  Features  |  

    Writing this column on the morning commute, as I often do, with 37 novels I really REALLY want to read loaded on my kindle and a (OK, many more than just ‘a’) reading pile of over 100 books at home begging to be read and threatening to topple any minute, I’m …

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    Eleven Bellevue Gardens
    by Rachel Hore
    2016/02/22  |  Features  |  

    Eleven Bellevue Gardens, the North London setting for my new novel, is two hundred years old and possesses a shabby grandeur that suggests it still dreams of its Victorian heyday.  Then it was home to well-to-do middle class families whose children played on trim back lawns under the vigilant eyes …

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    Stepping into a party feels electric…
    by Juliet Ashton
    2016/02/22  |  Features  |  

    …anything could happen.  You’re dressed up, your make-up is perfect, your hair is behaving for once, and you smell divine.  Perhaps you’ve had a glass or two of Dutch courage.  Scanning the room, you spot some faces you know.  Plus one or two you wish you didn’t.  Hmm… guy-wise, there …