• A Time for Friends
    When is a friend not a friend?
    by Patricia Scanlan
    2015/03/19  |  Features  |  

    I’ll never forget reading this quote a few years ago, as it resonated deeply.  “When are the boundaries of friendship pushed too far, and when is it time to stop flying over oceans for someone who wouldn’t jump over a puddle for you? I’d read it soon after an old …

  • The Two of Us
    The Two of Us Launches at Bea’s of Bloomsbury!
    by Team BATC
    2015/02/18  |  Features  |  

    DIGITAL ORIGINALS NEWS – ANDY JONES Last week saw the eBook publication day of our first ever #digitaloriginals novel – the brilliant The Two of Us byAndy Jones!  Obviously we had to celebrate, so in typical @TeamBATC style we headed down to our friends Bea’s of Bloomsbury with 100 red balloons (if you’ve read the book already, you’ll …

  • A Time for Friends
    A Time for Friends
    by Patricia Scanlan
    2015/02/13  |  Features  |  

    Dear lovely Books and The City readers I’m so delighted that A Time for Friends has hit the shelves! I really hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it. It’s a novel about family, love and friendship, featuring two women, Hilary and Colette, who have been …

  • The Two of Us
    The Two of Us: A Staying in Love story
    by Andy Jones
    2015/02/06  |  Features  |  

    The Two of Us isn’t a Love Story. I like to think of it as a Staying In Love Story. When the book begins, Fisher and Ivy’s relationship is fresh out of the box – shiny, clean and free from scratches and bashed-in corners. They still think every little thing …

  • The Hourglass Factory
    Edwardian Fashion and The Hourglass Factory
    by Lucy Ribchester
    2015/01/12  |  Features  |  

    When we think of Victorian clothing, strong images come to mind: bustles and crinolines, frills and fuss. By contrast the Edwardian era seems positively strait-laced. But there’s much more to Edwardian fashion than Downton Abbey dresses and suffragette-sashes. Clothing changed at an astonishing rate in the years building up to …

  • The Bookminx’s Perfect Christmas Morning
    by The Bookminx xx
    2014/12/25  |  Features  |  

    For many, Christmas starts with the return of the Red Cup. For others, it’s Stir-up Christmas Pudding Sunday. For some it’s on August 25th when many shops swap out their Summer bikini’s for Winter Warmer jumpers…and the never ending loop of Slade finds its way back onto the commercial radio …

  • Secrets We Left Behind
    My Perfect Christmas Morning Would Be…
    by Susan Elliot Wright
    2014/12/23  |  Features  |  

    My perfect Christmas morning would be… Waking to find that snow has fallen overnight, but knowing for sure that it’ll be gone by the day after Boxing Day. Then listening to carols on the radio – favourites are Hark the Herald Angels and Silent night – while having breakfast with …

  • The Time of our Lives
    Jane Costello’s Perfect Christmas Morning
    by Jane Costello
    2014/12/19  |  Features  |  

    I’ve always been a Christmas fanatic, something I inherited from my parents. When I was little, the festive season was never a particularly sophisticated affair like in the magazines, where houses are decorated with tasteful Nordic touches and an abundance of twigs and orange peel.  In our house it was …

  • A Week in Paris
    Rachel Hore’s Perfect Christmas Morning
    by Rachel Hore
    2014/12/17  |  Features  |  

    I’ve always preferred the quiet preparations of Christmas Eve to the rugby scrum of Christmas Day. Baking mince pies, listening to the King’s College Chapel Choir warble their best on Radio 4, placing a lit candle in the front window to let the Christ Child know he’s anticipated; I’ve done all …

  • The Wedding Singer
    Isabelle Broom’s Perfect Christmas Morning
    by Isabelle Broom
    2014/12/15  |  Features  |  

    Despite allegedly being a proper grown-up now, I still wake up every Christmas morning with a big smile on my face. I go home every year to spend the day with my family, and my mum still makes me a stocking. It’s a proper lumpy, bumpy one, too – none …