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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 …

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    How Did I Get Here?!
    by @BookMinxSJV
    2016/02/16  |  Features  |  

    Welcome to a  new feature from @TeamBATC!  If you’ve ever wondered exactly what we do, other than drink cocktails, eat cupcakes and read, READ, READ, and how we came to be where we are – read on!  First up, me….. This year marks my 34th as a member of the full-time 9-5 …

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    Top Ten Writing Tips
    by Milly Johnson
    2016/02/16  |  Features  |  

    Huge thanks to Milly Johnson for letting us share the Top Ten Writing Tips she jotted down for our guests at our Creative Writing Masterclass, which took place here at Team BATC HQ in November 2014. Don’t procrastinate.  Dive into that book and make a start on it.  Feel the …

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    Girl Crush
    by @BookMinxSJV
    2016/02/11  |  Features  |  

    The object of my very first girl crush, an (almost) all-consuming affection, devotion and overwhelming (non-sexual) adoration, was my very first boss.  Aged fifteen, wide-eyed, bushy of tail and mid 1980s of hair style, I found Ms G fascinating.  Highlights the colour of burnt sugar, she rocked her pencil skirt/silky …

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    Notes From The Cotswolds – Welcome to Larkford
    by Penny Parkes
    2016/02/05  |  Features  |  

    Have you ever watched Escape to the Country, or wished that you could actually live in the idyllic holiday cottage you’ve just found? Well, you’re not alone – most of us have been tempted to dip into fantasy to find our perfect home at one time or another. And this …

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    Publication Day!
    by Dani Atkins
    2016/01/27  |  Features  |  

    Pub day. There was a time – not that long ago – when I would have thought that meant a day spent down at the local. Not that there’s anything wrong with that… but Pub Day now means something even more exciting (although there’s still a good chance alcohol will …

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    Happy 2016!
    by @BookMinxSJV
    2016/01/07  |  Features  |  

    Well, there you have it.  Another year’s over, and what have I done? I’ve bought (literally) a shed load of books, but haven’t read nearly enough of them. I’ve eaten some of the best cakes of my life, and drunk some of the very best cocktails ever devised by mankind. …