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    Notes from the Cotswolds
    by Penny Parkes
    2015/09/18  |  Features  |  

    A friend of mine recently pointed out that I had, in her words, ‘A Very Odd Job.’  Sometimes she would find me, typing away in a world of my own, pencils sticking out of my hair and oblivious to everything but the words in front of me.  Other days, I’ll …

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    Travel Essentials for a Long-haul Flight
    by Jackie Collins
    2015/08/27  |  Features  |  

    It all starts with the bag and the carry-on.  Clothes etc. are taken care of in the main luggage, but what travels with you is of utmost importance.  I was once on a flight with Michael Caine who carried a large black bag, and in it he had everything you …

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    Favourite Place to Relax and Unwind
    by Jackie Collins
    2015/08/27  |  Features  |  

    Is there anywhere better than relaxing and unwinding by an azure blue swimming pool, surrounded by lightly swaying palm trees.  I am lucky enough to have my own pool, and it’s a haven of relaxation.  Who needs to swim when I can lie on an inflatable pool bed, sipping a …

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    Best Place to have Brunch, Lunch and Tea
    by Jackie Collins
    2015/08/26  |  Features  |  

    Depending on what city I am in, the choice of where to have brunch, lunch or afternoon tea is endless.  In L.A. afternoon tea would probably be at The Peninsula Hotel, although there is no way they can compete with London, where tea at The Dorchester is a must.  Delicious …

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    In Celebration of the Weepie….
    by Jo Dickinson
    2015/08/25  |  Features  |  

    Here at Books and the City we are celebrating the publication of the wonderful Who Do you Love by Jennifer Weiner on August 27th.  It is a beautiful love story and a total weepie, telling the story of Rachel Blum and Andy Landis who meet aged eight years old late …

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    My Make-up Essential I Can’t Live Without
    by Jackie Collins
    2015/08/25  |  Features  |  

    If I were trapped on a desert island the one make-up essential I couldn’t live without would be my dark brown eyeliner pencil by La Prairie.  This pencil can be used for everything—eyebrows, eyeliner, lip liner—oh yes, and I would also want Yves Saint Laurent lip gloss.  Whew!  Nothing like …

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    My Favourite Cocktail
    by Jackie Collins
    2015/08/24  |  Features  |  

    My favourite cocktail has to be the Jackie Collins, created by the master of all things culinary, Wolfgang Puck.  It is the most delicious drink, and quite easy to make.  Just fire up a combination of raspberries, simple syrup, vodka and lemonade, and put it all in a blender with …

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    Why Adults Read Teen Romance
    by Jenn Bennett
    2015/08/13  |  Features  |  

    Though Night Owls is my first YA book, I’ve been writing for adults for several years and am of the adult persuasion myself. This has never stopped me from reading YA. When I was younger, I used to manage a bookstore in California. Every night before we closed the store, …

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    What might it mean to have a sister?
    by Kate Long
    2015/08/10  |  Features  |  

    At 22, Jen’s still living with her parents, alongside her older sister Helen. Though she’d love to move out, she can’t afford it; she’s only a trainee journalist working for the local newspaper. Helen’s problems, meanwhile, lie elsewhere. Anorexia has haunted her since her teens and left her lacking in …

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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 …