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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. …

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    Christmas Traditions
    by Dani Atkins
    2015/12/14  |  Features  |  

    There are two things you are unlikely to ever hear me say: ‘No thank you’ when offered anything that started life as part of a cocoa bean, and ‘Bah Humbug’ to anything related to Christmas. I love Christmas and everything to do with it, perhaps even more than I love …

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    The Christmas Truce
    by Juliet Ashton
    2015/12/09  |  Features  |  

    We’re all aware that wars don’t stop for Christmas, but in my house a war starts at Christmas.  Matthew and I are highly compatible in all the important matters – cake/boxed sets/politics – but we differ in our attitudes to Christmas. I await it with goosebumps, willing summer to sod …

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    Notes from the Cotswolds Part 3 – With Love from Larkford…
    by Penny Parkes
    2015/12/08  |  Features  |  

    As I write this column, there are church bells ringing in the village and the excitable lady on the radio is counting down the days until Christmas, but I have spent the morning in high summer with a gorgeous doctor on the river-bank in Larkford. Is it any wonder that …

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    BBQ Season is officially over….
    by @SwipedPRGirl
    2015/12/04  |  Features  |  

    … and with it the good ship Dream Boat sailed/sprung a leak of Titanic proportions. (I KNOW!) I’ve said it before, and I will no doubt say it again, Dream Boat’s (can I call him DB from here on in) loss is Swiped’s gain as we embark on the heady …

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    Christmas in New York!
    by Melissa Hill
    2015/11/24  |  Features  |  

    My most meaningful and much-cherished Christmas memory is of my very first visit to New York City in 2010. This particular trip was special in so many ways, not least because I married my husband that year, so it was our first Christmas together as a husband and wife. But …