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    Pick up the pen, the keyboard, the Dictaphone – whatever – and crack on.
    by SJV
    2016/07/05  |  Features  |  

    I’ve started to write (but haven’t managed to finish) six different columns in the past couple of weeks. There was The One About the Birthday (bit too new mascara boasty), The One About RemaIN (bit too sweary), The One About the Joy of Reading Outside (less joyous when it’s pouring …

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    Top Ten Romantic Movie Moments
    by Andy Jones
    2016/06/29  |  Features  |  

    We caught up with Andy Jones recently, to pick his brains on romance, and specifically his Top Ten Romantic Movie Moments… 1. As Good As it Gets When Jack Nicholson tells Helen Hunt, “You make me want to be a better man.” For me, as a guy, I think this is …

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    Summer at Skylark Farm
    by Heidi Swain
    2016/06/27  |  Features  |  

    When I met with my wonderful editor, Clare Hey, back in the autumn of what now seems like forever ago and she uttered the words every aspiring author longs to hear – ‘We’d like to offer you a two-book deal’ – I felt, as you would expect, ecstatic. Not only …

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    The Trouble With Book Two…
    by Andy Jones
    2016/06/03  |  Features  |  

    You hear people talk about second-novel syndrome.  Well, not often and not in public, but it is a recognised phenomenon.  After – in many cases – years of struggle, doubt, rejection and determination, a writer succeeds in getting a novel published.  You jump up and down, drink martinis, admit to …

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    Another year, another book…
    by Paige Toon
    2016/05/27  |  Features  |  

    Another year, another book, except that this time around, something feels different… The One We Fell in Love with is my tenth women’s fiction book and this is my tenth year of doing my dream job – I still pinch myself, I honestly do. But The One We Fell in …

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    Not groomed, kinda bothered…
    by Sara-Jade Virtue
    2016/05/25  |  Features  |  

    It started with The Hair.  Having sported a past-my-bum mane of unruly brown curls for the best part of my adult life (post-purple Mohawk… post-skinhead…) I decided for my 40th birthday I’d Grow Up.  Get a ‘do’.  Be slick, sleek, groomed.  Have style.  But stupidly early mornings, and, let’s be …

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    by Sara-Jade Virtue
    2016/05/18  |  Features  |  

    May is turning into a super month isn’t it? Leicester City won the Premiership. Recent TV highlights have included Bake Off Crème de la Crème, Line of Duty, Britain’s Got Talent, Undercover & Marcella (even if I can’t, for the life of me, work out exactly what the point/twist/conclusions were …

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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 …

    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 …