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    Smart Cookies
    by Holly Hepburn
    2018/04/04  |  Features  |  

    Authors are often asked how much research we do before writing a book. It’s a thing we all do, although some of my friends are more of the ‘make-it-up’ school of writing than others. And I fall into the ‘research-to infinity’ category, which has seen me striking sparks from white-hot …

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    Libertango….
    by SJV
    2018/04/04  |  Features  |  

    Like many things, musical tastes are deeply personal – very much like preferring a culotte over a jegging, brown toast over white, a cosy crime novel over a literary classic. There is no right or wrong, just a trillion shades of grey. I, for example, would always take a dirty …

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    Gone fishing…
    by SJV
    2018/03/24  |  Features  |  

    With full disclosure, I’m not writing this on my usual Monday morning #commute.  It’s Saturday 24th, I’m still in my PJs, and there’s a rerun of Agatha Christie’s Marple: The Moving Finger playing quietly to itself in the background. Last night, at 7pm, leaving 46 un-actioned emails in my inbox, …

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    You Me Everything…
    by Catherine Isaac
    2018/03/19  |  Features  |  

    The ability of books to change lives in subtle but powerful ways has always been a source of wonder to me. The way they take you on journeys beyond the scope of your circumstances or budget; or allow you to see the world through the eyes of others and make …

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    The podcast puzzle of Our House
    by Louise Candlish
    2018/03/19  |  Features  |  

    Welcome to ‘The Victim’, the acclaimed crime podcast and winner of a National Documentary Podcast Listeners’ Award… In Our House, one of the two narrators, Fi Lawson, tells her story in the form of a crime podcast interview. The podcast is called ‘The Victim’ and she has been an avid …

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    Finding the Stillness…
    by SJV
    2018/03/15  |  Features  |  

    Whichever plane, train or automobile I take, my commute to work will always have a half hour slot in ‘one place’. In the morning, thanks to the ungodly hour, that slot is (luckily) normally spent sitting down and normally involves catching up on emails, twitter or reading. It’s one of …

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    Box of Treasures
    by SJV
    2018/03/09  |  Features  |  

    Last week I was very lucky to be invited to a special preview screening of the ‘The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society’ movie, which is out on general release on 20th April. Based on the 2009 international bestseller (it’s sold over 5 million copies worldwide) by Mary Ann …

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    The RoNAs 2018….
    by Dani Atkins
    2018/03/09  |  Features  |  

    There are some people who seem to be lucky at winning things. They buy the right scratch card and win a tenner; they bag the top prize in the raffle; or correctly guess the weight of the cake at the village fête. I’m not one of those people. I’ve scored …

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    Sunday Lunch chit-chat
    by Juliet Ashton
    2018/03/06  |  Features  |  

    Writing a novel about Sunday Lunch concentrated my thoughts on this most British of traditions. Growing up in the UK you take for granted that roast full stop to the week, even if months go by without actually having one. I started to make notes at my own Sunday Lunch …

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    #AmWriting
    by SJV
    2018/03/02  |  Features  |  

    Thank you to everyone who submitted their #DigitalOriginals #OneDay #amwriting project! Emma Capron and I will be working our way through them all asap and will be in touch with all those we’re interested in soonest. For the fifth year running we are throwing away, ripping up and laughing in the …