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Grab yourself a pint of your favourite ice-cream (mine’s a Ben & Jerry’s Cookie Dough) on this, the hottest of days, for the grand reveal of our paperback cover for The Picture House by the Sea series written by the wonderful Holly Hepburn!

As with A Year at the Star and Sixpence, the paperback sees our four lovely eBooks (Brief Encounter, Singing in the Rain, Dirty Dancing and Some Like it Hot) brought together for the very first time in one big fat paperback. And this is the wonderful summery cover. Oh how I wish to be beside the seaside with a Ferrelli’s gelato in hand!


Join Gina as she travels from London to the little seaside town of Polwhipple, Cornwall, to help her grandfather manage his ice-cream business after a fall. Quickly welcomed into the Polwhipple community, Gina throws herself into the renovation of her favourite cinema, The Palace, determined to return it to its glory days and aid the Ferrelli’s concession stand sales in the process. Complete with themed classic film screenings, and aided by handsome surfer/architect Ben, life with her boyfriend Max begins to feel very far away.

But nothing is ever simple in small town life, and The Palace is prime real estate – can Gina and her Polwhipple cohorts protect this perfect little cinema? Or will Gina be forced to return to life in London knowing she’s failed all her new friends…

Available in paperback on 10th August, or get stuck into part one on eBook now.




You + Me = Everything. When you are surrounded by love, you have nothing to fear.

You and me, we have history.
We have a child together.
We have kept secrets from each other for far too long.
This summer, in the beautiful hills of the Dordogne, it is time for everything to change.

You, Me, Everything is a heartfelt and unforgettable story about the lengths we are prepared to go to for those we love.

This is a story that will stay with the reader long after they have turned the last page.

It’s not every day that you get to reveal a book jacket that is SO perfect and SO beautiful that it takes your breath away…. but yesterday was one of those days.  You, Me, Everything is a very special novel, written by Catherine Isaac, the pseudonym of our  Sunday Times bestselling author Jane Costello.  This new novel will be published in the UK in hardback in April 2018 and you can read all about Catherine’s exciting journey over on her new website as well as in her new Features for us here at @TeamBATC HQ.


9781471161704What better way to celebrate a beautiful sunny day than to do a cover reveal of Some Like it Hot at the Picture House by the Sea. This is the final part of Holly Hepburn’s fantastic new series, and I don’t know about you but I can’t wait to find out what happens to our beloved Palace at Polwhipple By the Beautiful Sea!

This thing of beauty Just Wants to be Loved by You, so go forth and pre-order if you haven’t already! We are Runnin’ Wild with excitement over here at Books and the City HQ. Go! Go! Go!

THE CHERRY TREE CAFE in paperback!

Cherry Tree Cafe PBBWe are thrilled to announce that, due to popular demand, we will be publishing the wonderful The Cherry Tree Café by our fabulous #DigitalOriginals author Heidi Swain in paperback next month!! AND The Cherry Tree Café has been selected as part of the Sainsbury’s exciting new Recommended for you promotion!

It is finally time people; you can get your hands on a physical copy of the story that set Heidi off on her path to author stardom – hurrah!

Now to hear from the lady herself:

As many of you know The Cherry Tree Café was my debut novel, published as an e-book by the fabulous Books and the City Team in July 2015, but what perhaps you aren’t aware of is the number of fabulous readers who get in touch on a weekly basis (I kid you not), asking when we will be seeing it in its glorious physical form.

I hope it goes without saying that I have been delighted by the love and affection showered upon Lizzie Dixon and her friends and I really couldn’t be happier to tell you that this summer a long-held dream is becoming a reality and The Cherry Tree Café is going to be hitting the supermarket shelves! The wonderful art department have worked their magic and given the cover a very beautiful update and it won’t be long until we can all enjoy holding a very real copy in our hands. I feel like having that first launch party all over again and can’t wait to hear what you think of the paperback version of The Cherry Tree Café!  Love, Heidi xx

The Cherry Tree Café will be available to buy from all good book shops from 1st June 2017.

THE SLAP meets BIG LITTLE LIES you say? I’m IN!

Did you go through ALL the emotions watching Big Little Lies? Like us, did you have to huddle together at work after each episode to discuss what had happened? Are you bereft now this fabulous series has come to an end?

Never fear, @TeamBATC #digitaloriginals has the answer. Pre-order The Party by Robyn Harding!

9781471167355 (1)One invitation. A lifetime of regrets.

Sweet sixteen. It’s a coming of age, a milestone, a rite of passage. Of course Jeff and Kim Sanders will throw a party for their daughter, Hannah. She’s a good kid with good grades and nice friends. And it isn’t going to be a big, indulgent affair. Just four girls coming over for pizza and cake, movies and a sleepover. What could possibly go wrong?

But things do go wrong, horrifically wrong. Jeff and Kim’s flawless life in a wealthy San Francisco suburb begins to unravel. A lawsuit filed by fellow parent Lisa turns friends into enemies, reveals dark secrets in the Sanders’ marriage, and exposes the truth about their perfect daughter, Hannah. Lisa’s determination to make the Sanders pay stems from a fierce love for her only child and Lisa’s own dark and damaged past.

The Party is Christos Tsiolkas’s The Slap meets Liane Moriarty’s Big Little Lies. It takes the reader behind the façade of the perfect family, exploring the secrets, betrayals, and moral lapses the neighbours don’t see. And it’s a cracking read!

Stay tuned for further revelations …

New jacket for The Wedding Speech by Isabelle Broom!

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RoNAs news!

We were SO excited to report that not one, but two of our fabulous authors were shortlisted on the 2017 Romantic Novel of the Year Awards (RoNAs), sponsored by those wonderful folk over at Goldsboro Books.

At a glittering ceremony in the Gladstone Library, One Whitehall Place, London SW1 on 13th March all the category winners, and the overall award – the prestigious Goldsboro Books Romantic Novel of the Year Award – were presented by Prue Leith.  It was only last year that our very own Iona Grey won the overall award, with her beautiful novel – Letters to the Lost, and Milly Johnson won the Romantic Comedy Category with Afternoon Tea at the Sunflower Cafe – so we were crossing our fingers and toes for another wonderful night!

The awards comprised seven categories – Contemporary Romantic Novel, Epic Romantic Novel, Historical Romantic Novel, Paranormal or Speculative Romantic Novel, Romantic Comedy Novel, the RoNA Rose Award (for shorter and category romance), and Young Adult Romantic Novel – with a range of authors shortlisted for each one.

The Contemporary Romantic Novel category was for mainstream romantic novels set post-1960 and includes genres such as chick lit and romantic suspense.

The Epic Romantic Novel category contains serious issues or themes, including gritty, multi-generational stories.

The Historical Romantic Novel category is for novels set in a period before 1960.

The Paranormal or Speculative Romance Novel category was for romantic novels that include elements beyond the range of scientific explanation, whether paranormal, fantasy, science fiction, time slip or worlds that include ghosts, vampires or creatures of legend.

The Romantic Comedy Novel was for consistently humorous or amusing novels and included our very own Penny Parkes.

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The RoNA Rose Award recognised the best in category/series and shorter romance that focus on developing a love affair between the hero and heroine.

The Young Adult Romantic Novel featured protagonists who are teenagers or young adults, including our very own Paige Toon.

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And we are delighted to announce that Penny Parkes triumphed in her category, winning the Romantic Comedy Novel for Out of Practice!





chiswick photoOn Saturday evening, 17th September 2016, Santa MontefiorePenny ParkesJane Costello and Juliet Ashton were joined by Isabelle Broom from Heat magazine for a very special Books and the City: Girls on Tour event at Chiswick Book Festival, and a wonderful time was had by all!!

With a glass of fizz to keep us going, our panel covered all manner of cracking questions such as ‘What does it take to be a modern woman?’, ‘Which women inspire you?’, most iconic female literary heroines, best things about being a writer,  ’What’s the best thing about being a modern women?’,  writing inspirations and even some nuggets of advice for aspiring writers, the event was frank, fun and fabulous!

Thank you so much to the team at Chiswick Book Festival, and especially Jo James for looking after us so well – we had a brilliant time!



Hillingdon Libraries called it their ‘event of the season’ and we couldn’t agree more!  On 26th May 2016 we toured four of our authors for a very special #GirlsOnTour Literary Afternoon Tea at the beautiful and historic Great Barn in Ruislip, Middlesex – bestselling authors Jane Costello, Paige Toon, Juliet Ashton and Dani Atkins were our VIP hosts for the afternoon, and joined our guests for a very indulgent tea provided by local bakery Honey Bees Cakes - with extra fizz on the side!




2016-03-08_07.32.38Last night, @TeamBATC uber’d it’s way down Whitehall way to take our seats at (lucky?) table number 14 at the Gladstone Library, One Whitehall Place, to attend  the star-studded annual #RoNAs (Romantic Novelists’ Association Awards) now sponsored by those fabulous chaps over at Goldsboro Books.

Imagine if you will, a beautiful library, steeped in history and packed to the rafters with 200 odd guests, nominated authors, members of the RNA, publishing bods and agents, sequined up to the eyeballs in their best gowns, with all the glamour and fizzing excitement of the Oscars, but with far less ego and Botox.

We were delighted to have the beautiful Isabelle Broom from Heat magazine as our guest, together with bestselling author Milly Johnson and debut author Iona Grey – each shortlisted for an award.

After a round of delicious nibbly savoury delights, pink fizz and pink cupcakes (natch), the event kicked off…

Oh my.  Let me tell you, I was giddy with anticipation – so god alone knows how all the nominated authors managed to keep a lid on it. I’d be running around screaming with a goat on my head.

In amongst the brilliant compering by Jane Wenham-Jones and guest presenting by the hilarious Fern Britton, the fizz fizzed, the laughter rang out loud and proud, and the warmth radiating from the room could have powered a small village for a week.  Let me tell you, the RNA is a very special Association and long may it continue.

Anyho. To cut a long story short, we were triumphant. Not only did Milly and Iona both win their category awards, for Romantic Comedy and Historical respectfully, but Letters to the Lost triumphed to win The Goldsboro Books Romantic Novel of the Year.  I KNOW!  Cue tears, hugging, tweeting a–go–go, proud mother moments for Editor of both novels, Queen of the Red Pen of Doom (and Delight!), Clare Hey and a giddy round of cheers!

Team BATC are incredibly proud and honoured to be the publishers of such a diverse and wonderful group of excellent authors, and whilst it goes without saying we love ALL our authors in equal measure, sometimes hearing a room full of less invested ladies whoop and cheer for our girls really does make the heart sing.  It really really does….

Here are a handful of my favourite snaps of the night….







On 30th and 31st October 2015, Clare Hey and I were delighted to bring 3 cracking events to the Hillingdon Library CultureBite Festival.

First up, on Friday night, we had an evening with Jane CostelloAndy Jones and Paige Toon, at Winston Churchill Theatre…



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fridaynightSaturday lunchtime, we were delighted to be joined by Sandra HowardMilly Johnson and Iona Grey at The Great Barn for Afternoon Tea…



And then on Saturday evening, we held a fabulous How To Write A Novel And Get It Published event at Uxbridge Library with bestselling authors Rachel Hore and Susan Elliot Wright in conversation  with  Clare Hey, Fiction Editorial Director here at Books and the City HQ….

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Thank you so much to all our authors, the team at Hillingdon Library for looking after us so well, especially Sam, Lara and Jo, and the wonderful audiences at each of the events for coming!

Afternoon Tea at the Grosvenor House Hotel with Milly Johnson

In June 2015 we invited a group of readers, bloggers and fans to celebrate the launch of the fabulous Milly Johnson novel – Afternoon Tea at the Sunflower Cafe – at our favourite London hotel, Grosvenor House.

Here are a couple of our favourite snaps from the day.




Thank you to everyone who came, the lovely team at Grosvenor House Hotel who looked after everyone SO well, and Emma who kindly delayed her holiday to attend!


A fab time was had by all at Waterstones in April 2015, at our first ever Liverpool Girls on Tour event.  As ever our brilliant chair, Clare Hey, grilled the authors following a short reading from each of them from their novels – The Love Shack, The Two of Us and Letters to the Lost, with a Q&A session to top it all off.  Thank you so much to Waterstones for hosting, and Janes dad for filming this great video!





richard & hannahIn October 2014 Grosvenor House Hotel played host to a #Literati event with the one and only Richard Madeley   A wonderful time was had by all, including our fabulous compère for the evening, Hannah Beckerman, The Croydon Massive Reading Group, Catriona the Fabulous Book Fiend and Sam Everett from Hillingdon Libraries.  Thanks to Lorna, Rosie and the brilliant team at Grosvenor House for looking after us all so well again and be sure to look out for details of more events at our favourite 5* London hotel coming soon…





20140828_174916In August 2014, we hosted a fabulous Girls on Tour event at our favourite 5* hotel bar – Red Bar – at Grosvenor House Hotel with bestselling authors Ali HarrisJane Costello and Paige Toon.  It was a brilliant night with lots of chat, fizz, cocktails, cupcakes, doughnuts and an awesome goody bag for everyone that attended.  We were also lucky enough to have our friends from Benefit Cosmetics on hand to give complimentary ’make-uppers’ to all guests and the wonderful Hannah Beckerman as our compère for the evening!  We are hoping to go back to Red Bar for another #Glitterati event in 2016, so will let you know as soon as we can!


In June 2014 Girls on Tour visited Waterstones in Birmingham for a fabulous evening of book chat, cupcakes and pink fizz with Ali Harris, Milly Johnson and Paige Toon.  A wonderful time was had by all, so many thanks to everyone who came, our marvellous authors and the team at Waterstones for looking after us so well.  We look forward to announcing the date of the next event soon, so keep an eye out for details!










In June 2014 we hosted a very special Afternoon Tea at BB Bakery in Covent Garden to celebrate the partnership between Melissa Hill’s paperback edition of A Gift To Remember and Bourjois.  The cakes were delicious, the pink fizz flowed, we talked about books and make-up all afternoon and our guests left with an exclusive goody bag!



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