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    Where do you buy your books ?

    So, we all love books, right?  But where do you get your fix?   There are so many places to choose to buy or borrow from, remember the Library – if yours hasn’t been closed down due to lack of use –   Bookshops, online, Charity shops, e-readers, audio. Independent stores – are far nicer places to shop – you get that personal service, the staff come to get to know your tastes and are great at making recommendations that you may not have considered, but knowing what you’ve read before, may know before you do, that you’ll enjoy it. Do you even have a local independent shop, that you can go to?  Or do you have…

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    #Bloggers Book Night

    Blackwells – Broadstreet, Oxford  The name Blackwell has been associated with bookselling since Benjamin Henry Blackwell opened his bookshop at 50 Broad Street on 1st January 1879. Since then the retail company he founded has grown into a nationwide chain of bookshops serving the academic, professional and specialist markets. At Blackwell UK Ltd we are proud of our traditions and history that makes us the leading academic bookseller in the UK So, I had the pleasure of going to Blackwell’s, for a #Bloggers event evening.  Some 20 of us, fellow bloggers, publishers, and publishing students.  Held in the Norrington Room, underneath the main store, after hours. We got introduced to lots of…

  • Blog news,  Book Signings

    Book Signings….

    Have you ever been to a book signing? They are often held during store opening hours or in the Evenings – these tend to be called ‘Events’ rather than signings and can be a panel of Authors or just a lone Author. I became aware of the Literary Lunch I went on by signing up to Clare Mackintosh’s newsletter – I’d read both her first two books, which I totally enjoyed and raved about to anyone that would listen.  She was on the verge of publishing her third book – Let Me Lie.  It was to be held at Denman College, home of the WI, where Clare had taught Media…

  • Latest Reads,  Thriller

    The Chalk Man – C.J Tudor

    Praise for The Chalk Man… ‘ I haven’t had a sleepless night due to a book for a long time. The Chalk Man changed that’ – Fiona Barton – Best selling Author of The Child. ‘If you like my stuff, you’ll like this’ – Stephen King (Yes, THE Stephen King!)  ” That’s the thing with adults. Sometimes it doesn’t matter what you say; they only hear what they want to hear. As far as the Police were concerned, we were just kids playing in the woods who followed the chalk directions and stumbled over a body. “ I became totally immersed in this book,  I love the way Ed – the…

  • Latest Reads,  Up-Lit

    The Lido – Libby Page

    I was drawn to this by the cover – it has to be said, its fairly eye-catching. Its not my usual Crime/Thriller Genre – its true, but I’m glad I did make a different choice.  I dived headfirst into this fabulous debut in May and totally fell for the idea of open-air swimming and the attraction Lido’s hold within the community. We meet Rosemary – an older 80 something widow – who’s been swimming at Brockwell Lido all her life, its where she learnt to swim, where she went for school swimming lessons and where she met her husband George and they courted out of hours!  She befriends Kate –…