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Bestselling books in 2015 – my predictions

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By the time you are reading this we’re nearly two months into 2015 so it might seem a little late to making my predications for the bestselling books of this year however it is with […]

Award ceremonies, ten a penny for us all eh!?

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If I was going to get an invite to the Costa Book Award ceremony it would be my first. Therefore you can imagine my thrill at opening the envelope and finding my invitation. The invite […]

The Blackheath Séance Parlour, by Alan Williams (review)

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I was drawn to this book because it was set in Blackheath. The main plot of The Blackheath Séance Parlour (first published in 2013) tells of Judy and Maggie Cloak, sisters and residents of Blackheath, London in […]

Noah’s Ark; The secrets finally revealed after thousands of years

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Dr Irving Finkel’s book The Ark before Noah is a great read but the story how the author got hold of the facts for his exciting tale is worth another book. Irving Finkel is the […]

Do Book Awards sell book?

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The short answer is yes, the slightly longer answer is yes but, and the very long answer follows. The shortlist for all the Costa awards has been announced and with that a huge amount of […]

Diary of a Costa Book Award judge – part three

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We have a shortlist! Yes the three of us, under the guidance of our Costa Book Awards chair, sat down in Theo Randall’s restaurant in the Intercontinental Hotel on Hyde Park and spent 5 hours […]

The beauty of living near independent bookshops

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I am giving you a break from sharing with you my participation in the judging of the Costa Biography Prize for three reasons. First, you probably have heard enough, second the process is at a […]

Diary of a Costa Book Award judge – part two

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Following on from last month’s report, I have a shortlist for the Costa Book Award! Well nearly, there is one more book that I have yet to receive and read. I feel the publisher is […]

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