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Diary of a Costa Book Award judge – part one


I am now well into reading the submissions for the Costa Biography Book of the Year 2015 and what an amazing and wonderful challenge it is proving to be. One on the brilliant benefits of […]

Book awards, a bit like buses for me


I had never been a book award judge and now I am about to begin my second judging role in as many months. If you are a passionate bookseller (I am) being asked to read […]

Extraordinarily gripping LORE + Q&A with author


This Thursday, 19 June, The Bigger Picture Film Club presents the visually stunning LORE, which is based on the book ‘The Dark Room’ by Rachel Seiffert who will be introducing the film and giving a Q&A […]

Summer reading


As I sat down at the computer to pen some thoughts for our June article, there were grey skies, heavy drizzle rain and yet, somehow, I thought of summer reading, it was 31st May after all […]

Marianne Kavanagh at Village Books


Isn’t it lovely when a local friend has been supporting the local bookshop right from the start for all of its 17 years – then has her own UK book launch there! This is Marianne […]

The Italian question


London gets under your skin. I’ve lived here since I was 21, and can’t really imagine living anywhere else. I have to come clean and confess that I started off in north London. But by […]

Book prizes, have you ever wondered how a book wins an award?


I am on the judging panel for the Independent Bookshop Book of the Year award for 2014 and I thought I’d share with you how it all happens. The Independent Bookshop Book of the Year […]

The author Sarah Dunant – Next star turn in the series In Their Own Words

Sarah Dunant

The partnership between Friends of Dulwich Picture Gallery and Dulwich Books, recently winner of the Best British Independent Bookshop, continues apace. The winning team at Dulwich Books still manages to attract star names of a […]

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