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The Pied Piper of author land

We’ve already heard about the author who sold his own head to sell his books, so what other tactics are writers using to spread the word about their work? Novelist Mike Wells has an ingenious plan – follow him on Twitter, and he will send you a free download of his book Lust, Money & […] [...more]

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Very sound advice from Mr Jeffery Deaver

During the organisation of my very ridiculous collection of chapters and character notes in varying locations, I was very fortunate to remember some sound advice from none other than bestselling thriller and crime writer Jeffery Deaver. I met and interviewed Mr Deaver at the 2010 Emirates Airline Festival of Literature. Cue picture of me with […] [...more]

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Awesome booky t-shirts

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Author sells his own head!

That’s right, you didn’t mis-read. Author Jonathan Fields is going to sell his own head. Well, advertising space on the back of his head at least, in exchange for a pre-order of 10,000 copies of his new book Uncertainty. The social networker, blogger and motivational coach will also dye his hair to keep to brand-specifics. […] [...more]

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Torture & US forces – a very important book

Joshua E. S. Phillips has written a very important book – looking at the scale of torture and detainee abuse carried out by US forces in Afghanistan and Iraq. I’ve found many books that I’ve read shocking, but this has probably been one of the most shocking, enlightening books I’ve ever read. Read the review […] [...more]

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Have you read any titles on the Booker shortlist?

It’s probably every writer’s dream – to be shortlisted on an award like the Man Booker Prize. But have you read any of the titles on this year’s shortlist? I’m ashamed to say I haven’t! I’d better get reading. It’s a trip to the bookshop for me, what a shame! Here, courtesy of the Man […] [...more]

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Shocking illiteracy stats

UNESCO’s Institute for Statistics released some shocking statistics recently: 793 million adults – most of them girls and women – are illiterate. I can’t imagine not being able to read. The stats also state that another 67 million children of primary school age don’t go to school Well and, sights gotten. Friend Decided Your […] [...more]

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I’m feeling so existential right now

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Which font are you?

I’m Garamond! It’s a shame really, my favourite font is Book Antiqua. I wonder what answers I would need to give to get that result… Favourite print format: 16th century books Favourite literary outfits: featured in Dracula Tee hee. Take the test here on Facebook *Via Penguin USA [...more]

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