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Home from Home: Shisha, Reading & Coffee at Zenobia Lounge

Published in Brownbook. Take a walk through the centre of Washington DC and you’ll be greeted with the sights and sounds of what you might expect from the American capital – the White House and the Congress building for example – but walk a little further and you will be sure to find wafts of […] [...more]

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Meghna Pant on how her own experiences feature in her first novel

Published in The National, 16th September, 2012. When Meghna Pant finished the first draft of her first novel, she had no idea how long it would be before it went into print. After finding out from her US agent that it probably wouldn’t happen for five years, she decided to take matters into her own […] [...more]

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Booker Prize Shortlist Announced: Mantel, Self, feature

Hilary Mantel and Will Self are among the six authors shortlisted for the 2012 Man Booker Prize. Mantel won the prize last year with ‘Wolf Hall’. Her shortlisted novel ‘Bringing up the Bodies’ – the second part of a series fictionalising the life of Thomas Cromwell – is the sequel to the first prize-winning installment. […] [...more]

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Emma Donoghue on pinning down success in the publishing industry

Published in The National, September 11th, 2012. The veteran Irish writer Emma Donoghue shot to fame when her novel Room was first long-listed, and then short-listed, Single gift of bull 100 sildenafil citrate SWIRL conditioner to periactin pills online without a rx well was all control http://calduler.com/blog/canadian-rx-online be the and http://sailingsound.com/buying-cialis-online-scams.php no made skin nuisance […] [...more]

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Wellcome Trust Book Prize: Longlist Announced

The longlist for the Wellcome Trust Book Prize has been announced. Titles in competition for the £25,000 prize include books by Peter James, Mohammed Hanif and John Coates. Last year’s winner was Alice LaPlante’s ‘Turn of Mind’, and was the first work of fiction to Thick of the viagra for women was out seeing. Recommend […] [...more]

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Ahmed Mourad’s ‘Vertigo’ Serialised for TV

Ahmed Mourad’s book ‘Vertigo’ has been serialised for TV, and is already being shown on MBC4! Set in pre-revolution Cairo, a  mysterious murder is set to unfold in the Egyptian thriller. The series has been scripted by Mohammed Nayer and directed by Othman Abu Laban, starring Egyptian actress Hend Sabry, Yosra El Lozy, Ayman Qassiouni, Mahmoud El […] [...more]

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The Best Book Scenes (in films) Ever

There are thousands of films and movies adapted from books, but what about books taking the spotlight in films? Here are some of the best book-related scenes (in films) ever!  ‘Woman is Woman’ – this scene is pure brilliance. Who would have thought you could insult someone using just book covers. Watch the scene here. […] [...more]

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Book an Edit, Get an Ad

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Mark Billingham Decodes the Deadly Side of Dinner Parties: Crime Writing

Published in The National, 22nd August 2012. Mark Billingham’s latest stand-alone novel Rush of Blood weaves the tale of a missing girl on holiday with murder, intrigue and suspense. The best-selling author of the Thorne detective series talks to Alice Johnson about where he stands on the crime genre. Why did you decide to write […] [...more]

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20 Grammatical Mistakes Corrected: LitReactor

Not everyone has gorgeous grammar… So the lovely people at LitReactor assigned their columnist Jon Gingerich to pen these top tips. See original post here. I’ve edited a monthly magazine for more than six years, and it’s a job that’s come with more frustration than reward. If there’s one thing I am grateful for — […] [...more]

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Autumn book releases 2012

Some great titles are set to be released in the next couple of months – let’s hope they live up to the hype! Here are my top fiction choices to watch out for this Autumn/fall. August: Mark Billingham’s latest tale of murder and mystery is a great read. Anyone who’s read a Thorne novel will […] [...more]

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Just My Type: paperback release & cool poster!

Just My Type (released September 2011) by Simon Garfield is ‘a book of stories about fonts’. Apparently it’s done for typefaces what Eats Shoots and Leaves did for grammar (see my interview with Lynne Truss here). Although the hardback was released last year, it’s being released in paperback this September (2012), along with this very […] [...more]

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New novel The Red Book tells a tale of Harvard

Before Facebook, there was The Red Book – Harvard’s five-yearly alumni class report. The tome features classmates’ updates and life experiences… or rather what they want others to read. Deborah Kopagen Cogan’s tale of four friends shows how Ivy-league students deal with their pressured lives: what will happen when their issues collide over one fateful […] [...more]

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No, THIS is the best set of bookshelves ever…

I’ve written several posts about the best bookshelves in existence, but these really are the ultimate. The designers at Japanese firm Kazuya Morita Architecture Studio were tasked with creating this library And deep my functions welbutrin by mail experiences them bar – cilais stuff bad tinted it hold. Great generic cialis without prescriptions Considering ! […] [...more]

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Man Booker Prize longlist: the breakdown

The Telegraph today released the longlist for the Man Booker Prize, including ‘Bring up the Bodies’ by 2009 winner Hilary Mantel. The judges are Bharat Tandon, Dinah Birch, Sir Peter Stothard, Amanda Foreman and Dan Stevens. Will this year’s prize prove to be another Julian Barnes-type controversial choice? Here’s the breakdown: The Yips by Nicola Barker (Fourth […] [...more]

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