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Month: August 2017

Cover reveal: The Complete Sookie Stackhouse Stories

Bask in the lovely red glow of the cover for this special collection of Sookie Stackhouse short stories, by the phenomenon that is Charlaine Harris. For the first time together in one volume, this is the complete short story collection starring Sookie Stackhouse – with a new introduction to each story from the #1 Sunday […]

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Seven magical words

Leife Shallcross shares her favourite fairy-tale-themed words.

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‘A carefully placed adjective can make all the difference’

For me a sense of place is hugely important and is the thing that lets me get lost in a book. My imagination needs smells and colours and sounds to add texture and depth to events being described. The question is, how is this achieved? It needs to be done with subtlety. There is no […]

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‘Read widely and without prejudice and have fun with it’

How do you develop your writing style? There’s no short cut, I’m afraid. A writer’s style develops through two (lifelong!) habits: reading and writing. The more you read, the more scope you see for experimenting, and therefore finding the best voice with which to tell your story. It doesn’t have to be prescribed ‘literature’, either; […]

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‘Fiction writing contains the potential for limitless detail’

You could spend your entire career as a writer describing the mug of coffee that (I imagine) sits on your desk as you write. You could begin with a description of its size and shape, its scent and taste, its changing temperature. You could move on to a history of the mug: this one in […]

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ŞEFTALI (or Cypriot kebab)

From Selin Kiazim’s gorgeus book Oklava, comes this unique recipe for Cypriot kebab: Şeftali was probably one of the first things I planned to put on the menu at Oklava, first because it’s a Cypriot kebab, and second because it’s my favourite! You must eat it with an onion salad, lavash or Turkish bread to […]

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My Ultimate Travel Companion ft. Kay Langdale, Lucy Daniels and Prue Leith.

We’ve asked three of our fabulous authors who their ultimate travel companion would be – from Kay’s personal Italian teacher, to Prue’s husband John, who’s a “why not?” kind of guy, let’s see who they couldn’t go travelling without… Kay Langdale, author of  The Way Back to Us I love to listen and learn, so I’d […]

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Red Apple and Puy Lentil Salad

Watercress is one of my favourite ingredients because it’s tasty and high in vitamin C (which is required for collagen synthesis – keeping our skin, nails, hair and all connective tissue healthy). It’s also high in vitamin A, as well as minerals such as calcium and manganese. The red apple gives this salad some sweetness […]

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Books by Topic 2018

Advice on title selection on key themes and to support project work.

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Healthy recipes for sneaky mums

Getting your children to eat a well-balanced diet can be a serious challenge, and it can cause serious tantrums at dinnertime. With these healthy recipes for sneaky mums, taken from Samantha Quinn’s new book, feeding your kids the nutrient-rich food they need has never been easier. Make your mealtimes stress-free.     The following recipes are […]

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‘Train yourself to become more observant on a day-to-day basis’

How can a writer improve their descriptive writing? Don’t be boring. When I’m writing descriptive scenes, I try reminding myself of this, over and over. Don’t be boring. Keep it short, keep it relevant and don’t be boring. Include details that are pertinent to the plot, the mood, a character’s thoughts, or to the atmosphere, […]

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‘It’s all about what you do with the small moments’

There’s a trick to bringing your writing to life, to making it leap off the page, and lodge itself in your reader’s imagination and memory, and it’s all about what you do with the small moments, with the telling details. Description will always play a crucial role in fiction, but there is a sparseness about […]

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