Books

28 April 2022

How the church must learn from the #MeToo movement

Respected feminist theologian Dr Niamh M. Middleton says that while society has made great strides towards enshrining equality and inclusivity, the Christian Church remains a resolutely sexist and discriminatory institution ...
28 April 2022

Mark Eccleston explains why he chose an art conservator to solve the murky crimes of The Trust

Everyone who writes whodunnits is looking for an amateur detective with a unique set of skills. Literary crimes are more fun when they’re solved by gardeners, vicars, magicians and chefs. ...

28 April 2022

Author Emma Block shares seven ways watercolour can help you on your mindfulness journey

-  A flow state is when you are completely absorbed in a task, not thinking about anything else and not trying to multitask. It’s really good for your mental well-being ...

28 April 2022

Seven things you need to know about Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome by Nitu Bajekal and Rohini Bajekal

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is the most common endocrine disorder worldwide, affecting at least 1 in 10 women and people assigned female at birth (AFAB). It is a complex condition ...

28 April 2022

Author Sarah Sultoon, author of The Shot shares five things she'd like her readers to know about her

I am a trained classical pianist... at least I used to be, along with the violin, viola, guitar and a bit of flute. I also used to sing until years ...

28 April 2022

Author of Guilty Women, Melanie Blake shares seven things she'd like her readers to know about her

-  1. I never dreamed I would ever be successful as an author. After having such a brilliant career as a showbiz agent for twenty years I had almost given up ...

28 April 2022

The rise and fall, and rise again of the rom-com by Niamh Hargan, author of Twelve Days in May

Since the earliest days of cinema, the romantic comedy has been a mainstay. Many of those whom we think of as “the greats” – from Cary Grant to Katharine Hepburn ...

28 April 2022

Top five books about mothers and daughters by Jennifer Saint, author of Elektra

Clytemnestra and Elektra are an infamously dysfunctional mother-daughter pairing of Greek mythology and it was the twisted dynamic of their relationship that drew me irresistibly towards writing my novel Elektra. ...

28 April 2022

Author Molly Green discusses the research behind her new book Summer Secrets at Bletchley Park

Signing a contract with Avon HarperCollins for my new series: The Bletchley Park Girls, meant I had to get down to some serious research. I would be pushing my brain ...

28 April 2022

Author of What Eden Did Next, Sheila O'Flanagan shares what you need to know about writing a book

1. No one else can do it for you (unless you’re a mega celeb with a ghost writer and all you have to do is write your name). But otherwise ...

27 April 2022

How to know if you're in a relationship with a keeper by Cathy Press, author of When Love Bites

When we first get involved in a relationship, we never imagine it will turn sour. It’s exciting to meeting someone new and attractive and we start to fantasise about our ...

26 April 2022

The effects of holding onto unresolved grief by Dipti Solanki, author of Grief, Heartbreak and Hope

Unresolved or unhealed grief is something so many of us are holding onto because it remains a taboo, and a difficult subject to address. It’s painful, inconvenient, messy and it ...

26 April 2022

Six things I'd like readers to know about me, by Freida McFadden, author of The Housemaid

To celebrate the release of her new psychological thriller The Housemaid, we asked author Freida McFadden to tell us all about herself, giving 'six things' she'd like her readers to ...
26 April 2022

T Kingfisher, author of Nettle and Bone shares seven things she'd like her readers to know about her

1. I garden. A lot. I spend hours in the garden during spring, and I’d spend more hours in summer if it wasn’t so brutally hot here. In winter, I ...

26 April 2022

Seven things I'd like my readers to know about me by Michelle Paver, author of Wolfbane

1)  As a child in the 60s, people called me a tomboy, because I preferred reading "boys' books", and I loved climbing trees.  I'm sixty-one now, but I still like ...

25 April 2022

Seven tips for the plant curious by Drs Shireen Kassam & Zahra Kassam authors of Eating Plant-Based

There is a growing interest in adopting a plant-based diet as more and more people recognise the benefits for personal and planetary health. Whether you are considering a transition to ...

22 April 2022

Author Yonnie Garber shares simple things we can change in our lives to help save the earth

I wish I were brave enough to be a climate change activist – but I’m not. Instead I’m doing my bit through writing children’s eco-adventures. I wrote “CLASH OF THE ...

22 April 2022

How to tune into the seasons to super-charge your energy levels and feel happier

Our relationship with the forces of nature around us, particularly if we live in urban areas, can be compromised at best and in complete disarray at worst. But in Chinese ...
21 April 2022

How to fall in love with motherhood by Antonella Gambotto-Burke

Writing Apple: Sex, Drugs, Motherhood and the Recovery of the Feminine shocked me, if only because I never before understood why our culture addresses motherhood as trivial. The most important ...

20 April 2022

Tanya Ibberson, author of The Financial Flight Plan shares seven ways to avoid getting into bad debt

With interest rates on the rise, energy prices soaring and National Insurance increases hitting our pockets this month, money and debt management is on everyone’s mind. And rightly so. With ...

19 April 2022

Dani Atkins, author of Six Days shares advice for her younger writer self

1. The first and most important piece of advice is simply ‘don’t give up’. I know now the best thing to do after getting a rejection slip (which we ALL ...

19 April 2022

Why 80% perfect is achievable in everyday life by The Impact Guru, Esther Stanhope

Being 80% perfect is achievable in everyday life if you make it a habit. I still have to remind myself every day to stop aiming for 100% perfection – why? ...

19 April 2022

The Accomplice review: A captivating, well-crafted thriller that keeps you on the edge of your seat

When two best friends become entangled in a murder investigation, again, will their friendship be broken, or can they make it through together?  Author of this incredible book, Lisa Lutz, ...
14 April 2022

Author of Breakneck Point T. Orr Munro shares her top books with themes of motherhood

The struggle to balance a demanding job and parenthood is a central theme in my crime novel, Breakneck Point. As a working mother of four children, I wanted to show ...