Books

21 March 2022

Jac Padley, author of Emanuel and Me, shares how to start on your spiritual journey

A spiritual journey is our reconnection to the self. It’s a journey with your soul to deepen the connection to knowledge, understanding and wisdom that we hold in this lifetime. ...

21 March 2022

Matt Witten, author of The Necklace shares his top writing tips for his younger self

When I was 32 years old, my wife was pregnant with our first son. We were highly impecunious at the time. I.e., we were dead broke. So I decided I ...

21 March 2022

Author of The Secrets of Sainte Madeleine, Tilly Bagshawe shares seven things about her

-  I hated reading as a child and am still a very slow reader. I didn’t really enjoy reading until I discovered Enid Blyton’s ‘Secret Seven’ books when I was ...

21 March 2022

World Poetry Day: Sappho, Maya Angelou, Rupi Kaur and more incredible female poets

As part of World Poetry Day, we are examining the works of the top eight female poets of literary history and why their contributions are of such importance.  Most famous ...
21 March 2022

Six facts about me and my debut novel by Danielle Owen-Jones, author of Stone Broke Heiress

To celebrate the release of her debut novel, Stone Broke Heiress, we asked author Danielle Owen-Jones to open up not only about the book, but about herself, so readers can get ...

18 March 2022

Seven things I'd like my readers to know about me by Melissa Ginsburg, author of The House Uptown

My parents met and married in New Orleans but moved 6 hours away to Houston, Texas. I grew up driving back and forth between the two cities and believing fervently ...

17 March 2022

Seven things I'd like my readers to know about me, by Sonya Singh, author of The Break-Up Expert

To celebrate the release of her new book The Break-Up Expert, we asked author Sonya Singh to tell us a little bit about her, as part of our 'seven things' series! ...

17 March 2022

Author of The Haven, Amanda Jennings explains why she threw out the parenting rule book

I had my first baby when I was twenty-four. She was unplanned and I was the first of my friends to have a child and those early days, despite having ...

17 March 2022

How being a deputy headmaster inspired my latest novel by J M Hall, author of A Spoonful of Murder

With the publication of my first novel, people have been asking me how being Deputy Head in a primary school has inspired that novel. My first, instinctive response is I ...

15 March 2022

Is your inner critic holding you back? Here's a Chi Kung morning routine to boost your confidence

A little self-reflection is never a bad thing, but self-criticism is. The difference? Self-reflection is where we take compassionate responsibility for ourselves. Our inner critic however, sabotages us with no ...

15 March 2022

Five ways to change your mindset and boost your wellbeing by Terry Blackburn, author of Be A Lion

Having a lion’s mindset is key to health and exercise as much as everything else. If a lion isn’t fit, it’s not going to catch any prey. I want to ...

15 March 2022

Seven things I'd like my readers to know about me by S J Ford, author of The Choice

Original and instantly gripping, The Choice is domestic and relatable but with a dark secret and huge moral dilemma: would you kill a man if you knew he was plotting to blow ...

15 March 2022

Sophie McCartney: 'I use my Instagram to reassure my followers that parenting isn’t always perfect'

Best known for her wickedly accurate insights into modern parenthood, award-winning comedian Sophie McCartney AKA ‘Tired and Tested’ has released her debut book which has gone straight in at Number ONE in the ...
15 March 2022

How can I get my spark back as a mum? by Louisa Herridge author of Stop Ironing, Start Living

Written by Louisa Herridge, 42 from Cheshire is a Mindset and Positive Psychology Empowerment Coach, Founder of the global movement Mamas Ignited https://mamasignited.co.uk/ and best-selling author. Her recent inspirational book ...

14 March 2022

Rabbits review: Terry Miles has us eager to play “the game” in his ARG thriller

What would you do if the fate of the world depended on winning an ancient alternate reality game? Would you play even as your fellow players disappeared or turned up ...
14 March 2022

Seven things I'd like my readers to know about the setting of my new book, Antiparos, by Jo Lovett

My new book, Just Friends, is set on the small Greek island of Antiparos, in the Cyclades. I was lucky enough to visit the island a few years ago, and ...
14 March 2022

The Ides of March by Megan Edwards, author of A Coin for the Ferryman

To be sure, Shakespeare’s version of this saying is far more famous. “Beware the Ides of March” has cast an ominous pall over the infamous date ever since the Bard ...

11 March 2022

Women’s Prize for Fiction: The Sentence and Salt Lick among most haunting titles on 2022’s longlist

This week saw the unveiling of the Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction 2022 longlist, featuring five stunning debuts and eleven other incredible new additions to established authors’ bibliography. All of ...
10 March 2022

Where Blood Runs Cold review: A chilling thriller set in the unforgiving Norwegian mountains

What would you do if you witnessed a cold-blooded murder whilst your young daughter slept peacefully just a few steps away from where the crime took place? Would you freeze ...

10 March 2022

Tripping Arcadia review: Kit Mayquist leads us on a vengeful quest full of secrets and lies

When the premise of a Great Gatsby-esque gothic novel with LGBTQ+ romance and poisonous revenge is presented to you, you don’t turn away. You allow yourself to be sucked into ...
9 March 2022

Charms & Symbols review: Alison Davies walks us through a world of ancient and powerful signs

The world is full of meaningful symbols. From the humble triangle to the sacred Om glyph, we work with symbols everyday whether it’s in our spiritual practices or mundane tasks ...
8 March 2022

What I'd like my readers to know about me by Confessions of a Crummy Mummy author Natalie Brown

Mum of four Natalie Brown takes part in Female First's 'seven things' series following the release of her telling-it-how-it-is parenting memoir Confessions of a Crummy Mummy - The Baby Years. ...

8 March 2022

From Vivianne Crowley to Mat Auryn: Five upcoming books we have on our 2022 witchy wish list

With so many incredible books on witchcraft and Paganism being released at the moment, it’s no wonder that our days are spent with our finger hovering over the “pre-order” button. ...
8 March 2022

How to be a more considerate customer or guest by Geoffrey Paris, author of More Sauce Madam?

We’ve all been embarrassed in a restaurant or hotel when one of the other customers or guests is rude or downright abusive towards the hard-working staff who are only trying ...