Books

1 August 2022

Naseem Jamnia, author of The Bruising of Qilwa: Seven things I'd like my readers to know about me

-  The Bruising of Qilwa is set in a larger universe I’ve been playing in for a while—and is not the only story to be set there! I won the ...

27 July 2022

Old sins cast long shadows? by Judith C Davis

I had no idea when I wrote my novel ‘Death in the Mooragh’ that I was imitating a plot device used by Agatha Christie. I love Christie’s stories, the humour, ...

27 July 2022

Sarah Pearse discusses The Retreat, Devon, Reese Witherspoon and more!

We caught up with Sarah Pearse- author of the addictive new thriller The Retreat to discuss the pressures of writing another book when your first is a global bestseller. Please ...

25 July 2022

Shifting States: Taming the anxious mind by Kamran Bedi

I have worked with people who have gut challenges, skin conditions, panic and anxiety attacks, severe stress and burnout, which all have a variety of physical symptoms that are a ...

25 July 2022

Why an armchair adventure could be just the ticket you need this summer
 by Lucy Dickens

Books make you feel. Whether you’re aiming for that feeling to be wonder or wanderlust, picking up a book to take to the beach can transport you to a different ...

22 July 2022

How my midlife crisis turned into a career by Ronali Collings, author of Love and Other Dramas

At fifty years old, my debut novel, Love & Other Dramas, is about to be published and I still can’t quite believe it. I almost didn’t get here. Ten years ...

21 July 2022

Author Cate Quinn discusses the inspiration behind her new book Blood Sisters

Author, Cate Quinn, explains why pulling pints in her underwear nearly drove her to murder. And how Jane Harper inspired her to finally commit her experiences to paper. As a ...

21 July 2022

What common decency means to me by author Susannah Dickey

The concept of ‘common decency’ might seem fairly self-explanatory, regardless of your way of thinking about or viewing the world. It might translate to holding the door open for the ...

21 July 2022

Nicole Kennedy, author of After Paris shares seven things she'd like her readers to know about her

1. I never thought I would be able to finish a novel. I had tried a few times, and spent a lifetime scribbling little notes or phrases down in notebooks ...

21 July 2022

Alice Hunter, author of The Serial Killer's Daughter shares seven things about her

1. I dropped out of college before completing my A-Levels. I had a terrible tendency to start things but fail to finish them. Later in life I studied with the ...

21 July 2022

An open letter to Author Helen Dore Boylston by Suzanne Fortin

Dear Helen Dore Boylston I wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed the Sue Barton books when I was younger. I was introduced to the series by my ...

21 July 2022

Seven things you should know about being a nurse in the 1940s by Patricia and Robert Malcolmson

The wartime diary of Kathleen Johnstone, A Nurse’s War: A diary of hope and heartache on the home front (HarperNorth, 2022), which we edited, presents a vivid picture of one ...

21 July 2022

Seven things I'd like my readers to know about me by Erica James, author of Mothers and Daughters

I grew up on the south coast of England, a stone’s throw from the sea, and that is where I’ve set my latest novel Mothers and Daughters. With the beach ...

20 July 2022

Author Sophie Green discusses her new book Thursdays at Orange Blossom House

In early 1993, I went to my first yoga class. It was in a church hall on the north shore of Sydney, at the top of my very long street ...

20 July 2022

How a visit to Paris made my story come to life by Natasha Lester

The Riviera House is about a group of people working to save precious artworks from the Nazis during WWII in Paris. It opens with the famous Louvre museum being emptied, ...

20 July 2022

An open letter to Isabel Allende by Abi Oliver author of Letter From A Tea Garden

Dear Isabel, At the beginning of lockdown, a friend sent me a piece you had written on your feelings about the times facing us, and it spoke to me. I ...

18 July 2022

Liv Arnold, author of Stepping Stone writes an open letter to Meredith Wild

Dear Ms Wild, Or may I call you Meredith because you started following me on Instagram? I was so excited; I showed my phone screen to my friends. Since 2013, ...

14 July 2022

A J Campbell, author of The Phone Call writes and open letter to Agatha Christie

Dear Dame Agatha, Queen of Crime, I recall so vividly the moment I first heard your name. It was in my final English lesson at primary school. I was chewing ...

14 July 2022

Anna Friend discusses her new book How Will It Be With Baby and Me?

When I was pregnant with my second child, I noticed that my eldest son Jack was asking questions about what would happen when the baby came along; Things like: ‘Where ...

14 July 2022

Lucinda Hart, author of The Broken Air writes an open letter to John Harding

Dear John Harding, I was reluctant to take on the first of your books I read. My mother and I were in Waterstones looking for my birthday presents, and she ...

12 July 2022

Seven things I'd like my readers to know about me by Kimberly Unger, author of The Extractionist

The first thing you have to know is that I am comprised of 50% bullsh*t, 25% snappy patter, 10% coffee and an additional 15% pop culture. In fact, take everything ...

11 July 2022

An open letter to Enid Blyton, by Sue Stockdale, author of EXPLORE: A Life of Adventure

Dear Enid, First and foremost, I want to say thank you. Your Famous Five and Secret Seven books taught me that anyone can transform an ordinary day out with friends ...

11 July 2022

Why I'm supporting Grief Encounter through The Dragon in The Bookshop by Ewa Jozefkowicz

Sometimes there's a single day that sticks with you for decades after it's happened, and you live through it already knowing that things will never be quite the same again. ...

8 July 2022

The Dream Murderer Cycle: An Interview With Author Paul Taffinder

Psychologist Dr Paul Taffinder is already a bestselling, award-winning author in the business field, where he is respected as one of the UK’s leading experts on leadership. He is also ...