Review: The Accident by Chris Pavone

In New York City, Isabel Reed, one of the most respected and powerful literary agents in the city, frantically turns the pages of a manuscript into the early dawn hours. This manuscript More »

Introducing the WoMentoring Project

Today sees the launch of an exciting new project! Find out more about the WoMentoring Project. More »

Podcast: Penguins and Book Fairs

Rob and Kate head off to London to visit the Book Fair and Penguin HQ. More »

Tea India – perfect reading accessory?

I thought I’d write you a review today, but it’s a review with a bit of a difference… Like many readers, I’m also a lover of a good cup of tea – perhaps More »

Shelf Help Review: Far from the Tree – Parents, children and the search for identity by Andrew Solomon

Sometimes your child – the most familiar person of all – is radically different from you. The saying going that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. But what happens when More »

 
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Review: The Accident by Chris Pavone

In New York City, Isabel Reed, one of the most respected and powerful literary agents in the city, frantically turns the pages of a manuscript into the early dawn hours. This manuscript – printed out, hand-delivered, totally anonymous – is full of shocking revelations and disturbing truths, things which could compromise national security. Is this what she’s been waiting for her entire career: a book that will help her move on from a painful past, a book that could save her beloved industry… a book that will change the world?

In Copenhagen, Hayden Gray, a veteran station chief, wary of the CIA’s obsession with the Middle East, has been steadfastly monitoring the dangers that abound in Europe. Even if his bosses aren’t paying attention, he’s determined to stay vigilant. And he’s also on the trail of this manuscript – and the secrets that lie at its heart. For him, quite simply, it must never see the light of day.

As Isabel and Hayden try to outwit each other, the nameless author watches on from afar. With no-one quite sure who holds all the cards, the stakes couldn’t be higher: in just twenty-four hours careers could be ruined, devastating secrets could be unearthed, and innocent people could die.

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Introducing the WoMentoring Project

Today sees the launch of an exciting new project! Find out more about the WoMentoring Project.

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Podcast: Penguins and Book Fairs

Rob and Kate head off to London to visit the Book Fair and Penguin HQ.

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Tea India – perfect reading accessory?

I thought I’d write you a review today, but it’s a review with a bit of a difference… Like many readers, I’m also a lover of a good cup of tea – perhaps it comes from reading the Blackberry Farm books when I was little, which always finished with a “nice cup of tea” at the end. I’m always on the lookout for really tasty teas (preferably good value) to keep me alert while I’m reading. 

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Shelf Help Review: Far from the Tree – Parents, children and the search for identity by Andrew Solomon

Sometimes your child – the most familiar person of all – is radically different from you. The saying going that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. But what happens when it does?

Drawing on interviews with over three hundred families, Andrew Solomon documents ordinary people making courageous choices. Difference is potentially isolating, but Far from the Tree celebrates repeated triumphs of human love and compassion to show that the shared experience of difference is what unites us.

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Shelf Help Review: Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal by Jeanette Winterson

In 1985 Jeanette Winterson’s first novel, Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit, was published. It was Jeanette’s version of the story of a terraced house in Accrington, an adopted child, and the thwarted giantess Mrs Winterson. It was a cover story, a painful past written over and repainted. It was a story of survival.

This book is that story’s silent twin. It is full of hurt and humour and a fierce love of life. It is about the pursuit of happiness, about lessons in love, the search for a mother and a journey into madness and out again. It is generous, honest and true.

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Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction Shortlist 2014

Earlier this evening, the shortlist for the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction 2014 was announced – by Vine!

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Podcast: Careful Now. Down With This Sort of Thing…

This week, Rob and Kate are talking about Banned Books, or books that have been banned.

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The Desmond Elliott Prize Longlist 2014

The longlist for the Desmond Elliott Prize has been announced.

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The Waterstones Children’s Book Prize winners 2014

The results are in, and the winners have been announced for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2014.

 

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