Review and #TeamNice Giveaway: One Small Act Of Kindness by Lucy Dillon

What can you do to make the world a better place? If you follow me on Twitter (I’m @magic_kitten – come and say hello!) you might have noticed me tweeting about #TeamNice. More »

Review: Me & Mr J by Rachel McIntyre

Lara’s life is far from perfect, but being an upbeat kind of person she saves her venting for her diary. It’s the only place she can let out her true feelings about More »

Podcast: A Quick Catch-Up, Drink Shop Do and #TeamNice

Just a short episode this week with Kate, as we’ve got lots to do preparing for Essex Book Festival, which launches on 1st March 2015 – hear about the events Kate and More »

Speakeasy Presents 10 for ’15, at Drink Shop Do

On Tuesday 17th February, Rob and I were very pleased to be invited by Will of Vintage to head along to Drink Shop Do, on Caledonian Road near King’s Cross in London, to More »

Podcast: The Earth Is Singing and YA War Novels

It’s the February episode of Adventures With Words Young Adult Edition, and this month Kate talks to Vanessa Curtis about her new novel The Earth Is Singing, telling the story of the More »

 
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Review and #TeamNice Giveaway: One Small Act Of Kindness by Lucy Dillon

What can you do to make the world a better place?
If you follow me on Twitter (I’m @magic_kitten – come and say hello!) you might have noticed me tweeting about #TeamNice. If you want to know all the details, head over to http://www.teamnicehq.com but – long story short – this was a hashtag inspired by a customised necklace and a desire to spread more positivity on social media, to counteract the outrage and keyboard warriors. This snowballed into a Month of Kindness throughout February, with a suggested ‘small act of kindness’ for each day of the month.

Those eagle-eyed people in the Hodder marketing department (who kindly had me pop in for a couple of weeks interning before Christmas) did spot the hashtag and have joined #TeamNice with a small act of kindness of their own. One Small Act of Kindness, the new novel from Lucy Dillon, will be published in April this year, but I was lucky enough to get a sneak peak while I was in the office. They’ve kindly provided a copy for me to give away here as we bring our Month of Kindness to a close. If you like the sound of it from my review, I’d love you to enter and become part of #TeamNice too!

Me & Mr J

Review: Me & Mr J by Rachel McIntyre

Lara’s life is far from perfect, but being an upbeat kind of person she saves her venting for her diary. It’s the only place she can let out her true feelings about the family dramas and hideous bullying she has to face every day.
And then a shining light comes out of the darkness – the new, young and MALE teacher, Mr Jagger. The one person who takes Lara seriously and notices her potential. The one person who is kind to her. The one person who she falls madly and hopelessly in love with.
The one person who can never love her back…can he?

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Podcast: A Quick Catch-Up, Drink Shop Do and #TeamNice

Just a short episode this week with Kate, as we’ve got lots to do preparing for Essex Book Festival, which launches on 1st March 2015 – hear about the events Kate and Rob are chairing, our trip to Drink Shop Do, Kate’s project #TeamNice and what she’s been reading lately.

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Speakeasy Presents 10 for ’15, at Drink Shop Do

On Tuesday 17th February, Rob and I were very pleased to be invited by Will of Vintage to head along to Drink Shop Do, on Caledonian Road near King’s Cross in London, to Speakeasy Presents 10 for ’15 – ten novelists (including two of Vintage’s authors) reading from their latest book. It gave us all a sneak preview of what the books were like, and a chance to catch up with some of our bookish buddies too.

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Podcast: The Earth Is Singing and YA War Novels

It’s the February episode of Adventures With Words Young Adult Edition, and this month Kate talks to Vanessa Curtis about her new novel The Earth Is Singing, telling the story of the Jews of Riga during World War Two.

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Review: The Earth Is Singing by Vanessa Curtis

My name is Hanna Michelson. I am fifteen. I am Latvian.
I live with my mother and grandmother. My father is missing – taken by the Russians.
I’m training to be a dancer. But none of that matters now.
Because the Nazis have arrived, and I am a Jew. And as far as they are concerned, that is all that matters.
This is my story.

The Folio Prize

Announcing The Folio Prize shortlist

We mentioned on our latest podcast that the shortlist for The Folio Prize would be announced today, and here it is! Eight titles, from which one winner will be chosen, and announced 23rd March 2015…

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Podcast: Essex Book Festival and what makes a classic?

This week Rob and Kate look at what makes a classic book after attending the Picador Classic Day at Foyles Charing Cross, as well as previewing their picks of the Essex Book Festival.

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Fancy a QuickRead?

One in six adults in the UK find reading difficult and may never pick up a book. For keen readers, this can be easy to forget, as it’s second nature for some. This reluctance could be for a number of reasons, but many are held back by fear of finding reading a book difficult, or fear of looking stupid compared to others. Quick Reads are on a mission to quash that fear. They commission short books from some of the biggest writers working today, that are both accessible and hugely enjoyable. Whether English is your second language, you struggle with reading or simply want a quicker read that’s easy to carry on your commute then Quick Reads has a story for you. We’re proud to present a look at this year’s releases.

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Podcast: Anchorman 2

WE’RE RON BURGUNDY! Rob and Rich are back and reading off the teleprompter in capital letters for Anchorman 2.

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Review: Don’t Point That Thing At Me by Kyril Bonfiglioli

Rob reviews the comically dark Don’t Point That Thing at Me by Kyril Bonfiglioli.

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Catch up on January’s Hear…Read This!

As the month draws to a close, catch up on January’s Hear… Read This!

 

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