Review: The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy by Rachel Joyce

When Queenie Hennessy discovers that Harold Fry is walking the length of England to save her, and all she has to do is wait, she is shocked. Her note had explained she More »

#FreebieFriday giveaway – let’s talk Teapigs!

I’m well aware that many people who like books, like tea and we’ve got a tasty giveaway for you today. I really love tea from Teapigs, a brand you may have seen More »

What literary location would you recreate?

If money were no object, which literary location would you recreate? With the news this week that JK Rowling is building a structure in the grounds of her house that looks remarkably More »

BookTube video: Books Are My Bag 2014

Check out our latest BookTube vlog – Kate talks about Books Are My Bag and her book haul from her bookshop crawl around Colchester on Bookshop Party Day 2014. More »

Podcast: And the winner is…

This week we discuss the winner of the 2014 Man Booker Prize More »

 
The Love Song of Queenie Hennessy

Review: The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy by Rachel Joyce

When Queenie Hennessy discovers that Harold Fry is walking the length of England to save her, and all she has to do is wait, she is shocked. Her note had explained she was dying. How can she wait?

A new volunteer at the hospice suggests that Queenie should write again; only this time she must tell Harold everything. In confessing to secrets she has hidden for twenty years, she will find atonement for the past. As the volunteer points out, ‘Even though you’ve done your travelling, you’re starting a new journey too.’

Queenie thought her first letter would be the end of the story. She was wrong. It was the beginning.

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#FreebieFriday giveaway – let’s talk Teapigs!

I’m well aware that many people who like books, like tea and we’ve got a tasty giveaway for you today. I really love tea from Teapigs, a brand you may have seen in many cafes around the UK who specialise in large-leaf and specialist tea and tea-making accessories. I’ve got four teabag samples for four lucky winners, so you can see what you think too.

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What literary location would you recreate?

If money were no object, which literary location would you recreate?

With the news this week that JK Rowling is building a structure in the grounds of her house that looks remarkably like Hagrid’s Hut from the Harry Potter movies, this got me thinking: if money were no object, what literary location would I like to replicate?

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BookTube video: Books Are My Bag 2014

Check out our latest BookTube vlog – Kate talks about Books Are My Bag and her book haul from her bookshop crawl around Colchester on Bookshop Party Day 2014.

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Podcast: And the winner is…

This week we discuss the winner of the 2014 Man Booker Prize

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Review: Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

An incomplete list:

No more diving into pools of chlorinated water.
No more porch lights with moths fluttering on summer nights.
No more trains running under the surface of cities.
No more cities.
No more flight.
No more Internet.
No more towns glimpsed from the sky through airplane windows.
No more countries, all borders unmanned.

Day One
The Georgia Flu explodes over the surface of the earth like a neutron bomb. News reports put the mortality rate at over 99%.

Week Two
Civilisation has crumbled.

Year Twenty
A band of actors and musicians called the Travelling Symphony move through their territories performing concerts and Shakespeare to the settlements that have grown up there. Twenty years after the pandemic, life feels relatively safe. But now a new danger looms, and he threatens the hopeful world every survivor has tried to rebuild.

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#LockedInABookshop – Kate’s top five picks to read and listen to if you find yourself in the position of the #WaterstonesOne

I’m sure many people will now be aware of the terrible ordeal* of David Willis, the Texan who just popped into Waterstones Trafalgar Square, at around 8.50pm yesterday, to “use the wifi”. He was upstairs, engrossed in whatever was on his phone (!), for “about 15 minutes”, and when he went back to the ground floor he found the lights were out, the doors locked and the shutters closed for the night. He alerted the world to his appalling predicament** through Instagram and Twitter, and was released at around midnight from his dreadful prison***. This got me thinking – what if I snuck into, sorry, I mean, what if I were locked in a bookshop? What would be my top five books to read and songs to listen to while I waited to be thrown out, sorry, I mean freed…

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Podcast: Station Eleven with Emily St. John Mandel

We’re joined by Emily St. John Mandel to discuss her novel Station Eleven.

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Booktube video: Ink Drops Unboxing, October 2014

Here’s our latest booktube video – Kate unboxes her October ‘ACE’ subscription box from Ink Drops! Click read more to watch the video, or head to our YouTube channel, http://youtube.com/wordadventures

Thanks, Andrew!

Kate’s Birthday Book Bonanza

It won’t come as a big surprise to anyone that I received one or two books as gifts for my birthday. It does help that Rob works for a well-known high street bookshop, of course, but he worked his magic and I got some lovely books, as well as some beautiful non-book presents too! I thought I’d share with you what I opened, so you can see what you think too…

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Marcus Sedgwick and The Ghosts of Heaven blog tour

I’m thrilled to bring you this Q&A with Marcus Sedgwick, to celebrate the release of his new book The Ghosts of Heaven, which was published on October 2nd by Indigo Books, in a stunning hardback edition. My beautiful copy arrived on Monday and I’m really looking forward to reading it, but in the meantime, here’s Marcus to tell you a bit about the book’s key themes, spirals and destiny, as well as the way it’s written, as four interlocking stories…

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Podcast: Gone Girl

It’s the book everyone’s been talking about and now it’s a film!

 

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