Isn't this what it's all about?

Posted by Guy Pringle, 25th March 2011

Pat Clark sent me this report on her book group following a long telephone conversation. She has a particular interest in The Jewel of St. Petersburg as well as having found it to be a brilliant book, because she happens to know the author, Kate Furnivall, personally.   Anyway, apart from view...

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Orange prescience

Posted by Guy Pringle, 18th March 2011

The release of this year's longlist gave me pause for thought - didn't I recognise several of those names from books we'd previously featured in newbooks?   Checking back I found that Carol Birch's Come Back, Paddy Riley was a featured book in nb17 and Julie Orringer's How to Breathe view...

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World Book Night 4

Posted by Guy Pringle, 18th March 2011

I have corresponded with Margaret Paterson for a couple of years or more now - and was lucky enough to meet her once at a Devon Libraries Readers Day. Margaret personifies, for me, the spirit of the newbooks reader - intrepid and passionate about her reading and how important it is as part of our view...

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World Book Night 3

Posted by Guy Pringle, 17th March 2011

Julie Cohen is an author who brought a lump to my throat and tear to my eye in these cynical times. An author who willingly promotes another author's book and goes out of her way to cheer up folks whose current lives are not as sunny as they might be.   Julie chose to give RACHEL'S HOLIDAY view...

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World Book Night 2

Posted by Guy Pringle, 14th March 2011

Debbie Davies understands Twitter - which I don't - and that's a good thing because she represents newbooks to the Twitterati (see what I did there?). Remarkably, in a matter of months, and particularly since Christmas, she has taken the number of our/her followers stratospheric. OK, not Stephen view...

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Blurbs - Shortest? Yes. Cleverest? Quite possibly.

Posted by Guy Pringle, 9th March 2011

People are often dismissive of book blurbs - what appears on the outside back cover of a book - but few realise how much thought is put into what you read there. Like the front cover, it has the briefest of chances to persuade you to buy that book as opposed to all the others on display. Most book view...

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World Book Night 1

Posted by Guy Pringle, 8th March 2011

World Book Night seems not only to have been a success on the night but to have created a will to repeat the event next year. And I have to say originator Jamie Byng handled a delicate situation well on Radio 4’s Front Row last week. Mark Lawson hosted a conversation between Jamie and an view...

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