NEWS: Penguin Random House to Publish Novel Inspired by Broadway Musical Dear Evan Hanson

Author Val Emmich has collaborated with Dear Evan Hansen creators Steven Levenson, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul to turn their hit musical into a novel.  Penguin Random House have confirmed that it will be publishing Dear Evan Hansen The Novel, which expands on the story and characters told in the hit Broadway musical, which has won six… Read More

NEWS: Shortlist for the Wellcome Book Prize 2018

The shortlist for this year’s Wellcome Book Prize has been announced, celebrating the best books that illuminate people’s encounters with health, medicine and illness. Chaired by artist and writer Edmund de Waal, this year’s judging panel have selected a varied shortlist which includes one novel, one memoir and four non-fiction books, with five having been  written by women and four… Read More

REVIEW: Birdsong, New Victoria Theatre

This beautiful production vividly brings to life the horror, the pain and fear felt by all during World War I.  Rachel Wagstaff’s wonderful adaptation of Sebastian Faulks’s beloved World War I novel  effectively interweaves the pain and suffering of those on the front as well as memories of the past before the war. The story… Read More

REVIEW: Les Parisiennes: How the Women of Paris Lived, Loved and Died in the 1940s by Anne Sebba

This meticulous book of how the women of Paris coped with the German occupation in the 1940’s is filled with tales of great bravery and tragedy.  There is a tendency in history books to concentrate on the hand-to- hand combats that took place during the Second World War – but what about those ordinary people… Read More

REVIEW: Always With Love by Giovanna Fletcher

Warm and cosy to curl up with, this sequel to Billy & Me realistically portrays the difficulties of a long distance relationship.  Easy going and always entertaining to read, Giovanna Fletcher has written a relatable story filled with endearing characters – which written by anyone else could come across as too sweet, but is surprisingly… Read More

NEWS: Jacqueline Wilson & Joanna Trollope Join Author of the Day Line Up at London Book Fair

Jacqueline Wilson and Joanna Trollope have been confirmed as Authors of the Day as part of this year’s London Book Fair, taking place at the Olympia in London from the 10th to the 12th April.  The two best-selling authors will take part in the London Book Fair to be spotlighted as part of the Author… Read More

Review Round Up: The Only Story by Julian Barnes

Julian Barnes explores matters of the human heart in his latest novel. Here’s what critics have had to say about it…  First love has lifelong consequences, but Paul doesn’t know anything about that at nineteen. At nineteen, he’s proud of the fact his relationship flies in the face of social convention. As he grows older,… Read More

REVIEW: Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

Get whisked away to the circus in this emotionally powerful novel, filled with plenty of drama and romance that easily captures the reader’s heart.  Set in an America in the grips of the Great Depression and prohibition, Sara Gruen’s deeply fascinating and heartfelt novel brings the glamour (and at times seediness) of the circus beautifully… Read More

NEWS: Historic Royal Palaces Announces Inua Ellams as First Poet in Residence

Historic Royal Palaces has announced that Inua Ellams will be the Tower of London’s first Poet in Residence.  Throughout 2018, the international poet Inua Ellams will present a yearlong programme of thought provoking events at the iconic fortress. Known as an award winning writer, artist and performer, Inua Ellams will be the first Poet in Residence at… Read More

REVIEW: The Riviera Set by Mary S. Lovell

Prepare to swept into the age of glamour and excess with this riveting read about the Riviera and all those who paid it a visit between 1920-1960.  Acclaimed for her biographies of Beryl Markham, Amelia Earhart, Jane Digby and  Sir Richard Burton to name a few, Mary S. Lovell effectively weaves the stories of several leading… Read More