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  DJANGO REINHARDT, THE LITERARY CAT, IS DEAD. He took his last breath at 5.45pm on 19 June 2015 in a tiny veterinary surgery in the West Country, falling asleep with my hand stroking his head, much as he had done so many times in our years together. He barreled his way into my life … Continue readings

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    … [S]he took a few cleansing breaths and studied the bridge. Nearly twenty feet long and eight feet wide, the bridge was already stained and varnished. Something was carved into the posts, but she couldn’t make it out. She scratched her head. How had they built such an elaborate bridge overnight without her … Continue readings

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  ‘DO YOU REALLY WANT ME TO BE HONEST about the reason I started writing?’ novelist Carole Mortimer asks me. There’s a noticeable twinkle in her eye. Of course. ‘I was bored in my first marriage and writing romance novels was pure escapism from that boredom! ‘Oops! Apologies first husband,’ she adds, then bursts out … Continue readings

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  banter n. the playful and friendly exchange of teasing remarks.  v. engage in banter. DERIVATIVES  banterer n.  bantering adj.  banteringly adv.” –Oxford English Dictionary   ‘BANTER‘ is one of our favourite words …   See also: The Literary Lounge’s The Banter sessions #1 – best-selling authors Kate Perry and Ava Miles take twenty

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  AS I WAS READING NORA ROBERTS’ NEW NOVEL, THE LIAR, the chorus of Simon and Garfunkel’s ‘Homeward bound’ was playing on a loop in my head, so much so that I had to put it on my turntable. And Homeward Bound would actually be an appropriate title for this book, since one of the … Continue readings

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  banter n. the playful and friendly exchange of teasing remarks.  v. engage in banter. DERIVATIVES  banterer n.  bantering adj.  banteringly adv.” –Oxford English Dictionary   ‘BANTER‘ is one of our favourite words … so it goes without saying that we’re loving hosting our first ‘banter session’ with great authors, Kate Perry and Ava Miles. … Continue readings

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  ‘We are one of three islands, off the coast of Virginia and just south of Maryland, trailing out into the Atlantic Ocean like someone’s dripped paint’, comments 13-year-old Chloe in the opening story of The Shore, Sara Taylor’s exquisite debut book. The isolated stretch of islands, which lie in Chesapeake Bay, provide a stark … Continue readings

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  RECENTLY, I HAVE BEEN THINKING A LOT about what makes a good Regency novel. Oh, a handsome aristocratic hero and a spirited heroine, of course – and historical accuracy, lovely locations and an authentic supporting cast of characters all help. Throw in good dialogue, lovely frocks, a villain and a scandal or two and … Continue readings

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  SEVERAL WEEKS AGO, while listening to BBC 6 Music early in the morning, I had one of those rare magical moments, when you hear a song and its lyrics and melody are so mesmerising that they touch something deep inside and make the world, even for a few seconds, a better place for hearing … Continue readings

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  IT FEELS LIKE GIVE A LITTLE has been a long time coming. The seventh and final book in Kate Perry’s ‘Summerhill’ series, dealing with a fractured family who come together after the death of the Earl of Amberlin, it focuses on protagonists Beatrice Summerhill and Italian racing driver Luca Fiorelli. Since the series began, … Continue readings

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  IF THERE’S SUCH A THING AS A LITERARY IT GIRL, KATE PERRY surely must fit the bill. The author of more than 30 books, mostly romance, Perry is a self-confessed tutu-sporting, Champagne swilling Black Belt, who loves nothing more than having fun. She’s the kind of girl you want to be in your gang … Continue readings

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  celebrating that which is noble, wonderful and honourable in all of us   The fact that we need a specific day that celebrates us as women is in itself wrong. That we, in the 21st century, still need some acknowledgement, some recognition, some celebration to say we matter is wrong. And yet, it is … Continue readings