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  WE, WHO ARE FORTUNATE ENOUGH to live in democracies, accept freedom of speech and the civil liberties that we enjoy as our natural and inherent rights. But we are lucky: these rights are, in fact, privileges. Raif Badawi: The Voice of Freedom, Ensaf Haidar’s moving love letter to her activist husband, brings this point … Continue readings

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  THE FAITHFUL COUPLE opens in San Diego, in 1993, where twenty-something Neil is trying, somewhat half-heartedly, to chat up a girl he’s met in the hostel in which he’s staying. He’s unsuccessful, as he’s more interested in Adam, the young man sitting nearby, obviously eavesdropping. The girl wanders off, but Neil and Adam’s friendship … Continue readings

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One of seven children, award-winning novelist Grace Burrowes grew up in central Pennsylvania, reading and roaming the countryside on her horse, Buck. Many years and several degrees later, Grace was a successful child welfare attorney, with more than twenty manuscripts under her belt, when she met Deb Werksman, editorial director at Sourcebooks Casablanca, in a … Continue readings

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  I LIKE LISA KLEYPAS. She’s become a favourite author in the last few years since I was first introduced to her historicals by The Literary Cat, who, to get my attention, purposefully knocked a copy of Seduce Me At Sunrise (Hathaways #2) on to my keyboard from the bookshelf above my desk. It’s thus … Continue readings

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  THE YEAR IS 1786 and Elizabeth ‘Lizzy’ Ward, the protagonist of Joanna Taylor’s novel Masquerade, is a young woman struggling to make her way in Georgian London, a city that’s ruled by money, power and position. Forced to walk the streets of Piccadilly, selling her body to make ends meet, Lizzy dreams of a … Continue readings

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  There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed. –Ernest Hemingway   MOST WRITERS WOULD AGREE WITH HEMINGWAY. Although many of us use laptops these days. Writing is job like any other and to be good at it you have to be committed and put the time … Continue readings

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  ROSAMUND LUPTON’S NEW NOVEL, THE QUALITY OF SILENCE, opens in Fairbanks Airport, Alaska, where 10-and-a-half-year-old Ruby and her mother, Yasmin, have just landed, expecting to be met by Matt, Ruby’s wildlife filmmaker father. Instead, they find the police waiting and Yasmin is told the devastating news that Matt has been killed in a ‘catastrophic … Continue readings

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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