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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

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  Is there any greater pleasure than reading a much-vaunted book? Yes, as it turns out: it’s reading a book that you really don’t want to read and finding out it’s a gem – in this case, Ava Miles‘ novel, Nora Roberts Land. When Miles’ book came out, I did everything possible to avoid reading … Continue readings

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  ‘Who’d kill for you?’ Peabody waited until Eve lowered her hands. ‘I mean who’d kill because somebody was rude to you, or, well, snotty?’ ‘Nobody leaps to mind. I tend to avoid relationships with the homicidal.’ ‘I don’t mean a specific name, Dallas. A type, a category even. Like someone you helped, someone you … Continue readings

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  Social networking platforms are authors’ new best friends. With global reach and, in most cases, instant and direct access to existing and potential markets, Facebook and Twitter are obvious forums for the publishing industry to go to when promoting and selling books – but what about Pinterest? As social networks go, Pinterest, perhaps surprisingly, … Continue readings

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Faiz Ahmed Faiz was a Pakistani-born poet. He was the best-selling poet writing in Urdu in Pakistan and India. See also: No 9 poem ‘Before you came’ in ‘”Between the shadow and the soul” – love in all its guises, 10 love poems’ Other writers of interest: Pablo Neruda; Maya Angelou

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  Pablo Neruda was a Nobel Prize-winning Chilean poet and politician. Neruda’s real name was Neftalí Ricardo Reyes Basoalto. He wrote many acclaimed collections of poetry, including Twenty Poems of Love and a Song of Despair.  Books include: Twenty Poems of Love and a Song of Despair. See also: Poem no 10, One Hundred Love … Continue readings

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  As a nod to the season of love, we’re posting our favourite 10 love poems. They’re a mixture of ‘between the shadow and the soul’, as our No 10 poet Pablo Neruda so eloquently puts it. This is a collection of the modern and the timeless – celebratory, passionate, hopeful and heartbreaking prose, put … Continue readings

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  ‘You need sex’, Beatrice proclaimed. ‘And maybe a new kitchen.’ ‘I need more than sex. I need a life.’ Viola looked at all the chrome surrounding them as she delivered a cup of coffee to her older sister. The kitchen was cold and impersonal, just like her ex-husband Charles, who’d picked it all out. … Continue readings

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Kate Perry is the author of several very successful books, most famously the Laurel Heights’ and Summerhill series, set in San Francisco and London, respectively. BOOKS INCLUDE: How Sweet It Is REVIEWS: ‘From London to Paris and back again – Kate Perry’s How Sweet It Is, A Review‘, in The Literary Lounge See also: Mary … Continue readings

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  She sulked over her eggs. Even bacon lost some appeal with the prospect of wrangling with Summerset. ‘Isn’t it bad enough I have to face hours of swarming decorators, then end that small nightmare by having Trina pour gunk all over me? Now I have to face the smirking disapproval of our resident corpse?’ … Continue readings

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