A Good Read: Nightblind by Ragnar Jonasson

Good read posts aren’t reviews as such, more a sharing of a few lines on selected books I’ve found interesting and original. My latest is Nightblind by Ragnar Jonasson. Here’s the blurb The peace of a close-knit Icelandic community is shattered by the murder of a policeman – shot at point-blank range in the dead … Read More →

‘Books Are My Bag Day’ – A Celebration of Bookshops

I love wandering around bookstores; running the tips of my fingers along all those spines, pulling down books of interest, glancing at the cover art, reading the blurb. They offer a unique atmosphere of solace – one of those rare havens where we can disappear and gain a peaceful hour away from the hustle and bustle of the high street. So you can imagine my delight when my local Waterstones store asked me to join them in the celebrations for Books Are My Bag (BAMB) day last Saturday.

Raring to go

We live in a world where the internet is part of our home and presents so many new avenues to purchase goods. On occasion it can be more convenient to buy at the press of a button. But high street shops offer a unique hands-on experience and there is no reason why they shouldn’t be able to share the market with online suppliers. Interestingly, according to the BAMB website, “56% of all book buying decisions are made by consumers in a bookshop and high street bookshops (both chains and independents) still account for almost 40% of books bought by consumers.”

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Release Day Interview with P P Wong, Author of The Life Of A Banana

Today I’m joining in the celebrations as fellow Legend Press author, PP Wong, releases her debut novel entitled The Life Of A Banana. And she is joining us on the blog to tell us a little more about it!

Can you describe your new novel in one succinct but sensual sentence?

A British Chinese orphan faces racial bullying while dealing with her dysfunctional family as she questions what it means to be an ethnic minority in London.

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An Unusual Find

I never seem to be able to come out of a bookshop empty-handed lately. Problem is, at every one of my book signings I’ve acquired something new and my reading pile is now in danger of toppling over and doing some real damage.

You may recall me telling you about the interesting range of books at Kibworth bookshop last week? Well, in spite of the three books I bought to read for National Crime Reading Month (which I haven’t even started yet), I also picked up the above which is turning out to be quite an interesting one.

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