It’s all about place. Extracts from September’s newsletter

September - it's all about place. Firstly apologies for the lack of newsletter in August. The book festival took over - in a good way! It was lovely to be involved in chairing events this time round, not least because of the lovely room we were allocated! Various...

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Top Ten Crime and Thriller – Locations

Despite the fact that I read dozens of crime and thriller books every year, I've never done a top ten list, but as I started to remedy this, I realised it was going to be a really, really hard task! So instead I've broken it down to focus on different aspects of the...

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Top Ten Bookshops in Edinburgh

It's August, it's Edinburgh, so it's festival time! If you need a bit of time off from the mad dashing around, here are my top ten bookshops to visit while you're here. 1. Portobello Bookshop - 6 Portobello High St, Portobello, Edinburgh EH15 1DA One of my favourite...

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Writing in sunshine? Extracts from July newsletter

July: summertime is... writing time? I remember a blog I wrote in 2013 about whether it was easier to write in summer or winter. Personally I find it impossible to sit in the sunshine and write, but I was at Moniack Mhor for their midsummer retreat in June, the...

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Top Ten Beach Reads

Yeah, the world is opening up again! Time to pack the bikini and go! Are you going to brave the airports, trains, and other covid-y methods of public transport to get somewhere different this summer? Maybe you've decided to go by car so you can sit in an endless...

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It’s nearly festival time! Extracts from June newsletter

Getting ready for the Edinburgh International Book Festival (wherever you are). It's so exciting to think that after two years, the Edinburgh International Book Festival is back. And it's even bigger. There are over 600 events happening over the fortnight (last two...

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Too many books? Extracts from May newsletter

Is there such a thing as 'too many books'? .. I've been out and about, visiting Wales, Northumberland, and Ullapool. I didn't see any bookshops in Pembrokeshire (though there was a lovely little town called Narberth which has banned chain stores from its high street,...

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Top Thirty Books of all time – or Marie Kondo’s bookshelf

Apparently Marie Kondo has said that you don't need to keep more than thirty books. To which some people replied, "on the bedside table?" which sort of sums up my attitude. I mean, by the end of March this year I had already read more than thirty books. Her point...

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Better days ahead? Extracts from April’s newsletter

The sun has been shining all over the UK, daffodils are blooming, lambs are leaping, and we've been told that covid is officially 'over' with all restrictions lifted. I for one won't miss seeing the new form of litter; discarded face masks everywhere. (Though I might...

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