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Ghosts and Healing in the Exclusion Zone

Ghosts and Healing in the Exclusion Zone

Guest blog by Julian Sedgwick Researching his next novel, author Julian Sedgwick arranged to make a journey right into the heart of the lands devastated by earthquake, tsunami and the Fukushima nuclear meltdown. In our first guest blog, he writes about his travels in...
Publish and Be Damned

Publish and Be Damned

The Publishers and the Public – a psychological drama There is a great deal of social pressure in the book industry to be smiley and gushingly positive all the time – and we are, when it is appropriate. The many authors whose work we love, and the many small...
We Forge The Chains We Wear In Life

We Forge The Chains We Wear In Life

In December 2017 we wrote a letter and, enclosing a book, sent it to Theresa May, British Prime Minister. The letter set out the impact of library closures, the loss of employed, qualified librarians and the loss of funding for the purchase of new books, on the...
The Marriage of Heaven and Hell

The Marriage of Heaven and Hell

An Independent Bookseller’s view of the sale and the future of Waterstones   With the planned sale of Waterstones reaching the headlines of the country’s business news, the whole book industry now needs to look up, down a strong coffee and take some notice....
Talk to the Golden Monkey

Talk to the Golden Monkey

World Book Day – a celebration of writing for children, or a celebrity marketing exercise? Our culture has become so obsessed with celebrity that we have started to confuse fame with ability, and they are not the same thing at all. We are deeply concerned and...
An Agreement Made by Gaslight

An Agreement Made by Gaslight

A short history of the NBA and what a new agreement might look like.   Like many of the best stories, this one starts in the winding, gas-lit streets of Victorian London. Let’s take a little trip back to 1852. This was the year that the new Chamber of the House of...