Free download for perfect Halloween Horror listening ‘Carmilla’ by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Wednesday, October 28th 2015

An Audible Original Drama
by J. Sheridan Le Fanu, dramatised for audio by Robin Brooks for Audible Originals


Directed by Fiona McAlpine for Audible Originals
Dramatised for audio by Robin Brooks

A masterpiece of erotic Gothic horror – encompassing mystery, suspense, forbidden lust, violence and lots of blood.

A brand new audiobook adaptation of J. Sheridan Le Fanu’s classic gothic novella, Carmilla – starring Rose Leslie (Game of Thrones and Downton Abbey), David Tennant (Doctor Who and Broadchurch) and Phoebe Fox (Life in Squares and The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death) – is available to download for free on

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New eBooks Blog from Sainsbury’s Entertainment on Demand

Thursday, October 22nd 2015

Introducing the new eBooks Blog from Sainsbury’s Entertainment on Demand

· Famous names such as Santa Montefiore and Victoria Hislop among contributors

· Blog brings booklovers closer to their favourite authors with exclusive video interviews, a book club, articles, extracts and reviews

If you love books, want to learn more about your favourite authors and what inspires them, or get special tips on what to read next, then you are in for a treat. Sainsbury’s Entertainment on Demand has recently launched its new eBooks Blog – an online home for bookworms.

With articles by esteemed authors and editors, interviews, extracts, reviews and a regular Book Club, the Sainsbury’s Entertainment on Demand eBooks Blog is a refreshing new online community for book lovers like no other.…

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Fergusson and Morpurgo Win Leading Historical Fiction Awards in Harrogate

Thursday, October 22nd 2015

First time author Ben Fergusson has scooped the Historical Writers’ Association 2015 Debut Crown Award for new historical fiction with The Spring of Kasper Meier.

Ben was presented with the coveted award worth £2,000 by broadcaster Mark Lawson at the opening night of the Harrogate History Festival (October 22) at the Old Swan Hotel, Harrogate.

The event, hosted by Harrogate International Festivals, also saw War Horse author Michael Morpurgo, who has written more than 130 books for children, receive the Outstanding Contribution to Historical Fiction Award.

Morpurgo said: “I am delighted and honoured to be presented with this special Award. History is the foundation of our society, who we are and where we are going, and it is crucial that we pass this on to our young people.…

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Punishment & Retribution at Berwins Salon North, Harrogate @SalonNorth @HarrogateFest

Wednesday, October 21st 2015

For those seeking yet more criminal activities in their life, this will be of interest:

Introducing Berwins Salon North!
If you haven’t already experienced this unique event then we invite you to join us for what will be a criminally good evening – ‘Punishment’ on Thursday 29th October at The Crown Hotel, Harrogate! Three brilliant expert speakers will take to the stage for the second event in our ‘Crime, Punishment and Retribution’ Autumn Berwins Salon North series, as we turn our focus to raising some serious and complex questions about the path to criminal justice.

Ever since Harrogate International Festivals brought London’s most talked about evening to the town, it’s been a sell-out sensation.…

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Harrogate History Festival – Celebrating Historical Writing

Wednesday, September 16th 2015

22 – 25 October 2015
Old Swan Hotel, Harrogate
Featuring Tracy Borman, Lord Melvyn Bragg, Ken Follett, Michael Morpurgo, Kate Mosse, Neil Oliver, HRH Princess Michael of Kent and many more great names



The Festival will take place from 22-25 October 2015 and we’re inviting you to spend an action packed weekend in the beautiful town of Harrogate, steeped in its own history. Join us for this fantastic opportunity to explore and grapple with leading literary minds on some of the most gripping conflicts, personalities and epic tales in human history.
Harrogate International Festivals invites audiences to delve into the characters, intrigues and stories that stood the test of time to become the stuff of history books.…

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Monday, July 13th 2015

Gutted that I didn’t manage to catch up on all the #BritCrime activities over the weekend, but not all is lost as I pour a glass of red and settle back to watch ‘Harper Collins presents….Authors in conversation with BritCrime’, featuring Martyn Waites, Alex Marwood, CL Taylor, Helen Smith and Simon Toyne – and, if you missed it, you can catch up too – just click HERE.

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The Hunt by T.J.Lebbon

Tuesday, June 23rd 2015

Published by Avon

I took on the challenge of The Hunt in two bursts of frenetic reading – with a necessary pause to refuel on the energy snacks and drinks, plus a change of footwear, required to get me through.

From the gripping opening chapter, I was caught and sent headlong down a trail of mystery and thrills.

It’s an intensive run through Chris Sheen’s nightmare chase through an unforgiving landscape, dodging and yet willing on the pursuit by those out to hunt and kill him, whilst trying to ensure that his kidnapped family will be set free from the sinister group who hold them captive.…

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Paul Finch and ‘Heck’ are on their way…..with HUNTED

Tuesday, April 21st 2015

I’m delighted to soon be kicking off the blog tour for the latest in Paul Finch’s crime series featuring his great central character DS Mark ‘Heck’ Heckenburg.

So, do drop by here on 7th May, where it’ll all be kicking off!

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#LondonBookFair Genre spotlight: Crime and Thrillers

Tuesday, April 14th 2015

As part of the Author HQ strand of events at the London Book Fair today, I was pleased to see that Crime and Thrillers were given a genre panel.

Chaired by Justine Solomons of, the panel consisted of agent Oli Munson, Sarah Hodgson of Harper Collins and Journalist and reviewer Jake Kerridge.

It was a very informative panel and clearly all were essentially looking for similar things in new authors and books – something that grips them, a great style and a good voice. This was described by Jake Kerridge as something of a ‘speed-dating’ technique which he agreed with the rest of the panel as being those first few pages where there really has to be something to like or love to keep the interest going.…

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#LondonBookFair Opening Ceremony

Tuesday, April 14th 2015

I was very honoured to have been invited along to this today:

Mary Berry opens the Fair, the European Union Prize for Literature and The LBF International Excellence Awards

Today, The London Book Fair 2015 opened its doors to new home, Olympia, with Mary Berry as Guest of Honour at the official Opening Ceremony. Dignitaries and press came together to enjoy speeches from representatives across the globe, including His Highness, Sheikh Sultan Al-Qasimi and Brian Murray, President and CEO of HarperCollins Publishers Worldwide.

Tibor Navracsics, EU Commissioner for Education, Culture Youth and Sport spoke on behalf of Europe, and announced the winners of the European Union Prize for Literature.…

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