Monthly Archives: July 2014

The Miniaturist – Jessie Burton

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Picador are on fire and it seems like they can do no wrong. They are publishing the work of some of the finest contemporary literary writers of the year and with each new announcement, my wish list grows ever longer. We all know that I was crazy about Burial Rites (let alone Hannah Kent) and I am getting excited for the release of Station Eleven having contributed to the unbelievable hype that has surrounded it. But not only are these books intelligent, captivating and thought-provoking, they are also beautiful objects to own. If you check out some of their latest titles you’ll see that each one has been designed thoughtfully, creatively and with the end-user in mind.

But none more so than the cover for The Miniaturist.

Courtesy of @picadorbooks
Courtesy of @picadorbooks

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Caitlin Moran – How To Build A Girl Tour

Let’s just say, I have been looking forward to this date for a while. Why, I hear you ask? Well. I have just returned from an unforgettable evening at Union Chapel for the final stop of Caitlin Moran‘s tour celebrating the publication of How to Build a Girl. With the London shows sold out in mere minutes, it was clear I was not going to be the only Caitlin-crazy person attending and much to my delight, that audience did not disappoint. Surrounded by a crowd of 863 women (and the odd gent, 57 to be precise) practically generating a new form of excitable electricity, I awaited Caitlin’s arrival.

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Let’s put this in perspective. Remember my post about the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction awards evening? You know, the one where I chased Caitlin to tell her that I loved her and that I was a feminist? Yes. I am that fan girl who starts squealing like an excitable guinea pig at the mere sight of her. So the fact that I enjoyed en entire evening watching this brilliant woman’s gig and was able to get involved wholeheartedly meant I definitely experienced one of this year’s highlights. Thank you so much to Polly at PRH for arranging this – I hope this post demonstrates my gratitude. Continue reading Caitlin Moran – How To Build A Girl Tour

Last Bus to Coffeeville Virtual Summer Road Trip!

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We are absolutely delighted to be launching the Last Bus to Coffeeville Virtual Summer Road Trip on Franny & Perks today! This is a blog tour that goes beyond just reviews and extracts. No Exit Press has brought together a host of amazing bloggers who, together with author J. Paul Henderson, are embarking across the world on a virtual road trip this summer. Throughout July and August, the Coffeeville tour bus will be stopping at a whole range of blogs – there will be reviews, interviews, road trip playlists, giveaways and even coffee-inspired recipes! You can follow it all @noexitpress and using the #CoffeevilleRoadTrip hashtag on Twitter. Full line-up is at the end of this post.

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A Note on The Lemon Grove

51vUvvbXTYLOne of this summer’s most talked about publications, The Lemon Grove, has been called many things. Most of them revolve around the theme of ‘sexy’ ‘sultry’ ‘naughty’. Some of them are more to the tune of ‘WHERE IS THE MORALITY?!’

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The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair – Joël Dicker

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It’s been an incredibly busy couple of months, but, as all book lovers can attest, there is always time for reading. However, when I started hearing all the hype about The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affairin spite of my natural desire to read it as soon as possible, there was a moment of despair when I realised I was embarking on a 624 page epic. Don’t get me wrong – I love big books, and they’ve certainly had their time to shine recently what with the mighty Luminaries and Goldfinch – but sometimes that weighty hardback is the last thing you want to lug around, especially when you’re flying home to Guernsey with hand-luggage-only!

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Kitten Watch with Franny

I have recently diagnosed myself with heliophilia (n.) desire to stay in the sun; love of sunlight. I have managed to keep it in check recently with a trip to Guernsey and have just returned from a glorious week in Lisbon. However, flying home to the real world has resulted in some serious side effects: gloominess; lethargy; frequent reminiscent sighs – I’m sure you’re familiar with these post-holiday symptoms.

Franny aka The Sun Seeker
Franny aka The Sun Seeker

But all was not lost. As an incredibly fortunate lodger living with one of the kindest ladies I’ve ever met, life just took a sweeter turn with the arrival of Tilly the kitten, the latest addition to the Harpenden community.

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Chocolate & Hazelnut Gluten-Free Celebration Cake

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When I was invited to a dinner party this week, I was delighted when I was allocated dessert duty. As I’m sure you’re all aware, anything sweet definitely tickles my fancy. However, there was an important clause. The dessert had to be gluten-freeContinue reading Chocolate & Hazelnut Gluten-Free Celebration Cake