Hello lovely people! It has been a shamefully long time since I posted here and for that I sincerely apologise. However, on returning to the world of blogging, I bring an interview with the fantastic Laura Barnett, author of The Versions of Us which has become an instant bestseller. If you haven’t got your copy yet, then I’m not sure where you’ve been because this book has been gracing review pages and shop windows galore so it should be on your radar! Who better to describe it that its own author…? Continue reading Franny interviews Laura Barnett, author of THE VERSIONS OF US!
Last week, I hit London Book Fair for an intense couple of days of meetings, seminars, over-priced lunches and plenty of fun. As we entered the afternoon of the fair’s final day, attendees were treated to a half-day conference on Literary Festivals. But who knew that these sessions would soon descend into such fiery behaviour? This, ladies and gents, was the place to be for controversial talk. I wrote the following article for Book2Book but I’d love to hear what you think. Is there really any question about paying authors to appear at festivals? I invite you to be the jury… Continue reading Why are we STILL questioning author pay?
I cannot believe a whole week of 2015 has passed by already, but as you all should know, the 8th day of January marks a very special day. No it’s not totally-acceptable-to-give-up-on-diet day (that was the 2nd, right?) And no, it’s not F&P’s first book review day – I know you’re all very excited for this (and so you should be – we have Part 2 of Franny’s cookery books feature coming up and reviews of HOLD THE DARK and A PLACE CALLED WINTER). No no, it’s incredibly special as we celebrate…
I’m going to offer a simple, if controversial, equation for the meaning of Christmas.
Christmas = indulgence
Don’t look at me in horror. I completely agree that Christmas is a time for giving, reflection, gratitude and all that warm fuzzy goodness. But let’s face facts. The festive season is also a time for stuffing our faces with rich, gorgeous food, guzzling all the fizz, donning our finest garb and swanning away from the office, happily thinking, ‘oooh ’tis the season, go on, let’s treat ourselves‘ (again and again and again…) Continue reading Books are OBVIOUSLY the #GreatestGift
I headed to The Bookseller’s FutureBook 2014 Conference last Friday – there were a range of strands, but one that I personally found most interesting and raised a real call-to-arms was the Consumer Insight: Strategic Advantage, or just a Buzzword? panel. Here is my round-up, also found on Book2Book.
Hype around a word can often distract from its purpose, especially in the publishing industry. Despite the importance of ‘digital‘, ‘social media‘, ‘content’ and ‘the future‘, each has suffered delayed action due to a lack of understanding and an apprehensive pursuit from the book sector to learn from and engage with them. It was interesting to see that these words and phrases were once again the focus of the annual FutureBook conference, demonstrating a clear need for publishers to stop bandying them around as buzzwords but actually assessing their businesses and industry at large, and finding means of using these increasingly important strategies before they slip behind their non-publishing competitors: an argument that was passionately raised by the opening keynote, George Berkowski. Continue reading #FutureBook14 – Consumer Insight
This week has been another busy one. After a whirlwind trip to Ronnie Scott’s London, Brussels & Maastricht at the weekend, I’ve been trying to catch up on sleep – but with so much going on, even that has been a trial! I was devastated when severe train delays meant that I was prevented from attending the #Station11 launch party, so I’m afraid I have no post for you there. BUT last night I was able to make it into London for the Unbound & Canongate launch party for LISTS OF NOTE. A beautiful book that I desperately want to own in physical format – it’s gorgeous! But with only digital copies available for review and the pennies in my pocket few and far between at the moment, I was only able to gaze at it lovingly. Unfortunately, Perks has been poorly this week so she was unable to make it but luckily my boyfriend took up the mantle and accompanied me to The Groucho Club in Soho. The following post will be on Book2Book this morning but here’s your priority access, exclusive to Franny & Perks readers! Enjoy…
Good morning, book people!
You may have already heard of them, but if not, you’re welcome. Today we have the pleasure of introducing you to a wonderful US company who share our bookish ways. We stumbled upon them one day during those wistful hours of procrastination and haven’t looked back.
Out of Print Clothing has combined necessity (the threads on our backs) with a celebration of the world’s favourite classic stories. Sounds good, right? Oh yes. They have a whole range of t-shirts and jumpers which are absolutely PERFECT for book lovers worldwide. Franny got pretty excited about these alone, but then she went on to explore the accessories pages and that giddiness matured into audible squeals at the sight of literary-inspired jewellery, bags, notebooks, phone cases, coasters – you name it. Continue reading We ❤ Out of Print
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.
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
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.
One 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?!’