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The Big Book Season: 28th August

Thursday 28th August. A day like any other. Or is it? Today is the first of a flurry of big book publishing days. Read on for our round-up of the best new books hitting the shelves today. Read more
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Building a World

What does it take to build a world? Rebecca Levene found that there's much more to it than castles and place names. Read more
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Let’s cosplay!

If your reaction to the above invitation is utter confusion, read on as Lucy Saxon introduces the ultimate hobby for fiction fans. Read more
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Knowing when to stop

From Alexandre Dumas to Stephanie Meyer, there's always an appetite for sequels which authors and their publishers have been willing to capitalise on. But how does an author know when to stop before they end up with the literary equivalent of Star Wars Episodes I-III? When Mark Lawrence found himself facing this problem with his Broken Empire series he chose to tackle it through a simple mantra - "character is the story". Read more
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Read The Letter for the King

Publisher Adam Freudenheim introduces an extract from a forgotten children's classic by Dutch writer Tonke Dragt, newly translated into English by Laura Watkinson - The Letter for the King Read more
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Book Club – The Bone Season

The first book in Samantha Shannon's epic seven book series - soon to be a film from Andy Serkis' The Imaginarium Studios, The Bone Season, is our Book Club book of the week. Get a flavour of the world of Scion in the first chapter. Read more
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The Year Ahead: Lucy Hounsom

Lucy Hounsom looks back at the resolution she made this time last year - to become a published author - and ahead to what 2014 may hold for her début novel Starborn... Read more
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Review: Raising Steam

All aboard The Ankh-Morpork and Sto Plains Hygienic Railway for a journey into the Discworld’s future, via its past. Warning - this review contains footnotes... Read more
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Re-reading Discworld: Part Four

We're approaching the end of our journey toward Terry Pratchett's fortieth Discworld novel Raising Steam, with nine more reviews from our booksellers of what are perhaps Sir Terry's best books in the series... Read more