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Booknewsletters.jpg May 2015 Newsletter

Hi, hello, how goes it with you? Post-election blues? Or post-election euphoria? Or simply thankful it's all over for another five years? Whichever, it's good to get back to talking about books, right? Right?!

Penguin are hoping to raise £25,000 for the Teenage Cancer Trust through their Night of Infinities on 26 June. Over the past three years, millions of people around the world have connected with the story of Gus and Hazel in John Green’s life-changing The Fault in Our Stars. Night of Infinities is a a UK and Ireland wide, TFiOS-themed sleepover that will include all sorts of online fun. The Teenage Cancer Trust does remarkable work, so if you know anyone that might like to take part, do let them know. Read more...

Booknewsletters.jpg April 2015 Newsletter

Hi there! Spring is in the air! Isn't it a relief? Politics is also in the air. There's a general election campaign on, in case you hadn't noticed. Somewhat less of a relief for many, we fear. If you're looking to escape Cameron, Miliband, Farage et al, and are looking for anything to read that isn't a party manifesto, stick with us. We have some great book recommendations for you this month.

In other news, author David Nicholls says that browsing bookshops then buying online is a genteel form of shoplifting. Do you agree? We think bookshops are precious so we are inclined to concur. Having said that, there's nothing wrong with a choice of format. Not everybody feels the same way about books as objects. Perhaps, rather than the gladiatorial combat Nicholls describes, it would be better if people browsed in bookshops and then chose the physical book or a download at the checkout? Read more...

Bookinterviews.jpg The Interview: Bookbag Talks To John Kemp

Sue thought that John Kemp’s book Caring for Shirley was a remarkably upbeat, life-affirming read considering that it was about looking after his wife who was suffering from dementia and no longer recognised him as her husband. it’s probably one of the most feared fates as you get older, and Sue had plenty to discuss with John Kemp when he popped into Bookbag Towers. Read more...

Bookinterviews.jpg The Interview: Bookbag Talks To Michael Pronko

Rebecca enjoyed Michael Pronko's whimsical, poetic essays on Tokyo life and she had quite a few questions for the author when he popped into Bookbag Towers. Read more...

Bookinterviews.jpg The Interview: Bookbag Talks To Tricia Callow, sister of Lesley J Nickell

Ani is an enthusiast about 15th and 16th century history and enjoyed the different approach to the Wars of the Roses which she found in The White Queen of Middleham: Sprigs of Broom 1 by Lesley J Nickell. She'd have loved to chat to Lesley, but unfortunately she died in 2013. Fortunately, Lesley's sister, Tricia Callow had the answers to many of Ani's questions. Read more...

Booknewsletters.jpg March 2015 Newsletter

Hello dear readers. We hope you're well and that winter is slowly seeping from your bones.

This last month has brought sad news. Sir Terry Pratchett, creator of Discworld and advocate of right to die reform, has died. Lovely Sir Terry, whose stories satirised every aspect of the modern world and the human condition but who, in person, was kind and funny and twinkly, without a nasty bone in his body. We are all a little bit less without him. Read more...

Booknewsletters.jpg February 2015 Newsletter

Hi, hello, and how the devil are you? Reading feverishly, we hope. As ever, we've rounded up our favourite books out this month and hopefully you'll find something you - or your children - will enjoy in the picks.

The first reviews for the film adaptation of Fifty Shades Of Grey by EL James are out. Most are suggesting that the film is better than the book. It's a polarising volume, isn't it? Our reviewer Zoe is in the positive camp but there are many who aren't. It will be interesting to see what readers think: few of us ever prefer the film to the book. Read more...

Bookinterviews.jpg The Interview: Bookbag Talks To Virginia Burges

Rebecca thought that The Virtuoso was a sensitive portrayal of a life in transition. She had quite a few questions when author Virginia Burges popped into Bookbag Towers. Read more...

Bookinterviews.jpg The Interview: Bookbag Talks To P J Davitt

Jill thought that One Shot at Glory was a truly relatable story about football hopefuls and author P J Davitt makes it warts and all. She had quite a few questions she wanted to ask when Paddy popped into Bookbag Towers. Read more...

Bookinterviews.jpg The Interview: Bookbag Talks To Nigel McClea

Sue thought that A Word Glittering with Spikes was a long, indulgent, romantic read and she had quite a few questions for author Nigel McClea when he popped into Bookbag Towers. Read more...

Bookcomments.jpg Leonce Gaiter Talks To Bookbag About Why Men Are Only 20% of all Fiction Readers

Leonce Gaiter is a prolific African American writer and proud Harvard Alum. His writing has appeared in the NYTimes, NYT Magazine, LA Times, Washington Times, and Washington Post, and he has written two novels. His newly released novel, In the Company of Educated Men is a literary thriller with socio-economic, class, and racial themes. Read more...

Bookinterviews.jpg The Interview: Bookbag Talks To R D Shanks

Ani was quietly impressed by debut author Rachael Shanks' A Reverie of Brothers and she had quite a few questions when the author popped into Bookbag Towers. Read more...

Booknewsletters.jpg January 2015 Newsletter

Hi, hello and a very happy New Year. May 2015 be healthy, happy and fulfilling for each and every one of you.

We have the most wonderful book story for you this month. For the last three years, an anonymous artist has been leaving sculptures made from old books in and around Edinburgh. The sculptures are absolutely beautiful: delicate, evocative, inspiring. We at Bookbag love a bit of book art. Anf finally, the artist has spoken in an interview with the BBC. She still doesn't say who she is, though! We love this story. Read more...

Bookinterviews.jpg The Interview: Bookbag Talks To Femi Bolaji

Sue was moved when she read God Tells the Sun to Shine: An Amazing Story of Love and Forgiveness and there were was quite a bit to chat about when author Femi Bolaji popped into Bookbag Towers. Read more...

Bookcomments.jpg Chris Priestley Talks To Bookbag About A Christmas Carol And The Inspiration For The Last of the Spirits

Jim was blown away when he read The Last of the Spirits by Chris Priestley|The Last of the Spirits and he was delighted when author Chris Priestley popped into Bookbag Towers to chat about it. Read more...

Bookinterviews.jpg The Interview: Bookbag Talks To Alan Kennedy

Jill thought that Lucy was a vivid, clever story of love, art, war and missed opportunities. She and author Alan Kennedy had quite a bit to chat about when he popped into Bookbag Towers. Read more...

Bookinterviews.jpg The Interview: Bookbag Talks To Dee Blick

When Sue finished reading The Ultimate Guide to Writing and Marketing a Bestselling Book on a Shoestring Budget she was enthused to write a book - until she realised that she was one of the few people who didn't have a book inside her - but there was still a lot to talk about when author Dee Blick popped into Bookbag Towers. Read more...

Booknewsletters.jpg November 2014 Newsletter

Hi, hello and how are you?

November 17-21 was Anti-Bullying week here in the UK. And we were really happy to see the world of books get involved. Penguin launched a campaign called Choose Kind that ties in with the gorgeous Wonder by R J Palacio, a book about a disfigured young boy attending school for the first time. We at Bookbag are all for anything that tries to inspire all people to be a little bit kinder to each other and so we'd like to add our voice to the chorus asking everyone to #choosekind. Read more...

Bookinterviews.jpg The Interview: Bookbag Talks To Konstantina Sozou-Kyrkou

Sue enjoyed Black Greek Coffee, a series of short stories which look at the darker side of Greek domestic life and had quite a few questions when Konstantina popped into Bookbag Towers. Read more...

Bookinterviews.jpg The Interview: Bookbag Talks To Christopher Bowden

Jill thought that The Green Door was an absorbing,evocative and truly enjoyable read. She had a few questions for author Christopher Bowden when he popped into Bookbag Towers. Read more...

Booknewsletters.jpg October 2014 Newsletter

Hello! How's it going? What have you been reading? There's so much good stuff about that we bet you are spoiled for choice. Read on for some of our recommendations for a fabulous reading experience this month. However, you don't have to wait until the end of the month to find out which books we're enjoying. You can always follow us on Twitter, where we post links to reviews of the books we liked every single day. Get ahead of the Bookbag curve! Read more...

Bookinterviews.jpg The Interview: Bookbag Talks To Leigh Russell

Peter thought that author Leigh Russell captured the atmosphere of the racecourse well in Race to Death and he had quite a few questions for Leigh when she popped into Bookbag Towers. Read more...

Bookinterviews.jpg The Interview: Bookbag Talks To Matthew Tree

Sue thought that Snug was a deceptively simple novel with unsuspected layers. It left her thinking about our colonial history and when Matthew Tree popped ino Bookbag Towers she had quite a few questions for the author. Read more...

Booknewsletters.jpg September 2014 Newsletter

Hi, hello and we hope all is well with you. Summer, what we had of it, is over. And it's time for the autumn books release rush. There's an awful lot of good stuff coming out over the next few weeks. Ian McEwan, Will Self, David Mitchell, Martin Amis, Sarah Waters, Howard Jacobson and Ali Smith all have new books to come. So keep an eye peeled on on the Bookbag homepage]. We'll be reviewing as much as we can as quickly as we can, promise! Read more...

Bookinterviews.jpg The Interview: Bookbag Talks To P De V Hencher

Jill thought that The Leopard of Dramoor by P De V Hencher had an intricate and interesting plot with a vivid sense of time and place. She had a few questions for the author when he popped in to see us. Read more...

Bookinterviews.jpg The Interview: Bookbag Talks To Ed Straw

Jill's not easily impressed by political books but she did enjoy Stand and Deliver: A Design for Successful Government by Ed Straw. She had quite a few questions for Ed when he popped into Bookbag Towers. Read more...

Booknewsletters.jpg August 2014 Newsletter

Ok. Hi. We hope all is well with all of you. World news this month has been so horribly unhappy and depressing, hasn't it? Sometimes, it makes you feel utterly hopeless. We don't have any answers here at Bookbag but we do wish peace for all people in every country and we hope that one day humanity will achieve it. One possible way is, in the words of the proverb, to walk a mile in another man's shoes. Books can help us do this. Books allow us to see the world through someone else's eyes, to put ourselves in someone else's place. They can be distractions but they can also be tools of comings-together. And it's in that spirit of comings-together that we bring you this month's newsletter. Read more...

Bookinterviews.jpg The Interview: Bookbag Talks To The Queen

Her Majesty does not do interviews, but all at Bookbag dropped their Union Jack flags and waved a curtsy when The Queen of Twitter made a royal visit to Bookbag Towers. Read more...

Bookinterviews.jpg The Interview: Bookbag Talks To Kim Staflund

Sue was so convinced by Kim Staflund's book How to Publish a Bestselling Book ... and Sell It Worldwide Based on Value, Not Price! that she was tempted to give it a go - and she hasn't even written a book. When Kim popped in to see us she had a few questions to ask. Read more...

Bookcomments.jpg Jim's Top 15 Books Reviewed in the Last 5 Years

We couldn't believe it when we realised that it was five years since Jim first reviewed for Bookbag. Time goes so quickly when you're enjoying yourself! It was a tough job but Jim rose to the challenge of selecting his top fifteen books. Read more...

Bookinterviews.jpg The Interview: Bookbag Talks To Melvin Burgess

Jill thought that Doing It by Melvin Burgess was a funny and truthful peek into the minds of sex-obsessed teenage boys. Girls aren't left out, either. Parents might find it shocking but the kids will find it real. When Melvin popped into Bookbag Towers it was Jim who was on hand to ask some questions. Read more...

Booknewsletters.jpg July 2014 Newsletter

Hi, hello, how are you? Happy summer! Got your holiday reading sorted out yet? If not, read on. We have plenty of recommendations for you.

Guess what? We have some great news! The weekend of Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th July saw the UK's first ever YA Literature Convention, held as part of the established London Film and Comic Con. Curated by Malorie Blackman, Children's Laureate and author of many of our favourite books, including Noble Conflict, and organised with the help of Booktrust, LFCC organisers Showmasters, and many of the top YA publishers around, the event, held in Earls' Court 2, was a staggering success. Our man Jim was there and had a wonderful time. If you want to read more about, you can read all about his adventures over the weekend. Let's hope it all happens again next year! Read more...

Bookcomments.jpg Rebecca Mascull Talks To Bookbag About Writing Historical Fiction

Ani thought that The Visitors by Rebecca Mascull was a beautifully crafted mesh of conquering adversity/hist-fict/ghost story with a murder investigation slipped in for good measure and a satisfying novel that's worth every penny and, indeed, every moment spent in its company. Read more...

Bookinterviews.jpg The Interview: Bookbag Talks To Lorraine Jenkin Again

On a warm summer's day Sue sat in the garden and sank gratefully into Jam Tomorrow by Lorraine Jenkin. There were quite a few questions she wanted to ask Lorraine when she popped into Bookbag Towers. Read more...

Bookcomments.jpg Jim Dean Talks To Bookbag About The UK's First Ever YA Literature Convention

The weekend of Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th July saw the UK's first ever YA Literature Convention, held as part of the established London Film and Comic Con. Curated by Malorie Blackman, Children's Laureate and author of many of our favourite books, including Noble Conflict, and organised with the help of Booktrust, LFCC organisers Showmasters, and many of the top YA publishers around, the event, held in Earls' Court 2, was a staggering success. Read more...

Bookinterviews.jpg The Interview: Bookbag Talks To Alan Hamilton

Sue was blown away when she read Stalemate, a reworking of the unsolved murder of Julia Wallace in Liverpool between the wars. Even knowing how it had to work out she still couldn't put the book down - and she had a lot to ask author Alan Hamilton when he popped in to chat to us. Read more...

Bookinterviews.jpg The Interview: Bookbag Talks To N S Blackman

Jill thought that The Secret Dinosaur: Giants Awake was a super-fun adventure and she had quite a few questions when author N S Blackman popped into Bookbag Towers. Read more...

link=Sarah Skilton Talks To Bookbag About Writing High and Dry Sarah Skilton Talks To Bookbag About Writing ''High and Dry''

Jim was very impressed by Sarah Skilton's High and Dry particularly because it was very different to her last novel. Sarah chatted to us about the books. Read more...

Booknewsletters.jpg June 2014 Newsletter

Hello there! We're writing this in the midst of World Cup fever. We don't mind a bit of football at .Bookbag Towers but we really don't get feverish about it. If you're the same, read on. We have plenty of reading recommendations for you and you might need them if all around you has gone Rio mad. Read more...

Bookcomments.jpg Robert James Talks To Bookbag About Popular: The Launch

Jim went to the launch of Popular: Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geek (A Memoir) by Maya Van Wagenen. We insisted that he tell us all about it. Read more...

Bookinterviews.jpg The Interview: Bookbag Talks To Matt Carrell

Sue was impressed by Vortex by Matt Carrell and the opportunity to ask the author a few questions when he popped into Bookbag Towers was simply too good to miss. Read more...

Bookinterviews.jpg The Interview: Bookbag Talks To W Scott Beaven

Ani enjoyed W Scott Beaven's coming of age crime story about the temptations and troubles facing young people. She had quite a few questions for the author when he popped in to see us. Read more...

Bookinterviews.jpg The Interview: Bookbag Talks To R J Morgan

Jim thought that Fifteen Bones by R J Morgan was a stunning debut dealing with some dark topics, but the great voice and gallows humour drew him in. He and Rebecca had lots to chat about when she popped into Bookbag Towers. Read more...

Bookinterviews.jpg The Interview: Bookbag Talks To Adrian Harvey

Sue loved Being Someone by Adrian Harvey - the story of a relationship and how early the seeds of destruction were sown. She thought it was an intriguing tale, exquisitely written. There was quite a lot to chat about when the author popped into Bookbag Towers. Read more...

Bookinterviews.jpg The Interview: Bookbag Talks To Keris Stainton

Kicking off the Countdown to 5th June tour Keris Stainton popped into Bookbag Towers to chat to us. You'll find all the tour dates here. Read more...

link=Candy Harper Talks To Bookbag About The Inspiration For The Faith Series Candy Harper Talks To Bookbag About The Inspiration For The ''Faith'' Series

Candy popped into Bookbag Towers to chat to us about some stuff which helped her write some other stuff. Read more...

Bookinterviews.jpg The Interview: Bookbag Talks To Robin Lloyd

Ani enjoyed Rough Passage to London: A Sea Captain's Tale, a Novel by Robin Lloyd and was intrigued by the background to the story. There were quite a few questions she wanted to ask when Robin popped into Bookbag Towers. Read more...

link=Michael Grant Talks To Bookbag About The GONE TV Show Michael Grant Talks To Bookbag About The ''GONE'' TV Show

One of Jim's favourite authors popped in to chat to us about the screen version of Gone. Read more...

Booknewsletters.jpg April 2014 Newsletter

Hi, hello, and what are you reading?

Most importantly this month, we'd like to say RIP Sue Townsend. Her creation, Adrian Mole, began with the teenager navigating adolescence in Thatcher’s Britain and followed him struggling into middle age during Tony Blair's third way. Read more...

Bookinterviews.jpg The Interview: Bookbag Talks To Sara Crowe

Jim gave five stars to Bone Jack by Sara Crowe and thought it was classic fantasy at its finest. He really couldn't wait when Sara popped in to chat to us. Read more...

Bookinterviews.jpg The Interview: Bookbag Talks To Cat Clarke Again

Jim loved A Kiss In The Dark by Cat Clarke and he had quite a few questions for Cat when she popped in to see us. Read more...

Bookinterviews.jpg The Interview: Bookbag Talks To Clementine Beauvais and Sarah Horne

Jim can't stop talking about the Sesame Seade Mysteries so he was delighted when author Clementine Beauvais and ilustrator Sarah Horne popped in to see us. Read more...

Bookinterviews.jpg The Interview: Bookbag Talks To Tess Sharpe

Robert thought that Far From You by Tess Sharpe was very difficult to review without giving away too much of the plot - but he had lots of questions ready when the author popped in to see us. Read more...

Bookcomments.jpg Sally Green Talks To Bookbag About Her Desert Island Books

Sally's hoping that she won't need a stack of 'how to' books and that she'll be able to indulge herself with some excellent books. We're just wondering how she's going to get them all there! Read more...

Booknewsletters.jpg March 2014 Newsletter

Greetings, fellow book lovers. What have you been reading?

Children up and down the country have been reading thanks to World Book Day, which took place earlier this month. We love World Book Day here at Bookbag Towers. Some fantastic titles by some fantastic authors were included this year. There's Robert Muchamore, Lauren St John, David Melling. There's even a Horrible History in there. All these books cost just £1, thanks to the annual celebration of reading. What a wonderful thing. Read more...

Check out the full lists of interviews, top tens and articles.