SJ Kincaid: Setting As A Character

Great to have THE DIABOLIC author SJ Kincaid on the site today talking about setting as a character! THE DIABOLIC is published 1st November (that’s TODAY!) by Simon & Schuster. I’m the author of the INSIGNIA series, and the upcoming book, THE DIABOLIC. I could honestly go on and on about world building for these […]

YA Shot Tour Post: Tom Easton on Funny Books

As huge fans of Tom Easton’s Boys Don’t Knit and his Our House series, we agree with him that funny books need love! We’re thrilled to be hosting this awesome guest post. Humour in UKYA I’ve been writing for over ten years and I write in different genres, for different age groups. I love the […]

Top Ten Tuesday: Books on my TBR list for Autumn

Slightly belated post here but I really wanted to get my top ten books on my TBR list for autumn up! Mango & Bambang: The Not A Pig (Polly Faber, illustrated by Clara Vulliamy, Walker Books) I haven’t read any of the books in the Mango and Bambang series yet, partly as they’re slightly younger […]

Cover Reveal: Mind the Gap by Phil Earle

We are massive fans of Barrington Stoke’s amazing books, and we are also huge fans of Phil Earle’s brilliant writing, so when they got in touch to ask if we’d be able to reveal the cover to his Mind The Gap we jumped at the chance! This stunning cover is designed by David Wardle, and […]

Cover Reveal: Tales Of Terror series by Chris Priestley and David Roberts

We’re really excited to share the new covers for Bloomsbury’s Tales of Terror series with you! These books, written by Chris Priestley and with cover and interior illustrations by David Roberts, look spine-chilling but wonderful. They’re being published in October – perfect Halloween reads! Uncle Montague’s Tales of Terror Uncle Montague lives alone in a […]

June – September Book Recommendations

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5-4-3-2-1: Lydia Bennet (with help from Natasha Farrant)

Really pleased to introduce a very special 5-4-3-2-1 today! We have had SO MANY brilliant authors taking part in this feature, but I was intrigued when I received the offer of one from Lydia Bennet. Lydia, as classics fans will know, is a supporting character in Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen but takes centre […]

The Otherlife Blog Tour: Julia Gray’s Favourite Antiheroes

I’m really excited to read Julia Gray’s debut The Otherlife, published by Andersen Press, so it’s fabulous to have her on the site today talking about her favourite literary antiheroes! There is nothing I love more than a morally ambiguous narrator, or a main character for whom mischief is more compelling than manners. It probably has something […]

Interview: Lily Linke on Lowering the Voting Age to 16 in the UK

After lots of discussion recently about whether 16 and 17-year-olds should be able to vote, teenager Lily Linke started an online petition to call for the voting age to be lowered to 16. We interviewed her about the petition.   What made you decide to start a petition?   – The EU referendum had made […]

Clare Furniss on Inspirational Women

As a huge fan of Clare Furniss’s, I’m delighted to celebrate the recent paperback release of How Not To Disappear by running this great guest post, and a Twitter competition! How Not to Disappear tells the story of the relationship between teenage Hattie and Gloria,  the larger-than-life great-aunt she never knew she had, who is […]

EK Johnston on Retelling Tales

I am a huge fan of EK Johnston’s A Thousand Nights – just published in paperback by Macmillan – so it’s great to have her on the site today to discuss retellings!   (Re)Telling Tales I make no secret of the fact that I got started in writing through fanfiction (and, before that, hours as […]

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Of The Top 2016 Releases So Far This Year

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. This is ten of the best – not necessarily an absolute top ten because my thoughts have changed a LOT while writing this; there’ve been so many incredible ones released! I’ve also stuck rigidly to books released in the first […]

Top Ten Tuesday – Top Twenty Releases in Second Half of 2016

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. For today, I didn’t even TRY to keep it down to 10, because there are so many! Instead, I’ve gone for 20 (8 that I’ve already read, and 12 that I’m especially looking forward to.) Best That I’ve Already Read […]

Girl Out Of Water Extract

We LOVED Walker’s launch for Nat Luurtsema’s fabulous Girl Out Of Water last week, held at a lido! (Although, unlike some of Walker’s adventurous staff, we didn’t actually get in…) We’re thrilled to have Nat reading an extract from her brilliant book today.

Announcement: Holly Bourne Novella Coming In November!

Super quick post here but we DESPERATELY wanted to share news of the new Holly Bourne novella, which has just been announced by Usborne! Holly Bourne’s Spinster Club series is possibly my VERY favourite ongoing contemporary YA sequence – Am I Normal Yet? and How Hard Can Love Be? are completely amazing, and What’s A […]

Guest Post: Ben Davis on Joe Cowley’s Favourite Festivals

We’re really pleased to have Ben Davis, author of The Private Blog of Joe Cowley: Welcome to Cringefest (published by OUP) to tell us about Joe’s favourite festivals. Sort of…   Hi there, I’m Ben Davis, the poor sap in charge of transcribing Joe Cowley’s secret online rants into book form. Of course, when you […]

Let Them Eat Cake: ER Murray Guest Post

We’re really excited to read Caramel Hearts by ER Murray, having heard excellent things about it, so it’s fabulous to have her guest posting today as part of her blog tour. (Don’t miss the rest – check out the full list of sites at the bottom of this post!) Caramel Hearts by E.R. Murray – […]

Blog Tour: Heidi Heilig on the places that inspired The Girl From Everywhere

I am a MASSIVE fan of Heidi Heilig’s The Girl From Everywhere, definitely my favourite SFF novel of the year so far! I’m delighted to have her talking about a couple of the places that inspired the book today. Heidi Heilig grew up in Hawaii where she rode horses and raised peacocks, and then she moved […]

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books For Aspiring Detectives

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. Sesame Seade series by Clementine Beauvais and Sarah Horne – This series was one of the ones which really got me into reading MG mysteries in a big way, after the fabulous Caitlin book-pushed it on so many of us. […]

Stars of YA Panel at Oxford Literary Festival

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