The Great British Book Shop Blog

    Welcome to The Great British Book Shop Blog - here is where we will excite your imagination with topics that we hope you'll find interesting

    We aim to post a range of topics, including product reviews, competitions, guest posts from publishers and authors, interviews and information from around the industry.

    Guest Blog - James Long, Author of The Balloonist by David Birkett

    Novelists using historical settings often encounter conflicts between their artistic intentions and historical fact.  What’s your view on how authentic the historical background must be, and is it more important for more recent settings? This is a core question for me. In all my previous novels, I have sought out the...

    Posted on 06/11/2014 - Read more...

    Finding your voices by David Birkett

    This week adult and children's author Adele Geras offers us a fascinating insigfht into her writing process. It's been nearly eight years since I published a novel for adults. This is not because I've been lying around on sofas, eating peeled grapes, but because things have got in the way of...

    Posted on 03/11/2014 - Read more...

    Punk Poet's Laureate's Popularity Persists by David Birkett

    Milton Keynes may seem an unlikely destination for a pilgrimage, but it seemed to be that kind of journey when I recently visited the city to see the poet John Cooper Clarke.  Cooper Clarke’s verbal offerings made a significant impact on my developing awareness of words and poetry when he...

    Posted on 27/10/2014 - Read more...

    Vroom with a view by David Birkett

      “From that moment I went even harder. It was the buzz of that near miss, of being so, so close to disaster, to be risking the whole lot, but getting away with it, that I’ve been chasing ever since.”   For some, motorcycles are in the blood. It’s a passion that is...

    Posted on 23/09/2014 - Read more...

    Guest blog by Mary Hamer: Rudyard Kipling and The Great War by David Birkett

    Aurora Metro author Mary Hamer recently appeared on Woman’s Hour to talk about Rudyard Kipling’s sister, Trix.  Mary chose Trix as the subject of her novel Kipling & Trix, which explores how Trix’s own writing career and personality were stifled by the culture and circumstances of her age. Mary writes...

    Posted on 28/08/2014 - Read more...

    Mixed Messages by David Birkett

    Here’s a little quiz, for amusement only, using some of the well-worn techniques of cryptic crossword compilers. Each answer in the first section is either the title, author of, or character in a well-known work of fiction.    Bad, bad sign, o frog, for hairy carrier (5, 7) The dynasty, the hills -...

    Posted on 15/08/2014 - Read more...

    Latest from the blog

    Fantastic new recipe book from Sabrina Ghayour 'Sirocco'

    Sabrina Ghayour's long awaited second recipe book Sirocco is out this month and is a great follow up to Persianna. Read article

    Ten Great Bedtime Reads from The Great British Bookshop and Aspace

    We have teamed up with Aspace (www.aspace.co.uk) who create beautiful room for Children to bring you 10 great bedtime reads for your little ones. Read article

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