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.

    Under the Channel: from Paris to London and back again by David Birkett

    This week, Gallic Books author Gilles Pétel provides a fascinating insight into the germination of his new thriller, Under The Channel and shares some of the ways in which he found London life and culture differed from Parisian habits.  Gallic Books specialise in first English translations of a wide variety...

    Posted on 19/06/2014 - Read more...

    Recipe for the Perfect Picture Book! by David Birkett

       “I never knew baking was fun, Sam. Did you?”   This week's guest blog is by Nosy Crow author Tracey Corderoy.  Tracey advises aspiring picture book creators on how to assemble, knead and bake ideas into the finished article.  Although Nosy Crow was launched in 2011, it has already established itself...

    Posted on 13/06/2014 - Read more...

    Around Europe in 12 books by David Birkett

    With the recent European Parliament elections in mind, I thought a literary tour of the member countries would be both educational and entertaining. So, pack your best linen suit and carefully-distressed travel journal and join me to visit a series of books representing each member state.  This is an entirely...

    Posted on 28/05/2014 - Read more...

    And the winners were... by David Birkett

    Anybody dipping a productivity thermometer into the British publishing industry yesterday may have been alarmed by the readings.  This was the morning after the Bookseller Industry Awards night, an annual gala event for which the various tribes who toil in the word mines (authors, editors, marketers, sales managers, MDs and...

    Posted on 14/05/2014 - Read more...

    These books were made for walking by David Birkett

    We have been helping to celebrate Get Walking Week by featuring a selection of books on that subject, signposted with a jaunty banner on our website.  Get Walking Week is a splendid initiative by the Ramblers  (the charity formerly known as the Ramblers’ Association), and aims to encourage us to...

    Posted on 09/05/2014 - Read more...

    From Kryptonite to Palestine by David Birkett

    As the world (although it's probably largely America) celebrates Free Comic Book Day tomorrow, this week's blog discusses the evolution of what has come to be called the graphic novel.  Those sorts of books of which Alice (she of Wonderland fame) approved - i.e. that contain pictures - are no...

    Posted on 02/05/2014 - 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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