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Exclusive: First page reveal of A RED SKY AT NIGHT by Jo Thomas

Last week we unveiled its rather gorgeous jacket and now we’re going to show you a little bit of what’s underneath! *Twit twoo!* We got the sense a lot of you couldn’t wait to read the next e-short from Jo Thomas, so here’s a peek at the first few pages… Layla gripped the simple ceramic...

Colour your way to Parisian chic

Did your invite to Paris Fashion Week get lost in the post? Don’t panic! Sit back, relax and colour in these beautiful illustrations from  Parisian Street Style: The Colouring Book.   In Parisian Street Style Zoé de Las Cases takes you on  a day trip around the streets of Paris.  From floral headdresses and dungarees,...

Competition: Vote for your favourite Downton Abbey quote

The final *sob* series of Downton Abbey is underway and we’re already reminiscing about the sometimes profound, and more often hilarious lines and quips from our favourite period drama. To mark the publication of THE WIT AND WISDOM OF DOWNTON ABBEY, we thought we’d share a few of our favourite quotes from the series to...

Tasmina Perry talks about the inspiration behind THE LAST KISS GOODBYE

The idea for THE LAST KISS GOODBYE  came when I visited an exhibition to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the ascent of Everest, put on by the Royal Geographical Society. Every photo on show was amazing, but the image of legendary mountaineer, Sherpa Tenzing reaching the summit  and grabbing the flag was particularly powerful —...

My Perfect Weekend Interview – Tasmina Perry

Tasmina Perry
Long lie-in or up with the lark? I’m the last in our household to get up any day of the week. My first words are usually “five more minutes…” Full English or a super-food smoothie? I’ve bought a Blendtec blender and have become obsessed with making smoothies. My freezer is packed with frozen raspberries and...

Haute Covers: beautiful book covers paired with runway looks

Gorgeous dresses and beautiful book covers — what more could you ask for? One should  never look too matchy-matchy, but we think these books and runway looks  are a match made in fashion heaven: Lost Lake by Sarah Addison Allen     Dress by Alexander McQueen   A Perfect Heritage  by Penny Vincenzi   Dress...

My Perfect Weekend interview – Alice Peterson

Full English or a super-food smoothie? As a treat I love a full English. Every other day give me a smoothie — there’s less guilt! City break or an escape to the country? Escape to the country with my Lucas Terrier, Mr Darcy — off we go! Bookshop browsing or exploring a library? Bookshop browsing...

Let's all bake, eat and talk about cake!

It’s Wednesday and that can only mean one thing; Bake Off! So if you’re like us and have cancelled all your plans this evening in favour of staying in and  drooling in front of the television, here’s a little something to sink your teeth into – an exclusive  recipe from Clandestine Cake Club: A Year...

Free extract: THE LAST KISS GOODBYE by Tasmina Perry

The Last Kiss Goodbye
The wait is almost over for the publication of Tasmina Perry‘s brand new novel and Our  Choice for September THE LAST KISS GOODBYE. But we’re kind souls here at Bookends and we thought we’d treat you to a sneak peak a few days early. This is a tale of love, loss and long-buried secrets you’re...

Books on my Bedside Table – Emylia Hall

GIFT FROM THE SEA by Anne Morrow Lindbergh This beautiful little book is a re-issue from 1955, and is an essay about creativity and contemplation, written by a woman who’s inspired by spending time alone by the sea. I came across it by chance in a bookshop and delve into it every so often. It’s...


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