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Behind the scenes on the Jill Mansell poster shoot

Jill Mansell’s latest novel, THREE AMAZING THINGS ABOUT YOU, is out now, and you may have seen the huge poster campaign that’s in railway and underground stations around the country. We all know that Jill can make you laugh, cry, smile and feel warm inside, and the readers featured in the posters are meant to...

Claire Lorrimer on the inspiration behind her bestselling romance novels

I am delighted that earlier this year, Hodder & Stoughton reprinted four of my most popular romantic novels: The Silver Link, Last Year’s Nightingale, Ortolans, and Frost in the Sun. The latter story was inspired by a visit to some of the Spanish battlefields of Andalucia in the 1930s where civil war tore this beautiful...

IF YOU GO AWAY Blog Tour Day 1 – An exclusive extract

27th March 1914 Dearest Diary, I have waited for such a long time for today. Eighteen years, nine months and ten days. My entire life. FOREVER.   Vivian carefully underlined the word forever and in a somewhat uncharacteristic gesture hugged the diary to her as though it was a child. Vivian Foster wasn’t prone to...

Jodi Picoult & Samantha van Leer introduce OFF THE PAGE

Yesterday we published OFF THE PAGE, the enchanting new novel by Jodi Picoult and her daughter and co-author Samantha van Leer. In it, fairy tale prince Oliver is plucked from the pages from his story and into the life of 16-year-old Delilah – it seems like the perfect love story, but it turns out you...

A Reading Guide to Claire Lorrimer's bestselling romance novels

Here’s a reading guide to four of bestselling romance author Claire Lorrimer’s most beloved novels, and a fifth novel, Georgia, which is available now for the first time in paperback and ebook. Full of drama, passion, love and war, Claire’s gorgeous novels feature sweeping historical settings, exotic, glamorous locations, and passionate, fiery heroes and heroines....

Team Bookends' talk strong women in fiction

Tomorrow sees the launch of #ReadtheGirl – the online campaign calling on fans to re-read the Millennium trilogy. In honour of one of the toughest women in fiction, Lisbeth Salander, Team Bookends have nominated their favourite  resilient characters. Bethan – Lisbeth Salander from THE MILLENNIUM SERIES by Steig Laarson ‘After I read THE GIRL WITH...

Why I love the eighteenth century by Martine Bailey

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It was no surprise to me that BBC’s Poldark was a huge success. The 18th-century is an age that casts a glamour of high romance over any story. I have chosen five reasons why the Georgian era is so thrilling to read — and in my case — write about. It resonates with now Eighteenth-century...

#NationalDoughnutWeek custard doughnut testing. And the winner is…

At Bookends we take our jobs very seriously. We’re hugely passionate about what we do, the fantastic authors we get to work with and of course their amazing books. Occasionally, our line of duty even extends to foodie-type activity. Enter Stella Newman’s THE DISH, which is packed with mouth-watering food references: top London restaurants, flaky...

Quick-fire Q&A with Nicola Doherty

My dream holiday destination… Tahiti. Apparently after you’ve been, everything else is rubbish, so I’m saving it for last. The book I’ve read the most times… Probably Bridget Jones’s Diary, or Rivals by Jilly Cooper. Dropped it the bath many times. The item I have more of than anything else… Lip balms. I swear they...

Quick-fire Q&A with Wendy Holden

If I had to go back in time and choose another career… I’d quite like to be the Queen. She must know some interesting things. My dream holiday destination.. Going down to Antibes from Paris by train. The book I’ve read the most times… Roget’s Thesaurus, probably. I’m always forgetting words. The best play I’ve...


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