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Friday book review – Bears Don’t Read! by Emma Chichester Clark

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Friday 31st October 2014

When it comes to children’s picture books Emma Chichester Clark beats the competition hands down. Her illustrations are exquisite and witty and make readers, young and old alike, smile.  I’ve bought loads of her books over the years and I can’t bear to part with a single one of them. Emma is a prolific artist and writer and this autumn she has two new books out. There’s the wonderful Plumdog, based ...keep reading

The Hoxton comes to Holborn

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Wednesday 29th October 2014

As the days get shorter and Christmas beckons (it’s a scary two months away) it was great to discover that the Hoxton Group has just opened a new hotel in Holborn. I couldn’t wait to try it and was thrilled to discover that it’s every bit as good as its Shoreditch sibling and a lot more central. The Hoxton in High Holborn is a two-minute walk from Holborn tube station ...keep reading

Cecelia Ahern talks about Love, Rosie

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Monday 27th October 2014

Cecelia Ahern is only 33 but she already has 11 novels to her name. She’s sold 22 million books around the world and her first novel, PS. I Love You, was made into a movie starring Gerard Butler and Hilary Swank. Now her second novel, Where Rainbows End, has been turned into Love, Rosie, with Lily Collins and Sam Claflin as the lead characters. Ahead of its release, Grazia magazine ...keep reading

Three days in Stockholm

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Wednesday 22nd October 2014

A friend who has three daughters and two granddaughters organises a “daughters’ day” every year. It can be anything – lunch at a posh restaurant, an evening at the theatre or a day at a spa hotel. What a brilliant idea, I thought, so I promptly went and organised a daughter’s day myself. Or three days as it turned out. After lots of discussion we decided to go to Stockholm, ...keep reading

David Nicholls at the Henley Literary Festival

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Tuesday 7th October 2014

Four years have flown by since I sat in a huge marquee in Oxford and listened to David Nicholls talking about the success of One Day. His bestselling story of university friends Emma Morley and Dexter Mayhew had taken the world by storm and had just been turned into a film (adapted by Nicholls himself and starring Anne Hathaway as the awkward, insecure Emma). Fans like me have been looking ...keep reading

Kathy Reichs on World Book Club

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Sunday 5th October 2014

Thriller writer Kathy Reichs is truly impressive. As well as working as a highly respected forensic anthropologist she teaches FBI agents to detect and recover human remains and frequently acts as an expert witness in court. You wouldn’t have thought she’d have time to fit in anything extra but over the last 17 years she has written 17 bestselling crime novels featuring Dr Temperance Brennan, otherwise known as Tempe. Her ...keep reading

Friday book review – Daughter by Jane Shemilt

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Friday 3rd October 2014

Jane Shemilt’s route to publication is every writer’s dream. A GP and mother of five children, she studied for an MA in creative writing at Bath Spa University, was shortlisted for the Lucy Cavendish fiction prize in 2012 and saw her first novel, Daughter, published in August this year. But if that isn’t impressive enough, Shemilt’s novel immediately soared into the Sunday Times bestseller list. It is one of Richard ...keep reading

My local newspaper days

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Saturday 13th September 2014

Back in the mists of time I started my journalistic career as a Mirror Group Newspapers trainee in Plymouth. After eight weeks training – holed up in an unglamorous Portakabin learning the rudiments of news reporting, shorthand, law and local government – we were flung out to work on weekly newspapers across Devon and Cornwall. Fiona Millar and Alastair Campbell were sent to the Tavistock Times, my great friend Marion ...keep reading

Clattering typewriters

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Saturday 6th September 2014

My favourite story of the week was the news that old-fashioned typewriters have returned to The Times newspaper. The sound of fingers frantically bashing away at manual typewriters is like music to the ears of old hacks like me. The memory of it transports me straight back to Fleet Street in the 1980s. But this time round the typewriters will only be heard at The Times, not seen. The sound of clattering ...keep reading

Friday book review – Animalium

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Friday 5th September 2014

My family owns so many books that every time we move (which is pretty often, I admit), the removal men take one look at our shelves and immediately start tripling the number of boxes they’ll need. The book collecting gene goes back a long way. In fact my father has probably got even more books than me, including an ancient set of Encyclopaedia Britannica volumes that I always used for my ...keep reading

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