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No Such Thing as Bad Taste in Books

February 15, 2019

Books are like food – we all have different tastes, prefer some more than others. There are those books we will never try, and those we will never tire of. Lucky for us, there is a smorgasbord of books for us to choose from, to taste test, dip into – but, of course, it is […] - Read more

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Engrossing Tale of Light VS Dark: Read an extract from Crucible by James Rollins

Start Reading Now ‘With artificial intelligence, we are summoning the demon’. It’s Christmas Eve, and Commander Grayson Pierce is looking forward to the holidays. As the head of Sigma Force, a covert team of scientific and Special Forces operatives tasked with protecting the United States from all kinds of danger, Gray lives life on a […] - Read more

Captivating and Breathtaking: Read an extract from Driving into the Sun by Marcella Polain

Start Reading Now ‘Suddenly she felt very tired, closed her eyes, leaned towards him. She couldn’t. She just. She thought of her sister – her clothes, haircut, questions. What it is to be a girl.’ It’s 1968, and in a sunny beachside suburb of Perth, young Orla Blest is growing up. Life could always be […] - Read more

The Extraordinary Sensory Experience of Motherhood: Frances Liardet on writing We Must Be Brave

About the author: Frances Liardet is a child of the children of the Second World War. She has an MA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia and studied Arabic at Oxford before travelling to Cairo to work as a translator. She currently lives in Somerset with her husband and daughter, and runs […] - Read more

Magical Experience: Read an extract from The House of Second Chances by Esther Campion

Start Reading Now You know the old saying – home is where the heart is – and for many of us, the saying rings true. When called upon, we can think of a place that makes us feel warm and safe, one that houses happy memories and allows us to retreat back to the whimsy, […] - Read more

Podcasts and Writing: why it’s important for authors to tell their stories

February 14, 2019

The Better Reading podcast Stories Behind the Story is special for a number of reasons, but one thing that really sets it apart is the space it creates for authors to tell you, the readers, their own personal stories, and their journey to becoming a writer. We spoke to some authors we have interviewed on […] - Read more

Ordinary People, Difficult Choices: Q&A with Brandy Scott on her debut novel, Not Bad People

February 13, 2019

About the author: Brandy Scott is a radio presenter based in Dubai. Her 20-year journalism career has seen her work across radio, newspapers and magazines in several countries. Not Bad People is her first novel. Purchase a copy of Not Bad People here  Read our review of Not Bad People here Not Bad People is the story of three […] - Read more

The Importance of Writing Strong, Female Characters: Words by Charlotte Nash, author of Saving You

About the author: Charlotte Nash was born in historic Lincoln, England and grew up in the sunny Redland Shire of Brisbane. Obsessed with horses and riding, she began stealing her mother’s Jilly Cooper novels at the age of thirteen, and has been enthusiastic for romance ever since. Always a little unconventional, she took a meandering […] - Read more

Turning Back Time: Read an extract from The Lost Girls by Jennifer Spence

Start Reading Now The first strange thing Stella notices on her way home from the cinema, is the missing jacaranda blossoms. That morning, the street had been ‘awash with electric blue, fallen blossoms,’ now it’s cold and the branches have been stripped bare.  Home, an apartment with water views is a broken down, boarded-up building. […] - Read more