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These days, it is harder than ever to find the book you want to read next – particularly because of the sheer volume and choice of books you can find on the net. So at Lovereading, we only feature books we have read and believe are great reads in their category.

We have developed some unique online tools to help you choose your next read, including free 10-15 page Opening Extracts of every one of our Featured Books. And our readers particularly appreciate the regular magazines we send them recommending books they like might love to read in their categories of choice these are completely free and come with no commitment to buy.

Since we started Lovereading, we have added more and more books, ( we now have over 12,000 Opening Extracts) more and more unique features (you will love Author Like for Like) and more and more readers all of whom we would like to thank for their ongoing help and support.

We hope all of you who love reading continue to enjoy what we are doing. We certainly love doing it for you!

Lovereading founders

The people behind Lovereading

Peter Crawshaw, Co-founder & Director

Peter Crawshaw

My great loves in life, aside from my wife and three sons, are technology and books. These two passions have come together nicely with Lovereading, where we use the best of the net, and the best people, to make choosing books a joy. When I was seven I read The Hobbit, which really kick-started my reading life. Now I sometimes take a longer route to work just to fit in a few more pages of whatever novel I’m absorbed in. I love good crime fiction like Greg Isles or Peter Temple but, unsurprisingly, I now read a wide variety of fiction because of the day job.

Before starting Lovereading with Louise and Hugh, I worked for more than 15 years in some large companies, as well as running my own marketing consultancy. Probably most useful to my work now were the five years I spent at Book Club Associates.

Louise Weir, Co-founder & Director

louise weir

My love of reading only really began in my early teens; before this I was busy trying to be different from my bookworm sister. But when I discovered what I was missing out on I wasted no time in devouring every book I could find, from action and adventure to more girly fiction. I’ll be the first to admit that high-brow literature isn’t for me.

Since setting up Lovereading I’ve become a huge fan of ‘tween’ and teen fiction. There are so many brilliant stories, and with two daughters of this age I’m able to suggest authors they might enjoy. Tim Lott’s first foray into children’s literature, Fearless, and talented debut novelist Sharon Dogar’s Waves are two wonderful examples.

I’ve spent almost 20 years in the book publishing/retailing industry working in some of the top five publishing houses in the UK, and  have been responsible for launching many, now internationally famous, authors in the adult’s and children’s market.

Hugh Salmon, Co-founder

I’ve always loved reading, but I seem to have two problems. The first is I can only read when I’m able to give a book my undivided attention i.e. the rare occasions when my two sons and my daughter are out, and the TV is switched off. The other is time. I find it frustrating to read a couple of pages of a book, put it down, then pick it up again later to read a couple more. And if I read before bed I always seem to nod off and lose my place.

But recently I’ve discovered a new trick. My favourite genres on Lovereading are literary/contemporary and biography/autobiography. So I save the novels for when I can give them my absolute undivided attention, and I listen to the biographies and autobiographies on audiobook. They’re not so plot driven, so they’re great to listen to in a more sporadic fashion.

My career background is in major multinational advertising agencies and for a time I managed O&M Thailand, the biggest agency in Asia outside Japan. In 1999 I founded my own advertising agency, eponymously named The Salmon Agency, and one of our clients was the publisher  Hodder Headline, which is how I met Louise.

Sarah Broadhurst, Editorial Advisor and Book reviewer

Sarah Broadhurst spent her early working life in the book trade in both retail and wholesale until the arrival of children forced her to look for freelance work she could do from home.

Her position of paperback buyer in Hatchards and then director of a book wholesale company gave her a wide knowledge of all sectors of the trade. She felt the trade lacked unbiased opinion, every publisher had the “best thing since sliced bread” and she knew the trade would benefit from an independent overview of the book published each month. She sold her idea to the trade journal The Bookseller and has, for the last 25 years, been writing a monthlyarticle (from home!) on the new paperbacks on offer.

Over the years her opinion has become highly valued in the trade and she has become an expert in her field,contributing to many radio and television shows and reviewing in a wide range of newspapers andmagazines from the Daily Express to Good Housekeeping, she is now  judge for the Costa prize for Debut writers.

Her speciality is supporting new authors. Writers who have atough time getting recognised. She has backed unknown first novels from the likes of Terry Pratchett, Joanna Trollope and Minette Walters and joins us now in introducing some of the unknown stars of the future to you.

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