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The global economic meltdown could have been “largely avoided” by applying Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution to banking, one of the UK’s most respected economists claimed yesterday.

money-blood-revolution-dr-george-cooperDr George Cooper, a former Goldman Sachs and Deutsche Bank strategist, believes the 19th-Century naturalist may hold the key to understanding monetary crises.

Darwin’s evolutionary theories hold true in a financial context and could help institutions including the Bank of England to analyse and “fix” the issues in a more scientific manner, he argues. They could also prevent another, more catastrophic downturn from occurring whilst “unlocking the true origin of economic growth and inequality”.

The observations are made in Money, Blood and Revolution, Cooper’s latest book, which hits the shelves this week.

Cooper, a bestselling financial commentator, said: “Economics is a broken science. Economists live in a kind of Alice in Wonderland state and believe in multiple, inconsistent, things at the same time. “These internal inconsistencies between economic theories – the apparently unresolvable debates between leading economists and the incoherent policies of our governments – are symptomatic of economics being in a crisis – specifically, in a scientific crisis.

“Though more than 130 years have passed since Darwin’s death, the premise of his ideas can and should now be applied to global economics in order that world leaders can fix inconsistencies and approach economics in a calculated, scientific way.” Cooper’s arguments are based upon the lynchpin of Darwinian evolution – that successful species must develop an innately competitive spirit in order to survive.

He believes the same scientific logic can be applied to economics. Doing so would enable policymakers to implement robust economic strategies that take the human condition of competiveness and survival into account.

Cooper is a former research scientist at Durham University whose first book, ‘The Origin of Financial Crises’, won critical acclaim.
He said: “After the biggest financial crisis in history, why have we continued to deploy the same policies that originally caused the crisis?
“It is tempting to look for individuals or groups of individuals to blame for both the original financial crisis and for the failure to reform policy subsequent to the crisis. “While superficially satisfying, this may be a fool’s errand. The real culprit may be within the ‘science’ of economics itself.

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2013 Specsavers Book Awards – just announced

Winners of the Specsavers National Book Awards 2013, a celebration of Britain’s best books, were revealed 11 December 2013 at a dazzling awards ceremony at London’s Mandarin Oriental.  The category winners now compete in an online public vote for the prestigious Book of the Year award, and the victor will be revealed on Boxing Day.

Comic actors David Jason and David Walliams proved it really is all in the way they tell them, winning the awards for Biography of the Year and National Book Tokens Children’s Book of the Year respectively. It is the second year in a row that David Walliams has won the children’s book category.

Malala Yousafzai and Christina Lamb did it for the girls, taking the prize for the Magic FM Non-fiction Book of the Year, squeezing ahead of a mighty shortlist which included Bill Bryson, Malcolm Gladwell and Max Hastings.

Robert Harriss An Officer and A Spy took the Specsavers Popular Fiction Book of the Year award, beating Bridget Jones and Bond. Chart-topping novelists Dawn French, Philippa Gregory and Adele Parks were also toppled by Harris’s gripping retelling of the Dreyfus Affair.

Elsewhere, the award for Waterstone’s UK Author of the Year went to Kate AtkinsonSophie Hannah’s The Carrier was named Crime Book of the Year, and newcomer Liza Klaussman nabbed the Books Are My Bag New Writer of the Year Award for Tigers in Red Weather.

Nigel Slater also tasted glory, bagging Food and Drink Book of the Year for EatGillian Flynn, whose Gone Girl was the star of the summer book charts, pipped a host of bestselling authors including Man Booker winner Eleanor Catton to the award for International Author of the Year. And for those who love to listen to a good yarn, Neil Gaiman’s The Ocean at the End of the Lane took the prize for Audible Audiobook of the Year.

Specsavers Book of the Year Award – VOTING NOW OPEN

It’s now up to the public to complete the final chapter by deciding the overall winner. Readers can vote online to determine which category winner deserves the coveted Specsavers Book of the Year trophy, previously won by Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James and Caitlin Moran’s How To Be A Woman. The only book award chosen by readers themselves, the Book of the Year accolade is the truest indicator of popular appeal. Votes can be registered at The voting closes at midnight on 19 December with the winner announced on 26 December.

Click on a book jacket below to find out more about each winner.

An Officer and a Spy
Robert Harris
Winner of the Specsavers Popular Fiction Book of the Year 2013. Open this book and you know immediately that you are in good hands. Harris’ fluent style, careful plotting and cranked up tension leave you breathlessly turning the pages. It is…

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The Carrier
Sophie Hannah
Winner of the Specsavers Crime Book of the Year 2013. When her plane is delayed overnight, Gaby Struthers finds herself forced to share a hotel room with a stranger: a terrified young woman named Lauren Cookson – but why is she scared of Gaby in particular? Lauren won’t explain. Instead,…

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Eat – The Little Book of Fast Food
Nigel Slater
Winner of the Specsavers Food and Drink Book of the Year 2013. October 2013 Food and Drink Book of the Month. Quite a large book actually whatever the title says, there’s a whopping 500+ recipe ideas and Nigel Slater’s aim is to make this the…

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Tigers in Red Weather
Liza Klaussmann
Winner of the Specsavers New Writer of the Year 2013. May 2013 Book of the Month. Eight publishers were fighting over this debut novel from London-based New Yorker Klaussmann and all you need to do is read the Opening Extract to see why….

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Demon Dentist
David Walliams
Winner of the Specsavers Childen’s Book of the Year 2013. The new jaw-achingly funny novel from David Walliams, the number one bestselling author! Make your appointment if you dare…Darkness had come to the town. Strange things were happening in the dead of night. Children would put a tooth under their…

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The Ocean at the End of the Lane
Neil Gaiman
Winner of the Specsavers Audio Book of the Year 2013. It began for our narrator forty years ago when the family lodger stole their car and committed suicide in it, stirring up ancient powers best left undisturbed. Dark creatures from beyond the world are on the loose, and it will…

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Gone Girl
Gillian Flynn
Winner of the Specsavers International Author of the Year 2013. ‘What are you thinking, Amy?’ The question I’ve asked most often during our marriage, if not out loud, if not to the person who could answer. I suppose these questions stormcloud over every marriage: ‘What are you thinking? How are…

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Life After Life
Kate Atkinson
Winner of the Specsavers UK Author of the Year 2013. What if you had the chance to live your life again and again, until you finally got it right? During a snowstorm in England in 1910, a baby is born and dies before she can take her first breath. During…

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I am Malala The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban
Malala Yousafzai, Christina Lamb
Winner of the Specsavers Non Fiction Book of the Year 2013. I come from a country which was created at midnight. When I almost died it was just after midday. When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought…

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David Jason: My Life
David Jason
Winner of the Specsavers Biography of the Year 2013. This is the long-awaited autobiography of one of Britain’s best-loved actors. Born the son of a Billingsgate market porter at the height of the Second World War, David Jason spent his early life dodging bombs and bullies, both with impish…

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Signed First Edition Prizes are on the way!

When we thought of giving away lots of Signed First Editions as part of our Christmas Promotions little did we know how big it would become.

What started as a dozen or so kind promises from publishers and authors snowballed into multiple copies of nearly 50 titles across both Lovereading and Lovereading4kids websites and over 40,000 entries! So a huge vote of thanks to the publishers for providing the signed editions.


Since last Friday we have been burning the midnight oil to select the winners and box up and send these rare and valuable books to the winners. In the process our London office have become experts with random number generators, and as you can see from the stunning picture our East Grinstead office have become experts at wrapping.

Here’s what one of the lucky winners of one of the free books has kindly said:

I would like to say a huge thank you for a wonderful surprise. It was a very stressful day at work today and I came home with a migraine and a desperate longing for the Christmas holidays. Amongst some parcels with christmas orders was one that I was not expecting. It was a signed first edition of How to Fall in Love by Cecelia Ahern. I was especially touched by the fact it was so beautifully wrapped. After dinner I will put my feet up and enjoy it. Thank you again, Alice Matthews’

So if you are lucky enough to be one of the recipients we do hope you enjoy your book and for all the other entrants we hope you have a lovely Christmas and receive all the books that are on your Christmas list.

More great book recommendations from us in 2014. Happy Christmas.

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Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction


baileys-wpff-logoTo celebrate the first year of the Baileys sponsorship of the Women’s Prize for Fiction, Baileys has commissioned acclaimed portrait photographer, Suki Dhanda, to photograph the 2014 judging panel.

The panel has been announced today as Mary Beard, Professor of Classics at the University of Cambridge, writer Denise Mina, Times columnist, author and screenwriter, Caitlin Moran and BBC broadcaster and journalist, Sophie Raworth. The panel will be chaired by former Managing Director of Penguin Books UK and Chief Executive of the Girls’ Day School Trust, Helen Fraser.

“I am delighted to be chairing the Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction,” commented Helen Fraser. “It is a fantastic quartet of judges, and I am looking forward enormously to beginning on our journey of engaging with some extraordinary minds and extraordinary voices.”

Every year, a panel of five women, all passionate readers and highly successful and inspiring women, are selected to judge the prize.

The Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction is the UK’s most prestigious annual book award for fiction written by a woman. Now in its nineteenth year*, the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction was set up to celebrate excellence and originality in writing by women throughout the world.

The judges between them will be reading more than 150 books over the next six months as they look to crown the next winner. Previous winners of the prize include A.M. Homes for May We Be Forgiven (2013) and Zadie Smith for On Beauty (2006).

Any woman writing in English – whatever her nationality, country of residence, age or subject matter – is eligible.

The winner will receive a cheque for £30,000 and a limited edition bronze figurine known as a ‘Bessie’, created and donated by the artist Grizel Niven. Both are anonymously endowed.

The Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction 2014 will be awarded on June 4th 2014 at the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, London.

* The Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction was known as the Orange Prize for Fiction between 1996 and 2012.



Helen Fraser, (Chair): Chief Executive of the Girls’ Day School Trust and formerly managing director of Penguin Books UK
Helen Fraser has spent most of her career in book publishing. She has worked, variously, for Methuen, Collins and Heinemann, finishing there as managing director of Reed Consumer books. Her last thirteen years in publishing were spent as managing director of Penguin Books UK. In 2009, she became chief executive of the Girls’ Day School Trust. The UK’s 12th largest charity, the Trust runs 24 schools and two academies and educates almost 20,000 girls. Helen speaks and writes about women in education and women in the workplace.

Mary Beard: Professor of Classics at the University of Cambridge

Mary Beard is one of Britain’s best-known Classicists. A distinguished Professor of Classics at the University of Cambridge and Fellow of Newnham College, she has written numerous books on the Ancient World, including the 2008 Wolfson Prize-winner, Pompeii: The Life of a Roman Town. In addition Mary has presented a highly-acclaimed TV series, Meet the Romans, is Classics editor of the Times Literary Supplement and writes an engaging blog, ‘A Don’s Life’. Mary is a Fellow of the British Academy and was made an OBE in the New Year’s Honours List 2013 for services to Classical scholarship. Her forthcoming book is on the subject of Roman laughter.

Denise Mina: Writer

Denise Mina is the author of eleven novels which have been translated into fifteen languages. She has won, variously, the Theakstons’ Crime Novel of the Year (twice), CWA daggers, Anthony Awards, Spirit of Scotland Award, been shortlisted for an Edgar and the LA Times Book of the Year, CWA Gold Dagger. She has written three plays, a graphic novel, wrote Hellblazer for a year and she also writes comics. She is currently adapting Steig Larsson’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo trilogy as a series of graphic novels for Vertigo.

Caitlin Moran: Times Columnist, Author and Screenwriter

Caitlin Moran was home-educated alongside seven siblings in a council house in Wolverhampton. She published her first novel at the age of 16, and has been a columnist at The Times since she was eighteen, where she has won Columnist, Critic and Interviewer of the Year at the British Press Awards. Her second book, How To Be A Woman, won the Galaxy Book Of The Year and became an international bestseller, currently published in 28 countries.

Sophie Raworth: BBC Broadcaster and Journalist

Sophie Raworth is a BBC presenter and journalist. She presents the BBC’s News at One and regularly appears on the 6 and 10 O’clock news. Sophie is a regular member of the BBC’s events team and has covered everything from the Royal Wedding to the 2012 Olympics. She has also fronted several documentaries including The Trouble with Working Women for BBC2 and several Panoramas, including Too Much Too Young on the sexualisation of children.

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Mad About the Boy’ odds-on to top Christmas book chart

BRIDGET JONES: ‘Mad About the Boy’ is the odds-on favourite to top the Christmas book chart this year according to Ladbrokes.

The bookies have wasted no time installing one of the most hotly-anticipated ‘Super Thursday’ releases as the 4/6 favourite in this year’s Christmas number one book betting, with Mo Farah and David Jason’s autobiographies at 6/1 and 8/1 respectively the only apparent competition.
Harry Redknapp’s autobiography, currently the subject of a serialisation is ranked at 10/1 alongside Sharon Osborne at the same price with Jennifer Saunders a 12/1 chance. Despite cookbooks’ past form at Christmas time Lorraine Pascal and Rachel Khoo are outsiders at 25/1 each.

Alex Donohue of Ladbrokes said: “Bridget Jones mania looks set to grip the nation again in the run up to Christmas. The news of Mr Darcy’s death has already whipped fans into a frenzy and we’re convinced it’s a certainty to be the the chart topping book as a result.” He added: “Cookery books have got form at Christmas but we’re not sure Pascal or Khoo are big enough names yet to warrant favouritism this year.”

Ladbrokes latest betting at 14 Ocotber
Number one Christmas book 2013

  1. Helen Fielding, Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy 4/6
  2. Mo Farah, Twin Ambitions: My Autobiography 6/1
  3. David Jason, My Life 8/1
  4. Sharon Osbourne, Unbreakable: My New Autobiography 10/1
  5. Harry Redknapp, Always Managing: My Autobiography 10/1
  6. Jennifer Saunders, Bonkers: My Life in Laughs 12/1
  7. Andrew Strauss, Driving Ambition: My Autobiography 25/1
  8. Ricky Hatton, War and Peace: Ricky Hatton, My Story 25/1
  9. Lorraine Pascal, A Lighter Way to Bake 25/1
  10. Rachel Khoo, My Little French Kitchen 25/1
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Mid-October update Man Booker Winner

We know, we know! It’s only mid-October and none of us like the fact that Christmas seems to hit the shops earlier every year, but what better gift than a great value book, offering hours of entertainment and lasting pleasure? Our Christmas section is now ready to view if you are planning ahead.

Also, just announced, the Man Booker winner 2013 is the astonishing and epic The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton and don’t miss the chance to win dozens of desirable and valuable Signed First Editions.

Not yet – Hot off the Press

This month we have seven cracking reads coming in November that you can read a free Opening Extract from today!


One for Book-Lovers win Signed First Editions

Between now and the end of November we’re running a series of free to enter prize draws giving you the chance to win one of over 30 exclusive Signed First Editions. Authors include: Helen Fielding, Nigel Slater and Matt Dawson and many more to be added including … erm … Usain Bolt. There are 3 copies of each up for grabs, so sprint to our special section to see what’s on the blocks today!

New KOBO Reading Club & win a free eReader worth £139!

Launched last month it seems you really love our special section highlighting some of our favourite reads available in KOBO format – and you clearly love the chance of winning one of 3 top of the range KOBO Aura eReaders. See this month’s selection below and click on any cover to find out more …


You have to laugh…

Oh no… The sun has gone, the rain is here, tuneless wannabe singers and flat-footed celebs are dominating the telly. Fear not, Lovereading has a solution to fend off autumnal blues…. a funny book… you can find some of our favourites on the shelves below.

Self-publishing is Sexy! – This Man Trilogy

A click of a button (and an awful lot of work!) was all it took to catapult construction company worker Jodi Ellen Malpas into the ranks of bestsellers alongside 50 Shades of Grey and the Vina Jackson books. After publishing her richly-charactered first novel online and capturing the imaginations of women everywhere, Jodi finally realised her dream of a publishing deal. Inspiration then, for all writers out there … and for readers too!

This Man, first in the trilogy and a sexy, sensual and guiltily pleasurable triumph of heart over head! The second, Beneath this Man is due out 24 October – In the aftermath of passion, dark secrets and desires must rise. Then you won’t then have long to wait for the third This Man Confessed which is due out in Dec 2013. Perhaps Indulge yourself in some passion.

If You Like You’ll Love …

You know how it works by now. You have books that you’ve enjoyed and we suggest others that are similar. Simple!

If you like Philippa Gregory, you’ll love The Queen of Four Kingdoms by Princess Michael of Kent.First of a fascinating and dramatic trilogy by an HRH, no less! If you like Maeve Binchy, you’ll love The Honey Queen by Cathy Kelly.A heartwarming tale of friendship, hardship and beekeeping. If you like Kathy Reichs, you’ll love Art of Deception by A J Cross. Engrossingly dark, chilling and complex cold-case crime.


Maxim’s, not to be missed, October selections

As you know, Maxim Jakubowski, our Crime, Sci-Fi and Erotica guru, is now producing a monthly selection of eight or so of his favourite reads and his eclectic mix has gone down a storm all over the world – after we published his recent selection he was contacted by the L.A.Times no less!

Visit his special category and find out what all the fuss is about. This October his Book of the Month is the bizarre, quirky yet endearing Claire DeWitt and the Bohemian Highway by Sara Gran and his Highly Recommended is the shockingly controversial Tampa by Alissa Nutting.

Out of the Mouths of Babes …

Ever been asked a simple question by a little child and realised you have no idea how to answer? Now, there is a book dedicated to these conundrums. 100 searching questions (like “Do spiders speak” and “Why does Daddy never win the lottery?”) in the minds of children have been put to experts to answer. The results are hilarious:

Does My Goldfish Know Who I Am? compiled by Gemma Elwin Harris – The perfect Christmas quiz book seeing experts answering impossible questions from kids.

Making the Un-cool Cool

Kids from 9-99 have often struggled with finding things like maths and science cool. However, you don’t have to be Brian Cox to understand that there is lots of ‘cool’ stuff crammed into these fields. Now, there’s a selection of ‘Cool Books’ which open your eyes to the possibilities including Cool Maths50 fantastic facts for kids of all ages. Cool Maths will help you work your way out of everyday situations in a way that you’ll never forget.

Cool Science will provide hours of entertainment for the whole family; a book filled to the brim with fantastic science feats that are easy to learn and impossible to forget.

Group Bookings! – Help for Reading Groups

Part of a reading group? Finding your next talking point has never been easier. Check out the special category on the site where we add our favourites. REMEMBER, we’ll also give you an extra 5% discount when ordering 5 or more books.

Our favourite this month is the emotionally charged, no holds barred Midwinterblood from the multi-award winning author Marcus Sedgwick.

Win tickets to Cambridge Wordfest events

December 1st sees a sparkling line-up at Cambridge Wordfest including prize-winning novelist Lionel Shriver, historian David Reynolds, explorer Ranulph Fiennes, Douglas Hurd, Melissa Benn, Alison Wolf, John Sutherland, Jonathan Coe, Jessica Fellowes and Sarah Dunant. Find out more by visiting our blog and find out how you can have the chance to win tickets to see Jessica Fellowes talking about Downton Abbey and Lionel Shriver talking about her new novel Big Brother.

The War to End All Wars … that didn’t

In 2014 it will be 100 years since WW1 began and even though there are now no people alive today who experienced it first-hand, its impact on the world is still apparent today. For anyone wanting to experience the stories and history of the war, the events that led to it and its aftermath we have created a special category.

And that, book fans, is October at Lovereading. See you soon with even more great Books of the Month, give-aways and Christmas suggestions to keep you happily ensconced in great reading!

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Cambridge Wordfest 2013 Winter 1 December


enter-prize-drawRead on for more information about the festival and how to enter the Free Prize Draws to have a chance of winning the tickets.

winter-berries-logo-250December 1st sees a sparkling line-up at Cambridge Wordfest as best-selling novelist Lionel Shriver presents her gripping novel, Big Brother; historian David Reynolds remembers World War I; explorer Ranulph Fiennes takes us to the coldest places on earth; Douglas Hurd reveals the two lives of Benjamin Disraeli; Melissa Benn and Alison Wolf explore women’s lives and the role of feminism today; John Sutherland introduces 500 of the world’s best novels; Orwell Prize-winner AT Williams investigates the murder of an Iraqi civilian by British troops; Damian Barr’s heartfelt memoir evokes a childhood in the era of Margaret Thatcher; novelist Jonathan Coe sweeps us off to 1950s Europe; David Walsh unravels the corruption of the cycling world with his story of Lance Armstrong; Peter Stanford shows us How to Read a Graveyard; Jessica Fellowes goes behind the scenes at Downton Abbey; Sarah Churchwell brings The Great Gatsby to life; and Sarah Dunant leads us into the twisted world of the Borgias



Cambridge Wordfest, 1 December 2013.

Venues: ADC Theatre, Winstanley Lecture Theatre

Box Office Opens: Friday 18th October (priority booking for Friends of the Festival from Friday 11th October)

Book online at or call 01223 300085

See the website for full information.

Exclusive Lovereading Cambridge Wordfest competition:

Win a pair of tickets to hear Jessica Fellowes talking about Downton Abbey – Behind the Scenes, 4pm-5pm, Sunday 1 December, ADC Theatreenter-prize-draw

Win a pair of tickets to hear Lionel Shriver talking about her new novel Big Brother, 5.30pm-6.30pm, Sunday 1 December, ADC Theatre.enter-prize-draw

Please note that this draw is open only for UK residents and is free to enter. Draw closes on 10 November 2013. The winners will be chosen randomly from all entrants. Winners will be notified by 18 November.


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Game Of Thrones Star Set For Audiobook Debut

9781471362385Game of Thrones beauty Nathalie Emmanuel will star in the eagerly-awaited audiobook version of the UK’s answer to the Twilight series, it was revealed yesterday. The British actress, best-known as Daenerys Targaryen’s aide Missandei in the hit HBO series, will play the daughter of a suspected murderer in the adaptation of Lucy Christopher’s much-hyped novel, The Killing Woods.

Her experience on gritty Channel 4 shows Hollyoaks and Misfits made her the “obvious choice” as Emily, the book’s central character, its producers said.

The novel, aimed squarely at a young-adult market, has been tipped to become an overnight sensation when it hits the shelves next month. Critics liken it to a ‘homegrown’ version of the Twilight Saga, a phenomenally successful series of books by the American author, Stephenie Meyer.

Speaking for the first time about her audiobook debut Emmanuel, 24, said making the transition from ‘visual to voice’ was a “wonderfully challenging learning curve”“As a huge audiobook fan, I was over the moon about being asked to get involved in The Killing Woods,” she said. “It is a fantastic book and one that lends itself perfectly to audio. But I knew it wouldn’t be easy. Emily is a complex young woman whose life is thrown into turmoil, and giving her character a voice, away from the written word, was a wonderfully challenging learning curve.”

neppkillingwoods_smSet in contemporary England, The Killing Woods is described as a dark, gripping novel that tells the story of a daughter whose father is accused of murdering a teenage girl. With the help of the victim’s boyfriend, Damon, she sets out to clear her father’s name by investigating what really took place that night.

The book — one of the most anticipated releases of 2013 — is released simultaneously as a print edition and AudioGO audiobook on October 3, published by Chicken House.

Emmanuel, who has also just been cast in Hollywood action film Fast & Furious 7, will co-star in the audio version of The Killing Woods alongside rising star and TV heartthrob Kyle Winfield, whose credits include teen drama Freak, BBC2’s Scene Stealers and the 2011 British-Irish comedy film, Killing Bono.

Winfield, who makes his audiobook debut as Damon, said: “Make no mistake that The Killing Woods is a dark novel. It has everything that a thriller should have – suspense, intrigue, and a fabulously original plot. The prospect of working with AudioGO, and alongside Nathalie, was simply too good to miss. I jumped at the chance and grabbed it with both hands.”

Christopher, author of The Killing Woods, is already known for her acclaimed novels Stolen, which won the prestigious Branford Boase award, and Flyaway — which was shortlisted for the Costa Book Awards.

But literary experts believe The Killing Woods, her third novel, will enjoy “runaway success” on both print and digital, and on audio platforms.

A spokesperson for publisher Chicken House, said: “The US has long held the monopoly on the young-adult thriller/fantasy genre, with books like Twilight and The Hunger Games selling millions and millions of copies you could say it is ‘our turn’ and, if it is, then The Killing Woods is the book that will make it happen.”

Christopher, who has amassed a formidable international fan base, added: “I’m looking forward to the release of both the book and the audio version, and would like to thank each and every one of my readers for their unwavering and kind support.”

A spokesman for AudioGO, which is based in Bath, added: “The Killing Woods is a wonderfully atmospheric novel, and we are enormously excited about working with Lucy, Nathalie, Kyle and others to bring it to life as a gripping audiobook.”

The Killing Woods is released on October 3.

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Literary Festivals Autumn 2013

Win tickets to Exclusive Book events at Windsor Book Festival 16-29 Sept. and Henley Book Festival 30 Sept. – 6 Oct. Read on for more information 

Festival season may be drawing to a close in the world of music but the book party continues next month with two smashing literary gatherings. And you probably won’t need wellies, a tent or glo-paint.



Windsor Festival 16 – 29 September


WF_logo CentreIn a celebration of music, literature and the arts, the annual Windsor Festival will once again host an enchanting series of high quality events around Windsor’s finest venues. The highly respected arts festival will be located within and around the grounds of Windsor Castle, by kind permission of Her Majesty The Queen, from 16th September – 29th September 2013.

This year, Windsor Festival presents a captivating lineup including a week of events at the prestigious Theatre Royal, with stars such as Tim Brooke-Taylor and Charles Moore (Margaret Thatcher’s Biographer) ensuring that visitors will certainly not be deprived of choice and will be delighted with first-class entertainment. Other highlights of the festival include:
Crime writing doyenne Lynda La Plante, BAFTA-nominated writer Deborah Moggach and Historian David Starkey,

Martin Denny, Windsor Festival Director said: “This year’s programme of events at the Theatre Royal displays Windsor Festival at its best. We feel that with such a wide range of entertainment, it caters for everyone who might come to the Festival.”

Visit for further information or follow @WindsorFestival on Twitter.


Exclusive Lovereading Windsor Festival Competitions
Win 2 pairs of tickets for the Deborah Moggach event at 7:30 PM Monday, 16 September 2013
Win 2 pairs of tickets for the Lynda La Plante event at 3:00 PM Tuesday, 17 September 2013
Please note that this draw is open only for UK residents and is free to enter. Draw closes on 1 September. The winners will be chosen randomly from all entrants. Winners will be notified by 3 September.

Henley Literary Festival 30 September – 6 October


Henley Literary FestivalWith around 100 events at venues across this beautiful, riverside town, this year’s Henley Literary Festival takes place from 30 September to 6 October. Events already confirmed involve Max Hastings, Anne Widdecombe, Irvine Welsh, Jo Jo Moyes and Robert Harris.
The ever-popular River Readings return, as does Crime and Wine, featuring Erin Kelly and Sabine Durrant.

The festival also includes children’s events, writing workshops and a special performance of Pride and Prejudice.

Tickets are on sale now at or on 0118 9724700.


Exclusive Lovereading Henley Festival Competitions
Be in with a chance to win pairs of tickets to two of the events at the Henley Literature Festival right here at Lovereading.
On the evening of 2 October there’s a glass of wine and three of the UK’s best thriller writers providing the crime in the festival’s annual CRIME AND WINE event! This year Sabine Durrant, Erin Kelly and Thomas Mogford come together to talk about their spine-chilling craft. On the evening of the 3 October the festival is staging a special celebration of Pride and Prejudice as part of the 200th anniversary of the first publication of this title. Click here to have a chance of winning 2 pairs of tickets to one of these events.

Click here for details of a competition to win tickets for the Kids versions of both these Literary Festivals.

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Win tickets to the Crime Writing Festival in Harrogate

crime-festivalA big thank you to some of the lovely publishers we work with who have got us a pair of tickets to win for each of the following three events.

To find out how you can have a chance of winning just visit our Facebook Crime and Thriller Community page..

But be quick as the Prize Draw Closes on 10 July!

EVENT 1 – 9am Saturday 20th July 2013

SPECIAL GUEST EVENT: William McIlvanney in Conversation with Ian Rankin.

9781409109402William McIlvanney is the Godfather of Tartan Noir. He blazed a trail that dozens have followed with the Jack Laidlaw trilogy. He demonstrated how perfectly contemporary Scotland was suited to the dark evisceration of crime fiction. Born in Kilmarnock to a mining family, McIlvanney’s working class Scottish heritage lies at the heart and soul of his writing. Now the Godfather himself will appear in conversation with fellow tartan titan Ian Rankin whose globally successful Rebus novels were  inspired by McIlvanney.

Don’t miss the chance to discover first hand McIlvanney’s incredible life and works with one of those he inspired. Ian Rankin’s latest novel – Standing in another Man’s Grave, which sees the return of Rebus is just out in paperback whilst his next novel is published in November – Saints of the Shadow Bible – and will once again feature both Rebus and his more recent creation Malcolm Fox.

Thanks to Orion, the publisher of Ian Rankin for donating the tickets for the prize.

EVENT 2 – 12pm Saturday 20th July 2013


9780007504589The return of the panel dedicated to showcasing the year’s most dazzling debut authors. Always a must-see, this event will see 2013 Programming Chair, Queen of Crime Val McDermid, in the hot seat to present four of the brightest new talents on the scene, inviting them to discuss their debut novels. Eager readers on the lookout for the next big thing will discover a sure-fire list of ‘ones to watch’. Introducing Derek B. Miller (Norwegian by Night), Anya Lipska (Where The Devil Can’t Go), Malcolm Mackay (The Necessary Death of Lewis Winter) and Colette McBeth whose novel Precious Gift is published in August.

Thanks to Harper Collins imprint The Friday Project, the publisher of Anya Lipska for donating the tickets for the prize

EVENT 3 – 11.30am Sunday 21st July 2013

SPECIAL GUEST EVENT: Charlaine Harris.

9781409129196Local waitress and telepathic barmaid Sookie Stackhouse is pretty open-minded about vampires, particularly when it comes to Bill Compton, a handsome 173-year-old living up the road. Well aren’t we all? This is a unique chance to meet the writer whose creative mind brought us the crazy southern world of Sookie. Harris’ meticulously-crafted realm inspired the beloved HBO hit series True Blood; described by the Emmy-winning creator Alan Ball as ‘popcorn for smart people’, the first season caused an overnight sensation. Journalist and broadcaster Paul Blezard sinks his teeth into the New York Times bestseller and her phenomenal thirty year career writing mysteries, from stand-alone novels to the Shakespeare mysteries and of course, the bestselling series of supernatural romantic thrillers. Before Charlaine became famous for TV’s True Blood she wrote some stunning crime novels which are available in the UK market at last and include Sweet and Deadly & A Secret Rage, the Aurora Teagarden series, the first of which is Real Murders and the Lily Bard series, the first of which is Shakespeare’s Landlord.

Thanks to Orion, the publisher of Charlaine Harris for donating the tickets for the prize.

If you’re interested in taking a break then look no further than this Crime Writing Festival in Harrogate to have a great weekend away. Just go to the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival (Harrogate) website for booking details –

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