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Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction

FIVE WOMEN, 150 BOOKS, SIX MONTHS, ONE PRIZE

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.

www.womensprizeforfiction.co.uk

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

BAILEYS WOMEN’S PRIZE FOR FICTION 2014: JUDGES’ BIOGRAPHIES

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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!

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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 …

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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.
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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

WIN TICKETS TO SEE JESSICA FELLOWES and LIONEL SHRIVER

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

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LISTING INFORMATION

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 www.adcticketing.com or call 01223 300085

See the website www.cambridgewordfest.co.uk 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 windsorfestival.com 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
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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 henleyliteraryfestival.co.uk 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

PANEL DISCUSSION: New Blood.

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 –http://harrogateinternationalfestivals.com/crime/.

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Stormbird by Conn Iggulden – Win exclusive prizes

Henry-V1-landscape-touring-poster_300 To celebrate the October launch of Conn Iggulden’s new historical fiction series Wars of the Roses published by Penguin on 10th October 2013, Lovereading are offering you the opportunity to win a signed copy of the book as well as, a pair of tickets a pair of tickets to see the Shakepeare’s Globe performance of the HENRY VI plays at the War of the Roses battlefield of Tewkesbury on the 4th August.

You will see all three plays being performed in the extraordinary historic setting so don’t miss your opportunity to experience this unique outdoor theatrical event.

 

CLICK HERE – To visit the book page and enter the Free Prize Draw.

About the book:

King Henry V – the great Lion of England – is long dead.

9780718159832_reducedIn 1437, the pious and gentle Henry VI, the Lamb, comes of age and accedes to the English throne. His poor health and frailty of mind render him a weakling king, dependent on his closest men to run his kingdom.

Yet there are those who believe England must be led by a strong king if she is to survive. With England’s territories in France under threat, and rumours of revolt at home, fears grow that Henry and his advisors will see the country slide into ruin. With a secret deal struck for Henry to marry a young French noblewoman, Margaret of Anjou, those fears become all too real.

As storm clouds gather over England, King Henry and his supporters find themselves besieged abroad and at home.  Who, or what can save the kingdom before it is too late?

 

About the Author:

Conn-Iggulden-Author-imageConn Iggulden is one of the most successful authors of historical fiction writing today. Stormbird is the first book in his brilliant new series set during the Wars of the Roses, an extraordinary period of British history. His previous two series, on Julius Caesar and on the Mongol Khans of Central Asia, describe the founding of the greatest empires of their day and were number one bestsellers. Conn Iggulden lives in Hertfordshire with his wife and children.

CLICK HERE – To visit the book page and enter the Free Prize Draw and the chance of getting an exclusive book sampler. The 100 samplers will be randomly chosen from all entrants on Friday 12th July. The Free Prize draw for the tickets and signed book closes on Friday 19th July.

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Banish Negative Thoughts with The Promise by Graham W Price

~ The Promise reveals a revolutionary new self-development system that banishes negativity and helps us achieve life goals ~ Respected psychologist Graham W Price has transformed thousands of lives, including his own, using the radical principles of ‘Pacceptance’ and ‘Determinism’ ~

promise-3dIt may at first seem counter-intuitive, but can acknowledging that free will is an illusion actually empower people to achieve their life goals? That’s the advice of respected psychologist Graham W Price, creator of a radical new approach to self-improvement.

His system has already helped thousands of Brits turn their lives around, and now Price is sharing his revolutionary self-development programme in a new book — allowing readers to discover the definitive fool-proof route to a life free of negative thoughts and full of positivity . . . and that’s a promise.

The result of years of psychological research and insight, The Promise — newly published by Pearson — maps out a clear and surprisingly straightforward path to achieving all the things we want from life: lasting relationships; job satisfaction; freedom from stress, anxiety, worry, regret, depression, addictions, weight problems and other self-limiting issues; and enjoying a rich and fulfilling life.

Across its 224 pages, The Promise reveals the secrets of Price’s Acceptance-Action Training (AAT), developed to significantly enhance motivation, resilience and relationships and empower people to reach their personal and professional goals.

As the title suggests, the book is a promise from the author to readers that if they follow his guidance they can banish forever the negative thoughts and feelings that limit potential, take control of their lives and determine their future. It’s a programme that’s already been proven to work with thousands of individuals from all walks of life.

Price experienced a major transformation in his own life while developing these techniques — going on to enjoy a highly-successful corporate career before dedicating himself to helping others achieve the same.

Though we’re all born with the potential to live an extraordinary life, negativity too often holds us back from bringing it to fruition. The nagging doubts that won’t go away, the fear of the unknown and the regrets that weigh heavy on our minds constantly clip our wings — but only because we allow them to.

At the heart of the unique AAT system is the identification of negativity’s root cause, and the solution to removing it once and for all. One of many revelations in the book is that unhappiness and frustration is always a result of “resisting what is”. This means wanting something in the past or present to be ‘already’ different, when in reality neither is possible.

This irrational desire locks us into internal conflicts we can never win, and distracts us from taking positive action for the only sphere of life that CAN be influenced — the future.

gwpppgrahamprice_smThe author’s radical answer is to cultivate a very different way of thinking. Dubbed “Pacceptance” (‘positive acceptance’), this powerful transformative tool allows readers to train themselves to ‘accept what is’ all the time. Using Pacceptance, pointless self-blame and indignation can be bypassed to focus on what is genuinely useful: taking the appropriate steps to ensure a better outcome in the future.

Pacceptance can also be used to dispel futile yet crippling worries over what the future holds, and conquer unproductive habits that keep us stuck in a rut.

Another powerful tool outlined in The Promise is the concept of ‘Determinism’. Though initially a challenging realisation to accept, as it argues that free will is essentially an illusion, once understood it gives readers all they need to start taking ownership and responsibility for their future experiences and choices, and consciously steer their lives in the right direction.

The Promise is the last word in self-help books: a complete process of personal transformation presented in 13 inspiring chapters, with each unlocking more powerful techniques to grasp control of our destiny.

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The Promise by Graham W Price (Pearson) is available now.

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Win a luxury craft weekend break on Dartmoor

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Lovereading has teamed up with Dartmoor.co.uk to offer a prize package of VIP accommodation for 2 at Lurcombe luxury apartments during the Contemporary Craft Festival in Bovey Tracey (June 7 – 9th), including  tickets to attend the festival itself, Dinner for two (including a bottle of wine) in one of our leading gastro pubs, The Rock Inn and a delicious lunch for two at Home Farm Café  set in the scenic grounds of the National Trust Estate at Parke in Bovey Tracey as part of the package.enter-prize-draw

The Accommodation

 

Lurcombe_200Lurcombe Luxury Apartments / Cottages on Dartmoor remain totally secluded, charming & rustic.

Lurcombe’s ‘Mill’ & Flour Store was built in 1851 and has been lovingly converted into 5*living accommodation, suitable for couples. With all the contemporary features you would expect from a ‘premier’ apartment, Lurcombe-inside-200whilst still maintaining bags of character.

We are delighted to offer a fabulous prize of 2 nights VIP accommodation for 2 on Friday the 7th and Saturday the 8th of June, over the weekend of the Contemporary Craft Festival in Bovey Tracey.

The Supper Offer

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If you are seeking truly special  dining on Dartmoor, then look no further than the Rock Inn. Nestling below the famous Haytor Rocks and just inside the Dartmoor National Park is the rural hamlet of Haytor Vale and the Rock Inn. This traditional English Country Inn has been offering
travellers hospitality, good food and shelter since its foundation as a coaching inn in the mid-eighteenth century. In this modern age we pride ourselves on a relaxed, friendly atmosphere, with personal service reminiscent of a bygone age.

The-Rock-Inn-Outside-200We are delighted to offer a fabulous prize of dinner for 2 to inc a bottle of wine on either  on Friday the 7th or Saturday the 8th of June, over the weekend of the Contemporary Craft Festival in Bovey Tracey.

The Lunch Offer

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Home Farm Café is the perfect place to unwind after a stroll around the scenic National Trust Estate at Parke in Bovey Tracey. Choose delicious, freshly cooked food from our daily menu board, relax with a real coffee or just drop in for a baguette or picnic box. You’ll love the peaceful setting, and you’ll love our food!

craft-festival-200We are delighted to offer a fabulous prize of lunch for 2 to on Saturday the 8th of June, or Sunday 9th June over the weekend of the Contemporary Craft Festival in Bovey Tracey.

Contemporary Craft Festival

Two day tickets to the Contemporary Craft Festival at Bovey is one of the leading events in the South West celebrating the best of British craft and designer making.enter-prize-draw

Dartmoor.co.uk Lovereading Prize Draw Terms and Conditions

The prize is for up to two people to stay for two nights (Friday 7th and Saturday 8th June) at an apartment at Lurcombe luxury cottages, Dartmoor.  Dinner at The Rock Inn,  Dartmoor includes a set menu for two and a bottle of house wine and must be taken on either Friday 7th or Saturday 8th june at The Rock Inn,  Dartmoor.  Lunch at the Home Farm Café includes a set menu for two and must be taken on either Saturday 8th June or Sunday 9th June.  It does not include travel insurance, personal expenditure or incidental costs and transport is not included.  Over 18s only.  One entry per person.  The prize must be taken from on the dates specified. The prize is non-refundable and non-transferable.  There is no cash alternative.

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