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by Elizabeth on Mar 31, 2011 at 4:28 pm
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Blood Count is published in hardback today by Bantam Press, the breathtaking new race-against-the-clock thriller from the master of the triple cross.

To read more about Robert and his novels, visit his brilliant new website:

Robert is touring around the UK so do come along to an event to hear him speaking about and signing copies of Blood Count. For tour dates, click here


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GLAMOUR’s Women Of The Year Awards
by Elizabeth on Mar 31, 2011 at 4:10 pm

This year, Transworld have FOUR fabulous authors shortlisted for the GLAMOUR Women Of The Year Awards. They are…

Jilly Cooper – JUMP!

Joanne Harris – Blueeyedboy

Kate Atkinson – Started Early, Took My Dog

Sophie Kinsella – Mini Shopaholic

Which one of these authors or novels is your favourite and why? Scribble your answers to The Page Turners to win a set of all four, just in time for Mother’s Day!

Click here to vote now!

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Robert Goddard UK tour dates announced!
by Elizabeth on Mar 16, 2011 at 3:36 pm
Categories: Features , News

On 31st March, Bantam Press will be publishing the latest Robert Goddard hardback Blood Count, the breathtaking new race-against-the-clock thriller from the master of the triple cross.

The celebrate the publication of Blood Count, Robert Goddard will be undertaking numerous events over 7 weeks visiting libraries and bookshops all over the country. Details of these events are listed below, we hope to see you there!

Wednesday 30th March

St. Albans Rd, Watford, Herts WD24 7RY
Tickets: £5, concessions £2.50 available from the library, or by calling 0300 123 4049

Paynes Park, Hitchin, Herts SG5 1EW
Tickets: £5, concessions £2.50 available from the library, or by calling 0300 123 4049

Thursday 31st March 2011

Peterborough Central Library, Broadway, Peterborough PE1 1RX
Tickets: £3 or £2 for concessions and reading group members, available from Waterstone’s, Peterborough or Central Library. Call 01733 555323 or 01733 864277

1.5 Bridlesmith Gate, Nottingham NG1 2GR
Tickets: £3

Saturday 2nd April

At Burnham Beeches Hotel, Grove Rd, Burnham, Bucks SL1 8DP
Tickets: £45, call 01628 662121

Tuesday 5th April

118 High St, Newport, Isle of Wight PO30 1TP
Tickets: £3 from the shop

Wednesday 6th April

Menuhin Theatre, Guildhall Square, Portsmouth, Hants PO1 2DX
Tickets: £3 from the library, redeemable against purchase of the book, by phone 023 92688057 or by e mail  – on sale from 5th March

Friday 8th April

Castle Street, Exeter EX4 3PQ
Tickets: £4 including light refreshments. Available from Exeter Central Library or by calling 01392 384201

Saturday 9th April

Paignton Library, Great Western Rd, Paignton TQ4 5AG
Robert in conversation with Paul Trainer, Service Support Officer, Torquay Library
Tickets: £3.50 from Paignton & Torquay Libraries and by phone from The Torbay Bookshop

Saturday 16th April

The ADC Theatre, Park St, Cambridge CB5 8AS
Tickets: £8/£6 concessions – call 01223 300085 or free online booking from

Tuesday 17th May

Festival Marquee, Festival Village, Fowey
Tickets: £9.50 or £8.50 early booking from Box Office: 01726 879500


For more information about Robert and his books, click on his website here

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The Third Section Sneak Preview!
by Lynsey on Mar 14, 2011 at 8:33 pm
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Can you not wait to get your hands on the next instalment in Jasper Kent’s Twelve series. Well for a little taster, head over to Jasper’s website where you can exclusively read the prologue to The Third Section – published on the 18th August 2011!

Read the Prologue here!

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Joanna Trollope on tour – day 3
by Kate on Mar 14, 2011 at 1:16 pm

Off to Peterborough for a lunchtime talk in the John Clare theatre at the library. I spent a day at the crown court there back in 2000 when researching my book Marrying the Mistress and it was absolutely fascinating. Everybody in the city was very welcoming and was so lovely to be back on a fabulous Spring day.

Peterborough has a lovely library, they are so incredibly important. There we were on a Monday morning and the library was bustling. Elaine, the event organiser at Peterborough is tremendously efficient and evangelical about author events.

For me, it is terribly important to meet readers. I don’t write for myself, there is no point in writing books if nobody reads them.“It is a very solitary business writing, so it’s quite exciting to be out and about meeting everyone.

“I had my first number one novel in 1993 and here I still am. I owe this to the incredible loyalty of my readers.

Onwards, by way of Cambridge, to Ely – and Topping and Co. Owner Robert Topping is a well-established and knowledgeable bookseller whose shops in Ely and Bath are treasure troves of literary delights. We had a event in St Peter’s church nearby. So gratifying to see so many people turn out on a Monday night and a most responsive audience they were too!

Joanna Trollope being photographed in Peterborough Library

Joanna meeting readers in the John Clare room in Peterborough Library

Joanna speaking at St. Peters Church, Ely

For more details visit Joanna Trollope’s official website:

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Joanna Trollope on tour – day 2
by Kate on Mar 9, 2011 at 1:05 pm

Friday 4 March

Up and out early in a super Spring morning and off to Waterstones Staines where I was greeted by an enthusiastic throng of readers – a fine start.

Essex gets a gold star as a book-loving county, but I have to say they have stiff competition from Bucks! A warm welcome from Natalie and her team at Waterstones Staines and I was bowled over by the number of busy shoppers who took time to come in and say hello and pick up a book. Then followed by an amazing tea party at Grovefield House hosted by the hardworking Fiona and Ian From Horizons bookshop in Burnham – that means 130 people, twice as many scones, bowls of strawberries and me! A real party atmosphere.

To round off the day a festive Friday night in the town hall in Thame. Once again a full house – thank you The Bookhouse and Luise and a what wonderful way to launch the weekend of World Book Night.

Joanna Trollope on stage at the Thame Arts and Literature festival

To buy your copy of Daughters-in-Law by Joanna Trollope click here

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Sam Harris events announced
by Elizabeth on Mar 8, 2011 at 4:54 pm
Categories: Author News , News , Non-fiction

Sam Harris will be talking about his new book The Moral Landscape at three exclusive events in April.

Book now to avoid disappointment, we hope to see you soon!

To read more about Sam and The Moral Landscape, click here to view his website.

Intelligence Squared
Book online or call 0207 792 4830
Tickets: £25/ students £12.50
Venue: Kensington Town Hall, Hornton St, London W8 7NX
Date: Monday 11th April
Time: 7pm

The Bristol Festival of Ideas
Book online or via St. George’s, Bristol: 0845 40 24 011 Tickets £7/£5
Venue: St. George’s, Great George St, Bristol BS1 5RR
Date: Wednesday 13th April
Time: 6.30pm

Cambridge WordFest
Box office: 01223 300085
Tickets: £10; students £8
Venue: Cambridge Union Chamber, Cambridge Union Society, 9a Bridge St, Cambridge CB2 1UB
Date: Saturday 16th April
Time: 6pm


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Priya Basil’s Join Me on the Bridge campaign
by Elizabeth on Mar 8, 2011 at 11:29 am
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 A Message from Priya:

Tuesday 8th March 2011 marks the first centenary of International Women’s Day. Around the world, people will consider all that women have achieved, economically, politically and socially, in the last 100 years, and also how much more remains to be done.

You can show your solidarity with the women of the world at the Virtual Literary Bridge. This inspirational online forum has been initiated by Priya Basil, novelist and founder of Authors for Peace, and created with the help of Women for Women International.

An array of female authors, including Fatima Bhutto, Donna Thomson and Isobel Dixon, have contributed moving video messages reflecting on what 100 years of
women’s rights means to them. Watch these messages, and share in the spirit of International Women’s Day.

The Virtual Literary Bridge is part of Women for Women International’s Join me on the Bridge campaign. This is a call to unite women worldwide in a symbolic movement showing that women will build the bridges of peace and development for the future. On 8th March 2011, almost 300 Join Me on the Bridge events will be taking place in 48 countries.

Women for Women International works in eight war-torn countries (Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Nigeria, Sudan, Kosovo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Iraq, and Afghanistan) to provide women survivors of war, civil strife and other conflicts with the resources to move from crisis and poverty to stability and self-sufficiency, thereby promoting viable civil societies. The organization is changing the world one woman at a time.

To join women on the bridge, please just click here.
Priya’s video

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WIN! 3 Sets of Tickets to Meet Author Tim Smit!
by Lynsey on Mar 8, 2011 at 10:01 am

As previously mentioned on Between the Lines, author and eco-warrior Tim Smit is being interviewed at a rare event, a special evening hosted by The Times and Waterstone’s at the Bloomsbury Street Hotel.

Hear what the fascinating co-founder of The Eden Project has to say on green issues, the Eden Sessions, the millennium projects, the biomes, the world’s largest plants and much more…

We have scooped a total of 6 tickets, 3 pairs of 2 for lucky Between the Lines readers! If you are available on Tuesday 15th March at 7pm in London then comment below to be in with a chance of winning!

Bloomsbury Street Hotel, WC1B 3QD

Tickets are available here: (scroll to the bottom) or call 0871 620 4025

Biomes at Night    Eden by Tamsyn Williams

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