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Happy Christmas! Whoops – careful with that book gift (plus literary events from 24 December 2019)

A book can be the best gift ever, but there are pitfalls. Angela J. Phillip offers brief comments on five questions raised by an article from The Guardian on the etiquette of giving books.

Posted 09:00 Tuesday, Dec 24, 2019 In: Hastings Bookchat Tags: Angela J. Phillip book gift

Tim’s triple treat for Christmas and beyond (plus literary events from 17 Dec onwards)

Hello, dear readers, there are book treasures lurking on your doorstep. Tim Barton of Bookbuster in the Queen’s Road talks to Angela J. Phillip. He shares three of his favourite titles, all currently available in this independent bookshop –  fact and fiction, something for both adults and children. Come on in.

Posted 09:00 Tuesday, Dec 17, 2019 In: Hastings Bookchat Tags: Angela J. Phillip Barry Lopez Grattan Puxon Massenot & Nille Tim Barton
Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver

A book for Christmas? (plus literary events from 10 Dec 2019)

Go on! Get a glass of wine and put your feet up. Thriller or quiz or something to read to the kids? Whether you ‘re looking for a challenge, some comfort or a complete escape, Angela J. Phillip offers some suggestions.

Posted 09:00 Tuesday, Dec 10, 2019 In: Hastings Bookchat Tags: Angela J. Phillip Barbara Kingsolver Ed Boxall Elizabeth Strout Francis Booth Me and my alien friend Mick Herron My name is Lucy Barton Quiz book Slow Horses Unsheltered

Interview with Louise Illig-Mooncie, author of ‘Encounter Between Two Worlds’ (plus literary events from 3 December 2019)

German-born Louise Illig Mooncie has written about the coming to terms with her country’s uneasy past. Her spiritual journey has taken her to the UK, India and Ireland and she shares her experiences in the book Encounter Between Two Worlds. She talks to Angela J. Phillip about her journey.

Posted 09:00 Tuesday, Dec 3, 2019 In: Hastings Bookchat Tags: Angela J. Phillip Encounter between two worlds Louise Illig Mooncie reincarnation

A book for Christmas for every school child in Hastings!

This Christmas the news from The National Literacy Trust is that there will be a book for every school child in Hastings. Bloomsbury is donating 9,000 books to be given to school children from reception to Year 9, ages 5-14. The three-year Bloomsbury and the National Literacy Trust partnership aim to inspire a love of reading and improve literacy levels in Hastings.

Posted 14:46 Tuesday, Nov 26, 2019 In: Hastings Bookchat Tags: National Literacy Trust

Writers in Hastings & St Leonards: Pete Donohue, poet (plus literary events from 26 Nov 2019)

Pete Donohue is a poet, short story writer, cartoonist and literary editor of The Hastings Independent Press. He talks to Angela J. Phillip about his life and work and what brought him to Hastings.

Posted 09:00 In: Hastings Bookchat Tags: Angela J. Phillip Lisa Donohue Pete Donohue
Beyond the waves by Colin Bateman

‘Beyond the Waves’ by Colin Bateman – a new mystery novel set in Rye Harbour (plus literary events from 19 Nov 2019)

Locally based author and former journalist, Colin Bateman talks to Angela J. Phillip about his process as a writer and his latest book Beyond the Waves. The new novel is inspired by real events and Tom Kidd, a part-time journalist (and the hero of his previous novel) gets involved in unravelling the story of the hidden past in order to solve crimes that are being reported in the present.

Posted 09:00 Tuesday, Nov 19, 2019 In: Hastings Bookchat Tags: A dreadful trade Angela J. Phillip

Having a go at marketing a self-published book part 1 (and literary events from 12 Nov 2019)

Marketing! The very word sends shivers through me and I don’t think I’m alone. I have looked with increasing desperation at ways to avoid this, but the time has come. In this post Angela J. Phillip sets off down the dreaded road in search of help.

Posted 09:00 Tuesday, Nov 12, 2019 In: Hastings Bookchat Tags: Angela J. Phillip Marketing a self-published book
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