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romantic fiction

What Team Bookends are TRYING this year (see what we did there?)

Inspired by Emily Phillips’ stonking debut novel Trying, Team Bookends share what they’ll be trying to do more (or less) of this year. Aimee This year I’m trying to read more outside of the genres I gravitate towards – in particular, I’m trying to read non-fiction. On my reading list I have Hunger by Roxane […]

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Writing your life into fiction

Emily Phillips, the author of new release TRYING pitched the story of trying for a baby and failing in the pub – here she dissects injecting real life into fiction. The moment I typed THE END, I cried. I was bereft. No matter that I had been channeling parts of my life into the themes […]

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Paris vs Udaipur: the world’s most romantic locations

Author Alexandra Potter picks her top romantic locations. Richmond Park, London Nothing is more romantic than wrapping up warm and walking hand-in-hand with the one you love through the largest of London’s Royal’s parks, home to hundreds of red and fallow deer. This is a truly special place, filled with lakes, woodland and wildlife – […]

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Who are Emily Giffin’s top couples?

A treat for Valentine’s Day! New York Times bestselling author Emily Giffin has a special message for her UK fans  on Bookends and shares her favourite couples, both literary and IRL. First Comes Love by Emily Giffin is out now and is a perfect Valentine’s read!  

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Romantic Reads from Team Bookends

We’re in the mood for romance! And just in time, too – we’ve selected some delicious ebook reads guaranteed to gear you up for Valentine’s Day. Added bonus: they’re all 99p! Getting Over Mr Right by Chrissie Manby Have you ever had your heart broken? How did you get over it? Did a tub of […]

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Alexander Hamilton: the sexiest revolutionary

Elizabeth Cobb, author of The Hamilton Affair, on resurrecting a real-life historical romance . When I told friends five years ago that I was starting a novel about the sexiest man in the American Revolution—Alexander Hamilton—they looked blank. Then their eyes filled with pity. Who would publish such a misbegotten book? When Lin Manuel Miranda […]

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Shelia O’Flanagan’s Who’s Who of her Favourite Characters

Favourite Characters? To be honest, it’s almost impossible to pick a favourite character because all of the women in my novels have become like best friends to me and I always want to do justice to their stories. But for various reasons, some of them have lingered with me longer than others and they’re probably the […]

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Books on my bedside table by Sarah Vaughan

Just Boris: A Tale of Blond Ambition My WIP is partly inspired by my experience as a political correspondent for the Guardian so I’ve been consuming political memoirs and biographies: former minister Chris Mullin’s A View from the Foothills is also by my bed. Sonia Purnell doesn’t spare her punches as she outlines Boris Johnson’s […]

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Cate Woods takes us on her writing journey

I’m always fascinated to discover how people end up as published authors. After all, it’s not like there’s a clear, well-trodden career path, such as there is to become a vet, for instance, or an astronaut. Newspapers don’t advertise vacant book-writing positions in their careers section. You’re not going to get headhunted for a job […]

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Win a bunch of roses for you AND a friend!

To celebrate the launch of bestselling Jill Mansell’s gorgeously romantic new novel YOU AND ME, ALWAYS we’re giving you the chance to win a proof of the book and this beautiful bunch of flowers each for you and a lucky friend! We’ve also uploaded the first two whole chapters of the book for you to […]

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The Greatest Love Stories in Literature, inspired by IF YOU GO AWAY

Compiling a list of my most romantic books brought home to me something I’ve long since known but tend to forget from time to time – books are incredibly powerful! Whilst my reaction to romantic movies and songs tends to be largely to do with my own romantic status (they offer valuable succour, consolation or […]

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Books on my Bedside Table – Emylia Hall

GIFT FROM THE SEA by Anne Morrow Lindbergh This beautiful little book is a re-issue from 1955, and is an essay about creativity and contemplation, written by a woman who’s inspired by spending time alone by the sea. I came across it by chance in a bookshop and delve into it every so often. It’s […]

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