#ChooseThePlot launches today!


Those experimental folks at Specsavers and Penguin are launching a new literary experiment today – #ChooseThePlot.

They’re inviting crime thriller fans to get involved in the creation of a new novella through the online crime community Dead Good Books.

#ChooseThePlot will use social media to get your views on the plot, steering the story for crime writers Christopher Fowler, James Oswald and Jane Casey to write. Each author will write a chapter following on from the last, shaping the story and adding their own unique take on the situations presented to them.

On 24th October, at the end of this experimental process, a digital only eBook of the novella will be available to download for free.


To get involved with #ChooseThePlot hop on over to www.specsavers.co.uk/choosetheplot where you’ll find all the info on how to get involved and the details of how the stories are progressing.

Happy plotting!

Best Bookish Bank Holiday Ever with #PenguinJourneys #AskaPenguin

Penguin Journeys Logo

Penguin Journeys Logo

With the last bank holiday of the summer here, there’s still time to get bookish inspiration from the fabulous #PenguinJourneys team.

#PenguinJourneys strives to make boring travel-time a thing of the past by giving holiday reading recommendations from Penguin Random House UK and its wonderful authors.

If you’re looking for a recommended read, simply tweet your bookish question to the team using the hashtags #AskaPenguin and #PenguinJourneys this Friday lunchtime to receive a recommended read in book, eBook, audiobook or even perhaps a podcast format.

You can also check out the fabulous #PenguinJourneys blog pages at http://penguinblog.co.uk/ to see some of the great journeys and reading recommendations they’re talking about including some sneak previews like a fabulous extract of The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion.

If pinning is your thing, #PenguinJourneys has teamed up with authors including Clare Balding and Graeme Simsion to take you on a literary odyssey around the world. Find out more on Pinterest here: http://www.pinterest.com/penguinukbooks/pack-your-bags-for-a-literary-odyssey-with-penguin/ and explore famous literary journeys, listen to extracts from the audiobooks mapped to each voyage, and be inspired by stories from their holiday destinations.

Let’s make this the best bookish bank holiday of 2014.

Happy Reading!

Swag from Harrogate TOP Crime Writing Festival

Harrogate swag

Harrogate swag



Okay, so last weekend I went to the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival in Harrogate.

It was a fabulous event, and I’ll be telling you more in my blog post tomorrow, but for today I thought I’d post a photo of all the fabulous goodies I got at the event – a whole bunch of brilliant books (many of which I managed to have signed), an awesome festival goodie bag, and an amazing ‘Reacher said Nothing’ t-shirt.

Tomorrow I’ll tell you all about the event …


It’s Book O’Clock (again) …

The Transworld Book Clock

The Transworld Book Clock

I’m a fan of book themed clocks, so you can imagine my excitement when I spotted this fabulous wall clock whilst at the Transworld Crime Scene event last month.

Isn’t it wonderful.

If you look carefully you’ll spot Lee Child and Dan Brown amongst the book ‘numbers’ …

Bookish Coasters: a new place to rest your drink

OutofPrintClothing.com coasters

OutofPrintClothing.com coasters

I spotted these bookish coasters over on the fabulous Out of Print Clothing website.

They come in a set of 8, each with a different classic book jacket design including Lolita, Catch-22, and The Hound of the Baskervilles. What’s more, they can be stored in their very own canvass-wrapped ‘book case’.

Perfect for book fans of all ages!

And, as if that’s not great enough, for every sale of the coaster set, Out of Print Clothing donate a book to a community in need.

To get yours, pop over to http://shop.outofprintclothing.com/Literary_coaster_set_p/z-coast-1001.htm

A Perfect Mug for Book Lovers

Isn’t it lovely?

This Emma Bridgewater china mug is part of the ‘Black Toast’ range, and perfect for all book lovers (and coffee drinkers!).



With thanks to the wonderful Novelicious blog, who featured this mug as one of their top five mugs for readers. You can check out the full blog post here: