Our books Archive

Through the Keyhole: September

September is usually a pretty bumper month for publishing and this one is no exception! From future prize contenders to ground breaking non-fiction and sparkling debuts there really is something for everyone with Hot Key in September – and lots of events to keep you busy! But of course, don’t forget that first, at the […]

Maureen Johnson in the UK!

People of the internet – pay attention! The one and only Maureen Johnson, Queen of Teen 2012-2014, is bringing her awkward stare to our green land once again. As she is appearing at the Edinburgh Festival we thought it would only be fair to let the rest of the country in on the action. We’ve […]

Hot Key at Summer in the City

This year, for the first time ever, a book publisher is going to be at the event of the summer, yep Hot Key Books are going to SUMMER IN THE CITY! I (and most of the team) am slightly older and a bit less familiar with loom bands than the usual SitC crowd but that doesn’t mean we’re […]

We Were Liars on the Underground

Yesterday we released 200 copies of WE WERE LIARS on the London Underground with the fantastic @BooksUndergrnd. We got up SUPER early in order to find some empty seats to leave books on and this was the result: We’ve been out west delivering #WeWereLiars to London’s commuters this morning #booksontheunderground @HotKeyBooks pic.twitter.com/UBriiWWv85 — Books Underground […]

Reading Music #1 – WE WERE LIARS

Sometimes it’s a certain scent, sometimes it’s the exact spot you were sitting, sometimes it’s a phrase. They’re all triggers that take you straight back to how you felt when you read THAT book. The one that you just couldn’t stop thinking about while you were reading it, the one that you just had to […]

All hail… Queen James!

On Friday 11th July, we dusted off our pink frocks and hopped down to the train station to take a trip to Godalming for the one and only QUEEN OF TEEN AWARDS CEREMONY! The Queen of Teen is a really fun award for teen and YA authors run by The Book People, and it’s quite […]

Through the Keyhole: August

It’s time to peek ahead through the keyhole and take a look at the fun events coming up in August! We’re very excited that for the first time this year we’ll be taking a trip to Summer in the City at Alexandra Palace – a huge event dedicated to YouTube Bloggers. It takes place on […]

The Booktrust Best Book Awards ceremony

This time last week, it was time for us to bundle into a taxi and head on down to the Booktrust Best Book Awards with Amazon Kindle. We were very excited as we had two shortlisted books, The Great Galloon by Tom Banks and The Jade Boy by Cate Cain from the Templar Fiction list. […]

AWE OF MERCURY – How it came to be, and very nearly didn’t.

Today’s blog post is by Elon Dann, author of AWE OF MERCURY (the sequel to CLOCKWISE TO TITAN) which is out today! Everyone who read CLOCKWISE TO TITAN said it felt like there should be a sequel, although that had never been my intention when writing. I was happy we’d been allowed to peek through […]

Out Now! Our July Titles.

Today is publication day! And Rosi (@BookEating_Girl) is here to talk you through all our wonderful July titles. Find out more about our July titles, read a letter from the editor and buy the books: JUMBLECAT by Archie Kimpton SCARLET FEVER by Maureen Johnson BOY KILLS MAN by Matt Whyman AWE OF MERCURY by Elon […]


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