Our books Archive

Through the Keyhole: James Dawson on tour!

It’s that time again to let you know how you can meet a wicked-cool author out on the road! It’s not long until the dazzlingly pink and beautiful UNDER MY SKIN by James Dawson is released, and he will be out and about to speak to you all about his inspiration, his writing, and mostly to […]

Book Covers – Choosing Colours

We are delighted to reveal the cover for FOULSHAM, the second book in the incomparable IREMONGER TRILOGY by Edward Carey. (You don’t have to take our word for how good the series is. Just look at the quotes we get to put on the front cover!) But how does the Design Department choose a book’s colour […]

Christmas Sale!

Every year we’ve been alive, Hot Key Books has had a Christmas sale on our website. And this year is no exception! The marketers and editors at HKB HQ carefully handpick your ordered book from our shelves, lovingly wrap it for free and then serenade the packages with little Christmas tunes all the way to the […]

Love for This Book Is Gay

We love THIS BOOK IS GAY and today we wanted to share some of the lovely things that have been happening around the book, starting with this deeeeeeeelicious rainbow cake we ordered for a sponsored tea break at the Youth Librarian Group conference, where we talked all things TBIG with the librarians (and had ridiculous […]

Announcing… E Lockhart Tour Dates!

It might not have escaped your attention in the last few months that E Lockhart’s WE WERE LIARS has been a pretty big book for us…  It’s been reviewed almost everywhere, and is also shortlisted for the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize (announcing the winner on Thursday this week eep!) and has just been nominated for the […]

Top Ten Tuesday: The Animal Stories That Ruined My Life

“You’re ruining that dog. You think he’s a human – he’s completely out of control,” says my boyfriend Ben, on many an evening. “No I don’t! Don’t be ridiculous,” I will reply, gently pulling Wilbur’s night-time hoodie over his head whilst simultaneously checking that the kettle is on for his miniature hot-water bottle. He gets cold, […]

Librarian love at the YLG Conference

We’re big fans of librarians at Hot Key Books. Books pretty much rock their world, and that’s our kind of person! Livs and I spent this weekend at the YLG Conference (that’s Youth Librarians Group to the uninitiated) in Durham. Back in London, word on the street was that we would have a pretty romantic time, […]

Through the Keyhole: Garth Nix on tour!

For this month’s Through the Keyhole posts I thought it would be nice to recap the epic few weeks of events we’ve had at Hot Key – there’s been so many brilliant festivals, bookshop talks and school events that we just had to share the joy! First up will be a recap of Garth Nix’s […]

Garth Nix Visits the UK!

As you may have already noticed, we’re very excited to be welcoming GARTH NIX to the UK to promote the new book, CLARIEL. If you haven’t noticed – TIME TO GET NOTICING! There are lots of opportunities to meet Garth who will kindly be whistling across the country to talk to as many of you […]

Reading Music #2 – THIS BOOK IS GAY

This month to celebrate the publication of a very important (and VERY colourful) book, THIS BOOK IS GAY by James Dawson we asked you what you would like to listen along to while you read it. We steered well clear of any stereotypes (ahem) and went for songs like Biology by Girls Aloud, A Little Respect […]


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