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Coming Soon: August

Today Jen (@jenlv), our Marketing Campaign Manager, tells you all about the books coming out this August! Find out more about our June titles, read a letter from the editor and buy the books: AS RED AS BLOOD by Salla Simukka THE ILLUSIONISTS by Laure Eve HEAP HOUSE by Edward Carey FOULSHAM by Edward Carey […]

Top Ten Tuesday: Best Summery Books

Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday! I don’t know about you guys, but for me summer holidays are all about sunbathing and reading – and reading as much as possible. My pre-summer holiday trip to a bookshop is one of my favourite times of year (lists compiled, shelves at home scoured, too much money spent). It’s […]

A Hot Key Field Trip to the New Foyles

Mondays. Bleurgh. Right? Well yes, usually. Except this Monday because not only did the lovely Jen start in the SPAM team, but we also went and saw THE BRAND NEW FOYLES. Cue lots (and lots) of squeeeee-ing. As book and bookshop lovers, we were obviously very excited as Rosi and Jen are demonstrating admirably. (Monique […]

You need to put a smile on the face of the child you were …

Today on the blog, the lovely Dawn McNiff author of the magical and moving LITTLE CELESTE talks about the best piece of writing advice she ever received, and how it inspired her to write a book that will put a smile on lots of children’s (and adults!) faces. Someone once said to me – ‘As […]

Through the Keyhole: April

Take a peek through the Keyhole to discover what we have coming up in April… Hot on the back of the announcement of PAPER AEROPLANES being shortlisted for the 2014 Waterstones Children’s Book Prize, we are very excited to announce that Dawn O’Porter will be back in the UK touring her follow-up GOOSE over the […]

Heat up your Valentine’s…

Did you know, when we launched our first contest for Unlocked, we had so many wonderful submissions that we couldn’t just pick 1? We ended up with two Christmas winners and asked one of the runners-up to save her story for a Valentine’s release. And it’s here! Along with two more stories from writers from […]

All Our Money Goes on Books

  So much money has been spent in the past month, and so soon after Christmas!  We truly are obsessed. Nice to see so many inter-HKB recommendations.  I’ll see if I can get everyone talking about the same book next time via the power of ‘going on about stuff in the kitchenette area’.  My book […]

2014 Reading Resolutions

It’s a new year, which means it’s time for new reading challenges and resolutions! Last month I wrote a blog post about the 50 Book Challenge and at the time I had read a total of 30 books. Now that December is over I can tell you that I only made it to 40 books, […]

The 50 Book Challenge

It is the second week of December and the end of the year is coming closer and closer. Am I stressed out about cooking a Christmas dinner or buying my last presents? No. The thing that preoccupies my mind at the end of every year is: how many books do I have to finish before […]

A Bookselling Masterclass

A few weeks ago Rosamund de la Hay, ex-publisher and owner of the award-winning bookshop The Mainstreet Trading Company, came in to Hot Key HQ to talk to us about her decision to leave the publishing house she had worked at and set up her own independent bookshop in St Boswell’s, a large village in […]


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