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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 […]

Duck, Death and the Poo Bum – our latest book haul

Yes, it’s another look at the HKB book haul and this time, as it’s getting a bit difficult navigating through the vast forests we’re purchasing, we thought we’d concentrate on one area – picture books.  And this is my latest picture book purchase – it’s one of those books that’s not necessarily child orientated, and […]

All Hallow’s Read

Happy Halloween book lovers! And what better way to enjoy everything ghouly, ghostly, eerie and spooky than by running a special Halloween giveaway in the spirit of All Hallow’s Read! For those of you not familiar with it, All Hallow’s Read is a Halloween tradition established by Neil Gaiman (read his original blog post about […]

Ask the Expert Book Clinic with Wallingford Bookshop

Hello and welcome to another Ask the Expert Book Clinic, this time featuring the lovely Wallingford Books, based in the market town of Wallingford in Oxfordshire. They say: ‘We specialise in finding the best books to suit you. We can order most books within 24 hours and aim to provide the best customer experience on […]


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