The Design Department: Fish Out Of Water by Natalie Whipple

Today we’re having a look at creating the cover for Natalie Whipple’s latest book FISH OUT OF WATER. More specifically hand lettering a book cover! Two roughs for the cover At first me and Art Director Jet were bouncing ideas and thought two gold fish of different

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Hot Key Book Club: The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

This month I was the lucky chosen one who gets to pick the Hot Key Book Club book and I thought I’d pick something that seems to have everyone talking at the moment, Paula Hawkins’ THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN. I love a crime novel anyway, anything that’s

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Reading Music #4 – Shades of London Songs

To celebrate the third book in the Shades of London series FINALLY being ready to read (SCREAM!). The Shadow Cabinet is published in the UK on 5th February (that’s THIS WEEK PEOPLE!) and you can pre-order it here: https://www.hotkeybooks.com/books/detail/the-shadow-cabinet                  

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Book Club Discussion: THE ART OF BEING NORMAL

In January we read THE ART OF BEING NORMAL by Lisa Williamson, as selected by Livs. People on Twitter couldn’t stop talking about it, so we just HAD to check it out! Watch our Book Club video so see what we thought: (Since we’ve been so busy

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Top Ten Tuesday: Banned Books

The subject of freedom of speech and what it means has been on everybody’s lips recently. What one writer may find harmless another reader may find offensive. But do we defend the right of the writer to say it no matter how offensive it is to the

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#TeamSayHerName – why we love James Dawson!

This year will see the first ever UKYA Book Prize awarded by The Bookseller – A Very Exciting Thing. There’s such a wealth of fantastic YA writing in the UK and yet many of the US names take over in people’s minds, thanks in part to big

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Through the Keyhole: On Tour with Sally Gardner

While an icy chill blows across the country, it’s all hands on thetrainline.com here at HKB towers which can only mean one thing – we’re going out, and we may be some time. That’s right, next week is TOUR WEEK! The first of the year and the

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Coming Soon | Our New February Books

We’ve got a very exciting collection of new book coming out in February and Livs (@meadolivia) will talk you through all of them in the video below: Find out more about our February titles, read a letter from the editor and buy the books: WRESTLING TROLLS: THUD

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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

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Hot Key Book Club: The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Willliamson

Well hello there and welcome to January’s Hot Key Book Club (cue furious applause). Looking back on last year’s picks we’ve covered commercial fiction, adult literary prize-winners, illustrated younger fiction and fifth instalments of hugely successful series. Strangely for a YA publisher however, we’re thin on the ground

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