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

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Buying Books Online

A good bookshop is a magical place, a happy place full of smiles and beautiful things to touch and bookish smells. It is my favourite place to buy a book. There are lovely places online to buy books, too, and to celebrate the arrival of a brand

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Writing Advice from YOU: Getting to know your characters.

Today we have some writing advice for you, straight from our Twitter feed! Sometimes you hear stories about authors who have boxes and boxes filled with notebooks about all their characters, and that made us curious about how many authors actually do this (or if they prefer

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Our Experiences at Summer in the City

Last weekend we were at Summer in the City, a massive YouTube gathering at Alexandra Palace. We sold books at our stand, had a We Were Liars board where people could write down lies, a book swap and lots of bean bags for people to read in.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Best Cliffhangers

For this week’s Top Ten Tuesday we’ve created a list of our favourite, or perhaps least favourite, cliffhangers in books (+ by popular demand, some movies). These are the moments that made us want to throw books out of the window and rant to our friends for

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In Defence of Bleak Books

Ah, it’s August, when beach reads fly off the shelves and onto e-readers . . . We have already compiled a top ten list of summery reads but back then I didn’t say what I really feel, which is that summer holidays are actually for reading bleak

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Friday Key Chain: @Books_Bandit

The Friday Key Chain is a feature on our blog where we introduce you to some of our most active Twitter followers. We love people who want to get involved and this is a great way for everyone to get to know each other a bit better!

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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

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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

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books We Read in 1 Day

Sometimes a book just grabs you and refuses to let go. For this Top Ten Tuesday we’ve compiled a list of books that we finished in one day. They all vary in page count, but they have one thing in common: we couldn’t put them down! Actually,

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