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Looking for ideas and inspiration for what book to read next? Read our weekly features on the themes & books we're in the mood for...

From James Bond to high school scandals, bodice rippers to Christmas shopping...



Traditional Love Interests

So we know that we are all prone to falling for a literary character from time to time.. But what about those classic love interests who would be just a little bit less than perfect in real life? Here are our list of those guys that you should maybe steer clear of in the real world. Read more>

My Book Dreamboat

Have you ever fallen for a fictional character? THAT, my friends, is the questions. With Valentine's Day rearing its little head (and beating its heart and fluttering its wings), we're embracing all things love-ly in literature and we want you to join in. Read more>

Bringing Rabbit Hayes to Life

A couple of weeks ago, Harriet Bourton talked about what it feels like to have an incredible manuscript land on your desk, and the total, infectious, finger-tingling joy of starting a book that, on one page makes you burst out laughing and on the next has you dissolved in a puffy-eyed mess. This exquisite mix of joy and sadness took hold of the whole of Transworld over the next few days, as one by one we guffawed, wept, smiled and fell in love with Rabbit Hayes. Read more>

Buying the Book

To celebrate the paperback publication of The Last Days of Rabbit Hayes, we asked editor Harriet Bourton what it was like to discover sucha beautiful book. Read more>

WIN a Kindle Paperwhite to Celebrate Judy Astley's Christmas Novel!

With Christmas just around the corner, what better way to embrace the festive spirit than by reading Judy Astley's new novel, It Must Have Been the Mistletoe. To celebrate the release of this gorgeous Christmas story, we're giving away a Kindle Paperwhite. Read more>

Autumnal Reading

Being quite a bookish person, I've always really enjoyed this time of year. Rather than leaping through cripsy leaves, now the trees are barer and barer and the leaves are just sludge at the side of the road. The weather is sometimes warm and usually damp and you can practically feel the decay while walking outdoors. Read more>

Halloween Reading

It's the spookiest time of year so what better time to draw the curtains and scare yourself silly with a good book. To help you out, we have tasked Marketing and Publicity with raiding collections of old classics and new titles to find you the scariest books of all time. Read on if you dare and let us know which list would be keeping you up at night... Read more>

The Lost Art of Writing Letters - Queenie Hennessy

Letters and postcards are beoming a thing of the past, a novelty, a non-existent treasure. But wil Rachel Joyce's new book, The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy, teach us all a valuable lesson that the art of writing a letter isn't lost on us just yet? Read more>

Bank Holiday Reading

As the final long weekend of the summer is upon us we are all busily making plans for how to enjoy a whole extra day off work! But no matter what your plans are, we have the perfect book to enjoy - whatever the weather. Read more>

*EXCLUSIVE* S J Watson talks Before I Go To Sleep

The special film tie-in edition of Before I Go To Sleep by S J Watson is published today. With the film set for cinema release on September 5th, here's an EXCLUSIVE piece rom the author himself about how his story made its way to Hollywood. Read more>

Before I Go To Sleep Book vs. Film

When a book is made into a film that age-old question never fails to read its head: which one is better? And in the case of new movie Before I Go To Sleep based on the bestselling novel by S J Watson, the verdict is... Read more>

A Parents' Survival Guide

When I look back to the summer holidays of my childhood, it is with undoubtedly rose-tinted spectacles of virtually endless sunshine. However, come rain or shine, I would usually have my head in a book. Read more>

10 Things You Didn't Know About Amazon

According to the winner of the 2013 Financial Times and Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Award, The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos andthe Age of Amazon by Brad Stone. Read more>

9 Essential Ingredients Every Awesome Dystopian Young Adult Trilogy Must Have

To celebrate the publication of The Queen of the Tearling on July 17th, we thought we'd see how it stacks up against the hit dystopian trilogy for young adults: The Hunger Games. Read more>

Five Books for difficult-to-buy-for dads

There are all sorts of dads. From the super sporty dads who know every statistic to the amazingly practical ones who can fix just about anything with a powertool, they all seem to have one thing in common - they are impossible difficult to buy for. Read more>

I want to ride my bicycle...

Inspired by the cover of our non-fiction cycling book Climbs and Punishment by Felix Lowe (which is published today) we're taking a look at some of the coolest and quirkiest cycling illustrations and posters... ever... Read more>

Writing and a Sense of Place

Alison Jameson, author of the beautiful and haunting Little Beauty writes about where she begins when starting a new novel. Read more>

Dear Thing

Today it has been announced that the lovely Julie Cohen's Dear Thing has been selected as a Richard and Judy Summer Read. We asked Julie about the moment she found out (and the struggles of keeping it a secret since then!) Read more>

Hippy Dinners

On April 24th we published a deliciously quirky memoir called Hippy Dinners by Abbie Ross.When Abbie's family make a move to rural North Wales from London in the 1970s, Abbie's childhood life adapts from the city to fishing for sticklebacks in the countryside. But with the joy of growing up in the great outdoors comes the burning powerlessness, frustrations and mortifications of being a child. To celebrate Abbie's stunning book, Darren Dubicki from Aardman Animations directed a fantastic Hippy Dinners book trailer which you can watch belw. We asked Darren to dish the dirt on the behind the scenes of making it... Read more>


Easter is nearly upon us and with it brings a four day weekend (yay!), sunshine (hopefully) and plenty of chocolate (obviously). For those of you who have struggled through the forty days of Lent without chocolate (or those of you who just love chocolate at any time) Easter is the perfect time to indulge your sweet tooth. Read more>

Spring Books for Easter

To celebrate Easter Sunday, the arrival of spring and the long bank holiday weekend, we're looking back at some of our favourite stories that embrace this time of year. Read more>

Gothic Ghost Stories

To celebrate the paperback publication of John Boyne's new gothic novel, This House is Haunted, we thought we'd see how it stacks up against the time-honoured classic of ghost stories; Susan Hill's The Woman In Black. Read more>

Mothering Sunday

Mums always seem to have the answer to everything - even if we don't always like to admit it. They are always there as a shoulder to cry on when we are heartbroken, to take care of us when we are sick and to celebrate with us when something goes right. Read more>

International Happiness Day

Thursday is International Happiness Day and there's plenty to be happy about: it's sunny (well, not raining...), the first day of spring wich means daffodils are coming... and nearly the weekend! Read more>

The Book Thief Film

Film adaptations of our ost beloved novels always spark lively debate. In anticipation of the forthcoming release of The Book Thief by 20th Century Fox, we reflect on the magic of the story, and the challenges of adapting words to screen. Read more>

The Costa Novel Award

We are delighted to announce that Kate Atkinson has won the 2013 Costa Novel Award for Life After Life, a success that has proved popular on Twitter. Read more>



This Year in Books

As 2013 draws to a close, we thought we'd take a look back at some of our biggest books this year. From blockbuster thrillers to award-winning debuts, these books are not to be missed. So, if it's your New Year's resolution to read a bit more, we suggest you kick off with one of these... Read more>

A Faraway Smell of Lemons

Today we are publishing an e-short story by Rachel Joyce, author of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry and Perfect. To celebrate its publication, Publishing Director Susanna Wadeson talks about the story behind A Faraway Smell of Lemon, and what it's like to work with such a fantastic writer. Read more>


Happy Halloween! To celebrate the occasions here at Transworld, publicity and marketing are going head to head to pick the scariest book of all time. Lucy (Marketing) and September (Publicity) have each chosen five novels they think deserve the crown. Read more>


Any hopes we had of an extended "Indian Summer" have fast depleted as temperatures drop to their usual autumnal standards. Whether rain or shine, the winter coats have been brought out of hibernation and there's definitely a touch of frost in the air. Read more>

Captain Phillips

Emma Buckley from our editorial department reviews Captain Phillips, the film adaptation of Captain Richard Phillips' extraordinary memoir, A Captain's Duty. Read more>

Downton Abbey

Last Sunday, Britain took to is sofas with relish to watch the brand new series of Julian Fellowes' tragi-comic period drama, Downton Abbey... Read more>


The ouside of La Bodega Negra is adorned with neon signs bearing the slogans "Adult Video" and "Peep Show"; not exactly the setting for a casual birthday dinner.
Fortunately (for me at least), the risque exterior is just a facade and the venue below is less sex shop, more Mexican street food. Read more> 

Books Are My Bag

Books Are My Bag is the biggest EVER campaign for bookshops and it launches this Saturday 14th September with the Big Bookshop Party! Naomi from our marketing department went to the press launch last Monday and had this to say about it. Read more>

Behind the Scenes: Publicity

The lovely September Withers from our Publicity department talks us through a day in the life of a book publicist... Read more>

Location, Location, Location

Last week I swapped the erratci UK weather for sun, sea and Tzatziki in Kefalonia, Greece. This beautiful island was the setting for Louis de Bernieres' modern classic, Captain Correlli's Mandolin, which tells the story of Italian officer Captain Antonio Corelli and local doctor's daughter Pelagia during the Second World War... Read more>

Rob Lowe

When it was announced that we would be publishing Rob Lowe's memoir back in 2010, wistful sighs could be heard throughout the office as several members of staff imagined running away with him into the sunset, preferably atop a white stallion... Read more>


Meet Auggie. He's an ordinary boy. With an extraordinary face. Read more>


Last weekend crime fans and authors flocked to the Theakston's old Peculier Crime Writing Festival in Harrogate, held in the Old Swan Hotel where Agatha Christie famously reappeared after going missing for eleven days in 1926. This is the UK's leading crime writing event and it didn't disappoint... Read more>


To celebrate Andy Murray's triumphant victory on Sunday, Editorial Director Michelle Signore takes al ook at one of Britain's favourite traditions: the Wimbledon Championships. Read more>


Last weekend, hundreds of thousands of people bravely made their way to Pilton, Somerset to Glastonbury 2013. This week we take a look at what it is about this festival  that makes it stand out from the rest. Read more>

Pride and Prejudice

This year marks the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen's iconic novel, Pride and Prejudice. We reflect on the anniversary celebrations and the book we're most excited about this summer, Longbourn, the story of Pride and Prejudice told from the servants' perspective. Read more>

Father's Day

Father's Day is just around the corner and to celebrate we're exploring the wonderful world of flying in the hspae of Rowland White's The Big Book of Flight. Along with fantastic flight trivia and stunning photography, it's packed full of fun, flight-related activities and handy how-to guides that are sure to put a smile on your dad's face this year. To get you started we've picked four beautifully illustrated guides from the book for you to download right here on this page, from Aviation Origami to that old school classic; making the perfect paper aeroplane. Read more>

Behind the Scenes

'But what do you actually do?' More often than not, this is the response to my telling someone that I work in the copy-editorial department of a publishing house. Once it's established that I don't know the dictionary inside out (yet) the question still remains - what goes on in this partikculat corner of publishing? So to answer the question once and for all, here's a peek behind the scenes of Transworld's copy-editorial department. Read more>

The Curious Incident

Mark Haddon's bleakly comic novel The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, tells the story of fifteen year' old Christopher Boone, who has Asperger's Syndrome. On discovering the dead body of Wellington, the next-door neighbour's dog, he decides to turn detective. What unfolds is a murder mystery like no other, and one that will throw his world into chaos. Last week I went to see the theatre production based on the book, and was absolutely blown away. Read more>

Military Missions

To celebrate the twentieth anniversary of Andy McNab's Bravo Two Zero, we've released a fully revsied and updated edition, featuring new material, maps and photographs. To make this momentous occasion we took a look at some of our best books about military missions, from top secret SAD patrols to high-risk bomb disposals. Read more>


This week, we published the biggest book of the year: Dan Brown's latest thriller, Inferno, starring the brilliant Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon. To mark this momentous occasion, we've picked out the best of our best conspiracy thrillers. Be warned, within these pages are secrets so tantalising you will find them impossible to put down. Read more>


Our Sports Editorial Director Giles Elliott shares his thoughts on the rise in popularity of cycling books and how he came to commission four of the best, which are all coming out this summer. Described as 'the bookthat finally broke Lance Armstrong' and winner of the 2012 William Hill Sports Book of the Year, The Secret Race is published today in paperback. Read more>

Nordic Noir

With the ever-increasing popularity of crime books set in Scandinavian landscape, it is safe to say that 'Scandi-crime', or 'Nordic Noir', has become a genre in its own right. In our latest feature, Alex, who joined our marketring department for a work experience placement, explores what iti s about the genre that has captivated the nation to such a degree. Read more>

Women's Prize for Fiction

The 2013 Women's Prize for Fiction (formerly the Orange Prize for Fiction) celebrates excellence, originality and accessibility in women's writing froom throughout the world. To our delight, the nominees this year include our very own Kate Atkinson with her stunning novel, Life After Life. She joins Hilary Mantel, Zadie Smith and Barbara Kingsolver on the 2013 shortlist. To find out more visit the Women's Prize for Fiction website. Read more>

Pulitzer Prize Winners

Congratultions to Adam Johnson, whose novel The Orphan Master's Son has won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, the most prestigious literary award in the US. Praised by former Pulitzer winner Jennifer Egan as 'impossible to forget...' this dark and funny novel depicts one man's epic journey through the surrealist brutality of dictatorship and prison camps in North Korea. Read more>

Film Freaks

It's the late 1970s, and Christopher Fowler is a film freak, obsessively watching lousy films in run-down fleapit cinemas. Longing to put his dreams on the screen and become a famous screenwriter, he head for Wardour Street, the nation's equivalent of Hollywood, with an armful of scripts. Read more>

An Easter Feast

With Easter just five days away, we're getting very egg-cited about feasting on hot cross buns, Simnel cake and, of course, lots of delicious Easter eggs. Just don't forget to egg-ercise afterwards! (last pun, we promise...) Read more>

The Violinist's Thumb

Sam Kean spent years collecting mercury from broken thermometers as a kid and went on to become a writer in Washington D.C.. His first book, The Disappearing Stone, was nominated by the Royal Society for one of the top science books of 2010. Read more>

St Patrick's Day

With it being St Patrick's Day on Sunday, Guinnes stocks across the country will definitely be running low this weekend. To mark the occasion, we asked our colleagues over at Transworld Ireland to give us an insight into the world of Irish publishing and to tell us which books they're particularly excited about this year. Read more>

Kate Atkinson

What if you had the chance to live your life again and again, until you finally got it right? Life After Life is the wonderful new novel by bestselling author Kate Atkinson and is one of the most anticipated books this year. Read more>

Mother's Day

Looking for the perfect gift for Mother's Day this weekend? You can't go too far wrong with a beautifully-wrapped hardback book. We recommend Danielle Steel's brand new novel, Until the End of Time, the story of two remarkable relationships coming together in unexpected ways, as lovers are lost and then found once more. Read more>


Daniel Day-Lewis made Academy Awards history yesterday after winning his third best actor award for his role in Steven Spielberg's Lincoln. To celebrate the success of the London-born actor, we thought we'd take a look at which of our boks explore the rich history of the USA. Perfect for anyone who's interested in what our friends across the Pond have been up to for the past few thousand years... Read more>

The Oscars

Excited about the Oscars on Sunday? So are we! Inspired by this year's Best Picture nominations, we have canvassed opinion across some of the Transworld staff literati to come up with our pick of top Oscars 2013-inspired books - a mix of classics and favourites from us and other publishers. Read more>


Ah, Lent. Sandwiched between Shrove Tuesday and Easter, these are the forty days where we attempt to give up the vices we love most, be it junk food, smoking, booze or the office biscuit tin. But whether you quit five things or nothing at all, all the talk of abstinence makes it seem like the perfect time to lead a healthier lifestyle, take on that Bikram boot-camp, or become a devotee of the latest trendy diet. In my case, it's the 5:2 diet, which I'm hoping will revolutionise my waist line, and generally make me a better person. Read more>

Valentine's Day

Whether you love, hate, or feel completely indifferent to it, there's no avoiding the onslaught of red roses and heart-adorned memorabilia round every corner in the lead up to Valentine's Day. If you prefer to avoid the crowds (and the prices), why not impress your Valentine with your cooking expertise by trying out one of these scrumptious recipes to make for the perfect night in. Read more>


What better way to celebrate the joys of parenthood than with a good parentng book? With Pamela Druckerman's French Children Don't Throw Food out now in paperback we though we'd have a look at some of the best we have to offer, starting with Druckerman herself. Read more>

New Year

As we enter 2013 there are new beginnings to be had andNew Year's resolutions to be made. Inevitably, many of us will have brokwn them by February but if you do resolve to stick to anything this year, make sure it's to read at least one book that will stay with you forever. And, with so many moving and inspirational books out this month, we thought we'd take a look back over the past few years and pick out some of the best of our January titles. Whether they're brand new to 2013 or dating back to the Millenium, these are the kind of books you'll hold dear to your heart in years to come. Read more>



Jack Reacher

Last month saw the premiere of Jack Reachers, the brand new film based on Lee Child's One Shot, the ninth book in the series. The film stars Tom Cruise playing Reacher, who is summoned to Pittsburgh by a man accused of shooting five pople in cold blood. But Reacher is certain something is not right and teams up with beautiful defense lawyer Helen to unmask an unknown and dangerous enemy... Read more>

Christmas Shopping

Naturall we're celebrating the festive season with a Christmas themed 'In the mood for...' this week. In the marketing team, we thought it would be fun to share what books are on our Christmas wishlist this year, and our top recommendations for you. Read more>

Musical Icons

Dolly fever hit the Transworld office as we published her new book, Dream More. Inspired by the legend that is Dolly, we've picked out five of our top books about some of the most legendary musical icons in recent history, from Bob Dylan to Madonna, and right through to our latest pop sensation, McFly. Read more> 

Writing History

Three of our wonderful historical fiction writers, Hallie Rubenhold, MC Scott and Andrew Swanston, will be at the Thames Valley History Festival this weekend. Brought to you by Royal Borough's Libraries and Waterstones Windsor, this festival celebrates history writing at it's best. If you're in tha area, do go along. Read more>

Undercover Agents

With Skyfall fresh out in the cinema and James Bond fever seeping the nation we thought we'd pick out our top undercover agents, starting with 007 himself. Read more>

Back to School

You may not miss the dodgy hairstyles, school dinners or nylon uniforms, but who can't help feeling a bit nostalgic when thinking back to those crush-filled, angst-ridden years? We;ve picked out some of our best school-themed novels, to take you on a trip diwn memory lane... Read more>


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