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June Book Club Discussion: WIDE SARGASSO SEA

This month we picked WIDE SARGASSO SEA by Jean Rhys as our June book for the Hot Key Book Club. To find out what we thought, watch the video below (featuring Monique, Livs, Sanne and Sarah Odedina). The prequel to Charlotte Bronte’s literary classic, JANE EYRE, author Jean Rhys attempts…

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Will Make You Cry

It is my last week here at Hot Key Books, and it’s making me really sad. But since I’m stone cold when saying goodbye (seriously, what’s wrong with me?), I do like to find a comforting outlet for those suppressed tears. So for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday we’re listing…

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Top Ten Tuesday: Rebels in Literature

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday is Rebels in Literature. Here’s a list of rebellious characters, who all go against the norm to fight for what they love and what they believe in, and most of time, managing to do this in a pretty cool, inspiring, sometimes completely dangerous way… 1. Antoinette…

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Behind the magic of Potter…

I have to start with a confession. I haven’t read all of the Harry Potter series. *ducks while you throw things at me* I LOVED books one to four, lost myself in them, adored the characters, watched the movies, couldn’t wait for book five to come out. But, the same…

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Hot Key Carnegie Challenge Book 3: Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

Our reading challenge has been slightly delayed by London Book Fair but we remain dedicated to the cause! We WILL read the eight books before the winner is announced in June… Over the last few weeks we’ve been reading Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys: The blurb goes: Lina…

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From the Intern Desk : My Little List of Covetousness

If I had to summarise my childhood home, and my parents’ influence, I would have to say that I grew up in a house of: Cheese (both of the edible and comedic variety)  Theatre (from Shakespearian plays in Hatfield Forest to the most unabashedly ridiculous musicals possible!)  And… mountains of…

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Building the Hot Key list – a Publisher's view

What could be more exciting than building a list from scratch? It’s every editor’s fantasy: to hand pick books and authors you love, that you have lots of room for, and getting to acquire a dream list! But of course, there is more to it than that! There is a…

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On Reading Books in School

One of the best things about twitter is its ability to start a conversation. A passing comment can spark discussion that you didn’t see coming, perhaps with people you’ve never met. And that’s kind of a great thing, to be a sentence away from millions of different opinions, passions, and…

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Reasons to Eat More Chocolate

Not that we need any. It’s a 4 day weekend, and what are you going to do with it?  We’ve got our Carnegie challenge and a pile of submissions from Bologna to read through, so that’s us pretty much sorted. If you’re not joining in the challenge (and why not?)…

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Hot Key Carnegie Challenge – Book 1: A Monster Calls

Last week we made a pact that we would read and discuss the Carnegie Shortlist here at Hot Key and today is the start of our first discussion. We’d love you to join in too! We decided to start with Patrick Ness’s A Monster Calls – mainly as it had…

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Guest Post: Do we judge a book by its cover? by M @We Sat Down

Please welcome our second guest blogger from We Sat Down who prompted by last week’s guest post, talks about how her and her daughter choose books from the occasionally overwhelming array that are out there… Last week Literature For Lads’ guest post and the announcement of the Carnegie Greenaway shortlists…

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On Buying Beautiful Books

What makes a beautiful book? Well, I suppose that’s subjective. Perhaps you like the feel of a hardback with thick pages, or relish the purchase of a smooth paperback that embodies the ‘page-turner’ promised within. Are uncoated paper covers are your thing, or are you sold by a beautiful jacket…

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Guest Post: It’s not all pink…

A little while back we invited the blogging community the chance to guest blog for us, and today we have our first taker! Please welcome Duncan from Literature for Lads who takes the floor to talk about boys and reading… “Boys just don’t read”.  Is this perhaps one of the…

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Attempting to draw the graphic novel

I’ve always enjoyed that magic combination of words and pictures to create stories and express ideas – from baby books to picture books and graphic novels for adults. Graphic novels and comics can explain complicated political, cultural and existential ideas with ease, making them accessible and a pleasure to read….

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