[caption id="attachment_6061" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Words: Catherine Milne, HarperCollins Fiction Publisher[/caption] At stressful times, when you’re down, or when you just want an instant pick-me-up or escape from reality, do you often find yourself reaching – along with the chocolate/tea/wine (name your addiction of choice) – for a book that you’ve read many times before? READ MORE
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Guest Post: Tess Evans on the Power of Community Activism
In her new novel, The Ballad of Banjo Crossing, Tess Evans deals with what happens when a small town community is fractured by big business - when armchair critics become activists. Once a proud farming community, Banjo Crossing could become a mining town, their sweet water compromised, their fertile soil degraded, the food they produce, suspect. What are the ramifications when an issue like this has the power to divide even the most closely knit community? READ MORE
So, you want to be punched by an astronaut?
On the day on which Neil Armstrong died, there was a harvest moon above the River Thames. It was a coincidence, but a charming one. It was as if the Moon was paying its respects. Going online, I wondered how soon I would see people declare that 82-year-old Armstrong had been assassinated because he was about to reveal the truth about the Moon landings. I was way behind the times; apparently that hot-headed rumour began at the moment of the death announcement. Capricorn One has much to answer for. READ MORE
How to Bake a Universe with Brian Cox
Want to be a unique and effective leader?
“Why do I exist?” “Why does our institution exist?” “What is the role of a multinational corporation in our world? “What is the role of a leader in digital technology, especially as the world turns to tech as such a crucial input to drive growth?” These questions haunt me, and they motivated me to write Hit Refresh. Finding answers set me on an intellectual and introspective journey to discover what I uniquely can contribute to society and how to rediscover the soul of Microsoft, to define our role as a global company. They guide me daily in the pursuit to bring empathy together with big ideas in order to make a real difference. READ MORE
Day in the Life with Katrina Lawrence
We caught up with author and beauty editor, Katrina Lawrence to find out what a typical day as the author of Paris Dreaming is like. We love that even though she has to get the mundane stuff like getting her kids ready for school and walking the dog, Katrina makes her world as beautiful as possible and takes pleasure in each and every moment. READ MORE
Katrina Lawrence: Literary Tour of Paris
Paris is arguably the most literarily immortalised place on earth. You could visit almost every corner and cranny of this much-loved city without even leaving your couch. But if you want to be more than merely an armchair traveller, here are some of my favourite real-time ways in which you can experience the literary City of Light … READ MORE
Mark Lawrence: Revisiting The Broken Empire in Road Brothers
Sixty Seconds: Forty years in the making
They say that time heals all wounds, but for author Jesse Blackadder, it's taken over forty years for her to come to terms with and understand a tragic loss from her childhood. Her latest book, Sixty Seconds, is based on real life events from her childhood but is told via fictional family, the Brennans - parents, Finn and Bridget, and their sons, Jarrah and Toby. READ MORE