Beth Morrey was inspired to write her debut novel, Saving Missy, while pushing a pram around her local park during maternity leave. Getting to know the community of dog owners, joggers, neighbours and families, she began to sow the seeds of a novel about a woman saved by the people around her, strangers who became friends. In this post, she writes about her real-life experiences of motherhood and community. READ MORE
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The Matilda Children’s Literature Prize and the Magic of Storytelling with Publisher, Lisa Berryman
Storytelling is at the heart of everything we do at HarperCollins Children’s Books, be it creating beautiful picture books for very young children, books with more accessible text for those who are learning how to read, or page-turning books for children who are more confident readers, we know the power of a good story. And in a world where kids are surrounded by the temptations of the digital world, we know that the very best books will attract the attention of our young audience. READ MORE
The Cutest Book Submission From Five-Year-Old Girl!
One of the joys of working in publishing is that you never quite know what you’re going to receive in your email inbox every morning – a hot new manuscript that you’ll fall in love with, an approach from an author with a new story to tell, or news about an exciting project... But yesterday morning, there was something quite different. READ MORE
Extract: ‘What to Read and Why’ by Francine Prose
In an age defined by hyper-connectivity and constant stimulation, Francine Prose makes a compelling case for the solitary act of reading and the great enjoyment it brings. Written with her sharp critical analysis, wit, and enthusiasm, What to Read and Why is a celebration of literature that will give readers a new appreciation for the power and beauty of the written word. READ MORE
Inspiring books to help you save the planet
Plastic-free July has been plastered across social media recently. It's the latest aspect of a worldwide push for more sustainable, thoughtful living. Not every lifestyle change has to be seismic. It's possible to make small swaps and compromises to help make your modern life much more planet-friendly. READ MORE
A Single Day Has Never Been So Powerful
International Women’s Day message from Tara Moss
Can books help us cope with grief and death?
If you haven't noticed, there's a publishing trend at the moment for books about grief and death. You'll find plenty of memoirs, self-help books and novels discussing euthanasia, grief and dying, but why is this topic so hot right now? And how can books help? READ MORE