Book and publishing industry blog - Hodder & Stoughton


  • The History of Christmas 12 November, 2015

    As the song says: ‘It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, everywhere you go.’ Except it’s not is it? We’re into what feels like week 38 of Christmas fever and everywhere is covered in tinsel, glitter and reindeer. It’s like this already and it’s still only the middle of November. Let me say that again: the middle of November. Every year Christmas seems to get earlier and earlier and the constant reminders to buy presents become more and more tiresome. Well we’re taking a stand!

  • Who would be your literary murderer? Halloween Horror! 29 October, 2015

    We really don’t need to remind you that it’s Halloween on Saturday, so instead let’s get really creepy and morbid in honour of this most unholy of holidays and talk about how we might be killed, executed, slain, massacred, murdered, wiped out or in some such way essentially expired by characters in literature. No, really. We challenged the Hodder team to think about the most likely way they might meet their end if they were a character in literature themselves.

  • Seriously... this is some messed up stuff Things we do for marketing THAT YOU WON'T BELIEVE 16 October, 2015

    Marketing is an incredibly creative job, and in publishing we get to do some extremely diverse things that YOU WOULDN’T BELIEVE. We asked the Hodder marketing team to tell us about some of the craziest things they’ve had to do in the course of their publishing career. From the hilarious to the mind-numbingly mundane, this is what they said.

  • By Annie Camp Top Literary Holiday Destinations 01 October, 2015

    It’s the end of the summer and we’re all back at work for the start of the new season – the desk-dreaming season. Having to pack up your suitcase and kiss goodbye to the beaches, only to head back to slightly grey English skies, can be a bit of a dampener on anyone’s mood. So we sit at our computer screens, contemplating our next getaway and sighing audibly as the rain lashes against the windowpanes. But what if you could holiday even as you sat at your desk? What if you could (literally) escape into the pages of your favourite novel? Here are some ideas for those perfect literary holidays.

  • Hodder's Literary Rugby World Cup Team 17 September, 2015

    Hodder Towers select the literary figures who would make up their ultimate Rugby World Cup team.

  • Recipes for the perfect book Novel Bakes - recipes for the perfect book 21 August, 2015

    The Great British Bake Off is once again gripping the nation, and while thoughts very easily turn to delicious cakes our minds are, of course, never far away from dreaming about the next great book. But what if you could bake the perfect novel?

  • 6 must-have bookish accessories to organise your life 05 August, 2015

    It’s that time of year again. Our days of jetting off on holidays, sleeping past 12, and turning into lobsters after baking ourselves in the park are well and truly in the past. With summer over, it’s time to get back to normality and that means getting reorganised.

  • 7 DIY bookshelf ideas 22 July, 2015

    The pride and joy of any bookish person is their book collection. Whether a few books lovingly stacked on a single shelf or a hoard of books piled on top of each other constantly poised to topple over, books are objects that can add character to any room. There are, however, more interesting ways to display your collection than picking up that £11 bookshelf from IKEA and they’re far easier than you might expect.

  • by Howard Sounes Amy Winehouse, and the 27 Club 07 July, 2015

    Four years ago this summer Amy Winehouse was found dead at her London home. She died alone, of alcohol poisoning, surrounded by vodka bottles, aged 27.

  • Our favourite father moments in fiction 15 June, 2015

    There are some truly fantastic father characters in our favourite books - some wonderfully warm and others mean and heartless, but all great characters that stay with us long after the story is over. In celebration of Father's Day, here are some remembered.

  • I could have ended up selling pants for a living 20 May, 2015

    By Jessica Killingley, Marketing Director at Hodder & Stoughton

  • By Editor Maddy Price 5 reasons you should read My Grandfather Would Have Shot Me 06 May, 2015

    My Grandfather Would Have Shot Me by Jennifer Teege is the extraordinary and moving memoir of a woman who learns that her grandfather was Amon Goeth, the brutal Nazi commandant depicted in the film Schindler's List. Here are five reasons why you need to read her mesmerising story.

  • Things we love most about our new home 22 April, 2015

    Things are very different over here at Hodder HQ, as we settle into our new home at Blackfriars. We spent most of last week exploring all the nooks and crannies, sampling the food from our new 6th floor cafe, basking in the sun on the roof terrace... and doing a lot of important work too of course. Now that we've had time to reflect, we'd love to share some of our favourite things about Carmelite House.

  • Spotlight on Hodderscape: Hodder's SFF community 16 April, 2015

    Hodderscape is where Hodder & Stoughton’s resident geeks hang out and chat about our science fiction, fantasy and horror books.

  • April Fool! Greatest plot twists in literature 01 April, 2015

    It’s April Fools’ Day, and one of the greatest forms of practical jokes is, in our opinion, the plot twist.

  • 8 literary places to visit in the Easter holidays 26 March, 2015

    What ARE we all going to do with those extra couple of days’ holiday (or more!) around Easter?

  • 5 myths about publishing 20 March, 2015

    We asked our Editorial Director, Drummond Moir, to quash some common beliefs about publishing that simply aren't true.

  • What if these famous fictional mothers had phones? 10 March, 2015

    What would happen to the dynamics of the mother-child relationships of some of our favourite fictional characters if they were introduced to the modern age of mobile phones?

  • Fictional women with real superpowers 05 March, 2015

    It's International Women's Day on Sunday, and we've been thinking about some of the female characters in our favourite works of fiction. Stand aside you damsels in distress; here are some gals with real superpowers.

  • A day in the life of an editorial assistant 26 February, 2015

    Abby Parsons is an editorial assistant for the Hodder Fiction team, and has been for six months now. We think she's just about qualified enough to tell you about a typical day in the life of an editorial assistant.