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  • What's your 'book story'? 28 June, 2016

    As a book lover you no doubt have at least one battered edition of an old favourite book that you've read a few times over, and maybe there's even a story behind that particular copy. The marketing team at Hodder certainly do, and they have shared some of their 'book stories'.

  • by Sceptre Publishing Director, Carole Welch Time is precious. Read wisely. 15 June, 2016

    Sceptre has been publishing the finest fiction and non-fiction from around the world for 30 years! We asked Publishing Director Carole Welch to tell us a bit about Sceptre's astonishing achievements over the years.

  • Books for all types of Dad Is your Father's Day gift sorted? 23 May, 2016

    Books are a great go-to gift if you’re not sure what your dad might like for Father’s Day because there’s an infinite breadth of choice. But what is the right book for your dad? We asked the Hodder marketing team what books they would give to their dads (because of course we give books). Maybe you recognise your dad as one of these types?

  • By Drummond Moir The birth of a book: From brain to binding 06 May, 2016

    Here at Hodder HQ we sometimes forget that you book lovers don't necessarily know the quite substantial ins and outs of the publishing process. The life cycle of a book, both physical and digital, really is a labour of love for all involved. We asked our very own Associate Publisher Drummond Moir to give you a run down (significantly truncated of course) of the highlights.

  • 10 Reasons why you should read Everyone Brave is Forgiven 19 April, 2016

    Just in case you weren't excited enough already.

  • Try a recipe from Calgary Avansino's new book Keep it real this Easter 17 March, 2016

    Easter is a time for sweet treats, but what about sweet 'healthy' treats? There are plenty in Calgary Avansino's new book, Keep it Real and here's a small taster – why not try it out over the holidays?

  • By Bridie Wilkinson The beautiful books of Hodder 01 March, 2016

    There are many perks to working in a design department. Mainly, I spend a lot of my time looking at really beautiful things. While my co-workers aren't a bad looking bunch, the beauty mainly comes from the covers that our designers create every month.

  • Gift Ideas for Your Bookish Valentine 11 February, 2016

    Yes, January really has been and gone already! And as all things heart-shaped begin to appear in shop windows, St Valentine’s Day is steadily creeping up on us. If you haven’t managed to brave the shops yet, never fear. We have generously taken it upon ourselves to give you a little help in finding the perfect gift for the one in your life who might love you as much as they love books (but probably not).

  • By Ashleigh James From page to screen in 2016 03 February, 2016

    2016 offers a rich influx of literary adaptations for the big screen, presenting us with the age-old dilemma of whether to read the book first . . . However, judgement will not be passed if you dive straight into the film adaptation of some of these – 2016’s collection of corkers are too good to miss.

  • Try our pub quiz literature round! So you think you're a book nerd? 12 January, 2016

    For those of us who aren’t doing Dry January, and are mourning the loss of the Christmas festive period with a pint or five in the pub – why not liven things up with a pub quiz round all about the subject closest to our hearts? (That’s books by the way.)

  • How many have you read? Our 12 Books of Christmas 10 December, 2015

    Christmas is getting so close we can almost taste the mince pies and eggnog. Presents are being wrapped, trees adorned with sparkly things of various shapes and sizes and the Christmas jumpers are out in force. But what of our beloved bookshelves at this time of year? In all the chaos of Christmas planning, attention must still be paid. So the Hodder team have resorted to making up some silly rhyming jingles about our favourite books (of course).

  • If I was your Secret Santa . . . 30 November, 2015

    Hands up who’s doing a Secret Santa this year? Isn’t it awkward when you get someone who you really can’t think of a good gift for? Being the bookish folk that we are we’ve all started daydreaming about what we’d get some of our favourite literary characters if we were their Secret Santa.

  • 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.

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