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Month: October 2016

Get spooky with Chrissie Manby!

As a child, I was a huge fan of ghost stories.  I subscribed to a comic called ‘Scream’ (long before the film) and even sent off a drawing of a corpse in my first ever bid for publication.  As I got older, I would spend time earmarked for exam revision reading Edgar Allan Poe and […]

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Gateway Essentials: Sheri S. Tepper

In our moments of peak efficiency, we have content for the Gateway website and blog scheduled weeks in advance – occasionally, months. Mostly, that’s a good thing, enabling us to see what we’re doing over a sustained period and help us do our best to balance out our offerings as best we can. But sometimes, […]

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Related Categories: Authors, Commentary, Essentials, SF Gateway News

Team Bookends Pick of the Week

We’ve gathered the perfect bundle of articles we’ve loved this week for you to read, from a happy little penguin to the petition to get ‘Essex Girl’ out of the dictionary. Jeska https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y2-INEDRA18 I have watched this video ON REPEAT since I came across it on Wednesday! If you’re feeling remotely sad/tired/under the weather – […]

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Team Bookends’ Guide to Bookish Hygge – Part 2

You and Me, Always – Jill Mansell  There’s nothing better than snuggling down in your favourite cosy jumper with a mug of tea and a good book. You and Me, Always is the perfect book to curl up with. A beautifully romantic, poignant read by bestselling author Jill Mansell set in the cosy Cotswolds, this is […]

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Gluten free recipe spiced pumpkin bread

Happy Halloween! Celebrate the most goulish time of year with Howard Middleton’s gluten free recipe for Spiced Pumpkin Bread. It’s also a delicious bread throughout  autumn and winter and is perfect with a big bowl of soup.   Ingredients  Makes a 900g (2lb) loaf For the roast pumpkin: about 400g pumpkin (or other squash), peeled, seeds removed, and […]

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The Virago Halloween reading list 👻

Looking for a spooky story to get you in the mood for All Hallow’s Eve? Here are just a few suggestions in our Halloween reading list.   Rebecca, Daphne du Maurier With one of the most famous first lines in literature, Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca has all of the elements that make for a chilling tale, […]

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Related Categories: Upcoming Books, Virago News

Exclusive Q&A with Al Robertson

We are thrilled to welcome Al Robertson, to the blog for a special Q&A blog post. Al Robertson’s thrilling new SF adventure WAKING HELL is out now in bookshops. We caught up with Al to ask him some of burning questions about life, reading, writing and mythological creatures.  Who is your favourite author? I’d say […]

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Friday Favourites: things we read and watched in October

Game of Thrones Season 6 After months (and months) of being behind, I finally caught up to the rest of the world and watched the most recent season of Game of Thrones. Not only did all those Hoddor references finally make sense, but I could finally weigh in on the rest of the season’s controversial moves… […]

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SF Masterworks Spotlight: Starship Troopers

Have you enjoyed James Cameron‘s Aliens? Did you love the reboot of Battlestar Galactica?  Do you have a soft spot for anime series Mobile Suit Gundam? Are you a fan of John Scalzi‘s Old Man’s War series or Harry Harrison‘s Bill, The Galactic Hero?  Do you think Joe Haldeman‘s The Forever War is one of […]

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Happy Publication Day 27th October 2016

It’s publication day and we’ve got more of what you love! More fantasy, more science fiction and all the more of the series you can’t get enough of! A Plague of Swords by Miles Cameron Forget George and the Dragon. Forget Sir Lancelot and tales of Knightly exploits. This is dirty, bloody work. This is […]

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Stargazing tips for city dwellers

When I was eleven, I wanted to be an astronomer when I grew up. Okay, what I actually wanted to be was the character Ellie Arroway from the film/book Contact, but I hadn’t realised that nuance yet. After picking up a guide to backyard astronomy at the library, I spent a few weeks doggedly going […]

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Shelly Johnson’s Cherry Pie

        SERVES 8 PREPARATION TIME: 1 HOUR, PLUS RESTING COOKING TIME: ABOUT 1 HOUR 150g (generous ½ cup) cherry jam 150g (¾ cup) caster sugar 1 ½ tablespoons cornflour 3 tablespoons water or bourbon whiskey 1.25kg (2lb 12oz) sweet cherries, pitted (750g/1lb 10oz pitted weight) 1 large egg yolk mixed with 1 […]

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