Month: March 2018

‘Lost’ Bronte Manuscripts

‘Lost’ manuscripts of Charlotte Brontë to be published According to The Bookseller, the UK’s publishing trade magazine, ‘The Brontë Society is marking its debut as a publisher with a title featuring two unpublished manuscripts by Charlotte Brontë, found in a book belonging to her mother. Written in the Jane Eyre author’s […]

Waterstones Announce Winner

2018 Waterstones Children’s Book Prize Waterstones have announce the winners of this years prize, and what three fantastic books they are. Every year since Ottakar’s (remember them?) started the prize, the longlist titles have always been great. The short list is inevitably fantastic, voted from the longlist by […]


I couldn’t find any romance novels about book smuggling, but here instead are some about smugglers of various sorts. Enjoy! Unknown Ajax – Georgette Heyer Hugo Darracott, an enormous figure of a young man, arrives at Darracott Place in Sussex to find his family waiting: his grandfather, Lord […]

St Patrick’s Day

Preparing for a great day. Before I get to the recommended books, I’d like to think a bit about the actual day.  It’s unfortunate when a Christian feast or holy day becomes disconnected from its meaning. St Valentine, Easter, Christmas, Whitsun, have been broken on the rocks of […]

The Exact Opposite of Okay

The Exact Opposite of Okay – Laura Steven Izzy O’Neill here! Impoverished orphan, aspiring comedian and Slut Extraordinaire, if the gossip sites are anything to go by. Izzy never expected to be 18 and internationally reviled. But when explicit photos involving her, a politician’s son and a garden bench are published online, the […]

Stories of Obsession

  Obsession takes many forms, and is enacted in many ways. Literature is awash with characters whose lives have been struck down, and diminished by their or someone else’s obsession. Dorian Gray is obsessed with youthful looks, very apropos today. He sees the portrait of himself … ‘How […]

Book Burning

It’s a sad day here at HSBS after reading this article today. Its about a bookshop in Berkeley California, called Revolution Books targeted by demonstrators. Check out their website – I would certainly shop there (maybe not for romance – though you never know…). This is what they say about […]