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Precious You Book Club

Precious You: Inspiration and Generation Gaps

In preparation for our book club meeting this week, Helen Monks Takhar discusses the inspiration of the two central figures of her book Precious You and the divide between Gen X-ers and Millennials.   In my twenties, going for a jog demanded I prepare myself for… Read More
Lisa Hall HQ Book Club

HQ Book Club: Lisa Hall’s top 5 psychological thrillers!

What is it that makes a psychological thriller a book to remember? For me, it’s not just about the twist (although, of course, the twist is very important); it’s also about the build-up and the tension, and very often I guess the twist ahead of its reveal but I read… Read More
Summer in Mayfair by Susannah Constantine

Susannah Constantine on writing Summer in Mayfair

Ahead of this week’s live book club event, author Susannah Constantine tells us all about her writing process for Summer in Mayfair.    This is new to me – to be part of a book club, where I am talking about my own novel, Summer in Mayfair. Where better to… Read More
this lovely city book club

What to do When Your Book Comes Out During a Global Pandemic

Ahead of this week’s live HQ Book Club event, author Louise Hare tells us all about her debut novel This Lovely City, publishing at the beginning of a global pandemic, and finding creativity in lockdown.   Like many authors, the publication of my debut novel was a dream coming… Read More

How Writing is Keeping Me Sane

Ahead of this week’s live book club event, author Phoebe Morgan tells us all about how writing is keeping her sane during lockdown.   Hello everyone, it’s lovely to be part of the HQ Book Club! I’m writing this at my kitchen table, where I basically spend 90 per… Read More

The Tricky Art of Writing Women with Kia Abdullah

At the risk of starting a rumpus, I’ll start by saying this: it is far harder to write women than it is to write men. After all, men are so often excused for a long list of traits. They can be bossy, cocky, lustful, prideful, promiscuous, pugnacious, dogged,… Read More

Escape With Sarah Morgan

When I started planning Family For Beginners, I knew I wanted a summery, uplifting setting. Book settings have always been important to me – whether I’m writing or reading. It’s a way of travelling, or relaxing, from the comfort of my sofa, something that seems even more important since… Read More