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Brave, Not Perfect: Why Be Brave?

Brave, Not Perfect by Reshma Saujani empowers women to embrace their imperfections and find their bravery. This extract, in celebration of the paperback release, discusses why it is important to be brave:    Why Be Brave?  If you think about it, pretty much everything worth doing in life requires bravery. Bravery… Read More

Make Luminary Bakery’s signature Cinnamon Swirls!

To celebrate the publication of Luminary Bakery’s gorgeous new cookbook Rising Hope, we wanted to share with you one of our absolute favourite recipes from the book – cinnamon swirls with cream cheese frosting!    Our infamously large, gorgeously swirled cinnamon buns are one of our most popular… Read More

Jane Bettany on winning the Gransnet HQ Prize

In 2019, HQ ran a competition with Gransnet to discover writers over the age of 40 who were writing about characters of a similar age. The winner of this competition was Jane Bettany’s gripping crime thriller, In Cold Blood, which publishes August 27th this year! We asked Jane… Read More
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

What We’re Reading: Wolf Hall – Hilary Mantel

On the shelf this week is Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall, currently being read by Commercial Manager, Conor Anderson! Read on to find out more about What We’re Reading…   What’s it about? England, the 1520s. Henry VIII is on the… Read More
Living Lively

Living Lively with Haile Thomas

Superstar teen activist Haile Thomas joins us to share her story and tell us what her  debut empowerment cookbook Living Lively means to her.    Meet Haile – teen wellness & compassion activist, speaker, CEO, and author of Living Lively I’m so happy to be joining HQ to share… Read More
Exciting Times Reading

What We’re Reading: Exciting Times – Naoise Dolan

Today we are joined by Marketing Assistant Becky Lushey who is here to tell us about her latest read – Exciting Times by Naoise Dolan – for What We’re Reading!   What’s it about? Set in the international circles of contemporary Hong Kong, Exciting Times follows Dublin-transplant and English… Read More

What We’re Reading: Home Fire – Kamila Shamsie

This week, we asked Kirsty Capes (Senior Marketing Manager at Mills & Boon) to join us for What We’re Reading! She told us all about Home Fires by Kamila Shamsie, winner of the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2018!   What’s it about? Isma is free. After years spent raising her… Read More
Reading Together Day

Why We Love to Read – Reading Together Day

Here at HQ Stories, we love to read. We are often found with a book in hand or shouting about our favourite reads to anyone who will listen. For Reading Together Day, we thought we’d share five reasons we love to read. Stay tuned to find out more about Reading… Read More