Monday, 7 August 2017

Frances Gapper's Imaginary Bookshop

Today Writer's Little Helper welcomes Frances Gapper to the Imaginary Bookshop to celebrate her new short story collection, In the Wild Wood.

In the Wild Wood has had fantastic reviews from Helen Oyeyemi and Paul Magrs. Some of the biggest names from your bookshelves. Plus look at this fantastic book cover!

Over to Frances...

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What would be the name of your imaginary bookshop?
The Dream Palace

Where would your imaginary bookshop be located?
In a beautiful and surprisingly accessible part of the UK that hasn’t yet been discovered. The bookshop would have sea views from its many bay windows (with window seats), nearby woodland walks and a lovely river also within easy walking distance.

Would your bookshop have any special features? E.g. a performing stage, a cocktail bar, etc.

It would have lots of very comfortable sofas and other lounging-around types of furniture. Also fountains, verandas, covered walkways.

What would make your bookshop different from all of the other ones?
My bookshop would be very different indeed from all the other ones. The emphasis would be on relaxation. Women over 60 would be invited to stay over free of charge for as long as they liked in private book-lined bedrooms with large bathrooms and writing tables.

What sections would you have in your bookshop? And what sections would you ditch?
Plenty of fiction, poetry, biography and nature writing, plus a lot of odd and unusual books that don’t really fit into any category. I’d probably ditch anything too technical, apart from gardening books with a strongly autobiographical bent.

Every bookshop needs a display table. Which books would you have on your display table? Why?
On the display table I’d put old editions in great condition and very reasonably priced, eg Pan paperbacks from the 60s, vintage Penguins and leather-covered classics. Well bound and printed on good paper. The sort of thing I look out for myself in second-hand book shops.

If you could run only one author event who would you have? You can pick a living or dead writer. What sort of event would they run?

Emily Dickinson. She would read aloud selected poems, her personal favourites plus a few new ones we’ve never heard before, and some of her letters to friends including the expurgated bits. She’d then answer questions from the audience in her inimitable fashion.

A customer comes up to your till with a copy of your novel and asks you to give them a reason on why they should buy it. What would you say?
My novel? I’d say, did you know you can get this for £0.01 plus postage on Amazon Marketplace? As for my book of short stories, if it had gone missing I’d suggest they order a copy direct from the publisher Cultured Llama. They could look on the CL website to see what Helen Oyeyemi and Paul Magrs say about my book and view the cover picture, Night Tree by Jane Eccles. If that doesn’t persuade them to buy it, nothing will.

What sort of cake would you offer when launching your book in your bookshop?
I never thought I’d see myself saying this, but cake without any nuts or seeds, so there’d be no nasty surprises for diverticulitis-prone intestines. Nb I love nuts and seeds – or used to.

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You can either buy In the Wild Wood directly from the publisher or from Amazon.

You can visit Frances's website here http://www.francesgapper.co.uk/

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Book Review: Amber Green Takes Manhattan

Amber Green Takes Manhattan
By Rosie Nixon
Published by HQ
Available in paperback, ebook and audio

Looking for a book to take your mind off the world's problems?

Looking for something glamorous and sparkly?

Looking for something to make you laugh and cringe?

Yes to all of the above?

Then I have the book for you....

Rosie Nixon's second book in the Amber Green series, Amber Green Takes Manhattan, is a novel full of laughter, fashion, hissy fits and ambition. If you like Devil Wears Prada, Bridget Jones or even Ugly Betty then you will love this book.

Amber Green moves to New York with her boyfriend, Rob, where he will be filming a documentary about lingerie models. Amber doesn't want to be stuck all day in their teeny tiny flat and wants to make her own stamp on New York. Fashion is in her blood and she's determined that everyone in fashion will know about her sooner rather than later.

High profile styling by Amber for celebrities, mixing with controversial fashion designers, an Instagram account with thousands of followers and before Amber knows it she's becoming the talk of the town but maybe not for the reasons she was hoping for. Her new life is hanging in the balance after alienating both her best friend and her boyfriend. She must stitch back together her life, her career and her reputation.

This is a fast pace novel as the reader rushes with Amber through the streets of New York as she battles against unruly toddler photo shoots, finds herself involved with a designer handbag scam, having to smile at celebrities who only want to wear their undies on the red carpet and partying all night before job interviews.

If you're looking for a feel good novel full of glamour, adventure, ambition, friendship and love all serving in New York then this is the book for you. Amber Green Takes Manhattan is a fun read, and definitely a book to retreat to after a long hard day. You can buy Amber Green Takes Manhattan from your favourite bookshop.


I was sent a copy via the publisher.