Welcome to the book blog of writer and creative writing tutor, Diane Paul.

Thanks to the publishers and kind PR people who send me books and releases about their clients' books for review. Press releases and review copies of fiction and non-fiction are always welcome. (No sci-fi, fantasy or erotica please.)

Due to the barrage of requests from self-published authors for reviews, I'm unable to deal with them all, although I'm sometimes drawn to non-fiction for the subject matter. And because I love print books, the smell, the touch of the paper and the sight of the words, I don't have an electronic reader or review e-books.

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Thursday, 11 September 2014



The final lineup of writers and others who have written books has been set for Guildford's 25th festival, which runs from 12-19 October this year.

If you're a fan of the TV series 'Downton Abbey', the new series gets under way in September and Jessica Fellowes will be at the Festival to talk about her latest book 'A Year in the Life of Downton Abbey', alongside the Countess of Carnarvon, current Chatelaine of the real Downton, Highclere Castle, who will entertain readers with true stories from its intriguing past.

Mslexia magazine founder Debbie Taylor leads a workshop for aspiring women writers and journalist Simon Heffer gives an A to Z of avoidable errors in English, which should be interesting.

Women's fiction featured at Guildford

A day of special events includes talks by publisher Toby Faber, Bloomsbury Group expert Frank Woodgate and a screening of the film 'The Invisible Woman' with questions and answers led by Stewart McKinnon, CEO of Headline Films who produced the film.

'Over the past 25 years, Guildford Book Festival has grown to become the premier literary event in the south of England,' says Jim Parks, festival creative director. 'This year, we look forward to bringing the very best of national and local literary talent to the town for the benefit of all readers.'

For more info and a lineup of the impressive names due to participate, log on to www.guildfordbookfestival.co.uk/ Twitter: @gfordbookfest or facebook.com/guildfordbookfestival


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