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We ask Olivia Beirne, Cate Woods, Holly Bourne and Erin Kelly, who is the hardest person to buy for on your Christmas gift list?

Stuck on what to get that one last person on your gifting list? Next up in our Bookends Christmas author series, we ask some of our lovely authors who is the most difficult person to buy for on their own Christmas gifting lists, and their advice on how to get around it! Olivia Beirne, author […]

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TOP Christmas Gift Books for 2018

Are you still stumped on what to get your friends and family for Christmas? Look no further, as here at Team Bookends, we have curated a list of the best book gifts you could give! From stocking fillers to a treat for yourself in the New Year, Bookends is here to save the day.   […]

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Read an extract from Friends like These: the unmissable new psychological thriller

Read an exclusive Friends like These extract: as addictive as Friend Request, as gripping as The Girl Before. Lizzie hasn’t thought much about Becca since the accident. She remembers the blood though. She can see how you wouldn’t be the same again after something like that. No one was surprised when Becca didn’t come back to […]

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He’s making a list, and checking it twice…

Next up in our Christmas author series, we asked our lovely authors Erin Kelly, Joanna Bolouri, Olivia Beirne and Daniela Sacerdoti a very important festive question: if you had to buy a Christmas gift for one of your characters, who would you choose and why?   Erin Kelly, author of He Said/She Said Alice, the little […]

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WIN A SISTER & CO. GIFT BOX

For your chance to WIN a gift box of Sister & Co. products and TWO copies of Skin Food by Sister & Co. founder, Sophie Thompson, simply email publicity@octopusbooks.co.uk with your name before Friday 5th October, and we will randomly select a winner. The Sister & Co. products included are: x1 Raw Coconut Drinks for Hair, […]

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There’s no better present than a book…

Your gentle reminder that Mother’s Day is THIS SUNDAY. If you’re stuck for a gift then why not treat your mum (or yourself) to a new book – the perfect accompaniment to breakfast in bed this Mother’s Day! What Happened That Night by Sheila O’Flanagan Then When Lola Fitzpatrick catches the eye of Philip Warren, […]

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Paris in Springtime…

What could be more perfect, ahead of Valentine’s Day, than an insider guide to Spring in the most romantic city in the world? These Dividing Walls author Fran Cooper shares her favourite spots. Is there anything more romantic than the idea of Paris in the spring? Those days when it’s warm enough to walk around […]

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What Team Bookends are TRYING this year (see what we did there?)

Inspired by Emily Phillips’ stonking debut novel Trying, Team Bookends share what they’ll be trying to do more (or less) of this year. Aimee This year I’m trying to read more outside of the genres I gravitate towards – in particular, I’m trying to read non-fiction. On my reading list I have Hunger by Roxane […]

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Writing your life into fiction

Emily Phillips, the author of new release TRYING pitched the story of trying for a baby and failing in the pub – here she dissects injecting real life into fiction. The moment I typed THE END, I cried. I was bereft. No matter that I had been channeling parts of my life into the themes […]

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Home Alone 2 or White Christmas? Our authors’ favourite Christmas movies

We quizzed more of our fabulous Bookends authors on the movies they want to snuggle down in front of this Christmas. Kirstie Allsopp, author of Kirstie’s Real Kitchen Ooh difficult… It’s going to have to be National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation Emily Phillips, author of Trying I adore Home Alone 2 for a festive reminder of […]

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Time to get cosy…

Now Autumn is in full swing, the nights are getting darker and we’re  (secretly) rather enjoying wearing jumpers again, it’s time to take a look at our cosy reads. There’s nothing better than snuggling down on a chilly evening with a big blanket, huge mug of tea and a good book so we’ve put together […]

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BAKED OFF by Chrissie Manby

I’m about to utter something quite shocking.  I’ve never been a fan of The Great British Bake Off.  It’s worse than that.  I’ve never been a fan of baking full stop.  I know.  I’m a chick-lit writer.  Isn’t my life supposed to be an endless round of cupcakes and Chardonnay?  OK.  I’ll cop to the chardonnay, […]

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