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DressLikeAWoman

What does it mean to #DressLikeAWoman?

Help us make a video for Women’s History Month and the forthcoming book, DRESS LIKE A WOMAN by ABRAMS Books (foreword & introduction by Vanessa Friedman & Roxane Gay), and be in with a chance of winning the book when it publishes!

You can enter in one of two ways:

Send a photo of yourself to us via emailTwitter, Facebook or Instagram and: 

  1. Wear an outfit that represents to you what it means to ‘dress like a woman’
  2. Hold a piece of paper or sign with #DressLikeAWoman written on it
  3. If you prefer to remain anonymous, the photo can be cropped or not include faces
  4. Landscape format preferable but not essential

OR

Send one sentence on what it means to you to ‘dress like a woman’ via any of the same channels.

We’ll be accepting submissions until Monday 5th March 2018.


See the full Terms & Conditions here

Find out more about the book here

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Star Wars | The Wish-List Awakens

The Last Jedi is now officially in cinemas, Christmas is around the corner and, if it hasn’t already, the force of the wish-list awakens… 

Here’s our guide to 5 of the galaxy’s greatest gifts for the Jedi/Sith/Droid/Porg in your life:  

1. For the fan who’s already booked repeat viewings:

The Art of Star Wars: The Last Jedi by Phil Szostak

Star Wars: The Force Awakens shattered box-office records as one of the highest-grossing films of all time, and its eagerly awaited sequel, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, is sure to do the same. Written and directed by Rian Johnson (Looper, The Brothers Bloom, Brick) and production designed by Rick Heinrichs (Fargo, The Big Lebowski, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Captain America: The First Avenger), this episode, like every episode before it, owes its visual language and fully imagined cinematic landscape to an incomparable art department: the Lucasfilm ‘visualists.’ The Art of Star Wars: The Last Jedi explores their vision and illuminates their creative process in stunning detail. Featuring concept art and costume sketches, storyboards, and blueprints, fans will take a deep dive into the development of the fantastic worlds, characters, and creatures—both old and new—of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Featuring unforgettable art and exclusive interviews with the filmmakers, this visual archive highlights moviemaking magic at its finest.

Find out more here


2. The (Star Wars) mindfulness convert

Darth Vader and Family Coloring Book
By Jeffrey Brown

Jeffrey Brown’s reimagining of the Star Wars universe has delighted adult fans and young Jedi alike. This new adult colouring book is equally fun to share, featuring a careful translation of artwork from the bestselling Darth Vader and Son™ series to a large-format collection on crisp white paper, plus nine new images to colour.

Find out more here


3. For the Star Wars crafter:

Star Wars Kirigami: 15 Cut and Fold Ships from Across the Galaxy
By Marc Hagan-Guirey

Celebrated paper artist and designer Marc Hagan-Guirey has applied his genius to the Star Wars galaxy in this book of 15 unique kirigami (cut-and-fold) ships featured in the saga’s films. Ranging in difficulty from beginner to expert, each beautifully detailed model features step-by-step instructions and a template printed on cardstock—all that’s needed are a utility knife, a cutting mat, and a ruler. Clear tips and guidance through the tricky stages help readers craft their own X-wing, Imperial Star Destroyer, Millennium Falcon, and a dozen more ships and vehicles, each accompanied by colourful and inspiring photographs of the final model on display (or ready for a jump to Hyperspace).

Find out more here


4. For the Star Wars collector: 

Star Wars Art: Ralph McQuarrie (100 Postcards)

Ralph McQuarrie is the most iconic artist in the history of Star Wars. He worked hand-in- hand with George Lucas to help establish the saga’s visual aesthetic, its inimitable look and feel. Carefully selected from the definitive volume, Star Wars Art: Ralph McQuarrie, these postcards are a celebration of Star Wars as a masterpiece of design and world-building. The deluxe keepsake package also functions as a display frame: the box features a die-cut window, so fans can rotate their favourite production design paintings into view.

Find out more here


5. For the joker: 

99 Stormtroopers Join the Empire by Greg Stones

Ninety-nine Stormtroopers join the Empire, and then their troubles begin. One takes a lunch break in the carbon freezing chamber. Two underestimate a princess. One picks the wrong time to ask for a promotion. Another fails to show Jabba the proper respect. And one interrupts Lord Vader’s private time, failing him for the last time. A lifelong Star Wars fan, Greg Stones brings a playful wit and sympathy for the plight of the troops as they meet their amusing ends, filling each colorfully painted scenario with fun Star Wars details and appearances by Han, Luke, Chewie, K-2SO, and many other characters. As the trooper count ticks down, how will the last one fare as he receives a very special assignment (on the Death Star)?

Find out more here


BONUS ROUND:

The Star Wars Cookbook: BB-Ate
Awaken to the Force of Breakfast and Brunch
By Lara Starr, photography by Matthew Carden

BB-Ate is rolling into shops in the New Year so store up any gift tokens or pre-order now for some delicious recipes from across the galaxy!

Fuel up with Hans Soloatmeal, battle hunger with Admiral Ackbars, and so much more!

These easy-to-make, mouth-watering recipes feature characters and scenes from Star Wars: The Force Awakens as well as from the upcoming film Star Wars: The Last Jedi. And photographs action figures Star Wars figurines re-creating epic moments from the films provide an extra helping of humour.

Find out more here


When it comes to Star Wars, there’s something for everyone. Now to watch The Last Jedi again

Bookstore of the Month | Barton Books Penzance.

Bookstore of the Month

Welcome book lovers, to our new and improved Bookstore of the Month feature. The inaugural member of this exclusive club is Barton Books Penzance. 

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Take it away Barton Books!

1. Describe Barton Books in Three Words

Beautiful: Serene: Unique.

 2. Where is your favourite spot in your store?

The shop window. I’m always in there tweaking and faffing.

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3. Give us a brief history of Barton Books.

Barton Books opened in May this year. I concentrate on art books, but use the term loosely.  I do indeed sell books on artists, but on top have a creative selection of all books visual.  I look for titles which are multi-faceted: they must of course have strong content, but also must be well designed and packaged.  Following my time working with, among others, Tate and the London department store Liberty, it seemed a natural progression to open my own store.  Penzance has a great artistic crowd who are now discovering my shop and becoming regulars, and the town draws in many people from further afield, who have also become customers of mine.  I feel very lucky to have such creative folk coming in!

4. Has Barton Books got a store pet?

Would you call a Staffordshire china dog a pet? Maybe a mascot.  Anyway, here’s a picture.  He has no name.  I quite fancy having a border terrier in the shop at some point.  My cats would love to come in but they wouldn’t hang around for long.

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5. Do you have a favourite author? If yes, who is it?

I love so many: John Cheever, Lawrence Durrell, Iris Murdoch, LP Hartley, Beryl Bainbridge, Patrick Hamilton.  I must try some more living authors too because I thought The Shore by Sara Taylor was great.

6. What is your favourite opening line from a book?

Possibly a cliche but ‘The past is a foreign country, they do things differently there’ from LP Hartley’s The Go-Between still resonates.

7. What was the last book you read?

The Visitors’ Book by Jon Lys Turner, about Richard Chopping and Denis Worth-Miller, friends of the painter Francis Bacon.

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8. What is your favourite A&CB books?

It’s got to be All My Friends are Dead. It’s got the multi-faceted qualities!

9. What is your favourite book?

JD Salinger. The Catcher in the Rye.

10. Share a #Shelfie!

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So if you find yourself in Penzance, or indeed if you live there, a trip to Barton Books is a must. Whilst you are there snap your own #shelfie and share it with us using #BookstoreOftheMonth.

A&CB Book Club | August 2016

Hi book lovers,

Can you believe it is already August? Where has this year gone? What did you pick for your July reading challenge? The Cure For Dreaming went down a treat here at A&CB HQ (naturally, Cat Winters is an incredible author).

So from YA to graphic novels; this August we want you to pick-up a graphic novel. A&CB recommends Irmina by Barbara Yelin. 

Irmina

In the mid-1930s, Irmina, an ambitious young German, moves to London. At a cocktail party, she meets Howard Green, one of the first black students at Oxford, who, like Irmina, is working towards an independent existence. However, their relationship comes to an abrupt end when Irmina, constrained by the political situation in Hitler’s Germany, is forced to return home. As war approaches and her contact with Howard is broken, it becomes clear to Irmina that prosperity will only be possible through the betrayal of her ideals.

In the award-winning Irmina, Barbara Yelin presents a troubling drama about the tension between integrity and social advancement. Based on a true story, this moving and perceptive graphic novel perfectly conjures the oppressive atmosphere of wartime Germany, reflecting with compassion and intelligence on the complicity that results from the choice, conscious or otherwise, to look away.

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Help us spread the #JoyOfReading, let us know what graphic novel you pick using #ACBookClub.

#SummerReads | Author Suggestions Part 4

Share a picture of your TBR pile!

Last (but by no means least) in our #SummerReads series is the new super-talent Riley Redgate.

 Show us your bookshelf Riley!

Leigh Bardugo’s Six of Crows – I’m obsessed with this book’s vivid world-building, and a big part of that is the casual diversity of its cast, representing different races, sexualities, body types, and disability, all incredibly refreshing to see in the fantasy genre.

Jeffrey Eugenides’ The Marriage Plot – This book is unrelentingly witty and often really funny, with the sort of dry humour that made me snicker to myself while reading it in public—but I love it most for its thorough, nuanced portrayal of mental illness.

Patrick Ness’ The Rest of Us Just Live Here - Books that are as quiet as this one really compel me, the way they find deep meaning in small everyday things.

Meg Wolitzer’s The Interestings – Haven’t read this yet, but I’m excited for anything with a large central cast of 6 and a panoramic scope.

Mindy McGinnis’ A Madness So Discreet - Set in 19th-century asylums, this book is equal parts feminist and brutal, two of my favourite traits to find in YA.

Emily St. John Mandel’s Station Eleven – Maybe the best thing about the luminescent Station Eleven - and there are about eight million Best Things in this incredible novel – is how Mandel re-conceptualises the post-apocalypse: it’s so stylish these days to write dark and gritty and nihilist, but she chooses instead to focus on the lasting impact of art, the fundamental goodness of most people, and the wonders of being alive today. This book is life-changing, paradigm-shifting stuff.

Which one will you pick? Join the conversation using #ACBbooks.

Have you read Riley’s debut; Seven Ways We Lie? It is a MUST for any contemporary YA fans.

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“Seven Ways We Lie is a superb contemporary YA read, touching upon many different issues facing young people today and with a diverse cast of characters. It’s clever, gripping and hugely relatable, making it not only fun novel for today’s teens but also a very important one.”Page to Stage Reviews

“Its so exciting to see some pansexual representation in YA! Were also completely up for how deliciously twisty this sounds were hoping for some shocking twists and turns. We really love the cover, too.”Maximum Pop

“I love the way their stories intertwined” Snuggling on the Sofa, Blog

#SummerReads | Author Suggestions Part 3

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The wonderful Jennifer Mason-Black is here to give us an amazing array of #SummerReads suggestions. There is a little something for everyone, from Watership Down to American Girls 

Which one will you pick? Join the conversation using #ACBbooks.

Take it away Jennifer…

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Watership Down by Richard Adams

I have a passion for epics, though, paradoxically, less so for traditional epic fantasy. This story, with its amazing world building, friendship, and heroism, is one I return to repeatedly. I first experienced it as a child, when my dad read it aloud to me. I still have the same tattered copy.

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The Killer In Me by Margot Harrison

Out in July, this debut novel is masterfully crafted. Less a mystery than classic noir with a modern facelift, it is dark, character rich, and imbued with a sense of place that had the hot desert air of the Southwest blowing through  my chilly New England home.

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The May Queen Murders by Sarah Jude

Again, a novel with a tremendous sense of place. If I’m going to be on the beach, I very rarely want to be reading about the beach. I want to be transported elsewhere, and this story of secrets and murder had me on location in the Ozarks. Please note that this is a DARK read. Proceed at your own risk.

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Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

A story that held me in its palm from beginning to end. More friendship, more heroism, facing the unfaceable. The kind of book I wish had been around when I was the YA target audience.

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American Girls by Alison Umminger

This is one of those books that keeps you up all night. The voice of the main character is truly that compelling. And L.A. itself feels like the obvious summer read backdrop: hot, sunny, and full of illusion.

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The Devil and the Bluebird

Jennifer Mason-Black’s debut novel: Devil and the Bluebird, came out in May. You can read the first chapter here.

A&CB Book Club | July 2016

Hi book lovers,

July has rolled in amidst rain-showers and Brexit. But we refuse to let that damped our spirits! We are spreading the #JoyOfReading with #SummerReads quizzes and giveaways. In that vein, your July reading challenge is to pick-up a YA novel you have been dying to read. Can’t pick one? Take a peek at our YA list.

The A&CB team laboured over their pick, but we finally decided on The Cure For Dreaming by Cat Winters.

The Cure for Dreaming

“I feel like you should all read and love The Cure for Dreaming. Because it was honestly a perfect book. The writing is gorgeous. Which I knew it would be. And the story is full of heart and so perfect. And the characters. Sigh. Cat is amazing at writing characters that I fall in love with.” Five Star review, Carina Olsen – blogger

“The ending was bittersweet, it made me feel both sad and hopeful. All in all, The Cure for Dreaming was a deliciously compelling read full of atmosphere and allure.” The Page Turner

“For those of you wanting to fall in love with reading again, this is certainly the book for you. There is nothing that keeps you glued to the pages quite so strongly as injustice and a small group of people who rally against it, which this book has in spades. Try as I might to find fault with the story, I was unable to, so it would be completely unfair to judge this book to be anything other than a five out of five and a must-read.” 5* review on The Bookbag

”The Cure for Dreaming proves the potential, relevance, and importance of YA fiction. It’s entertaining, educational and mystical. YA naysayers may have just met their match.” Starburst Magazine

“With great imagination, an interesting twist, historical photographs, and a fresh voice, Cat Winters is a true talent to be celebrated. Whatever this author writes, I want!” Kate Ormand, author

After this, there is no more doubt: Cat Winters is an unstoppable literary force. She does her research, she combines fact with simply marvelous fiction, she touches our hearts and somehow teaches us all a valuable lesson in the process. What more could we possibly want?” The Nocturnal Library

“A truly mesmerising read, this is one you won’t want to miss out on!” Opinionatedcupcakes, blogger

“The book is a timely reminder that political equality of is hard fought for and hard fought against…” – SFX Magazine

“Olivia is everything you could ask for in a character” The Daily Prophecy, blog

Also available from Cat Winters:

The Steep & Thorny Way and In The Shadow of Blackbirds.

More from Cat Winters

Let us know what you pick using #ACBookClub.

PLUS! Join us at @ACBYA for more #SummerReads fun. We are bursting at the seams with bookish quizzes, recommendations and giveaways.

A&CB Book Club | June 2016

Hi wonderful book lovers,

Can you believe it is JUNE already?

How did you get on with your May Reading Challenge? We are still basking in career empowerment thanks to The Career Code and are raring to go with our next challenge. This month we want you to pick-up a classic, in whatever format you fancy. Team A&CB are going to read Pride & Prejudice in graphic novel form!

Let us know what you are reading using #ACBookClub and be sure to follow us on Twitter as we will be giving away three copies of Classic Colouring: Jane Austen later this month.

PLUS! Join us at @ACBYA for our #SummerReads fun. We are bursting at the seams with bookish quizzes, recommendations and giveaways.

Pride and PrejudiceJane Austen Colouring Book

*T&C Apply.

Offer limited to residents of Europe. Competition closes 12pm Monday 27th June. Giveaway limited to three copies of Classic Colouring: Jane Austen. Limited one entry per person. Not responsible for lost, late, incomplete, postage due, or misdirected requests.

A&CB Book Club | May 2016

Hi wonderful book lovers,

Do you have lovely organized desks, homes and minds after completing your April Reading Challenge? (If you missed it; we suggested reading The Joy Of Less by Francine Jay. P.S – Francine shared tips for de-cluttering your desk with us last week. Try it yourself today!). This May we are moving on from de-cluttering our lives to taking charge of our careers.

For your May Reading Challenge we want you to pick-up a book that will encourage you to take decisive steps in your career, whether you are just starting or sitting at the head of a board.

At A&CB HQ we will be reading The Career Code: Must-Know Rules for a Strategic, Stylish, and Self-Made Career by Hillary Kerr and Katherine Power.

The Career Code

 

The co-founders of the hugely successful Who What Wear empire share their best career advice for smart, stylish, self-starting women of all professional levels. In The Career Code, the third book in the smash-hit Who What Wear series, fashion and digital entrepreneurs Katherine Power and Hillary Kerr bring you the “Everygirl’s” guide for creating your own professional success, on every level, flawlessly.

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The book is filled with insightful, pragmatic “career codes” to follow, as well as all of the practical, how-to advice they’ve learned while building their company from zero employees in 2006, to the thriving, multibrand, multiplatform, multi-million dollar company it is today. In this approachable, authoritative, and inspirational book, you will find the most useful and accessible tips and tricks to strategically build your career into exactly what you want it to be, from negotiating your salary to avoiding the biggest mistake most people make when they quit.

Let’s celebrate the #joyofreading and take charge of our careers! Let us know what you are reading using #ACBookClub. 

Sign-up to our newsletter for an exclusive extract from the book. Plus, come find us on Twitter to enter our A&C Book Club GIVEAWAY*! This month we are giving away THREE copies of The Career Code.

A&CB Book Club

*T&C Apply.

Offer limited to residents of Europe. Competition closes 12pm Friday 27th May. Giveaway limited to three copies of The Career Code. Limited one entry per person. Not responsible for lost, late, incomplete, postage due, or misdirected requests.