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Blackfriars and Guardian Masterclasses

Blackfriars have teamed up with the Guardian Masterclasses to run a weekend course in how to get published. On Saturday, publishing expert and Mslexia book editor Danuta Kean will teach the class how to craft the perfect pitch letter and Dreda Say Mitchell will help write a winning synopsis. On ...read more →

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Rob Delaney book plates

Would you like a bookplate signed by Rob Delaney? Yes, we thought you might. All you need to do is pre-order his book Rob Delaney: Mother. Wife. Sister. Human. Warrior. Falcon. Yardstick. Turban. Cabbage. Order must be complete by 4th December 2013. Then send an email with the subject line ...read more →

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Blackfriars to publish Rob Delaney’s memoir

Blackfriars is delighted to announce the acquisition of Rob Delaney’s memoir, Rob Delaney: Mother. Wife. Sister. Human. Warrior. Falcon. Yardstick. Turban. Cabbage. It will be published as a Blackfriars ebook on 5 November, and then as the first-ever Blackfriars print book a month later. It is revealing, hilarious and heartfelt. ...read more →

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Why I chose The Family Thief

By Blackfriars editor Clare Smith I really love this book: from the moment you read the opening lines and hear Iolanthe’s voice, you know that you have met a character you will come to care about deeply. It reminded me of Barbara Trapido’s ability to weave together a family drama, ...read more →

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Exquisite Corpse: A Social Story

In September, Blackfriars will be publishing Southbank Centre’s crowd-sourced murder mystery novel, Exquisite Corpse, to be written on Twitter over ten weeks this summer, edited by ten authors including Joe Dunthorne, Matt Haig and Naomi Alderman. The project is part of Southbank Centre’s Festival of Neighbourhood with MasterCard, which celebrates ...read more →

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Researching The Painted Girls in Paris

by Cathy Marie Buchanan I’ve been to Paris a handful of times, always as a tourist, except for the one trip I made to research The Painted Girls, my novel that tells the story of the real life model—Marie van Goethem—for Edgar Degas’s Little Dancer Aged Fourteen.  I was dispirited ...read more →

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Conjuring the Belle Époque in Paris

By Cathy Marie Buchanan The café and the Paris Opéra were cornerstones of the belle époque, a time of peace and prosperity in Paris, stretching from the 1870s to World War I.  It was an era when the arts flourished—an era named in hindsight, once the horrors of war had ...read more →

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Can all damage be repaired by love?

By Annabel Markova It is a very great thrill to be one of the authors chosen to launch Blackfriars. For a veteran like me, who tapped out a first novel many years ago on a manual typewriter, it feels really exciting to become part of the digital publishing revolution. Furthermore, ...read more →

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