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On top of receiving a year’s subscription to NB magazine, we will send a handpicked, gift-wrapped book each month of the year.

On top of receiving a year’s subscription to NB magazine, we will send a handpicked, gift-wrapped book each month of the year. Our expert book-pickers will endeavour to select the very best titles, but if you would like to give us a nudge, you're welcome to let us know a few of your favourite genres!

Stephen Booth is a UK ‘Love Libraries’ champion, and he has won many awards over the years, including the Crime Writers’ Association Dagger. He lives with his wife Lesley and three cats in a village in Nottinghamshire. His latest novel, Drowned Lives, is a standalone novel set around the dark, misty canals of Lichfield...

Jade Craddock interviews Mike Thomson author of her book of the year, Syria's Secret Library
Click on the book for her review.

Jade Craddock interviews Mike Thomson author of her book of the year, Syria's Secret Library
Click on the book for her review.

Jade Craddock interviews Mike Thomson author of her book of the year, Syria's Secret Library which tells the incredibly moving and inspirational tale of the individuals who refused to give in to oppression, who held firm to their beliefs in the power of the written word and who sought to create a positive and enriching space for themselves and others, through ‘thoughtful resistance’.

Click on the book for her review.

Welcome to the NB Magazine stop on the blog tour for Train Man by Andrew Mulliganr!

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See our take on the shortlist with reviews by Paul Cheney.

The shortlist for the 2019 Wainwright Golden Beer Book Prize, which celebrates the best books about nature, the outdoors and UK travel, has been announced! See our take on the shortlist with reviews by Paul Cheney.

After reviewing Claiming T-Mo for nbmagazine.co.uk and commenting that Eugen Bacon’s “eloquent, elegant and lyrical prose gripped me from the very first sentence of this immensely passionate, moving and thought-provoking story, and it continued to do so until I closed the final page”, Linda Hepworth was keen to find out more about Eugen’s world building and character development:

After reviewing Jem Tugwell’s debut novel, Proximity, for nbmagazine.co.uk and finding it to be “an extraordinary book … [that] functions on a couple of levels: as a crime thriller with a deeply delicious twist and as a chilling indictment of how far our dependence on technology can intrude in an all-encompassing manner upon our lives”, Gill Chedgey was keen to find out more from Jem about the inspiration for Proximity and its characters.

Many words and phrases that are now familiar in our day-to-day world were first written in 1984: Big Brother, Room 101, doublethink, falsespeak, thought police and telescreens (watching our every move and word), but they were science fiction in 1949 when the novel was first published. Now, in a world characterised by artificial intelligence and social media distortions of the truth, are we in 2019 seeing the culmination of Orwell’s worst fears?

After reading and reviewing The Blue and finding it to be “a fast-paced and highly engaging historical thriller packed with period detail and peopled with characters that the reader really grows to care about”, Erin Britton was thrilled to have the opportunity to ask author Nancy Bilyeau about the book, its characters and the untapped potential of porcelain-based combat...

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Each month the NB team selects three books that we think are astounding; one fiction, one non-fiction and our editor’s pick. We want to make sure as many people can read these fantastic books as possible so we give away up to ten copies of each book every month! So why not have a browse of our monthly picks and if you want to be in with a chance of winning simply fill out the accompanying form.

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