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Guest Blog: Anna Mazzola- How to write during a pandemic

Guest Blog: Anna Mazzola- How to write during a pandemic

  How do you write creatively when you’re living through a global crisis? For the first month of lockdown it seemed that – for me at least – the answer was ‘you can’t’. Trying to fit my law work around home-schooling two young children meant I had no time and no headspace for writing. It wasn’t just that either: it was a feeling that, in the midst of all this suffering and chaos, what on earth would be the point? For almost five weeks, I did pretty much no creative writing. I merely did research in the evenings for my fourth novel.   However, I recently started writing again, thanks to...

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Guest blog: Susan Allott - Novels to transport you out of lockdown

Guest blog: Susan Allott - Novels to transport you out of lockdown

"One thing we can agree on: we’ve never needed books more." Author Susan Allott shares her lockdown reading recommendations.

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Mini-beast Drawing Competition

Mini-beast Drawing Competition

  We have teamed up with author and illustrator Lara Hawthorne for a special Mini-beast drawing competition! Anyone can enter (not just for kids!) Just draw a Mini-beast of your choosing or even make one up. The categories are: 1) 0-6 years 2) 6-12 years 3) 12+ The drawings will be judged by Lara and one winner chosen from each category will receive a £15 Rye Books voucher to spend in store or online.  To enter simply post your drawings on Instagram with the hashtag   #ryebooksgarden & make sure you're following us. Competition closes at midnight Sunday 17th May. *...

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Staff Picks: Feel Good Ink

Staff Picks: Feel Good Ink

One of the more common queries I receive as a bookseller is from readers looking for “a really light, feel-good read”. After years spent working in this trade you’d think I’d be ready for it. And yet it’s still a surprisingly hard question to answer. At the heart of almost all stories is conflict, that messy yet necessary part of human existence that we all have to face from time to time. Yet even the most hard-hitting novels – for example A Little Life, something of an endurance test when it comes to trauma and tragedy – have their hopeful...

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