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The Emerald St Literary Festival
10th June, 2017

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I first discovered Emerald Street a few years ago, and pretty much fell in love instantly.

It was a proper girl crush. With a website. Which was weird. But not weird at all. Because Emerald Street is like having a bestie by your side. A chum in crime and the best kind of girlfriend, who’ll tell it to you like it is. Like it actually is. “No, that dress doesn’t actually do anything for you, you should stop wearing it” kind of friend.

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Book & Brunch Sundays
at Lowndes Bar & Kitchen

Book and Brunch Sundays

Books, brunches and Sundays are three of my favourite things. In fact, they might even be my top three things. Add in beautiful Belgravia, supporting an independent book shop and delicious food and I’m literally in heaven.

Book & Brunch Sundays at Lowndes Bar & Kitchen are adding a little literary bliss in Belgravia, by teaming up their gorgeous brunch with local indie book shop Belgravia Books, who include a brand new paperback specially selected by themselves, as part of the brunch, for you to keep.

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– Poppy Loves Book Club –
‘One Step Too Far’ by Tina Seskis

One Step Too Far by Tina Seskis

March’s book: ‘One Step Too Far’ by Tina Seskis. Join us for the discussions on the 30th March!

ONLINE CHAT DATE:
Wednesday 30th March 2016, 7:30pm – 9pm, UK time

OUR NEXT BOOK:
‘One Step Too Far’ by Tina Seskis
Published by Penguin.

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AUTHOR TINA SESKIS WILL BE
JOINING US IN PERSON FOR OUR DISCUSSIONS!

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– Poppy Loves Book Club –
‘Sisters of Treason’ by Elizabeth Fremantle
(And Elizabeth will be joining us!)

Sisters of Treason by Elizabeth Fremantle

NEXT DATE: Wednesday 24th June 2015, 7:30pm, UK time
OUR NEXT BOOK: Sisters of Treason, by Elizabeth Fremantle, published by Penguin Random House, 2015

Poppy Loves Book Club sees women all around the world reading the same book at the same time, and then coming together online to discuss it on the last Wednesday of every month – often with the author too!

There are two things you need to do do join Poppy Loves Book Club and both are FREE!

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-Poppy Loves Book Club –
The Temporary Bride, by Jennifer Klinec
(& Jennifer will be joining us!)

The Temporary Bride

NEXT DATE: Wednesday 27th May, 7:30pm
OUR NEXT BOOK: The Temporary Bride by Jennifer Klinec, published by Virago 2014

There are two things you need to do do join Poppy Loves Book Club and both are FREE!

1. Sign up to receive the POPPY LOVES BOOK CLUB PING! Each month I’ll let you know which book we’re reading, tell you all the new competitions and exciting news from book club, our authors and our publishers..and our readers from all over the world! (That’s you!)

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2. JOIN IN POPPY LOVES BOOK CLUB ONLINE CHAT! (this is where you’ll also be able to chat to the author and ask her questions.)

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Win the complete Baileys Women’s
Prize for Fiction Longlist
(That’s 20 books – so clear a shelf…)

Baileys Women's Fiction Prize Longlist 2015

 

On the 10th March this year, after wading through and reading 165 fabulous novels,  the judging panel for the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction announced their chosen longlist for 2015, which represent the best of international fiction written by women between 1st April 2014 and 31st March 2015.  All the books are listed at the bottom of this post and the good news is, I’m giving the entire collection away! That’s 20 books. That’s a lorra reading.

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Poppy Loves Book Club
Queen’s Gambit, Elizabeth Fremantle

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Yesterday’s hot Summer’s day concluded with a gorgeously warm July evening and my Book Club met in the beautiful courtyard at the back of Book and Kitchen, surrounded by bright flowers, fragrant herbs and the jibber jabber of the talkative birds…

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Book Club
‘Queen’s Gambit’
by Elizabeth Fremantle

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Book Club
‘The Perks of Being a Wallflower’
Stephen Chbosky

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Last month, we all read ‘Life After Life’ by Kate Atkinson and I was thrilled with the number of you that took part! Folk from all over the UK (Cornwall, London, Scotland etc.) took part in our online discussions, and a bunch of you met up, even though I was unable to be there myself – brilliant brilliant!

I’m very pleased to announce that our next book is ‘The Perks of Being a Wallflower’ by Stephen Chbosky. (You can pick up a copy over here.)

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If you are local to Notting Hill, the fabulous independent bookshop and café Book and Kitchen are offering 20% discount to all members of my book club. If you haven’t received your book club card yet, I’ll give you one the next time I see you at my real life book club!

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Join me on Wednesday, June 25th at 7.30pm in The Refectory at The Duke of Wellington pub on Portobello road, for book chat dins, tea and cake. We talk books, life and anything else you fancy. Don’t panic – there will still also be an online discussion if you can’t scoot over to Notting Hill!  Also, please don’t worry if you can’t make either of these events – there’ll be plenty of opportunity to comment and share your thoughts afterwards in the Facebook group and here on my blog too.
The Refectory at The Duke of Wellington Pub

The Refectory at The Duke of Wellington Pub

To join this discussion, in real life or online, please see below.

I have just come back from the marvellous Hay Festival, so I have books (and mud) on the brain.. if you haven’t been before, it’s the most wonderful place full of books, magic, learning, ideas and excitement.. and more books. However, I may have spent a bit too much time in this tent…

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In the meantime, please do invite your friends to Poppy Loves’ Book Club – it’s growing rapidly and is proving to be lots of fun! You can also follow me here on Bloglovin.

Thank you for signing up – it’s great to have you on board.

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Book Description

Charlie is a freshman. And while he’s not the biggest geek in the school, he is by no means popular. Shy, introspective, intelligent beyond his years yet socially awkward, he is a wallflower, caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it. Charlie is attempting to navigate his way through uncharted territory: the world of first dates and mixed tapes, family dramas and new friends; the world of sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, when all one requires is that perfect song on that perfect drive to feel infinite. But Charlie can’t stay on the sideline forever. Standing on the fringes of life offers a unique perspective. But there comes a time to see what it looks like from the dance floor. The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a deeply affecting coming-of-age story that will spirit you back to those wild and poignant roller-coaster days known as growing up.

The Duke of Wellington
179 Portobello Road
London
Q11 2ED
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Hay Ho

HAY3 Ahhhh Hay. Hay Hay Hay. I love the Hay Festival – have you been? Think sunshiny hazy days, the inevitable pouring rain, deck chairs, more deck chairs, books, cups of tea, books, talks, lectures, discussions, more tea, music, conversation, books and cake. Lots of cake. It’s a Poppy dream. HAY6 HAY1 HAY2

Hay Festival was founded around a kitchen table in 1987 and for 27 years Hay Festival has brought together writers from around the world to debate and share stories at its festival amidst the beauty of the Welsh Borders. Hay celebrates great writing from poets and scientists, lyricists and comedians, novelists and environmentalists, and the power of great ideas to transform our way of thinking… as Bill Clinton so eloquently put: ‘The Hay Festival is the Woodstock of the mind’. HAY5 HAY8 HAY4

Hay loves stories. Hay loves big ideas. Hay celebrates the power of language and the pleasure of debate. It encourages us to have conversations about new thinking,  to engage with other people and revel in dreams for the future.

Hay Festival 2011

Hay Festival 2011

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This year, Hay runs from the 22nd May – 1st June 2014 and is welcoming a host of amazing folk, including Carrie Fisher, Steve Coogan, Siri Hustvedt (LOVED ‘What I Loved’) Sebastian Faulks, Bill Bailey, Frank Skinner, (breathe..) Antonio Carluccio, Mary Berry (Mary Berry!!) Henry Winkler (The Fonz!) Julia Donalaldson… the list is practically endless.. I’m not even an eighth of the way through… you can whizz over to the Hay website to see the full line up. Hay Festival 2011

Hay Festival 2011

Hay Festival 2011

 

Hay continues to attract the most exciting writers, filmmakers, comedians, politicians and musicians to inspire, delight and entertain… and I shall be seeing you there!

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Hay Festival
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22nd May – 1st June

Photographs by Finn Beales

 

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