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Win tickets to see A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing


Eimear McBride’s 2014 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction winning novel A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing has been transformed into a visceral, hard-hitting and critically-acclaimed West End stage…

Fri 19 February, 2016

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My bookshelfie: Felicity Blunt


We’re kicking off a brand new segment on The Bessie Blog with literary agent extraordinare Felicity Blunt. Felicity takes us through her bookshelf, focusing on the titles she…

Fri 5 February, 2016

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Six books to help you shake the January blues


With January only a third of the way through (how!?) and the dark nights still creeping in by 5pm, what better than a good book to snuggle under…

Sat 23 January, 2016

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Bessie Book Club: The Song of Achilles


Dust off those Christmas cobwebs with our brand new Bessie Book Club! Over the next few months on our blog we’ll be highlighting some of the brilliant winners…

Fri 8 January, 2016

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Win exclusive tickets to Room, plus an eReader!


Win tickets to an exclusive film preview of Room (in cinemas January 15th), plus an eReader and a copy of the best-selling book! Based on the best-selling, Baileys…

Thu 7 January, 2016

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Our 10 favourite first lines


As a whole new year is here, we’ve been thinking about beginnings. Book beginnings to be precise! The first few lines of a book are in many ways…

Fri 1 January, 2016

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Awards are a serious business – as garden gnome reminds me


Tracey Thorn, one of our brilliant 2016 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction judges, talks awards, gnomes and sorting books into ‘Yes’, ‘No’ and Maybe’ piles in this fantastic New…

Mon 14 December, 2015

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Baileys Chocolate Cheesecake


Welcome to our ‘Something for the Weekend’ feature, where we will post a range of mouth-watering recipes – from cocktails to cupcakes – for you to try your…

Sat 7 November, 2015

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