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BookishClaire

BookishClaire

Joined February 2016

Book Rioter, host of the Brit Lit Podcast, bookseller at East City Bookshop, editor of thewestwingbook.com and author of UNSCRIPTED! 🇧🇪🇬🇧
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Unscripted | Claire Handscombe
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My publisher have put together some themed bundles and other deals just in time for your Christmas shopping.

A lot of these books have flown under the radar, so they‘re safe picks for pressies.

Happy shopping!
https://buff.ly/2rhsFs5

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Good Night God | Holly Bea
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My favourite toddler enjoying a book... be still my heart!

Sace 😍 1d
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Our guest on episode 57 of the Brit Lit Podcast is Talia Hibbert, the author of GET A LIFE, CHLOE BROWN. We talked about how she got her start writing romance, the illustrated cover trend, what it's like to get picked by Book of the Month, and more. https://buff.ly/389ZGa3

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Don't miss these still warm-off-the-press British books -- 12 new books out in November!

https://britlitblog.com/2019/11/30/12-british-books-out-in-november/

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UNSCRIPTED. | CLAIRE. HANDSCOMBE
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The Podcast Planner | Addy Saucedo
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New Book Riot post! https://lnkd.in/dPf4vBT

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Nothing to See Here | Kevin Wilson
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Sometimes, when you‘re in a reading slump, it turns out that it isn‘t exactly that you can‘t concentrate on any book.

Sometimes, when the book is good enough, you forget about your vague plans to do laundry and you even forget about all the things that hurt and all the things you‘re stressed about, for long stretches ,and you just read read read and it feels so good when you find that book and oh my gosh this book.

LeeRHarry I‘m desperate to get to this one - sounds so good! 😊 2w
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Our guest on episode 56 is Kate Young, author of collections of recipes inspired by books. We talked about her journey writing about books and food, the process of creating recipes, Australian authors who deserve to be better known elsewhere, and more. https://buff.ly/2ObPyER

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Unscripted | Claire Handscombe
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Calling book bloggers, bookish podcasters, and bookstagrammers! If you‘re still looking for 2019 books to round off your year, let me know if you‘d like a copy of UNSCRIPTED.

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Girl, Woman, Other | Bernardine Evaristo
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24 of the Best Books to Gift to Your Loved Ones in 2019: a post I wrote for Book Riot https://bookriot.com/2019/11/05/best-books-to-gift

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Unscripted | Claire Handscombe
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Buy my book for someone for Christmas/Hannukah/Kwanza and I‘ll throw in a bookmark, pencils, a personalised bookplate sticker, and a coaster! Just email me a receipt at claire.handscombe@gmail.com

(Limited quantities of coasters especially so be quick!)

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UNSCRIPTED. | CLAIRE. HANDSCOMBE
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Here's a helping hand with your end-of-year shopping for the bookworm in your life! https://britlitblog.com/2019/11/05/14-great-gifts-for-bookworms/

megzlynn That wrapping is gorgeous! I checked out the post and I would definitely love all of those. (edited) 1mo
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Bookshop Girl | Chloe Coles
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I wrote about 10 useful skills for working in a bookstore over on Book Riot https://bookriot.com/2019/11/04/10-useful-skills-for-working-as-a-bookseller/

Oblomov26 Love the smell of books; love a second hand bookshop - the sense of possibilities, that book you need even though you do do not know it, hidden in plain sight (edited) 1mo
Chrissyreadit Great article. One day I‘m going to do a bookstore crawl in DC. 1mo
BookishClaire @Chrissyreadit thanks for reading! And that sounds fun — make sure you say hi!! ❤️ 1mo
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Unscripted | Claire Handscombe
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Christmas Shopaholic | Sophie Kinsella
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I wrote about celebrity memoirs and other British books hitting the US shelves in October: https://bookriot.com/2019/10/13/october-british-books/

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The Little Stranger | Sarah Waters
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For the Brit Lit Podcast's 2nd anniversary, we have a very special treat: Book Riot's Liberty Hardy talks British books, velocireading, tattoos of literary quotes, cats, and more! https://buff.ly/30KECSN

rather_be_reading i LOVE Liberty! 2mo
DrawingSustenance I don't know what this is, but I don't hate it. Lol. 2mo
LeeRHarry Oh I‘m jealous of you being able to talk to Liberty - love her on All the Books 💕😊 2mo
BookishClaire @leerharry It was super fun! 2mo
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Have you picked up any of these hot-off-the-press British books yet?
https://britlitblog.com/2019/09/30/10-british-books-out-in-september/

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Unscripted | Claire Handscombe
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Buy one book about an incurably romantic Brit who thinks life should be like the movies, and you could win another one too! https://buff.ly/2kGkF0p

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Love, Unscripted | Owen Nicholls
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In episode 52 of the Brit Lit Podcast, we hear from Owen Nicholls, author of the delightful debut novel LOVE, UNSCRIPTED. He talked about some underrated romcoms, a little-known film he recommends, and more. https://buff.ly/2No8EJO

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My monthly round up of new British books available in the US... https://bookriot.com/2019/09/17/5-british-books-to-look-out-for-in-the-us-in-sep...

Samplergal Thank you! I have ordered a few from the U.K. already. Do you know why the USA seems to avoid publishing paperbacks with hardbacks. I so prefer them. I‘ve never asked anyone... maybe you‘ll be able to tell me? Thanks. 3mo
BookishClaire Glad to help :) They publish books in hardback first, basically to make money! 3mo
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Unscripted | Claire Handscombe
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Want to try out audiobooks? Use the link below and get three for just $14.95!
And, as a bonus, you‘ll be supporting the podcast AND the independent bookshop of your choice! What‘s not to love?!
https://libro.fm/redeem/BRITLIT

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On episode 51 of the Brit Lit Podcast, Helen Cullen, author of THE LOST LETTERS OF WILLIAM WOOLF, talks about about the vanishing art of letter writing, some of her favourite epistolary novels, why she loves London, and more. Have a listen! https://britlitblog.com/2019/09/05/brit-lit-podcast-episode-51-the-lost-letters-...

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The School Run | Helen Whitaker
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Don't miss these British books, still warm off the press!

https://britlitblog.com/2019/09/01/19-british-books-out-in-august/

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OUR STOP. | LAURA JANE. WILLIAMS
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Episode 50 (fifty!!) of the Brit Lit Podcast is out, and our guest is Laura Jane Williams. She talks about her romcom OUR STOP, what makes train travel romantic, what she thinks of the “chick lit“ label, and more. https://buff.ly/2Zlbd4R

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Becoming | Michelle Obama
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I made a list of all 80 of Oprah's book recommendations so far!
https://bookriot.com/2019/08/22/books-recommended-by-oprah

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🍰📚 Episode 49 of the Brit Lit Podcast is a mouth-watering delight -- Olivia Potts talks about her memoir A HALF BAKED IDEA, which tells the story of how she threw herself into baking in the aftermath of her mother's passing away. https://buff.ly/2yJZmyj 📚🍰

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On episode 48 of the Brit Lit Podcast, we hear from Anna Stuart, author of BONNIE AND STAN, about setting her book in 1960s Liverpool, how being untidy can help with creativity, the challenges of writing historical fiction, and more.

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Episode 47 of the Brit Lit Podcast features Abbi Waxman, author of the delightful novel THE BOOKISH LIFE OF NINA HILL, which is out now. She talks about the booksellers that inspired the novel, the joys and challenges of being a Brit in the US, and more. https://buff.ly/2LdOcKw

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I‘ve had my best reading month in a very long time. All of these books, which I read one after the other, were unputdownable, 4.5/5 star (and, bonus, quick!) reads. Whole-heartedly recommend each of them. #bookstagram #booksbooksbooks #bookish #beachreads #summerreads #newbooks2019

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Unscripted | Claire Handscombe
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Summer reading suggestions at East City Bookshop!

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The Flatshare: A Novel | Beth O'Leary
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On episode 46 of the Brit Lit Podcast, Beth O'Leary talks about her bestselling novel THE FLATSHARE, her former job in children‘s publishing, what it was like to draft her book on a train, and more. https://britlitblog.com/2019/06/27/brit-lit-podcast-episode-46-the-flatshare-wit...

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I am LOVING this!

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Unscripted | Claire Handscombe
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My novel, UNSCRIPTED, is on offer at the moment! Go on, treat yourselves.
Kindle ($2.23): buff.ly/2L6ms9J
Kobo ($1.99): buff.ly/2L3Qlrf
Nook ($1.99): buff.ly/2WWBINz

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Summerlings | Lisa Howorth
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A short novel about a group of kids who spend the summer of ‘59 catching spiders and trying to get their neighbours to like each other. Loved it! It‘s very DC. And very Cold War-y, which I‘m also into :) And something about it felt a little Great Gatsbyish to me. out on 6th August!!

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Jennifer Ryan is back on the Brit Lit Podcast to tell us about her new novel, The Spies of Shilling Lane. She talked about the importance of the British stiff upper lip in the second world war, why women made great spies in that period, and more. https://buff.ly/2Xe01G5

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Summerlings | Lisa Howorth
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Summer reading viiibes

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UNSCRIPTED. | CLAIRE. HANDSCOMBE
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My book in great company at East City Bookshop!

Clwojick 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻 6mo
mhillis That‘s great!!! 6mo
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UNSCRIPTED. | CLAIRE. HANDSCOMBE
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YOU could win all five of these books!
Just head to: https://mailchi.mp/2d77a24d3953/womensfictiongiveaway
(US and Canada only, sorry!)

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Professor Chandra Follows His Bliss | Rajeev Balasubramanyam
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In episode 44 of the Brit Lit Podcast, Rajeev Balasubramanyam talks about his novel PROFESSOR CHANDRA FOLLOWS HIS BLISS, what it was about the academic world that he wanted to explore in it, his meditation practice, why he loves California, and more. https://buff.ly/2Ij0n4K

LeeRHarry I am so behind with your podcast Claire , I need to catch up badly! 😊 (edited) 6mo
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UNSCRIPTED. | CLAIRE. HANDSCOMBE
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On Thursday I got to have another party launching my book, this time in DC at the bookshop where I work! I had a wonderful evening celebrating with friends.

UNSCRIPTED is a smart beach read about a young woman with a celebrity crush and a determined plan. It would make a great addition to you poolside stack of books, if I do say so myself!

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Here‘s what I‘m recommending on this week‘s episode of the @Unabridged podcast!

UnabridgedPod Can‘t wait to read these novels!! Thanks so much for the recommendations. ❤️ 7mo
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UNSCRIPTED. | CLAIRE. HANDSCOMBE
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I spoke to Laura of A Bookish Home about my novel and my recent favourite reads -- and what my writing has in common with David Nicholls' ONE DAY.

cookreadsleep OH! I didn't realize THIS was YOU! I loved your interview on Currently Reading a few weeks ago. I'll have to check out this podcast. 7mo
BookishClaire Ahh thank you @cookreadsleep! I loved doing the Currently Reading Podcast! 7mo
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The latest episode of the Brit Lit Podcast is out, and it‘s a good one, if I do say so myself — Laura Mucha, author of Love Factually: The Science of Who, How, and Why We Love talks relationships, death, poetry, and book recommendations! https://britlitblog.com/2019/05/02/brit-lit-podcast-episode-42-love-factually-wi...

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Star-Crossed | Minnie Darke
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Best book I‘ve read in years.

AileenRR Hi! I was going through my olds posts on the li.st archives (for the 1st time! I don‘t know what took me so long?!), and anyway, that rabbit hole led me to you on this app, and I‘m feeling nostalgic for li.st and just wanted to say hi. 7mo
BookishClaire Aww thanks @aileenrr! I am never not nostalgic for li.st 😭 7mo
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UNSCRIPTED. | CLAIRE. HANDSCOMBE
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I‘m a published author!

(Please buy my book)
UnscriptedNovel.com

Chrissyreadit Congrats! 8mo
Lindy Congratulations! 8mo
Simona 👏👏👏👏👏Congratulations❣️ 8mo
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UNSCRIPTED. | CLAIRE. HANDSCOMBE
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Littens! My book is out next week and I‘d love to meet you at one of my U.K. events :) #authorsoflitsy

tammysue Congratulations!! 🎉😘 8mo
wordzie 💝👍👏🙌 8mo
Alfoster That‘s exciting!👏👏👏👏 8mo
Weaponxgirl You‘re coming to my city! If I‘m not working I‘ll come say hi 😊 8mo
BookishClaire Yay @Weaponxgirl I would love that! 8mo
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UNSCRIPTED. | CLAIRE. HANDSCOMBE
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Two weeks from now I‘ll be a published author. Time to match those nails.

Tamra Congratulations! I can‘t imagine the work & excitement! (edited) 9mo
wanderinglynn Congrats! That‘s awesome! 🎉👏🏻🥳 9mo
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I‘m sorry to report that I came across a disturbing trend when I was sorting out my books... can you relate?! https://bookriot.com/2019/03/18/all-my-purple-books/

CouronneDhiver Yep! I don‘t have many purple, pink or orange spines on my rainbow shelves. But waaayyyy too many black and white. 9mo
BookishClaire Ooh good point, I don‘t have a lot of pink either! Maybe that‘ll be my next post! 9mo
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Bookshop Girl | Chloe Coles
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I have news! I‘m starting a job as part-time Bookseller at East City Bookshop in DC. ❤️📚

Tamra Good for you! Also lucky you! 9mo
Reecaspieces 🎊🎉👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻🎉🎊 9mo
Birdsong28 Congrats 🎉🎊📚📖 9mo
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Samplergal Congratulations!! 9mo
Samplergal Congratulations!🍾 9mo
wanderinglynn Congrats! 🎉👏🏻🎊🥳 9mo
TiredLibrarian Very cool! Congrats!
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Bookwormjillk Cool! 9mo
RachelO Congratulations! 9mo
CouronneDhiver 🙌🏽🙌🏽 9mo
BookNAround Congratulations! If you can‘t be independently wealthy so all you have to do in life is read, a job in a bookstore is pretty top notch. 😁🎉 9mo
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Star-Crossed | Minnie Darke
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Can‘t wait! (But sadly am going to have to!)