Friday, 30 January 2009

We are coming to the end of our private beta. On Monday we are throwing open the bookarmy doors and inviting the world to stop by and have a look around.
We have been working very hard to make sure the site is in tip top condition for its world premiere, so if you haven’t been able to see the site yet, stop by on Monday and let us know what you think.

We will still be in beta so there will be some things that need tweaking and everyone’s feedback will be invaluable in helping us make bookarmy even better.

Hope to see you there!

Friday, 16 January 2009

Some sad news: John Mortimer, the author of Rumpole of the Bailey books, has died aged 85. As well as an author of novels and screenplays, Mortimer was also a barrister and appeared for the defence in the famous 1960s trail of D.H. Lawrence’s Lady Chatterley’s Lover.

In May ’07 I went to see Mortimer at Hay Literary Festival. Although his brain and perhaps more importantly his wit, were still razor sharp, his illness left him breathless, and the filthy Welsh weather lashing against the festival tent made hearing him a little difficult, so he was joined on the platform by fellow author and friend Kathy Lette. The show belonged to Moritmer. It was clear from the beginning that the interviewer and Lette were there purely to entertain the audience while Mortimer took short breaks between recounting tales of his barrister days.

His best anecdote from that appearance has been repeated in newspapers today:

"I found criminal clients easy and matrimonial clients hard," he said. "Matrimonial clients hate each other so much and use their children to hurt each other in beastly ways. Murderers have usually killed the one person in the world that was bugging them and they're usually quite peaceful and agreeable."
Read his obituary

Monday, 5 January 2009

Happy New Year!
Sorry we’ve been a bit quiet over the festive period, but we are back and brimming with plans for the year, but we still want to hear from you.

You can post any comments in our chat forum, ‘feedback’, or if you find something on the site that isn’t quite working properly, post your findings on our ‘broken things’ forum.

Also, don’t forget our weekly prize giveaway. Every week we award a selection of books to the best book review, the most helpful community member and to the person who has submitted the best book and author recommendations. To find out how to enter, visit the ‘competitions, quizzes and rewards’ page.