In the depths of the Covid pandemic, as normal life was replaced by normal lockdown, when the highlight of any day was the one allowable trip out of the house for exercise, I would open the front door and amble up to the local fields and hilltop woods, for pure escape.

In air that was fresher than usual due to the absence of industry and suburban traffic, and with far-reaching views across a subdued landscape, I would let my feet and mind wander, enjoying the limited time …

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Written by Philippa Iliffe on October 06, 2021

I have always found solace in writing. In year 3, my pirate adventure story complete with a detailed treasure map was described as ambitious for a seven-year-old! Developing anorexia as a stress-riddled teenager, I started to write a diary – the only way my thoughts could be heard over the bossy anorexic voice which now dictated every element of my calorie-and exercise-obsessed life. And as a 20-year-old inpatient on an eating disorders unit, I found comfort in writing letters to my family and friends, my only link to the outside world which I so longed to be part of once …

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Written by Philippa Iliffe on October 06, 2021

Want to know where Troubador staff will be out and about at trade events over the Autumn? These are the current listings – which we will keep up to date as the season progresses.

September 11th – Gardners Trade Fair (part of the Booksellers’ Association Conference)

In September, the marketing department kicked off the Autumn events season by attending the Gardners Trade Fair. This trade event, run by book wholesaler, Gardners, showcases front and backlist books to the booksellers attending the Booksellers’ Association Annual Conference. …

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Written by Philippa Iliffe on September 27, 2021

Suhail Aziz, the author of Breakthrough: Memoir of a British-Trained Bangladeshi launched his book at the Royal Air Force Club, Mayfair, London on the 4th of September.                

Here, he shares his speech from the day:

“I am very pleased to see you all here this afternoon. I extend a very warm welcome to all of you: my family members, my friends who I have known for many years; friends I made since my wife passed away: the bereavement group from St Christopher’s Hospice, the …

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Written by Philippa Iliffe on September 20, 2021

“There is no friend as loyal as a book.” – Ernest Hemingway

Opening a new book can mean a wealth of different things; diving into a new world with an exciting story and compelling characters to get stuck into, to expanding your knowledge in a particular area with the benefit of a specialist's expertise.

If you can think of a subject, there will be a book of some kind that exists about it, and the possibilities that that opens up to readers is endless.

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