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Embarrassment in fiction is win-win. Either you relate to the horrific incident you find on the page - and it heartens you to think that someone, somewhere, probably went through the same cringeworthy experience you did - or you simply laugh uproariously at the character's misfortune, and gleefully think to yourself, "Thank god that's never happened to me!"   For our debut novel Lobsters - a dual narrative YA romantic comedy about a boy (Sam) and a girl (Hannah) desperately trying to find love and lose their virginity during the summer after A levels - we put our protagonists through all sorts of unbearably embarrassing scenarios. People get caught with their trousers down in stationery cupboards, they get vomited on at parties, they get christened 'Toilet Boy' by girls they fancy. And, to be honest, that's just the tip of the humiliating iceberg.    So, since we've packed our book with excruciating moments, we thought we'd pay tribute to our ten favourite embarrassing incidents in literature…
05/06/2014 by Anna James
An exclusive short story by Robin Stevens, author of Murder Most Unladylike, which is out on 5th June from Corgi. You can find our more about the book here.
04/06/2014 by Anna James
Tonight the winner of the 2014 Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction will be announced. Here's our summary, the most recent betting odds and some thoughts from the prize readings at the Southbank centre.
03/06/2014 by Anna James
Here's what we're most exciting about reading in June. Let us know what you're reading in the comments or @welovethisbook.  
03/06/2014 by Anna James
October tells the story of Mercia Murray, a woman returning to her homeland of South Africa after her partner leaves her. It is a novel about the experience of a contemporary immigration. Author Zoe Wicomb answers our 10 Questions.
02/06/2014 by Anna James
This weekend is the fifth Stoke Newington Literary Festival. Here are our picks for what not to miss out on. Tickets are available online here.
30/05/2014 by Anna James
I've been to the Hay Festival before twice as a visitor but this was my first visit as a journalist. Here's what I got up to and a bit about what it's like visiting a book festival for the first time with a press pass.
28/05/2014 by Anna James
At Hay Festival this weekend we asked visitors to the festival what they were reading at the moment.
28/05/2014 by Anna James
The Carnegie and Kate Greenaway awards are the most prestigious children's book awards in the UK. They celebrate outstanding writing and illustration for children and young people, with past winners including Patrick Ness (twice), Neil Gaiman and Meg Rosoff. The awards are also notable for their shadowing scheme which invites groups of young readers in schools and libraries to follow the award themselves, submit reviews and pick their own winner. This year there are over 4700 groups registered.Titles are nominated by members of CILIP and then then whittled down to a longlist (for the first time this year), a shortlist and then a winner. Helen Thompson, chair of this year's judging panel for the Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Awards, chatted to me about the awards process.
21/05/2014 by Martine Bailey
Author Martine Bailey tells us about her favourite books about food. I love food writing because it can capture the essence of life in a single mouthful of madeleine or empty bowl of gruel. When writing An Appetite for Violets, my novel about an 18th Century cook, I wanted to use historic recipes to conjure memory and mystery as well as to show what people really ate. So my choices are those writers who have conjured the ineffable in their descriptions of food. 

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