Tag: Holly Bourne

How Hard Can Love Be? on the Underground!

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Travelling
on the London Underground this weekend? Look out for one of our bright pink
editions of How Hard Can Love Be? lovingly shared around London Underground
stations by the Books on the Underground team.

Follow
these wonderful book fairies at @BooksUndergrnd for clues on where the books
are being left, and let us know if you find one!

Palentine’s Day – The Book Club

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In the
true spirit of The Spinster Club, uber cool The Book Club in Shoreditch is
forgoing the traditional February the 14th Valentine’s celebrations
and hosting Palentine’s Day instead. That’s right PALENTINE’S DAY!

There’ll
be friendship bracelet craft, a screening of ultimate BBF movie Romy and Michele’s Highs School
Reunion, sugary snacks, AND because the original Spinster Club was formed on
Valentine’s day – copies of the limited edition bright pink How Hard Can Love Be!

We’re so
excited we’re already dancing around like our teenage selves. JUST. LIKE. THIS.

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Praise for How Hard Can Love Be?

Hello fellow Spinsters, Amy from Usborne here. I’ve stolen Holly’s blog today to do a little round-up of some of the amaazing reviews coming in for How Hard Can Love Be?, out now. Here are a few of our favourites:

“This is the second book in the new Holly Bourne Normal trilogy and is
COMPLETELY FANTASTIC. Not that I expected anything less after the
amazing after the stunning Am I Normal Yet?” – Guardian children’s book site teen reviewer

“Holly Bourne is one of the most talented YA writers of the moment and I cannot wait to read the next instalment to find out what happens to the Spinster Club. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!” – Lucy from Queen of Contemporary

“Emotive and thought provoking this searingly honest book deals with the biggest life lesson of all: nobody’s perfect.” – South Wales Evening Post, Book of the Week

“Holly Bourne has become a true feminist legend of YA!” – Emma from Never Judge a Book by Its Cover

“The second installment in [Holly’s] Normal series…and tells Amber’s story of first love, friendship and addiction.” – The Sunday Express, S Magazine

Read the first chapter of How Hard Can Love Be? at www.usborne.com/readHolly.

Spinster Sunday

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One of the most amazing things about Am I Normal Yet? and How Hard Can Love Be? is seeing fans – readers, bloggers and vloggers – forming their own Spinster Clubs.

One of the most recent comes from Emma of Never Judge a Book By its Cover (a fantastic book blog you should definitely check out). Emma has created a brilliant Tumblr @the-spinster-club for readers “who adored [Am I Normal Yet?], are feminist or a new feminist like myself, who wants to own who
they are and be an individual.”
  You can look forward to posts about the Normal series, quotes, discussions
agendas and there is talk of a Feminist Street Team too. We LOVE the sound of that. Check in with Emma over at The Spinster Club for more.

Speaking of all things Spinster, today Holly is up in Lytham St Anne’s headlining Spinster Sunday. Hosted by Storytellers Inc, it’s an afternoon of events to
celebrate friendship, feminism and frankly brilliant books. This empowering
afternoon is sure to pass the Bechdel test with a fantastic line-up of current
teen/YA authors including Non Pratt, Keris Stainton, Sara Barnard, Natasha Farrant and Jenny Maclachan. More on this next week!

Go Spinsters!

WIN a Holly Bourne tote bag full of goodies with Thameslink

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To
celebrate HOW HARD CAN LOVE BE? being chosen as Thameslink’s Book of the Month, they are giving away tote bags
full of Holly’s books plus exclusive SWAG!

Head over to the Thameslink Facebook page to enter www.facebook.com/ThameslinkRailUK

Good Luck!

Holly Bourne: Top 3 Novels on Mental Health

Find the three books that Holly feels tackle mental health issues perfectly over on the WHSmith blog today http://bit.ly/23LhfWD

Meet Holly Bourne on the How Hard Can Love Be? tour

To celebrate the release of How Hard Can Love Be? Holly will be touring the UK and Ireland and she wants to meet YOU.

All public events are listed here, with more to be added soon, so stay tuned!

SPINSTER SUNDAY with Holly Bourne

Sunday 7th February, from 1pm at St Annes Place, Lytham St Annes

An afternoon of events to
celebrate friendship, feminism and frankly brilliant books. Hosted by Storytellers Inc this empowering
afternoon is sure to pass the Bechdel test with a fantastic line-up of current
teen/YA authors including Non Pratt, Keris Stainton, Sara Barnard, Natasha Farrant and Jenny Maclachan.

A SPINSTER CLUB EVENING at Easons

Thursday 11th February, 6pm at Easons O’Connell Street, Dublin

Join Holly for an evening of book chat, a reading and Q&A plus lots of other fun activities.

There will be CHEESY WOTSITS!

YA SPEAKEASY

Tuesday 23rd February, 7pm at Drink, Shop, Do, London

Join Holly, fellow Usborne author Kathryn Evans, Eve Ainsworth and Nicci Cloke for readings, cocktails, an utterly ridiculous short story challenge and book signings.

Tickets are free – book your place via Eventbrite.

WORLD BOOK DAY TEENFEST LIVE

Wednesday 2nd March, 6pm at Stratford East Picturehouse, London

Join Holly, Juno Dawson and Sara Barnard for an awesome night of books, writing and creativity at World
Book Day’s first ever live premiere for teens.

Hosted by performance poet, author and playwright LEMN SISSAY. 

Tickets £3 (available via the Picturehouse website)


VERY SPECIAL EVENT IN MANCHESTER – to be announced soon

Sunday 6th March

Stay tuned for more on this soon!

OXFORD LITERARY FESTIVAL

Saturday 2nd April, 5pm

Three of the very best writers for YA, Sarah Crossan, Sita
Brahmachari and Holly Bourne join forces for a session guaranteed to
entertain, to inspire, and to provoke debate and laughter.

Tickets are available via the festival’s website.