Talk of the Town | the place for bookish people to be

Welcome to my first post as a co-host of the Talk of the Town link up.  I’ve been only too happy to take part in and support this book post sharing linky over the past 18 months so am delighted to now be a co-host with Shaz at Jera’s Jamboree and look forward to growing our community.

For those of you new to Talk of the Town, here’s what we do:

What is Talk of the Town?

It’s a weekly linky where bloggers and authors can link up their bookish posts.

What post can you link up on Talk of the Town?

It does have to be book related.  Your post can be anything you would like to share with others. It could be a Q&A, guest post, book news, book event, blogging tips, giveaway, top 5 books you’ve read, your weekly/monthly roundup or even something you’ve made from instructions within the pages of a book! As long as it is book related, go for it. The post you link doesn’t have to be recent. It can be from your archives. And you DON’T have to join in every week.

Authors, you blog too! and if you would like to join in you’re very welcome. I would request that you don’t use the linky as promotion only. Links to your books that you have in your posts are fine. For example the fabulous posts I read on your blogs about writing tips or your inspiration etc and some of you join in round robins where you have a question to answer would be great to link up.

There is no cost for you to link up with Talk of the Town.  If you need some need some more info on how the linky works check out Shaz’s Walkthrough.

All posts are shared on Twitter and pinned on a dedicated Pinterest board.

Please feel free to add the badge to the post you’re sharing.

Your favourite post from last week was Pippa’s (The Little Book Owl’s)  post.  See here if you missed it >> The Collapsing Empire

During March Talk of the Town is showcasing a rather unique novel from Black & White Publishing.


Publisher: Black and White Publishing (23 Feb. 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1785300822
ISBN-13: 978-1785300820
ASIN: B01MS4KUYU

Approaching 80, frail and alone, a remarkable man makes the journey from his sheltered home in England to Berlin to meet his granddaughter. He has six days left to live and must relate his life story before he dies…

His life has been rich and full. He has witnessed first-hand the rise of the Nazis, experienced heartrending family tragedy, fought in the German army, been interred in a POW camp in Scotland and faced violent persecution in peacetime Britain. But he has also touched many lives, fallen deeply in love, raised a family and survived triumphantly at the limits of human endurance. He carries within him an astonishing family secret that he must share before he dies…a story that will mean someone else’s salvation.

Welcome to the moving, heart-warming and uncommon life of Alfred Warner.

Talk of the Town

Juliet Conlin was born in London and grew up in England and Germany. She holds an MA in Creative Writing from Lancaster University and a PhD in Psychology from the University of Durham. She works as a writer and translator and lives with her husband and four children in Berlin. She writes in both English and German. Her debut novel The Fractured Man was published by Cargo in 2013. She is currently working on her third novel, Exile Shanghai, set in a Jewish ghetto in 1940’s China.

Connect with Juliet Conlin

Website | Twitter

The Uncommon Life of Alfred Warner in Six Days chronicles the life of a man who never chose to be different. Alfred holds a family secret that is both a burden and a blessing. In choosing to tell the story of a voice-hearer, my aim was to explore this phenomenon beyond pathology, and to defend the validity of complex human experiences that do not fit into a very narrow understanding of what it is to be ‘normal’.

– Juliet Conlin

Talk of the Town linky is sponsored by Black & White Publishing.

Black & White Publishing was founded in 1999. Since then, they’ve grown into one of Scotland’s leading independent publishers with over 300 books in print across a variety of genres. Committed to publishing the best books from the most talented writers in the UK and beyond they produce an extensive range of titles, including general non fiction, biography, sport and humour, as well as selected fiction, young adult and children’s books.

Everyone who tweets with the hashtag #ToTT will be entered into a monthly giveaway for either a single book or a book bundle.  If you’re sharing the weekly post and can add @bwpublishing that would be fab.  The giveaway might be paperback (UK/ROI) or digital (UK/ROI/INTL).  The winner will be randomly selected using Tweetdraw and books will be sent directly from Black & White Publishing.  Make sure you use the shortened hashtag so that your tweets can be picked up and added to the random draw.

Link up your bookish posts here >>

I’ve shared The Disappearance of Emily Marr by Louise Candlish, a post from the archives that deserves some more book love – a book with a different kind of disappearance!

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