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Help us to publicise Whichbook

Well, we got the whole site up and running, no major glitches, borrow and buy following through, covers looking fab – and we completely forgot about all you supportive souls who want to link to us. We had some Flash banners with the old blue and yellow site design still lingering on the Opening the Book site where nobody would think to find them and that was all. No-one could accuse us of being too marketing-led! Fortunately some of you out there are more savvy – especially in Scotland, I have to say, the Scots picked up on this quicker than anyone else.

Concepts, wording and designs have been batted back and forth and we can now offer a range of banners – choose your preferred size and text or ring the changes. We’ve also done some simple downloadable posters for anyone with physical as well as digital promotional opportunities – yes, libraries in Scotland asked for this too. The blue text on white background makes them really light on ink consumption so you can print at A4 or A3.

If anyone else out there spots any other really obvious omissions, please do get in touch! Next time we launch something I’ll phone a few friends in Scotland first ...

You can find these resources on our new Downloads page

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The new Whichbook

Lots of whichbook users were getting frustrated that when they found that elusive great-looking read, they couldn’t bookmark it, save it or find it ever again. People were juggling the sliders trying to make the same book come up in the results! That can be difficult if you’ve chosen a popular combination as we try to offer you a different choice every time. We can now announce such frustrations and irritations are a thing of the past. On the new whichbook you can save any book at any time. You can save a whole list if you like. Just sign in and do it through whichbook or Facebook – easy-peasy.

Not only can you save it, you can share it with friends and colleagues. Found a book you think is just right for someone else? Send them the link by email or Facebook. Come across a comment that made you laugh? Share the joke...

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Down to the Dirt by Joel Thomas Hynes

Hugely funny to begin with as Keith and his friends relate one escapade after another but as events become more serious so the story becomes much darker. This is a searing account of a teenager fighting fate and his own nature.

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About the Author by John Colapinto

Cal Cunningham is a great comic creation - a nasty, conniving little creep, but somehow you are on his side. It seems that every attempt that he makes to get himself out of trouble only mires him further in an unspeakable mess. And it could not happen to a more deserving person - except, that is, most of the other sleazeball characters in the book, of whom there are many. Enjoy, and be glad that you are not Cal Cunningham.

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Mr Chartwell by Rebecca Hunt

Mr Chartwell takes the form of an anthropomorphic black dog. But this is no cute shaggy dog story. The black dog in question is the metaphor used by Winston Churchill when referring to his depression. This unique and absurdly witty novel takes on a serious subject, and the level at which you read it from will depend on the extent you empathise with this condition.

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A Fair Maiden by Joyce Carol Oates

Young and under-appreciated summer nanny, Katya Spivak, is flattered by the advances of elderly gentleman Marcus Kidder. But is the relationship that grows between them a tragic fairy-tale of soul mates born at the wrong time or a sinister manipulation of loneliness, beauty and wealth? With rapidly rising stakes I wanted to believe in the best of human nature, but feared the worst.

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A Different Sky by Meira Chand

A book of contrasts as cultures collide against a backdrop of Singapore during WW2. Theres no shying away from the graphic reality of the horrors and violence of war and political unrest, and its an unsettling read at times. But with strong characters and sparks of hope for the future, it grips the reader like a vice.

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