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Claire Handscombe

Claire Handscombe moved from Europe to DC in 2012, ostensibly to study for an MFA in Creative Writing, but actually – let’s be honest – because of an obsession with The West Wing. She is the author of Unscripted, a novel about a young woman with a celebrity crush and a determined plan, and the editor of Walk With Us: How The West Wing Changed Our Lives. She also hosts the Brit Lit Podcast, a fortnightly show of news and views from British books and publishing. Blog: the Brit Lit Blog. Twitter: @BookishClaire

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There's something for everyone on BookTok, the bookish corner of TikTok. Here are 12 of the accounts you should be following right now.

10 of the Best Romance Novels Out This Month

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Why Authors Love You When You Leave a Book Review Online

Why do authors always ask for readers to leave reviews? Do reviews really help sell their books? Bottom line: yes.

The (Un)Importance of Book Twitter

What happens on book Twitter usually stays on book Twitter. It's time to stop assuming it's an accurate reflection of a broader conversation.

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