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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

8 Novels Crossing the Pond in 2017

Eight novels published in the UK last year that are coming to the US in 2017.

8 British YA Novels To Smuggle Across the Pond in 2017

YA novels from British authors coming in 2017!

The British Books Challenge 2017

Why one reader (and Brit) is going to read my works by British authors this year!

Books to Get You Writing

Resolving to write more this year? These books will help get you started and stay motivated.

In Praise of the Backlist: On (Maybe) Reading More Not-Brand-New Books in 2017

Why one reader is vowing to read more older books this year.

(Some of the) Best 2016 Books from Outside the USA

Some of the best books of the year, originally published outside the US.

Colour Us British: More Gifts for Anglophiles

Grown-up coloring books for anglophiles and Brits!

How to Use Your Passion Planner as a Book Journal

Part of the #Pashfam? Use your planner as a book journal!

5 Reasons to Try the Muse Monthly Subscription Box

Meet the newest book/tea subscription service!

Books That Make Us Feel Better

Rioters share their comfort reads.

Dear Publishing Industry: Please Make These Memoirs Happen

A plea for memoirs from these wonderful, curious, and fascinating people.

The Frequency Illusion: On the Kennedys, Books, and Me

One reader on how she keeps stumbling across the Kennedys in books (and everywhere else).

A List of my Bookish Lists on

Examples for using the app to create bookish lists!

100 Must-Read Books Translated From French

Excellent novels translated from French.

If We See These Books On Your Shelves, We Should Probably Be Friends

Rioters share the books that, when they see them on someone's shelves, signal the beginning of a beautiful friendship.