Recommended reads for September

Watford Observer:

11:11am Friday 19th September 2014

Morag Watkins, from the award-winning Chorleywood Bookshop, gives her top five reads for the month ahead

A book festival with an historic twist

Watford Observer:

1:29pm Friday 5th September 2014

Top authors to attend the inaugural Chorleywood Bookshop History Festival

Rickmansworth, Croxley Green and Chorleywood Through Time

Watford Observer:

10:18am Friday 29th August 2014

Watford author John Cooper talks to Rosy Moorhead about his new book, Rickmansworth, Croxley Green and Chorleywood Through Time

Debut Harpenden novelist's near-death experience and cheeky tweet to Jonathan Ross

Watford Observer:

3:25pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

A Harpenden writer's cheeky tweet has persuaded television presenter Jonathan Ross to read her début novel, which was inspired by her near death experience.

Duchess of Cambridge features in book about the ups and downs of being an RAF wife

Watford Observer:

2:43pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

When innocent 18-year-old Jill Darby met dashing Euan Black on holiday in Scotland in the ‘60s she could not help falling for him.

Pick your summer reading from this crop of Watford authors

Watford Observer:

9:39am Friday 25th July 2014

Pick your summer reading from this crop of Watford authors

Kids can enter the Summer Reading Challenge during the holiday at Herts libraries

Watford Observer:

12:07pm Friday 18th July 2014

Kids can enter the Summer Reading Challenge during the holiday at Herts libraries

What you should be reading this summer - Chorleywood Bookshop's top five recommendations

Watford Observer:

2:00pm Saturday 28th June 2014

What you should be reading this summer - Chorleywood Bookshop's top five recommendations

Book released paying tribute to St Albans City players that died during First World War

Watford Observer:

11:16am Tuesday 15th July 2014

To coincide with the centenary of the start of the First World War, historians David Tavener and Peter Taylor have written a book paying tribute to the nine St Albans City players who lost their lives whilst serving for their country.

Chorleywood Bookshop celebrates Independent Booksellers Week

Watford Observer: Morag Watkins, Sheryl Shurville and Martin McKean (PICTURE 26M3538: HOLLY CANT)

5:00pm Saturday 28th June 2014

Chorleywood Bookshop celebrates Independent Booksellers Week

Q&A with former Children's Laureate Michael Morpurgo ahead of his talk at Merchant Taylor's School in Watford

Watford Observer:

3:50pm Friday 4th July 2014

Michael Morpurgo talks to Rosy Moorhead about his World War One anthology, Only Remembered

And the winner of the Richard Harrington Literary Challenge Cup is...

Watford Observer: Grelle White (right) presents winner Helen Nicell with her trophy

12:49pm Friday 27th June 2014

And the winner of the Richard Harrington Literary Challenge Cup is...

The shortlisted stories in this year's Richard Harrington Literature Challenge Cup

2:52pm Friday 27th June 2014

The shortlisted stories in this year's Richard Harrington Literature Challenge Cup

Nick cooks up a storm after school

Watford Observer: Nick in the kitchen with son Archie

10:00am Sunday 22nd June 2014

Bushey dad Nick Coffer, of MyDaddyCooks.com fame, talks to Rosy Moorhead about his new book of recipes, The After School Cookbook

Tony Parsons turns to crime

Watford Observer: Tony Parsons

4:15pm Wednesday 4th June 2014

The inaugural festival will also feature several local writers

Paddy Ashdown talks Nigel Farage and the anniversary of D-Day

Watford Observer: Paddy Ashdown

3:40pm Wednesday 4th June 2014

The Lib Dem will has written The Cruel Victory to mark the 70th anniversary of D-Day

Hertfordshire-born referee hits the post at British Sports Book Awards

Watford Observer: Mark on the pitch. Photo by John Sibley

9:24am Wednesday 28th May 2014

Mark Halsey narrowly missed out on the top honour. He will be back on home turf next week to talk about Added Time at Flamstead Book Festival

Best-selling authors and Miffy's birthday party at Sunday book festival

Watford Observer: Miffy will be there

4:23pm Thursday 8th May 2014

Enjoy a feast of family fun into just one day at the Hoo’s Kids Book Fest this weekend.

Book by Herts-born referee Mark Halsey spills the beans on Alex Ferguson and Wayne Rooney

Watford Observer: Mark on the pitch. Photo by John Sibley

4:57pm Wednesday 30th April 2014

Autobiography Added Time has been short-listed for a prestigious award

Top-selling St Albans authors to headline new book festival

Watford Observer: Tony Parsons

5:43pm Tuesday 29th April 2014

The first ever Flamstead Book Festival will take place on Saturday, June 7

Film critic Mark Kermode coming to Hatfield

Watford Observer: Mark Kermode

5:54pm Monday 28th April 2014

He will be at the University of Hertfordshire to launch his new book

You've published a lovely children's book? So what!

Watford Observer: So What! was inspired by Tracey's daughter, Emma

12:00am Saturday 19th April 2014

Oxhey author Tracey Trussell talks about her debut children's book, So What!

How you know you're a zebra

Watford Observer: How You Know You're a Zebra is Bonnie Friend's first book for children

9:00am Saturday 5th April 2014

Radlett writer, illustrator and editor Bonnie Friend releases her first children's book, How You Know You're a Zebra

Alan Titchmarsh to give author talk at Chenies Manor

Watford Observer: Alan Titchmarsh has fond memories of his days as a horticultural student in St Albans

9:51am Friday 21st March 2014

Gardener, broadcaster and novelist Alan Titchmarsh will be attending a literary lunch at Chenies Manor to talk about his new book, Bring Me Home

St Albans author reveals her battle with schizophrenia

Watford Observer: St Albans author reveals her battle with schizophrenia

9:38am Thursday 16th January 2014

Jo Carr has written a book based on her experiences to help increase people's understanding of mental illnesses

Painting the funeral of Baroness Thatcher

Watford Observer: Painting the funeral of Baroness Thatcher

10:48am Monday 2nd December 2013

Thomas Plunkett, President of the Royal Watercolour Society, from Radlett, talks about the paintings he did for a book on Baroness Thatcher's funeral

The age of confusion

Watford Observer: Matt Greene grew up in Aldenham and Radlett

10:52am Monday 2nd December 2013

Aldenham-born Matt Greene talks to Rosy Moorhead about his debut novel Ostrich

Former SAS man Andy McNab comes to Chorleywood to talk about his latest novel, Silencer

Watford Observer: Andy McNab still keeps his identity a secret

11:30am Friday 1st November 2013

Former SAS man Andy McNab comes to Chorleywood to talk about his latest novel, Silencer

Top literary stars set to grace the 2013 Chorleywood Literary Festival

Watford Observer: Bill Bryson

9:52am Friday 1st November 2013

Top literary stars set to grace the 2013 Chorleywood Literary Festival

Finding inspiration in history

Watford Observer: Finding inspiration in history

12:32pm Monday 7th October 2013

Former Watford Observer reporter Cate Cain talks to Rosy Moorhead about how the Great Fire of London inspired her debut children's book, The Jade Boy

The wrong line of enquiry

Watford Observer: Nicholas Conn grew up in Radlett, Carpenders Park and Bushey

11:00pm Friday 20th September 2013

Nicholas Conn, a former police officer from Watford, talks to Rosy Moorhead about his addiction to cocaine and about the book he has written to help others

Summer reading

Watford Observer: Summer reading

4:20pm Wednesday 21st August 2013

Going on holiday and want a good book to read? Rosy Moorhead and Tom Welsh choose a selection by Watford authors

When women faced the hangman

Watford Observer: Maggie Joel was born in Watford and now lives in Sydney, Australia

10:00am Saturday 3rd August 2013

Watford-born author Maggie Joel discusses her new novel, The Second Last Woman in England

High wire act swings a book deal

Watford Observer: Kate Griffin won a publishing deal in a writing competition

3:15pm Thursday 11th July 2013

St Albans writer Kate Griffin has had her first novel published after winning a story writing competition

Postcards from the past

Watford Observer: Church Green as depicted on a postcard in 1904. The church school can just be seen on the left, while the premises of Robert George Sampson, fish dealer, are situated at the end of the row of shops.

12:10pm Wednesday 10th July 2013

Author John Cooper talks Rosy Moorhead through his latest local history book, Harpenden Through Time

'It's not all roses around the door'

Watford Observer: Anna Hutton-North was born in St Albans and now lives in Flaunden, near Hemel Hempstead

10:18am Wednesday 15th May 2013

Writer Anna Hutton-North talks to Rosy Moorhead about Rural Affairs, her novel set in a fictional Hertfordshire village

In memory of Mary's poems

Watford Observer: Mary Skinner lived in Hertfordshire for more than 50 years and taught English in Townsend School in St Albans

4:53pm Wednesday 8th May 2013

A collection of poems by Harpenden poet Mary Skinner has been published after her death

Welwyn crime writer Howard Linskey is ready to bring his books to the screen

Watford Observer: Howard Linskey moved to Harpenden 11 years ago before settling in Welwyn Garden City

10:23am Thursday 2nd May 2013

Welwyn Garden City crime writer Howard Linskey tells Rosy Moorhead about the release of his new book, The Dead, and the TV treatment for his first book, The Drop

Book festival for kids and their grown-ups

Watford Observer: St Albans illustrator Nigel Baines will be drawing zombies and horrible things for the kids

5:25pm Wednesday 10th April 2013

Luton Hoo Walled Garden welcomes the second annual Hoo's Kids Book Fest, writes Rosy Moorhead

It really was the good old days

Watford Observer: The Scouts camping in 1937. Photograph taken from The Best of Times

10:12am Wednesday 20th March 2013

John Seabrook has compiled a book of life in Harpenden from the Roaring Twenties to the Swinging Sixties - The Best of Times. He talks to Rosy Moorhead

St Albans is the backdrop to Jo Platt's debut novel, Reading Upside Down

Watford Observer: Jo Platt loved living in St Albans

10:27am Wednesday 20th March 2013

St Albans is the backdrop to Jo Platt's debut novel, Reading Upside Down

Mary Queen of Shops helps Oxhey author Katharine McMahon with her reading

Watford Observer: Oxhey author Katharine McMahon will read from her latest book at Waterstone’s

11:39am Friday 5th June 2009

The Richard and Judy book club shortlisted author presents a dramatised reading of her new book The Crimson Rooms with a little help from Mary Portas star of the BBC Two show Mary Queen of Shops. Melanie Dakin reports


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