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

New Bookish Podcasts to Listen to in 2022

Want some new bookish podcasts in your feed? We've got some new ones hot off the press for 2022 to recommend!

Some of the Best Book Club Gifts for the Holidays

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How to Support a Writer Friend During NaNoWriMo

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Publishers, Please Stop Trying to Trick Me Into Reading That Book

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8 TikTok Book Challenges and Trends To Join

Need some inspiration for your BookTok posts? Check out these fun TikTok book challenges to show off your books and give your opinions.

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I Found My Way Back to Reading Joy and My Path Was Backlist

By setting aside new books, one reader found their joy again by picking up those forgotten titles from the backlist.

Want to Get Into BookTok? We Have Recommendations!

Want to get into BookTok? We have BookTok recommendations for some great accounts to follow to join the bookish community on TikTok.

The Books We Weren’t Allowed to Read as Kids (and Why)

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10 Great Books About Washington, D.C.

Whatever age you are, and whatever you like to read, we've got some recommendations for great books about Washington, DC!

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