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For those of you who don't know us, we are a small independent publisher whose main aim is to provide people with good quality books.

We all have different jobs and Crowvus is something that we do because we love good literature. We've just had a bit of excitement as we've published our first novel: Day's Dying Glory by Virginia Crow.

Since we're gaining momentum a little, we thought it would be a great idea to have a book blog, where we can review books we've read - and perhaps list books we'd like to read!

As we all have other jobs, we can't guarantee how often we will post on here but if you have a book that you think we'd like, please get in touch with the_team@crowvus.com

I'll be putting together a Review Policy in due course.

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