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Isabel Costello

Novelist and short story writer based in London. Debut novel PARIS MON AMOUR now out in digital and audio, paperback on 22 May 2017. Host of the Literary Sofa blog.
Isabel Costello has written 286 posts for The Literary Sofa

Writers on Location – Terry Stiastny on Provence

I always enjoy my guests’ Writers on Location pieces whether I know the place or not – my love of certain books has actually inspired trips. But today’s Writers on Location piece from Terry Stiastny on Provence is one I’m particularly excited to host.  The region holds an almost legendary appeal as a holiday destination, … Continue reading

Guest Author – Juliet West on Social Class in Fiction

As I mentioned in the introduction to my Summer Reads 2017, unintended patterns often appear when I am putting the selection together, even if the individual titles are completely different. This time round, there was a strong showing for adolescent characters and the coming-of-age theme, which is one of my favourites.  That perspective is skilfully … Continue reading

Guest Author – Stephen May on Manhood

It’s a pleasure to welcome today’s guest Stephen May back to the Literary Sofa.  I’m a big fan of his writing – Stronger than Skin is the third of his (four) novels to be featured here and one of the dozen excellent titles included in my Summer Reads selection. I’ll always be keen to read … Continue reading

News from Paris (Mon Amour)

How’s it all going? I keep being asked. It’s been a very busy and exciting first two weeks for the paperback edition of Paris Mon Amour, so I thought I’d share a few of the best moments and some still to come. SHELF LIFE There isn’t anywhere else I could start than by expressing my gratitude to … Continue reading

Paris Mon Amour – paperback publication week

This is publication week for the paperback edition of my debut novel Paris Mon Amour, and this is a difficult post to write. You’re probably thinking, ‘What? Isn’t that the best post ever?’ And you’d be right – there have been some fabulous moments recently. It’s just that I feel totally overwhelmed, and that’s hard to … Continue reading

Summer 2017 – Sofa Spotlight (Summer Reads)

Welcome to my Sofa Spotlight for Summer 2017 – despite my switch to a shorter quarterly format, this is the full dozen as with my previous Summer Reads selections because I’ve found so many excellent novels.  Far more than could be included, which says a lot about those which made the cut – plus I now … Continue reading

Writers on Location – Elizabeth Hay on the Lake of Many Bays, Ontario

After a burst of activity I have finalized the guest line-up for June and July and next week it’s the Summer 2017 Sofa Spotlight – a full dozen titles as in previous years (so much for my intention to scale back by doing it quarterly).  I am honoured that so many incredible writers contribute to … Continue reading

Guest Author – Rachel Rhys on writing a community of strangers

It was back in 2011 that I first met today’s guest Rachel Rhys/Tammy Cohen, a fellow north London writer, just as she was about to branch out from journalism into fiction with her first novel The Mistress’s Revenge. Tammy got in ahead of the huge and unabating domestic noir and psychological thriller craze, setting the bar … Continue reading

Writers on Location – Rose McGinty on the Arabian Gulf

I’ve said this many times, but one of the greatest things about taking up writing and running this blog has undoubtedly been getting to know lots of fantastic people I would never otherwise have met.  Some I met first in person at launches or writing events, others I encountered first online and subsequently in real … Continue reading

Favourite French Things and Paris Mon Amour competition winners

MERCI BEAUCOUP to everyone who entered the ‘favourite French things’ competition over the last couple of days, to the many who didn’t but shared it anyway, and hello and welcome to lots of lovely new followers.  This was a great way of getting to know people, and whilst I was planning to just list the winners … Continue reading