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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 278 posts for The Literary Sofa

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

Paris Mon Amour competition – win signed advance copies

On Monday I returned from a week staying in the 5th arrondissement in Paris, a very enjoyable mix of long walks (totalling 99km, no less), art exhibitions, inspiration for my next novel, seeing friends and spending Easter weekend with my family – most of it in glorious spring weather. I’ve written many pieces about Paris and … Continue reading

Guest Author – Addison Jones on setting her novel in Post-war California

I guess most writers have a couple of soapbox issues which are just as relevant in their capacity as readers.  One of mine is the trivialisation of writing about love, especially of books by women.  Last summer I wrote this article rebutting those attitudes – it really wasn’t hard to do – and defending love … Continue reading

Guest Author – Louise Walters on handling multiple timelines and points of view (POV)

I’m delighted to welcome back Louise Walters as today’s guest author, for some quite personal reasons. Louise has been a supporter of the Literary Sofa from the very start and although she was several years ahead in her writing career, we have kept each other company through many highs and lows (understatement) and become good friends … Continue reading

Guest Author – Laura Kaye on portraying England from a foreigner’s perspective

  Last week was exceptionally busy with reports from the London Book Fair and a George Saunders event – now it’s back to featuring authors from my Spring Sofa Spotlight.  As you may recall, I was struck by how many of my chosen titles had important things to say about  the world right now. This … Continue reading

George Saunders in conversation with Erica Wagner at Goldsmiths College

Yesterday’s post was a combined report on my first visit to London Book Fair and my ongoing book project; today’s is a write-up of last night’s interview between George Saunders and Erica Wagner at Goldsmiths College on his first novel Lincoln in the Bardo, spliced with a few of my personal reflections. This ought to … Continue reading

First time at the London Book Fair

As you may have noticed, this is a pretty noisy and packed week in the book world, which completely mirrors my own schedule of late.  In view of this, I have decided to postpone publication of my Spring Spotlight author Addison Jones’ post on Postwar California for a little while – it is simply too … Continue reading

Writers on Location – Laura McVeigh In the Shadow of the Hindu Kush

The first guest post by one of my Spring Sofa Spotlight authors, last week’s Writers on Location by Sarah Day on the island of San Domino, proved very popular and today I am pleased to be welcoming the next author in this series. Laura McVeigh joins me to talk about a very different place, the … Continue reading

Writers on Location – Sarah Day on the island of San Domino, Italy

Last week’s spring Sofa Spotlight met with a great deal of interest and enthusiasm, so a big thank you for your support and appreciation.  It is a pleasure to welcome the first of my Spotlight guest authors today – the talented and lovely Sarah Day, who I can’t help noticing has a large and committed … Continue reading