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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 273 posts for The Literary Sofa

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

Sofa Spotlight – Spring 2017

This is only the second of my quarterly selections and already things have gone awry – I’ve discovered more excellent novels recently than I strictly ‘need’!  But of course there can never be too many good books (or too much shouting about them), so for today’s spring Sofa Spotlight I’ve decided to focus on seven titles … Continue reading

Paris Mon Amour to be released in paperback under new Literary Sofa imprint

As hinted here more than once – remember my new year ‘making things happen’ mantra? –  I have some pretty big news!  It’s already gone live to Bookbrunch subscribers this morning (thanks, Bookbrunch) and, hoping you’ll excuse the weirdness of me referring to myself in the third person on my own blog, I am thrilled to … Continue reading

Writers on Location – Claire Fuller on the Isle of Purbeck, Dorset

Today’s guest Claire Fuller has visited me before on the Literary Sofa and it’s lovely to have her back.  When I read her debut novel Our Endless Numbered Days before publication, little did any of us know that it would go to take the 2015 Desmond Elliott Prize for a first novel – and yet … Continue reading

Guest Author – Essie Fox on Capturing the Passage of Time

It’s been a slow start to the year on the blog because I’ve been incredibly busy with work – but it’s always a treat to return to ‘Sofa business’, especially today, when I am joined by my first guest of 2017.  I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Essie Fox a couple of times and attended the … Continue reading

Two weeks in the Western Cape, South Africa

It’s two years since I last wrote a travel piece that’s not book related, and since real life kicked in immediately following our Christmas trip, it’s taken a couple of weeks to get round to this one.  I find myself saying ‘it already seems quite distant’ and yet, like any trip I’ve ever made, I … Continue reading