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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 375 posts for The Literary Sofa

Autumn 2019 on the Literary Sofa

Hope you’ve had a great summer. This is a quick post to say that the Sofa is back in business after the break (although if you missed Charlie Fletcher’s wonderful Writers on Location piece on the Outer Hebrides which magically appeared last week, do check it out) and an update on what I’ve been doing. … Continue reading

Writers on Location – Charlie Fletcher on the Outer Hebrides

This is the first time a post has appeared on the blog when I’m not officially ‘here’ (on the Sofa or on Twitter).  Normal service will resume next week but for anyone who needs a late summer away-from-it-all trip, today I’m hosting a Writers on Location on the Outer Hebrides, a setting I was keen … Continue reading

Summer Reads Extra 2019

How’s your summer going? Mine’s been great and incredibly busy so far – definitely time to wind down with my last post before taking a nice long break*.  I’m glad to hear that many of you are enjoying books you discovered on my Summer Reads selection and/or the guest author series which ended last week … Continue reading

Guest Author – Peter Papathanasiou – Resilience on the road to publication

Five years ago, a friend asked if I’d be willing to meet up with a Greek-Australian writer who was new to London and the UK publishing scene and share a few tips. That writer is today’s Sofa guest Pete Papathanasiou, who joins me with the final post in my Summer Reads line-up just ahead of … Continue reading

Writers on Location – Alison Layland on Rural Shropshire

This is the penultimate guest post about a title from my Summer Reads selection and I’m delighted to welcome back Alison Layland, who wrote about her work as a literary translator on her first visit to the Sofa some time ago.  Her new novel Riverflow could be described as an ‘eco-thriller’ (if that’s not already … Continue reading

Guest Author – Louisa Treger – A Brutal Paradise

As you are about to discover, this week’s guest post by Louisa Treger is many things.  Like her new novel The Dragon Lady it’s a beautiful and vibrant piece of writing.  It could have held its own in my Writers on Location series except that it has a wider geographical focus than the novel’s principal … Continue reading

Guest Author – Ros Franey on Inventing Truth

The summer programme is now in full swing and it’s wonderful to be receiving positive feedback both on the books people have discovered via my latest selection and the guest posts from Bev Thomas and Judith Heneghan.  No doubt that will continue following today’s visit from Ros Franey, whose debut novel leapt out from my … Continue reading

Writers on Location – Judith Heneghan on Kiev

The summer guest author programme got off to a fascinating start last week with Bev Thomas’s post on what it means to be a ‘good enough’ mother.  Coincidentally, motherhood is also a theme in today’s featured debut Snegurochka by Judith Heneghan but it’s not the focus of today’s post  – that is firmly on the … Continue reading

Guest Author – Bev Thomas – What does it mean to be a ‘good enough’ mother?

Once again my Summer Reads selection was greeted with huge enthusiasm and I’d like to say a big thank you for all the interest, appreciation of the blog and help getting the word out about these wonderful books.  This last bit matters because I don’t often choose titles which are getting a big marketing push … Continue reading

Summer Reads 2019

It’s that time again, and I’m excited to bring you this year’s Summer Reads selection.  My search sprang many surprises, producing a dozen fantastic books revealing all kinds of lives: from the real and ‘ordinary’ to some which are anything but, plus several dogs! The majority are set during different periods of the 20th century … Continue reading

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