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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 399 posts for The Literary Sofa

Writers on Location – Dugald Bruce-Lockhart on Paros, Greece

My Summer Reads selection is always the high point of the year on the Sofa and I was delighted that it was greeted with so much enthusiasm two weeks ago  – thanks to all concerned.  As mentioned, there will be a smaller follow-up of 6-8 titles in late July but today it’s time to kick … Continue reading

Summer Reads 2020

Welcome to the Literary Sofa’s biggest event of the year.  This isn’t the summer any of us were hoping for but the supply of new books is as good as ever. Like everything else, my Summer Reads has encountered logistical challenges but it’s happening anyway, along with the best guest programme I can put together. … Continue reading

Back on the Sofa

This is just a quick hello and update as you haven’t heard from me in a while and it’s lovely that the blog is still getting readers and new followers despite my absence.  I hope you are coping OK in these times of fear, frustration and rage, and for many, terrible hardship and sadness.  It’s … Continue reading

Guest Author – Anna Vaught on How a chance sighting of a photograph led to a life-changing adventure

One way and another it’s taking longer than expected to complete the Spring Spotlight guest season but as you’re about to see, it’s worth the wait. My  contribution is going to be no-frills as I spent all of last week in bed with suspected Covid-19 and am under orders to ‘take it very easy’. (Despite … Continue reading

Guest Author – Nicola White on Writing the 1980s

Hello! I hope you are staying safe and finding ways to cope with the exceptionally challenging situation we are all living through. I’m going to keep my promise not to dwell on it here as I can vouch for the psychological benefits of at least trying to think about something else.  To my great relief, … Continue reading

Writers on Location – Felicia Nay on Hong Kong

It’s really heartening to see the Spring Spotlight guest author series get a good reception, especially at a time when those with new books coming out need all the support we can give. Thanks to all of you for reading, to Eleni Kyriacou for her post on 1950s Soho and Hannah Persaud for last week’s … Continue reading

Guest Author – Hannah Persaud on Writing about an unconventional marriage

The Spring Sofa Spotlight guest programme got off to a great start last week with Eleni Kyriacou’s atmospheric Writers on Location on 1950s Soho – thanks to everyone continuing to read and appreciate what we are working together to bring you, despite everything going on ‘out there’.  We’re all currently facing unbelievably stressful times but … Continue reading

Writers on Location – Eleni Kyriacou on 1950s West End, London

When I released the Spring Sofa Spotlight last week, commenting that books can bring comfort and refuge in troubled times, I had no idea how much worse things were about to get. But the principle stands, with many turning to the arts to help us through this scary and unprecedented (in our lifetime) crisis – … Continue reading

Spring 2020 Sofa Spotlight

Books can provide comfort and refuge in uncertain and anxious times, (even if the themes aren’t particularly escapist), which makes this a good moment to be bringing you my spring Sofa Spotlight.  It features 8 brilliant new and forthcoming releases and will be followed by an exciting guest author line-up in which I get to … Continue reading

Too much information: blurbs, reviews and spoilers

As I mentioned at the start of the year, I’m taking a relaxed approach to the blog in the run-up to my Spring Spotlight on 11 March.  At the moment top priority goes to a pitch for a project I can’t talk about and preparing material for a retreat I’m leading in a few weeks’ … Continue reading

My Novel – Now out in paperback