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Bradford Literature Festival – July 2017

This is a daunting task.  I was only at the Bradford Literature Festival for a day and a half and attended just two sessions in addition to the panel I was on, but I can only hope to share a few fleeting personal impressions of this vibrant and ambitious 10 day event. It’s making a … 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

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

Good Sex Night at Waterstones Gower Street

When I sit down to write a sex scene – and there is certainly no shortage of them in my debut novel Paris Mon Amour – I don’t think about it.  I get the characters in a room and let things take their course. And to me that is a less daunting prospect than it … Continue reading

Book Review/Conversation with the Author – The Age of Reinvention by Karine Tuil

This is my first in-depth look at a novel since Michel Houellebecq’s Submission back in March and coincidentally it is of another French bestseller that has caused a stir internationally.  The Age of Reinvention (L’invention de nos vies) is the ninth novel by Karine Tuil and her first to be translated into English, by Sam Taylor. I … Continue reading

Author Events – with a guest appearance from Francis Plug

Apologies to anyone wanting to read a serious article about author events.  This isn’t one. But it is a historic event, or if you want to get all literary, an historic event.  It was supposed to be a guest author post but that went wrong from the start when South London New Zealander Paul Ewen, … Continue reading

Book Review – Look Who’s Back by Timur Vermes

This has been quite a week. I’ve had a breakthrough in the planning of my new novel. I read Jenny Offill’s extraordinary Dept. Of Speculation in one sitting and felt compelled to add to the buzz. I attended the spectacular theatrical launch of Jason Hewitt’s debut The Dynamite Room – it’s one of my Hot … Continue reading

Book Review – The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

It’s daunting to attempt to do justice to Donna Tartt’s 784 page novel The Goldfinch in a mere thousand or so words.  Last night I was part of a large audience who saw her in conversation with Kirsty Wark at St James’s, Piccadilly.  If the weight of expectation surrounding the release of what is only … Continue reading

The York Effect – Festival of Writing 2013

I first attended the Festival of Writing organised by Writers’ Workshop in 2012.  If you’d told me then that I’d end up going two years in a row, I would have been surprised, not least that I could spare the money or the time away from home.  I would have been frankly appalled to think … Continue reading