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York Festival of Writing 2017 – From a different angle

When something inspires and motivates you, when it makes what you already love seem even more fun and worthwhile and connects you with lots of others who feel the same way, you want to be part of it.  And last weekend I got to be part of the York Festival of Writing 2017 in a … Continue reading

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