Author Events

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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

Lionel Shriver at The Society Club

I’ve attended many author events and have been lucky to hear/meet some of the big name novelists who’ve inspired me:  Alan Hollinghurst, Linda Grant, Richard Ford, Marilynne Robinson.  There’s a new addition to that list: Lionel Shriver, who read at an intimate salon at the Society Club on Saturday.  I’ve never written up an author … Continue reading