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Writers on Location – Henrietta Rose-Innes on Cape Town

Last week’s piece on Resilient Thinking and First Drafts was my first post about writing in a long time and it struck a chord with so many people that I’ve decided to do a follow-up on resilience and the editing process, once I get to that point with my new manuscript (patience required).  Whilst my … Continue reading

Writers on Location – Naomi Hamill on Kosovo

Last week’s Autumn Sofa Spotlight sparked lots of interest, so thank you very much to the many who read and shared it.  One of the most rewarding comments I get is that my selections feature titles people haven’t heard of but now want to read; the books I enjoy aren’t usually the most talked-about or … Continue reading

Sofa Spotlight – Autumn 2017

Welcome to the Autumn 2017 Sofa Spotlight, my quarterly selection of titles which have really stood out amongst the many I read.  In real life I’m always being asked about my latest discoveries and this slot is a kind of virtual version of that conversation*. This is a short but varied list, with a story … Continue reading

Guest Author – Tor Udall on Writing about Grief and Transformation

Autumn has made an early appearance this year and many of us will be keen to seize any opportunity to revisit the summer, which is exactly what’s happening today on the Literary Sofa.  Tor Udall’s season-spanning debut novel A Thousand Paper Birds was one of my Summer Reads 2017 but as there wasn’t time to … Continue reading

The Verdict on my Summer Holiday Reading 2017

I love September – it’s the start of a new year for me in every sense, when I’m full of plans and energy (horrible depressing January, you can’t compete).  It’s great to be back on the Sofa after my almost-month away from the blog and if you missed it last week, I started the new … Continue reading

Guest Author – Annemarie Neary on Fictional Orphans

This wasn’t supposed to be the final blog post before the summer break but it is (see Postscript for my excuse), and I can’t think of a better way to round up the season’s coverage of new fiction than to welcome Annemarie Neary back to the Sofa. Annemarie first joined me last year with a … Continue reading

Writers on Location – Jenny Ashcroft on recreating a Vanished Egypt

Today’s guest Jenny Ashcroft is an author I’ve wanted to feature on the Literary Sofa for ages and it’s wonderful that the moment has now come… Jenny and I met online a few years ago, when we read each other’s manuscripts prior to publication and got to know each other in real life.  All writers … Continue reading

Writers on Location – Vanessa Lafaye on Key West, Florida

There was a really enthusiastic response to last week’s showcase of new fiction by The Prime Writers so on behalf of us all, many thanks to everyone who has shared it and shown their appreciation.  An extra title out later this month has since been added, so it’s worth taking another look… Today I am … Continue reading

The Prime Writers Showcase – Summer 2017

Today, as a supplement to my Summer Reads 2017 selection, it’s great to be bringing you something a bit different: a showcase of recent and ‘coming soon’ titles by members of The Prime Writers.  I’m very lucky to be part of this fantastic community of novelists first published over the age of 40 and have … Continue reading

Guest Author – Kate Brown on Writing about Adolescence

After being acquainted on Twitter for some time, today’s guest Kate Brown and I first met last summer at the launch of our mutual friend Claire King’s novel Everything Love Is.  The three of us have a lot in common, including close links with France which have led us to set novels there. Hearing film … Continue reading