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Writers on Location – Amanda Huggins on the North Yorkshire Coast

There was a very enthusiastic response to Marika Cobbold’s recent Writers on Location about Hampstead Heath and in keeping with the times we’re staying put in the UK for this week’s instalment in the series by Amanda Huggins on the North Yorkshire coast. Short novella All our Squandered Beauty, one of my Spring Spotlight choices, … Continue reading

Writers on Location – Marika Cobbold on Hampstead Heath

It’s wonderful to open this week’s post with the news that I’ve been shortlisted for Best Reviewer of Literature in the 2021 Saboteur Awards, a big surprise given that my running of the Literary Sofa has been pretty shambolic over the last year (bad times make for good excuses).  Thank you to everyone who showed … Continue reading

Guest Author – Claire Fuller on Dogs in Books

Today it’s a great pleasure to welcome one of my favourite British authors back to the Literary Sofa. This is Claire Fuller’s fourth visit (that’s what happens when you write a great novel every time) and at this rate I’d be surprised if anyone manages to overtake her.  It’s also an opportunity to congratulate Claire … Continue reading

Spring Spotlight 2021

I’m a bit rusty on the art of the chatty intro so here is my Spring Selection: 8 fantastic books, including several which give a voice to people and subjects we don’t hear often enough. I look forward to hosting some of the authors – see the Sofa Dates – and an honorary addition to … Continue reading

Writers on Location – Neema Shah on Uganda

This week I’m delighted to be hosting the first Writers on Location post of the year, courtesy of talented debut author Neema Shah. Her novel Kololo Hill is set in Uganda and the UK during the expulsion of Ugandan Asians by dictator Idi Amin in the early 1970s. Surprisingly, I have vague memories of this … Continue reading

February 2021 – Reading Round-up

It wasn’t planned this way (who has plans any more?) but three of the four novels in my first fiction round-up of 2021 deal with difficult and potentially traumatising subjects.  WAIT, DON’T GO!   I get that a lot of people are struggling to read and/or looking for lighter material at the moment, but these novels … Continue reading

Books of 2020 – Non-fiction

As we haul ourselves towards the end of the January that makes other Januarys look good, I’ve had to remind myself that while I don’t have people to see or places to go, I do have a blog to run.  I didn’t read much non-fiction in 2020 so this pick of the titles that resonated … Continue reading

Books of 2020 – Fiction

The less said about 2020 the better, except where books are concerned.  For me it’s been a thoroughly atypical year for reading as with everything else. Like many others I lost the ability to focus for at least a month – since then books have been such a comfort, pleasure and respite.  I’ve read 70, … Continue reading

Writers on Location – Cath Barton on Morecambe, Lancashire

Today I’m pleased to introduce my final guest of 2020 and the last of this year’s Writers on Location, Cath Barton.  The UK has made only infrequent appearances in this long-running series, but the north-west of England gets a moment in her post on the coastal town of Morecambe in Lancashire. There’s something I found … Continue reading

Writers on Location – Tyler Keevil on Prague

This is the first post of England’s Lockdown 2 (today is the halfway point, not that I’m counting), but not the last, as I have some exciting things lined up. Not many writers can commit right now, so I’m doubly grateful to acclaimed guest author Tyler Keevil, who grew up in Vancouver and now lives … Continue reading