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Writers on Location – Terry Stiastny on Provence

I always enjoy my guests’ Writers on Location pieces whether I know the place or not – my love of certain books has actually inspired trips. But today’s Writers on Location piece from Terry Stiastny on Provence is one I’m particularly excited to host.  The region holds an almost legendary appeal as a holiday destination, … Continue reading

Guest Author – Juliet West on Social Class in Fiction

As I mentioned in the introduction to my Summer Reads 2017, unintended patterns often appear when I am putting the selection together, even if the individual titles are completely different. This time round, there was a strong showing for adolescent characters and the coming-of-age theme, which is one of my favourites.  That perspective is skilfully … Continue reading

Guest Author – Stephen May on Manhood

It’s a pleasure to welcome today’s guest Stephen May back to the Literary Sofa.  I’m a big fan of his writing – Stronger than Skin is the third of his (four) novels to be featured here and one of the dozen excellent titles included in my Summer Reads selection. I’ll always be keen to read … Continue reading

Summer 2017 – Sofa Spotlight (Summer Reads)

Welcome to my Sofa Spotlight for Summer 2017 – despite my switch to a shorter quarterly format, this is the full dozen as with my previous Summer Reads selections because I’ve found so many excellent novels.  Far more than could be included, which says a lot about those which made the cut – plus I now … Continue reading

Guest Author – Rachel Rhys on writing a community of strangers

It was back in 2011 that I first met today’s guest Rachel Rhys/Tammy Cohen, a fellow north London writer, just as she was about to branch out from journalism into fiction with her first novel The Mistress’s Revenge. Tammy got in ahead of the huge and unabating domestic noir and psychological thriller craze, setting the bar … Continue reading

Writers on Location – Rose McGinty on the Arabian Gulf

I’ve said this many times, but one of the greatest things about taking up writing and running this blog has undoubtedly been getting to know lots of fantastic people I would never otherwise have met.  Some I met first in person at launches or writing events, others I encountered first online and subsequently in real … Continue reading

Guest Author – Addison Jones on setting her novel in Post-war California

I guess most writers have a couple of soapbox issues which are just as relevant in their capacity as readers.  One of mine is the trivialisation of writing about love, especially of books by women.  Last summer I wrote this article rebutting those attitudes – it really wasn’t hard to do – and defending love … Continue reading

Guest Author – Louise Walters on handling multiple timelines and points of view (POV)

I’m delighted to welcome back Louise Walters as today’s guest author, for some quite personal reasons. Louise has been a supporter of the Literary Sofa from the very start and although she was several years ahead in her writing career, we have kept each other company through many highs and lows (understatement) and become good friends … Continue reading

Guest Author – Laura Kaye on portraying England from a foreigner’s perspective

  Last week was exceptionally busy with reports from the London Book Fair and a George Saunders event – now it’s back to featuring authors from my Spring Sofa Spotlight.  As you may recall, I was struck by how many of my chosen titles had important things to say about  the world right now. This … 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