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My Books of 2017

This is one of the most fun posts to write but it’s also difficult, when I spend the entire year featuring books I’ve really enjoyed and rated here on the Literary Sofa.  So please do look beyond today’s list of my personal favourites to the many brilliant guest author posts I’ve hosted in 2017, which … Continue reading

Guest Author – Isabel Losada: Sex – Let’s be honest

I’ve resisted using this line for more than six years but this week’s extended post really is Sex on the Literary Sofa, discussed in very frank terms by two women called Isabel.  This is the moment where I might say ‘click away if you don’t like the sound of that’ – except that I really … Continue reading

Launch of Stories for Homes 2 – an anthology in aid of Shelter

On Saturday night I took part in a fantastic event supported by the Folkestone Book Festival: the paperback launch of the second volume of Stories For Homes, an anthology of 55 short stories, poems and flash fictions on the inexhaustible theme of ‘home’, in aid of UK housing and homelessness charity Shelter. Like the original … Continue reading

Book Review – This is Going to Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor by Adam Kay

This is the first time I’ve ever reviewed a book I have listened to, rather than read.  There’s been a huge boom in the popularity of audiobooks in recent years and I’m a partial convert; with fiction I don’t want anything to come between me and the words and seeing them is a big part … Continue reading

Slow Journeys – Why we read

Today I’m pleased to be receiving a visit from one of the most prolific and versatile people I’ve met in the book business, and many of you will know her too:  Roz Morris is an award-nominated novelist (My Memories of a Future Life; Lifeform Three), book doctor to award-winning writers (Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2012), … Continue reading

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