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Sofa Spotlight – Spring 2017

This is only the second of my quarterly selections and already things have gone awry – I’ve discovered more excellent novels recently than I strictly ‘need’!  But of course there can never be too many good books (or too much shouting about them), so for today’s spring Sofa Spotlight I’ve decided to focus on seven titles … Continue reading

2016 – My Year in Books

Since the sole focus of today’s post is my literary year, it will be a rare positive verdict on 2016.  Obviously it has been significant for me as the year my debut novel was published  – I will always look back on the launch of Paris Mon Amour as one of the happiest moments of my life.  … Continue reading

Sofa Spotlight – Winter 2016

It’s an exciting day on the Literary Sofa as I launch my new quarterly ‘Sofa Spotlight’ for Winter 2016.  As mentioned when the blog reached its fifth anniversary, these shorter, more frequent selections will replace the  Hot Picks and Summer Reads, but I hope they will be just as popular!  The new system is already proving more … Continue reading

The Verdict on my Summer Holiday Reading 2016

As Literary Sofa aficionados will know, I produce a Summer Reads selection in May consisting entirely of new or forthcoming releases and follow up with my personal summer holiday TBR, the only time I mention books I have not yet read in full.  And then in September –  that’s now! – I come back to share my … Continue reading

My Poolside TBR 2016

This is one of my favourite posts of the year to write because I go completely off-piste.  For me, summer is a chance to catch up on things I’ve missed because getting hung up on new releases can become a treadmill – being fresh out doesn’t confer extra qualities, after all.  This is also the … Continue reading

Guest Author – Anna Mazzola on Writing Prisons

Today’s post by Anna Mazzola, author of The Unseeing, concludes the coverage of titles on my Summer Reads 2016 selection. My picks have been going down well – it’s great to hear that many of you are enjoying them as much as I did. Some of these books are rightly getting a lot of attention, … Continue reading

Writers on Location – Catherine Dunne on Extremadura, Spain

With scorching weather and the start of the school holidays here in the UK, this is the time many of us relish losing ourselves in a good book, whether we’re staying put or getting away. The term Summer Reads means different things to different people and although I use it for one of my two … Continue reading

My Love Affair with France

It’s been a busy and exciting time lately, with wonderful reviews of Paris Mon Amour appearing all over the place – one reader wrote to me when she finished it at 2am! It’s so interesting and rewarding hearing what people make of it (and everyone sees something a bit different), so a very big thank you to everyone … Continue reading

Guest Author – Avril Joy on setting her novel in a place she’s never been

Following last week’s Writers on Location about Chicago from Douglas Cowie, coverage of my Summer Reads 2016 selection continues today. I’m already receiving great feedback on books people have discovered there.  As my latest guest Avril Joy explains, the conversation proceeded in a somewhat unexpected manner when I asked her to contribute a Writers on Location … Continue reading

Summer Reads 2016

Welcome to the 10th Literary Sofa selection of new and forthcoming fiction, and what a incredible year for books 2016 is proving to be!  I began the search earlier than usual, making so many excellent discoveries that I soon had a ‘knockout’ situation on my hands.  That tells you something about the 13 that made the … Continue reading