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Writers on Location – Linda Mannheim on Western Massachusetts: ‘The Happy Valley’

Following the very welcome enthusiastic reception for my Autumn Sofa Spotlight last week, today I’m delighted to be hosting one of the authors included there – American short story writer Linda Mannheim.  Every year I come across one or two story collections which leave me reeling at what can be accomplished in the space of … Continue reading

Autumn Sofa Spotlight 2019

It’s hard to know how to introduce this year’s Autumn Sofa Spotlight, though that’s no reflection on the six fantastic books included.  When I announced I was taking a few weeks away from the blog before bringing you today’s selection, I had no idea this would coincide with the last agonising crisis in my mother’s … Continue reading

Books People Love 2019

Normally I’m the one recommending books here but once a year we switch roles. The latest Literary Lunch competition attracted a record number of entries and the fascinating and eclectic list of book recommendations below.  Entrants have to name the book they’d most enjoyed this year regardless of genre or publication date and every time … Continue reading

A Month of Canadian Fiction

You’ve seen the mountains, now let’s talk about the books! After last week’s travel post on Canada, here’s the one I promised on my month of reading exclusively Canadian fiction (an action-packed two week trip didn’t give me much time to read, so I kept going).  When I asked my Twitter followers for recommendations of … Continue reading

Summer Reads Extra 2019

How’s your summer going? Mine’s been great and incredibly busy so far – definitely time to wind down with my last post before taking a nice long break*.  I’m glad to hear that many of you are enjoying books you discovered on my Summer Reads selection and/or the guest author series which ended last week … Continue reading

Guest Author – Louisa Treger – A Brutal Paradise

As you are about to discover, this week’s guest post by Louisa Treger is many things.  Like her new novel The Dragon Lady it’s a beautiful and vibrant piece of writing.  It could have held its own in my Writers on Location series except that it has a wider geographical focus than the novel’s principal … Continue reading

Writers on Location – Judith Heneghan on Kiev

The summer guest author programme got off to a fascinating start last week with Bev Thomas’s post on what it means to be a ‘good enough’ mother.  Coincidentally, motherhood is also a theme in today’s featured debut Snegurochka by Judith Heneghan but it’s not the focus of today’s post  – that is firmly on the … Continue reading

Summer Reads 2019

It’s that time again, and I’m excited to bring you this year’s Summer Reads selection.  My search sprang many surprises, producing a dozen fantastic books revealing all kinds of lives: from the real and ‘ordinary’ to some which are anything but, plus several dogs! The majority are set during different periods of the 20th century … Continue reading

Guest Author – Helen Kitson on Writing about Writers

Today the coverage of my Sofa Spotlight titles continues following my trip to Senegal and I’m delighted to welcome debut novelist and self-described ‘ex-poet’ Helen Kitson, whose novel The Last Words of Madeleine Anderson is amongst the first releases from small independent press Louise Walters Books.  Louise has appeared on the Sofa with each of … Continue reading

The First Sofa Spotlight of 2019

Moving on from a near-exclusive focus on new releases has been great for my reading but I still love making exciting discoveries in the constant flow of new titles. My first selection of 2019 consists of six novels set between the 18th century and the present day via several decades of the twentieth, plus a … Continue reading

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