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Pick a book, any book (you hadn’t heard of)

This is a parallel post to Book Hype (for want of a better word), inspired by the entries to my recent Literary Lunch competition in which entrants had to name a book they’d really enjoyed this year.  It could be any type of book, regardless of publication date. The 40 suggestions I received were too … Continue reading

Book Hype (for want of a better word)

Sometimes I commit to writing something and then think Oh shit.  I did briefly wonder if it’s possible to talk about book hype and the like without it generating cynicism and negativity, which is not the intention. I want to look at an interesting question. How do the various ways we discover books affect our … Continue reading

Guest Author – Claire Fuller on Finding Inspiration in Place

I’d like to start by thanking everyone for the exceptional response to last week’s Literary Lunch competition, which prompted a deluge of retweets, entries and appreciation for the blog.  Just as well I did keep going!  And since the entries took the form of book recommendations and there were so many great ones – including … Continue reading

The Literary Lunch 2018 blog anniversary competition *now ended*

*UPDATE* THE COMPETITION HAS NOW ENDED! Thank you for all the shares, entries, and appreciation.  The winner is Zarina, who has a great blog of her own, Page to Stage, and I’m really looking forward to our lunch.  So many brilliant recommendations resulted from this year’s competition – including many I hadn’t heard of – … Continue reading

Writers on Location – Amanda Huggins on Japan

Welcome to the first guest post of the new season, a special one in several ways.  It’s the first time Japan has featured in my Writers on Location series, and also the first time I’ve had the pleasure of hosting an award-winning travel writer.  Amanda Huggins’ fiction and travel writing have been published in a … Continue reading

The Verdict on my Summer Reading 2018 – Part Two

It’s been a frantic couple of weeks since I returned from Provence and the days of lounging by the pool reading for 6+ hours seem very distant. Last week I reported on half of the books I read during my August blog break, but as the others were just as good and included several I … Continue reading

The Verdict on my Summer Reading 2018 – Part One

As always at this time of year, this is an informal round-up of the books I read during my summer blog shutdown (as distinct from my Summer Reads selection of recommended new releases, where I’m delighted to hear that many of you found something of interest).  To be precise, it’s my verdict on half of … Continue reading

My Poolside TBR 2018

This is one of my favourite posts because it always feels like I’m off duty, or soon will be.  For me, the year starts in September – literally, as my birthday is early that month.  I’ll always look back on being 50 as a huge turning point in my life, much of it spent grappling … Continue reading

Writers on Location ̵ Philip Teir on Jakobstad, Finland

This week’s post concludes the coverage of my Summer Reads selection; a record number of authors (7/12) have joined me on the Literary Sofa and I’m very grateful to all of them for their fantastic pieces and all of you for your interest and positive feedback.  One of the best things about running the blog … Continue reading

Guest Author – Sofka Zinovieff on Writing a Taboo Relationship

[NOTE: This post discusses the portrayal of child sexual abuse in fiction.] When I was organising Sofa visits from authors featured in this year’s Summer Reads selection, I thought what an exceptional line-up it was going to be and it’s great that it’s met with so much interest and enthusiasm – thank you to everyone … Continue reading

My Novel – Now out in paperback

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