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5th Blog Anniversary and Literary Lunch Competition – NOW ENDED

THANKS to all who entered the Literary Lunch competition for your fantastic book recommendations and kind words.  The winner picked by random generator is Peggy Riley. Today is the 5th anniversary of the Literary Sofa, and instead of saying ‘I can’t believe it’s gone so quickly’, I feel the opposite.  Running this blog has had … Continue reading

#parismonamour favourite Paris places

Everything’s really hotting up in the countdown to release of my debut novel Paris Mon Amour on 13 June.  In fact, I’m in Paris now, on a five-day trip combining work and pleasure (hard distinction), seeing old friends and new. Today (Thursday 21 April) and tomorrow I’ll be tweeting about locations from the novel under the hashtag #parismonamour.   Get into the spirit by … Continue reading

New year, new books, new horizons

Just a quick note to wish all my subscribers and readers a very happy new year!  I hope you had a good break with some time to read as well as all the festive stuff. We spent a wonderful cosy week in the last home of Swallows and Amazons author Arthur Ransome in the southern Lake District with lots … Continue reading

Literary Lunch Blog Anniversary Competition 2015

Four years (and according to WordPress, 200 posts) ago I started the Literary Sofa blog without a clue what I was doing or where it would lead.  Four years later I am still really enjoying it as a way of sharing my love of good books and connecting with other readers and writers both online and … Continue reading

Summer Reads 2015

*SEE END OF POST FOR COMPETITION WINNERS* Welcome to SUMMER READS 2015, the 12th Literary Sofa listing of recommended new and recent titles.  It’s been a very enjoyable task but deciding is never easy.  As always, I have read every title here and many more in full and since variety is the key to an interesting … Continue reading

Fiction Hot Picks 2015

This is my seventh Literary Sofa selection of new/forthcoming releases and I am as excited as ever to share my choices with you.  I can’t recommend a novel I haven’t read, so to arrive at the final 13 I considered dozens, enjoying many from cover to cover.  These made the cut because I think they’re all highly compelling, well-written … Continue reading

The Literary Lunch Third Blog Anniversary Competition – results

COMPETITION NOW CLOSED – SEE END OF POST FOR WINNERS It’s hard to believe that this week sees the third anniversary of the Literary Sofa and it feels like something to celebrate.  The blog continues to grow in popularity with more hits than ever in the last twelve months and this week’s post is, as … Continue reading

Summer Reads 2014

*SEE END OF POST FOR COMPETITION WINNERS* I’m very excited to unveil the Literary Sofa SUMMER READS 2014. From a field of over 50 titles considered, the twelve books I selected reflect the breadth of my taste and hopefully also yours. You’ll find crime and mystery, a memoir, comic and tragic family sagas, intriguing tales … Continue reading

The Literary Guilt and Inferiority Quiz

Many of you book-lovers will have seen this very interesting, possibly funnier than intended article by the supremely erudite Will Self in The Guardian, lamenting the death of the serious literary novel (again). Now, serious and literary are two of my favourite words but this piece contained one or two (dozen) others which challenged my … Continue reading

Second Blog Anniversary Competition – NOW CLOSED

Things have been pretty frantic since I returned from my month in America:  I got straight back into my manuscript for the final push before I send it out to readers and then agents. On the blog I’ve posted a travelogue, a fantastic piece by Wendy Wallace, the first guest to ‘reappear’ on the Literary … Continue reading