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Quick Reads 2018

This is a quick post about the launch of Quick Reads 2018 from The Reading Agency, a selection of six short books (only £1!) by bestselling authors which are aimed at less confident adult readers or anyone who wants a cracking story but is short on time.  There are so many reasons I’m keen to … Continue reading

Writers on Location – Leila Segal on the Pinar del Río province, Cuba

On a glorious day in early May – it’s been the kind of summer where those stick in my mind – I crossed London to attend an event featuring local writers at the Clapham Literary Festival.  I’d made the trip to see Roz Morris, who’d invited me to take part in her fabulous Undercover Soundtrack … Continue reading

Guest Author – Tom Vowler on the Short Story

One of the great things about running my own blog – as I have sometimes gently pointed out to those who tell me off for not featuring the ‘right’ books – is that this is the one place I’m not answerable to anyone.  The right books for me are those I genuinely rate and believe in, and too often they … Continue reading

The Story behind Stories for Homes – an anthology in aid of Shelter

You could say this post is a promoblog, or a literad. Whatever it is, featuring a title with the express aim of encouraging people to buy it is not something I’ve done before on the Literary Sofa, but I hope you’ll soon see why I’m making an exception. This week saw the publication of the … Continue reading

Short Fiction: Family Snapshots eBook Singles

Name your favourite family novel or story and you could win the amazing First Prize of ALL the individual collections by the authors in the Family Snapshots series.  Closes on Fathers’ Day, 16 June – see end of post for details. Life is never boring on the Literary Sofa. Proofs, finished copies, e-mails and press releases compete … Continue reading

Short Fiction Special

Display of Short Story Collections, Daunt Books, Marylebone Until relatively recently, I was a short fiction sceptic.  The fact that I rarely read it didn’t stop me having a rather dismissive attitude: weren’t short stories a bit trivial and unsatisfying?  Why would I spend time on them when I could be reading a novel?  I was far from alone in my … Continue reading

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