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Guest Author – Annemarie Neary on Fictional Orphans

This wasn’t supposed to be the final blog post before the summer break but it is (see Postscript for my excuse), and I can’t think of a better way to round up the season’s coverage of new fiction than to welcome Annemarie Neary back to the Sofa. Annemarie first joined me last year with a … Continue reading

Writers on Location – Nicholas Hogg on Tokyo

According to the latest edition of The Economist Pocket World in Figures, the UK heads the world ranking for new titles published, with 2,875 per million of population in 2013 (compared to 1,831 in Slovenia and Taiwan in joint second place, and 959 in the United States in 12th). I find all of this staggering … Continue reading

Guest Post – True Diversity in Fiction – a Provocation from Nikesh Shukla

Many posts have sparked lively debate on the Literary Sofa, but today is the first time I have knowingly provided a platform for a ‘provocation’ ! Although it’s not our topic, Nikesh Shukla’s second novel Meatspace is out in paperback today:  it too is provocative, thoughtful and very funny; an entertaining but uncomfortable read for … Continue reading

Guest Author – Alex Christofi on Writing the Shard

Since starting the Literary Sofa blog in 2011, I read far more new fiction than I used to.  And despite the endless stream of fantastic novels which find their way to me, I often get the feeling there are established notions of ‘what works’ in fiction or ‘what the reader wants/expects’ – notions I personally like … Continue reading

Writers on Location – Kerry Hudson on Siberia

It is a huge pleasure to have Kerry Hudson join me on the Literary Sofa today.  She burst onto the scene in 2012 with her debut Tony Hogan Bought Me an Ice-Cream Float Before He Stole My Ma, which won the Scottish First Book Award and was nominated for five more. She was recently named … Continue reading

Guest Author – Carys Bray on Writing about Mormonism

The reasons we read fiction and what we get out of it are numerous and complex. Two things which crop up over and over when discussing books are a need to try to make sense of our own lives, especially the difficult parts, and the opportunity fiction gives to experience other lives which may be … Continue reading

Guest Author – Jonathan Gibbs on setting his Debut Novel in the Art World

It’s no surprise that certain subjects and professions lend themselves to fiction better than others. I attended a talk by a top literary agent a few years ago in which she dismissed accountancy and dentistry as a complete non-starter (in the latter case, Joshua Ferris has just proven her wrong); whilst some readers are fascinated … Continue reading

Guest Author – Anya Lipska: The Challenge of setting Crime Fiction in London’s Polish Community

Crime is rare on the Literary Sofa, but I am not immune to it.  I have real admiration for anyone who can write good crime fiction, which seems to demand a layer of extra skills. I can’t critique or review this genre because I don’t understand its mysterious workings, but as a reader the crime … Continue reading

Guest Author – Rachael Dunlop: An Unpublished Novelist faces Reality

Firstly I want to say thank you for the phenomenal interest in Summer Reads 2014 which has already had over 2,000 hits and made May the busiest month ever on the blog.  Welcome to many new followers here and on Twitter and extra thanks to everyone who’s been sharing the list far and wide.  I love putting … Continue reading

Guest Author – Juliet West on Narrative Voice

In the year marking the centenary of the start of World War One I was expecting a flood of historical fiction set during that period but that doesn’t seem to have happened and I’ve only read a couple of titles so far. Before The Fall, the debut from today’s guest author Juliet West impressed me … Continue reading