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Guest Author – Catherine Simpson on Writing about Mental Health

There was a really enthusiastic response to my First Sofa Spotlight of 2019 a couple of weeks ago – many thanks to everyone who got in touch, shared it on social media and entered my one day competition on Twitter.  I hope the winners and the rest of you are enjoying the books you chose! … Continue reading

Sofa Spotlight – Spring 2018

Spring is in the air, I’ve been reading (as always) and it’s time for my latest selection of recommended new releases.  Narrowing it down is never easy – I’ve enjoyed far more than I can include, especially as there were many with overlapping themes. There’s huge variety amongst the ten which stood out (and I … Continue reading

Book Review – This is Going to Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor by Adam Kay

This is the first time I’ve ever reviewed a book I have listened to, rather than read.  There’s been a huge boom in the popularity of audiobooks in recent years and I’m a partial convert; with fiction I don’t want anything to come between me and the words and seeing them is a big part … Continue reading

Sofa Spotlight – Autumn 2017

Welcome to the Autumn 2017 Sofa Spotlight, my quarterly selection of titles which have really stood out amongst the many I read.  In real life I’m always being asked about my latest discoveries and this slot is a kind of virtual version of that conversation*. This is a short but varied list, with a story … Continue reading

Guest Author – Kate Mayfield on Writing about Life and Death

In this week’s holiday reading round-up I mentioned my new love of reading memoirs, but my enthusiasm for Kate Mayfield’s The Undertaker’s Daughter dates back even further, to the first time we met almost two years ago. When Kate told me her book was about growing up in a funeral home in rural Kentucky I couldn’t … Continue reading

Guest Author – Barry Walsh on Writing fiction from your own life

This morning I had the pleasure of catching up with Wendy Wallace who was my first ever Guest Author on the Literary Sofa just over a year ago. I’m delighted at how popular this regular slot has become; the ‘one-question interview’ formula produces thought-provoking pieces every time.  I read the novel and ask the author … Continue reading