On the Literary Sofa

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2012 – My Year in Books

Although it’s not yet December, it’s not too early to do a round-up of my literary year.   This post centres on the books I’ve enjoyed most in 2012, which effectively means up to the end of October because I set myself the huge challenge of reading in full every pre-release title on my forthcoming Fiction Hot Picks … Continue reading

Literary Taste – Who’s to Judge?

Last week, while the Chair of the 2012 Man Booker Prize judges Peter Stothard was claiming that book bloggers are ‘harming literature’, I was busy sifting through the incredibly diverse and original ‘Best Book I’ve Read This Year’ entries in the competition to celebrate my first year doing just that. Blogging about books, that is. … Continue reading

Blog Anniversary Competition (now closed)

NOMINATE THE BOOK YOU’VE ENJOYED MOST THIS YEAR FOR THE CHANCE TO WIN A LITERARY LUNCH IN LONDON OR ONE OF MANY EXCITING BOOK PRIZES *Update – see below for Winners.  Congratulations to the lucky entrants picked at random and to everyone who took the time to enter.  The nominations were so fascinating that I’ve … Continue reading

A Year Online

It’s a year since my friend Louise Millar persuaded me to start using Twitter.  Her debut novel The Playdate, was still nine months away from publication and she was already tweeting; I hadn’t even finished my manuscript.  I’m grateful to her now, but at the time I wasn’t that keen.  I now know that my reaction is a … Continue reading