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Guest Author – Ruth Figgest on writing about mothers and daughters

This week I am delighted to be hosting a debut novelist with an exceptional track record: Ruth Figgest, who was born in Oxford and grew up in the USA, has been short-listed an incredible six times for the Bridport Prize – she was awarded 2nd place in 2012 and was Highly Commended in 2017.  Her debut … Continue reading

Writers on Location – Alicia Drake on Paris as a longterm ex-pat

Hosting today’s guest author and featuring her debut novel, another of my Spring Sofa Spotlight titles, feels like a special occasion and not only because until now I’m the only one who’s written about Paris here. That was destined to change the moment Alicia Drake stood up to read from I love you too much … Continue reading

Guest Author – Claire Dyer on Research and Imagination

Last week’s Spring Sofa Spotlight met with great enthusiasm and lots of my favourite feedback: that people discovered books they may not otherwise have heard of and can’t wait to read.  Thank you for the appreciation and for helping to spread the word – I wouldn’t still be running this blog if I didn’t believe … 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

Writers on Location – Vanessa Lafaye on Key West, Florida

There was a really enthusiastic response to last week’s showcase of new fiction by The Prime Writers so on behalf of us all, many thanks to everyone who has shared it and shown their appreciation.  An extra title out later this month has since been added, so it’s worth taking another look… Today I am … Continue reading

Guest Author – Kate Brown on Writing about Adolescence

After being acquainted on Twitter for some time, today’s guest Kate Brown and I first met last summer at the launch of our mutual friend Claire King’s novel Everything Love Is.  The three of us have a lot in common, including close links with France which have led us to set novels there. Hearing film … Continue reading

Writers on Location – Terry Stiastny on Provence

I always enjoy my guests’ Writers on Location pieces whether I know the place or not – my love of certain books has actually inspired trips. But today’s Writers on Location piece from Terry Stiastny on Provence is one I’m particularly excited to host.  The region holds an almost legendary appeal as a holiday destination, … Continue reading

Writers on Location – Elizabeth Hay on the Lake of Many Bays, Ontario

After a burst of activity I have finalized the guest line-up for June and July and next week it’s the Summer 2017 Sofa Spotlight – a full dozen titles as in previous years (so much for my intention to scale back by doing it quarterly).  I am honoured that so many incredible writers contribute to … Continue reading

Guest Author – Addison Jones on setting her novel in Post-war California

I guess most writers have a couple of soapbox issues which are just as relevant in their capacity as readers.  One of mine is the trivialisation of writing about love, especially of books by women.  Last summer I wrote this article rebutting those attitudes – it really wasn’t hard to do – and defending love … Continue reading

Guest Author – Laura Kaye on portraying England from a foreigner’s perspective

  Last week was exceptionally busy with reports from the London Book Fair and a George Saunders event – now it’s back to featuring authors from my Spring Sofa Spotlight.  As you may recall, I was struck by how many of my chosen titles had important things to say about  the world right now. This … Continue reading