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Writers on Location – Jude Cook on Paris

Lots of readers seemed to connect with last week’s blog post which was much more personal than I would normally write. People have thanked me and I’d like to thank everyone who read it and/or got in touch.  That means a lot to me. Today it’s back to business as usual, if you can call … Continue reading

Writers on Location – Helen Young on Bogotá, Colombia

In the first half of this year I hosted fewer Writers on Location posts than usual but we’re making up for that now with Linda Mannheim’s American “Happy Valley” last week and today’s guided tour of Colombia’s capital city in the company of Helen Young (and another next week, see postscript).  Helen’s second novel Breakfast … Continue reading

Autumn Sofa Spotlight 2019

It’s hard to know how to introduce this year’s Autumn Sofa Spotlight, though that’s no reflection on the six fantastic books included.  When I announced I was taking a few weeks away from the blog before bringing you today’s selection, I had no idea this would coincide with the last agonising crisis in my mother’s … Continue reading

Writers on Location – Lisa Blower on Stoke-on-Trent

This is the final guest post from my first Sofa Spotlight of 2019 and (much later than usual) the first Writers on Location piece of the year, so I’m very pleased to be featuring award-wining short story writer and novelist Lisa Blower and her new collection It’s Gone Dark Over Bill’s Mother’s from independent publisher … 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

Guest Author – Danny Scheinmann on Crowd-funding his second novel

Welcome to today’s guest Danny Scheinmann, author of international bestseller Random Acts of Heroic Love, a book I really enjoyed a few years back.  It came as a surprise to see that Danny’s second novel (which has a great premise, by the way) is being crowd-funded on Unbound.  I had a feeling there might be … Continue reading

Guest Author – Alice Jolly on Crowdfunding – How to make new friends (and lose old ones)

*PUBLICATION UPDATE – JULY 2015* **CONGRATULATIONS to Alice Jolly and to her publishers Unbound on the publication of Dead Babies and Seaside Towns.  The hardback edition (see the cover below) is a thing of beauty as befits this extraordinary true story and it is rightfully receiving a great deal of media attention.** As with many … Continue reading