There's a chance you're aware that Maggie O'Farrell has a new novel out - I may have mentioned it. She is doing a series of events promoting the books, one of which was a talk at Blackwell's in Oxford with Sarah Franklin. I hadn't organised myself to get hold of a ticket, but then my… Continue reading Maggie O’Farrell at Blackwell’s, Oxford
The brilliant Kirsty invited me to a meet-up of book bloggers (most people were 'book tubers', I was like the only person without a YouTube channel) in London on 25th July. I've met other bloggers before, but this was en masse, so I was nervous but excited. We met at King's Cross, by Watermark Books… Continue reading Book blogger/book tuber meet-up!
'Tis the season for all things Christmas, but I for one am still thinking about Halloween and all things Gothic... partly because I love Halloween, but also because I recently did two things that have made the Gothic stick in my mind: attending the Terror and Wonder: The Gothic Imagination exhibition at The British Library,… Continue reading Fancy A Little Gothic With Your Christmas?
Sarah Waters' new novel, The Paying Guests, came out last week on 28th August, and of course it was amazing. I was very lucky to be sent an early copy, and also that I managed to nab a ticket to the event held last night (2nd Sept) in Oxford. Sarah Waters was in conversation with… Continue reading An Evening with Sarah Waters at the Bodleian
Let me just say this now: Donna Tartt is my favourite writer. Hands down. I read The Secret History and then The Little Friend about ten years ago, and something latched on inside of me and has never let go. I was amazed and excited to hear that she would be publishing a new novel… Continue reading An Evening With Donna Tartt
Literary prizes are always fun: plenty of speculation and eager guesses, plus loads of reviews and recommendations to savour. There are also the bloggers who try to read whole longlists and shortlists, whom I really admire because I could never take on that amount of reading with a deadline! And the nominated books are always… Continue reading The Man Booker Prize Longlist 2013 Is Announced!
Hello all I just got back last night from a week in Scotland with my boyfriend and so I am a little behind on all the events and news du jour in the book world thanks to intermittent WiFi and hours spent driving around the highlands (both of which were actually awesome). I've been glued… Continue reading Post-Holiday Catch Up
This is the first year that I've followed the Desmond Elliott Prize for debut fiction, and I'm excited about it already. The longlist of ten debut novels (all have to be written in English and published in the UK) was announced on 25th April, and the shortlist will be announced on 23rd May. The winner… Continue reading The Desmond Elliott Prize for Debut Fiction 2013
So here it is! The shortlist for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2013. I had no idea how many would be chosen when I made my predictions, and luckily all those on the shortlist are ones I predicted would be! But like I said, I chose a very wide range of possible titles. Still quite… Continue reading 2013 Women’s Prize for Fiction Shortlist Announced!
This week sees the publication of the first book from Tinder Press, which is very exciting in itself; what's even more exciting (I know) is the fact that it is the new novel by the much-loved Maggie O'Farrell. Instructions for a Heatwave is her sixth novel and the first of hers that I have read,… Continue reading Maggie O’Farrell Fever: The Heatwave Is Here!