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!
Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness has been one of my favourite recents reads. It is enthralling, fascinating, and moving, as well as brilliantly written; so, of course, I jumped at the chance to see author and New York Post reporter Susannah Cahalan speak about her work and the life-changing experiences which the book… Continue reading Susannah Cahalan at Foyles
Tonight was author Emma Chapman's first official event for her brilliant debut novel, How To Be A Good Wife. I reviewed the novel back in October and it was great to finally meet Emma after corresponding on Twitter and via email, as well as to hear her speak about her work. Sitting in the children's… Continue reading How To Be A Good Wife at St John’s Wood Library
While I finish off my review of Freshta I thought I'd share with you the pictures I managed to take on Monday night. Now, I'm currently an intern at Duckworth Publishers, and my boss Jamie had a ticket for Monday night, but was too ill to go, so very kindly gave it to me. This… Continue reading Impromptu visit to see Neil Gaiman at The Cambridge Theatre
I was lucky enough to receive an advance proof of Grazyna Plebanek's first novel to be translated into English, Illegal Liaisons, from publisher Stork Press. Stork Press are based in London and publish English editions of work by writers from Central and Eastern Europe: Plebanek is from Poland, and lives in Brussels, and has been… Continue reading Grazyna Plebanek and Maggie Gee In Conversation at Belgravia Books
By now I'm sure you've all heard of Peirene Press - they are a small publisher bringing European literature to a British audience in translation. They publish their beautiful little books (all are intentionally short) in series of threes, each with a theme. Sea of Ink by Swiss author Richard Weihe is the third book… Continue reading Sea of Ink by Richard Weihe and a Peirene Press Experience at Senate House
I loved Tigers in Red Weather so much, I jumped at the opportunity to see author Liza Klaussmann doing a reading and be interviewed at The British Library. The interview was conducted by Naomi Wood, the Writer in Residence at the Eccles Centre for American Studies at The BL. Wood is a writer in her… Continue reading Liza Klaussmann at The British Library
Real Readers is a scheme set up by AMS Digital Publishing, who also run the popular review sites Book Dagger, Book Geeks, Book Hugger and the newsletter Book Breeze. Real Readers was set up in order to allow bloggers and people who just really like reading to review books before their release and review them across… Continue reading Delicacy by David Foenkinos – The Real Readers Experience!