Beware the Hype: My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout

  My Name is Lucy Barton has been included on the longlist for the Man Booker Prize 2016, and so understandably it’s quite popular at the moment generating a bit of hype. Almost every review I have read (both in newspapers/magazines and online) has been favourable, mentioning the beauty of the writing and the emotional … More Beware the Hype: My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout

Review: Almost English by Charlotte Mendelson (Man Booker Prize 2013 Longlist)

Almost English came to me by chance, and I was instantly taken with its cover (they are so, so important, aren’t they?). It is not only striking but carefully designed, and modern too. ‘Modern’ – what I mean by that really is that it does not look like a lot of other book covers knocking … More Review: Almost English by Charlotte Mendelson (Man Booker Prize 2013 Longlist)

The Man Booker Prize Longlist 2013 Is Announced!

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 … More The Man Booker Prize Longlist 2013 Is Announced!

Best of 2012: Bring Up The Bodies by Hilary Mantel – Guest Post by Peggy Riley

This post has kindly been written by author and playwright Peggy Riley. Peggy’s debut novel Amity and Sorrow will be published in March 2013 by Tinder Press, a new imprint of Headline. Here Peggy talks about her pick for 2012, Booker Prize winning Bring Up The Bodies by Hilary Mantel. * My book of the … More Best of 2012: Bring Up The Bodies by Hilary Mantel – Guest Post by Peggy Riley

The nomination of Swimming Home on the Booker longlist is a lot more important than first appears. Upon opening my copy of the novel, I discovered that not only are & Other Stories a not for profit publisher who stand for the writing above the money that is pulled in from selling their titles, but…