Roy Keane was a great footballer. The absolute perfect blend of being fearless and feared. This week, extracts of his latest autobiography, The Second Half, have been released through the Great British Press. My suspicions are all but confirmed: he is an appalling human being .
Twitter, like blogging, is essential to any book marketing campaign these days. It helps you connect with your peers, share important information and it gives you a voice and a profile out there in the busy world of book publishing. Like many writers - especially those from traditional publishing - I was a complete Twitter-phobe.
Of his new novel Arnold Drive, Hugh Cornwell says "it's like Being There meets Forrest Gump meets Father Ted. It's a Dickensian tale, a black comedy."
If humanised portrayals increase a child's empathy for animals - and such portrayals are ubiquitous across children's books, cartoons, films and toys - why do those with a positive attitude towards animals occupy such a marginalised position in society?
The Grisha Trilogy, consisting of three books Shadow&Bone, Siege&Storm and Ruin&Rising has also left a strong impression upon me, as an aspiring author, and made me eager to find out more about Leigh, and why she decided to write the trilogy in the first place.