UK Fiction

(#1) 50 Mistakes of the Fledgling Fiction Writer. Ian M Pindar.

Ian M Pindar | Posted 11.02.2015 | UK Entertainment
Ian M Pindar

I gave up my well-paid job to become a full time writer. This is the bloginations of my emotional, psychological, creative, angst ridden and time-consuming toil on my 'journey' to hold a finished novel in my hand, and gaze out from the top of Maslow's pyramid.

#ReviewWomen2015: It's Time to Take Commercial Fiction Seriously

Hannah Beckerman | Posted 26.01.2015 | UK
Hannah Beckerman

Every time you review a book by a female writer - whatever the genre - whether on social media, on your blog, in your local or national newspaper, use the #ReviewWomen2015 hashtag. Let's make this the year fiction by women gets reviewed more than ever before.

My First Date After the Big D

Ben Adams | Posted 13.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Ben Adams

If truth be told, it's about time I put myself back in the shop window for real now. No more excuses. No more "it's too soon", or "I've got to put the kids first", or even "I'll write a book about it instead of doing it for real".

Man Creates Adventure Story On Twitter

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 13.01.2015 | UK Tech

Remember those old multiple choice adventure books you could get? They'd usually start in a dungeon, or a castle and from there you'd go on your own u...

Interview with Emma Healey: Winner of the Costa First Novel Award

Hannah Beckerman | Posted 12.01.2015 | UK Entertainment
Hannah Beckerman

Emma Healey has had a roller coaster six months: her debut novel Elizabeth Is Missing, which sold for a six-figure advance, was published last summer to critical acclaim. And last week the twenty-nine year old writer won the Costa First Novel award and is now up against the likes of Ali Smith and Kate Saunders for the Costa Book of the Year Prize.

The Ones To Watch: Best Debut Fiction Coming In 2015

Hannah Beckerman | Posted 16.02.2015 | UK Entertainment
Hannah Beckerman

But what is it that makes debut fiction so irresistible? For some it's the excitement of discovering new voices. For others it's the possibility of following a writer though a long career from the very beginning.

In Praise of Secret Writers

Chris Smith | Posted 30.01.2015 | UK Entertainment
Chris Smith

Writers often hide behind a pen name or keep the very act of writing a secret from colleagues, friends or family. But what is it about writing that makes writers want to hide from view?

Stranger Than Fiction

Caragh Little | Posted 12.01.2015 | UK Tech
Caragh Little

My favourite health and fitness app measures how many steps I've taken each day and how deeply (or- most often- not) I've slept each night. It calculates the balance of the calories I've consumed, and gives me a helpful nudge if I've had too much salt, sugar or saturated fat. It sets me targets, and gives me a virtual pat on the back if I meet or even exceed them.

See Who's Nominated For This Year's Bad Sex Award - And Read Passages From The Offending Books

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 03.12.2014 | UK Comedy

Writers! Thinking of putting a sex passage (as it were) in your novel? You might want to think again - thanks to the timely reminded that is Literary ...

How a Near Life Experience Changed My Life

Laxmi Hariharan | Posted 30.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Laxmi Hariharan

Perhaps it was being put deep under by the anaesthesia, for I am told it really is a little like dying. Well the closest one comes to dying without actually... dying; when you are sedated enough for them to cut into you. Maybe it was that which dropped me deep into myself, enough to touch the stuff that really mattered. The debris hidden behind decades of conditioning shot to the top.

Why Not Bring Colour Into Readers' Lives?

Richard Masefield | Posted 22.12.2014 | UK Entertainment
Richard Masefield

For generations writers have used coloured ink in correspondence. Jane Austen wrote in ink made from iron gall, which first appeared as a pale grey, d...

Can Science Fiction Drive Social Change?

Phil Pauley | Posted 23.11.2014 | UK Entertainment
Phil Pauley

I hope that my books - and whatever forms the stories may go on to take - will capture the imagination of their readers, create a vehicle for discussing environmental issues, and encourage young people to tackle global challenges by becoming the scientists and engineers of tomorrow.

Rupert Thomson Interview: 'To Write Fiction at All Is a Moral Act'

Jason Holmes | Posted 17.11.2014 | UK Entertainment
Jason Holmes

With globe-trotting having fed his muse (he has lived in Tokyo, New York, Sydney, Rome, Amsterdam and Barcelona), Thomson has now based his family in London, his intellect undimmed by what some might call the coziness of home.

Autumn Reads - New Literary Fiction in Translation

Lucy Popescu | Posted 01.11.2014 | UK Entertainment
Lucy Popescu

This is the appeal of literary fiction in translation. We may cross over into different worlds, but similar themes emerge that help us better understand our own experiences and histories.

Novelists Should Write Every Day - But Does Writing Non-Fiction 'Count'?

John Lucas | Posted 13.10.2014 | UK Entertainment
John Lucas

Writers are frequently told that they should work every day in order to build and maintain the requisite muscles. Great advice, but what exactly should we be writing? To be specific, if you are committed to the art of fiction, does writing non-fiction 'count'?

Walter Benjamin and How I Learnt to Love My Library

Ioan Marc Jones | Posted 21.09.2014 | UK
Ioan Marc Jones

Benjamin remembers some of the books he has collected over the years. He recalls ordering books from catalogues - which are essentially the Amazon of the first half of the twentieth century - and waiting eagerly for their arrival.

Ten Point Strategy for Indie Authors

Laxmi Hariharan | Posted 16.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Laxmi Hariharan

My writing straddles too many genres to be categorised. So I turned Indie. However, when my self-published, first novel made it to the Amazon bestseller list, I realised I had a niche: a group of readers around the world who liked what I wrote. They wanted to know what it meant to come of age in a complex environment like India.

Adventures in Indie Publishing: Part Three

Chris Saunders | Posted 29.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Chris Saunders

Market primed, you can finally hit 'publish.' The KDP service allows you to utilize various promotional offers, such as discounted pricing or offering your book free for a limited time. With X: A Collection of Horror, I opted for the latter.

Midnight Crossroad by Charlaine Harris (Review)

Alice Charles | Posted 26.06.2014 | UK Entertainment
Alice Charles

We are firmly in Twin Peaks territory here, but Midnight Crossroad isn't so much a whodunnit as a who-cares-dunnit? Midnight is the first in a new franchise for Charlaine Harris, who is, of course, the author of the successful Sookie Stackhouse novels, on which the TV series Trueblood was based.

A Dash of Fiction Flash

David Hynes | Posted 23.06.2014 | UK
David Hynes

Flash Fiction, ordinarily seen as self-contained pieces under 100 words, provides the ultimate source of escapism for minds weary of a flash-paced society with its hurling commuter runs through our towns and cities.

Rhino Hunt by Nick Higgins - Book Review

Robert Bradley | Posted 30.05.2014 | UK Entertainment
Robert Bradley

Rhino Hunt is an honest look at the relationships held between modern middle aged men. Just as the success of the Inbetweeners movie is largely down to its realistic take on teenage life, Rhino Hunt exposes many truths of what it means to be a middle aged man, especially the ones blessed with that innate ability to act like a child, and get away with it.

Adventures in Independent Publishing: Part 1

Chris Saunders | Posted 22.05.2014 | UK Entertainment
Chris Saunders

Last month, I finally joined the swelling ranks of the independently published. I'd thought about it long and hard, but in the end it was a pretty easy decision to make. I was tired of greedy, clueless, often unethical publishers telling me what to do and how I should do it.

Where Are Political Fiction's Lesbians?

Steven Fielding | Posted 23.05.2014 | UK Politics
Steven Fielding

Are lesbians hidden from view in political fiction as much as it seems? Or have I just not been looking in the right places? It's interesting that if the paucity of lesbians is more than a reflection of my own inadequate research they are an exception to a general rule...

Fiction Is My First Language, So Why Not Use It to Talk About Art?

Tony White | Posted 30.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Tony White

Alongside my more traditional literary fiction, novels such as Foxy-T (Faber and Faber), I have been writing short stories about art for a few years now. Perhaps that sounds odd: writing fiction about art. Isn't that (to quote Martin Mull) 'like dancing about architecture'?

The Syrian Civil War - Made in Britain and the USA

Justin Huggler | Posted 30.04.2014 | UK Politics
Justin Huggler

We started this. That's what I can't help thinking every time I hear about the latest death and suffering in Syria. When the US and Britain invaded Iraq in 2003, we set off a chain of events that led inexorably to the killing fields of Damascus and Aleppo.