UK Fiction

Out Here

B.J. Epstein | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
B.J. Epstein

How often do young lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or otherwise queer children or young adults see positive reflections of themselves and their lives in literature, in the media, on TV, or in films? When will they be featured in a documentary? When will they learn that they too are productive, welcomed, supported members of society who have bright futures ahead of them?

Beyond Rue Morgue: Further Tales of Edgar Allan Poe (Review)

Alice Charles | Posted 02.12.2013 | UK Entertainment
Alice Charles

It is 1841 and the gruesome double murder of an old woman and her daughter in their apartment in the heart of Paris has the police baffled.

Top 5's: Literature

Max Lewis Barnard | Posted 24.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Max Lewis Barnard

Top five unexposed, lesser-known reads and top five essential reads.

Wena Poon: The Fearless Global Author Grossing Genres, Art Forms and Publishing Platforms

Bidisha | Posted 13.11.2013 | UK Entertainment
Bidisha

Wena Poon is a Chinese author who was born and brought up in Singapore. She later moved to America, where she studied English Literature at Harvard and later qualified as a lawyer, also at Harvard.

Book Review: Briony Hatch by Ginny & Penelope Skinner

Robert Bradley | Posted 08.11.2013 | UK Entertainment
Robert Bradley

Briony Hatch is one such graphic novel, written and illustrated by two sisters Ginny and Penelope Skinner. One an artist and the other a play write, their story focuses on Briony, a 15 year old girl struggling with the internal turmoil of identity, as she breaks away from childhood during the splitting up of her family.

Book Review: The Violent Century by Lavie Tidhar

Robert Bradley | Posted 05.11.2013 | UK Entertainment
Robert Bradley

Celebrated for his various fantasy works and the award winning novel Osama. Tidhar's latest outing makes it clearly evident that he is also cut from an identical cloth of my own and thus a great fan of the comic book genre.

Book Review: Visitation Street by Ivy Pochoda

Robert Bradley | Posted 27.10.2013 | UK Entertainment
Robert Bradley

Like most authors' early novels, Ivy Pochoda has decided to set her story within the confines of a familiar town. Red Hook, a small docklands in Brooklyn, is the backdrop of Pochoda's tale of diverse characters and small town community life, which together get caught up in an intertwining murder mystery that reeks of omission.

Book Review: The Returned by Jason Mott

Robert Bradley | Posted 16.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Robert Bradley

Mott has written the novel in a way that you expect it to be an account from one of the more educated characters, whom often doubts their dates and so forth. This use of engagement with the reader, allows the mysterious narrator to guide you through the town and the story, with a somewhat effortless ease.

The Truth About Being a Writer

Josephine A Boyce | Posted 06.10.2013 | UK Entertainment
Josephine A Boyce

Coming out as a writer can be one of the most terrifying confessions you will ever have to make. And, when I say writer, I mean a novelist, of course.

Why I Need Stories

The London Magazine | Posted 01.10.2013 | UK Entertainment
The London Magazine

When I am faced with smallness and inanity, I write stories. When I am struck down by the catastrophic grief of life, I write stories. When in my belly writhes a nest of snakes because I am overcome with the knowledge that death waits for all of us--well, you go the idea.

Can You Improve Your Business Skills By Reading Macbeth?

Alistair Niederer | Posted 04.09.2013 | UK
Alistair Niederer

Any manager today knows the problem. You want to keep improving your skills and learning more about sales, marketing, or management - all the things a modern manager needs - and the management book section is always heaving with new titles, but which ones are worth reading?

Art, Social Collapse and Apocalypse: Spaceship Unbound

Anne Charnock | Posted 24.08.2013 | UK Entertainment
Anne Charnock

Imagine discovering, in a post-apocalyptic world, a trove of ancient newsreels and an old projector. You're desperate to retrieve memories of your los...

The Mummy Factor

Amanda Prowse | Posted 20.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Amanda Prowse

I sometimes feel like I am in a competition that no one told me I was entering. No one told me, being a mummy was like starting a race, but I'm here to tell you my friends, it is. As soon as that little windows blinks positive - you are on the starting blocks!

Computer Says NO!

Amanda Prowse | Posted 19.08.2013 | UK Comedy
Amanda Prowse

In my own youth; we called everyone in our street, 'aunty or uncle' and could nip into any number of houses in close proximity when we were locked out. It was all about human interaction. And it was lovely. Only last week, when grocery shopping, I found a potato that looked like a womble, I turned to the lady next to me and said, 'look! Madame Cholet!' she ran away.

A nation of *!&^%£!!*(&^!!

Amanda Prowse | Posted 07.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Amanda Prowse

Maybe it's with rose tinted glasses that I remember my youth, but swearing was a big deal! My world is different. Daily, I am faced with naked aggression and swearing of pulse raising proportions.

In Praise of Alice Munro

Tom Sperlinger | Posted 30.07.2013 | UK Entertainment
Tom Sperlinger

Munro has some limitations as a writer and there is repetition in her subject matter and use of the story form. Those who overstate her 'greatness' may have done her no favours, if such rhetoric detracts from her very real qualities. Munro's work is original and much more subtle than either Wu or Lorentzen allow.

Baileys Replaces Orange As Women's Prize For Fiction Sponsor

The Huffington Post UK | Matthew Tucker | Posted 05.06.2013 | UK Entertainment

The Women’s Prize for Fiction has announced a new partnership with Baileys, the cream liqueur beverage. From 2014, the competition will be known as ...

Book Covers: How Gender Is Not the Only Issue

Polly Courtney | Posted 22.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Polly Courtney

The real issue is that publishers make some terrible assumptions about what men and women like to read (or ought to read). In an attempt to capitalise on the dwindling 'mass market' they have carved the reading population up by demographic and crudely assumed that each 'segment' is a homogenous group with similar tastes.

Ways of Escape: Procrastination

Tom Ward | Posted 01.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Tom Ward

Whether you're writing an essay, editing a novel, or just cleaning the flat, procrastination is always sure to rear its ugly head. Procrastination occupies the middle ground between work and play, but doesn't really count as either. Like watching an Adam Sandler film, you've got to work hard to pretend you enjoy procrastination.

My Book's Been Gazumped By Dan Brown

Laura Palmer | Posted 28.06.2013 | UK Entertainment
Laura Palmer

My first thought was - hurray! That's my May reading sorted. I know it's not very cool to like Dan Brown, but I do. Not wholly unlike The Abomination, I thought. Oh. Wait a second. The Abomination. Our big white hope. The book that would make us millionaires, give us iPads For All.

'The Eighties Ended Today'

Mark Piggott | Posted 17.06.2013 | UK Politics
Mark Piggott

I left school in 1983, the same month Margaret Thatcher won her second election. In my Yorkshire hometown there was disbelief that once again the south had returned to power someone who had transformed the industrial heartlands in much the same way the US infantry transformed Baghdad.

Book Review: Please Don't Come Back From the Moon by Dean Bakopoulos

Abigail Tarttelin | Posted 27.05.2013 | UK Entertainment
Abigail Tarttelin

Can you have a mancrush as a woman? I do. This book was a requested Christmas present. I loved Bakopoulos' first book so much I decided to dig into his second.

When You Don't Know Thine Own Self

Hugh Salmon | Posted 12.05.2013 | UK Politics
Hugh Salmon

Isn't it odd how some people take for granted an outstanding talent they possess in sacrifice of a dream they are never going to achieve? They just don't know, or won't accept, what they are good at.

Unseen Prose

Caragh Little | Posted 11.05.2013 | UK
Caragh Little

It was something I saw on Facebook. A local library somewhere was promoting reading with something new, urging readers to risk a Blind Date With A Book.

One of the Last Taboos - Control in the Home Is More Prevalent Than We Think

Amanda Prowse | Posted 13.04.2013 | Home
Amanda Prowse

I had read the quotes and looked at the statistics, but it wasn't until I started speaking to victims of domestic abuse and listened to heartbreaking tales of control and fear that I began to see a different picture.