Literary Fiction

In Praise of Fiction

Sarah Hambly | Posted 27.06.2015 | UK Entertainment
Sarah Hambly

I am a truly voracious reader. From the most frivolous BuzzFeed listicle to an eloquent book on mortality, there is almost no form of content that I d...

Why Is it That Indie Author Panels Always Discuss Selling, Instead of Writing?

Laxmi Hariharan | Posted 16.06.2015 | UK Entertainment
Laxmi Hariharan

A curious thing happened to me at the London Book Fair. As an Indie author, my first stop was the various Indie author panels. Held at Author HQ, as...

Interview with Patrick Gale

Hannah Beckerman | Posted 25.05.2015 | UK Entertainment
Hannah Beckerman

Patrick Gale is the author seventeen novels, including the bestselling Notes from an Exhibition. His new novel, A Place Called Winter, is a sweeping historical epic set in the Canadian prairies that has been described as 'EM Forster meets Brokeback Mountain'.

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?

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'?

We All Know That Aspiring Writers Crave Publication - The Question Is, Should They?

John Lucas | Posted 27.09.2014 | UK Entertainment
John Lucas

At the moment I am reading a new novel by a young British author, published by a small but reputable UK house. It is terrible. OK, perhaps I should qu...

Should a First-Time Literary Novelist Self-Publish on Amazon?

John Lucas | Posted 20.09.2014 | UK Entertainment
John Lucas

Times are changing. Self-publishing is no longer 'vanity publishing' - a vaguely embarrassing exercise in assuaging one's writerly ambitions by paying large sums of money for a small run of leather-bound copies of a book - but a very real and increasingly credible alternative to mainstream publishing.

Dissing Other Authors Can Be Dangerous--Or Not

Lev Raphael | Posted 30.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Lev Raphael

When I was first starting out as a published author, and before my first book was published, a famous writer at an awards banquet offered me unsolicit...

Literary Dinners: Dining Out on Fiction

David Whelan | Posted 10.07.2012 | Home
David Whelan

Haven't you heard? Literary nights out are cool again. And the coolest of the bunch, might just happen to be one which is, really, a good old-fashioned literary night in.

The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka - Review

David Hebblethwaite | Posted 06.04.2012 | Home
David Hebblethwaite

The narrator of Julie Otsuka's second novel is a chorus: the disembodied 'we' of a cohort of Japanese women who travel to the United States at the sta...

Book Review: The Child Who by Simon Lelic

David Hebblethwaite | Posted 12.03.2012 | Home
David Hebblethwaite

Simon Lelic is developing a track record as a novelist who approaches his subject matter from interesting angles and explores thorny moral issues, not...

In Praise of Historical Novelists

Harry Freedman | Posted 28.02.2012 | Home
Harry Freedman

The first time I wrote historical fiction I had no idea what I was taking on. Even now, with one historical novel under my belt, and with a second on the way, I am filled with admiration for anyone who can craft a good period narrative. Of all the literary genres, historical fiction must be the toughest.

Literary Novelists Who Moonlight In Genre Fiction

Oli Jones | Posted 29.12.2011 | Home

The line between the genre and literary novel has always been a transient one, and recently there has been a trend of literary novelists turning their...

The Man Booker Prize 2011 Longlist Revealed | Posted 26.09.2011 | UK Lifestyle

It took the panel of judges just two hours to decide on the 13-strong longlist for this year's Man Booker prize - and there's plenty of variety in bot...