UK Literature

When Life Reflects Art: Is Fact Stranger Than Fiction?

Mark Piggott | Posted 05.05.2015 | UK Entertainment
Mark Piggott

On 14 January 2008, Jonny Benjamin stood on Waterloo Bridge contemplating suicide. Then a stranger stopped him, told him things would get better, and ...

Sarah Waters, Author Of 'The Paying Guest', On Why She Invokes Being A Lesbian Writer

The Huffington Post UK | Jessie Thompson | Posted 03.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Award-winning author Sarah Waters is as famous for her novels' lesbian protagonists as she is for her rich historical settings. Her current novel, ...

UK Literature Needs to Get Its Swag Back By Appreciating Diversity

Jemimah Steinfeld | Posted 29.06.2015 | UK Entertainment
Jemimah Steinfeld

The Writing the Future report puts a figure on this lack of cultural diversity, estimating that ethnic representation within the publishing industry is just eight percent. Another key statistic highlighted in the report regards UK literary festivals; at Edinburgh, Cheltenham and Hay festivals, a measly four percent of the programme was made up of UK Black and Asian writers.

World Book Night

Alix Long | Posted 26.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Alix Long

More than anything, World Book Night teaches people why books, and reading, are so integral to our society and to humanity as a whole. It doesn't bear thinking about what our world would be like without literature.

Ayelet Gundar-Goshen and One Night, Markovitch

Ben Mirza | Posted 05.06.2015 | UK Entertainment
Ben Mirza

Based on historical events 'One Night, Markovitch' takes the reader from Europe, as she was fast approaching the onset of World War II and British Mandate Palestine. Ayelet takes her skills as a storyteller to new heights, crafting a tale structured around both historical and deeply personal events.

Book Review: Tariq Mehmood, You're Not Proper

Claire Chambers | Posted 31.05.2015 | UK Entertainment
Claire Chambers

The literary world is currently witnessing a boom in Young Adult fiction, but the state of diversity in YA writing is dire. Fewer than three per cent ...

Why 'A Room of One's Own' Is as Relevant as Ever

Sarah Hambly | Posted 27.05.2015 | UK Entertainment
Sarah Hambly

But it's not just the pervasive power of sexism that makes 'A Room of One's Own' so relevant. It's also the fact that it can spark passionate, and sometimes divisive discussions that we have to have about the way that men and women interact, and what it takes to ensure full gender equality.

ON ... Saint Patrick's Day - the Best Excuse to Act the Eejit

Martin Treanor | Posted 15.05.2015 | UK
Martin Treanor

The day usually starts with a text or email session to everyone we think might be Irish, or even bothered - then there's the rummage around to find your one, single piece of green clothing.

Terry Pratchett's Best Quotes Reveal His Mischief, Wit And Wonder

The Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 13.03.2015 | UK

Terry Pratchett, author of the bestselling Discworld fantasy series, has died aged 66 after suffering from Alzheimer's Disease. He wrote over 70 bo...

'The Amazing Racist': A Tale of Pride and Prejudice in Sri Lanka

Adele Wilde-Blavatsky | Posted 09.05.2015 | UK Entertainment
Adele Wilde-Blavatsky

Chhimi Tenduf-La's debut novel, 'The Amazing Racist', was released worldwide in January by Hatchette India. The book follows the trials and tribulations of Eddie Trusted, an English school teacher in Colombo...

15 Books Every Woman Should Read

The Huffington Post UK | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 05.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle

What was the last book you read that you couldn't stop talking about? Did it have a woman (or indeed, women) at the heart of it? There is a certa...

Agatha Christie's 'Hoarded' Fan Letters Reveal Her Stories Touched The Darkest Places

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Louise Ridley | Posted 22.02.2015 | UK

Agatha Christie touched her fans lives in extraordinary ways, as newly-published fan mail sent to the creator of Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple reveal...

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

Ian M Pindar | Posted 08.04.2015 | 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.

Going Underground: The London Modernist Literary Event at the Cockpit Theatre

Jason Holmes | Posted 10.04.2015 | UK Entertainment
Jason Holmes

Things have changed in the world of publishing and the literary festival is now perhaps the only means by which the industry at large can bridge the ever-widening gap between the writer and his reading public.

To Read or Not to Read... E-books

Kadie Regan | Posted 05.04.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Kadie Regan

However effortless and economical an e-text might be (once you have purchased the expensive electronic device, of course), readers are far more likely to remember, enjoy and engross themselves in a book you can really grab hold of.

Good Advice From John Masefield

Richard Masefield | Posted 04.04.2015 | UK Entertainment
Richard Masefield

My last memory of my famous cousin John Masefield dates from the early 1960s, when I visited him at his home, Burcote Brook, on the Thames at Abingdon near Oxford. As the author of over seventy works of poetry, non-fiction, novels, plays and children's books, and as Poet Laureate for more than thirty years, John was already a literary legend.

This Site Turns Your Tweets Into Poetry

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 27.01.2015 | UK Tech

Poetweet is a remarkable website that looks through your tweets and turns them into strangely beautiful surrealist poetry. Created in Brazil the we...

Seven Reasons Why I Read Haruki Murakami

Ellis Shuman | Posted 27.03.2015 | UK Entertainment
Ellis Shuman

Murakami's novels are page-turners, even though they hardly contain elements of suspense and certainly cannot be defined as thrillers. There is something compelling about his writing that makes one continue to turn the pages, almost breathlessly, waiting to see just what will happen.

The Call of the Pub Crawl: Trepidation and Intemperance in East London

Harry Cockburn | Posted 12.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Harry Cockburn

In the throes of a wild drinking evening, you become the hero of your own depraved drama. Shirts are trifling details. A human in the grip of a fully realised pub crawl is on an expedition into the dark unknown.

Paul Fournel, 'Dear Reader' and the Future of the Publishing Industry

Ben Mirza | Posted 06.02.2015 | UK Entertainment
Ben Mirza

Robert Dubois is a comfortable, elegantly dissipated publisher of the old school tradition, drifting into the twilight years of a career filled with jolly literary lunches and yellowing manuscripts.

And The Winner Of The Bad Sex Award 2014 Is...

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 03.12.2014 | UK Comedy

He may have won the Booker Prize, the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, the Aga Khan Prize for Fiction and the Guardian Fiction Prize. But on Wednesda...

What You Need To Know About Award-Winning 'The Miniaturist' Author Jessie Burton

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 01.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Jessie Burton's The Miniaturist has been named Waterstones' Book of the Year, which is pretty impressive considering we hadn't even heard of the autho...

Some Thoughts on Charity at Christmastime

Ioan Marc Jones | Posted 30.01.2015 | UK
Ioan Marc Jones

If we want to stamp out homelessness, and poverty, and starvation, and all of the other problems we are currently facing, the answer doesn't lie in a donation once a year. If we really want to challenge these social ills, we have to bond together and stand in solidarity with the less fortunate - all year round.

Poetry, the Art Form That Tries To Think Before It Speaks

Jason Holmes | Posted 22.12.2014 | UK Entertainment
Jason Holmes

In a recent interview with Andrew Marr, the writer and broadcaster Clive James said he'd "be lost without poetry" and in doing so spoke for us all. We, like James, take refuge in words, bathing in the salve of their sound, of English used with precision and intent...

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...