The Day My Novel Saved A Life

S.D. Robertson | Posted 16.02.2017 | UK Entertainment
S.D. Robertson

As an author I love hearing from my readers - but I never expected one to thank me for saving their mum's life. After my debut novel was published la...

The Five Stages of Writing a Novel

Annabelle Thorpe | Posted 12.05.2017 | UK Entertainment
Annabelle Thorpe

Few things in life are more daunting than attempting to write a novel. Leaving aside the amount of words you have to write (novels are usually around 80,000 - 100,000 words), there's the enormity of having to create an entire world, peopled by characters that have come straight out of your imagination.

Holidaying in Croatia This Summer? Here Are My Eight Must Do's...

Annabelle Thorpe | Posted 05.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Annabelle Thorpe

A trip to Croatia is about more than just the beaches and the clear blues skies. Here are my eight top tips for really getting to know the country, and make your holiday really memorable.

Why the Balkan Wars Matter, 25 Years On

Annabelle Thorpe | Posted 20.04.2017 | UK
Annabelle Thorpe

Last week, in Dubrovnik, I met a woman called Maya, who had lived in the city her whole life - including the eight months that the city was under sieg...

Getting Your Novel Picked Up - Ten Tips to Help You Find an Agent

Annabelle Thorpe | Posted 12.04.2017 | UK Entertainment
Annabelle Thorpe

It took me years to get an agent. Hours queuing in post offices, uploading over-sized email attachments, thumbing through the Artists and Writers Yearbook. I filled up folders with rejection letters, had meetings with agents that came to nothing, and put my novel away in a drawer more times than I care to remember.

Britain's Golden Era

Ben Gwalchmai | Posted 04.11.2013 | UK
Ben Gwalchmai

"China's power is on the rise." "India's capability worries the west." Sound familiar? If I ask 'What's Britain's golden age?' What's your first res...

A Beginner's Guide to Boy Nobody

Sarah Wharton | Posted 05.08.2013 | UK Entertainment
Sarah Wharton

Action-thriller Boy Nobody is the first in a trilogy of young adult novels by Allen Zadoff about a teen assassin, brainwashed by The Program to be a perfect, emotionless killing machine - imperceptible by the authorities because he's just a kid.

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.

Writer's Corner: Aita Ighodaro Discusses New Novel

Emma Gannon | Posted 31.12.2012 | Home
Emma Gannon

You know the types of books that you pack in your suitcase, itching to start reading before your holiday begins but you know you should wait until you can fully immerse yourself?

The Human Right

Tom Doran | Posted 16.10.2012 | Home
Tom Doran

If the name David Frum is at all familiar to British ears, it is generally closely accompanied by "the man who coined the phrase 'Axis of Evil'". This may be enough for some readers to dismiss anything he has to say as the work of a crypto-fascist, imperialist running dog, but they do so at their peril.

Interview: Author Monica McInerney

Ben Falk | Posted 22.09.2012 | Home
Ben Falk

One of seven children, Monica McInerney grew up in Australia and then came to live in the UK before moving to Ireland where she married.

Work-Life Balance: Having It All?

Camilla Macpherson | Posted 24.08.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Camilla Macpherson

I'm a lawyer working in the City for a major law-firm. I have a husband, and a two-year-old daughter. Last month, my first novel was published by Random House. The question I was asked by everyone? "How on earth did you find the time?"

Is There a Writer Hiding in You?

BritChick Paris | Posted 07.07.2012 | UK Lifestyle
BritChick Paris

It is a tricky conundrum. It is a huge gamble to give up all for a creative pursuit, one may go unrewarded. But is it not better to have written and lost, than never to have written at all?

Everything's Fine by Socrates Adams (REVIEW)

Declan Tan | Posted 24.04.2012 | Home
Declan Tan

In his first novel, Socrates Adams doesn't seem that bothered about giving you an easy ride. Yes, there's the humour, a requirement for the 'alt lit' canon, and the thread with which he pulls you into his yarn, to have you wince for his characters and cringe through the situations they create for themselves. But it's not the laughs that make this debut an impressive one.

Freight by Mel Bosworth (REVIEW)

Declan Tan | Posted 25.03.2012 | Home
Declan Tan

You might remember those books - they probably still make them (I just checked, they do) - called Choose Your Own Adventure where you read a bit, then there's a little action, then you make the hero's choice at some bifurcation of the story.

How to Succeed as a Writer Before the World Ends in 2012

Paul Bassett Davies | Posted 01.03.2012 | UK Comedy
Paul Bassett Davies

What follows are not New Year's resolutions, they are a writer's determinations which happen to be made at this time of year.

Stories V! by Scott McClanahan (REVIEW)

Declan Tan | Posted 17.02.2012 | Home
Declan Tan

The Next Thing: McClanahan's first novel will be put out next year by Tyrant Books. He is also writing The Sarah Book in 2012, a chapter of which is included here. Which is all looking pretty good for McClanahan disciples, particularly as he's planning some readings in Europe for next year. Look out for him.

Bad Sex Awards: David Guterson 'Wins' Awkward Erotica Prize

Huffington Post | Alastair Plumb | Posted 07.12.2011 | UK Comedy

In 1995, American author David Guterson won the PEN/Faulkner Award for his incredibly popular novel, Snow Falling on Cedars. In 2011, American aut...

Man Booker Nominated Snowdrops: A.D. Miller's Debut Novel | Posted 15.01.2012 | UK Lifestyle

Miller claims that journalism and fiction are two different kinds of writing obviously, but the challenges remain pretty much the same for both disciplines. Adding that journalism is a very good training for writing fictions: according to him it makes a writer better and more efficient.

Mohammed Hanif's 'Our Lady of Alice Bhatti' - Modern Pakistani Literature Continues to Shine

Nauman Khalid | Posted 19.12.2011 | UK Entertainment
Nauman Khalid

Mohammed Hanif's 2008 debut, "A Case of Exploding Mangoes", was an impressive feat of imaginative and literary skill. It justly propelled Mohammad Han...

Joe Dunthorne returns with Wild Abandon (VIDEO) | Posted 31.10.2011 | UK Lifestyle

Young London-based author Joe Dunthorne made a name for himself with the book Submarine. His debut novel won him the Curtis Brown Prize and was conseq...