Novels

How To Get Ahead With Advertising: Interview With Novelist, Peter Mayle

Jason Holmes | Posted 03.03.2014 | UK Entertainment
Jason Holmes

"Writing advertising copy, which I learned largely from the great David Ogilvy, taught me not to waffle, and to use facts instead of purple prose when describing something," says Peter Mayle over a glass of red.

The Syrian Civil War - Made in Britain and the USA

Justin Huggler | Posted 28.02.2014 | 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.

Dissing Other Authors Can Be Dangerous--Or Not

Lev Raphael | Posted 28.02.2014 | 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...

Eight Minutes Idle From Book to Screen

Matt Thorne | Posted 20.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Matt Thorne

In the process from script to screen sacrifices have to be made. One of the scenes we were all delighted with was a ménage a trois where a woman ends up in bed with one man dressed as the Bristol Rovers pirate and the other as Bristol City's confusingly-named mascot Scrumpy the Robin. Unfortunately neither football club would give us permission to desecrate their poor mascots.

Should the MOD Take UFOS More Seriously?

Neil Spring | Posted 04.04.2014 | UK
Neil Spring

Lights in the sky are one thing, near misses quite another, and as much as the MOD is happy to publicise the dubious (and often humorous) reports from members of the public, they aren't nearly as forthcoming as to remind us that the National Air Traffic Control Services detect around one unidentified flying object every month.

A Thrilling Read and A Fascinating Author - Meeting Bestselling Writer Peter May

Claire Meadows | Posted 24.03.2014 | UK Entertainment
Claire Meadows

Peter May is a writer who needs no introduction. An award winning journalist at the age of twenty-one, he left newspapers for a career in television and screenwriting, creating three prime-time drama serials, including 1978's The Standard.

The Tell-Tale Heart by Jill Dawson - Book Review

Robert Bradley | Posted 23.03.2014 | UK Entertainment
Robert Bradley

At the hospital bedside of Patrick, a 50-year-old professor of American studies, drinker and womaniser, our narrator begins to detail the transformative days that follow shortly after his heart transplant.

Brian Westby: A Review

Will Bordell | Posted 20.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Will Bordell

It's a good job Forrest Reid didn't write to be famous. Almost seventy years after his death, his novels gather dust in libraries: unthumbed and unadmired. Highly thought of by friends like E.M. Forster and Walter de la Mare during his lifetime, the Ulster writer has since fallen into obscurity. Until now, that is.

And The Worst Piece Of Sex Writing In Fiction This Year Was...

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Comedy

Manil Suri has won the 21st annual Literary Review Bad Sex in Fiction Award for his third novel, 'The City of Devi'. The prize was presented by th...

Why the Answer Will Always Be Blowin' in the Wind

Grant Feller | Posted 28.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Grant Feller

Fifty one years ago, Blowin' In The Wind was adopted as some kind of clarion call for an energetic, shackled and questioning youth to stop relying on their elders for answers, to open their eyes to the unfairness around them, to strive to find a different path at the end of which truths would miraculously materialise.

Marcus Sedgwick Interview

Alix Long | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Alix Long

'She Is Not Invisible': multi award-winning writer Marcus Sedgwick, a widely-admired writer of YA fiction, and a recipient of the Booktrust Teenage Prize, the Blue Peter Book Award, and many others. I met with Marcus to discuss his latest novel.

Bad Sex Award Shortlist Announced

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 07.11.2013 | UK Comedy

Hoorah! The shortlist for Britain's most dreaded literary prize has been announced! Yes, the winner of Literary Review's 21st annual Bad Sex Award ...

November Is National Novel Writing Month

Steve Middleton | Posted 30.12.2013 | UK Entertainment
Steve Middleton

So how will I do this? How will I achieve 50,000 words by late evening on Saturday 30 November? The short answer is, I do not know. I could plan everything to the literal letter, but that would feel too much like a military operation to me. My plan is to write, simply write. I intend to let my imagination run wild and hope to write something every single day of November.

The Next Big Thing? - Interview: Neil Spring (novelist)

Alex Perry | Posted 29.12.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Alex Perry

Neil Spring is hoping for a treat this Halloween. His debut novel, "The Ghost Hunters", has finally hit the shelves after three years in the making.

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.

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...

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.

Can Books Ever Be Art?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 06.06.2013 | UK

To those who say print is dead, Carl Pappenheim has a novel way to prove them wrong. The London-based artist creates beautiful silhouette images of...

Author Rosie Fiore: Hooking the Thread

Sara Bran | Posted 08.07.2013 | UK Entertainment
Sara Bran

Catching the Comet's Tail features author Rosie Fiore. Her second novel, Wonder Women, is a brilliantly observed, multi-layered story about three women at a crossroads in their lives. Through her engaging, realistic cast of characters, Fiore tackles important issues such as motherhood, marriage, female friendship and ambition.

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.

Author Elizabeth Fremantle: Tea, Toast and Not Losing Your Head

Sara Bran | Posted 18.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Sara Bran

Welcome to Catching the Comet's Tail, a series of interviews with writers, artists and musicians discussing creativity and their creative process. To launch the series, I am delighted to welcome English author Elizabeth Fremantle.

Bukowski and the Down-and-Outs

Tom Ward | Posted 05.06.2013 | UK Entertainment
Tom Ward

What are the chances of really becoming a commercially and critically successful author in 2013? For me personally, the idea of being a down-and-out writer living in a bedsit hasn't had to become a reality just yet. This is due to still living at my parents' home.

Booker Winner On Why Writing Sex Scenes Is Hard

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 04.05.2013 | UK Entertainment

Novelist Julian Barnes has opened up about the pitfalls involved in writing about sex. The acclaimed English author said that the failure of the pr...

Reputation in the Age of Social Media

Toby Lichtig | Posted 27.04.2013 | UK Entertainment
Toby Lichtig

Lasdun is a poet as well as a novelist, and his prose is filled with arresting observations and elegant turns of phrase.

Fat Man on a Beach, Well Done God! Novelist BS Johnson Remixed

Anne Charnock | Posted 19.04.2013 | UK Entertainment
Anne Charnock

When BS Johnson first approached a literary agent with his debut novel Travelling People he received an outright rejection. The agent described the novel as 'pretentious and unsaleable,' according to Philip Tew, co-editor of a new compendium of Johnson's diverse output, Well Done God! Selected Prose and Drama of BS Johnson.