Novels

Zoella Didn't Actually Write Her Record-Breaking Novel

The Huffington Post UK | Michael Rundle | Posted 09.12.2014 | UK Tech

The YouTube sensation Zoella didn't actually write her best-selling debut novel - at least, not on her own - it has been confirmed. While she is la...

In Praise of Secret Writers

Chris Smith | Posted 01.12.2014 | 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?

Stranger Than Fiction

Caragh Little | Posted 13.11.2014 | UK Tech
Caragh Little

My favourite health and fitness app measures how many steps I've taken each day and how deeply (or- most often- not) I've slept each night. It calculates the balance of the calories I've consumed, and gives me a helpful nudge if I've had too much salt, sugar or saturated fat. It sets me targets, and gives me a virtual pat on the back if I meet or even exceed them.

See Who's Nominated For This Year's Bad Sex Award - And Read Passages From The Offending Books

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 03.12.2014 | UK Comedy

Writers! Thinking of putting a sex passage (as it were) in your novel? You might want to think again - thanks to the timely reminded that is Literary ...

The Best Debut Novels of 2014

Hannah Beckerman | Posted 05.11.2014 | UK Entertainment
Hannah Beckerman

Once all the noise has died down, which of this year's debuts will really stand the test of time? Who are the authors with long and successful careers ahead of them? Which are the truly standout first novels of 2014? Here are seven I think are genuinely unmissable.

Seven Things Parents Who Are Also Writers Will Understand

Tracy Buchanan | Posted 21.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Tracy Buchanan

I set myself two goals after my husband and I got married back in 2007: have a baby and get a UK book deal. But a few years down the line, neither had happened. Then guess what? It all happened at once.

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'?

Walter Benjamin and How I Learnt to Love My Library

Ioan Marc Jones | Posted 21.09.2014 | UK
Ioan Marc Jones

Benjamin remembers some of the books he has collected over the years. He recalls ordering books from catalogues - which are essentially the Amazon of the first half of the twentieth century - and waiting eagerly for their arrival.

Five Great American Fictions You Might Not Read If Gove Gets His Way

The Huffington Post UK | Louisa Clack | Posted 28.05.2014 | UK Universities & Education

Education secretary Michael Gove's controversial announcement American fiction is to be sidelined in the new English Literature GCSE syllabus in favou...

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

Jason Holmes | Posted 02.05.2014 | 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 30.04.2014 | 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 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...

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...