Novels

Interview with Patrick Gale

Hannah Beckerman | Posted 25.03.2015 | 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'.

Whose Story Is It Anyhow?

Sonja Lewis | Posted 24.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Sonja Lewis

There is almost always a story to be told, whether it is a private heart-to-heart with a good friend or a public release on Facebook or the like. Make no mistake about it: the latter is not my cup of tea, or coffee for that matter, but I'm probably in the minority nowadays.

What Price My Fortune? Must There Be Fame?

Cameron McCulloch | Posted 14.04.2015 | UK
Cameron McCulloch

I have always hoped that one day my writing would get me somewhere and since blogging, have had so many encouraging replies from all over the world, I have dived in once again to the world of creation with renewed vigour; and am once again determined to take my best chance.

A Year in the Life of a Debut Novelist

Hannah Beckerman | Posted 14.04.2015 | UK Entertainment
Hannah Beckerman

It's been a year of gratifying highs and occasional lows. But what the past year has mostly consisted of is surprises: unexpected lessons on what life as a published author is really like. So I thought I'd share a few of them.

'Losing It' by Helen Lederer - An Interview and Book Review

Ruth Jacobs | Posted 12.04.2015 | UK Entertainment
Ruth Jacobs

Packed with hilarious scenes that had me laughing out loud, Losing It is an easy to read book that is hard to put down. Wrapped in this brilliant comedy is the more serious change made by the protagonist, Millie, who loses some of her criticalness of others and herself, which perhaps is an important element of Helen Lederer's new 'Mid-Lit' genre as it is in mid-life.

ON ... Okay then, but Where's My Flying Car?

Martin Treanor | Posted 10.04.2015 | UK Entertainment
Martin Treanor

I'm very grateful for all the gadgets mankind has invented - many of which were speculated in the minds of the Science Fiction visionaries (Trekkies do love their Bluetooth headphones, oh and flip-phones), I am however more than miffed some of my favourites didn't make it.

Interview with Emma Healey: Winner of the Costa First Novel Award

Hannah Beckerman | Posted 13.03.2015 | UK Entertainment
Hannah Beckerman

Emma Healey has had a roller coaster six months: her debut novel Elizabeth Is Missing, which sold for a six-figure advance, was published last summer to critical acclaim. And last week the twenty-nine year old writer won the Costa First Novel award and is now up against the likes of Ali Smith and Kate Saunders for the Costa Book of the Year Prize.

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 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?

Stranger Than Fiction

Caragh Little | Posted 12.01.2015 | 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 05.01.2015 | 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...