'Unclear, unfunny, delete'.
I've dabbled in writing before. I have a parenting blog and I've done a couple of creative writing courses. But for a long
You spend months writing your book, fork out a small fortune for an epic cover, write an awesome blurb, host a launch event... and you'll earn bugger all for your hard work.
Each year, tens of thousands of books are published in the UK. While some of these are the big-selling, headline-grabbers
Research has shown that the most popular time to start writing a book is at the beginning of the year, following the 'new
As we start the new year it strikes me that most publishers are stuck on a treadmill, running as fast as they can towards an ill-defined digital nirvana that is consistently beyond their reach, whilst at the same time scrambling to make good on their six or seven figure author advances for new titles
It came as something of a revelation this November that the majority of recommendations in the media's annual roundup of the best history books of 2016 were written by men. In response, Twitter was flooded with the names of inspiring female historians, past and present, under the hashtag #HistoryBooksbyWomen. 2016 has seen a plethora of publications by talented women so, to redress the balance somewhat, here are my top picks of the year:
Luke Smitherd is a British writer best known for his 2015 novel The Stone Man. Shortlisted by the Amazon.com audiobook service
Books are a window into another world, whether real or imaginary. They give us the opportunity to imagine life in someone else's shoes, to understand their hopes, dreams, perspectives and cultures. As Ian McEwan puts it so beautifully, "Imagining what it is like to be someone other than yourself is at the core of our humanity...
As a working mum, the things that important to me are the things that are also important to you. Free healthcare, good education, job prospects and opportunity for our children - the rich, and the poor.