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.
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.
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.
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.
Novelist Julian Barnes has opened up about the pitfalls involved in writing about sex. The acclaimed English author said
Lasdun is a poet as well as a novelist, and his prose is filled with arresting observations and elegant turns of phrase.
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.
Reworking characters done sensitively and gently, brings to mind a chef plating up a beautifully presented platter of hors d'oeuvres or laying out wafer thin slices of finely sliced cold meats.
There's been a bit of weather this week, you may have noticed. But while all those images of famous New York streets and landmarks, dark and awash with river water grabbed everyone's attention, it's worth pointing out that Hurricane Sandy is actually only one of three mega storms currently ravaging the planet.
I started the book pre-disposed to hate it, and read it through a haze of increasing envy and rage. It was very good, and she probably wasn't in the year above at all, but had just spent more of her time writing, and less watching ANTM.
Does your family have a dark secret? I assume that most families do, to one degree or another. It may be a significant one, like one of the children is not the father's biological child, a bigamous family, or a suicide.
A British writer has scooped the largest prize in the world for a novel published in English. Even the Dogs, by Jon McGregor
So why do we need printed books? The printed book doesn't run out of power or rely on a mislaid charger... I don't need to hide a printed book under the towel on the beach nor, for that matter, does it mind too much if I get sand in the cover... and when I do climb up to the first base of Everest I don't need to worry about a signal.
It is 50 years since Doris Lessing's most famous novel, The Golden Notebook, was published. But I would argue that Lessing has written better books in the last 50 years, which have been overshadowed by the fame attached to The Golden Notebook and The Grass is Singing, her first novel.
A 14-year-old schoolgirl has written a full-length science fiction novel in her spare time - without either her parents or
Pamela Druckerman’s latest novel French Children Don’t Throw Food: Parenting Secrets From Paris glorifies the French method
Readers who could accept the wildest flights of fancy in a novel - heroes racing against time to avert international disaster and the like - would howl with fury if a character, say, boarded a Northern Line tube train at Green Park or fondly recalled the general election of 1998. Which is why research is as important for my Sam Bourne alter ego as it is in my Jonathan Freedland journalist day job.
Judging by the number of people visiting public art galleries - the figures are increasing year-on-year according to government stats - I reckon there must be an appetite for novels delving into the art business. I've compiled a list of 10 novels ranging from historical fiction and thrillers through to more philosophical writings.
"The Elizabethans lived in a time of transformative new technology. Social change. Religious fundamentalism. Foreign wars
Novelist Ben Hatch is a firm believer that "anyone can write". His first novel The Lawnmower Celebrity was loosely based on his time working at McDonalds and his second book The International Gooseberry details the trials and tribulations of a hapless backpacker.