January is nobody’s favourite month. I don’t know about where you are, but here in Scotland it’s cold, it’s dark, and our wallets are now as empty as our Christmas stockings. So, if you’re as skint as I am, feast your eyes on the riches of this Top 10 (plus bonus #11) list I made, just for you. They’re all brilliant, and they’re all free. The library. New books, old books, classic books, cult books, books by authors you follow on Twitter….
16th Nov 2014 in Uncategorised
Confession time: I have a love for spin-off novels, particularly metafictional ones. By that I mean novels that don’t exist, but are mentioned in a film, TV show, or book as if they do exist. Think of the novels by Richard Castle in the TV show Castle. Sometimes, these novels are then written, and they do become real, and then I like to read them. The thing is, I only like it if they spin off something I haven’t seen…
28th Aug 2014 in Uncategorised
On Thursdays, I invite my favourite writers to share the inspirations behind their work. Here’s one from short story writer Catherine McNamara. The Story: ‘Pelt’, first published in Pretext magazine, is the title story of the collection Pelt and Other Stories (Indigo Dreams Publishing, 2013). An Extract: Rolfe triggers it. In the way that is the way of all men. In his case a type of athletic bragging ruined by the self-defeat he hangs his hat on. I feel a plock…
11th Mar 2014 in Uncategorised
Goodreads Book Giveaway The Rental Heart and Other Fairytales by Kirsty Logan Giveaway ends April 11, 2014. See the giveaway details at Goodreads. Enter to win
6th Mar 2014 in Uncategorised
At BookTalk, I discussed death, autobiography, licking batteries, and what makes a fairytale.
29th Jan 2012 in Uncategorised
Do something nice for yourself today: take some time to look at these photos from Russia in the early 1900s and listen to Leonard Cohen’s new album, ‘Old Ideas’. Perfect for a Sunday afternoon.