Catching up with … Elisabeth Hobbes

I last interviewed Elisabeth after her sixth book; she's been busy writing in the mean time and I'm chatting to her this morning about her nineth book, The Merchant's Secret. Her tenth book is due out soon - see below for further details! Hi - thanks for giving up some time to chat! I loved … Continue reading Catching up with … Elisabeth Hobbes

After the Party – Cressida Connolly

This was a surprising book – not the story I thought I was going to get, but all the more interesting for it. Rather than being simply a Gatsby-esque exploration of beautiful lives being ruined by scandal (don’t get me wrong – I love that sort of story), this becomes something far more political and … Continue reading After the Party – Cressida Connolly

Not Welsh Enough – reading Iain Sinclair’s Black Apples of Gower

My relationship with my home country is complicated, and it always has been. Growing up in the Swansea Valley, I was always aware that I wasn’t entirely Welsh, not in the way my school friends were anyway. Mum came from Lancashire and I’ve written elsewhere on this blog about how I romanticised our holidays to … Continue reading Not Welsh Enough – reading Iain Sinclair’s Black Apples of Gower

70 Reviews: 7. On Shopping by India Knight (Pocket Penguins) #review

I’m thoroughly enjoying my trawl through my Penguin boxset, and no. 7 is such a joy to read. I’ve been under canvas for much of the summer, relying on shower blocks to maintain a slim sense of personal hygiene and wearing eight items of clothing on rotation, so this was the perfect book to bring … Continue reading 70 Reviews: 7. On Shopping by India Knight (Pocket Penguins) #review

Books for a Year, Part 1: Christopher Somerville’s The January Man

Taking its overall structure from the lyrics of Dave Goulder’s folk song, 'The January Man', Christopher Somerville leads his reader on walks through the British Landscape, choosing his locations according to the seasons. Starting in January, ‘Oh the January Man, he walks abroad in woollen coat and boots of leather …’, he reunites with a … Continue reading Books for a Year, Part 1: Christopher Somerville’s The January Man

An Interview With … Maggie Christensen

Today's guest is indie author Maggie Christensen. Her new novel, The Good Sister, is published by Cala Publishing. We're discussing her writing, her inspirations, and the joy of revisiting familiar characters. Hi Maggie. Tell us a little about your novels to date. I write what I call mature women’s fiction. My characters are all over 40, … Continue reading An Interview With … Maggie Christensen

An Interview with … Stephanie C. Lyons-Keeley and Wayne J. Keeley

Today I'm talking to writing duo Stephanie C. Lyons-Keeley and Wayne J. Keeley, authors of Going All In, published by Melange Books. Tell us a little about your writing to date. Wayne: I am the published author of the legal thriller “Mahogany Row,” but honestly began writing short stories, poetry, and other works in childhood. Pursuing … Continue reading An Interview with … Stephanie C. Lyons-Keeley and Wayne J. Keeley