Review: The Children Act, Ian McEwan

Fiona Maye is a leading High Court judge, presiding over cases in the family court. She is renowned for her fierce intelligence, exactitude and sensitivity. But her professional success belies private sorrow and domestic strife. There is the lingering regret of her childlessness, and now, her marriage of thirty years is in crisis. At the … Continue reading Review: The Children Act, Ian McEwan

The Man Booker Prize Longlist 2014 Announced – Were There Any Surprises?

As I write, the longlist for the Man Booker prize 2014 has just been announced. It is the first year the prize has been opened up to novelists from around the world, as long as the books are written in English. Previous rules limited Publishers to Commonwealth authors only. Previous winner, Eleanor Catton, says,  "I think … Continue reading The Man Booker Prize Longlist 2014 Announced – Were There Any Surprises?

The Fine Art of Bookselling

Christina James is a crime thriller writer of the literary variety. Her novel In the Family was published in November 2012 and her next DI Yates novel is due to be released in June 2013. She has written a guest blog post today on her experiences as a bookseller. Thank you, Christina.        … Continue reading The Fine Art of Bookselling

Author Interview: Ian McEwan On Writing (Guardian Open Weekend)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=itDfngKY_PI How do you restore the stock of ideas for prolific writing? Make time by saying 'no' to unnecessary things. Do nothing when you have finished, take a break. Hike or get out. How do you enjoy writing? You need a form of happiness, a total absorption in trying to write. Get lost in what … Continue reading Author Interview: Ian McEwan On Writing (Guardian Open Weekend)

Chekhov, Short Stories and Goals for 2013

This year has been a whirlwind of editing, marketing and publishing for me, a year where I started to build a platform and an internet presence as a writer - something which is a necessity for both traditionally published and self-published writers. It might sound familiar to many of you, but if I tell you … Continue reading Chekhov, Short Stories and Goals for 2013