That Awkward Question: Where Do Writers Find Their Ideas?

Throes of Creation by Leonid Pasternak Yesterday I watched a really interesting set of readings from the Cheltenham Literature Festival. This was a special event (link to the programme will expire in 4 weeks) welcoming all six writers on the 2014 Man Booker Prize shortlist to the Festival: Joshua Ferris, Richard Flanagan, Karen Joy Fowler, Howard Jacobson, … Continue reading That Awkward Question: Where Do Writers Find Their Ideas?

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?

#bookaday Have more than one copy: The Lighthouse

  I have two paperback copies and a kindle download. This gives you an idea of how much I enjoyed it. The doubling up of the paperbacks is down to a joyful discounted purchase of the Booker shortlisted books  in 2012. I have yet to read Wolf Hall. The lighthouse caught, and held, my attention … Continue reading #bookaday Have more than one copy: The Lighthouse

#bookaday Forgot I owned it: The God of Small Things

    This one has been on my shelf for a while but I found it the other day, having forgotten all about it. Has anyone read it? In the absence of any views on the book, here is the blurb: The God of Small Things (1997) is the debut novel of Indian writer Arundhati Roy. It is … Continue reading #bookaday Forgot I owned it: The God of Small Things