Archive of: 2015

Lorna Sixsmith in conversation with her editor Sally Vince

Lorna Sixsmith in conversation with her editor Sally Vince

Self-publisher Lorna Sixsmith answers questions put to her by her editor, Sally Vince, for her second book How To Be A Perfect Farm Wife. This is part of Lorna's blog tour for the book.


A book so utterly shite I am not even going to tell you what it is

A book so utterly shite I am not even going to tell you what it is

Yes, it's self-published. Yes, my policy is to review books whether they deserve one star or five stars or anything in between. No, on this occasion I really can't.


For writers: on the web this week - 3 October 2015

For writers: on the web this week - 3 October 2015

This week's round-up of news and blog posts (new and older-but-enduring) that will be of interest to writers. See also the round-up for readers.


Bookish news on the web this week -  3 October 2015

Bookish news on the web this week - 3 October 2015

This week's round-up of news and blog posts (new and older-but-enduring) that will be of interest to readers.
 


Bookish news on the web this week -  12 September 2015

Bookish news on the web this week - 12 September 2015

Crowdfunded reading Literary launches: how crowdfunding is fuelling the literary avant garde. Reviews: What the press thinks of Eggshells by Caitriona Lally; And in case you missed it, my review of Jay Spencer Green’s Breakfast at Cannibal Joe’s. Audio books: 7 important facts that you should know about buying audio books online


Breakfast at Cannibal Joe's

Breakfast at Cannibal Joe's

Jay Spencer Green

Bonkers. Weird. Surreal. Satirical. Politically incorrect. Clever. Absurd. Witty. Disgusting. There you have it! Recommended.


For writers: on the web this week - 12 September 2015

For writers: on the web this week - 12 September 2015

Writing: Step away from the (misguided) advice and do NOT write four books a year; 2 stammer verbs to avoid in your fiction; Marketing: Author photos – get ready for your close-up; Effectiveness for ads for a 99c promo; Instagram tips for every author


Bookish news on the web this week -  5 September 2015

Bookish news on the web this week - 5 September 2015

Calais migrant camp gets makeshift library – and it needs more books; Reading: Bringing Irish short stories by women into the spotlight; Bookish confessions: Fifty bookish confessions


For writers: on the web this week - 5 September 2015

For writers: on the web this week - 5 September 2015

New writers: I smell your rookie moves, new writers; Ten debut novelist danger areas; Book publishing: 28 (better) things no one tells you about publishing; Marketing: Bookbub price promotion: the results


Bookish news on the web this week -  22 August 2015

Bookish news on the web this week - 22 August 2015

Shelf-catering: tourists offered chance to run a bookshop on holiday; Did you know this about the bookshops of Bath?; The Bookshop Blogger’s Annual review #2: everyone needs a hobby (Happy Anniversary Erica!); What are your reading pet peeves?; Five great questions I was asked as a reference librarian; Ten things you might not have known about the English language

 


To Fight Alongside Friends - The First World War Diaries of Charlie May

To Fight Alongside Friends - The First World War Diaries of Charlie May

Gerry Harrison (Ed.)

These are Captain Charlie May's First World War diaries and a love letter to his wife Maude and baby Pauline. They are eloquently written, and informative, sad, funny and loving. They show a very human side of a dreadful war. Charlie May was killed on the first morning of the Battle of Somme and these diaries, kept in secret, were delivered to his wife by a comrade. They have been superbly edited by his great-nephew, Gerry Harrison. Highly recommended.


For writers: on the web this week - 22 August 2015

For writers: on the web this week - 22 August 2015

Ten debut novelist danger areas; Some thoughts on travel writing today; What cliché is; Editing: How to work with an editor, part 2


The Book of the Poppy

The Book of the Poppy

Chris McNab

This short book is packed with easy-to-read but hard-to-stomach statistics of casualties of war over the last hundred years. It gives a quite fascinating history of the Remembrance Poppy movement. There are many stark and memorable graphics, newspaper extracts and poems. Well worth reading.


For writers: on the web this week - 15 August 2015

For writers: on the web this week - 15 August 2015

How a shy former Avon lady became the queen of self-publishing; Meet the kindlepreneurs; “The movement” in Irish literature this decade; How to net that book deal; Can you afford to get published?; What makes a reader download and finish your book?


Bookish news on the web this week -  15 August 2015

Bookish news on the web this week - 15 August 2015

Ten must-read novels you've never heard of; The best young adult books of 2015; 11 books with endings that change everything; When your book club asks too much of you


Daughters of the Lake

Daughters of the Lake

Jane Riddell

A novel about contemporary relationships. Four siblings gather at their mother's request for the fortieth anniversary of the family hotel next to a lake in Brunnen, Switzerland. There is plenty of family tensions and each of the characters has a secret. Although there is plenty of drama, this is a fairly gentle and largely satisfying read, even if sometimes you will want to give some of the characters a good talking-to.


Bookish news on the web this week -  8 August 2015

Bookish news on the web this week - 8 August 2015

This week's round-up of news and blog posts (new and older-but-enduring) that will be of interest to readers.
 


For writers: on the web this week - 8 August 2015

For writers: on the web this week - 8 August 2015

This week's round-up of news and blog posts (new and older-but-enduring) that will be of interest to writers. See also the round-up for readers.


Eggshells

Eggshells

Caitriona Lally

This book is SO going to divide reviewers. I loved it – in fact, in July, it is one of my top books for 2015. It is a stream of consciousness from a lonely, quirky, intelligent woman, who is perhaps not wired up quite like most of us; she is a wonderful character. Superb writing and a fabulous book.


Bookish news on the web this week -  25 July 2015

Bookish news on the web this week - 25 July 2015

This week's round-up of news and blog posts (new and older-but-enduring) that will be of interest to readers.

 


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