Mon, 01/10/2012 - 07:15
The Bookseller’s books editor Alice O’Keeffe will be on maternity leave from Wednesday 10th October.
Author profiles will be covered by features editor Tom Tivnan (firstname.lastname@example.org) and deputy features editor Felicity Wood (...
Thu, 22/12/2011 - 15:44
It’s around this time of year that I start receiving calls from journalists wanting to know what books and literary trends will be “hot” in 2012. I’ll get on to the potential big sellers in a future blog but first here’s a quick look at some trends I’ve spotted in new fiction so far . . .
Fri, 11/11/2011 - 15:12
It's a book about magic which tries to take magic seriously," says author James Treadwell of his début, Advent (Hodder, February). "It's not a classic portal fantasy where you jump into another world. It's a story about magic coming into our world and [the characters] being forced to confront it, deal...
Thu, 08/09/2011 - 11:31
Right, that's 2011 over for me, in a professional capacity at least, as I have just finished December New Titles, the last hardback fiction round-up of the year.
So now seems the perfect time to look back at the year in fiction and all the books I've read this year for New Titles (a conservative estimate would be two to three...
Tue, 26/07/2011 - 16:43
Firstly, I should probably admit I haven't read everything on this year's Man Booker longlist (to be completely honest I haven't even read half of the list, even though it feels like I spend pretty much all my time reading—but such is the volume of stuff published).
My first reaction to the longlist is shock—I...
Wed, 06/07/2011 - 10:38
Book prizes are very much on my mind this week with the recent sad news that Booktrust has suspended the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize (for young writers under 35) due to lack of funds.
As my fellow blogger John Blake asserted recently, book prizes are wonderful things....
Fri, 10/06/2011 - 11:19
There are some writers whose name will always be associated with their first book. Joe Simpson was a 28-year-old climber when Touching the Void was published in 1988, a gripping account of his survival in the Peruvian Andes which has become a mountaineering classic. His latest book, however, is a novel.
The Sound of Gravity...
Thu, 13/01/2011 - 15:22
Esther Freud's seventh novel Lucky Break (Bloomsbury, April) is set in the world of acting and follows a group of aspiring actors at drama school and then out into the real world. It's a world Freud knows intimately, she trained and worked as an actress before becoming a novelist.
Lucky Break opens in 1992 on the first...
Wed, 22/12/2010 - 11:25
Ask any reader to list their favourite travel writers and chances are Colin Thubron will be mentioned. Fellow travel writer Jan Morris describes him as "one of the two or three best living travel writers". Born in 1939, his first book, Mirror to Damascus, was published in 1967 and he has since written about the Middle East,...
Fri, 17/12/2010 - 11:45
Philip Hensher's new novel is his first since the 2008 Man Booker-shortlisted The Northern Clemency, a 700+page epic spanning two decades (1974 to 1994) in the lives of two Sheffield families.
King of the Badgers (Fourth Estate, March) has a tighter focus both geographically and in terms of timescale: the...