Tue, 10/12/2013 - 08:30
More than 500 of the world’s leading authors—including Julian Barnes, Martin Amis and Jeanette Winterson—have called on the United Nations to create an international bill of digital rights to enshrine the protection of civil rights in the internet age.
The authors, from 81 different countries, have joined together in...
Mon, 09/12/2013 - 11:06
At the start of Hanif Kureishi’s new novel The Last Word (Faber, February) a young, ambitious writer is on his way from London to Taunton to meet with one of the most prestigious literary authors around.
Harry Johnson will write the biography of Indian-born novelist, essayist and playwright Mamoon Azam, a writer he as...
Tue, 19/11/2013 - 17:22
American literary funnyman David Sedaris is going on a UK tour with his show An Evening With David Sedaris.
Sedaris' tour comes on the back of his second sell-out run at this year's Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
The 13-date tour will start on 25th March 2014 at Manchester’s Lowry Lyric Theatre and end on 12th April...
Mon, 21/10/2013 - 15:59
Fiona McFarlane’s début novel The Night Guest (Sceptre, January) has incited acute responses from readers since its issue in the author’s native Australia back in August.
“The comments I get from people finishing the book is, firstly, that they hate [protagonist Ruth’s] sons . . . and secondly...
Thu, 03/10/2013 - 07:00
Penguin has paid tribute to thriller giant Tom Clancy, who has died at the age of 66.
Tom Clancy died yesterday (1st October) at a Baltimore hospital, close to his Maryland home.
Clancy wrote 25 fiction and non-fiction books for Penguin, including several thrillers based around the military and international espionage, dubbed...
Wed, 02/10/2013 - 14:28
Nina Stibbe’s Love, Nina: Despatches From a Domestic Life is a memoir with a literary and arty cast of characters,
Front and centre is Mary-Kay Wilmers, the long-time editor of the London Review of Books, Stibbe’s boss in the early 1980s. Alan Bennett is the next door neighbour who pops over for supper...
Tue, 01/10/2013 - 09:45
Poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy and children’s laureate Malorie Blackman are among over 190 authors who have signed a letter criticising education secretary Michael Gove’s policies as leading to “harmful stress” on young people, their parents and their teachers.
The letter has appeared in...
Thu, 19/09/2013 - 14:57
There was one thing that Belfast-born Michèle Forbes was keen to avoid when writing her début Ghost Moth: “If I got it published, I didn’t want people to pick it up, roll their eyes and think: ‘Oh, god, here’s another novel about the Troubles.’”
Well, Ghost Moth...
Mon, 16/09/2013 - 14:55
Despite being the founder of the Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi), when it comes to describing self-published or independent authors Orna Ross actually prefers the term “author-publisher”.
For Ross the term self-publisher is “a bit of a misnomer . . . it implies we do everything ourselves, and we don’t....
Mon, 09/09/2013 - 16:01
Fatima Bhutto’s The Shadow of the Crescent Moon (Viking) is a passionate début that begins and ends in one life-changing day in northern Pakistan.
It focuses on three very different brothers—Aman Erum, who has just returned home from America, Sikandar, a doctor, and Hyatt, a young idealist—and the...