Year end review #3: Books of the Year

At the time of writing, I’ve read 140 titles this year – a record and there’ll be some analysis of them in my year end stats post (I know you look forward to those ūüėČ ). 2016 may be an annus horribilus on the outside, but inside I’ve had my head stuck in a book Read More

Year end review #1: Best Discoveries

Today in the first part of my review of the year, I’m going to highlight the new to me authors that have made themselves must-reads for the future. My first is a Frenchman. In fact, I discovered several new Frenchmen in 2016, including Fr√©d√©ric Dard and Jean-Paul Didierlaurent, and wonderful as they both are from Read More

An Atwoodian YA tale…

Only Ever Yours by Louise O’Neill It’s rare that a cover quote on a book cover sums up a novel so completely, but the one from¬†Vagenda¬†on one of the paperback editions of Louise O’Neill’s debut novel is near-perfect: ‘Mean Girls meets The Handmaid’s Tale’ But of course I can’t leave it there! The moment I Read More

Shiny New Books Issue 8

I can’t believe that when our next issue of¬†Shiny New Books¬†comes out at the beginning of April, we will have been going for two whole years! The last issue of our second year is out today and features the¬†winning poem¬†in the first Shiny Poetry ¬†Competition – it’s lovely. Naturally, you’ll find a handful of reviews Read More