It will come as no shock to anyone for me to admit that I buy quite a lot of books. In spite of endless attempts to "be good" and save a little money, my willpower crumbles at the first sight of a decently stocked bookshop. Over the years, I've also gotten into the habit of … Continue reading Book-buying without the guilt: buying from independent bookshops and publishers
As much as I hate to admit it, I'm a bit of a book snob. I tend towards the literary side of fiction, rarely straying into books with more of a mass-market appeal. So, when I received The Nightingale as a birthday gift, I was a little weary. I was determined to read it, since I so rarely … Continue reading Book review: The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
Author, booktuber, and all-round bookish person Jen Campbell has had a busy few months. In September, she published her first children's picture book, Franklin's Flying Bookshop, about a book-loving dragon and his best friend Luna. If that wasn't enough, she then released her first collection of short stories, The Beginning of the World in the Middle of … Continue reading The history of fairytales: an evening with Jen Campbell, 8th November 2017
Since work kept me rather busy throughout October, I didn't have a lot of time to go book shopping. Aside from a couple of discounted online purchases - including the utterly wonderful What it Means When a Man Falls from the Sky, which I reviewed in my last post - my month's haul mostly resulted from … Continue reading October 2017 and birthday book haul
I imagine there is a delicate art to naming short story collections. How do you summarise so many different narratives under a single title? Which one story has the power to convey the themes and emotions of the entire collection? The answer, if Lesley Nneka Arimah's wide-ranging and awe-inspiring debut collection is anything to go … Continue reading Book review: What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky by Lesley Nneka Arimah
I think it's fair to say that most serious book-lovers consider a career in publishing at some stage. It's the perfect fit: an opportunity to be at the centre of the industry that has provided you with so much joy. If you're an arts or humanities student without an obvious career path post-gradation, publishing can … Continue reading Getting into publishing: a question of experience?
My September has been rather busy, truth be told. We have some big deadlines coming up at work, which has left me and my colleagues working later into the evening more days than I'd care to count. Thankfully, this hasn't had much of an impact on my reading (which I mostly due while commuting), nor … Continue reading September 2017 book haul