Helen Matthews – Q&A

Helen Matthews debut novel, After Leaving the Village, was published by Hashtag Press on 12 October 2017. Helen kindly answered a few of my questions. 1. Tell us about After Leaving the Village. In a remote Albanian village, seventeen-year old Odeta feels trapped in her routine existence – working in her father’s grocery store. It…

Ghost by James Swallow – extract

James Swallow is the Sunday Times best-selling author of over 45 books including the Nomad and Exile from the Marc Danes series. His latest novel in the series, Ghost, was published by Bonnier Zaffre on 31 May 2018. Bonnier Zaffre have kindly allowed me to share an extract from the book. He’d raced through a…

Susi Fox – Q&A

Susi Fox’s debut novel, Mine, was published by Penguin on 1 April 2018. Susi kindly answered a few of my questions. 1. Tell us a little about Mine. After years of infertility, a woman gives birth to a baby but when she sees him for the first time, she is adamant he is not her…

Under the Reader’s Radar – celebrating the quiet novel

There are thousands upon thousands of books published each year. Only a small percentage of those make it to the best-seller list. That doesn’t mean that the rest aren’t worthy of reading. It may be that they are written by self-published authors who don’t have the marketing knowledge or a small independent publisher who doesn’t…

The Birds and Other Stories by Daphne du Maurier – review

Published by Virgo Press Publication date – 6 May 2004 Source – review copy ‘How long he fought with them in the darkness he could not tell, but at last the beating of the wings about him lessened and then withdrew . . . ‘ A classic of alienation and horror, ‘The Birds’ was immortalised…

Marjory McGinn – Q&A

Marjory McGinn is the author  of three travel memoirs, Things Can Only Get Feta, Homer’s Where The Heart Is and A Scorpion In The Lemon Tree. Her debut novel, A Saint for the Summer, was published by Pelagos Press on 28 February 2018. Marjory kindly answered a few of my questions. 1. Tell us a…

Excellent Intentions by Richard Hull – review

Published by British Library Publication date – 10 May 2018 Source – review copy “From the point of view of the nation, it’s a good thing that he died.” Great Barwick’s least popular man is murdered on a train. Twelve jurors sit in court. Four suspects are identified – but which of them is on…

Jane Bailey – Q&A

Jane Bailey is the author of What Was Rescued, Mad Joy and Tommy Glover’s Sketch of Heaven. Her latest novel, Lark Song was published by on 5 June 2018. Jane kindly answered a few of my questions. 1. Tell us a little about Lark Song. I started out trying to write a modern take on…

Shelter by Sarah Franklin – extract

Sarah Franklin is the author of Shelter, which was published in paperback by Bonnier Zaffre on 31 May 2018. Bonnier have kindly allowed me to share this extract with you. By the time she’d fetched Hetty from the hostel in Parkend and they’d walked up to the Memorial Hall, there was a queue winding right…

#20BooksofSummer 2018

  Not usually one who joins in with memes, challenges and the like I spotted this one devised by Cathy at 746Books and took part last year and in 2016. You can see how I got on here and here. Cathy is hoping to read 20 books between 1 June and 3 September, meaning she has…

From Literary Scout to Author by Sam Blake – guest post

Sam Blake is the author of Little Bones and Deep Water. Her latest book in the Cathy Connlly series, No Turning Back was published by Bonnier Zaffre on 17 May 2018. She has written about her journey from literary scout to author. I’ve been working in publishing for a long time (about twelve years) but…