Books

24 May 2022

Seven jobs that helped me become a writer by Liz Webb, author of The Daughter

I trained as a CLASSICAL BALLET DANCER and a teacher once said to me ‘if it doesn’t hurt, it isn’t right’! Pushing yourself over the brink into real pain, is ...

24 May 2022

Merging real life and fiction by Jack Leavers, author of Don't Play Dead with Vultures

Born out of frustration at an overseas deal locked in dispute, I sat down in 2017 and began to write a novel. Appetite for Risk tells the story of John ...

23 May 2022

Check out these beautiful images from Paul Tracey's new book 100 Piers

-  In 1941 the US government commissioned the Hughes Aircraft Company to build an aircraft capable of carrying 700 men over long distances and be able to land on water. ...

23 May 2022

Parenting after parting by Susanna Abse, author of Tell Me The Truth About Love

Ending any long relationship is never easy but ending a relationship where children are involved presents extra challenges. How do you balance and attend to your own feelings and needs ...

20 May 2022

Seven things I'd like my readers to know about me by Kerry Fisher, author of The Woman in My Home

I write contemporary fiction for women who've live long enough not to expect the fairytale. I love writing about ordinary people because in the end, most families are extraordinary in ...

19 May 2022

Seven tips for a killer CV that will help get you interviews

Whilst your CV alone won’t ‘get you the job’ it opens the possibility for a conversation which will lead you to being short-listed for your dream role. This is why ...
19 May 2022

Sporting Novels: Female First's favourite fictional books about swimming

As the World Aquatics Championships are well underway, we have rounded up the best fiction about swimming for those of us who like to appreciate the sport from the comfort ...

19 May 2022

Fiona Vigo Marshall shares seven things she'd like her readers to know about her

1. My first language was Catalan – I was brought up in my mother’s native Catalonia for the first two years of my life. My father was a writer – ...

18 May 2022

Seven things you should know about Fanny Cornforth by author Kirsty Stonell Walker

Born Sarah Cox in 1835, the woman who became known as ‘Fanny Cornforth’ was the daughter of a blacksmith in a small Sussex village. Her family slowly died off through ...

18 May 2022

Louisa’s Herridge discusses the resilient women in her new book From the Ashes: She is Ignited

On the back of the incredibly dramatic female-first finale of Channel 4's SAS: Who Dares Wins on Sunday, which saw the recruits facing the intense interrogation stage; Female First speak ...

18 May 2022

Check out these stunning images of women from Billie Charity's new book Lockdown Light

Like many people, I found the first few lockdown months of 2021 very hard. Short days, bad weather, and being heavily restricted by the Covid rules, I tried to find ...

17 May 2022

Nicola Upson, author of Dear Little Corpses shares seven things she'd like her readers to know

- It takes a village to bury a child . . . 1 September 1939. As the mass evacuation takes place across Britain, thousands of children leave London for the ...

17 May 2022

Hannah Mathewson, author of Wayward shares the things she would tell her younger writer self

I write this as my second book goes to print. It feels like it should be the tenth, and simultaneously like I woke up just yesterday and decided audaciously that ...

17 May 2022

Abbi Waxman, author of Adult Assembly Required shares seven things she'd like her readers to know

1. I have far too many animals. Currently I am hosting three dogs, three cats, four chickens, six pigeons, a snake and a lizard. Oh, and two guinea pigs. No, ...

16 May 2022

Author Caroline Day shares seven things she'd like her readers to know about her

1) Growing up, I was more likely to be writing a poem in my free time than hitting or catching a ball, but now I’m the captain of my local ...

16 May 2022

It's all about the villains by Richard Gough, author of The Cheerleader

We have all been there. Reading a novel and a character that we have joined on a journey that has grown close to our heart perishes and all we are ...

16 May 2022

An open letter to Jilly Cooper by Elly Griffiths, author of The Night Hawks

Dear Jilly I’ve always wanted to meet you. I’ve got a very clear idea of how it would go. We’d have a lovely, gossipy lunch in the Bar Sinister. We’d ...

16 May 2022

How writing helped me through times of uncertainty by Cassandra Campbell-Kemp

How can writing help you through times of uncertainty? A good question and one that I thought about at length and in depth before putting metaphorical pen to paper. In ...

16 May 2022

Former Lacrosse player Sarah Cooke discusses her new book Healthy You, Wealthy Business

Sarah Cooke is a High-Performance Coach but she used to represent England at lacrosse before turning her hand to holistic health and massage therapy. Cooke is a big believer in ...

16 May 2022

Seven things I'd like my readers to know about me by Sinéad Crowley, author of The Belladonna Maze

-  5 I am very bad at taking time off. I have a day job in journalism, a night job writing books and two amazing kids who fill up all ...

12 May 2022

Jenna Kernan, author of The Adoption shares things about Florida you won't find in a travel brochure

Author Jenna Kernan’s new release, The Adoption, is a dark, twisty domestic thriller set in sunny Florida, though not the Florida you see in advertising campaigns. This is the insider’s ...

12 May 2022

Kate Riordan, author of Summer Fever shares seven things she'd like her readers to know about her

1. I used to be a journalist: Writing novels was always my dream but I wasn’t convinced at 21 that I had lived enough to qualify for the job. So ...

12 May 2022

Seven reasons to visit Kerry by Amanda Geard, author of The Midnight House

A trip to Ireland should be on every bucket list: a pint of Guinness in a traditional pub; a tour of the Ancient East; a smooch of the Blarney Stone. ...

12 May 2022

The solidarity of the anti-perfect mother by author Gill Sims

We’ve all seen the Perfect Mummies, haven’t we? The ones with the impeccably blow-dried hair, and glowing ‘no make-up make-up’ (that takes twice as long to put on as it ...