Books

12 May 2022

Louise O'Neill, author of Idol discusses how her muse Marian Keyes has shaped her novels

I was a fan of Marian Keyes for a long time before I knew her. When I was a teenager and well into my twenties, a time during which commercial ...

12 May 2022

Seven reasons why women should write fantasy by Rebecca Zahabi, author of The Collarbound

When I was 12, I read a book in which the main character was a sorcerer, and there was a school of sorcerers, mostly (only) for boys. Later in the ...

12 May 2022

Five things I would tell my younger writer self by Rachel Brimble, author of A Very Modern Marriage

I wanted to write books from about the age of 8 or 9 when I discovered Enid Blyton’s Secret Seven series – that was the moment I knew I was ...

12 May 2022

Author Jan Casey shares seven things she'd like her readers to know about her

To have many more than seven things I’d like my readers to know about me must be a sign of a varied, happy and fulfilled life. But I had to ...

12 May 2022

My perfect summer by Sue Moorcroft, author of Summer at the French Cafe

I love summer and I love hot weather. I think I must be part lizard, because I bask in the sun whenever I’m on holiday or on a writing break. ...

12 May 2022

Author of The End of Men, Christina Sweeney-Baird shares seven things about her

1. First hand experience of hospital: In The End of Men a virus to which women are immune kills 90 per cent of the world’s men. An early scene happens in A ...

11 May 2022

Catherine Yardley, author of Ember shares seven things she'd like her readers to know about her

-  I moved around a lot as a child. I grew up in Scotland but we moved to different places in the Scottish Borders and then Lanarkshire. It meant I ...

10 May 2022

Pulitzer Prize for Fiction: Joshua Cohen scoops 2022 prize for hilarious Jewish tale The Netanyahus

The Pulitzer Prize winners were finally announced yesterday (May 9th), with so many incredible journalists being named, as well as some genius book authors. The winner for the coveted prize ...
9 May 2022

Jan Rothney, author of Breaking Free shares the connection between Covid & Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

In 2003, Jan Rothney was diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS - then known as M.E.). She recovered partially but relapsed severely in 2006 and spent several years struggling to ...

8 May 2022

Ellie Wood, author of The Wildwater Women shares how the Lake District has inspired her writing

I grew up in the Lake District, and it’s shaped who I am very strongly. When I lived in London, I’d yearn for it like a long-distance love. I spent ...

5 May 2022

Why do we love reading about wars? by Liz Trenow, author of Searching For My Daughter

New York Times and USA Today bestselling historical fiction author Liz Trenow’s newest novel, Searching for My Daughter, is set against the backdrop of the Second World War. She ponders ...

5 May 2022

Ann Sei Lin, author of Rebel Skies shares seven things she'd like her readers to know about her

My dad is blind but he loves books and listens to them via screen reader. Growing up, the sound of electronic voices was a constant background presence. Instead of doing ...

4 May 2022

Alex Woolf, author of Mr Jones shares seven things he'd like his readers to know about him

1. I grew up in a cult. It was like a cross between an Indian ashram and a Victorian boarding school. We studied Sanskrit and eastern philosophy, and were beaten ...

3 May 2022

Combining successful entrepreneurship with successful parenting by Melina Abbott

A big challenge when it comes to combining entrepreneurship with parenting is a feeling of guilt. You feel guilty that you’re not focussing on your business whilst you’re with your ...

3 May 2022

E Lockhart, author of Family of Liars reveals seven secrets about her to celebrate her new book

My new book, Family of Liars, is full of secrets — fun, ugly, shocking, sad, you name it. If you’ve read We Were Liars, this book is a prequel to ...

3 May 2022

Lisa Moss, author of SuperQuesters discusses the importance of STEM learning in young children

Shortly after our twin daughters were born in 2014, Thomas (my husband) and I started to look for ways to begin nurturing and developing their curiosity and foundational STEM skills. ...

3 May 2022

Seven things I'd like my readers to know about me by Liz Michalski, author of Darling Girl

1) Writing for me is a way to figure out what’s going on in my life. When I wrote DARLING GIRL, I gave the first draft to a friend to ...

2 May 2022

The act of kindness by Donna Ashworth, author of I Wish I Knew

‘Be kind’ they told us, when the world lost Caroline flack. And those two words flew swiftly around the internet, spreading their message. Yet in no time at all, you ...

1 May 2022

Seven things I would tell my younger self by Lola Jaye, author of The Attic Child

It’s never a good idea to look back and lament on things I cannot change. But if younger me had met current me- she’d have met someone not only older ...

29 April 2022

Guilty Women by Melanie Blake review: The most fun you will have with a novel this year

If there’s one thing you should know before picking up Melanie Blake’s latest novel, Guilty Women, it’s that you’re going to have a lot of fun. There are discussions of ...
29 April 2022

Nettle and Bone review: A fantasy tale about vengeance, anger and family

When a princess is tired of seeing her sisters mistreated, it seems the only way to fix it is to kill the one responsible – which might be (a lot) ...
29 April 2022

Seven things about my new book The Girl Before Me, by Laura Wolfe

To celebrate the release of her new novel, The Girl Before Me, we asked the author Laura Wolfe to tell us all about what we should expect! Here's what she had ...
28 April 2022

Seven things I'd learned about women over 50, by Ellen Warner, author of The Second Half

I am a photojournalist and portrait photographer. My specialties traditionally were author portraits and photographing indigenous cultures, such as tribal groups in northern Vietnam and the people who live in ...

28 April 2022

Seven insights into the roles of Ancient Egypt, ancestry & mythology in Felix Unbound by Cathy Gunn

Cathy Gunn was a financial journalist and editor before turning to fiction. Scottish by descent, she was born in Tanzania and grew up in Nigeria, Scotland and parts of England ...