Books

7 July 2022

Why libraries are a space of refuge for authors by Ania Bas

When I moved to the UK, I spent the first few years living in the West Midlands where I found a job in a small library on the outskirts of ...

7 July 2022

Natasha Devon discusses female friendships to celebrate her new book Toxic

It took the observation of an outsider for me to realise I was in a toxic friendship. I had just started dating my now husband and introduced him to someone ...

7 July 2022

Certainty inside the creative process by Phoebe Wynne, author of The Ruins

It’s difficult enough being a woman trying to fit into the boxes society has set out for us, without suddenly deciding you want to be creative. Leap out of the ...

7 July 2022

Top tips for blending fairy tale and contemporary fiction by Ella McLeod, author of Rapunzella

First things first, before I dive into the nitty gritty of combining the genre we all love to hate with the modern world- which we also all love to hate- ...

7 July 2022

Open letter to Angela Carter by Chelsea G Summers, author of A Certain Hunger

Dear Angela, Where to begin but with a story. More than a decade ago — before I got paid for my writing, before I started writing my novel, before I ...

7 July 2022

Gavin Collinson, author of An Accident in Paris writes an open letter to Agatha Christie

Agatha! Darling! How are you? You must tell me everything! But first of all, tea. You always loved tea. Couldn’t bear coffee. The author Felix Francis recently told me a ...
7 July 2022

Victoria Scott, author of Grace shares seven things she'd like her readers to know about her

I spend so much time making characters up in my head that I sometimes forget that they are the product of all of the people I’ve ever met, the things ...

7 July 2022

Emma Bamford, author of Deep Water shares seven things she'd like her readers to know about her

When I was 31, I had my first mid-life crisis. I felt stuck in a rut, both in my job as a newspaper journalist, and in my perpetually single life ...

7 July 2022

Bea Setton, author of Berlin writes an open letter to her favourite author Sylvia Plath

Dear Sylvia Plath, I have longed to write you a fan letter or to reach into the past to tell you the good news. You have been an immense, triumphant ...

7 July 2022

Seven reasons to be humble by Daryl R. Van Tongeren, author of Humble

What is humility? According to researcher and college professor, Dr. Daryl Van Tongeren, humility is about knowing yourself, checking yourself, and going beyond yourself. It’s an honest awareness of your ...

6 July 2022

An open letter to Molly Keane, 1904-1996 by Jean Hanff Korelitz, author of The Latecomer

Dear Molly, I was thinking of you the other day, when I was appearing at the Festival of Writing and Ideas at Borris House in County Carlow. The festival took ...

5 July 2022

Top tips for solo travel later in life by Kate Wills, author of A Trip of One's Own

As a veteran solo traveller I’m often asked when the best time in life to take a trip by yourself is, and my answer is always now. I’m constantly meeting ...

5 July 2022

Seven things you might not know about Mary Shelley, author of Frankenstein

Bath’s House of Frankenstein, the world-first attraction dedicated to Mary Shelley, celebrates its one-year anniversary on 19 July. To mark the occasion, Chris Harris, the co-founder and director offers in-depth insight ...
4 July 2022

Seven tips for reclaiming yourself by Sophie Leone, author of The Book of Revelations

Why is it we find concepts like ‘self-care’ or ‘being unapologetic for being ourselves’ so challenging to implement? The long and short of it is: we live our lives overstretched. ...

4 July 2022

Honest and practical tips for young writers by debut novelist Elisabeth Krauel

When people ask me what I was just thinking about, I usually just say “Oh, nothing”. It would be a little too complicated to explain the truth. Most people don‘t ...

4 July 2022

Author Rebecca Stott discusses which films inspired her new book Dark Earth

Five years ago I made a trip through the deserts of Jordan with a group of friends in a hire car. Two days in, while we were in the desert, the ...

1 July 2022

How journalism gave me the tools to write my first book by Tufayel Ahmed

I didn’t necessarily set out to be an author. From the youngest age, flicking through the local free community newspaper, I knew I wanted to be a journalist. I loved ...

30 June 2022

Seven things I'd like my readers to know about me by Deborah Jenkins, author of Braver

1. I am severely deaf and partially sighted due to long-term conditions. This has made me aware of the need for better accessibility and has, I hope, made me an ...

29 June 2022

How I found out about the Biddenden Maids and why I wanted to write a story about them by GD Harper

Every Easter Monday, in the village of Biddenden in Kent, a queue of elderly residents forms outside the old village workhouse, which has now been converted into residential property. At ...

28 June 2022

Six ways to break into publishing by Shawn Nocher, author of The Precious Jules

I sold my first novel, A Hand to Hold in Deep Water, on the crest of sixty. Now sixty-three, I’m looking forward to the release of my next novel, The Precious Jules. ...

28 June 2022

Rebecca Barrow, author of Bad Things Happen Here shares seven things about her

- The island of Parris: paradise or poison? Luca Laine Thomas lives in Parris, the beautiful island plagued by the unsolved deaths of young women - most significantly, Luca's best ...