Books

8 March 2022

International Women’s Day: Black feminist literature you need on your to-read list

This year’s theme for International Women’s Day is #BreakTheBias - a concept that encourages diversity and intersectionality, while shunning stereotypes that harm feminism. Thus, we’ve decided to shine a spotlight ...
4 March 2022

Seni Glaister Interview: Meet the businesswoman supporting local bookshops with a new way of selling

With International Women’s Day quickly approaching, we caught up with book-lover and businesswoman (and former CEO of The Book People) Seni Glaister to discuss her new, ethical project that allows ...
3 March 2022

Are Redwall and Edge Chronicles among the most underrated children's fantasy series of all time?

Another World Book Day is nearly over and seeing endless streams of photographs of our friends’ kids dressed as their favourite book characters on social media has inspired us to ...
3 March 2022

Seven things I'd like my readers to know about me, by Claire Frost

Claire Frost is the author of Living My Best Life and Married At First Swipe – and her third book, The One, is published today (March 3). Lottie Brown has ...

3 March 2022

Seven things I’d like my readers to know about me, by Lizzie Pook

Growing up, I never thought writing books could be a job. I loved reading though and my dad would take me and my sister to the library every weekend where ...

3 March 2022

The relationship between stress & creativity by Mark Simmonds, author of Beat Stress at Work

The modern day workplace is not really cut out for creativity. It’s too stressful! But guess what. Ironically, creativity can have a positive impact on your overall stress levels! Just ...

3 March 2022

Author of The Visa, Lizzie O'Hagan writes about growing in love and a new kind of romcom

‘You can’t marry a man you’ve just met.’ If, like me, you spend an inordinate amount of time falling into social-media-cyclones, you’ve probably seen this meme: a sassy still of ...

3 March 2022

Why I found my voice in Scotland by Helen Fields, author of One for Sorrow

My father, a Hampshire boy born and bred, loved Scotland, and I remember being fascinated by the way he talked about it. He was a fiercely practical man who was ...

3 March 2022

Seven things I'd like my readers to know about me by Zoe Somerville, author of The Marsh House

I grew up in Norfolk, the setting of both of my novels and most of my family are still there, in or around Norwich. One of my favourite books as ...

3 March 2022

Five reasons why adults should read YA by Morgan Owen, author of The Girl With No Soul

When people ask me what my book is about, I don’t tell them that it’s YA at first. I tell them that it’s set in a world in which the ...

3 March 2022

Reasons for guilt in single motherhood and how to overcome this emotional state

Guilt is a powerful, uncomfortable emotion which can often show up during the experience of single motherhood. Guilt can spill out in so many ways, for example: - Guilt about ...
3 March 2022

The relationship between stress and creativity by Mark Simmonds, author of Beat Stress at Work

The modern day workplace is not really cut out for creativity. It’s too stressful! But guess what. Ironically, creativity can have a positive impact on your overall stress levels! Just ...
2 March 2022

The Paris Apartment review: What we thought of Lucy Foley’s slow-burning missing person mystery

An eagerly anticipated thriller for 2022, The Paris Apartment is New York Times best seller Lucy Foley’s latest murder mystery which explores the nitty gritty of a rich and secretive ...
1 March 2022

What’s on our March 2022 book list?: Travel the world with The Lost Dreamer and Peach Blossom Spring

This month’s releases that have caught our attention takes us everywhere from Mesoamerica to Pakistan, China and Ukraine. We can already tell March is going to thrill us, break us ...
1 March 2022

How writing helped to manage my depression by Ross Patrick, author of A New Dark Age

2014 and the house shakes from the thunder of workmen pounding the street out front with pneumatic machinery. The front window has a hole from when I tried to force ...
1 March 2022

How grumpy are you and what does this say about you and the world? by Grant J Ryan

Independent of how good life is, there seems to be a social preference for having a bit of a grumble. Imagine someone has a story about the horrific customer service ...

24 February 2022

Seven things I'd like my readers to know about me, by Giles Kristian

To celebrate the release of his new novel, Where Blood Runs Cold, we asked author Giles Kristian to take part in our 'seven things' series, where writers open up and reveal ...

22 February 2022

Brown Girls review: Daphne Palasi Andreades’ poetic coming–of-age debut is nostalgic to the core

If you’re after a carefully constructed plot-driven narrative with twists and turns and all the rest of it, let us tell you now that you won’t find it in Daphne ...
22 February 2022

Iconic People of Colour Review: Elizabeth Ajao’s book is a nifty pocket-guide to heroes

As a white person, it’s easy to take for granted the work people of colour have done and their impact on the world as we know it. Perhaps some of ...
22 February 2022

Five things I'd like my readers to know about me, by G.R. Macallister

To celebrate the release of her new fantasy novel, Scorpica, we asked author G.R. Macallister to let us in on five interesting facts all about her, that her readers may be ...

22 February 2022

Seven things I've learned about writing, by Sheryl Browne

Bestselling Author, Sheryl Browne, writes taut, twisty psychological thriller. A member of the Crime Writers’ Association and the Romantic Novelists’ Association, Sheryl has several books published and two short stories ...

21 February 2022

Author Tim Saunders shares what to consider when planning a family staycation

If you're planning a family staycation this year, there are several things to consider before you book. Author Tim Saunders has kindly shared his top tips for this unique kind ...
21 February 2022

Five things I'd like my readers to know about me, by Norma Curtis

To celebrate the release of her new book, The Drowned Village, we asked author Norma Curtis to open up for readers in an exclusive piece for Female First. Here's what ...