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Writing the Future

Last week, I went to Waterstones Piccadilly to hear two debut authors speak about their recently published debut novels. Elan Mastai, author of All Our Wrong Todays and Katie Khan, author of Hold Back the Stars were in conversation with the BBC’s Joe Haddow. Both books explore the idea of utopias – with dystopic tendencies… Continue reading Writing the Future

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bookbybook 20: Matthew Condon

It’s the most brilliant pleasure to discover an affinity with a writer’s work but it’s even sweeter when you dare to harness an affinity with the writer himself. When I was a young, aspiring writer in Australia, the young, accomplished writer whose work I valued most was Matthew Condon. Foremost, I loved the humour and pathos of… Continue reading bookbybook 20: Matthew Condon

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bookbybook 19: Chris Brookmyre

There aren’t many crime writers who have won awards for comic fiction, but Chris Brookmyre has. His exuberantly titled All Fun and Games Until Someone Loses An Eye (his books might not be best suited to the squeamish) won the Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Fiction, but his most recent plaudits have been for hard-boiled… Continue reading bookbybook 19: Chris Brookmyre

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bookbybook 18: Lesley Glaister

Lesley Glaister has written thirteen novels – the kind that linger in the mind, playfully haunting you in the way Daphne du Maurier’s books do. Little Egypt is the latest but others include Nina Todd Has Gone, Honour Thy Father, Sheer Blue Bliss and Honour Thy Father. With good reason she has been described as… Continue reading bookbybook 18: Lesley Glaister

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bookbybook 17: Ursula Dubosarsky

When I first met Ursula Dubosarsky, I didn’t know she was a writer. She was a (very young) Latin teacher at my secondary school. Then, suddenly (a bit like something from one of her novels) she left, and just a few weeks later, a copy of her first novel, High Hopes, arrived in the post… Continue reading bookbybook 17: Ursula Dubosarsky

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bookbybook 15: Michael Ridpath

I vividly remember hearing on the radio – when I was still living in Australia – the buzz around the acquisition and subsequent publication of Michael Ridpath’s debut novel Free to Trade in 1995. Michael went on to write a further seven financial thrillers. And then he changed direction … which once again proves that authors build… Continue reading bookbybook 15: Michael Ridpath

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bookbybook 11: Anne Fine

I’m thrilled to kick off this second series of interviews with fabulous authors who have written widely, across different age groups and in different genres, over many years – in short, writers who’ve made a writing life not only work but thrive. And I couldn’t be more thrilled than I am to begin by featuring… Continue reading bookbybook 11: Anne Fine