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Paris Mon Amour to be released in paperback under new Literary Sofa imprint

As hinted here more than once – remember my new year ‘making things happen’ mantra? –  I have some pretty big news!  It’s already gone live to Bookbrunch subscribers this morning (thanks, Bookbrunch) and, hoping you’ll excuse the weirdness of me referring to myself in the third person on my own blog, I am thrilled to … Continue reading

Writers on Location – Claire Fuller on the Isle of Purbeck, Dorset

Today’s guest Claire Fuller has visited me before on the Literary Sofa and it’s lovely to have her back.  When I read her debut novel Our Endless Numbered Days before publication, little did any of us know that it would go to take the 2015 Desmond Elliott Prize for a first novel – and yet … Continue reading

Guest Author – Essie Fox on Capturing the Passage of Time

It’s been a slow start to the year on the blog because I’ve been incredibly busy with work – but it’s always a treat to return to ‘Sofa business’, especially today, when I am joined by my first guest of 2017.  I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Essie Fox a couple of times and attended the … Continue reading

2016 – My Year in Books

Since the sole focus of today’s post is my literary year, it will be a rare positive verdict on 2016.  Obviously it has been significant for me as the year my debut novel was published  – I will always look back on the launch of Paris Mon Amour as one of the happiest moments of my life.  … Continue reading

Guest Author – Wytske Versteeg on Writing about Motherhood

Today’s guest and her novel represent things I believe in and want to support on the Literary Sofa.  Wytske Versteeg is a Dutch author, whose third novel The Boy has recently been translated into English by Sarah Welling and released in the UK by small independent HopeRoad Publishing.  The Boy made it into my new quarterly Sofa … Continue reading

Guest Author – Saleem Haddad on Shelving the ‘Gay Novel’

Some of the best books I’ve ever read could be designated ‘gay novels’ and yet it’s a term that raises a lot of questions and one I hesitate to use. It’s something I’ve wanted to examine for a long time, so I am delighted that Saleem Haddad, author of superb debut novel Guapa, one of … Continue reading

Writers on Location – Fiona Melrose on Suffolk

Thanks to everyone for the enthusiastic response to my first quarterly Sofa Spotlight last week.  It’s always gratifying to hear my selections described as ‘intriguing’ and ‘unpredictable’  – that’s the aim – and that readers have discovered books they’d never heard of.  As mentioned, I’ll be hosting at least four of my Spotlight authors on … Continue reading

Sofa Spotlight – Winter 2016

It’s an exciting day on the Literary Sofa as I launch my new quarterly ‘Sofa Spotlight’ for Winter 2016.  As mentioned when the blog reached its fifth anniversary, these shorter, more frequent selections will replace the  Hot Picks and Summer Reads, but I hope they will be just as popular!  The new system is already proving more … Continue reading

Writers on Location – James Terry on the ghost town of Shakespeare, New Mexico

If you’re a keen reader of fiction it’s inevitable to find that certain themes crop up again and again and we all have our favourites.  I can’t get enough of dysfunctional families, relationships on the rocks and New York novels (though I try not to read similar titles back to back); there are some themes and trends I … Continue reading

Guest Author – Debi Alper on the many routes to publication

One of the best parts about running the Literary Sofa over the last five years has been getting to know my guest authors.  Some I knew already, most of them I didn’t at the time they were featured but in many cases we have since met in person, by arrangement or by chance. But today … Continue reading